Wild head to provincial championships

Mount Baker Secondary squads start action on Wednesday, Boys in Kelowna, Girls in Penticton.

Top: Alyssa

Top: Alyssa

The Mount Baker Wild volleyball squads — Senior Boys and Senior Girls — set out for the Okanagan Tuesday morning for provincial championships.

The AAA Senior Boys are in action bright and early Wednesday morning in Kelowna, with three games against other teams in their pool. Twenty top-ranked teams from around B.C. are divided up into five pools (Pool E through K — Pools A through D make up the AA side of the tournament.

The Wild take on George P. Vanier Secondary (Courtney), Vancouver Technical Secondary and Claremont Secondary (Victoria) Wednesday. Depending on wins, teams could play as many as eight games through to the finals on Saturday, Nov. 30.

The Girls provincials will be held at Penticton High and Okanagan University, where 14 teams and two wild cards will play over three days. The Wild are in Pool C (four pools of four teams each), and will face off against Kelowna, Argyle (Vancouver), and Earl Marriott (Surrey).

Friday will see the start of playdowns and quarterfinals, while the bronze and gold medal games will be held on Saturday afternoon at Pen High.

Boys Coach Fred Searle says both Wild teams are comprised mostly of Grade 11 athletes. While competition is expected to be tough, the Cranbrook teams are been playing exceptional volleyball this season, and should be quite competitive. The core group will likely be returning next year as well,  so the Wild teams should be quite strong, and able to challenge on a provincial level.

Good luck, Wild, at the 2013 Provincial Championships.