DURHAM: There seems to be a trend emerging from this tiny school of just over 300 students. For the second year in a row, the Scott Central Storm boys team recently earned the number 1 spot in volleyball among 108 schools in Durham Region! Last year, as juniors, the boys climbed to the top, after upsetting the top seeds. This year was no different.
Choosing the 'backdoor', the team took second place to S.A. Cawker in their area qualifies, which meant they had to compete amongst the top 24 teams, rather than 'take the bye' directly to the Sweet 16 round of play. A decisive win in the round of 24 sent them to the Sweet 16 play offs.
Once again, they took second spot in their pool play, against Williamsburg P.S., a team they had consistently beat in the past.
As a result, they were now up against top seeded Blair Ridge, in order to proceed to the Final 4. After a devastating loss in the first game against Blair Ridge, the boys battled back, taking the second game. With undeniable grit and determination, Scott Central came out on top after the tie breaking 3rd game, putting Blair Ridge out of contention and advancing Scott Central to the Final 4 play, down at Durham College.
Seeded 3rd, Scott Storm was pitted in a match that came to be known as David vs. Goliath. Eagle Ridge P.S. assembled a team which rivalled the average height of most high school basket ball teams! With the tallest boy standing 6’4” and the second at 6’2”, the odds were stacked against the Storm. After a quick run of well placed serves, Scott Central quickly took the lead. Unintimidated by the lack of light in the shadows of these giants, the boys quickly and easily defied the oddsmakers and proceeded to the final round of play against…. Williamsburg.
The boys struggled with communication and suffered a frustrating 25-14 loss in the first game.
The communication virus was passed onto Williamsburg during the second match which brought the championship match down to a 15-point tie breaker.
Fired up after the second match, Scott Central took a convincing lead with a 5-point spread at the middle of the third match. Williamsburg, refusing to let the ball drop on their side, narrowed the gap. With 2 points left for the win, Scott Central saw Williamsburg taking back point after point. You could hear a pin drop with each serve.
The rallies were long, and with both teams refusing to give in, every spectator was forced to sit on the edge of their seats. The last 2 points seemed to take hours. Then, after a perfect set, to the strong side, Storm smashed the ball off the Williamsburg block. The ball floated across the court and settled on Scotts side of the court to the left of the referee. The whistle blew and the ref motioned. Out! The crowd leaped off their chairs in excitement as the score board hit 15. Scott Central took the title once again.
“In all the years I have been coaching, I have never been prouder of a group of players for stepping up in the big moment,” says coach Jody Logan. “The players had dedicated themselves to countless hours of practice and preparation and it paid off in a big way. They played with an abundance of energy and fire and I was so excited to see the boys come together as a true team in the end”, he continued. Congratulations boys!
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