Senior Tigers Update: December 5, 2019

For the first time in York House history, our Tigers Senior Volleyball Team has won the ‘AA’ Provincial Championship! Congratulations to our Senior Tigers: Akash, Maggie, Natalie, Emily, Sophie, Claire, Claudia, Tahlia, Chloe, Maddie, Nolie, Taylor, and to coaches Kelvin Ma and Nicole Morton ‘14.

Over the past twenty years, volleyball has arguably been the most popular sport at YHS. Province wide girls volleyball has the highest rate of participation. Winning a provincial championship in volleyball is one of the hardest challenges that face YHS teams. Tigers came close in the fall of 2001, again in the fall of 2014 and last season, 2019, when YHS lost to Pacific Academy in the championship final.

This season was remarkable with a second-place finish in league play, a WCISVC championship, second-place finish at ISAs, and a Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone championship. There were just enough tough losses to keep this team focused on getting better and keeping their eyes on the ultimate prize in BC high school sport—the blue championship banner.

York House entered the BCs as the 4th seed in the field of 20 teams. After round-robin play, YHS defeated West Point Grey Academy to move into the top 8. In the quarter-final, YHS defeated the 3rd-seeded Vancouver Island Zone Champions, Pacific Christian from Victoria. In the semi-final, the Tigers beat the Okanagan Zone Champions and 2nd seeds George Elliott Secondary. The final was a rematch of last year’s championship game. YHS and the #1-seeded South Fraser Zone Champions Pacific Academy battled through five tough sets and YHS came out on top 15-12. The level of volleyball in this final was remarkable. Both teams were playing at college level calibre and the crowd of 300 plus fans enjoyed every minute.

Sophie, Gr. 11, and Chloe, Gr. 10, were named Tournament All-stars. Maggie, Gr. 12, was named Best Libero and Akash, Gr. 12, was named Tournament Most Valuable Player. Winning the school’s first championship is a monumental accomplishment. These girls leave a new legacy of excellence and confidence for future teams.

Many people were involved in this championship. YHS Junior School coaches along with Mr. Jackson, Ms. Dalziel, Mr. Bester, Ms. Flo Chan, Ms. Brianne Wager, Mr. Jackson Liu, Mr. Noble Kelly, and Mr. Mike Lodewyks all played a key role in the development of these girls. This season, the girls, along with coaches Nicole and Kelvin have taken YHS volleyball to a new level of success. With strong players in Grade 8-11 and a fall season that saw our YHS Grade 8 Team, Grade 9 Team, and Junior Team all achieve success, the future is bright.

If you have been unable to keep track of the incredible success of YHS Athletics this fall season, you are not the only one. My head is still spinning. As we close the book on the fall athletics season, there is much to be proud of. Many great efforts and battles won and lost. Many challenges embraced and many lessons learned. However, if we take a look at the final results, no season in the history of YHS athletics has ever been this successful. Having been Athletics Director since 1997 and knowing the history of the school, I can say this with both confidence and with respect for all those who came before.

  • Senior Volleyball ‘AA’ Provincial Champions*
  • Senior Volleyball Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone Champions*
  • Senior Volleyball WCISVC Champions**
  • Senior Volleyball 2nd in ISA Championships
  • Senior Volleyball 2nd in LMISSAA league
  • Junior Volleyball 2nd in LMISSAA league
  • Junior  Volleyball 2nd in ISA Championships
  • Grade 9 Volleyball Provincial Champions*
  • Grade 8 Volleyball ISA Champions**
  • Grade 8 Volleyball LMISSAA Champions*
  • Swim Team ‘AA’ Provincial Champions**
  • Swim Team Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone Champions*
  • Swim Team ISA Champions**
  • Varsity Field Hockey 3rd in Vancouver Sea to Sky Zone*
  • Varsity Field Hockey bronze medals at ‘AA” BC Championships**
  • Senior Field Hockey Team LMISSAA Senior Division Champions**
  • Cross-Country Team members competing at BC Championships

* Best-Ever Finish
** Matching Best Ever Finish

David Prissinotti
Senior Athletics Director


Senior Tigers Update: November 28, 2019

Congratulations to our Grade 9 Volleyball Team for winning the Grade 9 BC Championship. The girls entered the 12 team tournament on Friday and finished fourth overall after round-robin play. On Saturday, they defeated McMath from Richmond in the quarter-final, then Notre Dame in the semi-final before beating Kelowna’s Dr. Knox Middle School to claim the tournament title.

While gold medals, trophies and banners are great…I am most proud of many other things I have seen from this team all season long:

  • Their commitment to the sport of volleyball and to one another. They way they behave, communicate, spend time together, and support one another is so important to success. It is visible at school. They are unselfishness in their actions and being an unselfish team player will always help a team reach potential with no regrets! 
  • Their work ethic. They all work hard and are excited to learn, to be coached and improve. Their work ethic over the past two seasons has resulted in this success. A result of this consistent work ethic is genuine confidence. This confidence only comes from work and preparation.
  • Their perseverance, ability to work through some adversary. They have had a few tough losses, disappointing days, and tough situation this season. They never let those things divide them. No athletic season is perfect. Even on Friday at BCs, the team suffered a tough loss. They refocused on Saturday, with help from their coach, and built confidence again all day. We will all face challenges. Those challenges are opportunities for personal growth and character building.
  • Finally, I am proud of the fun, enjoyment I see from this team on and off the court. In the end, win or lose, this all has to be fun.

We all look forward to the years ahead and be excited about the volleyball future at YHS. Thank you to coaches Jackson Liu and Mike Lodewyks for all your work. Thank you to Brianne Wager, Mr. Bester, Sarah Promislow ‘11, Lauren (Gr. 12), and Ms. Marcotte and others who supported the girls over the past few seasons. Thank you to all the parents who are super fans and have been so supportive. Continue to enjoy the volleyball journey, watching the team compete and cheering them on. Celebrate the successes and challenges—we will experience both in the years ahead.

Our Senior Volleyball Team is currently in Vernon, BC competing at the AA BC Championships hosted by Kalamalka Secondary.

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The winter season is now underway as our Senior Basketball Team starts the year ranked 7th AA in BC. They played their first game of the season without their full roster as a few players are still playing volleyball. On Monday, at the Big Ticket Tournament, YHS lost a close 62-56 game to AAA #3 ranked McMath from Richmond. On day two, the Tigers defeated AA #8 ranked Seycove from North Vancouver. On the final day of the tournament, YHS cruised to a 81-62 win over Richmond’s Steveston-London Sharks.

The Junior Tigers start this week, Friday and Saturday at St. Thomas Aquinas Tournament in North Vancouver.

Senior Basketball ISA Championships at York House: December 6 and 7
Tigers play Game 1 at 11:00 am on December 6 vs Glenlyon Norfolk School

David Prissinotti
Senior Athletics Director