A look at some of the highlights from the week that was for local teams and athletes

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High school hockey

The Luther Lions are high school city champions after defeating the Balfour Bears 6-3 to claim the Kartusch division title.

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In the Haacke division, the undefeated Campbell Tartans beat O’Neill 3-2 in overtime to win the other title.

Hoopla

Despite Hoopla 2024 being cancelled, high school basketball teams from across the province gathered in Moose Jaw for a one-day tournament to decide the provincial champions.

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In the girls division, LeBoldus claimed the 5A title with a 77-69 win over No. 1 seed Winston Knoll in an all-Regina final. Meanwhile. Meadow Lake won 4A, Lanigan won 3A, Preeceville won 2A and Wilkie won 1A.

On the boys side, Saskatoon’s Walter Murray won the 5A title with a 79-71 win over Regina’s Riffel Royals. Meanwhile, Moose Jaw Central won 4A, Regina Christian School won 3A, St. Brieux won 2A and Legacy Christian Academy won 1A.

Mixed curling provincials

Team Ackerman out of Regina’s Highland Curling Club are mixed provincial curling champions after beating fellow Highland rink Team Springer in the final.

The Ackerman squad — featuring Jason Ackerman, Robyn Silvernagle, Sam Wills and Colleen Ackerman — will now represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian Mixed Curling Championship in St. Catherines, Ont. from Nov. 3 to 9.

Stick curling provincials

Darren and Darrel Beach, along with alternate Bob Desnoyers out of Highland Curling Club, are provincial stick curling champions while Anita Ford and Carol Michel claimed the silver medal. Both teams will now represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian Stick Curling Championships from April 17 to 21 in Toronto.

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Wheelchair curling

The 2024 Canadian Wheelchair Curling Championship is underway in Moose Jaw as 11 teams compete for the national title.

Gil Dash and Marie Wright — of Team Saskatchewan #1 — are looking for their record-breaking fifth national title. The gold medal game is set for Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Riders sign DB

The Saskatchewan Roughriders signed American defensive back DaMarcus Fields on Monday.

The 26-year-old has spent the last two years in the NFL, playing two games with the New Orleans Saints before spending time with the Washington Commanders.

Collegiately, the 6-foot, 200-pound Texas native played six seasons at Texas Tech, where he was named All-Big 12 second team in 2021.

Regina Pat Canadians

Cohen Harris scored at 7:37 of a sudden-death, 10-minute overtime period on Sunday to give the visiting Saskatoon Blazers a 4-3 victory over the Regina Pat Canadians and a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five Saskatchewan Male U18 AAA Hockey League championship series.

Saskatoon goalie Grayson Malinoski made 48 saves while Regina’s Taylor Tabashniuk stopped 22 shots.

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Game 3 is slated for Tuesday in Saskatoon. The Blazers won last year’s championship series 3-2 over the Pat Canadians.

NCAA Frozen Four

At the 2024 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four championship, Regina’s Neena Brick and the Colgate Raiders came up just short in the national semifinal losing 3-1 to the Wisconsin Badgers on Friday night.

Wisconsin then lost to Ohio State 1-0 in the national final. Ohio State previously beat Clarkson University, which features Gull Lake’s Baylee Kirwan, in the other semifinal.

Brick, a former Regina Rebels standout, finished with 18 goals and 22 assists in 40 games in her third year at Colgate.

tshire@postmedia.com

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