Jackson Mayes, Evan Smith, Silas Hecker, Daniel Wyss, Gavin Limber, Noah Jansen and Alton Neid were the seven senior Golds players recognized during Senior Night, before the Golds final home game against the Rutland Voo Doos, Feb. 5. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm Golds defeat Rutland Voo Doos in season’s final home game

Senior players recognized for commitment during pre-game ceremony

While seven senior players from the Salmon Arm Secondary Golds basketball team were recognized during their final home game of the season, it was the team as a whole that was in the spotlight at the annual Senior Night game.

Before they hit the court against the Rutland Voo Doos, seven players with the Golds who are finishing their final year were recognized for their dedication to the team.

Related: Golds take first place in home tournament

Grade 12 students Noah Jansen, Jackson Mayes, Alton Neid, Evan Smith, Gavin Limber, Silas Hecker and Daniel Wyss were brought up in front of the crowd in the gym at the Salmon Arm Secondary Sullivan Campus where coach Aaron Smith spoke a few words recognizing the players’ commitment.

“Over the years, I have seen lots of incredible teams, but we have something I haven’t seen before in my 30 years of coaching: we have 11 guys who have committed themselves to each other,” Smith said. “Most importantly, all of these guys have stuck with it. They have never quit. They got up every morning, and if they didn’t get up, they held each other accountable. They are becoming not only better players, but better people.”

After the senior players were recognized, players from the Golds and the Voo Doos hit the court.

The Golds began to build an early lead in the first quarter, pressuring Rutland offensively.

By the end, the Golds would take the game by a margin of 91-75, giving the senior players a final taste of victory on their home court.

Related: Golds place fifth in Vernon basketball tournament

Evan Smith had 25 points during the game, Gavin Limber also earned 25 points and 13 rebounds, Alton Neid scored 12 points and Daniel Wyss added 10 points of his own during play.

The Golds play Jasper Place from Edmonton, the number-one ranked team from Alberta, on Feb. 7 at the Western Canada Tournament in Kelowna.

Their final two league games are Feb. 12 and 15 against Mount Boucherie in West Kelowna and Pen High in Penticton.

 

Gavin Limber of the Golds wins the tip-off against the Rutland Voo Doos during the Golds’ final home game of the season, Feb. 5. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Jackson Mayes keeps his eyes up for passing options while he moves around a Rutland Voo Doos defender during the Golds’ final home game Feb. 5. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Evan Smith of the Golds moves past a Rutland Voo Doos defender during their Feb. 5 game in Salmon Arm. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Just Posted

Women, girls in Silver Creek demonstrate a creative demand for the vote

One of the women, described as a ‘raging suffragette,’ is the aunt of resident Phil Wright

Okanagan man killed in head-on collision on Highway 1 near Salmon Arm

Police say 21-year-old died at scene after pickup truck collided with transport trailer

After 30 years, Shuswap Lady Striders run stronger than ever

Women’s outdoor fitness, social group celebrates anniversary

Sweet Caroline: Neil Diamond tribute to bring favourites to Shuswap

Jason Scott to put on his Diamond Forever show at the Salmon Arm Legion Oct. 25

VIDEO: Shuswap resident’s yard becomes nighttime thoroughfare for grizzlies

Malakwa man has captured images of 12 different grizzlies on video

Artist Diemm bringing ethereal chamber folk music to Salmon Arm

Nelson harpist/vocalist accompanied by Oliver Swain for Oct. 20 concert at Nexus

Sentencing date set for Vancouver Island father convicted of killing his two daughters

Andrew Berry was found guilty of two counts of second-degree murder last month

B.C. woman finds mysterious coin among Grandma’s collection

Grandmother died when she was very young and her past is not well known to her mother

4 arrests, 6 pounds of drugs and $30,000 seized: Vernon RCMP

Suspected drug traffickers believed to supply Vernon, Enderby and Revelstoke

Morning Start: Should you actually shake a Polaroid photo?

Your morning start for Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Women, girls in Shuswap demonstrate a creative demand for the vote

One of the women, described as a ‘raging suffragette,’ is the aunt of resident Phil Wright

Advanced polls saw 4.7 million Canadians cast their ballots in the 2019 federal election

That’s a 29 per cent increase from advance polling in 2015

Pot use admission at U.S. border snagging Canadian boomers, says lawyer

A waiver to enter the U.S. can cost $2,000 and isn’t a guarantee

Most Read