Junior Wolves host tournament this weekend at the Den

The Grand Forks Secondary School (GFSS) Wolves junior girls basketball team hosts their tournament this weekend (Jan. 10/11) at the school.

Nicole Nuyten (in white) shoots the ball over Chloe Skerritt at the GFSS junior girls practice Monday. The team hosts their home tournament this weekend.

The Grand Forks Secondary School (GFSS) Wolves junior girls basketball team hosts their tournament this weekend (Jan. 10/11) at the school.The tournament features teams from Boundary Central (Midway), Mt. Sentinel (South Slocan) and South Okanagan (Oliver).The teams play each other in round robin action and then the two top teams play for the championship at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.“It should be a very good tournament,” said GFSS coach Craig Lindsay. “It’s hard to say who the favourites will be. We haven’t seen any of these teams but I expect them all to be competitive. It’s also our first tournament this year so it should be a good experience. We’ll have to play four games in two days, but with 13 players, I don’t expect fatigue to be too much of a factor.”GFSS plays off against Boundary Central in their first game Friday at 3 p.m. “We were supposed to play them before Christmas but it didn’t work out so they’ll be a bit of a mystery,” said Lindsay. “I do know if Kari Durban is playing junior, they’ll be tough. She played guard on the Kootenay summer games team last summer and did very well. She’s quick and very aggressive.”In their second game, the Wolves host Mt. Sentinel from just outside of Castlegar.“It’s a small school and much more well known for their powerful girls volleyball program, but I expect they’ll have a good team with Tekki Hyrniw coaching,” said Lindsay.Hyrniw nee Brown, who hails from Salmon Arm, played for five years at Simon Fraser University and was known for her quickness and intensity.“She has that intensity as a coach and so do her players,” said Lindsay.  GFSS wraps up the round-robin portion of the tournament against South Okanagan Hornets, whom Lindsay says is an unknown.“Obviously, they are from the Okanagan and play in a different region than us,” he said. “They’re a complete unknown, so it should be fun.”Although Lindsay hopes the team gets to the final, he’s really hoping to see improvement over the weekend.“We’ve only played one game this year so far,” he said. “We played Castlegar in December and won quite handily. Tournaments like this give you a chance to evaluate players and see how they’ll fit in to the rotation. They also allow you to see what the team needs to work on to improve. We should see plenty of different styles of play over the weekend.”

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