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Sr. Sabres, Jr. Bears win county volleyball championships

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer

Sabre Simon Storoschuk prepares to drive this spike into the Valley Heights end of the court during Wednesday’s Norfolk high school senior boys’ championship final. Simcoe won the match three sets to one to advance to the regional final next week. Defending for Valley Heights are Eli Heinrichs (No. 13) and Cam Teichroeb (No. 11). Between them is SCS’s Luke Erauw. MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER

Sabre Simon Storoschuk prepares to drive this spike into the Valley Heights end of the court during Wednesday’s Norfolk high school senior boys’ championship final. Simcoe won the match three sets to one to advance to the regional final next week. Defending for Valley Heights are Eli Heinrichs (No. 13) and Cam Teichroeb (No. 11). Between them is SCS’s Luke Erauw. MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER

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The boys’ volleyball finals this week pitted Simcoe Composite School and Valley Heights Secondary School against each other in both the junior and senior divisions.

The schools came away with half a loaf each Wednesday as Valley Heights prevailed in the junior division while SCS completed an undefeated season with a win in the senior final.

All four teams advance to the Central-Western Ontario Secondary School Association (CWOSSA) provincial playdowns next week.

The junior and senior boys from SCS will compete in the “AA” division while the junior and senior boys from Valley Heights will compete in the “A” division.

Wednesday’s finals were a loud, well-attended affair. Supporters from Simcoe and the Walsingham-area filled the stands and were treated to high-calibre volleyball with many nail-biting moments.

Both finals were evenly matched and fiercely contested to the finish. The Simcoe seniors needed four sets to finish off Valley Heights. The scores were 25-22, 22-25, 25-20 and 25-23.

Members of the winning team attributed their success to hard work behind the scenes. However, coach Joanne Defreyne said their most valuable asset is knowing how to keep cool under pressure. Defreyne says this team never panics and knows what it has to do to come out on top.

“I admire their ability to come back when they need to,” she said. “There have been times this season when we’ve been down five or six points and they have come back from that. That’s hard to do.”

Co-captain Simon Storoschuk blocked a spike to win the final set and the championship. He said afterward that the Sabres have done well this season because they take their practice time seriously.

“When we find flaws in our game we take it to practice and work it out,” he said.

The junior Bears also won their final by three sets to one. The scores were 25-20, 22-25, 25-22 and 25-15.

The junior Bears surprised themselves this week with victories in the semi-finals and finals. They had a so-so season but peaked at the moment when it was all on the line.

“Simcoe is one of our favourite teams to play because the games are always so tight,” said Valley Heights coach Jessica Doerksen.

“The boys pulled it out in the end. We won with basic volleyball; nothing fancy.”

The Valley Heights juniors and seniors will try to advance to the provincial playdowns at a tournament of regional champions next week in Breslau.

SCS and Holy Trinity Catholic High School will play host to the “AA” CWOSSA tournament next week. The finals will be held the night of Nov. 16 at SCS.

MSonnenberg@postmedia.com