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Grade 9 Flyers capture zone volleyball crown

Champion Flyers

The champion Flyers, back row, from left: coach Kristy Secrist, coach Bobbie Curran, Sophie Holwerda, Emily Eremenko, Jamie Brown, Shelby Lyke, Maggie Russell, Janelle Stockton and coach Fonda Vadnais. Middle row: Mikki Montemayor, Eula Mengullo, Jennifer Petalio and Emalee Koch. Front: Brooke Pansky and Andie Curran.

F.P. Walshe Flyers soared to the top of the junior high zone volleyball championship tournament.
The Grade 9 girls team defeated W.R. Myers Rebels on Saturday evening to claim the zone title over seven other teams.
“The girls have worked very hard on reaching this goal,” said head coach Bobbi Curran. “Fonda (Vadnais) and I are very proud of what these girls have accomplished.”
The Flyers went into the tournament at St. Mary’s school in Taber ranked No. 1.
F.P. Walshe was in Pool A along with the host Storm, Crowsnest Pass Pandas and St. Michael’s school.
The Flyers opened the tournament Friday with a 25-10 and 25-9 sweep of St. Michael’s.
In their next match Friday the Flyers swept Crowsnest Pass 25-13 and 25-15.
Early Saturday morning the Flyers continued their winning ways, beating host St. Mary’s Storm 25-23.
In the second set, however, the Storm battered the Flyers 25-16.
Their 5-1 record after round-robin put the Flyers in second place in their pool and forced them into a quarterfinal match with Irvine.
Irvine, who finished third in their pool, upset the Flyers 25-23 in the first set of the quarterfinal.
That provided a wake-up call for the Flyers who went on to win the match by taking the next two sets 25-7 and 25-5.
That victory set up a rematch with St. Mary’s Storm in the semifinals.
This time the Flyers left nothing to chance as they quieted the host Storm 25-23 and 25-21.
With that win the Flyers advanced to the championship match on Saturday evening against W.R. Myers Rebels.
The Flyers had their hands full in the first set but pulled out a tight 25-22 victory.
The Rebels weren’t going down without a fight and rallied to even the match with a 25-16 win in the second set.
With the zone championship on the line in the third and deciding set, the Flyers left nothing to chance as they rolled to a convincing 15-5 win.
“It was a battle to the end for the girls,” Curran said. “They had a slow start to the tournament, but saved their best for last.”
League play
Bragging rights were on the line Oct. 29 as the Grade 9 Flyers took on their Grade 8 counterparts from F.P. Walshe school.
The two teams are evenly matched but on this night the Grade 9 Flyers prevailed, sweeping the match 25-17, 25-20 and 25-17.
The Flyers travel to Kainai high school this weekend for the league playoff tournament.
The Flyers are Jennifer Petalio, Jamie Brown, Emalee Koch, Sophie Holwerda, Maggie Russell, Shelby Lyke, Mikki Montemayor, Emily Eremenko, Andie Curran and Brooke Pansky.
Grade 8 players Janelle Stockton and Eula Mengullo joined the Flyers for the tournament.
Coaches are Bobbi Curran and Fonda Vadnais and assistant coaches are Amy Cook and Kristy Secrist.