Girls continue strong volleyball legacy

It’s going to be an interesting season of volleyball at Ponoka Secondary Campus and it’s all about the girls.

Players showed off their skills during last week's tryouts for the girls volleyball coaches through drills and game simulations at Ponoka Secondary Campus. The senior and junior varsity teams were selected last Thursday and played their first game of the season last night against Innisfail. Result was unavailable at press time.

It’s going to be an interesting season of volleyball at Ponoka Secondary Campus and it’s all about the girls.

The Broncs senior and junior varsity girls teams were selected last week during three days of tryouts with both squads being on the young side of the ledger. Due to a lack of interest, there is no high school boys team this season.

For senior girls’ head coach Ron Labrie, there are three returning players to the roster and that is where the strength of the team is.

“The senior team is young and much more inexperienced compared to last year,” he said.

“Our senior players exemplify great leadership, strong athleticism and possess a wealth of volleyball experience. We will likely be a bit green early in the season, but I expect that we will be competitive come November.”

Labrie added he was somewhat disappointed with how many players came to the tryouts, fondly remembering the days when it wasn’t uncommon to see 40 to 50 showing up.

That said, he is looking forward to the season, which will see the team play just three league games on home court as well as take in five tournaments before the provincial playoffs begin.

“I anticipate that chemistry will be strong with this year’s squad. All of the girls understand the concept of ‘student-athlete’ and will be great role models for our student body. We have a solid mix of young talent and experienced veterans to compete in our zone,” he stated.

On the junior varsity side of the net, head coach Tammy Emes is once again taking charge of the development team.

Emes, who’s been coaching at Ponoka Secondary Campus for the last four years and involved in coaching for close to 15 years, stated it was great to see the number of girls that came out, making it tough to select a squad.

“I am extremely excited for this upcoming year. I believe our strengths this year are going to be hard work and coach ability. The girls proved in the tryouts that they are willing to work very hard,” Emes said, adding there is quite a youth factor this season with four Grade 9 girls making the team.

“We are going to have lots of practices and will be attending some tournaments throughout central Alberta to improve our skills so that next year, these girls can compete at the senior level.”

Smash hits Both clubs began their season last night at home, playing host to Innisfail (result took place after press time) with both clubs heading to their first tournament of the year on Sept. 22 and 23 when the seniors are off to Beaumont and the junior varsity team is in Red Deer.

 

Just Posted

Maskwacis RCMP hoping to find vehicle in fatal hit and run

Black Jeep Grand Cherokee believed to be involved in early morning incident

Ponoka’s ag society board under scrutiny during AGM

About 80 people attended the society’s AGM, which saw three directors replaced

Ponoka teen pedestrian suffers injuries after pickup collision

A pickup struck a teen on residential streets in Ponoka

UPDATED: Calgary Police receive multiple bomb threats

Similar threats received across Canada and the United States

PHOTOS: Battle of Ponoka basketball action

The first ever senior high basketball league game for both Ponoka high schools was high energy

‘Are we going to play?’ Alberta boy with rare illness no big deal for classmates

Porter Stanley is one of 30 people in the world to be diagnosed with Beare-Stevenson syndrome, a craniofacial disorder.

B.C. securities regulator probes ‘most expansive’ alleged trading scheme in its history

Liht Cannabis Corp states it’s doing internal investigation, welcomes BC Securities Commission probe

Air passenger rights: 6 things about what the Liberals are offering

For 3- to 6-hour delays, compensation is $400. Between 6 and 9 hours, $700. Over 9 hours is $1,000

Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch ‘Bambi’

Sentence comes from one of the largest deer poaching cases in state history

Energy assessment law needed to avoid another Trans Mountain impasse, PM says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s overhauling the program

Freeland says corners could not be cut with U.S. arrest request of Huawei exec

2 Canadians have been detained in Beijing since the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Huawei Technologies, by the RCMP

Alberta’s oil refinery request prompts renewed interest in Kitimat plan

Publisher David Black pitches Rachel Notley on B.C. coast option

Daughter tells of cat litter scientist’s unlikely bond with Charles Barkley

Barkley says the friendship gave him ‘great memories and great joy’

Canada’s robust credit rating should calm unease about federal deficits: Trudeau

Trudeau says Canada’s long-running triple-A rating means experts have confidence in his government’s approach to the economy

Most Read