2019-20: A Banner Year for YHS Athletics

The most successful athletics season in YHS history came to an unexpected and abrupt stop in March. Unfortunately, many athletes were unable to participate in a busy spring sports season which typically includes track & field, ultimate, badminton, soccer, and tennis.

We were also unable to hold our annual Athletics Awards BBQ. However, together with our athletic heads, we are happy to share with you our 2019-20 Athletics award recipients. Congratulations to all Tigers! A special thank you and congratulations to our graduating seniors who have contributed to our programs for years and helped achieve some incredible results this season.

Looking back at the fall and winter season, the 2019-20 season will be remembered as perhaps the most successful in school history. Below are just some of the top highlights from a very busy six months of sports.

  • Senior Volleyball Team: Western Canadian Independent School Champions
  • Varsity Field Hockey Team placed 3rd at Vancouver Sea to Sky Zones
  • Senior Volleyball Team: Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone Champions
  • Swim Team: ISA Champions
  • Grade 8 Volleyball Team: ISA Champions
  • Swim Team: Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone Champions
  • Grade 8 Volleyball Team: LMISSAA League Champions
  • Varsity Field Hockey placed 3rd: at AA BC Championships, tying a YHS best ever placement at BCs.
  • Cross-Country Team competed at BCs
  • Junior Volleyball Team: placed 2nd in LMISSAA League after an epic battle with Notre Dame in the final game.
  • Grade 9 Volleyball Team: BC Champions
  • Swim Team: AA BC Champions
  • Senior Volleyball Team: AA BC Champions for the first time ever in YHS history.
  • Senior Basketball Team: ISA Champions
  • Ski Team dominated every league meet
  • Senior Basketball Team returned to the AA BCs for the first time since 2014 after placing 2nd at Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone Championships.
  • Senior Basketball Team placed 3rd, winning bronze at AA BC Championships
  • Ski Team placed 3rd, winning bronze at BC Championships
  • Table Tennis Team won BC Championships
  • These successes all coincide with a return of ample Tigers athletics gear so that our teams and athletes look good, high levels of participation in many sports including YHS fielding record numbers in field hockey.

A special thank you to all our athletes, coaches, parents, fans, and staff that support our student-athletes and teams during the school year. Thank you to our 2019-20 Athletic Heads, Jacqueline, Maddie, Emily, Claudia, Nadeen, and Tash for all their work and spirit this past year.

2019-20 Athletic Award Winners

Tigers Outstanding Performance Award
This award does not need to be presented if there is not a deserving winner.
Criteria: For an outstanding single performance by an athlete or team at a highly competitive, championship-level event (individual student-athlete or team Grade 8-10).
Winner: Senior Volleyball Team final game-winning AA BC Championship

Grade Athlete of the Year Award
Criteria: One per grade. For outstanding participation in, achievement, and an overall commitment to athletics (emphasis on participation).

  • Grade 8: Maddie
  • Grade 9: Jordan and Tera
  • Grade 10: Kasey and Laura
  • Grade 11: Nadeen
  • Grade 12: Natalie

Junior Athlete of the Year (one top athlete selected from Grades 8-10)
Criteria: For outstanding achievement, participation in, and commitment to athletics (Grade 8-10). Emphasis on achievement.
Winner: Finny

Senior Athlete of the Year (one top athlete selected from Grades 11-12)
Criteria: For outstanding achievement, participation in, and commitment to athletics (Grade 11-12). Emphasis on achievement.
Winner: Akash

Becky Willis Award (one top candidate selected from Grades 8-12, we typically look to Grade 12s first).
Criteria: For demonstrating outstanding commitment, leadership, spirit, sportsmanship, and a high level of participation in York House Athletics.
Winner: Jacqueline

Most Valuable Teammate Award
Criteria: in the opinion of their coach(es) demonstrates the character, leadership, and skills that contribute to team success that qualifies them as the most valuable teammate. You may consider this as an MVP award but often a team may have an individual who is not the most skilled player, the “all-star” or top point scorer but whose leadership and character, combined with their ability is the most valuable individual to the team (one per team).

Grade 8 Volleyball Team:
Avery and MacKenzie

Junior Volleyball Team:
Emmet

Senior Volleyball Team:
Sophie

Swim Team:
Alexandra

Cross-Country Team:
Olivia

Junior Field Hockey:
Yirui

Senior Field Hockey:
Sophie

Varsity Field Hockey:
Bella

Grade  Basketball Team:
Ava

Junior Basketball Team:
Annika

SeniorBasketball Team:
Emma

Ski Team:
Lauren

Snowboard Team:
Tash

Table Tennis:
Isabelle

Senior Tigers Update: March 5, 2020

SENIOR BASKETBALL WINS BRONZE AT AA BC PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

The York House Tigers are back on the medal podium at the AA BC Championships! After 17 consecutive trips to the BCs, YHS Senior Basketball did not qualify for the BCs in 2016-17. This year, York House Seniors returned in fine form, placing third and winning the bronze medal.

York House entered the tournament as the fifth seed representing the zone Vancouver Sea to Sky (VS2S) as the VS2S#2 Team. VS2S, formerly the Lower Mainland Zone,  is a very strong zone so qualifying for the BCs each year is a challenge. 

Game 1: YHS Tigers defeated Holy Cross Crusaders 79-55 to advance to the elite 8. Nadeen led the way with 27 points and Avery added 18.
Game 2: YHS Tigers defeated the Seycove Seyhawks 72-47 to advance to the final four. Akash had 23 points while Nadeen added 19. Reaching the Final Four is a great accomplishment. In 18 trips to the BCs, York House has been in 14 Final Fours. No school in BC, at any tier, has accomplished that.
Game 4: The Tigers faced the #1 Langley Christian Lightening. YHS fought hard trailing by just three points at the half, but the Lightening team was just too strong and built a 15-point lead in the third quarter and they went on to win.

On Saturday, after a hard-fought loss to Langley Christian, our Tigers rebounded with an exciting 65-57 win over St. Thomas Aquinas to place third and win the bronze medal at the AA BC Provincial Championships! STA is led by two star players headed to the NCAA who are 6’3″ and 6’1″. While Nadeen led the way with 36 points, the Tigers full team effort was vital to get this win. The Tigers had a great tournament despite being one of the youngest teams at the BCs.

Nadeen was a Tournament 1st Team All-Star
Avery was named a 2nd Team All-Star

And just like that, basketball season is over but the future is bright.

Special Congrats to our Grade 12s: Emma, Akash, Jacqueline, Chloe, Amneet, Natalie, and Maddie.

THANK YOU to the students, staff, alum, and parents who came out to watch or supported the girls at YHS.