One year after they brought home the school's first ever finalist banner, Steinbach Christian's varsity boys volleyball team captured the big prize Saturday in Warren.

The Flames defeated the Green Valley Pirates 25-14, 18-25, 15-12 in the final of the Provincial AA High School Championship.

"It’s a pretty special feeling not having ever won one before at this school so it means a lot to us, and our team was very emotional in the final," said Steinbach Christian left side hitter Jaxen Loeppky. "It was a tough game and it just feels so good to bring it home for our coach."

Flames coach Roger Harder watched his volleyball team fall one win short last year in Carman as the host Cougars swept Steinbach Christian 25-19, 25-20.

The Flames, who went undefeated in Warren, needed three sets to beat a Green Valley team they had played six times prior to the provincials and had won all six.

With a championship banner at stake - Loeppky said win number seven over the Pirates was the toughest.

"There was a lot of pressure not to lose in the provincial final. It was a really good game. There's a lot of respect between both teams and it was a lot of fun to play them again especially with both teams from the Zone. It was good to have both banners go to Zone 13."

That loss to Steinbach Christian was the Grunthal school's lone blemish on the weekend.

Loeppky, who recorded the stuff block on the championship winning point, admitted the team was a bit nervous in the deciding third set.

"There were nerves but we've comeback from losses in the second set before so I was confident in our team that we would step up and rise to the occasion and we definitely did. It was such a good feeling. The final block was so good and the emotion that came out after that point was unbelievable."

In order to reach the championship game, the Flames had to pull off a massive win over the host team as they went out and beat the number one seeded Wildcats 25-15, 21-25, 15-12 in the semifinals in Warren's home gym.

"It was super loud," said Loeppky. "That was probably the loudest gym I've every played in. I like the pressure of the home crowd and it was good to be able to beat them in such a close game."

Loeppky, who was one of six Grade 11 players on Steinbach Christian's championship team, said it was exciting to be selected the MVP of the provincials.

"There was a lot of emotion. Everybody on our team played super good and I think it could have gone either way. There were a couple of guys like Zane Brandt and Ian Penner who got the All-Stars who really rose up in that last game. They also deserved it as well."


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Award Winners: left to right
All-Star - Ian Penner, Steinbach Christian
MVP - Jaxen Loeppky, Steinbach Christian
All-Star - Zane Brandt, Steinbach Christian
All-Star - Seth Wiebe, Green Valley
All-Star - Ezra Toews, Green Valley
All-Star - Mitch Allen, Warren
All-Star - Asa France, Warren
Players Choice - Bren Hunter, Warren

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Sunday, December 10th

Carillon Senior Hocke League
St. Malo 6 Lac du Bonnet 4

HTJHL
St. Adolphe 5 Red River 4
Springfield 8 Steinbach 0

KJHL
St. Malo 9 Lundar 2

MJHL
Dauphin 4 Neepawa 2

City AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Hawks 6 Eastman 2

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Central Plains 3 Interlake 2 (OT)
Southwest 6 Pembina Valley 3
Yellowhead 8 Norman 2
Wpg Thrashers 5 Parkland 3

AHL
Manitoba 6 Milwaukee 1

NHL
St. Louis 3 Buffalo 2 (OT)
Chicago 3 Arizona 1
Toronto 1 Edmonton 0
Minnesota 4 San Jose 3 (OT)

NFL
Buffalo 13 Indianapolis 7 (OT)
Carolina 31 Minnesota 24
Chicago 33 Cincinnati 7
Green Bay 27 Cleveland 21 (OT)
San Francisco 26 Houston 16
Kansas City 26 Oakland 15
Detroit 24 Tampa Bay 21
Dallas 30 N.Y. Giants 10
Arizona 12 Tennessee 7
Denver 23 N.Y. Jets 0
L.A. Chargers 30 Washington 13
Jacksonville 30 Seattle 24
Philadelphia 43 L.A. Rams 35
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

NBA
Toronto 102 Sacramento 87
Boston 91 Detroit 81
Indiana 126 Denver 116 (OT)
Minnesota 97 Dallas 92
New Orleans 131 Philadelphia 124
New York 111 Atlanta 107

Monday, December 11th

HTJHL
Mitchell at St. Adolphe, 8 p.m.

MJHL
Showcase
@ Bell MTS Iceplex in Wpg
Virden vs Selkirk, 4 p.m.
Portage vs OCN, 6 p.m.
Winkler vs Wayway, 7 p.m.

NHL
Washington at New York Islanders, 6 p.m.
Colorado at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m.
Dallas at New York Rangers, 6 p.m.
Florida at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
Carolina at Anaheim, 9 p.m.

NBA
Miami at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Boston at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Charlotte at Oklahoma, 7 p.m.
New Orleans at Houston, 7 p.m.
Toronto at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.
Portland at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.

NFL
New England at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

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