Black Owls team member and 2008 grad Dean Kmyta (left) lifts off against Great Horned Owls Jesse Warawa and Scott Weninger during the Owls annual alumni basketball tournament Tuesday at KSS.

Black Owls team member and 2008 grad Dean Kmyta (left) lifts off against Great Horned Owls Jesse Warawa and Scott Weninger during the Owls annual alumni basketball tournament Tuesday at KSS.

Black Owls take alumni tournament

Players from several decades gather for annual basketball event at KSS

  • Dec. 29, 2011 11:00 a.m.

Nearly 50 Kelowna Owls, former and current, took to the hardwood on Tuesday at KSS for the annual Owls Alumni Basketball Tournament.

The final of the six-team, day-long tournament came to a nail-biting conclusion as the Black Owls defeated the Snowy Owls 101-98 in overtime in the final game.

The Black Owls featured the likes of 2008 grads Dean Kmyta and Ryan Fahandeg, along with Dan Briscoe, Jerod Zaleski and Stuart Lang.

The Snowy Owls featured a mix of ex-KSS players from several decades, including 1954 graduate Cliff Serwa and Jay Johnstone from the 1989 team.

In the consolation final, the Baby Owls—including 2011 grads Deboe Truss, Charlie Lewthwaite, Tanner Leimert and Levi Rasmussen—defeated the current group of KSS Owls, coached by Harry Parmar.

Other teams competing in the round robin were the Spotted Owls, a 2005-grad team and the Great Horned Owls consisting of players who played for KSS between 2003 and 2006.

Former Owls coaches Jack May and Jack Hoy officiated both the consolation and final games.

“It was a really good turnout,” said Drew Lejback, one of the event organizers and 1997 Owls grad. “Everybody had a lot of fun, it was nice to hook up with old friends and coaches and play some basketball.”

As for the current Owls, the top-ranked team in B.C. headed south on Wednesday to play in a tournament in Olympia, Wash.

KSS won the Telus Classic last month and was 6-2 overall this season heading into the Washington event.

 

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