Senior Tigers Update: October 6, 2022


  • Senior Volleyball Team defeated St. Pat’s and Crofton House in league play, but lost to Litte Flower Academy. Senior Volleyball remains ranked #2 in AA in BC.
  • Cross-Country star, Grade 8 Lily, won bronze at ISA Cross-Country Championships.
  • Varsity Field Hockey tied LFA 1-1 and has lost two very close games to Crofton House.
  • Senior Field Hockey defeated CHS 4-0 to open the season
  • Junior Volleyball participated at Douglas College Tournament and is currently 1-1 in league play.
  • Swim Team competed at a mini-meet hosted by St. George’s.
Senior Field Hockey defeated CHS 4-0 to open the season

The “Westerns” Come to York House
October 12-13-14-15
Games at YHS and LFA
Tournament Schedule

In 1972, the Western Canadian Independent Schools Volleyball Championships (WCISVC) was established by Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School in Okotoks, Alberta. STS Head of School, Sandy Heard, along with Spartan Coach Brad Kilb and other coaches like York House School’s own Jandi Johnstone (Jandi Fraser), had a vision for this event. The very first tournament was held in December 1972. In the early years, the tournament was always held either at STS, YHS or College Mathieu in Gravelbourg, Sask. In more recent years, the tournament has been on a rotation between ten, then eight teams who consistently participate. In 1977 the Spirit Award was introduced to reflect this focus on sportsmanship.

This tournament, known as the “Westerns”, brings together independent school teams from across the western provinces. The tournament ran every single year from 1972 until 2020 when a global pandemic led to the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 tournaments. This year, 2022, marks the return of this long-standing tradition.

The WCISVC was developed to provide athletes with the opportunity to:

  • Play volleyball consistent with their level of development
  • Enjoy the competition while adhering to the rules of volleyball and the spirit of sportsmanship
  • Share a cultural exchange with volleyball players from the four western provinces
  • Develop the fellowship and friendship that evolve in a situation where athletes live together and share experiences outside of volleyball.

The WCISVC has impacted thousands of players over the past 50 years and those players look back fondly at these experiences. This year, more student-athletes get to create more memories and play volleyball at the “westerns” hosted by York House School in Vancouver, BC.

York House Tigers are the defending WCISVC Champions having won the Spartan Cup in October 2019. Those 2019 YHS Tigers also went on to win the 2019 AA Provincial Championships. Six players on that 2019 YHS Tigers Team went on to play post-secondary volleyball.

  • Natalie Davidson #13: U of Toronto
  • Chloe Ng #4: University of Minnesota
    and photos below (L-R):
  • Claire Stewart: Western Mustangs
  • Emily Tsiandoulas: Western Mustangs
  • Akash Grewal: UBC Thunderbirds
  • Sophie Fernback: Guelph Gryphons

Junior Tigers Update: October 6, 2022

Whew! What a week for the Tigers! Over the span of eight days, the Tigers participated in three races. They started with the Vancouver Spirit Run (Sept 25), followed by the WPGA XC Festival (Sept 28), and finished with the Festival of Cross Country (Oct 1). Thanks to some amazing coaches, spirited athletes, and supportive parents, the week was highly successful. It was also an anomaly. Due to some scheduling quirks, this season is far more condensed than normal. We hope to return to our regularly scheduled season next year. 

In the meantime, our Tigers are well prepared for our final event of the season, the ISEA Cross-Country Running Championships on Friday, October 14. We are the defending team champions. With a little luck, a lot of effort, and a pinch of talent, we are hoping to bring the trophy home again this year. Good luck Tigers!

The Grade 5 and 6 teams have gotten off to a great start this season. Both groups have played multiple games and shown that we have some excellent volleyball skills and knowledge throughout the Junior School. This skill and knowledge were on display in Grade 7, as both the A and B teams had fantastic results in recent tournaments. At the St. John’s School Dig-It tournament, the 7B team won several games and matches to finish in the top 4. At the WPGA Tiffany Li Memorial Tournament, the 7A team remained undefeated all the way to the final, where they lost a tough match against a strong Collingwood team. Congratulations to both teams and good luck in your league matches next week.