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Rams pull away from Redhawks, win 2016 RIT

With LCI determined to beat the Redhawks in front of a hostile Western crowd, they played like there was nothing to lose and beat the host school 86-68 to win the 2016 RIT boys championship.

The doors to Western’s gym had to be closed as it was fully packed and buzzing on Saturday night. There was an atmosphere before the game began that you only see in big championship games.
The Rams started the game with a fast paced attack, and pushed the ball ahead early, scoring well in transition. Western started their game moving the ball patiently in the half court, looking for scoring opportunities inside against LCI’s tough zone defense.
Western’s first-year point guard Eliada Ewa (#5) made his presence known on the both ends of the floor in the first half, igniting the crowd with his fast paced play. Tevin Hall (#5) came alive for LCI as the 6’3 senior scored 10 points in the second quarter alone.
Both teams came out in the second half with an intensity that could be felt throughout the whole gym. LCI lead the whole third quarter, with Mitch Boychuk (#11) shooting the ball like the net was the size of an ocean. Western was locked in though, and cut the lead to two points with a balanced attack lead by seniors Kenny Okeke (#12) and Philip Okanlawon (#10).
The Rams pulled away in the fourth quarter where they picked it up on the defensive side, and stole the ball multiple times for easy transition buckets. Okanlawon scored ten points for the Redhawks in the fourth quarter to finish with 21 points, but it was not enough to spark Western to victory.
Ewa and Hall received the Players of the Game award for their teams. Hall scored a game-high 23 points.
The Defensive Player of the Tournament award went to 6’5 Forward Tanner McLachlan, while the Hustle Award of the Tournament went to grade 12 Western guard Marko Zivak. The MVP of the tournament was Mitch Boychuk of the LCI Rams.
Manbir Singh Parmar, WCHS Journalism


Rebels beat Redhawks in a thrilling RIT final

The Jasper Place Rebels got a timely bucket from Haily Weaver (#11) with only seconds remaining to defeat the host Redhawks by a score of 64-62 in the championship final, securing Jasper Place's first RIT title in school history. 

With the gym full to capacity with screaming Western students and supporters of both teams, and the game tied 62-62 with only seconds remaining, Weaver drove hard to the left side and hit a contested, off-balance layup with 2.5 seconds left to bring her team up two. Western had a three point chance at the buzzer to win it, but it fell short. 

Considered two of the best teams in the province, the Rebels and Redhawks battled hard throughout the game, with numerous lead changes and several ties. The Redhawks and Rebels came into the game ranked #2 and #3 respectively in Alberta, and the game did not disappoint. Both teams put forth a tremendous defensive effort worthy of a championship final. 

Sarah Rinsky (#9) took home tournament MVP honours after a stellar three games, and teammate Camille Wilson (#13) was named top defensive player. Feisty Redhawks guard Claire Mitchell took home the tournament Hustle Award - an award fitting of her relentless play style. 

Makenna Ledgister was awesome for the Rebels in the championship game, scoring 24 points with 17 of those coming in the first half en route to Player of the Game accreditation. Claire Feasby (#14) and Claire Cossarini (#22) led the Redhawks with 14 and 11 points, while Kamsi Ogbudibe took home Player of the Game honours.

WCHS Journalism



Redhawks win sets up big showdown in RIT finals

The Western Redhawks senior girls basketball team triumphed in their game against the LCI Clippers on Friday February 5th, by a score of 70-51.
The Redhawks now move on to the RIT finals, and will face the Jasper Place Rebels, who defeated St. Mary’s on Friday. Western and Jasper Place are ranked #2 and #3 respectively in the province, and they will face each other for the first time this season.
Both Western and Jasper Place have lost only once to Alberta opponents this year, both to the same team, the St. Francis Browns. The Browns are ranked #1 in the province and have yet to lose a game.
Grade 12 guard Claire Mitchell (#4) opened the scoring in a game that turned into a defensive battle between two powerhouses. The LCI Rams came into the RIT ranked #7 in Alberta.
Scoring may have been at a premium early, but the entertainment was through the roof. The game stayed close throughout the first half despite both teams struggling from the floor. Kamsi Ogbudibe (#21) rallied the Redhawks with a late free throw to tie it at 27 before the half.
In the second half, offensive play picked up, led by grade 11 guard Claire Feasby (#14) who posted 16 points on the night. With timely three pointers, Feasby whipped the crowd into a frenzy, and gave the Redhawks momentum to surpass the Clippers by the end of the 3rd quarter and eventually the game.
LCI was led in scoring by Jocelyn Neilson (#12) and Jessica Zarowny (#13), who had 17 and 16 points respectively.
The Redhawks and the Rebels play at 6:15 on Saturday night in the RIT final, while the LCI Clippers and St. Mary’s Saints will battle for third place.

Sam Trimming, WCHS Journalism

Redhawks boys move on to RIT finals

With an 85-66 win against the Chestermere Lakers the Western Canada Redhawks sealed their place in the final of the Redhawks Invitational Tournament on February 6th, 2016.

Despite the Lakers’ valiant efforts and Chestermere player of the game Jeff Rodehutskors’ (#15) game high of 30 points, they could not hold off the Redhawks and their solid offensive and defensive play.
There was a potential for a comeback when Rodehutskors threw down an emphatic dunk on the fast break but it was not to be as Western closed the game out with strong plays on both ends.
With Western only leading by 8 at half, the game was a close one. But with big plays coming from Brayden Robinson (#11) and first year point guard Eliada Ewa (#5) in the fourth quarter they managed to close the game out, winning by a total of 19 points.
The Redhawks player of the game Philip Okanlawon (#10) added 27 points to the Redhawks’ total, 10 of those coming in the 3rd quarter alone. Redhawks player Marko Zivak (#7) aided his Western squad with 12 points and a strong defensive performance.
Chestermere player Kareem Pires (#8) did his best for his team with 10 points.
The Redhawks will compete in the final at Western Canada High School on their home court at 8:15 pm on February 6th. They will face the LCI Rams, who beat the Winston Churchill Bulldogs 86-80 on Friday afternoon.
Simon Dawe, WCHS Journalism


Redhawks boys take game 1 of the RIT


The Western Canada Redhawks were up to the task on Thursday afternoon, facing off against the Crescent Heights Cowboys in the first game for both teams of the RIT for 2016. The Cowboys battled hard in front of the raucous RIT crowd, but fell 95-60 to a well-rounded Redhawks team.
The Redhawks got off to a great early start, more than doubling the Cowboys score after the first quarter with a 28-12 advantage. The starting line-up for the Redhawks led the way in the initial quarter with Marko Zivak and Phily Okanlawan each scoring six points. The Hawks showcased a strong defense as well, holding off the surging Cowboys offense.
The electric crowd erupted each time skilled grade 10 point-guard Eliada Ewa was substituted into the game. Ewa put up a dominating performance, netting 13 points over the game and defensively shut down the Cowboys with his elite quickness and relentlessness.
Leading in scoring for the Redhawks was Kenny Okeke with 20 points and Phil Okanlawan with a solid 17-point performance. Leading for the Cowboys was Nolan Akins who netted an impressive 20 points against the Hawks.
The Redhawks will look to keep the momentum going at Western Canada High School tomorrow when they face off against the LCI Rams at 12:30pm in the semifinals.
Audrey Buston - WCHS Journalism


Western Girls basketball moving on to semis of RIT

The Western Canada High School Redhawks came out with a 77-56 win against the Chestermere Lakers in the first game of the 2016 girls RIT.

Both teams are the class of their respective leagues, with Western ranking 2nd in the province in the 4A division, and Chestermere ranking 3rd in the 3A division.
Jordan Blaskin (#12) received player of the game for the Redhawks and Noah Harris earned player of the game for the Lakers.
Western Canada got off to a very good start, taking a 19 point lead by the end of the first quarter, and finishing the first half with a 44-19 advantage. The Lakers never quit and fought hard in the second half to outscore the home team 37-33.
Claire Feasby was the leading scorer for Western Canada with 16 points and Blaskin added 13. Both Marissa Boissolie and Cole Isbister scored six baskets for Chestermere, the most for their team. 
Western will now play the winner of the LCI-Aberhart game at 10:45 on Friday morning, while Chestermere will face the loser at 5:45.


Kirstyn Michalchuk, Western Canada High School Journalism


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Alexis Johnson

Alexis Johnson, a Grade 10 shot put athlete for WCHS, was recently named the CTV News Athlete of the Week. Alexis was the Jr. Girls city champion in shot put.

See the feature here. 

Congratulations Alexis!