The South Kamloops Titans won silver at the Junior Boys Volleyball B.C. High School Interior Provincial Championship, which wrapped up on Nov. 27 at Okanagan Mission secondary in Kelowna.
“South Kam hasn’t really had a volleyball program for about 15 years,” Titans’ head coach Graham MacGregor said. “We’ve been building, starting from the ground up, and it’s coming.
“In the next few years, we’re going to be on the radar.”
Recent heavy rainfall and flooding across southern B.C. led to road closures and travel restrictions that spurred organizers to change the format for provincials, with separate championship tournaments held for Coast and Interior teams.
The Kelowna Owls bested South Kamloops 2-0 in the Interior Provincial final, avenging a 2-0 loss to the Titans in the regional final that took place on Nov. 20 in Revelstoke.
“We won Okanagans and probably would have been a top-four or top-five seed [in a traditional provincial championship], which would have been exciting, but it just wasn’t meant to be with all the weather and road issues,” MacGregor said.
“We got some good experience against some of the top teams in the province and really started to show ourselves.”
The silver-medal winning Titans include Carter Dundass, Jason Nguyen, Gavin Johnson, Gage Androlick, Adam Khelouiati, Kelton Blower, Gavin MacGregor, Brandon Johnson, James Upshaw, Noah Henson, Rowen Macpherson, Huxley Wendland and Larry Harper Shyakagisa.
Wendland and Brandon Johnson were named to the Interior Provincial All-Star Team.