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Submitted photo The Crates Lake Country Boats major bantam boys shone at the Guelph CYO Tournament at which the founders of the Orillia Lakers program, Ted and Dianne Williamson, cheered on the Lakers. From left: head coach Mark Meeks, Dianne Williamson, Ted Williamson, John Snake, Cody Head, Carter Madorin, Dean Perrigo, assistant coach Dave Clark, Caleb Clark, Hayden Meeks, Talbot Waite, Tyler Huxtable, Cameron Crate, assistant coach Sean Madorin and Owen Kaczanowski. Absent: Ashton Twyman, Trent Tibbett and assistant coaches Peter Head and James Waite.

Founders cheer on Lakers

Twenty-five years ago, Mark Meeks was one of the young guns on a strong bantam boys' team that blossomed during the first year of competition for the Orillia Lakers basketball program started by Ted Williamson.

Raptors star DeMar DeRozan says he had plenty of rest when he missed seven games with an injury in late January and early February. (AP)

Every minute precious for Raptors

At the tail end of a season where rest has been one of the more divisive debates in the NBA, the Raptors have pretty much had their stance on the situation made for them.

Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan drives to the basket against the New York Knicks, Sunday, April 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Raptors record 50th win

Not a bad day’s work, all things considered, for the Raptors’ final visit of the season to Madison Square Garden Sunday afternoon.

Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors tries to maintain control of the ball next to Marcus Morris of the Detroit Pistons during an NBA game on April 5, 2017 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Lowry returns to score 26, lead Raps to win

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — On the last night the Raptors would ever visit the Palace, the same night Kyle Lowry would make his long-awaited return, Toronto played the style of basketball that should serve them well in the post-season.

Submitted photo A new course being offered at Twin Lakes includes a trip to Toronto to visit a university sports program. This year's group managed to also meet Toronto Raptor Jonas Valanciunas.

New approach a success

An innovative new course, that features a date with the Toronto Raptors, has proven to be a slam dunk for students at Twin Lakes Secondary School.

Pacers forward Rakeem Christmas (right) collects a foul as Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas (left) sinks a basket during second half NBA action in Toronto on Friday, March 31, 2017. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

Raptors back on track

It was the type of game that was very good for a team’s preparation and confidence with the playoffs fast approaching.

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