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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Senior Tigers Update: Term 2


Ski Team Wins Silver at Provincials

After intense competition at Whistler/Blackcomb last week (March 1-3), our Ski Team returned with silver medals at the Ski Provincial Championships. The school was represented by skiers Allison, Isabelle, Rebecca, Olivia, Catarina, Rosie, and Meg.

The girls competed hard and despite less than stellar performances on day 1, they returned to form sweeping the podium in the TerrainGS on the final day, with Rosie finishing 1st, Meg finishing 2nd, Rebecca finishing 3rd and Olivia rounding out the top 10. Overall, Meg finished 3rd and Rosie finished 9th in the province. Despite this outstanding accomplishment, YHS was two points shy of Collingwood in our bid to bring home another provincial championships banner.

Our three snowboarders also raced well and had some personal bests, including personal bests for Selina and Cici, and a great 13 place overall finish by Grade 8 rookie Natasha.

Congrats to all the girls for an excellent result and a huge congrats to all the girls that were part of the team this year. Special thanks to Grade 12s Brianna and Jenna for coming out to support the girls.

Ski Team Wins 11th Ski Zone Championship
On February 8, a long day on the hill and some challenging timing issues, the Ski Team came home with their 11th straight Zone Championship. The team was led by Meg, Gr. 11, Rosie, Gr. 10, Catarina, Gr. 10, and Olivia, Gr. 10 (who ended up being our top 4 scorers), but any of our top 13 racers would have helped the team win and qualify!

Our snowboarders all placed in the top four with Natasha, Gr. 8, finishing as Zone Champ in a tightly contested race for first place overall.

Thank you to coach Mr. Ruse, and to Mr. Dallman, Mr. Lum, and Ms. Matthews, for their help with the team this year.

Senior Basketball
Congratulations to our Senior Tigers who wrapped up the LMISSGBA league playoffs with a 69-60 win over Notre Dame to secure 3rd place in our league and a berth into the AA Lower Mainland Championships. The Tigers were led by Michelle, Gr. 12, with 22 pts and Kristen, Gr. 11, with 20 points. League awards were handed out as well with three Tigers being recognized:

League All-Stars were Michelle, Gr. 12 and Kristen, Gr. 11
Team All-Star was Sarah, Gr. 12

The Senior Tigers season ended at the AA Lower Mainlands. They started the tournament with a terrific win over Collingwood. Our three graduating senior students were recognized and we had a great turn out of alumnae, parents, past parents, and staff. The Tigers then lost to Britannia and then to STMC to be eliminated. The girls got off to a slow start and fell behind early but battled hard to the end but STMC was too big and too quick. Our young team had a solid season and exceeded many expectations. Coach/alumnae, Erin Allan ‘02, and her assistants, Ben Dove and Kelsey Blair, have done a tremendous job this year leading our young team.

Our Senior Team also competed in the VGBA Tournament hosted by Langara College. They lost a tough opening round game to Churchill, but they easily defeated Magee and John Oliver to place 5th overall.

Junior Basketball
The Junior Basketball season wrapped up with the LMISSGBA playoffs. The Junior Tigers also finished 3rd at the ISAs defeating Southridge by 1 point for the Bronze. The Junior Tigers have been led by long time parent coach Norm Roberts with help from Alums Gina O’Neil ‘15, Danielle Tognetti ‘13, and YHS teacher, Mr. Peterson.

Our Junior Team also competed in the VGBA Tournament hosted by Langara College. The team struggled as some key players were missing due to VMUN (Vancouver Model United Nations), but the remainder of the team demonstrated commitment and courage by competing hard each game.

Gr. 8 Basketball
Our Grade 8 Basketball Team’s season ended at ISA’s. They placed 7th after a tough loss to SMUS and to CHS, but won their final game. Thank you to coaches, Ms. Nagengast, and Ms. Race for a great season!

19th Annual 26th St. Tournament
York House hosted another successful 26th St. Tournament, for the 19th year in a row (Feb 2-4). Ten of BC’s top teams came to YHS to compete for the Big Kahuna Cup. Teams came from Prince Rupert, Kelowna, Chilliwack, and from all over the Lower Mainland. The Tigers placed 7th with a win over AA#11 ranked Southridge Storm in the opening game. While not ranked in BC, the Tigers have shown that they can compete and beat those teams in BC ranked 10 – 20. North Shore powerhouse Seycove Seyhawks went on to win the 2017 Big Kahuna Cup and this past week in Langley, won their first AA BC Championship.

Table Tennis
We have three students, Laura, Isabelle, and Cindy, who took part in the 2017 Secondary School Table Tennis Championships at Britannia Secondary School. Isabelle is nationally ranked and took the gold medal in individual play while Laura took the bronze. As a team, YHS finished 2nd overall.

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