St. Martin Kodiak boys win home tournament
The St. Martin de Porres Kodiaks boys’ volleyball team came out on top of its home tournament, as it captured the Kodiak Klassic title on Oct. 26 in a three-set affair against Rundle College of Calgary.
“It’s always nice to win a tournament no matter where it is, but to win our home tournament is a pretty big deal for us,” Kodiaks players and tournament MVP Ty Kehoe said.
“We played our hearts out all tournament, especially in the finals, and we just had the drive to win it all,” teammate Jay Titley said.
After losing the first set 25-23, the Kodiaks roared back by taking the second set by a 25-19 score, before prevailing in the third and deciding set 15-13.
“I think our momentum finally turned around in that third set,” Kehoe said. “It was pretty tight early on, but Jay was able to get a couple of points in a row off of his serve, and that was big for us.”
“It was a little bit scary for us right at the end as we tried to close it out, especially since they were getting a couple of points, but we were able to prevail,” he added.
Having already won the Charger Classic at Bert Church High School in September, Titley is hoping the win in the Kodiaks’ home tournament will allow his team to build some momentum before they begin its Calgary High School Athletic Association playoffs during the week of Nov. 12 to 16.
“This win is going to be something that will be a huge help for us,” Titley said. “We proved a point to ourselves that we can do anything we want if we put our mind to it, and we need to keep doing just that.”
Chargers capture bronze
The Bert Church Chargers nabbed the bronze medal in the Kodiak Klassic on Oct. 26 with a two set (25-18 and 25-22) victory over Banff Community High School.
“This showing will help us out a lot heading into the RVSA (Rocky View Sports Association) playoffs,” Head Coach Carol Smith said. “When you play different teams in a tournament like this one, such as the one from Banff, it really gives them a chance to see how they can do against players they wouldn’t face on a regular basis.”
“I think the guys showed that they are ready for the playoffs, and I hope that we do well,” she added.
The Chargers’ senior boys team took on the Bow Valley Bobcats of Cochrane in the semi-finals on Oct. 30.
The result of that game was not known as of press time.