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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Saturday, December 16th

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

HTJHL
Steinbach at Mitchell, 8 p.m.
Springfield vs Red River @ Oakbank, 8 p.m.

MFMHL
Eastman vs Yellowhead
@ Shoal Lake, 4 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Kenora vs Norman
@ Thompson, 7:30 p.m.
Wpg Bruins at Wpg Thrashers, 3:30 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Parkland
@ Dauphin, 7:30 p.m.
Southwest vs Interlake
@ Virden, 7:30 p.m.
Brandon vs Central Plains
@ Portage, 4 p.m.
Yellowhead vs Wpg Wild
@ Shoal Lake, 7:30 p.m.

Carillon Senior Hockey League
Lac du Bonnet vs Red River
@ St. Jean, 8 p.m.

WHL
Brandon at Moose Jaw, 7 p.m.

AHL
Manitoba at Toronto, 3 p.m.

NHL
Edmonton at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Boston, 4 p.m.
Columbus at Carolina, 6 p.m.
Los Angeles at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m.
Dallas at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
Montreal at Ottawa, 6 p.m.
Winnipeg at St. Louis, 6 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Arizona, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Washington, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Colorado, 8 p.m.
Nashville at Calgary, 9 p.m.

NFL
Chicago at Detroit, 3:30 p.m.
L.A. Chargers at Kansas City, 7:25 p.m.

NBA
Portland at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
Utah at Cleveland, 6:30 p.m.
Oklahoma City at New York, 6:30 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Miami, 7 p.m.
Milwaukee at Houston, 7 p.m.
Phoenix at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Dallas at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Boston at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Friday, December 15th

HTJHL
St. Adolphe 4 Lorette 2

KJHL
Selkirk 3 St. Malo 2

MJHL
Selkirk 4 Swan Valley 2
Dauphin 6 Neepawa 5 (SO)
Portage 5 Winkler 2
Virden 8 Waywayseecappo 4

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Bruins 3 Eastman 2
Kenora 10 Norman 1
Parkland 13 Central Plains 12
Brandon 10 Pembina Valley 1

City AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman4  Wpg Sharks1 

MFMHL
Eastman 4 Interlake 3

WHL
Brandon 3 Lethbridge 0

AHL
Manitoba 7 Belleville 3

NHL
N.Y. Rangers 4 Los Angeles 2
New Jersey 5 Dallas 2
Carolina 5 Buffalo 4 (OT)
Detroit 3 Toronto 1
Vancouver 4 San Jose3

NBA
Toronto 120 Brooklyn 87
Detroit 104 Indiana 98
Portland 95 Orlando 88
Oklahoma City 119 Philadelphia 117
Washington 100 L.A. Clippers 91
Miami 104 Charlotte 98
Utah 107 Boston 95
Memphis 96 Atlanta 94
Chicago 115 Milwaukee 109
Denver 117 New Orleans 111 (OT)
Houston 124 San Antonio 109

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