The 2016 WES Boys Volleyball team was one of the top teams in the zone all year. With a solid group of athletes returning from last year’s championship team, and new recruits eager to work hard, the boys improved as individual players and learned to work well as a team despite the short season. The team played some of their best volleyball of the year at the final tournament. After advancing to the playoffs and winning their quarterfinal match, the team lost an intense and extremely close semi-final match. Congratulations to the boys on a great season!
November 15, 2016,
After watching a Bill Nye the Science Guy video in Science class, the grade 5s in the 4/5J homeroom at Winkler Elementary School got into a discussion about climate change and healthy communities. The students brainstormed ideas of how we could make changes here in Winkler. One suggestion that was made was that we reduce exhaust emissions, but as grade 5’s they wondered what could they do.
The students decided that one way they could make a difference was to raise awareness of the idle free zone around the school. Vehicles are often seen around the school parked and idling before and after school, despite idle free signs being posted. As a class, students made placards and held a rally to draw attention to the idle free zone.
“You should not idle because it harms humans and other creatures. They can breathe it in and cause it to go into their lungs. It can cause climate change.” – Henry, Corny and Trevayne.
Congratulations to the boys Soccer team on a very successful end to the season. Saturday, October 15th the Wildcats were in Altona for the final tournament where they played against the best teams in the zone. This was the first time in many years that a Winkler Elementary team has actually made it to the final tournament aside from a B-Side final.
The boys first game was against Prairie Dale - the only team that was undefeated all season. With the odds against them the Wildcats managed to start off the game with a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Brody Janzen goal. Up until midway through the second half W.E.S. held the lead until Prairie Dale scored to tie up the game. The game was back and forth but thanks to amazing team play and stellar goaltending from Eric Friesen the game ended 1-1 after regulation. It was on to the shootouts.
The excitement and tension were high! Multiple shooters from both teams missed shots and Eric Friesen made a couple of huge saves to bring it to the 5th shooters for each team. Nolan Wall was up with a chance to give his team the advantage and got the job done beating the Prairie Dale Goaltender. It now came down to whether or not Prairie Dale would score, Eric Friesen would not have any of that, stopping the final shooter for the win, advancing W.E.S. into the Finals against Parkland!
In the finals against Parkland The Wildcats played hard. Parkland got off to a good start and eventually had a 2-0 lead. In the second half WES often controlled the play and managed to get within 1 goal putting the game in reach 2-1. In the last 5 minutes of the game Parkland was awarded a penalty kick which gave Parkland the 3-1 lead and eventual win. The boys Wildcats team finished 2nd in the Zone this year! Way to go! It was a hard fought final game and tournament and the improvement that the Wildcats made over the season was huge! Thanks for a great season guys!