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F.P. Walshe Flyers prove to be true mountain men

F.P. Walshe Flyers

The F.P. Walshe Flyers won the Banff tournament. Back row, from left: coach Craig Patton, Aidan Kidd, Shody Perry, Oakley Bond, Marcus Plourde, Brett Burrows, Conlan Donahue, Roland Tomter and assistant coach Shane Cleaver. Middle row: Rylan Clarke, Landon Koch, Blake Hamilton and Avery Van Driesten. Front: Justin Atwood and Duncan Smith.

The F.P. Walshe Flyers struck gold Saturday in the Rocky Mountains.
The Flyers defeated the host Banff Bears in the championship game of the senior high boys volleyball tournament.
The Flyers opened the tournament in Banff by splitting a match with Our Lady of the Snows school from Canmore.
The Flyers lost the first set 27-26 but rallied to win the second 25-19.
The Flyers swept their next match with Holy Redeemer school from Edson, winning both sets 25-6 and 25-9.
The Flyers met a familiar foe in their third round-robin match against Crowsnest Pass Panthers.
F.P. Walshe won both sets 25-17 and 25-12.
In their final round-robin match the Flyers were swept by Banff Bears 25-22 and 25-23.
“We had a difficult time dealing with Banff’s defence and their six foot eight power hitter,” Flyers coach Craig Patton said. “We also gave away too many points on missed serves.”
Their 5-3 record after round-robin put the Flyers in second place in their pool.
In their first playoff match the Flyers swept Our Lady of Mount Pleasant school from Camrose 25-18 and 25-16.
“It was nice to be able to get every player into this match,” Patton said.
That win advanced the Flyers to the semifinals where they handled West Island College Wolves 25-16 and 25-12.
That victory put the Flyers into the championship game and a rematch with host Banff Bears.
While the Flyers had an easy time in their semifinal match against West Island, Banff had its hands full against Cochrane in the other semifinals.
All three sets went into extra points before the Bears won the tie-breaker to advance to the finals.
The Flyers were able to avenge the earlier loss to Banff, sweeping the Bears 25-19 and 25-23 to win the championship.
The second set was not as close as the score would indicate.
The Flyers were up 24-19 but miss-hit four straight attacks to let Banff pull within a point.
F.P. Walshe regrouped and ended the game with a kill and a poor defensive play on the part of the Bears.
“I think we played well but I also believe Banff was pretty much done after their semifinal against Cochrane,” Patton said.
To their credit, the Flyers did make some adjustments to their game to handle the Bears six foot eight power hitter.
“We got him rattled and took them out of their game,” Patton said. “We did not make costly errors like the first match.”
Grade 12 Flyers are Brett Burrows, Marcus Plourde, Justin Atwood and Duncan Smith.
Grade 11 Flyers are Blake Hamilton, Trent Ducharme, Landon Koch, Conlan Donahue, Aidan Kidd, Avery Van Driesten and Roland Tomter.
Grade 10 Flyers are Ty Odney, Shody Perry, Oakley Bond and Rylan Clarke.
Head coach is Craig Patton and assistant coaches are Shane Cleaver, John Woynarowsky and Brayden Van Driesten.

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