CHS boys win bronze

The Carpenter High School boys volleyball team hosted a tournament this past weekend, an event at which the squad ended up placing third overall. Here, Kolby Lewis sets the ball during action Friday afternoon. This tournament was Lewis’ first time as a starting setter.

The Carpenter High School boys volleyball team hosted a tournament this past weekend, an event at which the squad ended up placing third overall. Here, Kolby Lewis sets the ball during action Friday afternoon. This tournament was Lewis’ first time as a starting setter.

by Phil Ambroziak

Home court advantage wasn’t enough for first place, but members of Carpenter High School’s boys volleyball team are still satisfied with the performance they gave at the tournament held in Meadow Lake on the weekend.

CHS finished third overall, losing in the semi-finals to Waldheim. That team would go on to face St. Mary School from Prince Albert in the final, the team that eventually took the gold medal.

“We did pretty well considering we didn’t have our regular starter, Diehl Normand, who was away competing at the provincial golf event,” remarked CHS assistant coach Trevor Gerwing. “Kolby Lewis set for us. He had never played that position before, but he did very good.”

Head coach Cheyne Dallyn agreed.

“Kolby played incredibly for having stepped in as a starting setter for the very first time,” Dallyn said.

On Friday (Sept. 26), CHS opened by winning two straight sets over the team from La Loche Community School. Later that evening, Meadow Lake also earned two straight against John Paul II Collegiate from North Battleford. Meanwhile, they split with St. Mary High School from Prince Albert’s ‘B’ team, which landed CHS in Pool ‘B’ heading into playoffs.

That round began Saturday morning with Meadow Lake again splitting, this time with the St. Mary ‘A’ team. They went on to defeat the ‘B’ team in two straight before losing two straight to Waldheim.

“Being able to take a set off St. Mary High School got us pretty excited,” Gerwing noted. “Brennan Kuffert and Blake Prete led the team in offence, but we just made too many errors in that game against Waldheim. If it hadn’t been for that, we would have been in the finals.”

This weekend, the CHS boys are in Swift Current. According to Gerwing, it will be a great opportunity for the team to face teams it doesn’t normally get to compete against. Prete concurred, stating he’s looking forward to the event.

“I haven’t been to this tournament yet and there will be some new teams, so we’re not exactly sure what to expect,” he said. “Hopefully, all goes well.”

This weekend will see the CHS girls volleyball compete in Lloydminster.

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