Old Massett athletes give all

  • Feb. 24, 2015 6:00 a.m.

By Kevin LaGroixGood Day, Good People;  The All Native Basketball tournament is once again in the history books and the Old Massett teams represented the village with every thing they had. The Senior Men’s were in tough from the beginning with a couple of starters unable to compete due to work obligations. They were sidelined to the bleachers early in the draw. Our ladies were a dark horse to start the tournament and competed with increasing confidence every game. After an opening-round loss the girls settled down the next game and beat the team that knocked them out last year. The ladies went out after that win but, by gaining the victory, they assured themselves a place next year. The Intermediates started out smoking hot with a couple of victories that included the drubbing of the No. 3 seed. The team finally bowed out late in the tournament and they can be proud of their play and deep run.  The two-time defending Masters champions from Old Massett were hoping for a three-peat but standing in their way was the new team to the division, Hydaburg.  They were led by perennial all-stars Sid Edenshaw and Matt Carle, who practically owned the Senior division the first decade of this century. Having moved to masters they continued their dominating ways with an “A” bracket victory over Massett on Tuesday night. The locals were shaken but not stirred as they paved their way through the long “B” side and earned the right for a rematch in the final. The team had a plan, they were ready, but alas so were their American cousins. With Matt Carle starting the game off with a couple of treys, the Kigani Haidas took an early 23-3 lead and cruised to victory. The Massett squad clawed back a couple of times but when things started to look close, Hydaburg would strike another dagger from the outside. The Masters are coming home as well-deserved runner-ups following the seven games in their five-day tournament. Congratulations to Hydaburg Masters and to the Skidegate Senior’s who are raising their fourth-consecutive championship banner. The defending champion Skidegate Intermediates played their hearts out and finished runner ups in their division thus ensuring a seeded placing in the draw.   The weekend was not all about basketball, it was also about an early spring. Having seen Eurasian swallows and several robins so far, there were bumblebees out on Sunday. While walking the eroding north shore of the village there were a few of the yellow and black buzzers looking for food. This is the earliest I can remember seeing them. The early spring has a lot of people out and about and this includes the walking group. The Walking Group meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Old Massett Community Hall. This is a great way to get into an exercise routine.  Not only does the group walk but there is also yoga exercises to music and snacks. Your blood pressure and heart rate is monitored and it’s a lot of fun for all. Come out to the hall on these days and remember to bring your water.There is an interesting and colourful evening planned for Monday, March 9, at the Royal Canadian Legion in Masset:  “FASHIONITA” A Night For Women fashion show.  The doors open and refreshments at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. sharp.  Come wearing something red.  For more information or to participate RSVP Rachel at 250-626-6052 by Friday, March 6.  You will want to be there early as seating will go fast. Another not-to-miss event is the Community Engagement Dinner/Meeting that will be hosted by the Haida Health Centre in cooperation with the First Nation Health Authority. Please come and enjoy the dinner and share concerns, successes and suggestions with ongoing projects such as Medical transportation, Primary Care, Mental Wellness and Substance abuse. Other topics will be discussed as they are brought up at this forum. The event will be cheerfully catered by the Adult Day Program. The Nights Alive Program is looking for new members. The program is open to youth between the ages 13-18 and who are interested in; planning and organizing fun events on Friday evenings;  learning about Harms reductions and peer support; helping youth in the community; and being part of a strong team of youth. This group has a great record in the community and they collectively took the Youth Citizen of the Year award last summer.    This is all for this week with the exception of one birthday to report: Charlie Brown turns 46 on the 19th. Haaw’aa salanaas.

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