Senior Broncs player Erik Mathieu takes on some heavy pressure Dec. 5 during the team’s first league game of the season. The Broncs won 84-38. Photos by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Ponoka Secondary Campus Broncs win against Penhold

The Broncs took on the Penhold Skyhawks in the first game of the season

The first basketball game of the season for the Ponoka Secondary Campus Broncs was a clear win.

The Broncs played at home against the Penhold Skyhawks Dec. 5 with a strong showing for their work. The Broncs won by a wide margin of 84-38.

Coach Scott Brown was pleased with the team’s performance. Having just come from a tournament in Edson last weekend, the Broncs have had a quite a few games already under their belts.

“Keeping up our intensity was probably the biggest key to our success,” said Brown.

With the starting line-up comprised of Grade 12 students, there is a lot of experience on the court to help the younger players.

The challenge for the Broncs? “Staying engaged and staying focussed.”

A big change to the program this season is that the Broncs dropped down to 2A level due to the school’s population size. The team has come from a more intensive league.

Assistant coach Cam Horan said after a couple tough seasons finishing a game with positive results will help build players’ confidence.

The senior girls did not play as there isn’t a female Skyhawks team.

Battle of Ponoka

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Being a 2A team may also bring a first to Ponoka; the Broncs will play against St. Augustine Kings and Queens at the Ponoka Secondary Campus gym on Wednesday, Dec. 12. It’s believed to be the first time the senior teams will play against each other in league.

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It’s expected to be an exciting contest with fans from both sides supporting their team.

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Riley Fillinger of the PSC Broncs senior boys team goes under the net against two other players but manages to get past the defense to score.

Brennan Waldron sneaks a shot past the centre and manages to score two points out of the deal.

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