March 27, 2009


The Grade 9 Crusader Basketball Team brought their season to a dramatic close this evening in their defeat of Acadia in the Championship of the Junior High Invitational Tournament (68-54).  The JHIT showcases the top teams in Manitoba and St.Paul's was ranked first this year of all Grade 9 boys teams in the province.  The Axemen must be commended on their determination and unrelenting play throughout the game.  It was the play of the Crusaders, however,  that dominated the end of the third and all of the fourth quarter of play.  The team controlled the boards and scored  more consistently in the transition than the Axemen. The fans that came out to cheer on their team added to the level of enthusiasm and support that prevailed throughout the game!

This Championship closes an amazing season of play for the Cru (27-2)and marks their place in the record books of Crusader basketball history having achieved what no other basketball team has ever accomplished. 

"Never underestimate the heart and dreams of a champion." Rudy Tomjanovich