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F.P. Walshe Flyers land in second place at own Blue and White high school basketball tournament

The F.P. Walshe Flyers Back row, from left: coach Don Webb, Rylan Clarke, Oakley Bond, Shody Perry, Jack Dietze, Ty Odney, Aidan Kidd and coach Clayton Orr. Front row, from left: Walker English, Cole Sawchuk, Michael McTighe and Dylan Drader.

The F.P. Walshe Flyers Back row, from left: coach Don Webb, Rylan Clarke, Oakley Bond, Shody Perry, Jack Dietze, Ty Odney, Aidan Kidd and coach Clayton Orr. Front row, from left: Walker English, Cole Sawchuk, Michael McTighe and Dylan Drader.

Calgary Christian Cougars clawed their way to the championship of the 47th annual Blue and White senior boys basketball tournament.
The Cougars beat Bassano Broncos and Kainai Warriors to advance to the final, where they grounded tournament host F.P. Walshe Flyers.
Sparwood Spartans, Foremost Falcons, Vulcan County Central Hawks and Willow Creek Composite Cobras rounded out the competition in the two-day tournament.
With no gymnasium available in Fort Macleod due to the school modernization projects, F.P. Walshe hosted the tournament at Willow Creek Composite in Claresholm
Flyers 77 Foremost 42
The Flyers opened the tournament Friday against Foremost Falcons and sailed to a 77-42 win.
The Flyers jumped out in front 25-17 in the first quarter and widened their lead to 49-26 at the half.
Aidan Kidd led the Flyers with 20 points and Shody Perry had 14.
Rylan Clarke scored 11, Jack Dietze had nine, Oakley Bond had eight, Ty Odney had six, Cole Sawchuk had five and Walker English had two.
The win advanced the Flyers to the semifinals on Saturday afternoon.
In other opening round action Kainai hammered Willow Creek Cobras 107-51, Sparwood beat Vulcan 88-58 and Calgary Christian downed Bassano 83-66.
Flyers 81 Spartans 36
The outcome was settled early as the Flyers jumped out to a 32-10 lead over Sparwood Spartans in the first quarter of the semifinal game.
The Flyers were up 55-15 at the half and cruised to an 81-36 win.
Clarke scored 21 points to lead all scorers and Odney and Perry each had 17.
Kidd had 10 points for the Flyers, Dietze had eight, Bond had six, Sawchuk had four and Michael McTighe had two.
In the other semifinal Calgary Christian beat Kainai 78-52.
Cougars 79 Flyers 48
The Flyers jumped out to an early 7-2 lead in the championship game Saturday night but couldn’t hold it against Calgary Christian Cougars, who are ranked No. 4 in the province.
The Cougars fought back to lead 14-11 after the first quarter and 35-18 at halftime.
Unable to get their shots to fall, the Flyers watched as the Cougars increased their lead to 58-31 in the third quarter.
The scoring was more even in the fourth but the Flyers could not gain any ground and the Cougars claimed the Blue and White title with a 79-48 win.
Dietze tied for top scorer in the game with Thomas Neustaedter of the Cougars as both players scored 19.
Kidd had 13 points, Odney and Perry each had seven and Clarke had two.
In the third-place game Kainai beat Bassano 91-79, while in the consolation final Bassano beat Foremost 75-68.

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