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F.P. Walshe Flyers are 2A south zone high school volleyball champs

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The 2A south zone volleyball champion F.P. Walshe Flyers. Back row, from left: assistant coach Brayden Van Driesten, Mac Donahue, Shody Perry, Oakley Bond, Rylan Clarke, Michael McTighe and coach Craig Patton. Front row, from left: Trent Ducharme, Avery Van Driesten, Landon Koch, Aidan Kidd, Conlan Donahue and Roland Tomter

F.P. Walshe Flyers are the 2A high school south zone boys volleyball champions.
The Flyers beat Picture Butte Kings in two straight sets Saturday night at Lethbridge College to win the title.
The victory capped an outstanding tournament for the Flyers, who won 10 straight sets over three days to win the zone title and earn a berth in provincials.
The Flyers climb aboard the bus at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 for the trip to Cold Lake for the 2A high school provincial tournament.
Other teams at the provincial tournament are Picture Butte Kings, Calgary Christian Cougars, Central Alberta Christian Knights, J.H. Picard Pumas, Peace River Nomads, Rundle College Cobras and Strathcona-Tweedsmuir Spartans.
At the zone tournament at Lethbridge College the Flyers, Picture Butte, Taber St. Mary’s Storm and Crowsnest Pass Panthers made up one pool.
Immanuel Christian Eagles, Vulcan County Central Hawks, Kate Andrews Pride and Vauxhall Vikings made up the other pool.
The Flyers opened the zone tournament on Thursday against St. Mary’s Storm from Taber.
The Flyers served notice they were on a mission, crushing St. Mary’s 25-9 and 25-3.
In their second game on Thursday the Flyers swept Picture Butte Kings by scores of 25-21 and 25-21.
After getting Friday off from round-robin play the Flyers swept Crowsnest Pass 25-7 and 25-12 on Saturday to finish round-robin unbeaten.
Immanuel Christian was first in the other pool, followed by County Central, Kate Andrews and Vauxhall.
Their first-place finish earned the Flyers a bye to the semifinals where they met County Central, who had advanced by knocking off Crowsnest Pass 25-12 and 25-20 in the quarterfinals.
County Central battled but could not ground the Flyers, who swept the semifinal match in two sets by identical scores of 25-20.
In the other quarterfinal match Picture Butte knocked off Kate Andrews 25-9 and 25-14.
That win sent the Kings into the semifinals against Immanuel Christian.
Picture Butte won the first set 25-19 but the Eagles evened the match with a 25-19 win in the second set.
The match went to a tie-breaker with the Kings pulling out a 15-12 win to move on to the finals.
The Kings used the momentum of their upset of Immanuel Christian to good advantage, pushing the Flyers hard in the first set.
The Flyers prevailed 25-23, however, and then clinched the championship in convincing style with a 25-9 win in the second set.

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