The Claremont Spartan Senior Boys Volleyball team battled to their second consecutive championship title at the Camosun Chargers High School Fall Classic, September 20-21.
The Spartans took advantage of their size and coupled it with skill and smooth execution to claim the title over the Pacific Christian Pacers, who came close to forcing a tie breaker in the second set. The defending champions refused to get rattled and their constant pressure allowed them to erase a late deficit and sweep the match.
The 2019 Bronze medal winners, the Oak Bay Barbers, battled hard throughout the tournament and showed the familiar ball control skills for which they have been known over the years as past champions of this event. It was a terrific battle against St. Andrews in the final match, a team that played with determination despite being down a starter or two, but Oak Bay had too much balance and too many weapons and eventually emerged victorious.
The Belmont Bulldogs were crowned the Consolation Champions after pulling off a sweep against the Mark Isfeld 11’s squad. Unable to field a Senior Boys team this season, Belmont entered a Junior Boys group and they surprised almost every team they played, with their improvement in each set matching their energy and enthusiasm.
2019 Fall Classic Tournament All-Stars and MVP (in no particular order):
#11 Seth Baker, Oak Bay
#3 Aaron Finlay, St. Andrews
#2 Kyle Stenberg, St. Michaels
#11 Hendrik de Calvares, Mark Isfeld 12’s
#5 Cole Junghas, PCS
#3 Crash Wergeland, Claremont
MVP: #9 Kaden Brajcich, Claremont
The Camosun College Chargers would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the Island schools for supporting the Fall Classic again this year.
“The Fall Classic is a great opportunity to get a concentration of matches in a short period of time early in the season,” stated Chargers Men’s Volleyball Head Coach, Charles Parkinson. “It’s a chance for each team to develop their style of play…to see what works, what doesn’t and what they need to work on.”
Coach Parkinson added, “Thanks to all the parents of the athletes who are the drivers, funders, volunteers and support group of all the participants. Without them, amateur sport couldn’t function in this country. We’d also like to thank the coaches who dedicate so much of their time, energy, passion and knowledge to develop the young men who attend our event as athletes and as volleyball players and who show they the value of school sport.”