The Eckville Aces will host the 1A Boys’ Provincial Volleyball championships Nov. 22-25. Photo submitted

The Eckville Aces will host the 1A Boys’ Provincial Volleyball championships Nov. 22-25. Photo submitted

Aces host provincials Nov. 23-25

The Aces finished second in league play, and travel for zones Nov. 17-18.

Over 20 months of planning and preparation will culminate Nov. 22-25 when the Eckville Aces host the 1A Boys’ Provincial Volleyball championships. The Aces finished second in their league play ending a five year run of championships. With no time to rest, the Aces compete in the zone championships the weekend of Nov. 17-18.

Head Coach Cody Magneson is excited about what lies ahead, “We will be in the championships as a zone representative or as the host, either way it will be a great challenge for our team and our program. It is a testament to the work these athletes have put in and all those who worked with these athletes along the way. Throughout the season we have seen and played against many of the squads expected to qualify and when we play at our highest level we are on par with those teams. We have played many 2A and 3A teams as part of our tournament schedule to be prepared for the level of team we will compete with at the provincials. We are fortunate that many of our players had the provincial experience last year and will lean heavily on that experience.”

Brian Holland, tournament chair, says planning becomes frantic following zones. “From the end of the zone championships on Saturday until the end of the day Monday is a whirlwind. Only then do we know who has qualified, so all schedules for practices, photos and the draw get completed in that window of time. Our challenge is to ensure everything that can be done in advance is. I can’t thank our parents, volunteers and staff enough for all they have done to ensure a first class event.”

“It is a huge undertaking and we have had generous support from individuals, families and businesses as we approached the championships. The buzz is starting to really be felt in the school as many of the students are directly involved as volunteers for the championships,” said Holland.

This tournament will feature 10 of the elite boys’ team from across the province. Many of these players will continue to pursue their athletic careers at the next level, so drop by to see some great action. Tournament passes are $20 for a weekend pass, $8 for a day pass, students $5 for a day pass and children 10 and under are free. If anyone has any questions feel free to contact Brian Holland, tournament chair brian.holland@wolfcreek.ab.ca or via phone at (403)-746-2236.