As the Crowe flies: A volley and dropkick in the right direction

The J. L. Crowe senior girls volleybal team won its first games of the season at a tournament at Mount Sentinel on the weekend.

Can you feel it? Fall is making its annual round, which could only mean one thing, a fresh, exciting year of sports at J.L. Crowe.

Along with the falling leaves and damp air, comes a well anticipated season of volleyball.

Captivating audiences this weekend, the senior girls, including some Grade 10, and always Grades 11 and 12 athletes, came out triumphant by winning their first games of the season at the Mount Sentinel tournament on Friday and Saturday. With many supporters watching, they successfully finished in seventh place overall.

Also, with the start of a new school year comes the start of soccer season.  The senior boys’ soccer team was victorious in Nakusp this weekend. Buoyed by the addition of Rossland athletes, the boys swept through the round robin pounding Mt. Sentinel 8-0 in the opening match, then shutting out Invermere 4-0 and Creston 2-0, before a decisive 5-1 drubbing of Ashcroft in the semifinal.

In the final match against Burns Lake, the Crowe side felt the affects of traveling with just 12 players, and, with fatigue setting in, battled to a 3-3 draw. However, the Hawks would find a way to win, soaring to a 4-3 win in a shoot out to take top prize.

“I think that final game would have been more one-sided in our favour if the team had not run out of gas,” said Crowe coach Neil Moon in an email.

Coming in first place in the tournament, the team grinned with pride while posing with their trophy.

Overall, with both soccer and volleyball being kicked off in the right direction, the following year of sports for J.L. Crowe looks extremely promising.

Leslie Murdoch is a J. L. Crowe Grade 12 student and the Trail Times correspondent for J. L. Crowe Secondary School athletics.