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High school volleyball and cheer team updates

PK volleyball

The Paul Kane Blues continued their winning ways in high school senior men’s volleyball in Monday’s sweep of the Jasper Place Rebels.

The 21st victory in 27 league and tournament matches for the metro Edmonton division one team was 40-38, 25-21, 25-20 against the 2018 league champions and provincial gold medallists at Jasper Place.

Paul Kane (6-1, 19 GW/8 GL) and the Harry Ainlay Titans (6-0, 18 GW/4 GL) are the co-leaders in the 10-team table and the Rebels (2-4) are tied for seventh.

The lone loss for Paul Kane was in four sets to Ainlay in week two of the regular season.

Paul Kane is also second and Ainlay is fifth in the Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association’s first 4A rankings of the season.

Paul Kane hosts the Salisbury Sabres (4-3) next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Bellerose volleyball

First place is on the line today for the Bellerose Bulldogs in metro Edmonton division two senior men’s volleyball.

Start time is 5 p.m. against the Strathcona Christian Academy Eagles in Sherwood Park.

Bellerose (21 GW/5 GL) and the Eagles (21 GW/2 GL) are 7-0 with four matches left before the quarter-finals begin Oct. 28.

Bellerose is coming off a come-from-behind 20-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-17, 16-14 decision against the visiting Louis St. Laurent Barons (2-5) Monday.

The next home match is Tuesday versus the Archbishop MacDonald Marauders (1-6) at 5:30 p.m.

WCC volleyball

The Lions Western Canadian Challenge volleyball tournament celebrates its 25th anniversary next week.

The Morinville Wolves and St. Albert Skyhawks are co-hosting the 24-team volleyball tournament.

The 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams include the Barrhead Gryphons, Bawlf Wildcats, Beaverlodge Royals, Bowness Trojans of Calgary, Cardston Cougars, Peace Wapiti Academy Titans of Grande Prairie, R.F. Staples Thunderbirds of Westlock, Robert Thirsk Comets of Calgary, St. Joseph Celtics/Ceniahs of Grande Prairie and St. Peter the Apostle Spartans of Spruce Grove.

The defending champions are Barrhead for the men and Peace Wapiti Academy for the women.

Pool play starts Oct. 17 at 12:30 p.m. and the finals are Oct. 19 at 5:30 p.m. for the men at the SkyDome and the women at Morinville Community High School.

Visit for the WCC website.

Cheer Canada reps

Perfect Storm Athletics of Edmonton are representing Cheer Canada at the ICU Pan American Cheerleading Championships in Costa Rica with participation by the following St. Albert and Morinville athletes:

Ella Ashcroft, 12, Grade 7 Lorne Akins.

Eden Ashcroft, 16, Grade 12 Bellerose.

Kennedi Knight, 15, Grade 10 Morinville.

Madelyn Radchenko, 17, Grade 11 Bellerose.

Lilyah Richardson, 16, Grade 11 Morinville.

Shailynn Rockey, 17, Grade 12 Bellerose.

Kendall Weiss, 16, Grade 11 Morinville.

Makayla White, 15, Grade 10 Bellerose.

The 19-person Storm team is competing in the junior four co-ed division at the Oct. 19 to 21 championships.

The age range is 12 to athletes that were 16 in 2019.

A number of the athletes were also on the Storm team at the 2018 junior championships.

This is the second year Cheer Canada is sending a junior club team to the Pan American championships. In early April, cheer clubs from across the country submitted a two-minute routine video showcasing gymnastics, acrobatics, stunts and the cheer that goes with it – all the athletes wore black shirts and the video was shot in a non identifiable location – and the Cheer Canada judging committee whittled down the contenders to five before making its final selection in June.

The Storm team has since beefed up its routine to make it even stronger for the tournament.

Cheerleading has been granted provisional Olympic status and it's possible it could make its Olympic debut at the Paris 2024 or Los Angeles 2028 Games.

Jeff Hansen

About the Author: Jeff Hansen

Jeff Hansen joined the St. Albert Gazette in 1991. He writes about sports, athletes and teams from St. Albert and area.
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