STINGERS STUNG: VOLLEYBALL SEASON OVER
The NMC Sr. Varsity girls’ volleyball season came to a disappointing end on Monday as they were beaten in two straight games by the Pilot Mound Pilots in the “4th vs. 5th” place game of the Zone 6 play-offs. In a must win match to get back into the main draw of the tournament, “the girls had a slow start but played well in the first set, losing 22-25”, according to Coach Justin Cantlon. The second set saw the ‘Bees come out very flat on home court trailing early by a “tremendous deficit” of 18-5. To their credit, the team never gave up and “fought very hard to make this set competitive, even tying the score at one point, but could not find a way to win, final score: 25-20.” The loss marked the end of the girls’ volleyball season.
The week before the #4 Stingers traveled to Glenboro to take on the #1 Panthers. “Playoffs this year saw a slightly different set-up than previous years with a double elimination tournament to qualify for the semi-finals. In fourth spot the Stingers would face the top ranked team, Glenboro, to try to earn a spot in the semi-final game. The Stingers came out very strong in the first set and built a solid lead all the way to 23 points, but couldn’t find a way to get the last two and lost 25-23. The second set was not as good as the first, and the girls lost 25-15.”
Cantlon stated, “The varsity girls’ volleyball team finished the season in fourth place after the regular season with a record of 5-3. The girls played well all year long and we’d (along with Coach Brooke Gelo) like to wish our graduating players, Abby Jago and Daira Dymond, the best of luck and thank them for their years of commitment to the team. For everyone else, we look forward to next year. Go Stingers!
In hockey action, the Pembina Tigers ran their record to 3-3-1 with a 7-2 win over the GVC Zodiacs. Trailing 2-0 after the 1st the ‘Cats piled it on in the 2nd and 3rd scoring seven unanswered goals for the win. Owen Fijala led the way with a hat trick, while Ethan Carels, Graham Dobson. Allister McNabb, and Kyle Sloane added singles. The Tigers currently sit in 4th place in Zone IV hockey, although that may be a little misleading as all three of the team’s wins have come against the 0-9 Zodiacs. The schedule will get much tougher from here on in and the team will have to tighten up defensively to compete. The Tigers played Wednesday night in Crystal City vs. the undefeated Morden thunder and continue their home stand next week Monday in Treherne vs. the first place Carman Cougars; Wednesday in Cartwright vs. the NPC Nighthawks; and Friday in Manitou (depending on the availability of ice), again vs. the Thunder.
Buzz notes: SWAT (Stingers Working at Tomorrow) are attending WE DAY MANITOBA today at the MTS Centre, with guest speakers, astronaut Chris Hadfield; mental health advocate (and mother of our Prime Minister) Margaret Trudeau; “The Man in Motion” himself Rick Hanson; and television celebrity/singer and Paula Abdul. The group is presently doing a winter clothing drive (for Siloam Mission in Winnipeg) with the school accepting gently used winter clothing until next Wednesday. Next up will be a food drive for the local Christmas Cheer Board; and a bake sale at NMC Christmas Banquet which is slated for Thursday December 8 at the CE Building of the United Church…..Parent-teacher interviews go next week at the high school, Thursday evening November 24 from 4pm-7pm and Friday morning November 25 from 9am-12noon…..The first term is now officially done, and countdown to Christmas break is 34 days!!!