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Raider boy's finish fifth at provincial volleyball finals

Coach praises team's effort
Back row from left: Coach Dion Pfeifer , Carter Potzus, Reid Pfeifer, Jakob Surjik, Josh Needham, Chris Cole,coach Michelle Pfeifer. Front row from left: Yancee Saracho, Josh Johnson, Justin Adam, Nathan Matechuk, Justine Romulo, Jon Soriano, Liam Baron
YORKTON - The Yorkton Regional High Schools boy’s volleyball team competed in the provincial finals tournament recently. 

The Raiders went into the 10-team event ranked seventh. 

The Raiders started round robin play facing Lloydminster ranked third in the field with YRHS winning in two straight. 

Next up was sixth ranked Regina Campbell, and the Raiders again won in two straight. 

Against second ranked Saskatoon St. Joseph’s the Raiders finally came up short losing 2-1. 

But, against Saskatoon Bethlehem Yorkton got back to its winning ways taking the match two straight. 

The Raiders ended up with identical 3-1 records as Lloydminster and Saskatoon St. Joseph’s in their pool, but ended up ranked first due to tie breakers. 

In the playoff round things however, did not go the Raiders way, losing to host Centennial, which went into the event ranked fifth overall. The loss relegated YRHS to fifth overall at the tournament. 

“The team really did have a very successful season having placed very well in every tournament we attended,” offered their head coach Dion Pfeifer. 

“The group of student athletes this year is amongst the best I have had the pleasure of coaching. Their dedication and love for the sport of volleyball really is second to none.” 

Pfeifer added the team was close knit. 

“They all get along on and off the court,” he said, reiterating “(they) really were a pleasure to coach. 

“They played with excitement and had lots of fun on the court – never got down on themselves, or each other when things were not going their way.” 

Pfeifer said it was gratifying just to be back on the court, especially for the older players. 

“It really was nice for the Grade 12s to get a full season in this year as last year’s season was cancelled due to COVID restrictions,” he said. 

Graduating players are Reid Pfeifer, Josh Needham, Jakob Surjik, Justin Adam, Chris Cole, Justin Romulo and Jon Soriano. 

Pfeifer also handed out some kudos to those who helped the team throughout the season, starting with his wife Michelle, who was assistant coach and team manager, the Good Spirit School Division and YRHS.