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For the first time in Collingwood history, the senior boys' and girls' basketball teams have combined to run a joint tournament. This meant that the teams were scheduled to play back-to-back. However, at the last minute a girls' team dropped out so the junior girls' team was pressed into action. Thus, the opening game featured the junior girls versus Crofton's senior team. If the junior team was intimidated, it did not show as they came away with an impressive overtime victory. The senior girls followed this up with a thrashing of West Van. Sadly, the boys could not make it a hat-trick of victories as they fell to Carson Graham.


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The senior girls' basketball team defeated the West Van Highlanders 52-23 last night to sweep the season series against their local rival. The Cavs seem to be humming along very nicely since their return from Europe. Here is Coach McLaughlin's game report:

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The Grade 10 boys' basketball team lived up to their #2 ranking in the ISA's as they won their first three games of the tournament before falling to a powerhouse St. George's squad. The Cavs were full value for their silver medal as they pushed Saints hard in the first half. Coach Ditson will lament the defensive breakdowns that allowed Saints to hit three key 3-pointers in the third quarter to blow the game open, but he was nevertheless proud of his team's fine play throughout the tournament. Here is Coach Yoon's summary of the tournament:


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The senior girls' basketball team returned from Europe on Sunday night. After an amazing trip involving lots of games, practices and sightseeing, the Cavs were ready to test themselves back in Canada. Obviously, all their hard work in Europe has paid off as they defeated the Sentinel Spartans 45-21. Here is Coach McLaughlin's game report:

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The JV and Varsity Cavaliers recently returned from their Washington and Oregon Tour (January 3rd to 7th). The coaches were elated with camaraderie and chemistry the teams developed on the trip. Over the course of five days, the teams were in training camp for four practices, wrapping up the tour with games against Banks High School.

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The senior girls' basketball team is now in Denmark. They have now been to Germany, Sweden and Denmark on their epic tour of Europe. Coach McLaughlin sends in this report on their two days in Nyborg and Copenhagen:


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When Coach McLaughlin took over the senior girls' basketball program she immediately began to look for a way of enhancing the experience for her team. Using the contacts she established while playing pro basketball in Germany, Coach McLaughlin began the tradition of the senior girls travelling to Europe over the Christmas holidays. This trip combines high-level basketball and a chance to visit multiple countries in Northern Europe. Collingwood kicked off their third European tour with a stop in Germany. Here is a summary of the first few days from Coach M:

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The Grade 10 boys' basketball team has a very busy week. They have already played two West Van rivals and will be travelling today to Burnaby South for a three-day tournament. In local action, the Cavs easily defeated Rockridge on Monday, but fell yesterday to a very strong West Van High team. Here is a report from Coach Yoon:

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It might be cold outside, but the senior girls' basketball team was red-hot on Monday night as they defeated local rival West Van 48-26. The Highlanders could not match the Cavs' skill or intensity. Coach McLaughlin was happy with the big win, especially since it is the team's last game before they depart on their European trip. Here is her report:

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When you have the best gym on the North Shore, it's no surprise that you're asked to host the finals of the pre-eminent basketball tournament on the shore. Thus, Collingwood's McCord Gym was the site of both the boys' and girls' championship games in the "No Regrets" Tournament yesterday. Special thanks to Mr. Shirkoff, and Mr. Zweep and his hard-working maintenance crew who made sure the school was open after Friday's snow day.

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Coach Wong is one of the most upbeat, positive coaches that anyone will come across in the BC Basketball scene. So when he is clearly frustrated by his team's performance, then you know that his squad has not come to play. Sadly, this was the case yesterday in the first round of the No Regrets Tournament as Collingwood fell 69-39 to Charles Hayes from Prince Rupert.

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Maegan Beres has already had an unbelievably exciting year. She was an assistant captain of BC's U-18 team that won a bronze at the national championships. She also signed her National Letter of Intent to attend Boston College next year. However, this latest piece of news is undoubtedly the best. Maegan is off to the World Championships in the Czech Republic with Canada's U-18 Women's Team. Here is the press release from Hockey Canada:

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The senior boys' basketball team travelled to Brentwood College on the weekend for the ISA Championships. Due to a number of factors the tournament ended up being a four-team affair that included:

Collingwood - 2016 BC AA Champions

SMUS - 2016 BC AA Finalists

Southridge - 2016 BC AAA Champions

Brentwood - 2016 BC Junior Champions

Thus, it was an incredibly tough tournament for the Cavs, especially as they have no returning starters from last year's powerhouse squad. Despite three straight losses, Coach Wong came away with a very optimistic view of the weekend as his team gained a great deal of valuable experience playing some of the best teams in the province. Here is his report:

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The Grade 10 boys defeated New West in the final of the Cav Classic on Saturday afternoon. This was a tremendous victory for the team. Coach Ditson was justifiably elated after the game. His young team has suffered through some early season injury troubles, but instead of feeling sorry for themselves, they have battled on and seen multiple players step up to help secure wins. Here is Coach Yoon's game report:

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The Grade 10 girls' basketball team battled hard but fell to the Robert Bateman Timberwolves in the Grade 10 Girls Cav Classic Final on Saturday. Collingwood faced a formidable opponent in Bateman as the Timberwolves won the Grade 9 BC Championship last year. In the same event, the Cavs finished 10th. Thus, it seemed like Collingwood was in for a very tough afternoon, especially since star forward Kayleigh Garland was away on senior team duty.

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Both the Grade 10 Boys and Girls' teams have fought their way into the Championship Game in the Cav Classic. This is the first time that Collingwood has hosted a co-ed tournament at the Grade 10 level. So far the tournament has been a huge success and has attracted quality teams from the North Shore, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and the Okanagan.

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The senior girls' basketball team has stormed to a 2-0 record this season. On Wednesday night, the Cavs defeated the Mission Roadrunners. Here is Coach McLaughlin's report:

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The Grade 10 girls' basketball team got their season off to a solid start win a one-sided victory over Chatelech. Sadly, the Eagles were not nearly as good as they usually are and the Cavs ran away with the game and were not really challenged at all. Here is Coach Button's report:


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After winning the BC AA Championships last year, Coach Andy Wong finds himself with a young and inexperienced team to start this season. However, Coach Wong is renowned for his calm demeanour and ability to get the most out of players. Yesterday in the home opener, Coach Wong proved once again that his coaching wizardry will go a long way in taking the Cavs to another successful season. Here is his game report:

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The senior girls' basketball team was so keen to have a game on the opening night of basketball season that they were willing to travel all the way to Richmond to get an exhibition game. Here is the game report from Coach McLaughlin:

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The senior volleyball team played some of its best volleyball of the season but they fell short in their bid to advance to the BC Championships after two straight losses yesterday at the Zone Championships. Entering the day, the Cavs knew that they would have to be at their best and Coach Morris was thrilled that the team did rise to the occasion and play some tremendous volleyball.

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The best volleyball teams in Richmond proved to be no match for the senior volleyball team as they won two out of three matches to march on to Day 2 of the Lower Mainland AA Zone Championships. The Cavs defeated RC Palmer and McNeill to earn a trip to Notre Dame tomorrow morning.

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The senior volleyball team is off to the zone championships tomorrow. They will play the best AA teams from Burnaby-New West, the North Shore, Richmond and Vancouver in an attempt to qualify for the BC Championships. It has been many years since a Collingwood team qualified for the Zones so this is a very exciting event for the squad that won the North Shore Division 1 title earlier this year.


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Maegan Beres has had a very exciting fall. Maegan has just returned from the National Women's Hockey U-18 Championships where she helped lead BC to a bronze medal. This was a historic event for the BC team as this was the first time the squad has ever won a medal. Maegan was one of the team captains and played a huge part in the team's success. Maybe even more exciting is that Maegan has also just signed her National Letter of Intent and will attend Boston College next year.


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Congratulations to 2016 Collingwood Grad, Rachel Spouge, who was named CIS Field Hockey Rookie Of The Year last week. Rachel was the co-captain of Collingwood's senior team for two years and her amazing mid-field play was one of the major reasons that the Cavs won the 2015 BC AA Championship. Rachel has gone on to play at the University of Toronto, one of the top field hockey schools in Canada. Here is the press release from U of T on Rachel's award:

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Collingwood's top four cross-country runners travelled to Kelowna this past weekend to compete in the BC Championships. It was a tough course with muddy trails and multiple elevation changes. However, it was a beautiful fall day and all our runners had great runs in the Okanagan sun.

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The swim team recently competed at the Zone Championships. Coaches Bernat, Carlbeck and Ferreira were very happy with the team's results. Here is a summary of all our swimmers who finished top 6 in their events:


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Yesterday at the BC Field Hockey Championships, Natalie Dalton proved once again why she's considered one of the best young goalkeepers in Canada. Nat was absolutely outstanding as she led the Cavs into the final and then kept them in it with a series of amazing saves. However, not even Nat can save everything and Crofton took advantage of a defensive breakdown to score late in the game to defeat Collingwood 1-0.

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The senior girls volleyball team defeated the Bodwell Bruins yesterday to win the Division 1 title. This is a great accomplishment for the team who swept the Bruins - 25-9, 25-13, 25-21. The coaches were thrilled with the team's performance last night. As Coach Morris stated, "The final point was just amazing. Kate passing to Maddie who put it up perfectly for Hazel who hit it so hard there's a dent in the new gym floor". The coaches would also like to thank all the fans who came out, especially the Cavalier – Parinaz Mahmoudi. Here is Coach Lee's report:


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The senior field hockey team is off to the BC AA semi-finals. The Cavs defeated the the J L Crowe Hawks 7-0 and the South Okanagan Hornets 6-0 to advance to the medal round. Collingwood will now play at 10:15am tomorrow for a shot at defending their provincial title.

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The junior field hockey team has had a terrific year. They won the ISA Championship, finished second at the UBC tournament and are now off to the North Shore Final. The Cavs exploded for four second-half goals and defeated West Van for the second time in a week. Here is Coach Shirkoff's report on his amazing team's latest victory:

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The senior volleyball team is on a roll. On Thursday night, they clinched first place in North Shore Division 1 with a 3-1 victory over Bodwell. This means that they host both Division 1 semi-finals on Tuesday. Then, the Cavs rode a red-hot second day of play at the ISA Championships all the way to the bronze medal.

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The junior field hockey team defeated the West Van Highlanders 3-0 to vault into 3rd place on the last day of league play. This all-important win means that the Cavs will avoid the Handsworth Royals juggernaut in the North Shore semi-finals. Here is Coach Erin French's game report:

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The cross-country team headed up to Squamish yesterday for the Zone Championships. Unfortunately, the weather was completely uncooperative and the constant pouring rain turned the course into a muddy mess. By the time the senior boys were running, the trails had become a veritable quagmire. Here is Coach Ayotte's report on an amazing day of ploughing through rain, mud and ridiculously wet grass:

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The Grade 9 volleyball team has had a busy week. They defeated Rockridge in league play to earn a berth in the North Shore playoffs. They also competed in the ISA tournament at Meadowridge. Here is Coach Lussier's report:

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Holly Robertshaw scored a hat-trick to lead the senior field hockey team to their ninth straight North Shore Championship. Collingwood's field hockey program has dominated the North Shore AA division for almost a decade now as they have won eight AA championships and one AAA championship in the past nine years.

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The senior volleyball team spent the past weekend in Seattle. This terrific initiative was put together by Coaches Morris, Lee and Garib. By all accounts, it was a fantastic trip. Here is a report from Coach Morris:

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The cross-country team will compete in the Zone Championships on Wednesday. Collingwood will be sending 23 athletes to this event. This is a new record for the team and the coaches are confident that a number of these runners will qualify for the BC Championships. Here is Coach Ayotte's report on last week's races:

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With the North Shore AA Championship game this coming Monday, the senior field hockey team has taken extraordinary steps to seek out competition to get them ready to defend their North Shore and BC titles. The team has rented turf time in Surrey so they can play two exhibition games against top notch AAA teams. This will also give the Cavs a chance to acquaint themselves with the Tamanawis Fields where the BC Championships take place this year.

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When the senior volleyball team found themselves down 22-16 in the first game to the Sentinel, it did not look like they were about to whitewash their local rivals. However, Hazel Atkins stepped up and then served the game out as the Cavs scored nine straight points to stun the Spartans.

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The Grade 9 volleyball team defeated Sentinel 3-1 earlier this week. This was an important win for the squad. The Cavs played with confidence, which definitely made a difference on their serve reception and defence.

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The senior soccer team overcame a two-goal deficit yesterday to defeat Sutherland 3-2 in penalty kicks. This crucial win has pushed the Cavs into a three-way tie for 4th place in the tough North Shore league. Collingwood can break this tie with a win over Seycove this afternoon.

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The swim team competed in the ISA Championships last Friday. The team did very well finishing 4th out of 15 schools. Here are the top results from the meet:

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Let's face it. The weather this past weekend varied from wet and cold to downright horrible. However, throughout all these miserable conditions, the mighty Collingwood junior field hockey team battled and fought and finally came away Saturday afternoon with the ISA trophy in hand. Here is Coach Shirkoff's report:

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Collingwood Cav Classic - Game 3
McCord Family Gym - Championship Court
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