The Haliburton Highlands Secondary School girls’ basketball team returned to the court this fall for the first time in a decade. After years without enough interest to field a team, 16 girls came to tryouts starting the second week of school and have all remained with the team. Being just shy of having enough players to field separate junior and senior squads, the team is competing as a varsity (junior and senior combined) program this year, playing at the senior level.
They returned to the court on Thursday, Sept. 29 at St. Thomas Aquinas in Lindsay. The team came out strong, taking an early lead which they never relinquished on their way to a 36-24 victory. Hawks captain Avery Horner led all scorers with 14 points.
The Hawks home games will be against Fenelon Falls Secondary School on Oct. 13 against I.E. Weldon on and Nov. 2. Tip off on both days is at 3 p.m. If the team finishes first among A teams, it will host the Kawartha Championship on Nov. 8. Their chances to host are strong because the only other A school is St. Thomas, who they have defeated.
With two Kawartha championship berths, the St. Thomas and the Red Hawks are assured of a post-season run.
Submitted by Mike Rieger