Kwalikum hoops teams off to strong starts in 2012

Things are looking good for team as basketball season continues

Meanwhile, the Ballenas Whalers Senior Boys hoops team beat, handily, the Alberni Armada at home Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, the Ballenas Whalers Senior Boys hoops team beat, handily, the Alberni Armada at home Tuesday night.

Kwalikum Secondary School’s Junior Girls basketball team has been on a tear since returning to the court from Christmas break, and head into this weekend winners of five of six so far in 2012.

The young K-Birds thumped the 49ers in Ladysmith Jan. 4 in their first game back, and last weekend they played tough and went 2-1 in Victoria at the Jr. Girls Island Challenge.

According to Kondors’ teacher/coach Jesse Witte, the locals opened with a hard-fought loss to the provincially ranked Cleremont Spartans.

“We were tied 16-16 at half time and went on to lose 38-29,” said Witte. “A very entertaining game — probably our best half of the year so far.”

Kwalikum bounced back with a big 36-22 win over the Wellington Wildcats, and closed it out with a thrilling 34-32 win over their rivals from down the road, Ballenas Secondary School in Parksville.

“We hung on, just barely,” chuckled Witte, then made the point, “the Wellington game was a really physical game, and then to have to (return to the court) shortly after to play Ballenas and to battle the way we did … we showed a lot of grit.”

The Kondor girls picked up where they left off this week posting a pair of wins — on Monday they beat the short-benched Nanaimo District Secondary School Islanders 38-17, and on Wednesday they beat Ballenas in another nail-biter, 42-38 — a battle for top spot in the 11-team Mid-Island league.

The two wins ups the K-Birds’ regular season record to 5-0 and alone in first place for now with five games remaining.

“We win because we have a team full of dedicated kids that know their role on the team,” said coach Witte.





The Jr. Girls are in Courtenay this weekend for a tournament at Mark Isfeld Secondary, and return home to ‘the Nest Wed., Jan. 18 for a 5 p.m. tipoff against the Dolphins from Dover Bay.

Kwalikum’s Jr. Boys team, who lost to BSS by one point (39-38) on Wednesday and are sitting middle of the pack in their league, play immediately after.








Dave Frampton’s AA Senior Boys team battled the Spartans in Cedar to a big 77-69 win on Tuesday. The Kondors are in Courtenay this weekend for the 43rd Annual, 12-team Towhee Invitational Tournament.

They are back in action at KSS on Tuesday, Nov. 17 for a legauer against the Wellington Wildcats.

“We played very well — probably our most complete performance of the year,” Frampton said of this week’s win, adding Grade 11 Nick Wassbauer led the locals with a season-high 25 points, “20 of which came in the second half.”

The Kondors are now 1-2 in league play (6-5 overall) with three games remaining against teams in the bottom half of the standings — which should set them up for a nice seeding heading into the North Islands.


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