The start of every school year feels like a fresh, new start, but for the NPSS Grizzlies student athletes, that's especially true this year. Gone are the practice-only seasons, and in their place are games, competition, and travelling for tournaments. Masks are still required, but not when players are on the field or court.
Currently, the senior girls, senior boys, and junior girls volleyball seasons are underway, as are boys soccer and cross country.
"Competition is back this year, the students are travelling again, and it's super exciting," said NPSS athletics director Jaclyn McNicol.
The three volleyball teams were in Prince George Sept. 17 to 19 for a tournament, the first one any of them have competed in since the 2019-20 school year.
"They were just happy to be competing again. That was the main takeaway from the students, wins or losses didn't matter. They were just glad to be back out there after everything they went through last year," McNicol said.
McNicol said the junior team started strong and did well in its first tournament, but the senior teams have work to do and goals to meet.
The senior teams will next play a tournament in Whitecourt, Oct. 1 and 2. The cross country team has several events coming up in Dawson Creek, Prince George, and Beaverlodge.
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