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As per usual, the evening of ball began with the mixed junior players, with Players of the Game being Lu Clausen, Jess Johnson, Ariel McNutt, Blake Hedges, Cameron Callison and Earl Concepcion.

The young athletes also received the two end-of year awards, with Coach’s Choices being Erin Wilkinson, Alexis Ziebart, Tyrel Roberts, Shara-Lynn Johnson, Celine Quigley and Jesse Baker.

Junior MVP’s were also awarded, with Tyler Coulter, Kirsten Beech, Nathan Wideman, Connor McDonnel, Adam Bowie and Lucas Ziebart each receiving the honour from their coaching staff.

Following the Juniors, the Senior Girls occupied the North Peace Secondary School courts, where Focus defeated D. Bauer by only three points, 35-32 to take first place in the Senior Girls division.

Focus’ Player of the Game was Brianne Andres, Coaches Choice went to Sierra Koop and season MVP was awarded to Pamela Sandberg. For D. Bauer, Madison Faminow took home Player of the Game honours, with Taryn Johnson earning the selection of Coach’s Choice, and MVP going to Robyn Devaleriola.

In the consolation Senior Girls game, Lube-X beat Northern Valve 34-19, with Players of the Game going to Haley Wellard of Lube-X and Northern Valve’s Catherine Johnson.

Coach’s Choice for Lube-X was awarded to Hafsah Sahibzada and Allyson Knight went home with MVP.

Coaches from Northern Valve selected Stephanie Ross for their Coach’s Choice award, while Laura Dressler was award Most Valuable Player.

Finally, the last set of Senior Boys games hit the hardwood, where Lube-X beat D. Bauer in a championship determining nail-biter, by a score of 63-60. Player of the Game for the victorious Lube-X was Blake, while that same honour went to Miles Savard of D. Bauer.

Coach’s Choice for the first place Lube-X was Tyren Arzega, and MVP was awarded to Andrew Stewart. Kameron Furlong was given the honour of Coach’s Choice for D. Bauer and Tristan Burridge was the Most Valuable Player.

Finally, the evening concluded with Sunlife overcoming a six point deficit, forcing overtime and proceeding to defeat Northern valve 54-53 in an exciting conclusion to this year’s basketball league.

Sunlife coaches nominated Nathan Hazelwood as the Player of the Game, Gabe Hermida as the Coach’s Choice and Mark Dyke as team MVP.

As for Northern Valve, Alex Lorinz was awarded Coach’s Choice, while Jason Hanna earned himself the title of team MVP.

Sunlife Coach Kevin Charach spoke about the effort his team, and well as the opposing team put forth.

“The game was a bit stressful at times, but the kids really wanted the win. They were aggressive and really stepped up defensively, especially at the end of the game. Credit also has to be given to Northern Valve, who played a great game.

Charach also shared his view on the development of his team throughout the season.

As for the team, we had a great season, and the players developed quite a bit as the season went on. They demonstrated great commitment and effort, and I feel the basketball community in Fort St. John is really on the up.”

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