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:

Senior Volleyball Team:

Swim Team:

Cross-Country Team:

Junior Field Hockey:

Senior Field Hockey:

Varsity Field Hockey:

Grade  Basketball Team:

Junior Basketball Team:

SeniorBasketball Team:

Ski Team:

Snowboard Team:

Table Tennis:

Junior Tigers Update: October 24, 2019

The Grade 7A team participated in the Southridge Storm Invitational tournament this past week. This tournament is a unique opportunity as it is a volleyball tournament and not a Tripleball tournament. The game of game format gave our girls a glimpse of what volleyball looks like in Grade 8. The team played very well, finishing first in their pool, and then advancing to the semi-final, when they lost a very tight match to Crofton House. The team is very much looking forward to the ISEA Tournament on November 4. All the best to our Tigers!

Our Grade 7B participated in their final league match this week. They lost to a tough Stratford Hall team, and have finished fifth in their division. Clearly, the Tigers are playing in the stronger division, having recently beaten the top team in the other division. Next up is the ISEA Tournament on November 4. This tournament will be played at YHS, and the Tigers are very much looking to take advantage of playing on their home court. Good luck Tigers! 

Our Grade 6 team wrapped up their season with the ISEA Playday on October 18. The team travelled to the Harry Jerome Sports Centre for the big event. Our girls won several games, lost a few, and had a great time. It was great to have so many girls participating and we owe a big thank you to our coaches Mrs. Kanavos and Mr. Alguire. 

This week, our Grade 5 team took that short ride over to St. John’s School to play in the ISEA Grade 5 Volleyball Playday on October 22. The girls have improved tremendously and have grasped the concepts associated with playing great volleyball. Thanks to all of the girls who came out and participated, and a BIG THANKS to our coaches Mrs. Zimmer and Ms. Anthony.

The Cross-Country Tigers roared into the ISEA Cross-Country Championships on October 23. The Tigers took to the course with their sights clearly set on defending our title. Down at Jericho Beach, with a gentle breeze and the sun shining each Grade took their turn to rip around the course. Amazingly, each Grade finished in the top 3 overall leading us to a fantastic 2nd place finish. Congratulations to the Cross Country Running team on an amazing season. We are very proud of the girls’ efforts and results. We are also very proud of the fantastic spirit the team displayed each week, and it was evident once again at the ISEA Championships, as our team made a huge effort to cheer on the final runners from each team. Every one of our coaches is a difference-maker and we are very lucky to have such a great coaching staff. Thank you to Mrs. Ling, Ms. Abbott, Ms. Kingerlee, Ms. Pearkes, Ms. Adams, Mrs. Ryerson, Mrs. Waterhouse, and Ms. Sharpe. 

The Swim Team sign-up opens Thursday (October 24),  and will close on November 8th. Due to conflicts with the St. George’s School pool, we have adjusted our practice schedule slightly. 

Please see below:
Monday 6:30 – 7:30 am:  Grades 3 – 4
Monday 3:15 – 5:30 pm:  Grades 5 – 7 (will be bussed to SGS)
Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 am:  Grades 3 – 7

The first practices will be held on November 18.

Sign-up for Basketball opens Thursday (October 24). Basketball practices will begin following the Remembrance Day holiday. The schedule for each team is below:

Grade 5: Monday/Wednesday 7:20 – 8:20 am
Grade 6: Tuesday/Thursday 7:20 – 8:20 am
Grade 7A: Tuesday 3:15 – 4:45 pm and Friday 7:20 – 8:20 am

*Grade 7B There is not enough student interest to organize a 7B team.