By 'Editor, LDSCaNews'
Seven Priests Win Trophy
NEW WATERFORD, CANADA -- There's a legacy of mining in this Cape
Breton town of 8,000. And in respect of it, the town has been
sponsoring an annual, national basketball tournament here since 1982.
This year's tournament, held 5-10 February, saw seven members of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints walk away with the trophy
under a standing ovation.
Ezra and Aaron Gwilliam, Jonathan Whidden, Chad Johnson, Keaton
Hutchins, Spencer Passowisty and Michael Stanley, along with four
others, are all team mates on the Nechako Valley Secondary School
Vikings basketball team. The school is located in Vanderhoof, British
Columbia. All of the seven boys are priests in the Prince George
British Columbia Stake.
The Vikings came into the tournament with 26 victories out of 28
games under the belt, and this winning streak continued through at
the tournament as they easily defeated their opponents in the first
three games. The final game resulted with an amazing 99-77 victory
over the Dartmouth Spartans.
Six people had travelled across the country to show their support for
the boys, including Bishop Allan Whidden of the Blue Mountain Ward.
Bishop Whidden is bishop to all the boys except Spencer Passowisty
and Michael Stanley, members of the Vanderhoof Ward. The two wards
share the same meetinghouse. He said in an interview with the Church
News that all seven boys are planning on serving full-time missions.
Church News, 24 Feb 2001
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