Rivalry renewed on court

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Peacock wants fans to Stack the Stands

The rivalry between the Central Cyclones and Peacock Toilers is one of the best in the city.

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By Katie Brickman

The long lasting competition has been ongoing for almost 50 years and will be renewed tonight when the Cyclones head down the street to Peacock for their first meeting of the senior boys basketball season.

“I think one of the things is just history,” said Bryan Adams, head coach for the Toilers. “The rivalry has lived on throughout the years.”

These two teams have battled each other over the years throughout league play, league finals and into provincials. The Cyclones have had the edge in the last three years, as they have won the league title.

“They are anxious to take it to us, I’m sure, after beating them in the city final the last couple of years,” said Leigh Pethick of the Cyclones. “We always seem to bring out the aggressiveness and the better in each other. The guys do treat it a little bit more importance.”

Both teams are off to good starts this season, winning their games by good margins. However, with players that can score inside the paint as well as rush up the floor, this game should be fun to watch for the fans.

“It is the best, but there really is no way to describe it. The intensity from the fans and the players makes it great,” said Spencer Barrett of Peacock. “We both have size and speed, but it will definitely be a good game.”

The players get excited for games when they face off against each other, but so do the coaches. However, it is also their job to keep the players calm and prepared for a different kind of game and atmosphere.

“We talked about it in practice, saying that this game will be a little different than the last couple and to expect more pressure and everything that goes with it,” said Pethick. “Some guys have never played in that type of atmosphere, so it will be nice to see how they react and see who we can depend on.”

The focus will be on what happens on the court during both the senior girls (6:15 p.m., Peacock) and the senior boys (8 p.m., Peacock) games, but the teams are also planning a big initiative before the holidays.  Members of the boys team came up with the idea of asking for non-perishable food donations as entry for the games.

“We just thought it would be a good idea to help out a cause and donate,” said Barrett.

The Stack the Stands initiative was brought forth to the student representative council and they took over the planning process. The girls teams are on board for the initiative as well.

“It is the last game before Christmas, especially with a big crowd, so we wondered what we could do to help some people out,” said Adams. “They are really excited. They want to see what we can put together. What I’ve told them is, whatever we collect is great.”

Fans are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation to either the girls or boys games so they can donate back to families in need during the holiday season.

Tournament wins

The boys Toilers will hope to carry some momentum into their game against the Cyclones after winning a tournament in Weyburn over the weekend.

The team played well against St. Brieux and Melfort before facing Weyburn in the final. Ryder Epoch had 29 points and Jacob Laxsdal had 21 points as they rolled to an 85-61 tournament win.

The Cyclones girls team also won a tournament over the weekend in Swift Current.

Three players — Paige Newans, Hanna, Zymberi and Hayley Henrikson — all received MVP awards.

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