It’s a tough task to keep improving while you keep winning, but this season the Peacock Tornadoes football team did just that.
The Tornadoes took great strides over the course of the season and capped off a perfect 9-0 run by winning the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association’s 3A provincial title.
Their coaching staff, led by head coach Blake Buettner, has been named the Times-Herald 2013 Coaches of the Year.
The Peacock staff earned all four first-place votes. Central’s boys volleyball coaches Shaune Gray and Colter Heron finished second in the voting. They received the other first place vote and two second-place votes.
The award was voted on by a four person panel that included Marc Smith from Golden West Radio, the voice of the Moose Jaw Warriors, James Gallo, along with Times-Herald sports reporters Katie Brickman and Matthew Gourlie.
The Peacock football team were perfect in the Moose Jaw High School Football League, beating Yorkton and Central twice to win the league title. They were strong in all three phases of the game — offence, defence and special teams — which were a big factor in their 28-14 win over Regina O’Neill in the provincial final.
The Tornadoes had a defensive touchdown on a key turnover on their own one-yard line, a kick return for a touchdown and two touchdowns from their high-powered, balanced offence.
Buettner’s staff included offensive co-ordinator Bryan Adams and defensive co-ordinator Derrick Hushi along with position coaches Duane Arndt, Joe Wills, Gary Smith, Burt Redstone, Kain Petlak, Joel Robinson and Karson Smith.
Central’s boys volleyball team went undefeated in league play, won their fourth straight city final and capped it by winning the SHSAA 5A boys provincial volleyball title.
The Cyclones lost their first game of the provincial tournament, but rallied to go unbeaten the rest of the way.
Chris Knoop from SIAST Palliser and the Element under-18 boys volleyball team finished third in the voting and received the other two second-place votes. Knoop was also honoured by the Saskatchewan Volleyball Association as their performance coach of the year.
Also receiving votes were Peacock’s girls basketball team coaches Renee Verge, Penny Maelde and Kristy Oonincx and the Peacock girls volleyball team coaches Lorne Polupski and Jennifer Prokopetz.