The elementary girls basketball team from Similkameen Elementary Secondary School took first place in the A Pool of the recent district tournament. (SESS)

Keremeos elementary basketball teams shine in first tournaments since 2020

The boys and girls teams at Similkameen Elementary Secondary School both came out on top

The boys and girls basketball teams at Similkameen Elementary Secondary School (SESS) had a triumphant return to the court in their first tournament since 2020.

The elementary girls came in first place in the A Pool for the recent district-wide tournament on March 1, while one of the two boys teams came in at the top of their A Pool as well.

The boys of the B Group came in second overall at their respective tournament.

“It was pretty exciting for them to actually be able to play,” said Naryn Searcy, the principal of SESS.

“Just to have sports again this year has been really nice. For basketball, it’s the first time in two years the teams have been able to compete.”

For the students, being able to get back on the court and compete against the other elementary school teams from School District 53 was almost as special as just being able to play the game with other kids from outside their own school.

“It’s important, just for their mental health, their physical health, connecting them to the school and it’s just fun,” said Searcy.

The tournament for the girls was held at SESS, while the boys’ tournaments took place at Osoyoos Elementary School.

After their win, the girls celebrated with some ice-cold slushies and a photo in front of the Welcome to Keremeos sign.

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