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Spartan girls win AAAA volleyball title

Neelin Spartans players celebrate after defeating the Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute Hawks to win the provincial AAAA varsity girls high school volleyball championship at the Duckworth Centre in Winnipeg on Monday night.

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Neelin Spartans players celebrate after defeating the Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute Hawks to win the provincial AAAA varsity girls high school volleyball championship at the Duckworth Centre in Winnipeg on Monday night.

WINNIPEG — Once again, Brandon has the best high school girls volleyball team in Manitoba.

The Neelin Spartans’ championship victory was a hair-raising experience Monday night.

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The Neelin Spartans’ championship victory was a hair-raising experience Monday night. (BORIS MINKEVICH/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

Paige Thomson (centre) and her Neelin Spartans teammates celebrate after winning the provincial AAAA varsity girls high school volleyball championship on Monday night in Winnipeg. Neelin beat MBCI 3-1 in a game played at the University of Winnipeg’s Duckworth Centre.

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Paige Thomson (centre) and her Neelin Spartans teammates celebrate after winning the provincial AAAA varsity girls high school volleyball championship on Monday night in Winnipeg. Neelin beat MBCI 3-1 in a game played at the University of Winnipeg’s Duckworth Centre. (BORIS MINKEVICH/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

The Neelin Spartans pose with their championship banner and trophy after winning the provincial AAAA varsity girls high school volleyball title on Monday night at the University of Winnipeg’s Duckworth Centre. Normally a AAA-sized school, Neelin moved up to AAAA this season and beat MBCI 3-1 (18-25, 25-12, 25-23, 25-20) in the championship final.

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The Neelin Spartans pose with their championship banner and trophy after winning the provincial AAAA varsity girls high school volleyball title on Monday night at the University of Winnipeg’s Duckworth Centre. Normally a AAA-sized school, Neelin moved up to AAAA this season and beat MBCI 3-1 (18-25, 25-12, 25-23, 25-20) in the championship final. (BORIS MINKEVICH/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

The Neelin Spartans defeated the Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute Hawks 3-1 (18-25, 25-12, 25-23, 25-20) to win their first-ever provincial AAAA varsity girls high school volleyball title at Winnipeg’s Duckworth Centre Monday night.

Alison Quiring, a Neelin middle who had 10 kills and six blocks, couldn’t find words to describe her jubilation, but she knows how important the victory is for the school.

"It means that history has been made and we are so happy that we have left our mark on the school," she said. "That banner is going to be hanging in that gym forever."

Spartan setter Amy Gordon got her team rolling in the second set after a slow start. She finished the match with five aces and seven kills.

"I have to win," she said. "I needed to win and I knew that if our team was going to win then somebody had to step it up, and I knew that everybody else was going to follow and it worked."

Gordon was named the tournament’s MVP, while Quiring and Kristine Ward made the tournament all-star team. Paige Thomson was Neelin’s player of the match.

This is the first provincial AAAA girls volleyball title for a Brandon school since the Crocus Plainsmen won back-to-back championships in 2008 and 2009.

Neelin is a AAA-sized school that stepped up to the AAAA division this season, but Spartans head coach Kevin Neufeld played down the significance of that.

"It just means a lot to our kids to have that opportunity to compete at that level, and being the No. 1 team in the province is a real reward for their hard work," he said.

» cjaster@brandonsun.com

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 27, 2012

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Wasn't this the same teacher who was transferred from Crocus Plains High School to Neelin because he was too outspoken for the likings of the VERY controlling, it's all about controlling their teachers and making this VERY insecure Superintendent look good at ALL costs, Brandon School Division Administration (nee dictatorship)?

If my memory serves me correctly, it was this very teacher.

He was a FANTASTIC volleyball coach with Crocus Plains High School.

WAY TO SHOW THEM, teacher!

He can't say anything to the media but he can SHOW THEM via his actions.

Good on you, former disgruntled teacher and MOST EXCELLENT volleyball coach!

IF I were a parent at Crocus Plains High School, I'd be ticked off thinking it could have been OUR girls volleyball team instead but at least it was one of our Brandon teams.

How long did it take this teacher to build up this volleyball team to this calibre?

Good on you, teacher!

His name just slips my mind.

It's Mr. something.

Mr. Kevin Neufeld is the coach's name.

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WINNIPEG — Once again, Brandon has the best high school girls volleyball team in Manitoba.

The Neelin Spartans defeated the Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute Hawks 3-1 (18-25, 25-12, 25-23, 25-20) to win their first-ever provincial AAAA varsity girls high school volleyball title at Winnipeg’s Duckworth Centre Monday night.

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WINNIPEG — Once again, Brandon has the best high school girls volleyball team in Manitoba.

The Neelin Spartans defeated the Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute Hawks 3-1 (18-25, 25-12, 25-23, 25-20) to win their first-ever provincial AAAA varsity girls high school volleyball title at Winnipeg’s Duckworth Centre Monday night.

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