South Peace News
Top junior high school volleyball teams will be in High Prairie when the Prairie River Raiders host the High Prairie School Division girl’s and boy’s volleyball championships Oct. 27.
“Eight girl’s teams and eight boy’s teams are expected to compete,” PRJH boy’s coach and school athletic director Kyle Schroeder says.
“With the number of teams that we have, we can run the tournament completely on Saturday.”
Games will be played at PRJH and E.W. Pratt all day with the girl’s and boy’s finals slated for late in the afternoon at PRJH, Schroeder says.
Defending champions are the St. Andrew’s Saints of High Prairie for the girls and Georges P. Vanier of Donnelly for the boys.
PRJH and Vanier are heavily favoured to reach the final in the boy’s tournament, Schroeder says.
Slave Lake Christian has also shown that they can compete, he adds.
The St. Andrew’s girls are also optimistic after winning the Josh Halverson tournament hosted by PRJH on Oct. 12-13.
“We are the defending divisional champions and the Saints feel our team has a great chance to repeat this year,” head coach Jason Cottingham says.
“The Saints’ team is definitely stronger than last year and we look forward to defending our title.”
Teams eligible to compete are schools in the school division or independent schools that have paid their fee to join HPSD for athletic competition, Schroeder says.
They include PRJH, St. Andrew’s, Kinuso, Gift Lake, Vanier, Slave Lake Koinonia Christian School, Roland Michener of Slave Lake and Mistassiniy of Wabasca.
“We invite everyone to come out to cheer on our local teams again because our athletes really love the energy that a crowd can bring to their games,” Schroeder says.
No automatics berths from the division are allotted for the zone championships.
“Actually any school can send their teams to zones,” Schroeder says.
“Usually the zone tournament has quite significantly higher competition than the divisionals.”