Kweens of the north: Hapnot wins zones, heads to provincials

The Hapnot Collegiate Kweens made it look easy during the Zone 11 high school provincial volleyball tournament Nov. 15-16. Hapnot only dropped a single set throughout zones, en route to a banner victory.

The Kweens will travel to Boissevain for the AA provincials Nov 28-30.

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Hapnot defeated The Pas’ MBCI Spartans 25-16, 25-13 and the Oscar Lathlin Wolverines from OCN 25-22, 25-17. Hapnot dropped a set to the Frontier Raiders 25-21, 22-25, but still locked up top spot in their group through round robin play.

The first set of the playoff bracket was a sign of things to come. They crushed the NNOC Warriors from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation 25-1, 25-12 en route to an easy victory. The semi-final draw pitted Hapnot against Cross Lake’s Mikisew School, which Hapnot won 25-22, 25-11.

The Kweens fished the playoff bracket the same way they started it: by holding an opponent to single digits in a set. This time, the victim was MBCI. The Kweens went 4-0 in sets against the Spartans, based team, winning the first set 25-13, and clinching the banner in the second set, winning 25-9.

The boys team didn’t have the same luck as the Kweens, falling in the semi-finals of their zone tournament at Frontier Collegiate in Cranberry Portage.

They were able to battle into a playoff spot, splitting six in pool play, but ran into a force in the semi-finals.

The 1972 Memorial Thunder from Oxford House didn’t lose a set in the entire tournament. Hapnot put up the most fight of any team they faced, forcing the Thunder to a 26-24 first set, but couldn’t compete in the second and the Thunder cruised to an easy 25-12 win. The Thunder would make quick work of MBCI in the finals and move onto provincials.

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