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F.P. Walshe Flyers win consolation final at Coalhurst basketball tournament

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Aidan Kidd of the F.P. Walshe Flyers splits the Kainai Warriors defence on his way for a lay-up.

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The F.P. Walshe Flyers won the consolation title at a senior high boys basketball tournament at Coalhurst. Back row, from left: coach Clayton Orr, Oakley Bond, Rylan Clark, Cole Sawchuk, Dylan Drader, Michael McTighe and assistant coach Ben Webb. Front row: Ty Odney, Aidan Kidd, Jack Dietz and Shody Perry.

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Jack Dietz of the F.P. Walshe Flyers rebounds against Jonathan Red Crane (7) and Jeremy Oka of the Kainai Warriors.

F.P. Walshe Flyers tipped off the 2014-’15 high school boys basketball season last weekend with a strong showing at a tournament.
The Flyers won the consolation title at the eight-team tournament hosted by Coalhurst Trojans.
The F.P. Walshe team returns Grade 12 veterans Aidan Kidd and Jack Dietz along with Grade 11s Shody Perry, Rylan Clarke, Oakley Bond and Ty Odney.
New to the senior team are Grade 10s Dylan Drader, Cole Sawchuk, Walker English and Michael McTighe.
Clayton Orr is back as head coach of the Flyers, and is joined on the bench this season by assistant coach Don Webb and manager Charlene Drader.
The Flyers travel to Vulcan on Wednesday, Dec. 10 for a Chinook Basketball League game against County Central Hawks.
F.P. Walshe will compete in the Picture Butte Rule the Court tournament on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13.
Warriors 69 Flyers 65
Kainai Warriors opened an early lead on Friday and held off a late rally by the Flyers to post a 69-65 win in the first round of the Coalhurst tournament.
Kainai pulled in front 21-10 in the first quarter and led 36-26 at halftime.
The Flyers pulled within two points in the third quarter but Kainai surged ahead again, and F.P. Walshe could never get closer than four points.
Roan Mountain Horse led the Warriors with 17 points and David Crow Chief and Timothy Eagle Speaker each scored a dozen.
Aidan Kidd led the Flyers with 17 points, including a pair of three-pointers.
Shody Perry had 13 for the Flyers, Jack Dietz had 11 and Michael McTighe had seven.
Dylan Drader scored six, Rylan Clarke had five and Cole Sawchuk and Oakley Bond each had two.
The loss relegated the Flyers to the consolation side of the tournament.
Other first round winners were the host Coalhurst Trojans, Livingstone Sabres and Coaldale Christian.
Flyers 86 Pride 34
The Flyers proved to be early risers Saturday as they steamrolled the junior varsity Kate Andrews Pride 86-34 in the first game of the day.
F.P. Walshe showed no ill effects from the 8 a.m. start as they surged to a 22-9 lead in the opening quarter.
By halftime the Flyers led 51-17 and the outcome was never in doubt.
Shody Perry emerged as the Flyers big gun in this game, pouring in 21 points including three treys.
Kidd had another strong game as he scored 17 and Dietz also hit double figures with 14 points.
Sawchuk scored nine, Odney had seven, Drader had six and McTighe, Clarke and Bond each had four.
Curtis Dzioba had 10 points for Kate Andrews, Laine Wilson had nine and Samuel Riemer had seven.
Flyers 93 Eagles 41
The Flyers had no trouble in the consolation final as they rolled to a 93-41 win over the Immanuel Christian Eagles junior varsity team.
The Flyers soared to a 27-8 lead in the first quarter and were never threatened.
Cole Sawchuk led the attack with 18 points, Jack Dietz had 16 and Aidan Kidd had 15.
Shody Perry scored 12 for the Flyers, Michael McTighe had 11 and Rylan Clark had 10.
Oakley Bond had six, Ty Odney had four and Dylan Drader had two.
Bas Sluijmers had 14 for the Eagles.

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