AB: Provides a look at the importance of the sport of basketball to the modest community of Raymond. With their amateur High School senior boys team, the Comets, both the level of support from the fans and the quality of the basketball are attributed to the sport's success in the area. The Comets have won the provincial title seven times since 1960 which is more than any other team and they are apart of the Alberta's 4A division which is comprised of the province's largest schools. The article discusses the pressures felt by the players and the school coaches given the high expectations from the town to sustain their success as well as the emphasis placed on early exposure of the sport to the kids of Raymond. Also seen as a factor in basketball's popularity was the warm chinook winds which made it difficult to maintain outdoor hockey rinks like most other Alberta towns. The early Mormon settlers brought the game with them when they first arrived in the area at the turn of the century, building two facilities in order to house the games. Basketball, as well, has long had a strong link with religion and it was not unusual to see churches throughout southern Alberta equipped with a basketball court, as part of the Mormon's emphasis on healthy minds and healthy bodies. Also included in the article are pictures and information on the girls' teams as well as the Union Jacks, an early championship basketball team in the area.
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