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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/The Packet & Times Orillia Secondary School's Abby Clark controls the ball while giving the Nighthawks offence a chance to set up.

Blackball Classic starts off with a win

The 23rd annual Orillia Blackball Classic began Friday morning at all three local high schools. Orillia Secondary School's senior girls' team opened the two-day event with an impressive victory over St. Mary's College of Sault Ste. Marie. The tournament has both a senior girls' and junior girls' division. All three high schools have teams competing

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.

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