Se­nior vol­ley­ball teams take cen­tre court

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Swift Current - BY VA­LERIE GOR­DON

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 three­way 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 03 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.

SO­CIAL ME­DIA

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Pho­tos con­trib­uted

SCCHS Colts; SSCHS Ar­dens and Fox Val­ley girls are all headed to provin­cials. Fox Val­ley Leg­ends boys earned con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons ti­tle. The Ar­dens are pic­tured above.

FOX VAL­LEY LEG­ENDS

FOX VAL­LEY LEG­ENDS

SWIFT CUR­RENT COLTS

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