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

Friday, April 28th

NHL
Western Conference
Semifinals
Nashville at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
(Predators lead best of 7 series 1-0)
Edmonton at Anaheim, 9:30 p.m.
(Oilers lead series 1-0)

Esso Cup
@ Morden
Semifinals
St. Albert vs Durham West, 3:30 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Triolet, 7 p.m.

Major League Baseball
American League
Baltimore at New York, 6:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Toronto, 6:07 p.m.
Seattle at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.
Chicago at Detroit, 6:10 p.m.
Los Angeles at Texas, 7:05 p.m.
Oakland at Houston, 7:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Kansas City, 7:15 p.m.
National League
New York at Washington, 6:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Miami, 6:10 p.m.
Atlanta at Milwaukee, 7:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at St.Louis, 7:15 p.m.
Colorado at Arizona, 8:40 p.m.
Philadelphia at Los Angeles, 9:10 p.m.
San Diego at San Francisco, 9:15 p.m.
Interleague
Chicago Cubs at Boston, 6:10 p.m.

NBA
Eastern Conference
Quarterfinals
Washington at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.
(Wizards lead best of 7 series 3-2)
Boston at Chicago, 7 p.m.
(Celtics lead series 3-2)
Western Conference
Quarterfinals

L.A. Clippers at Utah, 9:30 p.m.
(Jazz lead series 3-2)

Thursday, April 27th

NHL
Eastern Conference
Semifinals
Ottawa 2 N.Y. Rangers 1
Pittsburgh 3 Washington 2
(1st games in best of 7 series)

Esso Cup
@ Morden
Pembina Valley 6 Mid-Isle 1
St. Albert 7 Durham West 3
Prince Albert 3 Triolet 2
(end of preliminary round)

Zone 13 High School Baseball
@ Mitchell
SRSS vs Green Valley (ppd)
Niverville vs St. Joachim (ppd)
@ Ile des Chenes
Gabrielle Roy vs Edward Schreyer (ppd)

Major League Baseball
Interleague
1st game: St. Louis 8 Toronto 4 
2nd game:St. Louis 6 Toronto 4
American League
Seattle 2 Detroit 1
Cleveland 4 Houston 3
New York 3 Boston 0
Los Angeles 2 Oakland 1
National League
Philadelphia 3 Miami 2 
Atlanta 7 New York 5
Washington 16 Colorado 5
Los Angeles 5 San Francisco 1
Arizona 6 San Diego 2

NBA
Eastern Conference
Quarterfinals
Toronto 92 Milwaukee 89
(Raptors win best of 7 series 4-2)
Western Conference
Quarterfinals
San Antonio 103 Memphis 96
(Spurs win series 4-2)

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