Prince Charles Secondary School senior boys pose with their gold medals and Kootenay zone championship trophy after clinching the title in Creston on Saturday

Creston senior boys win East Kootenay volleyball title

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The Prince Charles Secondary School Bulldogs are headed for the Coast having won the Kootenay senior boys’ AA volleyball title at their home gym in Creston on the weekend.

PCSS swept aside its lone challengers from Kimberley and Invermere to claim the zone title and earn a berth in the British Columbia high school championships, Dec. 2-5 in Langley.

A 25-8, 25-16, 25-17 dismantling of Kimberley’s Selkirk Storm in the best-of-five final Saturday afternoon, their first match of that length all season, punched the Bulldogs’ ticket to the 16-team provincial tournament to be held at the Langley Event Centre in suburban Vancouver.

It was the Creston team’s second victory over Selkirk in a matter of hours, as the Bulldogs wrapped up an undefeated round-robin portion of the zones by sweeping Selkirk 25-16, 25-17 in a best-of-three set match Saturday morning.

The Bulldogs opened the tournament Friday with a 25-21, 25-10 triumph over the David Thompson Lakers of Invermere. PCSS was only seriously tested in the first set of that match, after seeing an early 15-3 lead dwindle to as few as three points before hanging on and then pulling away in the second set.

The Bulldogs, featuring six Grade 12 students and three from Grade 11, are scheduled to depart on Tuesday in preparation for their opening matches the next day.

In the five-team Kootenay zone girls’ playoffs also held in Creston on the weekend, PCSS reached the final against Selkirk before falling in straight sets.

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