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Flyers reach new heights to win bronze in Calgary


F.P. Walshe Flyers won the bronze medal

The F.P. Walshe Flyers won the bronze medal at a tournament hosted by Calgary Academy. Backrow, from left: Jason Doyle, Stuart Poettcker, Jordan Ruzek, Brayden Russell, Dalton Donahue and coach Clayton Orr. Front row: Jonathan Colp, Cole Black Water, Logan Gregory and Nathan Orr.

The F.P. Walshe Flyers senior boys basketball team travelled to Calgary for a tournament Dec. 17-18 at Calgary Academy.
After the trip to Calgary, the Flyers first played St. Timothy’s.
It was a back-and-forth game with good defence for most of the game. At halftime, the Flyers led 35-32.
Through the second half the Flyers maintained that lead and eventually were victorious by a score of 65-62.
Stuart Poettcker had 20 points for the Flyers, followed by Jordan Ruzek with 13 and Nathan Orr with 10.
Later that evening the Flyers squared off against a team from Golden, B.C.
The Flyers struggled to find their groove, especially in the second quarter when they only scored two points.
Despite this lack of scoring, at half the score was still within reach at 30-16 for Golden.
In the fourth quarter the Flyers came out with determination and whittled the lead down to three but could never get over that hump and fell 54-48.
Leading scorers for the Flyers were Stuart Poettcker with 19, Nathan Orr with nine and Logan Gregory with seven.
The format of the tournament now gave the Flyers a chance for two more games if they were victorious in their morning game.
The Flyers faced Holy Cross Collegiate and were in control almost from the get-go.
They maintained a fast tempo and at the half the Flyers led 43-27. In the second half they didn’t let up, and lead by a strong fast break the Flyers won 84-55.
Logan Gregory had 25 points, Nathan Orr had 20 and Stuart Poettcker had 13 in the win.
This victory set up a bronze medal game between F.P. Walshe and J.R. Robson school.
This game was a battle in the first half and the Flyers lead by six at the half, 31-25.
In the second half the Flyers took over and only allowed 12 points in the half.
United by good defence the Flyers soared to a 73-37 victory.
The leading scorers were Nathan Orr with 23 and Logan Gregory with 16. Cole Black Water, Jordan Ruzek and Stuart Poettcker each had nine points.
The Flyers captured bronze in a successful weekend that they intend to use as a building block for the rest of the season.
Come out and cheer on the Flyers on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at home against the undefeated Winston Churchill Bulldogs from Lethbridge.
On the weekend the Flyers travel to Claresholm to compete in another tournament where the Flyers have the potential to do well in.

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