Russell’s Major Pratt Trojans were the team to finally knock Forrest’s Elton Sabres off the top of varsity girls’ AA volleyball in Manitoba.
Emma Ciprik was named most valuable player as the Trojans outlasted the Sabres 2-1 (17-25, 25-13, 17-15) on Saturday in Souris to snap the Sabres’ three-year run as provincial high school champs. Stephanie Nernberg and Madison DeCorby had all-star performances for Major Pratt, which won its last girls’ title in 2008 — the year before Elton began its run. Also cracking the all-star roster were Courtney Fines and Jordan Heeney of Elton, Amber Doyle of the host Souris Sabres and Cassandra Cardy of the Minnedosa Chancellors. Fines also won the players’ choice award.
Souris swept Minnedosa 2-0 (25-15, 25-19) for third place.
At the AAA boys’ championship at Île des Chênes, Brandon’s Neelin Spartans finished fourth, falling 2-0 (25-23, 25-23) to Winnipeg’s Calvin Christian Eagles in the bronze-medal match. Theo Farough of the Spartans was named to the all-star team and also was a co-winner of the players’ choice award along with MVP Alex Sabourin of the host champions Gabrielle-Roy Les Roys.
The Dauphin Clippers were the bronze-medal winners at the girls’ AAA provincials in Lorette. They beat Calvin Christian 2-0 (26-24, 25-21) to lock up third. Jaycee George of the Clippers was named to the all-star team.
The host Major Pratt Trojans gutted out a 2-1 (28-30, 25-16, 15-13) victory over the Steinbach Christian Flames for third place at the AA boys’ championship at Russell. Rhys Fingas of Major Pratt earned a spot on the all-star team, while Taylor Cross of the Elton Sabres, who lost to the Trojans in a quarter-final, won the players’ choice award.
The Hamiota Huskies won silver at the A girls’ championship in St. Jean Baptiste, losing 2-0 (25-10, 25-21) to Manitou’s Nellie McClung Stingers in the final. Kailan Robinson, Keegan Robinson and Kenzie Robinson of the Huskies all made the all-star team. The Stingers won their fourth title in five years behind an MVP performance from Olivia Thorleifson.
The Glenboro Panthers placed third at the A boys’ provincials in Elm Creek, beating the Strathclair Skyhawks 2-1 (19-25, 25-22, 15-5) in the bronze-medal match. Drake Wallis of the Panthers made the all-star team along with Joby Moffat of the Skyhawks. The Rosenort Redhawks won their second straight title.
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