Coach David Kopecky and the history-making Minegoziibe Anishinable Talons.
To say the Minegoziibe Anishinabe Talons have had a good season is a bit of an understatement. Sure, they've won a bunch of games (16-5) and some tournaments, but the varsity boys basketball team has done more than that. They've made Pine Creek First Nation history.
The Talons are now the first Minegoziibe Anishinabe School team to win a Zone 8 Championship, ever.
"It's really huge for this school. Everyone in this school feels like they're a part of it," said MAS PE teacher and Talons coach David Kopecky.
"We didn't get the chance last year, so to come back and win it this year, it really does mean a lot. It's a special feeling."
The team was on fire from the beginning of the zones and never looked back. In the semi-final they beat Ste. Rose, 96-54 and netted a huge 107-79 win in the finals against the Grandview Spartans. That's 203 points in just two games.
“We're really aggressive. We're fast and we apply a lot of pressure and we capitalize on our chances," said Kopecky.
Winning the zones wasn't the only title that the team has taken home. In December, they beat the Winnipegosis Lakers to win the Elm Creek Tournament and in January they clocked second place at the Pizza Place Classic. They also won another title in February when they took down the St. Boniface Diocean Tournament.
The 16-5 season is one of the most successful in recent years for the team.
"I'm very proud of these boys, they're working so hard," said Kopecky, “they've done such a good job this year of working hard."
The Talons are currently the sixth-ranked team in the province, but Kopecky believes they may end up higher when the newest rankings come out on February 27.
Next up for the team is a provincial qualifier event. They'll either play in Treherne, Sprague, or Pinawa and, if they play well, they'll head to Fisher River for the Provincial Championships in March.
"We're very confident, wherever we play, we just have to play as we have been all season. We're looking forward to it, that's for sure."