by Laura Kish
Kipling School's Senior Boys Magyar Volleyball team hosted a tournament on Friday and Saturday with six teams entered including the host team Kipling Magyars, Montmartre Eagles, Wawota Wildcats, Cowessess Cougars, Bert Fox Bison and Vibank Vipers.
Kipling Magyars (coached by Mel Gesell, Darrell Beattie and Ashley Hengen) includes team members: #2 Carter Beattie, #3 Logan McCarthy, #5 Bryson Andres, #6 Kaiden Lyons, #7 Burke Lyons, #8 Kurtis Doud, #10 Shawn Puffalt, #11 Michael Stanley, #12 Hayden Scott-McCarthy and #13 Dawson DeDecker.
Spectators were wowed by the excellent volleyball action throughout the two day tournament.
Standings at the end of the round robin: 1st Kipling Magyars, 2nd Bert Fox Bison, 3rd Montmartre Eagles and 4th Wawota Wildcats.
The bronze medal match came down to Kipling vs Montmartre with Kipling winning 25-17 and 25-16.
Gold medal final was a match between Bert Fox Bison and Wawota Wildcats with very close games. Wawota Wildcats took the gold medal with scores of 21-25, 25-17 and 17-15.
“I believe our tournament this past weekend was a huge success. It has been a few years since the Senior Boys team has held a home tournament, so it was nice for the boys to kick off the season playing at home - and playing extremely well nonetheless!” comments Mel Gesell, one of the coaches of the Kipling Magyars.
“The Kipling Senior Boys team is going to have a very exciting season, if this first tournament is any indication. The boys played and performed like they have been practicing for months already, and we only have three practices under our belt!” adds Gesell.
“Kipling placed first in the Round Robin, and our loss in the semi final was the Magyars only loss of the tournament,” says Gesell.
“It was really surprising to see volleyball of this calibre from so many teams this early in the season. Not only were the other teams full of skill, but they were also full of respect; for their opponents as well as our officials. We will be coming across many of these teams in our next tournaments to come - next weekend being the University of Regina Cougars Classic!” comments Gesell.
“Huge thanks go out to everyone who helped out to make this tournament a success, and a very important thank you goes out to Susan Hengen who officiated our tournament and did an amazing job of it!” says Gesell.
“I thought the quality of volleyball was very high for the first tournament of the year,” comments Riley Riddell, coach of the Wawota Wildcats. “It was great to get back into the swing of things, as the boys have been really looking forward to this season. It was nice to get everyone into the games and watch our younger guys improve. We have a lot of work to do as the round robin indicated, but we can take a lot of positives from our semi-final game against Kipling and final game against Bert Fox.”