The daily sports news cycle is crazier than ever. Don't have the stamina to keep up to speed? Around The Bases is your daily morning destination to stay in the know on the biggest stories in both local and professional sports. We’ll start at first base with an intriguing story or event, and bring you home with a must-read story in the North Peace sports scene.
First Base - Diamondbacks trade Paul Goldschmidt to Cardinals
One of the best players in the MLB over the past five seasons is changing teams, as the Arizona Diamondbacks traded first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday for players Carson Kelley, Luke Weaver and prospect Andrew Young. It's a huge trade for St. Louis, one that could put them back in the mix for the NL Central with the Chicago Cubs. It also puts Goldschmidt into the spotlight for the first time in his career. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks are all of a sudden rebuilding hard, and I wouldn't be surprised to see them trade pitcher Zach Greinke in the next couple months. It's been a pretty busy offseason for baseball, with this trade as well as the two the Mariners made last month, not to mention Josh Donaldson signing with Atlanta and Bryce Harper and Manny Machado still looking for new homes. I just hope the Blue Jays make a splash or two to shore up their pitching.
Second Base - NPSS senior boys basketball hoping to win Grande Prairie tourney
The NPSS senior boys basketball season is in full swing. After two weeks of practices, the Grizzlies finished second at the DCSS tournament last weekend, losing narrowly to PGSS, and are playing again this weekend in a Grande Prairie tournament. The competition will be better overall than the Dawson Creek tournament, but NPSS is primed to impress and show teams that they're playing for keeps this season. The team relies on shooting and defense to combat their lack of size, and will have to work hard all season.
Third Base - Raptors take care of 76ers
Any talk that the Toronto Raptors weren't ready for a series of tough games was put to rest last night after the Raptors beat the Phialdelphia 76ers 113-102. Philly led throughout, and it was a close game, but it was the Raptors who led by a point going into the fourth quarter, and they wouldn't look back. Yes, Kawhi Leonard had 36 points to lead the team, but it was the big men who were the keys to the victory. Jonas Valanciunas had 18 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, as he exploited the matchup against Joel Embiid. Serge Ibaka aded 18 points of his own. Toronto plays the lone losing team of this stretch tomorrow in Brooklyn against the Nets, a game the Raptors should take easily.
Home Base - Fort St. John fighters at boxing provincials this weekend
The Fivestar Boxing Academy took a team of six fighters to Abbotsford this weekend for the Boxing B.C. Provincial Championships. They are: Brayden Sims, Lincoln Pomeroy, Nick Young, Arlan Zarate, Andrea Wall, and Landon Beasley. Sims and Pomeroy are defending provincial champs, and along with Young, all three attended nationals last year and are hoping to punch their way back to that event in 2019.
“I feel really good about this group, we’re very tight knit. This year, we have everyone from junior boxers to youth and seniors going, and I can’t wait to see how they do,” said coach Justin Donally.
While Sims is an experienced fighter at this point who knows what he has to do and expects to win it all, Zarate, Wall and Beasley are attending provincials for their first time and have a great opportunity to gain experience while putting their names on Boxing B.C.'s radar.
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