Walter W. Brown High (Langham) sports team had plenty to celebrate on January 30, as three different sport clubs were presented with banners.
The senior girls volleyball team earned a banner for its bronze medal performance at the 2018 Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association (SHSAA) 2A Girls Provincial Volleyball Championship this past fall.
The junior boys volleyball team and Tayen Werner of the cross-country team were also presented banners for winning the Central Valley Athletic Conference (CVAC) Championships in those respective sports.
Werner took home gold in the Bantam Girls division at the Cross-Country CVAC championship this past fall and overall she had very successful season.
Werner competed in four meets this season, including the district championship, and she placed first in all of her respective races.
Her next goal is to qualify for the SHSAA Provincial Cross Country Championships since she will be competing in the Midget Division, according to cross country coach and Walter W. Brown principal Michael Neufeld who spoke on her behalf at the banner presentation.
He also mentioned for her to do that, she will have to improve her time by at least two minutes.
The junior boys volleyball team also had an excellent season, going 38-6 in the 44 matches they played.
The Vikings placed first at the Hepburn and Perdue tournaments as well as their home tournament.
The junior volleyball team also competed in a 16-team tournament in North Battleford and made the A-Side playoffs, placing seventh.
Coach Neufeld, who spoke on behalf of the team, said that Langham was the smallest school at the tournament and he was happy with the team’s performance.
Langham dropped its final match before the CVAC playoffs, but that was the last time the team lost. The Vikings won all of the sets in their two CVAC playoff matches and the team also won all of the sets in the five matches they played a the CVAC Junior Boys Volleyball Championship tournament in Aberdeen.
“We just got better and better and the final match of our season, the championship match was the best match we played all season long,” Neufeld said at the banner presentation.
The senior girls volleyball team finally earned a medal at the SHSAA 2A Girls Provincial Volleyball Championship after competing at the tournament for the fourth straight year.
The previous three times at the provincial tournament the Vikings couldn’t make it past the quarter-finals and this season they finally got through to the semifinals.
Even though Langham dropped the semifinal game, the Vikings won the bronze medal game.
During the banner presentation coach Shawn Huber said the bronze medal was the first provincial volleyball medal for the school.
He also mentioned that he was proud of the way the team played because the Vikings went undefeated in the SHSAA conference and regional tournaments, and entered provincials as the number three seed.
One of the qualities the teams possess which contributed to its success and impressed Huber was their sportsmanship.
“We always strive to do things the right way. We said that if we’re going to win, we’re going do it the right way,” Huber said during the banner presentation.