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Canadian Bakin’!


Here the Canadian boys’ basketball team goes again, having to sit out the dance and wait for the start of their 2016-17 season after the football team finishes its playoff run, which if form holds as it did the last two years means the guys in shorts will wait until after a state championship is won by the guys in pads.

It is a wait that did not hurt coach Andy Copley and his basketball program the last two seasons as the hoop Wildcats won their own state titles, in the process making state history by becoming the first school since the UIL started in 1910 to win consecutive state championships in football and basketball in consecutive years.

Want more? The basketball titles were the first two in Canadian history, and coach Copley nabbed his personal third consecutive title after winning one at Water Valley before moving to Canadian.

The finale last March at the Alamodome came with Class 2A Canadian tripping up Muenster, 56-46. The Wildcats finished the season at 19-6, with the losses coming to bigger schools and some with pedigrees such as Amarillo Palo Duro, Childress and Stratford.

It would not be surprising to see another Canadian-Muenster final as the Hornets return a vast portion of a talented roster, including 6-6 junior Logan Cook.

Canadian returns its own weapons as well, including the coach’s son, Cameron Copley, a 5-9 senior who is part of a veteran senior-junior brigade of players on the roster. One key will be in replacing the talents of graduated Tanner Schafer and Sawyer Cook.

In addition to Copley, look for 6-0 junior Matthew Lynch and 6-3 senior Corbin Douthitt to play bigger roles.

But first things first, which means the school getting through another banner football season.

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