I often get asked what SWAC and SHSAA stand for, so I thought I’d include a short explanation. SWAC is the “South West Athletic Conference”.  

We are one of 14 districts that make up the SHSAAA (Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association). SWAC also organizes sport for our junior schools (Grade 9 and under), but junior sport is not under the SHSAA umbrella.  

Volleyball teams qualify for provincials through conference and then regional tournaments. School volleyball teams are classified by gender and school enrollment for that gender. 1A schools in have 1-20 female or male students in Grades 10-12.  2A schools have 21-30, 3A schools have 31-50, 4A schools have 51-150 and 5A schools have 151 or more. Classification numbers are different for each sport.

VOLLEYBALL

Volleyball is the last fall sport and our SWAC senior volleyball teams are all pursuing berths in the SHSAA Provincial tournaments.  

Fox Valley 1A girls were in Glaslyn.  They finished their pool play in a three-way tie, with Luseland and Hillmond for two playoff positions.  

After the tie break procedure was calculated, the Legends finished in second place in their pool.  They defeated Borden in an exciting semifinal (2-1). The final pitted Fox Valley against Luseland, who had beaten the Legends in pool play. The Legends won the Regional Championship, avenging their only loss in the tournament. Fox Valley will host provincials this weekend. The Legends will be using their home gym and the second site is Maple Creek.

Vanguard/Hodgeville hosted 1A Girl Regionals in Hodgeville. In pool play, they defeated Coronach, but lost to Chief Paskwato finish second in their pool. They played Ecole Mathieu in the semifinal. These two teams met in the Conference championship the week previously, but this time Ecole Mathieu came out ahead and Vanguard’s season came to an end.

Gull Lake attended a 3A girl’s regional at Moose Jaw Cornerstone. They finished pool play with a 0-2 record (losses to Dalmey and Kipling) and did not advance to the playoff rounds.

SCCHS Ardens were at the 5A Girl’s Regionals in Moose Jaw. The Ardens had wins in their pool, over Moose Jaw Peacock and Yorkton and their only loss came against Balgonie.

The Arden’s defeated Estevan in the quarter final and then lost to Weyburn in the semifinal. They had one more chance to qualify for Provincials in the 3rd place match against Moose Jaw Peacock. The Ardens did not let the chance to advance pass by and won the final provincial berth (2-0).

All of our 1A boy volleyball teams were in Beechy for the first round of SHSAA Provincial playoffs.

Frontier finished first in their pool with a perfect 3-0 record. Fox Valley finished second in that pool; their only loss came against Frontier. Vanguard had one loss in pool play, but their two other wins were enough to finish first in their pool. Ponteix lost to Vanguard to finish 2nd in their pool and advance to the playoff rounds. Hazlet finished pool play with a 0-3 record and did not advance to the playoff rounds.

In the end, the battle for the championship came down to our Southwest teams. It took three sets (and a 17-15 final set) for Fox Valley to beat Frontier and be crowned conference champions. Vanguard took home the final regional spot by beating Ponteix in the third place match. Frontier gets to host the Regional playoff.

Leader (2A boys) did not have to attend a conference championship. They are going straight to Regionals in Gravelbourg.  

Shaunavon hosted 3A conference playoff and finished in second spot. They had a win over Moose Jaw Riverview and a loss to Moose Jaw Cornerstone.  By finishing second, in the round robin, the Shadows have qualified for the regional tournament.

SCCHS Colts were perfect in pool play at 5A Boys Regionals in Weyburn. They defeated Estevan, Moose Jaw Peacock and Moose Jaw Central on their way to first place in the pool. The Colts won the semifinal (2-0) over Yorkton and advanced to the final against Balgonie. The Colts lost a tough final (2-1), but have still advanced to the Provincial Championship on Nov. 16-17.

BASKETBALL OFFICIAL’S CLINIC

SWAC will be holding a Basketball Official’s Clinic on Wednesday, Nov. 28.  The clinic starts at 6:30 and takes place in the lecture theater at Swift Current Comp. We are actively trying to increase the number of basketball officials we have in SWAC. If you are interested in more details, about how to become a basketball official, contact Valerie Gordon or Tyson Krause (MCCHS).

The SWAC CURLING season, for junior and senior teams, has officially begun. Plans are underway to offer some bonspiels and curling events during the season.  BASKETBALL and WRESTLING seasons are approaching quickly. Those practices can begin on Monday, Nov 19.

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