St. Ignatius returns four starters from last years’ North Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association (NWOSSA) championship team. They include two tough, 6’6” grade 12 post players in Jordan Maki and Isaiah Leonardi along with 6’5” grade 12 shooting guard Ethan Wilmore who look to lead a balanced Falcons squad. Rounding out the veteran core is 5’8” grade 12 lock down defender Lloyd Kargbo. Grade 12 shooting guards Jordan Pozihun and Colin Duizer look to spread the floor with their 3 point shooting. Two Grade 11 combo guard-forwards Sebastien Paradis (6’5”) and Ewan Menard (6’2”) return to the WIT this year with their high-pressure defense. The St. Ignatius Falcons also include three freshmen moving up from last years’ junior varsity city championship team. This year’s St. Ignatius Falcons prefer an up-tempo game, although that seems to be the norm in Manitoba. Ontario high school basketball leagues play with a 35 second shot, so the Falcons hope adjusting to the shorter clock will not be an issue. The St. Ignatius Falcons are five time defending NWOSSA champs. Returning all but four players from last year’s team, the Falcons have picked up an early season Tip Off tournament championship in Thunder Bay and are currently undefeated in league play. Returning to the Ontario provincial championships for a sixth consecutive year is a goal, however the team recognizes that it needs to work hard to improve in order to defeat some talented local teams that are standing in their way. They appreciate and always look forward to the opportunity to compete at the Winnipeg Invitational Tournament.