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Bert Church Invitational set for this weekend

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 10:29 am

Lexi Mamo of the Bert Church Chargers sped her way up the court during her team's game against the George McDougall Mustangs on Dec. 16.
Lexi Mamo of the Bert Church Chargers sped her way up the court during her team's game against the George McDougall Mustangs on Dec. 16.
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An annual holiday tradition at Bert Church High School is back once again this year, as the 24th edition of the Bert Church Invitational senior boys and girls’ basketball tournament will take place on Dec. 19 to 21.

“For our senior basketball players at the school, this is one of the highlights of the season,” Bert Church Chargers senior boys Head Coach Mike Serra said.

“They get to perform in front of their fellow classmates and the community, and we always make it a big deal by having them play the opening game in the middle of the school day.”

“Everyone is always excited for it, as this is a long-standing tradition here at our school,” Chargers senior girls Head Coach Ian Ferguson added.

“Everyone in our community comes out to see the games, and it always makes for a great atmosphere.”

The senior boys Chargers will open up its tournament on Dec. 19 at 12:30 p.m. when it will take on the Lord Beaverbrook Lords of Calgary, while the Bert Church senior girls team will go up against the Louis St. Laurent from Edmonton at 2:35 p.m.

A total of eight teams will be competing in each of the boys’ and girls’ tournament, with all but two of the squads coming from Alberta.

The lone exception is the boys’ and girls’ teams from Walter Murray Collegiate, from Saskatoon.

“For us, everything that we do when it comes to our schedule of games is done in the hopes of having our teams play well when it comes down to the RVSA (Rocky View Sports Association) playoffs in March,” Ferguson said.

“We will have a chance to see many teams from the Edmonton area this weekend, and if we have the chance to go to the provincials, we will have the knowledge of seeing them now in our back pockets.”

The Chargers girls’ team has already had a taste of tournament success this season in Calgary, as the team won the SAIT pre-season event in Calgary on Nov. 30.

“We are a quick and athletic team that likes to run up and down the floor, and we have a lot of depth on our team that serves us well,” Ferguson said.

“As long as we keep battling out there, the results will take care of themselves.”

The senior boys Chargers squad, meanwhile, have had a slightly rough start to its season, as they have dealt with a number of injuries.

“It seems that in every game we have played so far, we have someone on our 11-player roster get injured, so we haven’t had a chance to see what we can do as a team yet,” Serra said.

“However, the guys have taken their lumps and battled hard, and once we get our missing pieces back into the puzzle, we should do OK.”

The BCI will wrap up on Dec. 21, with the girls’ final taking place at 6:45 p.m.

The boys championship game getting underway at 8:30 p.m.


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