One school rose to the top at the Basketball City Championships, held at elementary schools across the city this week. The tournament hosts teams from Yorkton’s elementary schools to compete for the prize of being the top basketball team in Yorkton.
On the boys’ side, Yorkdale school took the top prize for the fifth year in a row, beating MC Knoll 52-23.
On the girls’ side, the Yorkdale team has a longer streak still, winning the tournament for eight straight years. They beat St. Paul’s School in the final 37-9.
Yorkdale coach Jason Boyda said their success is all thanks to the players.
“The players put in the time, the dedication and the commitment. They work hard, and they are so coachable, and the effort that they give day in, day out. Not just in the games, but it all starts in the practices, and that’s hats off to the players... I’m just grateful to have such a great kids to work with, and supportive parents and administration as well at our school.”
The school is on a basketball hot streak in the city, and Boyda is grateful that year after year, kids are enthusiastic and work hard to keep the team on top. He notes that the older kids are mentors to the younger ones, which gives them a ‘community of coaches’ beyond himself, Grant Edgar and Theresa Karol.
“We never rebuild, we just reload, because the players buy into what we’re doing because we work so hard at it.”
He is also praises the other schools that participate in the tournament, saying they also have some great kids who work hard and have some great coaching.
“We’re just very fortunate that we have that little extra. We always look forward to the competition here in the city because it’s really good basketball.”