The Golden Eagles are hosting their first tournament of the year, when Fernie, Westsyde (Kamloops), and David Thompson (Invermere) come to town this weekend.
The Golden Secondary Senior Boys Ice-Jam Basketball Tournament will give the boys a chance to play in front of the home crowd, an opportunity they won’t get often this season.
Made up of Grade 11 and 12 students, much of the team has been playing together for years. Their coach William Hickey thinks they will be ready for their opening game on Friday.
“They’ve been running a lot, so they should have the cardio to do it. I think we’ll be a good offensive team this season, we’ve got some really fast players. And we’re going to have a lot of aggressive defence as well. So I think we’ll do well,” said Hickey.
A former Golden Eagle himself, Hickey is happy to be back in his hometown, helping out his old team.
“This is my first official year coaching. I played two years of college basketball in Olds Alberta. I’ve been playing since I was five, so I think I know the game pretty well,” he said.
“And I love coaching. It’s a great way to stay in the game since I’m not playing right now.”
The Eagles will open up the tournament with a game against Fernie at 2:30 p.m. on Friday Dec. 9, following a Pep Rally in the Golden Secondary School Gym. They have a busy day on Saturday Dec. 10 as they play David Thompson at 10:45 a.m., will participate in the skills competition at 12:30 p.m., and play again at 1:30 p.m. against Westsyde.
Everyone is welcome, so come out and support your Golden Eagles.