Heels wins the SEZVL boys championship

By James Tubb on November 5, 2021.

PHOTO SUBMITTED The Eagle Butte Talons Sr. Boys volleyball team ended their season in town with a first-place finish against the McCoy Colts. The Talons will compete in zones in two weeks hosted by Lethbridge High Schools and Winston Churchill.

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The senior boys from Eagle Butte Talons are at the top of the Southeast Zone Volleyball League.

Eagle Butte beat the McCoy Colts in straight sets Wednesday night to win the Senior Men’s Volleyball City Championship.

Talons head coach Darren Dola says he’s proud of his team and excited to win the SEZVL Championship after all their hard work this volleyball season.

“Very proud of them, this is a great group of boys,” said Dola. “They are very respectful and they are very coachable and they want to learn and they just have a heart of gold. They play with a lot of heart and determination. Every single one of these boys that I train this year is top notch boys to work with.

The Talons finished the regular season with a 2-2 record. Dola says her team grew from their first tournament until they won the championship. He says Eagle Butte played against very good teams and playing a good competition has improved his players.

Prior to qualifying for the championship round, the Talons were in a tight semifinal against the Crescent Heights Vikings. Eagle Butte won the first set 25-18 before the Vikings came back 25-21 in a two-way second set to force a deciding 15-point third set.

The Talons and Vikings needed some extra points in the third set before Eagle Butte took the 20-18 victory. Dola says his hair probably turned gray as he coached from the sideline.

“I was probably more verbal than I ever tried to communicate with the players while they were playing,” said Dola. “They just needed all the help they could get, but yeah, it was scary.”

Dola said he was happy to have faced a tough competition on his way to the Championship in both of their games on Wednesday night as he says that’s when his team give their best- same.

“When the competition wasn’t strong we just didn’t play well, but every time we played against strong competition these guys took it up a notch and matched the competition we play. “, did he declare.

The Talons have two weeks of training before competing for the Zonal Championship. Dola says it will be a tough game for his team.

“It’s going to be hard. The areas are difficult, ”said Dola. “There’s quite a bit of competition out there and that’s when you need to be on top of your game when you get to that level. It’s a whole different story.

Colts like to win the year

The Colts’ varsity team finished second behind Eagle Butte on Wednesday night, but had three players named SEZVL All-Star caps in Joel Lehr (league MVP), Collin Gripp and Ryan Klein.

At the junior level, the Colts’ women’s team won the SEZVL Championship on Tuesday night after being the best team in the regular season.