Senior Tigers Update: March 8, 2018

The Grade 8 Tigers are the 2018 BC Champions after defeating Seycove Secondary on March 3, at Semiahmoo Secondary in South Surrey. Congratulations to the entire team and their coaches: Adrian Catena, Eric Butler, and Ms. Atkinson. The girls have had a great season already which includes: undefeated league record, winning LMISSGBA Championship, winning ISA Championship, and placing third at the Junior (Gr. 9-10) ISAs.

The Tigers entered the BC Championships as the #4 seed in the field of 16 teams. The easily defeated Vernon’s Kalamalka (60-16) and the Vancouver champion, Churchill (62-21). In the semi-final, they won a hard fought 35-33 win over the Richmond champion, McMath. In the final, the Tigers faced the North Shore champions from Seycove. The Tigers lost just three games all season and two of those losses were to Seycove. The Tigers played a great game leading 14-5 early on and never let down. Seycove battled back to take a brief 2 point lead in the 3rd quarter but our Tigers answered right back leading by 5 points going into the 4th quarter. The Tigers held on for a 47-40 win.

Contributions came from the entire team. Tournament Allstars were recognized: Rain, Finley, Mila, and Avery was named BC MVP.

Coach Butler summed up the team’s success perfectly, stressing all the key values we hope to instil within our Athletics Program at YHS:

Letter to the champions from Coach Butler:
You won a championship because you worked as a team.

You played better team defense than any other team in the tournament by far. Seeing you defend all tournament…but especially in the final 5 minutes of the game when Seycove desperately needed to score and could barely get a shot off.

You won a championship because you did a better job of sharing the ball than any other team. Like every team, we have a few players who score the ball more than others. However, unlike other teams, we had everybody contribute this year. We shared the ball and trusted all our teammates. We did this all season and it paid off.

You won a championship because you prepared better than other teams. The time you spent shooting as a team and individuals paid off. It is this type of focus and dedication that is necessary to win championships.

You won a championship because all of you took your game to the next level.

You won a championship because of sacrifice. You all accepted and played your roles on the team. A championship team is not made up of five players who all concentrate on scoring. It is made up of 11 players who are willing to do what it takes to win.

You won a championship because of your effort. We talked about how winning a championship wasn’t supposed to be easy…and you all embraced the challenge. We told you that you would need to rebound even harder on both ends of the floor, and you did it.

You won a championship because you were willing to face your fear/nerves, accept them for what they are and play through them. You showed such maturity and pose. Next time you’re really nervous about something I want you to remember this.

We’re so proud of all of you.
Eric Butler

Our Tigers Ski & Snowboard Team were at Sun Peaks Resort for the BC Championships (March 5, 6, and 7). YHS paced second at the 2017 BCs and have won seven BC titles since the sport began at YHS in 2007. YHS Skiers had a great second day on the slopes and overtook Collingwood to win the 2018 BC Championship!

The Table Tennis Team did incredibly well this past weekend at the British Columbia Table Tennis Association Provincial Championships. Isabelle (Gr. 9), Laura (Gr. 10), and Cindy (Gr. 9) played their hardest to defeat last year’s winners, Britannia Secondary School, in team play on Friday.

On Saturday, they took home the Gold Medal, the championship trophy, and banner after defeating Burnaby North in the finals. Isabelle and Laura also competed in the doubles play, winning first place by defeating the defending champions, Britannia Secondary once again. Finally, in some well played, back and forth, heart pounding, neck and neck, nail-biting games, Isabelle and Laura placed second and third in singles play.

Altogether, York House was able to bring home two gold medals, one silver, one bronze, as well as the biggest prize, the team trophy and banner.  Well done, ladies. You played amazingly, represented York House with honour and dignity, and should be very proud of yourselves.

Spring is a busy time for YHS Athletics.
Tryouts and organizational meetings starting this week.

Senior (Gr. 10-12) Team
Junior (Gr. 8-10) Team

Senior A Varsity Team (Gr. 10-12)
Senior B Team (Gr. 11-12)
Junior A Team (Gr. 9-10)
Junior B Team (Gr. 8-10)
Junior C Team (Gr. 8-9)
Grade 7 Team
Grade 6 Team
Grade 5 Team

Track & Field:
Senior Team (Gr. 8-12)
Junior School (Gr. 3-7)

Senior (Gr. 8-12) Team

Other Opportunities:
Water Polo at St. Georges
Tennis Club (if enough student interest)
Golf Club (if enough student interest)
Spring League Basketball (if enough student interest)

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Junior Tigers Update: March 1, 2018

At York House, the end of February signals the end of our winter (Term 2) Athletics. Over the past two weeks, all four of our Junior School teams have concluded their seasons with an ISEA event. The first two weeks of March and the activities of Spring Break give our students and teachers, our athletes and coaches, a chance to catch their breath before we make a push towards the end of the school year. Following Spring Break, we move into Track & Field and the always exciting Ultimate season. Go Tigers Go!

After many early morning practices, the team finally arrived at the ISEA Swimming Championships. The team was very excited and once again performed admirably with many of our relay teams finishing in the top 3! As well, we had several girls finish with enough points to be ranked in the overall top 10 in their grade level. Congratulations to Ryan and Shyloh (Grade 3), Lauren (Grade 4), Angela (Grade 5), and Madeleine (Grade 6). Between the excellent relays and the fine individual performances, York House was able to finish the meet as the third ranked team on the girls’ side of the competition (Grades 3 – 7). Way to go girls!!!

Of course, none of this is possible without the guidance of our outstanding coaches. We must say a big THANK YOU to Charmalee Kirk, Vicky Rhodes, Christine Lee (‘16), and Cody Harvey. As well, we have a great tradition of having current Senior School students join the coaching ranks, so we must also thank Sophia (Grade 10), Victoria  (Grade 10), Devon (Grade 9) and Kaitlin (Grade 8).

The Grade 5 and 6 Basketball teams wrapped up their seasons at their respective ISEA Basketball Playdays. On February 15th, Mulgrave played host to 23 Grade 5 teams from 12 different schools, while the Grade 6 Playday took place at the Richmond Olympic Oval where 14 teams participated from 10 different schools. As always, participation at YHS was strong. In fact, the Tigers were able to once again put multiple teams on the courts at both playdays. All of our coaches reported that the Tigers played with determination and enthusiasm, and the level of improvement was notable. Congratulations to all of the girls.

When the girls move to up to Grade 7, there is a noticeable jump in competition as the ISEA format shifts from a playday to a tournament. This year, our team travelled to Meadowridge School to play in the ISEA Tournament on February 21st. We competed in two thrilling games, the first of which went in to double overtime! Although they had a couple of chances to win both games, the Tigers came up a touch short on the scoreboard. This year’s Grade 7s had a lot of fun and were a lot of fun to coach. They were game to play anyone and they brought an unwavering energy that was always accompanied by huge smiles, no matter what the score or outcome of the game. Thank you, girls!

Congratulations to all of our players and coaches for another successful basketball season. A special thank you to our dedicated coaches:

  • Mrs. Kanavos and Ms. Bird, and Kristen (Grade 12) – Grade 5 Team
  • Mr. Camp, Mr. Bester, and Maya (Grade 10) – Grade 6 Team
  • Ms. Garcia and Mr. Jackson – Grade 7 Team
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