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Martensville High School Celebrates Accomplishments

by Jocelyn Ottenbreit

Martensville High School held an assembly on Friday, June 17th to celebrate extra-curricular activities being back in school this year after not being able to participate for two years due to the pandemic.

There was a lot of excitement in the building as teams and individuals were recognized for their accomplishments in the 2021-2022 high school season.

Junior Girls Volleyball saw a fantastic turnout this year and were able to field two teams for league play. The girls showed a great deal of growth over the season ending on a high note when they brought home second place in conference playoffs.

The senior girls’ volleyball team had an excellent season advancing to Provincials in Moosomin where they were the only team in the round-robin to defeat the team that would become the Provincial champs. The determination and drive from this team put them at the top in every tournament they competed in during the season. Sadly, they are losing many grade 12 players, but are also excited about returning players and upcoming prospects.

The boys soccer team enjoyed returning to the field this fall having a successful season with a strong record and eventually qualified for Provincials in Yorkton. This team finished fourth, which is the school’s highest place at Provincials so far. This year they had to say goodbye to three seniors who will be sorely missed next year; Om Patel, Wyatt Strueby and Alex Garchinski.

Senior Girls soccer was a fantastic but short season for the girls as they had a very young team with only two senior players. The girls’ skills greatly improved throughout the season and are looking forward to the fall when they will once again be hosting Soccer Provincials. They are sad to say goodbye to Kayla and Andie who were incredible leaders throughout their time as an MHS Royal.

This year Martensville had two curling teams. The senior boys’ team advanced to Regionals in Prince Albert. The Junior Mixed Team started with players that had never curled before and by the end of the season, they were making excellent shots and learned lots about the game.

Chloe Lefrancois wrestled under the Huskie Wrestling Team as a MHS athlete. The team placed first in regionals and advanced to provincials.

Junior Badminton had enough players to fill a full team for the first round of playoffs where five players advanced to the second round of playoffs. Three competitors advanced to the finals held in Warman, where Braden Toth took home the gold medal for junior boy’s singles.

Junior Girls Basketball had a great turn out this year. This team was full of hardworking, energetic, multi-sport athletes who were not only dedicated to Royals basketball, but also to their many other commitments. They had a successful season and ended the year by winning the Junior A league title!

Junior Boys Basketball team had lots of fun and learned many great skills. These boys had many wins and were very respectful.

The Senior Girls Basketball team had an up and down year with a mix of some more experienced players and a ton of rookies. They won some tight games and some good competitions, and all the while had fun doing it and becoming solid teammates. Four graduating players will be leaving but are also looking forward to a full season with returning players and some new grade nines joining the fold.

The senior boys basketball team had an impressive season. They won first at a tournament and also qualified for Provincials. Several grade 12’s graduate this year and their leadership and skills will be greatly missed.

The Gender and Sexuality Alliance is happy to be back gathering together this year! They had a great year of meetings and loved Pride Week being celebrated in the school!

SRC was excited to regroup and start fresh this year! They started with a brand new group of students who worked together to create several spirit days, a formal day and film festival, and a backyard BBQ. Many people gathered together to show their school spirit after so many months of staying apart.

Project Change had their most successful year to date with over 60 students involved throughout the year and more than $7500 dollars raised for various causes. In June Project Change was awarded one of three Public Schools of Saskatchewan Citizenship Awards in the province valued at $1000. Although the graduating grade 12 members will be missed, the younger grades will continue to have a positive impact on their school community, local community and global community.

After acknowledging the accomplishments of all the sports teams and special groups, several individual athletes, led by Raphael Mercier playing the bagpipe, were recognized for their accomplishments this year.

Myles Johnson took the Provincial silver medal at the SHSAA Provincial Golf Championship atRosthern Valley Regional Park.

Track & Field Provincial Medalists were noted as well; Jillian Lemaire – Senior Girls Javelin – Gold; Kloey Rosciski – Intermediate Girls Hurdles – Bronze; Kloey Rosciski – Intermediate Girls 4x100m Relay – Gold; Rhea Tillmanns – Intermediate Girls Triple Jump – Bronze; Rhea Tillmanns – Intermediate Girls – 4 x 100m Relay – Gold; Rhyan Ballard – Intermediate Girls Javelin – Bronze; Taelyr Ballard – Junior Girls – 4 x 100m Relay – Bronze; Carson Heuchert – Senior Boys – 4 x 400m Relay – Bronze.

Last but not least, the Martensville Royals Football Team was recognized for their outstanding year being undefeated. The Provincial Champions watched as their Provincial Championship banner was unveiled to end the ceremony.

Congratulations to all Martensville High School athletes this year!

PHOTO CAPTION: Myles Johnson sends out a wave to the students at Martensville High School during an assembly to acknowledge the athletes for the 2021-22 high school season. Johnson received a Silver Medal in the SHSAA Provincial Golf Championship this past fall at Rosthern Valley Regional Park.

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