TYSON WHITNEY PHOTOS The 2019 Reigns volleyball team stops for a photo a couple days before their first tournament of the season in Nanaimo.

Port Hardy Reigns volleyball team goes to first tournament of the season

The Reigns are just starting their fourth season as a registered volleyball club on the North Island, and their coach Justin Reusch is excited to see a new group of youth learning to play the sport.

“We’ve only got three players returning from last year, every other player is brand new and never played before,” he said, noting that “all in all, they are coming along very well and I’ve got a couple parents that have stepped up this season to give me a hand.”

The Reigns travelled down island to Nanaimo last weekend to compete, which Reusch stated was going to be a big learning experience for the team as they would get the opportunity to see competitive play and “get some game experience.”

Volleyball season opens in January and ends in mid-May, and Reusch has 10-15 girls on the roster this year, ranging from grade eight to grade 12. “I had one group that stayed together for all those previous years and they’ve all left now — this group wanted to get into volleyball so now I’ve got a brand new group to teach.”

Grade eight student Mackenzie Moore said she had played volleyball previously at Avalon for three years, and she said the sport is “really fun”, which is her main reason for continuing to play.

She noted she’s learned a lot over the three years, such as bumping and setting the ball, and her favourite part of being on the team is “getting to hang out with my friends and having a good time.”

Hannah Henschke has been playing volleyball for two-and-a-half years now, all with the Reigns, and she said it’s fun getting to hang out with her friends, and her favourite things are “the teamwork and the trips we take down island.”

The Reigns will be making their annual trip out to Abbotsford to compete in the BC Provincials during the last weekend of April.

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


Just Posted

A second wave of COVID-19 is probable, if history tells us anything

B.C.’s top doctor says that what health officials have learned this round will guide response in future

Alert Bay: COVID-19 cases go from 30 to zero thanks to health and emergency planning

Dr. Cutfeet says community leadership set Alert Bay up for success

Kwakiutl First Nation cautiously eases restrictions around COVID-19; Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw to remain locked down for now

Both First Nations near Port Hardy have no COVID-19 cases, and are prioritizing community safety

Pacific Coastal Airlines will resume service next month

‘We are pleased to confirm that we will be resuming scheduled service on June 1, 2020’

MP Rachel Blaney feels low-income boost for seniors falls short, but is pleased with the support for commercial fishers

‘Seniors in our communities have been asking for help with additional costs due to COVID-19’

LIVE: Procession to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey comes to Halifax

Snowbirds service member died in a crash in Kamloops one week ago

RCMP facing ‘systemic sustainability challenges’ due to provincial policing role

Provinces, territories and municipalities pay anywhere from 70 to 90 per cent of the cost of the RCMP’s services

One man dead after standoff with Chilliwack RCMP

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the RCMP’s role in the death

B.C. employers worry about safety, cash flow, second wave in COVID-19 restart

A survey found 75 per cent of businesses worry about attracting customers

Ex-BC Greens leader Andrew Weaver says province came close to early election

Disagreement centred on the LNG Canada project in northern B.C.

Canada’s NHL teams offer options to season-ticket holders

Canadian teams are offering refunds, but also are pushing a number of incentives to let them keep the money

B.C. premier says lessons to learn from past racism during response to pandemic

B.C. formally apologized in the legislature chamber in 2008 for its role in the Komagata Maru tragedy

Snowbirds to remain at Kamloops Airport indefinitely after fatal crash

small contingent of the Snowbirds team is staying in Kamloops, acting as stewards of the jets

Oak Bay man stumbles upon eagle hunting seal, grabs camera just in time

The eagle did ‘a perfect butterfly stroke to shore’ with its prey, photographer says

Most Read