Schools from Deep River and Pembroke move onto to Renfrew County boys' Grade 8 volleyball championships

The Grade 8 boys team from Mackenzie Community School captured the Renfrew County Elementary Interscholastic Athletic Association West Division title winning two straight sets over the Highview Hawks. In the photo from left, Ryan Laroche, Derek Wang, Baraa Ben Letaifa, Ezra Klukas and Ben Burns. In the back row from left, coach Miranda Kittner, Jay Dadhiala, Simon Ward, Cole Gogolin, Liam McDoanld, Ibrahim Chowdhury, and coach Shelly Dodd. Anthony Dixon / Observer and News

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The Mackenzie Mustangs Grade 8 boys battled through the herd to emerge as volleyball champions of the Renfrew County Elementary Interscholastic Athletic Association (RCEIAA) West Division.

In a tournament held at Bishop Smith Catholic High School in Pembroke on Wednesday, Nov. 21, the Mustangs didn’t drop a set in the playoff round on their way to the title.

Mackenzie downed the Highview Hawks by scores of 25-20 and 25-15 in the final. In the match for bronze, Bishop Smith Gold took on the Champlain Dragons who won in two straight sets 26-24 amd 25-17.

The top three finishing teams, namely Mackenzie, Highview and Champlain Discovery now move on to the RCEIAA championship against the winners of the East Division, at Champlain Discovery Public School in Pembroke.

In the semifinal round, Mackenzie advanced to the A final by defeating Champlain 25-23 and 25-19 while Highview advanced by downing Bishop Gold 25-16 and 25-20.

Earlier in the playoff round it was Bishop Blue defeating Valour White 25-11 and 25-10, Bishop Gold downing Equinoxe 25-16 and 25-16, Mackenzie beating Rockwood 25-11 and 25-17, Champlain defeating Bishop Blue 25-16 and 25-11 and Highview downing Beachburg 25-7, 10-25 and 15-10.

In round-robin action in Pool A, Highview went undefeated beating Rockwood 25-19, Valour White 25-5, Pine View 27-25 and St. Mary’s 25-7. In other A pool action, Rockwood defeated Valour White 25-10, Valour White beat Pineview 25-15, St. Mary’s beat Pine View 25-14, Rockwood beat St. Mary’s 25-14, Rockwood beat Pineview 25-17 and Valour White beat St. Mary’s 25-14.

In B pool action, Bishop Gold beat Jeanne Lajoie 25-18, Beachburg beat St. Anthony’s 25-5, Mackenzie beat Jeanne Lajoie 25-7, Bishop Gold defeated Beachburg 25-12, Jeanne Lajoie downed St. Anthony’s 25-13, Bishop Gold defeated Mackenzie 25-22, Beachburg beat Jeanne Lajoie 25-15, Mackenzie downed St. Anthony’s 25-4, Bishop Gold beat St. Anthony’s 25-9, and Mackenzie defeated Beachburg 25-21.

Pool C saw Bishop Blue beat Valour Green 25-17, Champlain Discovery triumph over Bishop Blue 25-18, Equinoxe beat Herman Street 25-10, Valour Green downed Herman Street 25-16, Bishop Blue beat Herman Street 25-13, Champlain Discovery beat Equinoxe 25-15, Equinoxe downed Bishop Blue 25-18, Champlain Discovery beat Valour Green 25-7, Equinoxe defeated Valour Green 25-16, and Champlain Discovery beat Herman Street 25-4.