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St. Clair Sweeps LSSAA Boys Volleyball

November 10, 2012

The LSSAA Boys Volleyball finals were held at Lambton College Friday night and the St. Clair Colts won both Junior and Senior City Championship titles.


In the Junior final the Colts won 3 - 1 over the St. Christopher Cyclones.

St. Clair took the first game 25, 18,  the Cyclones won the second 25 - 22 and the Colts took the final two 25 - 15, 25 - 17.


"I was really happy we pulled together especially when I had to sit my big middle Joey Vanderwal because he wasn't playing well." said Colt Head Coach Sue Harrell  "But he certainly came out and played for us in the third and fourth games, without him we can't do much so everybody had to step up. Andrew Newman and Gee Maness really played their hearts out for us because they haven't had big games but they did tonight."  


For the Colts Joey Vanderwal made15 kills and 4 blocks, Gee Maness made 11 kills, Tyler Whitebread made 16 kills and scored on 15 serves, Andrew Newman scored on 12 serves and St. Clair's MVP of the game went to Jason Verweegan with a total of 4 kills, and 32 assists.


Karl Derek was named the MVP for the Cyclones with 12 kills and 4 blocks.

St. Clair is a young team with four grade nines and three grade ten players returning the line up this year.



"Our fan support are incredible and I'm very luck to be able to coach such great kids." said Harrell who has been coaching for over 20 years.  Also on the bench as assistant coach this season was Dylan Whitbread.




In the senior division St. Clair and Northern went back and forth that took five sets to decide the winner.  St. Clair came out strong in the first set and won 25-7.  Northern put the first set behind them and came back to win the second 25 - 23.  In the third Colts took a 25 - 16 win and Northern held strong to win the fourth set 25 - 19.  In the fifth and deciding set Northern came out strong but Joel Leckie  scored a pair of aces that swung the Colt momentum and they went win the game 15 - 10.


This is the fourth straight title for the St. Clair Colt team as they won two in juniors and two in seniors.


"Overall I thought we played well." said Colt Head Coach Laurie Hamill "We had a few lulls in the game where we lost our composure and panicked a little bit but we built it back up again.  I thought the kids played very well to come back you win. to play a fifth game is always nerve wracking but they played well."

Colts Brian Grant earned the MVP in the final game with 42 assists.  Joel Leckie served up 12 points, had 19 kills and 2 blocks.  Dylan Whitebread scored 16 points and had 14 kills and Luke Van Reenan had 15 kills and served for 5.

For Northern Brian Reinholt was selected MVP of the game with 24 assists, 10 service points, 3 kills and 4 blocks.  Quinn Dowding had 11 points, 13 kills and 3 blocks and Tom Dowding had 12 kills and 2 blocks.

"St. Clair's a great team and we played well and I'm really proud of my boys" said Vikings Head Coach Mark Pretty "They came a long way this year.  We were in third place we lost to every team but one this year and to take the best team in the league in the fifth shows a lot of character."


St. Clair now moves on and will play John McGregor in Chatham on Tuesday at 6:00pm. If they win they will host the SWOSSA final on Thursday in Sarnia.


Northern is also in Chatham on Tuesday to take on Chatham Kent in SWOSSA action.







Northern Richard McIntosh Brian Reinholt
NLSS Jordan Teeple Ben Lane
St. Christopher Kurtis Tamming Colin Lang
St. Clair Tyler Whitbread Brian Grant
St. Francois-Xavier Dominique Goudreault James Rozt
LCCVI (did not compete) Brady Swan
SCITS (did not compete) Keenan Smith








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