ARHS hosting IMP tourney starting today
Vikings in excellent shape as they begin post-Christmas schedule
AMHERST - The Amherst Regional High School Vikings will try to build on what's been an impressive first half when they return to action here today at the IMP Aerospace Invitational Tournament.
Action kicks off at ARHS at 9:30 a.m. with eight teams vying for the tournament banner.
"The tournament format is being organized like a provincial championship with the winners advancing and the losers playing in the consolation bracket," Vikings coach Reg Caulfield said last night. "Obviously after the first four games teams will be well matched."
Action begins with host Amherst playing the Pugwash District High Panthers while at 11:30 a.m. Avon view faces Antigonish. The always strong Tantramar Titans play Springhill High at 1:30 p.m. with Charlottetown Rural meeting Middleton at 3:30 p.m.
Games continue in Amherst at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. with games in Springhill at 6 and 8 p.m.
Play resumes at 9 a.m. in Amherst on Friday and continue throughout the day with the championship game 3 p.m.
The Vikings enter the tournament in pretty good shape after a fifth-place finish at the prestigious Three Oaks tourney in Summerside last weekend. The club has a 20-6 record and has picked up five tournament titles.
The club has been led by veteran Loren Fawthrop, who recently recorded his 1,000th point and has been an impact player scoring 16 points and picking up 14 rebounds per game.
"We have been receiving strong performances from our forward position with Dave Siddall and Ryan Oake working well together and making contributions at both ends of the court," Caulfield said.
Rounding out the starting five, Lawson MacLeod and Andrew Gilroy have played excellent ball of late.
"Our major concern is our number of turnovers and our recent challenge to score from the perimeter," Caulfield said, adding that Nick Smith has been the club's most improved player in recent weeks.