Pitt hosts Grade 8 provincials

Results highlight unfortunate decline in the local hoops scene

Pitt Meadows forward Lorenzo Leoncio drives to the basket in Grade 8 Provincial Basketball Championships.

The Pitt Meadows Marauders hosted the Grade 8 provincial championship over the weekend.

The host boys and girls teams from Pitt were the only local teams in the tournament, and had just one win between them.

The Marauders boys started off with a 64-19 loss to Charles Tupper on Thursday.

Tupper went on to the championship game, which they lost to Burnaby South by a score of 64-53.

Pitt lost to Gordon Head 48-36, Shuswap 47-37 and Prince Rupert 41-20, and finished in 16th place.

The Pitt girls had one win in four outings. They lost to Vancouver’s Little Flower Academy 67-13 to open the tournament.

Again, the high-seeded Flowers went on to the tournament championship, where they lost 67-40 to Walnut Grove.

Lord Tweedsmuir beat Pitt 44-15 in the second round, but in the third round the Marauders girls had a close 46-44 loss to Dr. Knox.

They finally got the first win by a local team on Saturday morning when they beat Smithers 34-32

“Basketball in Pitt Meadows isn’t what it used to be,” observed coach Rich Goulet, who heads up the basketball program at Pitt Meadows.

He said local athletes in this former hoops hotbed now divide their attention between hockey, soccer and field lacrosse, as well as baseball and basketball.

“You’re fighting all these other things that kids are doing.”

He agrees that basketball is on the rise in Canada overall, but cold-weather provinces don’t have to compete for players with soccer, as B.C. does.

He added that local elementary school students are arriving in Grade 8 without the foundation of basketball skills that they had in past years. They aren’t getting enough exposure to the sport in elementary school, and fewer are attending the Steve Nash programs.

Looking back on 50 years of basketball, Goulet says 1989, when Pitt Meadows faced Maple Ridge secondary in the provincial championship, was the pinnacle of the sport locally, and it has been in decline since.

His senior Marauders have qualified for the provincial championships in 10 of the last 11 seasons, but next year they will need to reload, and will compete at the AAA level, according to school population, rather than at the elite AAAA.

Just Posted

Maple Ridge man to the rescue twice in 10 minutes

Karl Dey helped the VPD take down a violent sex offender

Maple Ridge magnetic hill defies the law of Newton

It is a stretch of road where cars roll uphill instead of down

Driver from 2005 vehicle dragging death in Maple Ridge dies

Grant De Patie killed while working at gas station

Crown drops one Vernon assault charge against Curtis Sagmoen

Curtis Wayne Sagmoen will still stand trial on one count of assault causing bodily harm in December.

Start of Maple Ridge B-Line bus service may be delayed

TransLink says new service could start next year, some time

Maple Ridge magnetic hill defies the law of Newton

It is a stretch of road where cars roll uphill instead of down

Vancouver Giant named to Western Conference first-tier all-star team

Young hockey defenceman Bowen Byram is once again lauded for his outstanding efforts on the ice

Permit rejected to bring two cheetahs to B.C.

Earl Pfeifer owns two cheetahs, one of which escaped in December 2015

Real-life tsunami threat in Port Alberni prompts evacuation updates

UBC study says some people didn’t recognize the emergency signal

Care providers call for B.C. seniors’ watchdog to step down

The association also asks the province to conduct an audit and review of the mandate of her office

Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from B.C. roaster recalled due to botulism scare

“If you purchased N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Cherry Hill … do not drink it.”

Baby left alone in vehicle in B.C. Walmart parking lot

Williams Lake RCMP issue warning after attending complaint at Walmart Wednesday

Nowhere to grieve: How homeless people deal with loss during the opioid crisis

Abbotsford homeless advocate says grief has distinct challenges for those living on the streets

ICBC shifts to Alberta model, with higher rates, private insurers say

B.C. public insurance includes funding enforcement, driver licensing

Most Read