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Atikokan, St. Francis strike hoop gold

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The district was well represented at a five-team grade seven/eight boys’ basketball tournament at St. Patrick’s (Atikokan) last Thursday, but the host team stood its ground.

St. Pat’s dumped the Cross-roads Tornadoes (Devlin) 34-11 in the final to claim the title. The St. Francis Sentinels (Fort Fran-ces) beat Mine Centre 24-14 in the bronze-medal game.

St. Pat’s went 4-0 in round-robin play to earn the top seed. Crossroads was next at 2-1-1, followed by St. Francis (2-2) and Mine Centre (1-3).

Atikokan High School (grade seven/eight) finished out of the top four with a 0-3-1 record.

Meanwhile, the grade sev-en/eight girls’ tournament was played Friday, with St. Francis edging Crossroads 6-4 in the final. AHS ‘A’ beat AHS ‘B’ 21-16 in the bronze-medal game.

Crossroads had gone 4-0 during round-robin play while St. Francis was next at 3-1. Both AHS teams finished with 1-2-1 records, with St. Pat’s last at 0-4.

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