Play­ing with the big boys

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER TC ME­DIA

Bay Roberts’ Ryan Lit­tle­john has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing above his age group.

For the past cou­ple of volleyball sea­sons, the soon-to-be Level I stu­dent at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts has been suit­ing up with squads in grades higher than he is.

Just last year, Lit­tle­john played with his Grade 9 squad at Amal­ga­mated Academy while also see­ing time with As­cen­sion’s Grade 10 and se­nior volleyball teams.

“Wher­ever the coach needs me to play, I can.” - Ryan Lit­tle­john

In Grade 7, he com­peted with the older group as well.

It’s not some­thing that’s ever both­ered him in his short ca­reer in the sport. In fact, he loves test­ing him­self against play­ers older than him.

“It’s more in­tense and it’s al­ways go­ing,” said Lit­tle­john. “When I was play­ing in the high

NI­CHOLAS MERCER/THE COM­PASS

Ryan Lit­tle­john is a mem­ber of the prov­ince’s un­der-15 volleyball team. He is in St. John’s this week for the East­ern Elite Championships.

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