Senior Tigers Update: May 4, 2023

A Week of “Firsts” for YHS Tigers….

For the first time in history, our Tigers Varsity Soccer Team are the Lower Mainland Independent Secondary Schools Athletic Association (LMISSAA) league and playoff champions! YHS defeated Crofton House (CHS) in an exciting final on May 2. With several chances to score throughout the game, YHS led 1-0 in the final minutes. CHS tied the game late to send it to penalty kicks. The Tigers would not be denied and scored on all five penalty kicks and goalie, Terra B., made a key save to secure the win.

Our official LMISSAA soccer league is less than 20 years old and YHS only started running a soccer program during the spring season in the early 2000’s. Like so many LMISSAA leagues, our LMISSAA soccer league is one of the strongest in BC. Notre Dame, Little Flower (LFA), CHS, and St. Thomas More are routinely among the top 10 ‘AA’ teams in BC so winning our league championship is an accomplishment to truly celebrate.

Next Up: The Tigers will compete at the ‘AA’ Vancouver Sea to Sky (VS2S) Zone Championship tournament to play against the top ‘AA’ teams from the Vancouver public school league and all of North Shore, Sunshine Coast and Howe Sound teams. The top three teams at VS2S Zones qualify for the ‘AA’ BCs.

Varsity Soccer Team - Spring 2023
Varsity Soccer Team

For the first year ever, YHS has a Golf Team. With a talented and committed group of young golfers, the Tigers are competing in our LMISSAA league against schools like St. George’s, West Point Grey Academy, Vancouver College, Fraser Academy and more. On May 8-9, the Tigers will compete at the ISA Championships and continue to prepare for our ‘A’ VS2S Zone Championships on May 24 at McCleery Golf Course.

Last May, three courageous mountain vikings participated at the BC Mountain Biking Championships in Langford. This year, the Tigers Team includes four riders and on May 3, they took part in their first VS2S League Race hosted by the North Shore athletic association.

Our Tigers Badminton Team wrapped up their LMISSAA season with their final league match vs Little Flower on May 2. 

Not so fun fact: Badminton, like Tennis, is officially a coed sport in BC. YHS Badminton and Tennis Teams play exhibition schedules and ISA Tournaments but can not participate in playoffs, VS2S Zone Championships or Provincial Championships because we do not have a boys school to partner with. Vancouver College partners with LFA for all sports. St. George’s partners with CHS for tennis and badminton. I have been tirelessly working with provincial bodies to make changes to this so all sports are more inclusive for all schools. There is finally some movement at BC School Sports and I am hopeful that this may change for the 2024-25 school year.

“TIGHT” our coed YHS Tigers and St. George’s Ultimate Teams are competing at the LMISSAA league finals on May 5 at Trillium Turf and Jericho Park Turf.

The Tigers Track & Field Team will be competing at the LMISSAA league finals on May 10-11 at UBC track. Track meets are always exciting and this year is no exception. Our YHS Tigers Team is as strong as ever with several athletes who routinely provide outstanding performances in various events. Jaime (Grade 8, below) high jumped 1.55 last week and is always looking to improve on her personal best (PB) of 1.60.

Jaime, Grade 8, Track & Field LMISSAA finals at UBC. May 2023.
Jaime, Grade 8

Senior Tigers Update: April 27, 2023

For the second straight year, our Tigers Tennis Team took home the ISA Championship after defeating Crofton House (CHS) in the final. The tournament was on April 19 at UBC Tennis Centre. The Tigers, led by Coach Bester, defeated Brentwood, St Michaels University School (SMUS), and West Point Grey (WPGA) before facing CHS in the finals. Congratulations to our Tigers!

Tennis Team: ISA Champions. April 19, 2023.
Tennis Team: ISA Champions

Our Tigers Badminton Team travelled to SMUS on April 20 to compete at the ISA Championships. Our young Tigers Team played a lot of badminton competing against ISA schools from all over BC. It was a very long day as return ferries were delayed due to the weather. The team had lots of time for bonding waiting hours at Swartz Bay and arriving home just before midnight. They played well in their matches and had a successful day.

The YHS Varsity Soccer Team also took part in the ISA Championship Tournament this past week.  The Tigers travelled to SMUS in Victoria for the two-day event. After a hard-fought 2-1 loss to the host SMUS, YHS went on to defeat WPGA, Brentwood College, and CHS to take home the bronze medals. Our Varsity Tigers finished off their regular season league matches today vs Little Flower. Regardless of the outcome today, YHS locked up first place in the LMISSAA league and will play in the league championship match next week. The following week, our Tigers will compete at the Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone Championships.

Varsity Soccer Team at ISAs at SMUS
Varsity Soccer Team at ISAs