Updates on junior high and Paul Kane volleyball and the midget AAA Raiders

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Volleyball at PK

The Paul Kane Blues host the Harry Ainlay Titans in today’s metro Edmonton division one volleyball doubleheader.

Match times are 5 p.m. for the men and 6:30 p.m. for the women.

The Paul Kane men (0-2) are competing in division one after winning the division two championship last year while going 9-1.

The lady Blues (1-1) finished 2-5 last year in division one when league play was split into two pools, unlike the 12-team single division format this season.

Monday the Blues played the Louis St. Laurent men and Holy Trinity women but scores were unavailable at press time.

SAPEC volleyball

The St. Albert Physical Education Council serves up its annual junior high volleyball tournament this weekend.

The draw consists of 102 best-of-three matches.

Pool play begins at 2 p.m. Friday for 16 boys’ teams at Sir George Simpson, Ecole Secondaire Sainte Marguerite D’Youville and Ecole Alexandre-Tache and 16 girls’ teams at William D. Cuts and the SkyDome.

The round of 16 playoffs start at 9 a.m. and finals are 3:15 p.m. at Simpson for the boys and the SkyDome for the girls.

Local teams include Alexandre-Tache, Camilla Thunderbirds, W.D. Cuts Crusaders, Elmer S. Gish Warriors, ESSMY Leopards, Lillian Schick Knights, Lorne Akins Gators, Morinville Wolves, Namao Royals, Richard S. Fowler Falcons, Simpson Voyageurs, Sturgeon Heights Eagles and Vincent J. Maloney Marauders.

Last year’s winners were Lorne Akins for the boys and Simpson for the girls and both teams are the defending SAPEC Tier I city champions.

Raiders games

The puck drops this weekend for the St. Albert Tire Warehouse Raiders in the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League.

The Raiders visit the Sherwood Park Kings at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday’s face-off time is 1:15 p.m. against the Grande Peace Storm at Akinsdale Arena.

The home opener is also the St. Albert Food Bank game for the Raiders. Fans are asked to drop off non-perishable food items and donation boxes will be in the Akinsdale lobby.

Admission for the game will also be entered into a draw for $2,000 worth of gift certificates towards a new or used Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicle.

Meanwhile, the Raiders host the Canadian Olympic women’s team Dec. 19 in league play at 7:15 p.m. at Go Auto Arena.

Team Canada is playing all 18 AMHL teams prior to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics and the games count in the standings.

Team Canada was 3-11-4 (39 GF/57 GA) against AMHL teams in preparation for the Sochi 2014 Olympics and the score against the Raiders was 3-3.

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Jeff Hansen

Jeff Hansen joined the St. Albert Gazette in 1991. He writes about sports, athletes and teams from St. Albert and area.