Two Cochrane high school senior basketball teams have returned as champions of the Olds Spartans Basketball Tournament, Jan. 11-12.
The Cochrane High Cobras won the boys division while the Bow Valley Bobcats won the girls title, both going undefeated.
The Bobcats defeated the host Spartans 45-27 in the final after wins against Calgary’s Central Memorial and St. Paul earlier in the tournament.
They opened with a 62-47 win over Calgary’s Central Memorial. Foul trouble and sickness of one of their key players made their 56-43 win against St. Paul a closer contest.
That’s the Bobcats third tournament win of the four they have played so far this season.
The Cobras boys team dominated their division with some lopsided wins on their way to the tournament title.
They overshadowed Canmore, who were ranked in the top 10 provincial and finished second in the zones last season, with a 108-28 win. Against a height-challenged St. Paul team they came away with a 105-59 win. In the finals, it was an 83-60 decision over W.H. Croxford.
The Cobras next tournament is in Lethbridge, Feb. 1-2.
Rocky View play resumes
Rocky View Sports divisional play fired up again last week with all three Cochrane varsity teams racking up wins.
On Jan. 9 the Cobras senior varsity team downed W.H. Croxford, 94-65. In Jan. 10 girls varsity play, Cochrane High Cobras downed W.H. Croxford, 61-45, while Bow Valley Bobcats beat Airdrie’s George McDougall, 61-33.
All three teams are undefeated midway through the season but that will change this Wednesday in the girls' division. It’s the Battle of Cochrane with the Cobras and Bobcats girls facing each other for the first time in divisional play this season. The winner will remain alone in first place.
The Cobras boys varsity team has a bye.
Hoops for Cancer
Mark Feb. 5 on the calendar for both the junior and senior boys basketball teams of Cochrane High.
Hoops for Cancer fundraising will take place in their final home game of the regular season.
“We’re asking people to wear purple and bring donations for Kids Cancer Care,” says seniors head coach Patrick Court.
The team will also be saluting their grade 12 players with the presentation of photos and will provide a brief recap of each of their contributions to the team over the years.