Senior Tigers Update: December 5, 2019

For the first time in York House history, our Tigers Senior Volleyball Team has won the ‘AA’ Provincial Championship! Congratulations to our Senior Tigers: Akash, Maggie, Natalie, Emily, Sophie, Claire, Claudia, Tahlia, Chloe, Maddie, Nolie, Taylor, and to coaches Kelvin Ma and Nicole Morton ‘14.

Over the past twenty years, volleyball has arguably been the most popular sport at YHS. Province wide girls volleyball has the highest rate of participation. Winning a provincial championship in volleyball is one of the hardest challenges that face YHS teams. Tigers came close in the fall of 2001, again in the fall of 2014 and last season, 2019, when YHS lost to Pacific Academy in the championship final.

This season was remarkable with a second-place finish in league play, a WCISVC championship, second-place finish at ISAs, and a Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone championship. There were just enough tough losses to keep this team focused on getting better and keeping their eyes on the ultimate prize in BC high school sport—the blue championship banner.

York House entered the BCs as the 4th seed in the field of 20 teams. After round-robin play, YHS defeated West Point Grey Academy to move into the top 8. In the quarter-final, YHS defeated the 3rd-seeded Vancouver Island Zone Champions, Pacific Christian from Victoria. In the semi-final, the Tigers beat the Okanagan Zone Champions and 2nd seeds George Elliott Secondary. The final was a rematch of last year’s championship game. YHS and the #1-seeded South Fraser Zone Champions Pacific Academy battled through five tough sets and YHS came out on top 15-12. The level of volleyball in this final was remarkable. Both teams were playing at college level calibre and the crowd of 300 plus fans enjoyed every minute.

Sophie, Gr. 11, and Chloe, Gr. 10, were named Tournament All-stars. Maggie, Gr. 12, was named Best Libero and Akash, Gr. 12, was named Tournament Most Valuable Player. Winning the school’s first championship is a monumental accomplishment. These girls leave a new legacy of excellence and confidence for future teams.

Many people were involved in this championship. YHS Junior School coaches along with Mr. Jackson, Ms. Dalziel, Mr. Bester, Ms. Flo Chan, Ms. Brianne Wager, Mr. Jackson Liu, Mr. Noble Kelly, and Mr. Mike Lodewyks all played a key role in the development of these girls. This season, the girls, along with coaches Nicole and Kelvin have taken YHS volleyball to a new level of success. With strong players in Grade 8-11 and a fall season that saw our YHS Grade 8 Team, Grade 9 Team, and Junior Team all achieve success, the future is bright.

If you have been unable to keep track of the incredible success of YHS Athletics this fall season, you are not the only one. My head is still spinning. As we close the book on the fall athletics season, there is much to be proud of. Many great efforts and battles won and lost. Many challenges embraced and many lessons learned. However, if we take a look at the final results, no season in the history of YHS athletics has ever been this successful. Having been Athletics Director since 1997 and knowing the history of the school, I can say this with both confidence and with respect for all those who came before.

  • Senior Volleyball ‘AA’ Provincial Champions*
  • Senior Volleyball Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone Champions*
  • Senior Volleyball WCISVC Champions**
  • Senior Volleyball 2nd in ISA Championships
  • Senior Volleyball 2nd in LMISSAA league
  • Junior Volleyball 2nd in LMISSAA league
  • Junior  Volleyball 2nd in ISA Championships
  • Grade 9 Volleyball Provincial Champions*
  • Grade 8 Volleyball ISA Champions**
  • Grade 8 Volleyball LMISSAA Champions*
  • Swim Team ‘AA’ Provincial Champions**
  • Swim Team Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone Champions*
  • Swim Team ISA Champions**
  • Varsity Field Hockey 3rd in Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone*
  • Varsity Field Hockey bronze medals at ‘AA” BC Championships**
  • Senior Field Hockey Team LMISSAA Senior Division Champions**
  • Cross-Country Team members competing at BC Championships

* Best-Ever Finish
** Matching Best Ever Finish

David Prissinotti
Senior Athletics Director


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.