Leg­ends win sil­ver at Provin­cials

The Southwest Booster - - SPORTS - VA­LERIE GOR­DON SWAC SPORTS CO­OR­DI­NA­TOR

And just like that, the first three months of SHSAA sport are done. The last medals for fall sports were handed out this week­end at the Boys Pro­vin­cial Vol­ley­ball Cham­pi­onships. A huge ‘thank you’ to all our SWAC ju­nior/se­nior coaches for work­ing with our kids in our fall sports (cross coun­try, soc­cer, foot­ball and vol­ley­ball). Your hours ded­i­cated to school sport are ap­pre­ci­ated more than you know. SWAC also wants to rec­og­nize and thank our soc­cer, foot­ball, vol­ley­ball of­fi­cials for all you do for stu­dent ath­letes in our district and prov­ince.

PRO­VIN­CIAL VOL­LEY­BALL

Both Fron­tier and Fox Val­ley were in Mid­dle Lake/lake Lenore for the 1A boy’s pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onship. The Fron­tier Raiders came out on the short end of many close games in pool play. The Raiders lost in the sec­ond set to Rouleau (2725) and Thun­der­child (25-22). Fron­tier won a very ex­cit­ing match with An­na­heim (25-23, 22-25, 16-14), but a 2-0 loss to Edam Satur­day morn­ing hurt their chances to ad­vance to the play­off rounds. Skill wise, they matched up with the top teams, it was just very even and com­pet­i­tive in their pool. They fin­ished tied for fourth and were elim­i­nated from play­offs due to the tie-break pro­ce­dure.

Fox Val­ley fin­ished first in their pool with a per­fect 3-0 record. It took three sets to get by both Cutknife and Mid­dle Lake, and they beat Belle­vue and Ar­cola in two straight sets. Be­ing first in Pool B meant that they would cross over and play Edam in the quar­ter­fi­nal. Af­ter se­cur­ing a 2-0 win, they went on to face An­na­heim in the semi­fi­nal. It was a very tough match for Fox Val­ley and they had to come from be­hind on more than one oc­ca­sion. The Leg­ends bat­tled to a huge 2-1 win and a spot in the gold medal fi­nal against Thun­der­child.

The fi­nal was a bat­tle of the only two un­beaten teams left in the tour­na­ment. In set one, Fox Val­ley charged back again and again, when they were down, but came out on the los­ing end of a 25-23 score. In the sec­ond set, Fox Val­ley did not have an an­swer for the at­tack­ing power of Thun­der­child. Though the Leg­ends tried to rally late in the sec­ond set, it was not enough on this day, and Fox Val­ley lost (2-0). The Fox Val­ley Leg­ends came home with a well-de­served sil­ver medal.

The Leader Saints (2A boys) were in Kin­istino/ Melfort for the SHSAA Cham­pi­onship. At the end of pool play, they were tied for first with a record of 3-1. They had wins over Kin­istino (2-0), Mont­marte

(2-1) and Saska­toon’s Ecole Cana­di­enne (20). Their only loss came at the hands of Med­stead (1-2). The loss to Med­stead meant those two teams were tied for first place in their pool, but Leader was placed sec­ond af­ter the tiebreak was ap­plied.

The Saints de­feated Pine­house 2-0 in the quar­ter­fi­nal, but lost to the strong team from Wa­wota in the semi­fi­nal. That meant Leader would be play­ing for bronze against Wilkie. The Saints came back from be­ing down on more than one oc­ca­sion in the bronze medal game. Af­ter a heart stop­ping three sets, the Leader Saints came out on top and claimed the bronze medal! (28-26, 2830, 18-16).

WIN­TER SPORTS

Our SWAC win­ter ac­tiv­i­ties (bas­ket­ball, wrestling, curl­ing) have of­fi­cially be­gun. The sched­ules for the SWAC ju­nior and se­nior bas­ket­ball leagues will be sent out as soon as teams are fi­nal­ized.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Fox Val­ley Leg­ends won sil­ver at 1A Boys Vol­ley­ball Provin­cials.

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