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Norman Powell of the Raptors poses during media day at the BioSteel Centre in Toronto on Sept. 25, 2017. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun)

Raptors lock up Powell

The Raptors took care of some important business on Thursday, signing swingman Norman Powell to a four-year extension worth $42 million U.S.

Submitted The Orillia Secondary School Nighthawks defeated Sacred Heart Catholic Secondary School of Newmarket 45-20 Saturday to capture the A Flight consolation championship at the 23rd annual Orillia Blackball Classic. Sixteen teams, including three from Orillia’s high schools, competed in the senior division, while eight teams, including two from Orillia, vied for court supremacy in the junior girls draw.

Blackball eludes local teams

The Frontenac Secondary School Falcons (Kingston) rallied from a 23-point halftime deficit to stun the Lo-Ellen Knights (Sudbury) 51-50 to win the coveted Orillia Blackball Classic senior girls basketball title Saturday night.

Dave Dawson/Packet & Times Files Orillia Secondary School co-captains Abby Clark, right, and Clare Fletcher hoisted the Blackball trophy after the schoolís junior girls defeated Lo-Ellen Park to capture the coveted tourney title last year. The team is hopeful of a repeat this weekend as the 23rd annual Blackball Classic is played at three area gyms.

Girls gear up for tourney

Local gyms will be rocking this weekend as the 23rd annual Orillia Blackball Classic takes centre court at all three local high schools Friday and Saturday.

Raptors president Masai Ujiri speaks at a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press)

No wholesale revamp to Raps roster

After the Toronto Raptors found themselves on the receiving end of a four-game thumping from the Cleveland Cavaliers in May, the looming question was whether Masai Ujiri would keep his core together or whether he would blow it up.

Barrie native Hannah Sweet has committed to the Georgian Grizzlies to play for the women's basketball team next season. She will study business administration. SUBMITTED

Sweet commits to Grizzlies

The Georgian Grizzlies have announced that St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School's Hannah Sweet will be joining the women's basketball program next season.

Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with Kevin Love (0) and Kyrie Irving (2) during the first half against the Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland on Friday, June 9, 2017. (Ron Schwane/AP Photo)

Cavs take a beating, won't go down

A year later the situation is exactly as it was. The Cleveland Cavaliers, once thought done, have somehow managed to extend a series few, if any, thought they were capable of extending.

The Barrie Royals under-19 girls basketball team includes, front row from left, Cassidy Warren-Timpano (who has committed to Georgian College), Taylor Castellani (who won the Simcoe County Regional three-point shooting contest held at Georgian during the high-school season), Breanna Shaw, Dana MacIntosh, Natalie Liguori (committed to Ottawa University), Reaghan Case and Kristie Nowocin. In the back row, from left, are assistant coach Drew MacIntosh, Jamie Walker, Jacey Aikens (committed to Carleton University), Hannah Sweet, Trinity Austin, Alana Short, Abigail Owens and assistant coach Tanya Perry. SUBMITTED

Ottawa recruiters nab Royals

After completing one of the most successful Barrie Royals seasons in seven years, it’s no surprise that the under-19 junior girls team (sixth place in Divison 1) was full of talent.

Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after dunking against the Cavaliers next to forward Andre Iguodala during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Durant dominates in Game 1

The negative narrative will always be Kevin Durant came to Golden State to join a slew of all-stars to help pave the way to his first NBA title.

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