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Flyers claim bronze at provincial tourney

F.P. Walshe Flyers won the bronze medal at the 2A high school boys provincial volleyball tournament at La Crete. Back row, from left: assistant coach Shane Cleaver, Cody Van Driesten Taylor Atwood, Brayden Van Driesten, Austin Hurlburt, Clayton Dorn, Nanthn Orr, Colton Prete and coach Craig Patton. Middle: William Lam and Brett Burrows. Front: Brad Burrows and John Woynarowsky.

The F.P. Walshe Flyers capped an outstanding 2011 season Saturday with the bronze medal at the 2A high school boys provincial volleyball tournament.
A top three finish in the province put an exclamation mark on a season that saw the Flyers win the zone and league titles and medal in every tournament they entered.
The Flyers went through the 2011 season winning 124 sets and losing just 11, losing only four matches including two to the provincial gold and silver medalists.
Most impressive was how the players carried themselves on and off the court.
“They represented their school, community, their families and themselves well all year long,” Flyers coach Craig Patton said.
The Flyers are Colton Prete, Brad Burrows, Austin Hurlburt, John Woynarowsky, Brayden Van Driesten, Logan Gregory, Nathan Orr, Clayton Dorn, William Lam, Taylor Atwood, Cody Van Driesten, Justin Atwood, Marcus Plourde, Duncan Smith and Brett Burrows. Patton is head coach and Phillip Plourde and Shane Cleaver are assistant coaches.
The Flyers found themselves in a pool with St. Joseph Saints from Whitecourt, Central Alberta Christian Knights from Lacombe, Prairie Christian Sabres from Three Hills, J.H. Picard Pumas from Edmonton and the host La Crete Lancers.
The other pool consisted of West Island College Wolves from Calgary, Strathcona Christian Eagles from Sherwood Park, Assumption Crusaders from Cold Lake, Peace River Nomads, Picture Butte Kings and Grand Trunk Grizzlies from Evansburg.

The Flyers beat St. Joseph Saints 25-22 and 25-15, Central Alberta Christian Knights 25-19 and 25-21, J.H. Picard Pumas 25-22 and 31-29, and La Crete Lancers 25-14 and 25-23.
In their match with Prairie Christian Sabres, the Flyers got off to a good start with a 25-23 win in the first set.
Prairie Christian battled to win the second set 25-15 and then clinched the match with a 15-11 decision in the tiebreaker.
Patton said the Flyers started slowly, concentrating most of their efforts on stopping Right side hitter Alexander Price of Prairie Christian. The Flyers did a good job of limiting Prices’ impact but struggled to control their own passing and varying their attack.
Prairie Christian placed first in the pool with a 5-0 record, followed by the Flyers at 4-1 and La Crete at 2-3.
The Flyers met travelling companion Picture Butte Kings in the quarterfinals and in a match reminiscent of the south zone final, the Flyers lost 25-22 but came back to win the next two sets 25-18 and 16-14.
In the semifinals the Flyers met the first-place team from the other pool, losing 25-22 to Assumption in the first set. The Flyers won the second set 25-12, but Assumption prevailed 15-12 in the tiebreaker.
“The gym was deafeningly loud with the atmosphere of being the real gold medal final,” Patton said.
Patton and Cleaver rallied the team from that disappointing loss to sweep St. Joseph’s Saints in two sets to win the bronze medal — accomplishing the goal of winning a provincial medal set by the Flyers in the first week of practice.
“The Flyers represented the south zone well in La Crete,” Patton said. “The boys played very well all weekend.”
Flyers won provincial bronze in 2005.