2017-18 Athletics Wrap Up & Goodbye to Our Graduating Tigers

Volleyball: Our Tigers Teams had great success highlighted by our Grade 8 Team winning ISAs and our Senior Team winning the AA Lower Mainland Championship and placing 5th in BC. We will dearly miss our graduating seniors Gabby and Madison.

Field Hockey: YHS Tigers had their best ever season in hockey both in success and participation.  We had three successful teams and our Varsity Team placed 3rd at the AA BCs. Our Grade 12s played a huge role in our success. Thank you to Aley, Meg, Anna, Alexi.

Swim Team: Tigers swimmers placed 2nd at the AA BCs and had a great season overall. With just one graduating Gr. 12, Jacqueline, the 2018-19 school year looks promising. Thank you Jacqueline for your contributions to our swim team. Also, thank you to our girls who competed in water polo with St. George’s in the spring season.

Cross-Country: Our small but strong team competed hard with three athletes competing at BCs including rising star Sophie, Gr. 8, who placed 4th overall in BC in the junior division.

Basketball: Our girls all competed hard but the highlights of the season were our Grade 8 Team who won our league title, won gold at ISAs, and were the first Tigers team ever to win the Grade 8 Provincial Championship. We say goodbye to three special Grade 12s: Maggie, Kristen, and Kyra.

Ski & Snowboard: YHS students are eager to join our Ski & Snowboard Team and compete at Whistler. Our team won another zone title and our top skiers went on to win a Provincial Championship. Our graduating star, Meg, has been a key part of our YHS Ski Team success over the years. Many other Grade 12s also take part and they include: Kyra, Annabelle, Michelle, and Haley.

Racket Sports: Badminton, tennis, and table tennis teams all represented YHS are various events. Badminton and tennis won bronze at ISAs while our table tennis players won the Provincial Championship thanks to the play of Isabelle, Laura, and Cindy (all Grade 9). Graduating this year are tennis star, Michelle, and badminton star Hannah.

Soccer: Our junior and senior soccer teams did well with both winning silver at ISAs. Our seniors lose some important players to graduation. Thank you to Meg, Alexi, Aley, Camryn, Sophia, Sarah, Alaina, and Justine.

Ultimate: This sport is as popular as ever at YHS as we field five teams. All teams did well with our Senior Varsity Team placing 6th at the AAA BCs while our Junior A Team and Senior B both placed well at Tier II BCs. We lose several players to graduation this year. Thank you to Maggie, Chantal, Justine, Kristine, Lindsay, Kyra, Camryn, Doris, Samantha, and Alexi.

Track & Field: Our small but talented and committed group of track athletes had a great season and performed well at zones and provincial championships. Made of up of students in our junior grades,  we can look forward to future successes for our Track Team.

Coaches: Thank you to our strong and committed staff of coaches this year who make all these experiences possible. Success, failure, hard work, commitment, fun, and frustration are all valuable experiences in athletics that prepare our students for their lives beyond the walls at YHS.

Student Athletes: Thank you to all YHS students who participated in athletics this season. All victories, big and small, are valued. All efforts and positive choices helped make the year special. One result this season, that may not seem important, was the strength of character and the values demonstrated by our YHS athletes. Our Junior Basketball Team’s 4th quarter comeback and overtime win over King George in the VGBA tournament, spearheaded by Grade 10s Jacqueline and Maddie, was one of the greatest victories of our athletic season. You can not underestimate the value of the quiet successes in sport. Many of the most significant accomplishments are not those recognized with trophies and banners but they play an enormous role in building strong character and teaching the most important lessons in life. Congratulations to all award winners who had very special years.

Athletic Heads: Final thank you to our ‘Athletic Squad’ (Mira, Hanna, and Jadyn) who did an amazing job and established the YHS Tigers presence on Instagram (@athleticsYHS).

Special THANK YOU to all photographers and especially, Mr. Jon Hayduk (on Instagram  as @jonhaydukphotography)

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)