The Seaton Sonics were determined to make an impact this junior girls volleyball season.
It was mission accomplished Saturday as the Sonics claimed bronze at the Okanagan Valley Championships in Penticton, and qualified for the provincials starting this Friday in Delta.
“They are the first Seaton junior girls team to make the B.C. playdowns in 22 years,” said Seaton head coach Rich Haldane. “Everyone contributed so it was a total team effort.”
The Sonics opened the playoff round Saturday by bouncing the Pen-High Lakers 2-0 (25-18, 25-21) before losing in straight sets to the Sa-Hali Sabres of Kamloops.
Seaton then brushed back the Westsyde Whundas of Kamloops in straight sets to finish third. The Kelowna Owls won the Valley title over the Sabres.
The Sonics, who also received coaching from Keel Haldane, Lori Moger and Jason Haldane, are: Drew Barker, Maddie Findlay-Proctor, Ava Haldane, Kalli Hamilton-Gee, Emma Haner, Rose Harned, Dana Kievit, Kristen Morgan, Kenzie Nieuwenhuis, Shay Petersen, Sam Scott and Ellen Van Buren.
Fulton runners-up at NorKam
The Fulton Maroons struck silver at the Valley Junior Boys Championships at NorKam.
Down two sets to Kelowna in the best-of-five final and trailing 20-17 in the third set, injured left side Kurtis Banks went crashing to the court after diving for a ball.
Banks injured his knee badly but wanted to continue playing. Fulton captain Landon Currie told officials the Maroons were forfeiting since they want Banks healthy for the provincials starting Friday at Mt. Boucherie in West Kelowna.
The Owls took the opening sets of the final 25-10, 25-20.
Fulton swept the George Elliot Coyotes 2-0 (25-15, 25-15) in the semis after knocking out the St. Anne’s Academy Crusaders of Kamloops in first-round playoff action.
The Maroons, coached by Dan Currie, placed second in pool play, grounding Pen-High 2-1 (23-25, 25-15, 15-13) losing 2-0 (25-19, 25-13) to Kelowna and ousting the NorKam Saints (25-12, 25-22).