November was another busy month at VCI. Both the varsity and JV girls went to volleyball provincials, the hockey season has begun, and both the band and choir had their debut performances.
The JV girls played two regular games on Nov. 6, one against the Deloraine Colts, which they won, and another against the Killarney Raiders that they lost. The following weekend, Nov. 8-9, they went to two tournaments. The first was at Neelin High School in Brandon where they won three and lost two games, and the other in Killarney where they were consolation champs with two wins and four losses. When qualifying for provincials at the inter zone games, our team lost to the Swan Valley Tigers, but still had the opportunity to attend provincials as a wild card team. Junior Varsity provincials took place on Nov. 21-23, and our team placed sixth overall after three wins, two losses.
The Varsity girls volleyball team was very strong this year but had a disappointing finish to their season at provincials, Nov. 28-30. Earlier this month the varsity team played in two tournaments. Both went very well. On Nov. 1-2, the girls lost in the semi-finals and the following weekend they won the VCI Winter Blast tournament. On Nov. 12, they qualified for provincials to represent Zone 9.
The hockey season ramped up in November. The Virden team played eight games, winning six, with two games into overtime. The next game will be on Dec. 20 in Melita against the Melita/Pearson/Reston Renegades. Their next home game will be after the Christmas break on Jan. 7 against the Rivers Rage.
The Virden Collegiate choir had their debut performance in Brandon on Nov. 7. It was a wonderful success and VCI’s chamber choir, Sound Investment, also performed for the first time this school year at that concert. While this has been the only concert for the full high school choir, Sound Investment had the opportunity to guest star at the Virden and District Youth Choir’s concert later in the month of November.
November was an exciting month for the VCI Band. If you attended the town-wide Remembrance Day service, you would have seen them on stage playing hymns and the national anthem. On Nov. 28, a select group of musicians attended the Fort La Bosse banquet to entertain staff of the division office and principals with a collection of Christmas carols. To hear the band for yourself, they will play in a joint concert with the Junior High Bands on Jan. 19.
Keira Peters, VCI Correspondent