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.


More Local Sports

Steinbach Edges Winkler In Holiday Thriller

The arena was packed and the fans were treated to a thrilling game between the Steinbach Pistons and the Winkler Flyers as it ended with the Pistons holding on to a 4-3 win. The opening period saw…

Home Ice Win #25

The Winnipeg Jets recorded their NHL best 25th home win Sunday night. Kyle Connor score twice and Blake Wheeler had a three assists as Winnipeg defeated the Florida Panthers 7-2 at Bell MTS Place.…

Weekend Recap: Fathers Lucky Charms In Pair Of Pistons Wins

It was a special weekend as thirteen dads made the trip with the Steinbach Pistons and they watched their boys come away with wins over the Swan Valley Stampeders and the Dauphin Kings. Playoff…

Top 10

The Steinbach Regional Secondary School varsity boys basketball team is more that holding its own in the South Central Athletic Conference. This group of Sabres have a 4-3 record with one week left…

12 Southeast Football Players Heading To Texas

12 teenage football players from southeastern Manitoba will be heading down to Texas next week. Billie Jo Hunter is the mom of one of the players, she says the group is a part of the Manitoba Selects…

Myers Pots OT Winner as Jets Rally Past Caps

Mark Scheifele scored twice and Tyler Myers snapped home the winner 2:35 into overtime as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Washington Capitals 4-3 Tuesday night at Bell MTS Place. With Dustin Byfuglien…

Pilots Continue Playoff Push In Futsal And Volleyball

With a straight-sets win over the Red River College Rebels on February 8, the Providence Pilots men’s volleyball team assured themselves of at least a second-place finish in the Manitoba Colleges…

Selects Battling the Bug

The injury bug has bit the Eastman Selects hard. Real hard. The Selects dressed 18 skaters for the their season opener way back on September 30th. Flip the calendar to 2018 and Eastman has played 15…

Jets Fall to Rangers

The Winnipeg Jets have suffered back-to-back home ice losses for the first time this season. Jimmy Vesey scored the go-ahead goal with 3:53 remaining in the third period as the N.Y. Rangers defeated…

Weekend Recap: Details Slip In Pistons Win and Streak Stopping Loss

It was a trend over the past couple games and it finally came back to bite the Steinbach Pistons as the little details resulted in their first loss in 11 games 4-3 in overtime to the Dauphin Kings a…

Hit-Draw-Tap

The 24 finalists in CurlManitoba's province wide Hit-Draw-Tap Competition assembled in Winkler Sunday to determine provincial winners in three age categories. All seven Manitoba Sport regions were…

Rack It Up To 9: New Team Record Set In Steinbach's Win Over Virden

The Steinbach Pistons broke a team record by recording 3 goals in 31 seconds propelling the team to a 6-1 win over the Virden Oil Capitals extending the Pistons winning streak to 9 straight games.…

Time To Face Adversity As Playoff Time Approaches

The head coach for the Steinbach Pistons says the message from Paul Maurice was clear and he left them with numerous applicable points. Paul Dyck is reacting to the message the Winnipeg Jets Head…

Steinbach Millers Atom A Win Gold

The Steinbach Miller Atom A team played in Beausejour this past weekend and came home with a gold medal. The team had a solid start in the tournament defeating the Selkirk Fisherman 10A team by a…

Two-Point Night for Byfuglien in Game 800

Dustin Byfuglien recorded a goal and an assist in his 800th NHL game as the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Arizona Coyotes 4-3 Tuesday night at Bell MTS Place. Byfuglien, who reached the 20 assist mark…

Providence Futsal Win Over The Weekend

The Providence Pilots futsal teams had wins in Brandon over the weekend. On Saturday the women's team won 4-2 over the Brandon University Bobcats and hours later took the Assiniboine Community…

Viterra Championship Belongs to Carruthers

It had all the storylines for a memorable Hollywood classic. Ailing skip leaves the hospital bed, puts on the curling gear, walks out onto the ice to a huge ovation, plays in the final after missing…

Pistons Make It 8 Straight With Win Over Winnipeg

The Steinbach Pistons pushed their winning streak to 8 straight after defeating the Winnipeg Blues 5-2 on Saturday night at Bell Mts Iceplex. Steinbach got off to a solid start controlling the play…

McEwen vs Carruthers

For the third time in four years Mike McEwen will meet Reid Carruthers in the final of the Provincial Men’s Curling Championship. B.J. Neufeld, Matt Wozniak and Denni Neufeld, defeated two-time…

Carruthers Advances to Viterra Final

Reid Carruthers, Braeden Moskowy, Derek Samagalski and Colin Hodgson are riding a six-game winning streak at the 2018 Viterra Provincial Men’s Curling Championship. Number seven on Sunday afternoon…

Steinbachonline.com is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Tuesday, February 20th

South Central Athletic Conference
High School Basketball
Varsity Boys
J.H. Bruns 81 SRSS 76
Junior Varsity Boys
SRSS 81 College Jeanne-Sauve 49

WHSHL
Free Press Division
SRSS 5 Westwood 1
(1st game in best of 3 quarterfinal)

HTJHL
Lorette 4 Mitchell 3
(Comets lead best of 5 quarterfinal 2-1)

MJHL
Selkirk 7 Dauphin 3

NHL
Los Angeles 4 Winnipeg 3
Columbus 2 New Jersey 1
Philadelphia 3 Montreal 2 (OT)
Tampa Bay 4 Washington 2
Toronto 1 Florida 0
Nashville 3 Detroit 2
San Jose 3 St. Louis 2
Boston 3 Edmonton 2
Colorado at Vancouver, 9 p.m.

Wednesday, February 21st

South Central Athletic Conference
High School Varsity Basketball
SRSS vs College Jeanne-Sauve
@ Wpg, (g) 6:30 p.m. (b) 8 p.m.

WHSHL
Free Press Division
SRSS vs Westwood
@ Wpg, 4 p.m.
(Sabres lead best of 3 quarterfinal 1-0)

MJHL
Steinbach at Wpg Blues, 7 p.m.
Neepawa at Winkler, 7:30 p.m.
OCN at Portage, 7:30 p.m.

HTJHL
St. Adolphe at Steinbach, 8 p.m.
(Hawks lead best of 5 quarterfinal 2-0)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Wild vs Central Plains
@ Portage, 8 p.m.

Carillon Senior Hockey League
Lac du Bonnet at Grunthal, 8 p.m.
(1st game in best of 7 semifinal)

AHL
Manitoba vs Milwaukee
@ Wpg, 7 p.m.

NHL
Ottawa at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Dallas at Anaheim, 9 p.m.
Calgary at Vegas, 9:30 p.m.

Search the Biz Guide

Login