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

Junior Tigers Update: May 4, 2023

May the force be with you, as it is with our Track & Field team! We now have two events under our belts. The first competition of the season took place at Mercer Stadium in New Westminster on April 21 and 22 at the Vancouver Olympic Club (VOC) Elementary Track & Field Meet. This event is a time-honoured tradition for the Tigers, and once again a gaggle of nearly 80 Tigers descended upon the competition with their swagger, energy, and enthusiasm. To be sure there were also a few nerves, especially for those younger athletes competing for the first time. Nothing can replace experience, and we are very proud of those young Tigers for running, jumping, and throwing with such effort. A big thank you to everyone who gave up their usual Friday evening and Saturday plans to join us. As well, a big thank you to all of the YHS Staff who give so much of their time coaching! 

Our second competition took place on Wednesday, April 26 at the Vancouver Elementary Schools Track & Field Championships held by the UBC Varsity Track & Field Team. We brought all of our Grade 5, 6, and 7 athletes to the competition and each athlete competed in three events, plus a 4x100m relay. As always the many, many Tigers reached new heights with personal bests, and several of those personal bests resulted in Top 3 finishes. Congratulation to all of our Tigers for a wonderful day of competition. You represented YHS exceptionally well!

Our Ultimate group consists of two teams, a Grade 5 team, and a combined Grade 6/7 team. Three times during the past few weeks, these teams have been travelling over to Winona Park and participating in the ISEA Ultimate League. Our Tigers have represented YHS beautifully by competing very hard all the while leading with amazing SPIRIT. For those of you who have played, or play, ultimate, you know how important ‘spirit’ is to the core of ultimate. As a game played with out referees, each player is asked to show a tremendous amount of respect for the rules and for the opposition. In a competitive environment this can be very difficult; however, time after time our Tigers rise to the occasion and display amazing sportsmanship and maturity. The teams have one more week of League games, and then the final event of the season the ISEA Playday (Grade 5) and the ISEA Tournament (Grade 6/7) will take place on May 18. Good luck Tigers!