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Yukon 2023 Junior Volleyball Championship

November 24, 2023 by  
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TWICE THE TRIUMPH – THE F.H. Collins’ junior 9-10 Warriors pose with their championship banners at St. Francis secondary school in Whitehorse Friday.

Double glory as Warriors secure two Yukon Championship banners

F.H. Collins’ 9-10 Warriors left an indelible mark on the Yukon Championship, dazzling fans with a stellar performance that earned them not one, but two championship banners.

By Freelancer on November 15, 2023

F.H. Collins’ 9-10 Warriors left an indelible mark on the Yukon Championship, dazzling fans with a stellar performance that earned them not one, but two championship banners.

The championships were played Nov. 8-9 at St. Francis Secondary School.

Guided by the strategic brilliance of coach Jeremy Staveley and assistant coach Liam Milford, the Junior Boys faced fierce competition, most notably the formidable St. Francis team. Despite a setback in the form of an ankle injury sidelining key player Andrzej Benson, the team’s resilience, fuelled by the precision passing of Jaxson Long and Ezra Quaile, and the savvy play of Maze Clemente, led to a jaw-dropping upset.

In a thrilling final showdown, Benson’s triumphant return propelled the Warriors to victory over Mercier, sealing the Championship banner.

The F.H. Collins Junior Girls, under the astute leadership of Sean McCarron and Tonya Hinchey, executed a winning formula that culminated in the conquest of the Championship banner.

With invaluable advice from Tonya, the team navigated through challenging matchups, including a riveting rematch against St. Francis 1 in the final. Captains Leah Hinchey and Sabine Kelsey showcased exceptional skills, playing pivotal roles in a commanding 25-13, 25-13 victory.

The team’s unwavering energy and contributions, both on and off the court, underscored their collective determination and seamless teamwork.

F.H. Collins’ dominance reverberated beyond the Junior divisions, with the Warriors now claiming banners in three out of four divisions, and the Senior teams eagerly awaiting their turn on the court.

The level of volleyball play in the Yukon continues to improve, which is a testament to the unwavering dedication of the players, educated coaches, and the steadfast support from officials (like Peter Grundmannis and Gary Sealy), volunteer club coaches (who extend the training year-round), parents, and the roaring fans. Heartfelt congratulations to all involved for orchestrating a resounding success at the Yukon Championships, creating memories that will be cherished for years to come.

– Submitted by Ronald Service

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