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Native American Classic basketball tussles coming to Pablo

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PABLO — The annual Native American Classic non-tournament basketball competition will take place west of the Continental Divide for the first time when the competition tips off at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in the Dr. Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center at Salish Kootenai College. The NAC competition is Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 9.

The competition includes varsity and junior varsity competition. Varsity games will be played in the Dr. Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center, and junior varsity games will be played at the Two Eagle River School gymnasium.

The Native American Classic is hosted by Arlee, TERS and Salish Kootenai College’s Athletic Department — go Bison.

The participating teams, include, the: Two Eagle River Eagles, Arlee Warriors, Box Elder Bears, St. Ignatius Bulldogs, Harlem Wildcats, Browning JV Indians, Heart Butte Warriors, Rocky Boys Stars, Valier Panthers and Kainai Nation of Alberta, Canada.

The first game begins at 3:30 p.m. when Two Eagle River Eagles boys face Kainai, of Alberta, Canada. The TERS girls play the Kainai in the second game of the day. Check attached schedule for remainder of games.

FYI - The Kainai Nation is approximately 120 miles south of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Kainai (Blood) Nation is one of three tribal First Nations that comprise the Blackfoot Confederacy in Canada, the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation and Northern Piegan (Piikani) Nation are the other two. The Blackfeet (Pikuni) Nation is also a part of the confederacy and is also known as the Southern Piegan.

Varsity Schedule at Dr. Joe McDonald Health and Activity Center

Thursday, Dec. 7
3:30 p.m. Boys - Kainai v TERS
5 p.m. Girls - Kainai v TERS
6:30 p.m. Boys - Box Elder v St. Ignatius
8 p.m. Girls - Box Elder v Arlee

Friday, Dec. 8
8 a.m. Girls - Valier v St. Ignatius
9:30 a.m. Boys - Valier v St. Ignatius
11 a.m. Girls - Heart Butte v Kainai
12:30 p.m. Boys - Browning JV v Kainai
Session Break
3 p.m. Girls - Browning JV v Harlem
4:30 p.m. Boys - Harlem v Heart Butte
6 p.m. Girls - Rocky Boys v Arlee
7:30 p.m. Boys - Arlee v Rocky Boys

Saturday, Dec. 9
8 a.m. Girls - TERS v Valier
9:30 a.m. Boys - Box Elder v Heart Butte
11 a.m. Girls - Harlem v Box Elder
12:30 a.m. Boys - TERS v Valier
Session Break
3 p.m. Girls - Browning JV v Rocky Boys
4:30 p.m. Boys - Rocky Boys v Browning JV
6 p.m. Girls - St. Ignatius v Heart Butte
7:30 p.m. Boys - Arlee v Harlem

Junior Varsity Schedule at TERS gymnasium

Friday, Dec. 8
8 a.m. Girls - Arlee v Heart Butte
9:15 a.m. Boys - Box Elder v Arlee
10:30 a.m. Girls - Harlem v Box Elder
11:45 a.m. Boys - Harlem v Heart Butte
Session Break
2 p.m. Girls - Rocky Boys v St. Ignatius
3:15 p.m. Boys - Kainai v Rocky Boys
4:30 p.m. Girls - Valier v Kainai
5:45 p.m. Boys - Valier v St. Ignatius

Saturday, Dec. 9
8 a.m. Boys - Box Elder v Valier
9:15 a.m. Girls - Kainai v Box Elder
10:30 a.m. Boys - Heart Butte v Kainai
11:45 a.m. Girls - Rocky Boys v Arlee
Session Break
2 p.m. Boys - Rocky Boys v Arlee
3:15 p.m. Girls - Harlem v Heart Butte
4:30 p.m. Boys - Harlem v St. Ignatius
5:45 p.m. Girls - St. Ignatius v Valier

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