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Wednesday, 25 November 2015 10:22

Southwest Sask. teams dominate volleyball

Written by  Deb Reamer
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SWAC had two girls’ teams attending provincials on Nov. 20-21. 
The Frontier Raiders attended the 1A girls’ championship in Medstead/Spiritwood.

 


The Raiders got off to a tough start losing to Medstead (2-0), Rose Valley (2-0) and Saskatoon Legacy Christian (2-0), but they ended their season on a high note by defeating Whitebear 2-0. 


Congratulations to the Raiders and their coaches Tanya Turner and Jaimie Nelson on a great season.
The Swift Current Ardens participated in the 5A girls’ championship in Martensville on the same weekend. 
The Ardens had a record of 2-2 after round robin play and finished third in their pool. They had wins over Regina Luther (2-0) and Saskatoon Holy Cross (2-0) and losses to PA St. Mary (2-0) and Weyburn (2-0).


The girls faced the tough second place team from pool B Balgonie in the cross over quarter final and came up short losing 25-14, 25-12. 
Congratulations to the Ardens and their coaches Chelsea Hassett and Carlina Hapke on a great season.


A number of boys’ teams took part in SHSAA regional volleyball action as well. Three teams captured regional titles and four teams will advance to provincials Nov. 27-28.  
At the 1A boys regional in Avonlea, the Vanguard Valkyrs went undefeated to capture the regional title. 
The Valkyrs finished first in their pool with victories over Rouleau 2-0 and Mossbank 2-0. They then played Glentworth in the semi and won 25-7, 25-9 to advance to the final against the host Avonlea. 
The Vanguard boys had a tough battle, but came out with a 25-19, 29-27 victory to win the regional title and advance to provincials in Annaheim. 
Congratulations to the Valkyrs and their coach Rob Englot.
Eastend boys also played at Avonlea, but lost in their pool to Glentworth (2-0) and Avonlea (2-0). 


Three teams took part in the 2A regional at Beechy. Congratulations to the Fox Valley Legends and their coach Darren Lehmann on winning the title. The Legends beat Eston (2-0) and Beechy (2-0) to finish first in their pool.  
Meanwhile, the Frontier Raiders finished second in their pool with wins over Ponteix (2-0) and Davidson (2-0), but lost to Kincaid/College Mathieu (2-1). 
This created an all southwest match up in the semi as Fox Valley took on Frontier. 


The Legends prevailed by scores of 25-13, 25-10 to advance to the final against Kincaid/College Mathieu. The final went to three, but the Legends came through in the third set to win the title (25-23, 20-25, 25-17).
Meanwhile Frontier still had a chance to qualify for provincials if they placed third. The Raiders took on Eston and won by scores of 27-25, 25-11. 
Fox Valley and Frontier will advance to 2A provincials at College Mathieu.  


The Ponteix team also took part and had a record of 1-2. They had a win over Davidson 2-1, but lost to Frontier 2-0 and Kincaid/College Mathieu 2-0 to end their season. 


In 3A boys, Leader travelled to Moose Jaw to compete. The Saints beat Strasbourg 2-0 but lost to Moose Jaw Cornerstone 2-0. By finishing second in their pool, the Saints had to take on 1st place Gravelbourg in the semi. They had a great match but lost 2-1 losing 25-21 in the 3rd set to finish their season.
Shaunavon Shadows hosted the 4A boys regional  Nov. 21. Congratulations to the Shadows and their coach Riley Zielke as they captured the regional title and will now advance to La Loche for the provincial tournament.
In pool play, the Shadows defeated Outlook 2-1 and Moose Jaw Vanier 2-0.

They then took on Assiniboia in the semi and came away with a hard fought 2-1 victory (25-14, 24-26, 25-12). In the final, it was a rematch against Outlook. The Shadows took the match 2-1 (9-25, 25-12, 25-15) and won the tourney.
As the volleyball season draws to a close, schools will be looking at starting their basketball seasons.


A reminder that SWAC will host a basketball officials’ clinic on Dec. 9 in Swift Current (Lecture Theatre) at 6:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Basketball officials are always needed.

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