Sports fans in Meadow Lake will get the opportunity to see high-level high school volleyball right in their own community.
The Carpenter High School Spartans boys’ team is hosting the 5A volleyball provincial finals on Nov. 17 and 18. Coach and teacher Cheyne Dallyn said the team and school are fired-up for the event.
“The last time we hosted any provincials at all was over 20 years ago,” he said. “It doesn’t come around very often, and it’s a big opportunity for our team to get to host and play in front of our crowd. There’s a lot of nervousness and excitement.”
The 5A category is the highest ranking in the Saskatchewan High School Athletics Association. The Carpenter squad will be up against nine other teams from Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and several other areas.
“We’re one of the smaller schools. It’s nice to host all these big schools, but then we get to show off Meadow Lake a little bit,” Dallyn said. “We thought it would be a great opportunity for our athletes and our fans to experience 5A ball. A lot of people around this area don’t get a chance to see our boys compete at the top level, but this is all the best teams from the province.”
Dallyn said it’s been an up and down season for the young team, but the players have performed well. The team is comprised of mostly Grade 10 students, with only two grade 11s and two grade 12s. So far this season, the team took second place in two tournaments, and top in one other.
“Being a young team, we went through a lot of bumps and bruises, but definitely a lot of growth and learning,” Dallyn said. “We have a very talented team, we’re very athletic. We’re ready to show what we can do on the provincial stage.”
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