Coyotes win regional basketball title


KENNETCOOK — It’s mission accomplished for the Dr. W.A. MacLeod Coyotes.

The middle school boys basketball team set out with a season goal of winning two tournaments, the district title, and the regional championship. The Coyotes hit all those targets and wrapped up the final one last week in Kennetcook when they defeated the host Hants North Flames 91-42 to win the Northumberland Region Junior High Division 2 Boys basketball title.

Coyotes’ co-captain Keinon DeCoste scored 15 points in the championship game. He said they worked as a team all season long and that made the difference.

“We have great team chemistry and we worked well together. I think we had some good depth,” he said after the championship.

Fellow co-captain Dakota Fitt scored 13 in the final game and said he was proud of the effort they all put in.

“Everyone played their hardest all season to accomplish this final goal.”

Those four titles weren’t a sure thing, though. Last month, in their second tournament of the year, the Coyotes had to overcome a 17-point deficit against the host New Glasgow Academy Panthers before earning a one-point win and a spot in the tourney’s championship game. They then went on to win their second tournament in the very next game by beating Bible Hill.

Fitt said that was a turning point which gave the Coyotes momentum.

“That was huge. It just boosted our confidence a bunch to come and win Regionals.”

Nathan Grant led the W.A. offence against Hants North with 18 points while Braden McKay scored 13.

The regional championship was the result of plenty of hard work by every player, Coyotes’ head coach Nick Irvine said.

“Every practice we came out and worked hard. Since we worked hard everyone played. We accomplished this as a family.”

The Coyotes began the regional tournament with a 75-59 win over St. Andrews Jr. High.

DeCoste powered the Coyotes to the win with 27 points. Grant scored 18 with eight each from Fitt, Aaron MacLeod, and Aiden Pellerine.

The Dr. W.A. MacLeod Coyotes capped their middle school boys’ basketball season with the Northumberland regional championship last week. Shown here following the title game in Kennetcook holding the banner are Dakota Fitt, left, and Keinon DeCoste. Standing from left are: Luke Burns, assistant coach Ray Burns, Tanner MacGregor, Aiden Pellerine, Brett Stroud, James Bohol, Braeden McKay, Nathan Grant, Keagen MacMaster, Joey Bryce, Jaxon Hughes, Aaron MacLeod, and head coach Nick Irvine. Missing from the photo is assistant coach Mark Stroud. (Submitted photo)