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Raptors beat Celtics to finish NBA season LORI E WING Canadian Press
TORONTO, Ontario The Toronto Raptors prefer to think of this as a beginning rather than an ending. To be continued next season. DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points as the Raptors beat the playoff-bound Boston Celtics 114-90 in their season finale Wednesday. The victory capped a roller-coaster season that saw Toronto stagger out to a horrible 4-19 start but win the seventh of its last eight games to finish 34-48. “(The strong finish) gives guys some momentum going in (to the off-season), feel good about themselves, understanding why we’re telling them to work on certain things,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “It means a lot for the organization, for us, to get a good feel for what we can do when guys are tied in, in a good rhythm.” Rudy Gay added 19 points, while Jonas Valanciunas had 18 and Alan Anderson finished with 16. Jordan Crawford scored 16 points to top
Boston (41-40). Paul Pierce had 11 first-half points, and took the second half off to rest up for the playoffs, in which the seventh-place Celtics take on the New York Knicks in the opening round. Kevin Garnett didn’t play (sore left ankle). The Raptors drained 12 three-pointers and led for most of the night, taking a 96-70 lead into the fourth quarter in front of 17,690 Air Canada Centre fans - about 2,000 shy of a sellout. By the time Landry Fields went up for a dunk with two minutes left that put Toronto up by 27, both teams had their reserves on the floor and many fans had already left the building. The Raptors had been mathematically eliminated two weeks earlier, sending them into the off-season without a playoff appearance for the fifth consecutive year. Gay, acquired in the mid-season trade that sent Jose Calderon to Detroit, addressed the crowd before the game thanking fans for their support. “Wait for next year,” Gay told them.
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REPRESENTING CRANBROOK: Sean Kiedyk, Trevor Van Steinberg and Garreth Osmar were three of 160 1998-born boys who tried out for 50 spots on the Okanagan/Kootenay Region team. There are four regions; others are North, Lower Mainland and the Island/North Coast. In total, 600 U-16 boys tried out in all four regions. 160 made it and will all meet in Salmon Arm on Thursday, where they’ll be divided up jamboree style into eight teams to play for the BC Cup over the following three days.
Local football player makes provincial team Jeremy Stewart will suit up with other B.C. players to challenge a team out of Alberta
TRE VOR CR AWLEY Sports Editor
A Mount Baker Secondary School football player has made a B.C. squad that will face off against their Albertan counterparts for an inter-provincial game in Kelowna in May. Jeremy Stewart, a Grade 11 athlete, who played as the high school quarterback last season, made the cut at a recent camp in Kelowna, and will join a team made up of 90 players to face a team made up of stars from Alberta. Stewart, a natural wide-receiver who played quarterback with the Wild last year, went down to Kelowna
with three other MBSS teammates in March to give it his best shot at the camp, and ended up earning a spot on the roster. “I was actually pretty nervous,” said Stewart. “I didn’t think it was going to go through, but it did and after that, I got an invite to another All-Star game in Seattle, and another camp in Seattle.” The camp in Seattle is the Football University, an invitation-only event for serious football players that want to push their abilities to a higher level. Kelowna’s tryout had 50 players trying out for the squad, while Van-
couver had another tryout that featured roughly 100 athletes. Stewart has been playing the sport since he was in Grade 8, starting with the Rocky Mountain Rams for two years playing in a few different roles. His family moved to Kelowna where he played wide-receiver with the Kelowna Secondary School Owls, before relocating back to Cranbrook. “Going there was a huge change, just coming from Cranbrook where football isn’t big at all to the Okanagan, where it’s quite a bit bigger,” said Stewart. He joined up with
the Wild football team last year, intending to play as a receiver, but head coach Steve Lightfoot had other ideas. Stewart said he was running a drill as a receiver and threw the ball back to the quarterback, which got Lightfoot’s attention, and he decided to approach Stewart about playing a new role. “He matured a lot last year in that position,” said Lightfoot. “I think it was his first year as a quarterback and there are some growing pains whenever you try something new, but by the end of the season, he was calling the plays in the huddle more than
I was calling from the sidelines.” The Wild football program has grown over the years, but numbers have still been a little shy of what Lightfoot and his coaching counterparts would like to see, which is one of the reasons Stewart ended up in the QB spot. However, Stewart still prefers to play wide-receiver, and his skill at the position is apparent to Lightfoot. “He’s a natural wide-receiver,” Lightfoot said. “He’s tall, he’s fast, he can catch the ball. He’s not scared to hit. He has those characteristics.”
Blue Jays offense struggles in 7-0 loss to White Sox L ARRY MILLSON Canadian Press
TORONTO - Yet another loss by the Toronto Blue Jays has their manager disappointed and at a loss for excuses. The Blue Jays dropped nine of their first 15 games after losing 7-0 Wednesday to the Chicago White Sox, a result that manager John Gibbons found disheartening.
“We haven’t really put it together yet, it’s frustrating,” said Gibbons. “The guys are trying. It’s one of those things, you’ve just go to fight through it. You can’t say it’s early anymore, really.” Catcher Tyler Flowers hit a three-run home run in the second inning and Jose Quintana pitched 6 2-3 innings to earn his first win of the season as the
White Sox (7-8) won their second in a row over the Blue Jays (6-9) after winning the opener of the four-game series Monday. Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ (2-1) allowed six hits, including two home runs, and five runs in 5 2-3 innings to take his first loss in three starts and end a string of four consecutive quality starts by the Blue Jays in
front of a crowd of 15,684 at Rogers Centre. Injuries have been a problem for the Blue Jays who will try for a series split Thursday. They played their third game in a row without right-fielder Jose Bautista, who has a sore back and is listed as day-to-day. Shortstop Jose Reyes is out for about three months with a severely sprained ankle.
April 18, 2013 edition of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman