Steinbach Christian has enjoyed a lot of success on the basketball court.

The Flames are the reigning two-time provincial varsity boys champions and will be looking to join Goose Lake of Roblin, Lord Selkirk and the Vincent Massey Vikings of Brandon as schools who have captured three straight "AA" championships.

The varsity boys volleyball team may not own a championship banner but the finalist banner this years squad brought home from Carman Collegiate earlier this month - that one is pretty special.

The Flames, who were the fifth seed, battled but fell short losing to the host Cougars 19 & 20 in the final.

"We came into Carman hoping to peak and that's exactly what we did," said Steinbach Christian coach Roger Harder. "We had a great round robin, a great playoff run and just came up a bit short against Carman."

"They carried the home crowd momentum and we just couldn't stop them on the left side," added Harder. "We came up short on a little bit of defensive play and they carried the momentum they got from the home crowd."

The Flames defeated the Cougars, Teulon and Souris in the round robin.

Their only loss was to the top seed Niverville Panthers.

Steinbach Christian knocked off the number two seed in the quarterfinals as they beat Grunthal's Green Valley Pirates 26-24, 25-20 and then survived a marathon with Gabrielle Roy of Ile des Chenes.

The Flames rallied to beat Les Roys 22-25, 25-22, 16-14 in the semifinals.

Coach Harder didn't feel his volleyball team ran out of gas in the final against Carman.

"I don't think fatigue was a huge factor. Guys were a little bit sore and a little bit tired but when it comes down to the finals, you have to bring your "A" game and we didn't quite do that. It was a good battle, good experience. For a lot of our guys, this was their first time in that type of environment for volleyball so hopefully in the future we can glean off of that."

Two Flames who played their final volleyball match for Steinbach Christian, Liam Buhler and Austin Enns, were named tournament all-stars.

"Liam carried us all season," said Harder. "He was one of our big cannons and he was our go-to-guy all year. Austin just so steadily improved throughout the year. I was so proud of him. He really took the leadership from the setting position especially since one of our other setters was injured. I was very excited how he stepped forward. But how the whole team improved -  I'm so pumped about that as a coach. Everybody contributed, everybody had a role and everybody fulfilled their role. Because of that we had the finish that we did, finishing second in the province."

 

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SCOREBOARD

Saturday, October 21st

CFL
Toronto 29 Winnipeg 28
Edmonton 35 B.C. 29 (OT)

Manitoba Minor Football Association
Atom Semifinals
North Wpg 42 Eastman Raiders 12 

HTJHL
Springfield 2 Steinbach 1
Red River 6 Mitchell 3
St. Adolphe 11 Lorette 2

KJHL
St. Malo 11 Norway House 3

MJHL
Wpg Blues 6 OCN 5 (OT)
Selkirk 3 Swan Valley 1
Winkler 2 Dauphin 1
Portage 8 Waywayseecappo 1

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Showcase @ Portage
Eastman 4 Pembina Valley 1
Yellowhead 2 Wpg Thrashers 1
Brandon 5 Norman 4 (SO)
Wpg Bruins 5 Parkland 2
Southwest 4 Kenora 2
Wpg Wild 3 Central Plains 2

MFMHL
Eastman 2 Wpg Avros 0

WHL
Brandon 4 Victoria 2

AHL
Manitoba 4 Iowa 2

NHL
N.Y. Rangers 4 Nashville 2
Philadelphia 2 Edmonton 1
Tampa Bay 7 Pittsburgh 1
N.Y. Islanders 5 San Jose 3
Buffalo 5 Boston 4 (OT)
Ottawa 6 Toronto 3
Los Angeles 6 Columbus 4
Florida 4 Washington 1
Dallas 4 Carolina 3
Chicago 4 Arizona 2
Minnesota 4 Calgary 2
Vegas 3 St. Louis 2 (OT)

Major League Baseball
American League
Championship Series
Houston 4 New York 0
(Astros win best of 7 series 4-3)

NBA
Toronto 128 Philadelphia 94
San Antonio 87 Chicago 77
Orlando 114 Cleveland 93
Memphis 111 Golden State 101
Miami 112 Indiana 108
Houston 107 Dallas 91
Detroit 111 New York 107
Milwaukee 113 Portland 110
Utah 96 Oklahoma City 87
Denver 96 Sacramento 79
L.A. Clippers 130 Phoenix 88

Sunday, October 22nd

MJHL
OCN at Steinbach, 7 p.m.
Neepawa at Portage, 6:30 p.m.
Winkler at Virden, 7 p.m.

KJHL
St. Malo at Norway House, 1:30 p.m.

MFMHL
Eastman vs Yellowhead
@ Mitchell, 11:55 a.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Showcase @ Portage
Parkland vs Norman, 12 p.m.
Wpg Bruins vs Kenora, 12:15 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Yellowhead, 2:30 p.m.
Brandon vs Wpg Thrashers, 2:30 p.m.
Central Plains vs Interlake, 5 p.m.
Southwest at Wpg Wild, 12:15 p.m.

NHL
Vancouver at Detroit, 6 p.m.

CFL
Hamilton at Montreal, 12 p.m.

NFL
Baltimore at Minnesota, 12 p.m.
New Orleans at Green Bay, 12 p.m.
N.Y. Jets at Miami, 12 p.m.
Carolina at Chicago, 12 p.m.
Arizona at L.A. Rams, 12 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 12 p.m.
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 12 p.m.
Tennessee at Cleveland, 12 p.m.
Dallas at San Francisco, 3:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 3:25 p.m.
Seattle at N.Y. Giants, 3:25 p.m.
Denver at L.A. Chargers, 3:25 p.m.
Atlanta at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

NBA
Atlanta at Brooklyn, 2:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Oklahoma City, 6 p.m.
New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, 8:30 p.m.

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