The Seaton Sonics open the Valley Junior Girls Championships today in Penticton (3:15 p.m.) against the Princess Margaret Mustangs.
Rich Haldane’s Sonics, who went undefeated in the North Zone playoffs, face the Valleyview Vikings of Kamloops and Kelowna Owls in other preliminary matches tonight.
There are four berths up for grabs in the provincials, Nov. 21-22, in Delta.
Seaton swept Salmon Arm and VSS in two straight games to take the North Zone title.
“We have a terrific group of dedicated girls that are great players and great people off the court,” said Haldane, a rookie coach who received expert help from his brother, Jason, a one-time Canadian Olympian captain and pro, and former NCAA player Lori Moger.
“We (athletic booster club made up of parents) are really trying to help turn around the Seaton sports program and build some school pride,” said Haldane.
Fulton boys golden
The Fulton Maroons brushed off the NorKam Saints 25-23, 25-14 in the final of the Constable Neil Bruce Junior Boys Tournament in West Kelowna.
Dan Currie’s crew has now garnered one gold, two silvers and a fifth-place finish in tournament play this season. They were undefeated in league play all year and captured the North Zone pennant.
The Maroons are in the Valley playoffs today at NorKam. The top four teams qualify for provincials, Nov. 21-22, at Mt. Boucherie in West Kelowna.
Fulton held off the George Elliot Coyotes of Winfield 25-22, 25-23 in the semis after icing Kelowna Christian 25-19, 25-19 in the quarters. In pool play, the Maroons swept the South Okanagan Hornets of Oliver 25-16, 25-11, Princess Margaret 25-23, 25-17 and Springvalley Spartans of Kelowna 25-9, 25-12.
Grade 8 Cats win
The VSS Grade 8 girls clipped Fulton 25-16, 25-23 in Monday night’s final of the South Division playdowns at the Panther Pit.
Fantastic serving by Maggie Vandeleest, Brienna Condie and Bree Vanderleest boosted VSS in the final. Digging balls were Jaide Vanderleest and Alyssa Carter, while Kelsey Falk and Mason Jurisson were strong at the net.
“It was an all around team effort,” said coach Pam Condie. “They came out in the last game of the night playing to win. I am so proud of these girls.”
The first-place Cats had a bye into the semifinals where they won the third match 15-7 over the Kalamalka Lakers.
Kal’s Madi Fox provided some hard serves, while Panther powerhouse Condie cranked a major kill in the first match. Jordan Kaempf and Kelsey Carrier served some big aces for VSS.