Rylan Stoker of the Vanier Crusaders blocks a ball from the F.H. Collins Warriors during a Super Volley game on Oct. 17. The Crusaders won the senior boys division of the 2019 Dawson Invitational Volleyball Tournament. (John Hopkins-Hill/Yukon News file)

Dawson Invitational Volleyball Tournament draws teams from across the Yukon

Haines Junction, Pelly Crossing, Carmacks, Watson Lake and Mayo were all represented

The 41st annual Dawson Invitational Volleyball Tournament was Oct. 24 to 26 at Robert Service School in Dawson City.

Featuring four divisions – senior girls, senior boys, junior girls and junior boys – the tournament included teams from Whitehorse, Dawson, Haines Junction, Pelly Crossing, Carmacks and Watson Lake, as well as players from Mayo.

Dave Rawlings, one of the tournament organizers, said community involvement was a major highlight.

“This year’s tournament was amazing,” said Rawlings. “We had more community interest than I can remember in years past. We had lots and lots of communities coming up.”

The initial plan had been for Faro and Mayo to field a team together, as the two communities did last year, but a last-minute change meant Faro could no longer participate.

“In the spirit of sport and DIVT, we found teams for the players from Mayo to join in on and everyone had a great time,” said Rawlings.

On the court, the three Whitehorse high schools each won at least one division in the tournament.

The F.H. Collins Warriors won the seniors girls division, the Vanier Crusaders won both the senior boys and junior girls divisions, and the Porter Creek Rams won the junior boys division.

Teams from the communities were impressive though, said Rawlings.

“The most surprising thing was just the calibre of play that is coming out of some of the communities,” said Rawlings. “They can really hold their own against teams that have more frequent practise and game time. So I was quite impressed with how some of the communities performed against … Whitehorse teams.”

The tournament started as an event for all of the Yukon’s communities and Rawlings is hopeful it will get back to its roots.

“I was also really impressed with the community turnout. It keeps building each year and I’m hoping we can eventually have pretty well every community represented at DIVT,” said Rawlings. “That’s what it started as and I’m hoping maybe it can swing towards something like that in the future.”

Temperatures this year didn’t allowed for the Porter Creek junior boys to defend their beach volleyball title, but Rawlings said the community dance was a hit with all the players.

“We did have a very well-received community dance at the TH Hall,” said Rawlings. “There were team costumes and I think most schools ended up going out there and having a great time.”

The Grade 9 and 10 championships are Nov. 14 to 16 and the senior championships are Nov. 21 to 23 in Whitehorse. Both events are happening at Porter Creek Secondary School.

Contact John Hopkins-Hill at john.hopkinshill@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: The aesthetics and economics of highway strips

One of the many cultural experiences you enjoy while driving from Whitehorse… Continue reading

Submitted
Artwork by Grade 2 student Faith showing her thanks for everyone.
Artwork by Grade 2 student Faith showing her thanks for everyone. (Submitted)
Yukon kids express gratitude for nature, pets and friends in art campaign

More than 50 children submitted artwork featuring things they are grateful for

Team Yukon skip Laura Eby, left, directs her team as Team Northern Ontario skip Krysta Burns looks on at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Calgary on Feb. 22. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)
Team Yukon reports positive experience at Scotties

Team Yukon played their final game at the national championship in Calgary on Thursday afternoon

A sign indicating a drop-off area behind Selkirk Elementary school in Whitehorse on Feb. 25. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Parking lot proposal for Selkirk Elementary criticized

Parents and school council are raising concerns about green space and traffic woes

adsf
WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for Feb. 26, 2021

Tom Ullyett, pictured, is the first Yukoner to receive the Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence from the Canadian Bar Association for his work as a community builder and mentor in the territory. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Tom Ullyett wins lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Bar Association

Ullyett has worked in the Yukon’s justice ecosystem for 36 years as a public sector lawyer and mentor

The Blood Ties outreach van will now run seven nights a week, thanks to a boost in government funding. Logan Godin, coordinator, and Jesse Whelen, harm reduction counsellor, are seen here on May 12, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Blood Ties outreach van running seven nights a week with funding boost

The Yukon government is ramping up overdose response, considering safe supply plan

Ranj Pillai speaks to media about business relief programs in Whitehorse on April 1, 2020. The Yukon government announced Feb.25 that it will extend business support programs until September. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Government extends business relief programs to September, launches new loan

“It really gives folks some help with supporting their business with cash flow.”

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
A look at decisions made by Whitehorse City Council this week

Bylaw amendment Whitehorse city council is moving closer with changes to a… Continue reading

Susie Rogan is a veteran musher with 14 years of racing experience and Yukon Journey organizer. (Yukon Journey Facebook)
Yukon Journey mushers begin 255-mile race

Eleven mushers are participating in the race from Pelly Crossing to Whitehorse

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. As the legislature prepares to return on March 4, the three parties are continuing to finalize candidates in the territory’s 19 ridings. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Nine new candidates confirmed in Yukon ridings

It has been a busy two weeks as the parties try to firm up candidates

David Malcolm, 40, has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm a police officer after an incident in Whitehorse on Feb. 18. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
Man resists arrest, assaults officer

A Whitehorse man has been charged with assaulting and attempting to disarm… Continue reading

Yukon Energy in Whitehorse on Aug. 4, 2020. A site on Robert Service Way near the Alaska Highway has been selected as the future home of Yukon Energy’s energy storage project. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Site selected for Yukon Energy battery project

Planned to be in service by the end of 2022

Most Read