HRH to host 2017 Provincial Basketball Championship

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Holy Redeemer High School is set to welcome over 1,000 players, coaches, friends, family and spectators in March of 2017 as they have been chosen to host he 2017 2A Boys Provincial Basketball Championships.

Though the event is still over a year away, it’s something that the school, along with its current basketball players, and Athletics Director Peter Saik have been working towards for months.

Saik says it’s a tremendous honour to have HRH chosen as the hosting school as he has looked into bidding on hosting the provincials since he saw the boys basketball team that would play in the 2017 championships, play in Junior High.

“They are a skilled group and more importantly an inspirational and genuinely hardworking group of kids,”said Saik. “I can’t think of a more deserving group of young men.”

The event in 2017 will be the first time a school in this zone has ever hosted a provincial basketball championship. The four-day event, from March 18-22, will feature eleven zone champions from across the province, as well as the hometown Rebels, all competing for the top prize of provincial champion.

“This is a real feather in our hat for our school,” said Principal Bill McGowan in a release. “We have such a competitive program here at the school, so hosting provincials only makes sense.”

There was a huge amount of involvement and support from HRH staff, school administration, the Town of Edson, student athletes and a very engaged group of parents in acquiring the rights to host the event.

“Our school has been privileged enough to attend provincials each year over the last five years,” said Saik, referring to the Women’s team in 2011 and 2012, and the Men’s team from 2013 to 2015. “We’ve seen firsthand how the tournament is organized. Now it’s our turn.”

For the past several years, the Rebels have had to travel to southern Alberta for the provincial tournament. The team now looks to the Edson community to come on board to help host the event. Over 1,000 are expected to travel to the area for the event.

“It’s very exciting to have each and every game in our gymnasium,” said Saik. “It’s going to take approximately 100 man hours to set up before even one game is played, but that won’t deter us from putting on a great show.”

This year’s provincial championship is taking place in LaCrete where Saik, along with organizers for the 2017 event, will pay close attention as he says they expects to take elements of what they hope to experience there and blend it with HRH’s unique way of doing things.

HRH will also be hosting zone championships this year, for the third time, and will use that event as a momentum builder heading into 2016.

In the meantime leading up to the 2017 event, HRH has plenty of events in store for students and the community including a 12-team athlete banquette, a movie night at the Nova Theatre, as well as a mock-casino night at the school.

“We are very excited to show case all that the town of Edson has to offer,” said Saik. “With all eyes from across the province on Holy Redeemer I know that we are going to do a fabulous job illustrating that Edson is hidden gem in this beautiful province.”