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Junior varsity Flyers win gold at senior tournament

The F.P. Walshe Flyers, back row, from left: coach Mark Perry, Holly Bergo, Tenille Poettcker, Sloan MacDonald, Bailey Perry and Bella Gunderson. Middle row: Danielle Wesley, Rachel Hoglund and Amanda Yunick. Front: Hayley Stockton and Ruby Kinsella

Crowsnest Consolidated high school’s Green and Gold senior high girls’ volleyball tournament was aptly named.
A number of senior teams were green with envy Saturday as the F.P. Walshe junior varsity Flyers sailed off with the gold medal.
“I feel very blessed to coach these girls,” Flyers coach Mark Perry said. “To come in to a senior high tourney and play their hearts out and win is a pretty cool thing to watch.”
The tournament championship allowed the junior varsity team to end the season on a high note.
“These young ladies did everything I asked them to do,” Perry said. “I cannot pinpoint one player who stood out more than any other. They all worked their butts off.”
The Flyers opened the tournament Friday night first against Livingstone Sabres from Lundbreck and earned a split, winning the first set 25-11 but losing the second 26-24.
In their second round-robin match on Friday the Flyers swept Pincher Creek St. Mike’s Dragons 25-8 and 25-19.
In their first game Saturday the Flyers split with Elkford, winning the first set 25-19 but losing the second 25-18.
Their 4-2 record in round-robin put the Flyers second in their pool and set up a quarterfinal match against Coalhurst.
The Flyers swept Coalhurst 25-12 and 25-20 to advance to the semifinals.
The Flyers made short work of the Sparwood Spartans, sweeping the semifinal match 25-10 and 25-20.
The win over Sparwood elevated the Flyers into the tournament final against Elkford.
Elkford jumped out to an early lead, beating the Flyers 25-19 in the first set.
The Flyers team made up of Grade 10 and 11 players, shook off that adversity to tie the match with a 25-22 win in the second set.
In the tiebreaker the Flyers made no mistake, winning 15-10 to claim the championship.
“They made their serves when they had to. They dived and dug up balls I never thought they could get,” Perry said. “They blocked and attacked their opponents fiercely. This is a team that has heart and a will to work together.”
“They put it all on the court and were rewarded for it. I am extremely proud of these girls for the way they play, the way they stick together, the way they help one another stay positive in tough situations, and the way they conduct themselves on and off the court.”
“I want the girls to know that they should be very proud of what they have accomplished.”