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Calendar year ends with basketball game against alumni

The first big pre-Christmas event was the annual Alumni basketball game, where a group of senior basketball students from the 2022-23 school year competed against 17 past CCS alumni fan favorites.
Current senior basketball players at Canora Composite (photographed) competed against past CCS alumni fan favorites at the annual Alumni basketball game on Dec. 21. From left, were: (back row) - Cal Tomilin (referee), Everett Paley, Matthew Makowsky, Josh Rock, Joey Palagian, Rylan Bletsky, Toby Olynyk, Logan Lewchuk, Noah Prychak, and Tomas Hauber; and (front) Presley Owchar, Angel Sliva, Zoe Thomas, Methyl Trask, Callie Sznerch, Jordan Harper, and Kaley Sleeva.

CANORA - On Dec. 21, Canora Compositge School said goodbye to 2022 with a bang by throwing a whole bunch of activities for the students that continued on past traditions.

The first big event was the annual Alumni basketball game, where a group of senior basketball students from the 2022-23 school year competed against 17 past CCS alumni fan favorites. Team Fan Favorites included students like Dawson Zuravloff, Brendon Landstad, William Hauber, and so many other school icons. Team New School included names like Tomas Hauber, Callie Sznerch, Joey Palagian (who signed a deal with the Regina Thunder), Matthew Makowsky (who played on the Team Sask Basketball team), and so many others. Cal Tomilin was the head referee for the game.

The alumni students ended up winning the game. There were some insane baskets made from both sides. The game ended with 76 points for Team Fan Favorite and 48 points for Team New School. The game was a success and set to make a return in future years.

The Student Representative Council capped off the last day of school before the break by throwing a Christmas assembly. The assembly consisted of students from Grades 5 through 12 competing in “Minute to Win it” style challenges. However, this year each student competed against their own classmates to win a prize. Some of the challenges included moving several smarties by using a straw, stacking six plastic cups with ping pong balls in each cup, and drinking a can of pop to get to stay in a tilted position.

The assembly ended with the council drawing tickets announcing the names who get to select the remaining prizes. A lot of the students had so much fun during the games and the assembly was expected to be a continuing tradition in future years.

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