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Wolves guard ahead of her time

Nine-year-old Dakota player key fixture on 11- and 12-year-old squad

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Point guard Ariane Freynet-Gagne has no problem matching up with older girls. In fact, the nine-year-old, 5-foot-4 guard is a key member of the Dakota Wolves girls 11- and 12-year-old basketball team.Tuesday at the Free Press Community Classic, being held at the Duckworth Centre, Freynet-Gagne and her Wolves took it in on the chin, losing to powerhouse East St. Paul, 26-5. The win was East St. Paul's second of the tournament. Dakota is 0-1.

Freynet-Gagne has always played up a couple of age groups, and just to prove that she can handle herself, in one game last year she scored a game-high 21 points.

"No, (the loss doesn't hurt) because they were really tall and we did our best," said the Grade 5 student at Christine-Lesperance school in St. Vital.

Freynet-Gagne, who scored two of her team's five points, said her father (and coach) Jean Paul Gagne, was her inspiration to play the game, and encouraged her to play at a higher age level. "Because I am very tall, and my dad thinks I can play with the 11-12 year olds," she said.

East St. Paul was led by Renee Stokowski and Tianna Mighty with six points each. Sydney Loewen and Carmen Loewen each had four and Nicole Tucker, Gillian Tham and Kyra Silvertson each had two. Danielle Arnaud got Dakota's other three points.

"Actually she is the one who pushes me," said Freynet-Gagne's father, who shares a Dec. 8 birthday with his daughter. "She loves the game and she handles (the age difference) really well. She really doesn't think about the fact that they (other players) are all 12 year olds. She just plays as hard as she can. She passes a lot, she hustles and she likes to crash the boards."

Freynet-Gagne, who also sings, dances and plays piano and guitar, says she loves the game, because "it is great fun and you have a lot of friends."

The team plays its second game tonight against Whyte Ridge at 8:30 p.m. "I don't know if we will win," she said, "but I think we can."

In a hard-fought, 13-14 girls game being played at the same time on the next court, Lindenwoods got its second win of the tournament, beating Magnus Eliason (0-1) 13-8. Caitlin Menzies had seven points for Lindenwoods, Sheena Jo Sai had four and Adrianna Aiello and Monica Stanson each had one.

Niki Lai had five points to lead Magnus Eliason. Jenelle Sammufor had two and Marcy Fannhullen had one.

In other action Tuesday:


North Kildonan Cobras 33, Roblin Park Raiders 26

North Kildonan: Janessa Stafeckis, Emily Janzen and Jasmine Bhullar, 7 each; Julia Schroeder, Tarina Ready, Miranda Bilous, Shehnaaz Brar, Holly Giesbrecht and Sydney McFarlane, 2 each. Roblin Park: Katie Duff, 8; Megan Riediger, 6; Lexis Tohannason and Brittney Nygaard, 4 each; Danielle Hanlan and Courtney Bosclair, 2 each.


Roblin Park Raiders 50, Earl Grey Cobras 40

Roblin Park: Kerilynn MacLennan, 26; Anna Caklic and Desiree Bedard, 6 each; Colleen Moyer, 4; Brenna Talmage, Jesse Agusns, Paige Sands and Kaylee Hondubura, 2 each. Earl Grey: Allisa MacEarchen, 11, Tori Grunn and Sara Kasian, 10 each; Courtney May, 6; Morgan Rathwell, 3.


Roblin Park Raiders 40, Dakota No. 1 30

Roblin Park: Brandon Link, 10; Braedy Will, 8; Connor Derraugh, 7; John Anderson, Alex Ruta and Michael Ball, 4 each; Tanner Bearis and Avery Edmond, 2 each; Jason Neufeld, 1. Dakota: Kris Wilson, 8; Jonah Greenberg, 6; Shayn Campbell and Eric Frizado, 4 each; Chris Gardner, 3; Ibrahim Zaia and Akrame Chioua, 2 each; Money Nguyen, 1.


Dakota No. 1 33, Norberry-Glenlee 23

Dakota: Ralph Hu, 10; Thor Sigmar, 6; Austin McWhirter, Sean Winch and David Finnbogason, 4 each; Zenon Happychuk and Ty Edmonds, 2 each; Justin Little, 1. Norberry-Glenlee: Arpad Farkas and Jordan Lundin, 6 each; Eric O'Dowd, 5; Derrick Kannt, Keith Schille and Kyle Schille, 2 each.

Greendell Falcons 45, Roblin Park Raiders 30

Greendell: Khalid Ali and Jesse Davidson, 14 each; Jeremy Baker, 10; Zachary Antonio, 3; Kevin Baillie, 2; Ian Schaefer, 1. Roblin Park: Michael Langdon, 8; Aaron Holleman, 6; Logan Baldaro and Keith Vossen, 5 each; Jesse Peristy, 4; Mark Silva, 2.


Norberry-Glenlee 35 Richmond Kings 27

Norberry-Glenlee: Coe Peersman, 17; Michael Davis, 5; Adam Kuharjki, 4; Ben Gaudes, 3; Andrew Chapman and Joshua Unrau, 2 each; Derek Cojno, 1. Richmond: Riley Boyle, 11; Adam Vander Linden, 6; Aidan Watts, 5; Collin Ralko, 4; Marvin Fabro, 1.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 3, 2008 C6

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