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They are the champions

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Canadian’s 3rd- and 4th-grade boys basketball team beat the Shamrock A-Team 16-13 in last Saturday’s Shamrock Basketball Tournament to win the tournament. Team members are: (back row) Coach Ronel Saenz, Gunner Brady, Ryan Leach, Brooks Wall, Zach Bryant, Joaquin Flores, Weston Mitchell, and Coach Bo Albin, and (front row) Camden Albin, Isaac Saenz, and Cort Mayhew. PHOTO BY SHANE ALBIN
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Lady Cat softball hosts Sunray in Tuesday’s season opener

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In the debut of their second season as an official UIL sport at Canadian High School, the Lady Cat softball team struggled against a more experienced Lady Bobcat squad, but showed notable progress after last week’s back-to-back scrimmages. In photo at top, this Lady Cat varsity player made good use of her at-bat, driving the ball just beyond the pitcher’s reach to advance to first base. In photo at left, this Lady Cat runner slides into third, taking advantage of a bobbled catch. Canadian lost the opening contest to Sunray. Next up for the Lady Cats is a road trip tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 21) to Memphis. On Saturday, Feb. 22, Canadian will host Booker for a home game starting at 12 noon, followed by another home game versus Memphis on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 4 pm.
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Tournament Champs

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It was a great weekend for the Canadian Middle School Lady Cats. Canadian’s 7th (top) and 8th-grade Lady Cats both won last weekend’s River Road Tournament in fine style, striking out Muleshoe, Friona and Tulia teams to take their division trophies.
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Lady Cat Softball team debuts in Monday scrimmage

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Spectators at this week’s first Lady Wildcat softball scrimmage of 2020 were wrapped in blankets, scarves, gloves and warm hats, and the geese that flew overhead were pointed resolutely south. But Canadian’s softball team warmed up their bats and their throwing arms and toughed it out against Sunray, buoyed a beautiful new baseball field with just-finished artificial turf, and the same sense of mission that convinced Canadian ISD school officials to make softball an official UIL sport here. In photo at top, Ashleigh Rowden got the team’s first hit of the season, and scored the first run when teammate Yazmin Jara (at left) knocked one into left field to send Rowden home. Jara stole two bases, but failed to finish the circuit and was stranded at third when the Lady Cats struck out. Canadian will scrimmage Perryton at 1 pm this Saturday, Feb. 8, here at home, and have two more scrimmages tentatively planned for Monday or Tuesday, and Saturday, Feb. 15, but not locked in on the schedule. Their first official game of the season will start at 4 pm, Monday, Feb. 17, in Sunray.