Congratulations to the Barrhead Composite High School Sr. Boys Gryphons volleyball team for winning gold at the 3A Provincials in Strathmore on November 23-25. In round robin play the team won 3 out of 5 matches, enough to advance to the playoff round where they won their next two matches. In the gold medal match, the boys came out on top vs. Morinville Community High School.
(Photo courtesy Strathmore High School photography class.)
Back Row: Coach Mike Moes, Thorston Jevne, Teron Callihoo, Arend de Waal, Mitchell De Vries, Spencer Meunier, Coach Rod Callihoo, Coach Lou Rondeau
Front Row: Tristan Hiemstra, Riley Tiemstra, Tanner Whiting, Nathan Schuring, Nolan Moes, Cameron Piers, Tyler Strydhorst. Missing: Robert Kincaid
This is not the first trip to provincials for the team’s head coach Rod Callihoo who had this to say:
This was the final tournament so we knew we were going to play the best teams from each zone. In terms of gameplay, it’s a lot closer than it might be in regular season play. We felt that winning the banner was a real possibility for us, especially if we played at the top of our game. We knew this because of the calibre of the other teams we’ve seen this year in tournament play. Some of our toughest competition was from Morinville which shows how well our zone ranks within the entire province.
High school volleyball might be finished for the year but it doesn’t get much better than this — winning another provincial banner for our school.
School board covers cost of trip to provincials
We’d like to thank the school board for supporting our school teams that qualify for provincials by providing funding for entry fees, banquet tickets, transportation and accommodations.
It’s exciting for our boys volleyball team to be recognized as the best in the province! Congratulations to the players, coaches and supportive parents who cheered on the Gryphons throughout their season. The board would like to thank our volunteer coaches for the many hours and expertise they contribute to enable our students to participate in these team sports. — Board chair Jennifer Tuininga