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Flyers cap outstanding year with provincial silver medals

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The F.P. Walshe Flyers claimed silver medals on Saturday at the 2A high school boys volleyball championships at Cold Lake. Calgary Christian beat the Flyers in the final. Back row, from left: assistant coach Brayden Van Driesten, Blake Hamilton, Mac Donahue, Oakley Bond, Rylan Clarke, Ty Odney, Shody Perry, Michael McTighe and coach Craig Patton. Front row, from left: Avery Van Driesten, Aidan Kidd, Conlan Donahue, Trent Ducharme, Landon Koch and Roland Tomter.

The F.P. Walshe Flyers capped an outstanding season with a second-place finish on the weekend at the 2A high school boys volleyball championship at Cold Lake.
Calgary Christian Cougars swept the Flyers in two sets in the gold medal final Saturday afternoon.
Heading into the provincial tournament, the Flyers had already won their league regular season and playoff titles as well as the south zone championship.
The Flyers started the three-day provincial tournament in a pool with Ecole Mallaig Stingers, Redwater Renegades, Peace River Nomads, Rundle College Cobras and Assumption Crusaders.
The other pool included Calgary Christian, Strathcona-Tweedsmuir Spartans from Okotoks, Central Alberta Christian Knights from Lacombe, J.H. Picard Pumas, Picture Butte Sugar Kings and Fort McMurray Miners.
In their first match on Thursday the Flyers took on Ecole Mallaig, sweeping the Stingers 25-12 and 25-17.
In their second match on Thursday the Flyers battled Assumption and needed three sets to get by the Crusaders.
The Crusaders won the first set 25-22, but F.P. Walshe took the second set 25-15. The Flyers prevailed in the tie-breaker 15-12.
The Flyers were back on the court Friday for the first match of the day against Rundle College.
The Cougars proved to be the early risers, scratching out wins of 25-17 and 25-22 to hand the Flyers their first loss of the tournament.
Early in the afternoon on Friday F.P. Walshe took on Redwater.
The Flyers regained their winning form, disposing of the Renegades in straight sets by scores of 25-16 and 25-10.
The Flyers played their final match of round-robin late Friday afternoon against Peace River.
The Flyers sent the Nomads packing, winning in straight sets by the same 25-19 score.
Rundle College went undefeated in round-robin to place first in the pool at 5-0, followed by the Flyers at 4-1, Peace River at 3-2, Assumption at 2-3, Mallaig at 1-4 and Redwater at 0-5.
Calgary Christian and Central Alberta Christian both went 4-1, with the Lacombe team taking first by virtue of having beaten the Cougars in round-robin.
Picture Butte placed third with a record of 3-2, followed by J.H. Picard Pumas at 2-3 and Fort McMurray and Strathcona-Tweedsmuir at 1-4.
The Flyers played Picture Butte in the quarterfinals and crowned the Sugar Kings in straight sets to advance to the semifinals.
In the other quarterfinal match Calgary Christian beat Peace River to advance to meet Rundle College in the semifinals.
The Flyers needed three sets to get by Central Alberta Christian in one semifinals, while Calgary Christan prevailed over Rundle College to move on to the finals.
Central Alberta Christian claimed the bronze medals by beating Rundle College.
That set the stage for the championship match featuring Calgary Christian and the Flyers.
Calgary Christian took an early lead in the first set and never relinquished it as they won 25-22.
In the second set, the Cougars jumped out in front 5-1 and widened the gap to 12-6.
The Flyers pulled to within three points but the Cougars went on a run to restore their six-point lead at 15-9.
The Calgary team maintained that six-pont margin as the game progressed and eventually increased it to eight points.
Trailing 24-16 and with the gold medals slipping away the Flyers fought back and narrowed the lead to 24-19.
That was as close as F.P. Walshe would come as Calgary got the next point to win the set and match, and claim the gold medals.

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