Grunthal's Green Valley Pirates have qualified for the playoffs at the Provincial AA High School Varsity Girls Volleyball Championship each of the previous five years.

The Pirates lost out in the quarterfinals in Souris in 2012 and in Steinbach in 2013.

They won the third place game in Russell in 2015 and brought home the finalist banner from Morris School in both 2014 and 2016.

Green Valley finally captured that elusive championship banner Saturday in Stonewall.

The Pirates capped off a perfect weekend as they swept the Niverville Panthers 25-17, 25-22 in the final.

Green Valley won seven matches and lost just one set.

"It’s so amazing," said Pirates left side hitter Arielle Sawatzky who was named the provincials MVP. "No words can explain how I feel right now."

Green Valley raced out to a big lead over their Zone 13 rivals as the Pirates took the opening set.

It was a back-and-forth second set until Green Valley pulled away late.

"We knew that we would have to play really well and we would have to bring our A game in order to beat them," said Pirates coach Doris Wiens. "It worked out really well for us."

Panthers coach Crystal Stott gave Green Valley full credit for the victory.

"Obviously it's not where we wanted to be but we played a good game. Grunthal played really, really well tonight. It was just the better team won today."

"The difference was the small things," added coach Stott. "It becomes a game of details. Who is going to get their serves in, who is going to put the ball away, who is going to pass well - it's the little, little fundamental things that make all of the difference in the game."

Green Valley won six Provincial A Varsity Girls volleyball championships between 1975 and 1993.

Coach Wiens explained why this Pirates team was able to bring home the school's first AA championship banner when so many really good Green Valley volleyball teams came up short these past few years.

"They played like a team. It was an incredibly close bunch of girls who treated each other very, very well throughout the whole season. That tightness and closeness made for the best team."

Niverville's Keziah Hoeppner and Julia Beer along with Green Valley's Vanessa Friesen were named to the All-Star team.

Friesen was also the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba Players Choice Award recipient.


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Saturday, October 20th

CFL
Montreal at Toronto, 3 p.m.
Saskatchewan at Calgary, 6 p.m.

Manitoba Minor Football Association
Cruncher Playoffs
Eastman (Black) vs St. James (Silver)
@ Wpg, 1 p.m.
Eastman (Teal) vs St. James (Black)
@ Wpg, 2 p.m.

MJHL
OCN at Steinbach, 7:30 p.m.
Selkirk at Neepawa, 7:30 p.m.
Swan Valley at Wpg Blues, 7 p.m.
Waywayseecappo at Dauphin, 7:30 p.m.

HTJHL
Lorette vs Springfield
@ Oakbank, 8 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Showcase @ Portage
Eastman vs Yellowhead, 1 p.m.
Southwest vs Norman, 2 p.m.
Parkland vs Interlake, 3:30 p.m.
Wpg Wild vs Kenora, 4:30 p.m.
Brandon vs Wpg Thrashers, 6:30 p.m.
Central Plains vs Wpg Bruins, 7:30 p.m.

MFMHL
Eastman vs Central Plains
@ Ste. Anne, 6:30 p.m.

AAA U17 Midget Prep League
Eastman vs Wpg Monarchs
@ Steinbach, 1 p.m.

WHL
Calgary at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

NHL
Colorado at Carolina, 12 p.m.
New Jersey at Philadelphia, 12 p.m.
Buffalo at Los Angeles, 2:30 p.m.
Arizona at Winnipeg, 3 p.m.
Montreal at Ottawa, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Florida, 6 p.m.
St. Louis at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Chicago at Columbus, 6 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Vegas, 9 p.m.
Nashville at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Boston at Vancouver, 9 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.

Major League Baseball
National League
Championship Series
Los Angeles at Milwaukee, 7:09 p.m.
(best of 7 series tied 3-3)

NBA
Toronto at Washington, 6 p.m.
Brooklyn at Indiana, 6 p.m.
Boston at New York, 6:30 p.m.
Orlando at Philadelphia, 6:30 p.m.
Detroit at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Charlotte at Miami, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Phoenix at Denver, 8 p.m.
San Antonio at Portland, 9 p.m.
Houston at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, October 19th

CFL
Ottawa 35 Hamilton 31
B.C. 42 Edmonton 32

WHSFL
Potter Conference
SRSS 33 Grant Park 28

HTJHL
Red River 5 Steinbach 4
St. Adolphe 6 Grunthal 5 (OT)

MJHL
Dauphin 3 Waywayseecappo 2
Winkler 1 OCN 0 (OT)
Selkirk 3 Swan Valley 3
(suspended at 10:33 of 2nd period)

MFMHL
Pembina Valley 5 Eastman 3

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Showcase @ Portage
Wpg Wild 3 Pembina Valley 0
Southwest 3 Wpg Thrashers 2
Norman 5 Central Plains 2

WHL
Brandon 5 Everett 2

AHL
Manitoba 4 San Antonio 1

NHL
Florida 6 Washington 5 (SO)
Minnesota 3 Dallas 1
Nashville 5 Calgary 3

Major League Baseball
National League
Championship Series
Milwaukee 7 Los Angeles 2
(best of 7 series tied 3-3)

NBA
Toronto 113 Boston 101
Charlotte 120 Orlando 88
Brooklyn 107 New York 105 
New Orleans 149 Sacramento 129 
Minnesota 131 Cleveland 123
Memphis 131 Atlanta 117
Milwaukee 118 Indiana 101
Golden State 124 Utah 123
L.A. Clippers 108 Oklahoma City 92

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