2017-18 Athletics Wrap Up & Goodbye to Our Graduating Tigers

Volleyball: Our Tigers Teams had great success highlighted by our Grade 8 Team winning ISAs and our Senior Team winning the AA Lower Mainland Championship and placing 5th in BC. We will dearly miss our graduating seniors Gabby and Madison.

Field Hockey: YHS Tigers had their best ever season in hockey both in success and participation.  We had three successful teams and our Varsity Team placed 3rd at the AA BCs. Our Grade 12s played a huge role in our success. Thank you to Aley, Meg, Anna, Alexi.

Swim Team: Tigers swimmers placed 2nd at the AA BCs and had a great season overall. With just one graduating Gr. 12, Jacqueline, the 2018-19 school year looks promising. Thank you Jacqueline for your contributions to our swim team. Also, thank you to our girls who competed in water polo with St. George’s in the spring season.

Cross-Country: Our small but strong team competed hard with three athletes competing at BCs including rising star Sophie, Gr. 8, who placed 4th overall in BC in the junior division.

Basketball: Our girls all competed hard but the highlights of the season were our Grade 8 Team who won our league title, won gold at ISAs, and were the first Tigers team ever to win the Grade 8 Provincial Championship. We say goodbye to three special Grade 12s: Maggie, Kristen, and Kyra.

Ski & Snowboard: YHS students are eager to join our Ski & Snowboard Team and compete at Whistler. Our team won another zone title and our top skiers went on to win a Provincial Championship. Our graduating star, Meg, has been a key part of our YHS Ski Team success over the years. Many other Grade 12s also take part and they include: Kyra, Annabelle, Michelle, and Haley.

Racket Sports: Badminton, tennis, and table tennis teams all represented YHS are various events. Badminton and tennis won bronze at ISAs while our table tennis players won the Provincial Championship thanks to the play of Isabelle, Laura, and Cindy (all Grade 9). Graduating this year are tennis star, Michelle, and badminton star Hannah.

Soccer: Our junior and senior soccer teams did well with both winning silver at ISAs. Our seniors lose some important players to graduation. Thank you to Meg, Alexi, Aley, Camryn, Sophia, Sarah, Alaina, and Justine.

Ultimate: This sport is as popular as ever at YHS as we field five teams. All teams did well with our Senior Varsity Team placing 6th at the AAA BCs while our Junior A Team and Senior B both placed well at Tier II BCs. We lose several players to graduation this year. Thank you to Maggie, Chantal, Justine, Kristine, Lindsay, Kyra, Camryn, Doris, Samantha, and Alexi.

Track & Field: Our small but talented and committed group of track athletes had a great season and performed well at zones and provincial championships. Made of up of students in our junior grades,  we can look forward to future successes for our Track Team.

Coaches: Thank you to our strong and committed staff of coaches this year who make all these experiences possible. Success, failure, hard work, commitment, fun, and frustration are all valuable experiences in athletics that prepare our students for their lives beyond the walls at YHS.

Student Athletes: Thank you to all YHS students who participated in athletics this season. All victories, big and small, are valued. All efforts and positive choices helped make the year special. One result this season, that may not seem important, was the strength of character and the values demonstrated by our YHS athletes. Our Junior Basketball Team’s 4th quarter comeback and overtime win over King George in the VGBA tournament, spearheaded by Grade 10s Jacqueline and Maddie, was one of the greatest victories of our athletic season. You can not underestimate the value of the quiet successes in sport. Many of the most significant accomplishments are not those recognized with trophies and banners but they play an enormous role in building strong character and teaching the most important lessons in life. Congratulations to all award winners who had very special years.

Athletic Heads: Final thank you to our ‘Athletic Squad’ (Mira, Hanna, and Jadyn) who did an amazing job and established the YHS Tigers presence on Instagram (@athleticsYHS).

Special THANK YOU to all photographers and especially, Mr. Jon Hayduk (on Instagram  as @jonhaydukphotography)

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Senior Tigers Update: June 7, 2018

STUDENTS WIN “STAFF VS STUDENTS” SERIES
Congratulations to the students who defeated staff in basketball 42-38 to win the 5th and deciding game in the staff vs. students series. Staff won field hockey and soccer while the students took volleyball, ultimate, and basketball to take the series three games to two. Thank you to all the staff who risked their health and pride and came out to compete. Special congratulations to our graduating Yorkies.

TRACK & FIELD WRAP UP
Congratulations to our track & field athletes who competed at the BC Championships this past weekend in Langley. Several Tigers competed in various events. The girls continue to show improvement under the leadership of our coaching staff.

BC qualifiers included:

  • Adria, Gr. 8: long jump, triple jump, 80m hurdles
  • Maddie, Gr. 8: long jump, triple jump
  • Kaitlin, Gr. 8: 200m
  • Rain, Gr. 8: high jump
  • Claire, Gr. 9: high jump, javelin, long jump
  • Sophie, Gr. 9: high jump, long jump, 80m hurdles
  • Emily, Gr. 11: 1500m, 3000m
  • Grade 8 4x100m: Maddie, Sophie, Adria, Kaitlin

Highlights included:

  • Adria: Despite a chaotic start on Friday due to the officials, Adria came first in her 80m hurdle heat running into a 2.9 headwind. She achieved a personal best of 13.61s, 0.2s faster than her previous best. Later that day Adria competed in her finals and ran into a headwind of 2.5 and PB’d once again by 0.2s to achieve 13.41 and 4th place narrowly being beaten out of 2nd and 3rd.
  • Kaitlin: Ranked ~22 coming into the 200m with a 28.75, Kaitlin spent the last two weeks really focusing on her training. On Saturday, Kaitlin ran a stellar performance to achieve 28.05s beating her personal best by 0.7s while running in lane 8. Kaitlin ended up placing 12th overall.
  • Sophie: Despite being injured, Sophie hasn’t given up and qualified as a Grade 9 for three events in the junior division. Her most notable performance came in high jump. With a mark that wasn’t working on the day, she didn’t give up and focused on what mattered. She ended up tying for 2nd place in a competitive field of jumpers with a height of 1.55.
  • Emily: On day 1 Emily had her first race, the 1500m. Emily pushed herself hard and ended up achieving a huge personal best of 5:23.46.
Sophie, high jump

ANNUAL ATHLETIC AWARDS BBQ
On Wednesday, the 2018-19 athletic season officially came to a close with the Tigers Athletics Awards BBQ. It was a chance for student athletes, managers, officials, coaches, and fans to get together and celebrate a very successful season. Thank you to the many student athletes who contribute to our Athletics Program. Approximately 50% of our Senior School student population is involved. Thank you to the staff coaches who generously volunteer their time to coach and support our girls. Thank you to our many non-staff community coaches who give countless hours and help our teams succeed. Many of our non-staff coaches return each year and have become valued members of our community. Finally, thank you to all the parents who support our athletes and teams in many ways.

There were many highlights this season, some of which include:

  • Gr. 8 Volleyball won gold at ISAs and placed 2nd in their league
  • Senior Volleyball won the AA Lower Mainland champions, silver at westerns, 5th at AA BCs
  • Varsity Field Hockey Team placed 3rd at AA BCs
  • Gr. 8 Basketball Team won the ISA, League, and Provincial Champions
  • Cross-country Team, Swim Team, and Track Team athletes all qualify for and compete at the BC Championships
  • Ski team won the Provincial Championship
  • Table tennis won the Provincial Championship
  • Medals for badminton and tennis at ISAs
  • Ultimate teams performed well at BCs including Varsity Ultimate who placed 6th at AAA BCs.

While all athletes received their Tiger pins, some Tigers were recognized for their outstanding performance, participation, and contributions to athletics for this past season.

Grade Athlete of the Year Award
For outstanding participation and achievement in and overall commitment to Athletics.  

  • Grade 8: Avery
  • Grade 9: Tash
  • Grade 10: Maddie
  • Grade 11: Emily
  • Grade 12: Kyra & Aley

Junior Athlete of the Year (Grade 8-10): Akash, Grade 10
For outstanding achievement and participation in and commitment to Athletics (Grade 8-10).

Senior Athlete of the Year (Grade 11-12): Meg, Grade 12
For outstanding achievement, participation in and commitment to Athletics (Grade 8-10).

Becky Willis Award (Grade 8-12): Kristen, Grade 12
For demonstrating outstanding commitment, leadership, spirit, sportsmanship and a high level of participation in York House Tigers Athletics.

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