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F.P. Walshe Flyers win Coalhurst hoop tournament

Back row, from left: Marina Domingo, Sidney Wolff, Tess Luther, Cheyenne George, Kierstyn Doyle, Sydney Perry and coach Aimee Sandham. Front row, from left: Esther Oosterwijk, Sheridan George, Carson Smith and Karli Coast. Photo by Jaimie Orr.

F.P. Walshe Flyers went undefeated on the weekend to claim the championship of a high school girls basketball tournament at Coalhurst.
The Flyers beat Picture Butte Queens, Coalhurst Crusaders and Kate Andrews Pride to win the Roger Vander Linden Memorial Tournament.
The victory had special meaning for Flyers coach Aimee Sandham, who was a student at Coalhurst school when Vander Linden was a teacher and vice-principal.
“He was a prominent person in the Coalhurst community,” Sandham said. “He coached me in Grade 10, was our vice-principal at the time, as well as a teacher.”
“He was an amazing coach, teacher, and vice-principal. I played in the tournament as a high school player and we had won it the first year it was renamed after him. It has been a dream to be a coach in it and win as well. The girls made it happen.”
The Flyers opened the tournament Friday afternoon with a 55-33 win over Picture Butte Queens.
The Flyers wore down the Queens and put them away in the fourth quarter.
In the semifinals on Saturday afternoon the Flyers beat the host Crusaders 73-61.
The Flyers had lost twice to the Crusaders earlier this season and played with determination to get the win.
That victory propelled the Flyers to the tournament championship game on Saturday night, where they met Kate Andrews Pride.
In a close, physical battle the Flyers prevailed 63-59 to claim the championship.
“It was such a cool feeling, to have a connection to the tournament and also win it,” Sandham said. “The team knew a bit of the story and they worked so hard to make it happen. A really cool weekend.”
The Flyers host their own Blue and White tournament on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7-8.

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