The first week of our second semester brought with it the typical hustle and bustle of Virden Collegiate. Virden was well represented all across the western Manitoba area by our many sports teams. The VCI choir has also been tirelessly rehearsing the musical Freaky Friday, which will be performed in early May.
The Bears hockey team played three regular season games in the early months before playoffs began. They played five playoff games this month, winning a respectable three of the five. All of the players on the team, along with coaches Doug Roach and Mark Wakely, have been practicing and playing hard, hoping for a place among the champions this hockey season.
Basketball season will be coming to a close shortly, but February was a big month for all four Bears basketball teams. The junior varsity girls had a bit of a disappointing month. They lost both league games they played, along with all three games they played at a tournament in Neepawa on Feb. 14 and 15. They played one interzone game on Feb. 25, but unfortunately lost again.
The junior varsity boys took part in a tournament in Carberry on Feb. 7 and 8 and won one of their three games. At their next tournament of Feb. 14-15, they lost all three games. They also played an interzone game on Feb. 25 but lost to the Dauphin Clippers.
VCI’s varsity girls had a busy month, with five league games, two tournaments, and interzones. Of their league games, they won two. The first tournament was in MacGregor and they placed third overall. The second tournament in Roblin was a little more disappointing when the girls came in last place. As is the trend with the other basketball teams, the varsity girls lost their interzone game.
The varsity boys played six league games and won four. They played quite well at their only tournament of the month and were the consolation champs, with only one loss. However, their month concluded with a loss at interzones.
This year, VCI was able to send a varsity boys curling team to provincials, which took place in Beausejour this year. Virden was one of 16 teams from across Manitoba. Our team played four games and won two, representing Virden very well.
REACH for the TOP
A new addition to VCI as of this school year is two Reach for the Top teams. Reach for the Top is a program where high school and junior high students race to answer trivia questions from any and every category. VCI has an intermediate team of Gr. 9 students and a senior team of Gr. 12 students.
The intermediate team played on Feb. 5 in Deloraine where they won one game and lost three. The senior team had their first tournament in Reston on Feb. 12 and they won three and lost one. Reach for the Top was organized at VCI by Carrie Tapp who coaches the senior team. Shawnda Mitchell coaches the intermediate team. Members of Reach for the Top practice a few times a month.
In the month of March we have many things to look forward to including the conclusion of basketball season, the beginning of badminton season, band festival, and spring break. It is sure to be another fantastic month in the world of the VCI Bears.