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Shaunavon Shadows 2013
The Shaunavon Shadows boy’s basketball team earned a bronze medal at Hoopla in Saskatoon with an 81-74 win over Osler Valley Christian Academy in the 3A Boy’s bronze medal game Saturday.
Grade 12 guard Matthew Benesh led the Shadows with 31 points, four assists, and four steals in his final high school game. Jesse Voll contributed 19 points and 21 rebounds in his final high school game. Dean Wilkins added nine points and six rebounds, including three important three-pointers down the stretch. Dillan Carlson added eight points, 13 rebounds, six assists and six steals.
The Shadows, who were the only Southwest team to advance to Hoopla, had opened the tournament with a 60-54 loss to Clavet in the semi-final Friday. Matthew Benesh led the Shadows with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. Grade 12 forward Jesse Voll added 17 points and 20 rebounds. Jordan Voll added 10 points and eight rebounds.
Regina Christian, who defeated Shaunavon in the Regional Championship, won the provincial title with a 100-87 win over Clavet.
The Shadows finished another outstanding season with a 30-7 record. They won four tournament titles, added three silver medals, and won bronze at Hoopla. The Shadows also won the SWAC league for the 16th time in the past 17 seasons that they have competed in the league.
It was the Shadows fifth provincial medal in the past nine years and their eighth Hoopla appearance in 11 years.
The Shadows will graduate four players with Shawn Hart, Carlson, Voll, and Matthew Benesh all moving on. Coach Mark Benesh noted that Hart played key minutes in the bronze medal final. Carlson was a second-year starter and the third leading scorer on the team this season.
Voll played four years for the Shadows and was a great leader and positive influence. He was the team's leading rebounder and shot blocker the past two seasons and graduates as one of the top rebounders in Shadows history.
Matthew Benesh was a four-year starter for the Shadows and has led the team in scoring the past three seasons. He averaged 31.6 points per game and set a team record with a 52-point game. Matthew Benesh will leave as one of the top players to ever come out of the Southwest and will continue his career next season at SAIT.
The bronze medal also capped the decorated coaching careers of Tim Miller and Mark Benesh.