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:

Senior Tigers Update: November 14, 2019

The Varsity Tigers wrapped up their 2019 season this past week at the AA BC Championships in Victoria and won YHS’s second bronze medal in the past three years. What a great season and, what a great BCs! Congratulations to the entire team and the coaches!

Our Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone is loaded with strong field hockey teams, therefore,  qualifying for the BCs is not an easy task. Once the team qualified on October 23-24, the Tigers set their sites on a top four finish at the BCs. The team played hard and had fun on and off the field. Their spirit was terrific and as a result, they performed at their best. Few teams play their very best at the BCs when there is so much pressure. The Tigers easily beat South Kamloops, Westview, and St. Michael’s University School to win their pool. In the quarter-final they defeated Crofton House in a shootout to reach the final four. In the semi-final, they pushed the heavily favoured #1 seed, Collingwood, more than anyone else had all season but lost 2-1. Despite the loss, the Tigers achieved an enormous emotional victory. For bronze, they had yet another battle against LFA and won in yet another shootout. There were great performances by many. Special mention to our goalie, Sasha, Gr. 9, who faced so many shootouts down the stretch of the season and who made many great stops. 

A special congratulations and thank you to our graduating seniors, Alyssa, Allison, Paige, and Tess for their contributions to field hockey throughout their high school career. A big congratulations and thank you to our coaches, Ms. Atkinson, and Mr. Matt Sarmento who did an amazing job this season. Thank you to all the parents who are always there to support the team. And finally, nothing happens in isolation. For YHS to win two bronze medals in three years and solidify itself as one of the consistent powers in BC Field Hockey, a big thank you goes to all the coaches involved in our program over recent years. These coaches have all supported and contributed to our player’s, team’s and program’s development and success. 

Our Grade 8 Tigers went to St. Pat’s last week for the Grade 8 Volleyball League Championships. There, they defeated Notre Dame 2-0 in the semi-final game to advance to the final against the host, St. Pat’s. In front of a rowdy St. Pat’s home crowd, our Tigers continued to dominate and defeated St. Pat’s 2-0 to claim our first Grade 8 LMISSAA League Championship!

What an incredible season! Congratulations girls! Congrats and thank you to our Head Coach, Mr. Bester and his supporting coaches, Sarah Promislow ’11 and Lauren Van Vliet ‘20.

Our Tigers went to Notre Dame last week for the Junior Volleyball League Championships. The Tigers won their semi-final in a hard-fought win over St. Pat’s. In the final they battled the #1 team, Notre Dame in Notre Dame’s home gym. Our Junior Tigers lost a heartbreaker 22-20 in the 3rd set. Third sets only goes to 15, but a team must win by 2 points. Imagine the intensity and competition for this third set for it to go to 22-20. Congratulations on a great season and second place finish in league! Thank you to parents for their incredible support of this team. Finally, Thank you to their coaches Jackson, Brianne, and Mike who all worked hard to support the team.

This week our Senior Volleyball Team is competing at the AA Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone Championships hosted by St. Thomas Aquinas in North Vancouver. The Tigers hope to play in the top three to advance to the AA BC Championships in Vernon later in November.

On Friday and Saturday, November 15-16, our Tigers Swim Team will be competing at the BC Championships at Watermania in Richmond BC. Our Swim Tigers are the 2019 ISA Champions, having won the ISA Meet in October. Furthermore, two weeks ago our Tigers won the Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone Championship. Good luck to our Swim Team this weekend as they compete for a BC Championship!