By Greg Price
The seeds have been set for south zone basketball as the Vauxhall Vikings come down the home stretch of its regular season.
“Overall, we just had a few games in February. The bulk of our tournaments were in January where in February we’ve been playing league games. We had the week off, so it was good to get a few games going before zones,” said Daryl Johnson, head coach of the Vauxhall Vikings boys basketball team. “I think we’re ready. We are as ready as we are going to be. The kids are still working hard and the practices have been good. The kids are excited to be going to Lethbridge.”
Vauxhall Vikings will be competing at 2A south zones at Lethbridge College, going in as the sixth seed. The Vikings’ first game is against 11th seed Matthew Halton at 6:45 p.m. on Monday at Lethbridge College on Court ‘A.’ If the Vikings are able to advance, they will have a Tuesday game against third-ranked Picture Butte at 8:30 p.m. at Lethbridge College on Court ‘B.’
“It’s a good match up. It’s right around where I thought we would be seeded at six or seven. We get that first game in, get a feel for the gym, and then play the higher-seeded team,” said Johnson. “We haven’t see Picture Butte all year which is sort of strange, we typically play them once or twice along the way. But, it’s the same coaches over there so I know what they like to do.”
If the Vikings are able to continue their run they will play at 8:30 p.m. on Friday with the 2A boys zone championship slated for 6 p.m. on Saturday.
The Vikings competed against the winner of St. Mary’s/Senator Gershaw for bragging rights in the River Ridge Basketball League championship yesterday with results unavailable at press time.
“I think it will be Bow Island (Senator Gershaw) for first place. Bow Island has been playing some pretty decent ball, so it should be a good game,” said Johnson.
COURT ROYALTY: Vauxhall Queens girls basketball team goes in as the fifth seed at 2A girls south zones and will play fourth-ranked Kate Andrews Pride on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Lethbridge College.
If the team advances, they will play at 6:45 p.m. on Friday on Court ‘A’ at Lethbridge College against the winner of Immanuel Christian/County Central.