It’s provincial volleyball championship weekend and Prince Albert will be the host for two events with one other city team travelling to North Battleford to compete for another title.
St. Mary High School and Rivier Academy will be the site for the Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association 5A girl’s competition with 10 teams seeking the provincial crown.
The host Marauders are in a pool with Regina Campbell, Balgonie, Saskatoon Holy Cross and Yorkton Regional while the Carlton Crusaders will compete in preliminary round-robin action against Saskatoon Marion Graham, Regina Riffel, Meadow Lake and Weyburn.
St. Mary plays its first game today at 2 p.m. against Regina Campbell with subsequent matches going at 4:15 p.m. against Balgonie, 6:30 p.m. against Holy Cross and 9 a.m. on Saturday against Yorkton. The Saturday morning game will be played at Rivier with all others at St. Mary High School.
Carlton, meanwhile, faces Meadow Lake today at 2 p.m. followed by Riffel at 4:15 p.m. and Marion Graham at 6:30 p.m. with their final preliminary game to be played on Saturday at 9 a.m. against Weyburn. All of Carlton’s games today will be played at Rivier with their Saturday morning contest slated for St. Mary High School.
The top four teams from each of the two round-robin pools will then meet in the quarter-finals with those games to be played at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at both Rivier and St. Mary. Semifinal matches are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. starts and the championship game is set to go at 5:30 p.m. All of these games will be played at St. Mary High School.
The provincial 5A boy’s title will also be decided this weekend with the St. Mary Marauders looking for a fourth straight championship when they travel to North Battleford today.
St. Mary is in a pool with Estevan, Yorkton Regional, Saskatoon Bishop James Mahoney and Regina Campbell with their first game scheduled for 1 p.m. today against Estevan.
Other teams competing in the event are Moose Jaw Central, Saskatoon St. Joseph, Regina Leboldus, North Battleford and Meadow Lake. A youthful Carlton senior boys team did not qualify out of the regional playdowns and are therefore not in North Battleford this weekend.
The tournament structure is similar to that of the girl’s event being held in Prince Albert with the top four teams from each pool advancing to the quarter-finals on Saturday. The semifinals and gold-medal game will complete the action on Saturday afternoon.
The Prairie Athletic Conference championships for both men and women will also be decided this weekend in Prince Albert as six colleges from across the province will converge on Woodland Campus beginning today.
Both divisions have two pools each with round-robin play determining seeding for the playoffs.
The host Woodland team is grouped with Kelsey Institute from Saskatoon and Palliser Institute from Moose Jaw while the other pool features Great Plains College from Swift Current, Millar College from Pambrun and Bethany College from Hepburn.
Woodland opens the tournament today at 2 p.m. when both the men and women face Kelsey with Woodland men completing their round-robin today at 5:30 p.m. against Palliser and the women finishing their schedule on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., again against Palliser.
The third-place teams from each pool will then meet to determine fifth-place overall on Saturday at noon followed by the second-place finishers from each pool squaring off at 2 p.m. for the bronze medals. The championship finals, which will pit the first-place teams from each round-robin pool, are scheduled to go at 4 p.m. on Saturday.