Torchettes tour­ney

Journal Pioneer - - FRONT PAGE - BY JOSH LEWIS

The Vol­ley­ball Ex­trav­a­ganza at Kens­ing­ton In­ter­me­di­ate-Se­nior High School (KISH) kicks off Fri­day night.

The an­nual Vol­ley­ball Ex­trav­a­ganza has been a sta­ple of the Kens­ing­ton In­ter­me­di­ate-Se­nior High School (KISH) ath­let­ics com­mu­nity for 43 years.

The lat­est edi­tion of the se­nior AAA girls’ tour­na­ment tips off Fri­day night, with the gold medal game sched­uled for 5 p.m. Satur­day.

De­spite be­ing early in the school year, Torchettes head coach Richard Younker an­tic­i­pates an im­pres­sive com­pe­ti­tion level.

“Even though this is the first com­pe­ti­tion of the year for ev­ery­one, I ex­pect the qual­ity of play to be quite high. Even though teams have had lim­ited time to pre­pare, many of these ath­letes have played over the sum­mer, so their skills are go­ing to be very good.”

The tour­na­ment fea­tures 10 of the top teams from P.E.I. and Nova Sco­tia.

The Is­land teams are KISH, Three Oaks Se­nior High, Westisle, Kinkora, Char­lot­te­town Ru­ral and Blue­field. Join­ing them from the main­land are two teams from the peren­nial

pow­er­house Cobe­quid Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre in Truro, as well as Hal­i­fax West and CP Allen of Bed­ford.

The Torchettes’ ros­ter this sea­son is com­prised of six Grade 11s and two play­ers each from Grade 12 and Grade 10. Younker is op­ti­mistic about the squad he has.

“I re­ally like how my team looks so far. I’ve got 10 play­ers who can all play. I’m very ex­cited to see how we stack up this week­end.”

KISH is in Pool A along with Three Oaks, Westisle, Hal­i­fax West and CEC No. 1. Pool B fea­tures Kinkora, Char­lot­te­town Ru­ral, Blue­field, CEC No. 2 and CP Allen.

All games will be played at the KISH gym­na­sium, with two courts in use at the same time.

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