When the western Nova Scotia division 1 senior high school boys volleyball regionals were over, the Par-en-Bas team from Tusket were the champions, even though they didn’t finish first overall in the tournament
Instead, finishing atop the five-school event at Horton High School was Cobequid Educational Centre, a team from the Northumberland region that was playing in the western regional championships because there were no other teams for them to play in their own region.
But because the western banner couldn’t go to a school outside the western region, it went to Par-en-Bas, which fared better than any of its western rivals in the regional tournament.
Indeed, Par-en-Bas won all of its tournament matches except the one against CEC.
The other participants in the round-robin event were Horton, West Kings and Park View.
Par-en-Bas and CEC advance to the provincials, which will be held Dec. 1-2 in the Bridgewater area.
Par-en-Bas coach Claudette Deveau acknowledged the decision by the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation to have Cobequid play in the western regionals was unusual.
“It is the first time that NSSAF has required a team to play in another region in order to qualify for provincials,” she said. “The common practice is the lone team needs to challenge a lower-seeded team from another regional. It was very unorthodox and very confusing this year.”
Par-en-Bas juniors win district titles
Meanwhile, at the junior level, three Par-en-Bas teams captured district titles to advance to regional championships.
The Par-en-Bas junior girls are tier 1 district champs after defeating Drumlin Heights and Maple Grove Education Centre. The Par-en-Bas team is coached by Ricky Muise and Shawn Muise.
The Par-en-Bas junior boys also took the tier 1 district title. They downed Maple Grove EducationCentre in three straight sets. This team is coached by Scott Surette and Troy Doucette.
The Par-en-Bas girls B team was triumphant in the tier 2 district tournament. This squad is coached by Carissa Amirault.