Vanier Crusaders win again

Vanier Catholic Secondary has a surplus of championship banners to be hung in the gymnasium. The athletics department has fallen behind in hanging them and the school just got three more.

Vanier Catholic Secondary has a surplus of championship banners to be hung in the gymnasium. The athletics department has fallen behind in hanging them and the school just got three more.

The Vanier Crusaders won three out of four titles at the Yukon Basketball Championships, hosted by Basketball Yukon and the Yukon Schools’ Athletics Association last weekend.

The Crusaders won the junior boys and senior girls titles, then finished the championships by winning its fourth consecutive senior boys title at Vanier on Saturday.

“I didn’t talk about it until halftime, reminding them, other than going undefeated and finishing a successful season, we were also going for our fourth senior title in a row,” said Crusaders head coach Sean McCarron. “Three quarters (of the team) are graduating, so we did want to win for a number of reasons. Mainly because we put a lot of time and energy trying to be successful. To see it play out was pretty satisfying.”

The Crusaders won the senior boys title with a 95-68 win over the Porter Creek Rams in front of a packed house. Vanier jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held it until half. They finished the third quarter up 69-56 before running away with the game in the fourth, scoring 26 points.

“It’s definitely a very humbling win,” said Crusaders co-captain Chris Carino. “Throughout the season we were trying not to become complacent and keep our feet on the ground with big margin wins. And make the other team better and play to our standards. At the end it’s all about how we play as team.”

Not only was it Vanier’s fourth straight senior boys title, the win over the Rams was the final touch on a perfect season. The Crusaders went undefeated, also winning the Whitehorse high schools’ Super Hoops title.

“The cohesiveness of the team, people knowing their roles, knowing they have to cheer, score, rebound,” said Carino, when asked for the source of the team’s success. “People embracing their roles on the team.”

The Crusaders secured the title, and honours. Three of the five championship All-Stars named were Crusaders, as well as the MVP.

Ian New, RJ Siosan and Josh Tobias were named All-Stars and Carino MVP.

Carino led the game in scoring with 42 points with seven three-pointers. Siosan put 25 on the board and Tobias 23.

All four Crusaders played on Yukon’s bronze-winning team at the 2014 Arctic Winter Games in Fairbanks, Alaska.

“Most of our guys have been playing for Basketball Yukon the last few years and that helped develop our game together, and knowing each other on and off the court,” said Carino, who graduates this spring. “It’s definitely nice to finish off on good note.”

Porter Creek’s Chris Neysoo, Brad Jacobson and Pierre Lafever each scored 13 points in the final.

The F.H. Collins Warriors took the bronze.

Contact Tom Patrick at

tomp@yukon-news.com

All-Stars

Hughie Fordyce-Fortune (Warriors)

Chris Neysoo (Rams)

Ian New (Crusaders)

RJ Siosan (Crusaders)

Josh Tobias (Crusaders)

MVP Chris Carino (Crusaders)

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

asdf
WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for Dec. 4, 2020

Dawson City’s BHB Storage facility experienced a break-and-enter last month, according to Yukon RCMP. (File photo)
Storage lockers damaged, items stolen in Dawson City

BHB Storage facility victim to second Dawson City break-and-enter last month

A proposed Official Community Plan amendment would designate a 56.3-hectare piece of land in Whistle Bend currently designated as green space, as urban residential use. Whitehorse city council will vote on the second reading of the Official Community Plan amendment on Dec. 7. (Courtesy City of Whitehorse)
Future area of Whistle Bend considered by council

Members set to vote on second reading for OCP change

The City of Whitehorse’s projected deficit could be $100,000 more than originally predicted earlier this year. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City deficit could be just over $640,000 this year

Third quarter financial reports presented to council

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley speaks during a COVID-19 press conference in Whitehorse on Oct. 30. Masks became mandatory in the Yukon for anyone five years old and older as of Dec. 1 while in public spaces. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
As mask law comes into effect, premier says $500 fines will be last resort

The territory currently has 17 active cases of COVID-19

The Town of Watson Lake has elected John Devries as a new councillor in a byelection held Dec. 3. (Wikimedia Commons)
Watson Lake elects new councillor

The Town of Watson Lake has elected John Devries as a new… Continue reading

The new Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation council elected Dec. 1. (Submitted)
Little Salmon Carmacks elects new chief, council

Nicole Tom elected chief of Little Salmon Carcmacks First Nation

Submitted/Yukon News file
Yukon RCMP’s Historical Case Unit is seeking information related to the unsolved homicide of Allan Donald Waugh, 69, who was found deceased in his house on May 30, 2014.
Yukon RCMP investigating unsolved Allan Waugh homicide

Yukon RCMP’s Historical Case Unit is seeking information related to an unsolved… Continue reading

A jogger runs along Millenium Trail as the sun rises over the trees around 11 a.m. in Whitehorse on Dec. 12, 2018. The City of Whitehorse could soon have a new trail plan in place to serve as a guide in managing the more than 233 kilometres of trails the city manages. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
2020 trail plan comes forward

Policies and bylaws would look at e-mobility devices

Snow-making machines are pushed and pulled uphill at Mount Sima in 2015. The ski hill will be converting snow-making to electric power with more than $5 million in funding from the territorial and federal governments. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
Mount Sima funded to cut diesel reliance

Mount Sima ski hill is converting its snowmaking to electric power with… Continue reading

Colin McDowell, the director of land management for the Yukon government, pulls lottery tickets at random during a Whistle Bend property lottery in Whitehorse on Sept. 9, 2019. A large amount of lots are becoming available via lottery in Whistle Bend as the neighbourhood enters phase five of development. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Lottery for more than 250 new Whistle Bend lots planned for January 2021

Eight commercial lots are being tendered in additional to residential plots

The Government of Yukon Main Administration Building in Whitehorse on Aug. 21. The Canada Border Services Agency announced Nov. 26 that they have laid charges against six people, including one Government of Yukon employee, connected to immigration fraud that involved forged Yukon government documents. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Charges laid in immigration fraud scheme, warrant out for former Yukon government employee

Permanent residency applications were submitted with fake Yukon government documents

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Mask fundraiser helps make children’s wishes come true

From Black Press Media + BraveFace – adult, youth and kid masks support Make-A-Wish Foundation

Most Read