DCVI girls volleyball teams open league schedules with two wins
By Pat Payton
STRATFORD – In a gym that’s historically not been easy for visiting teams to win in over the years, Mitch Watt’s 25 points powered the DCVI Senior boys basketball team to a 46-43 overtime victory over the Central Rams here last Wednesday.
Regulation time ended with the teams deadlocked at 40-40. Watt’s third three-pointer of the contest tied the score with about 30 seconds to play. Salukis then out-pointed the Rams 6-3 in extra time.
Central led 22-19 at the half-time break.
“First of all, we kept the score low and gave ourselves a chance to win,” DCVI coach Andy Hairsine said. “We were either up by a couple of points or Central was up by a couple. It was close all the way.
“For the most part, we kept our composure. I think it was our best effort in terms of working together as a unit, and that paid dividends.”
Sam Watt added six points for St. Marys and Thomas Wrigley chipped in five more, including a three-point basket. Two other Salukis, Ian Bolton and Kevin Fink, also contributed in key ways, coach Hairsine noted.
“Ian has a really good head on his shoulders and he reads the play quite well,” Hairsine said. “He made some smart plays, both offensively and defensively. And Kevin works hard all the time. His work ethic causes some of the other boys to work hard, too. It’s guys like him who play the game that way it’s supposed to be played.”
The win improves the Sr. Salukis’ record to 1-4 in the Huron-Perth League standings. Central slipped to 1-3 with the loss.
In the Junior boys game, Salukis (2-3) lost 78-30 to the first-place Central Rams (6-0). Sam Sedley had nine points and Nolan Shackleton seven for St. Marys.
Juniors win 35-30 thriller
In H-P basketball games on Monday, Dec. 10, the DCVI Junior boys used a fourth-quarter rally to defeat the home-town Warriors 35-30 at St. Mikes.
Caleb Thompson led Salukis with 14 points. Sam Sedley added seven points, Nolan Shackleton six and Mason Boonstra five. It was the first league loss for the St. Mikes Juniors (5-1).
“We led most of the game, and then St. Mikes took over the lead in the third (quarter),” reported St. Marys assistant coach Gregg Blackler. “But we out-scored them in the fourth quarter.
“We played very well and very consistent,” he added.
Salukis led 17-15 at the half-time break, but Warriors held a 25-23 edge after three quarters. DCVI pulled out the win by out-scoring St. Mikes 12-5 in the final eight minutes.
Blackler said a big difference was free-throw shooting. Salukis got 16 points from the foul line, while the Warriors hit just two.
The Senior Salukis lost 50-28 to the first-place Warriors (5-0). No scoring details were available from that game.
The DCVI boys hoops teams were back in league action on Wednesday (Dec. 19) of this week, playing Clinton St. Anne’s Eagles and the Huskies at Stratford Northwestern. It was their final games before the high school Christmas break.
Volleyball wins at Listowel
At Listowel last Thursday, the DCVI girls volleyball teams opened their Huron-Perth regular schedules with two victories.
The Junior Salukis defeated the home-town Lightning 22-25, 25-13 and 25-22 in their opening match. The St. Marys girls then defeated South Huron Panthers 23-25, 25-21 and 25-17 to cap off a good day.
The Senior Salukis also won both their matches at Listowel. After sweeping Listowel 25-21 and 25-10, the DCVI squad defeated their South Huron counterparts 25-10, 24-26 and 25-10.
The DCVI volleyball teams were back in action on Tuesday (Dec. 18) of this week, playing Goderich Vikings and St. Anne’s Eagles at home.