Basketball season opened with a flourish yesterday at Collingwood with a boys' triple-header. The Grade 9 Boys and Junior Boys tipped off with wins against Sutherland, while the Senior Boys overcame a terrible start to post a 20-point win over local rival Sentinel.
Term 1 sports officially ended last weekend for our Collingwood athletes with the BC Swimming Championships. Therefore, it is only fair that the final two Athletes Of The Week for this term are swimmers.
The BC High School Swim Championships were this past weekend in Richmond. Our mixed relay team brought home the silver medal with a fantastic race from all four swimmers. Here is Coach Yoon's report on the provincial meet:
After a brief hiatus last week, Athletes Of The Week is back to celebrate some amazing performances throughout the North Shore and BC Championships that have recently been played.
The never-say-die senior volleyball team put it together at exactly the right time tonight to advance to the second round of the Vancouver Sea To Sky Zone Championships. The Cavs had dropped their first two matches against York House and Seycove, but rallied to beat St. Pat's 2-0. This created a three-way tie between Collingwood, Seycove and St. Pat's. This meant it had to go to a points differential tie-breaking formula and when it was finally calculated the Cavs were moving on as the second place finisher in Pool B.
After upsetting Elphinstone on Monday, the senior volleyball team earned themselves a berth in the North Shore AA Final Four. What lay ahead was a match against Seycove, the #1 seed from the North Shore Premier Division. A win would have been monumental, a loss meant a second match on Wednesday night against #3 ranked STA.
The senior volleyball team travelled to the Sunshine Coast this afternoon to play the Elphinstone Cougars in a sudden-death playoff match-up. The winner would move onto the North Shore AA playoffs and a chance to earn a berth in the Vancouver Sea To Sky Zone Championships. The loser would see their season come to an end. Although the Cavs would come into the game as an underdog since Elphinstone has played in the North Shore Premier League all season, it was Collingwood that came away victorious with a 3-0 sweep of the Cougars.
Elise Miller was Collingwood's sole participant in the BC Cross-Country Championships yesterday at Jericho Park. Here is a report from Coach Katie Field:
After two quarters, the senior field hockey team was tied 0-0 with South Kamloops in their final game at the BC Championships. Some stern words from Coach Gold were heard at halftime and a completely different team emerged for the 3rd quarter. Alli Lavis quickly made it 1-0 and then added another after a nice pass from Sutton van Dyk. In the 4th quarter, Alli completed her hat-trick after a pass from Remy Caplan. Skyler Edstrand then joined in on the fun as she poked a ball past the South Kamloops goalie in a mad goalmouth scramble. Alli then scored her 4th of the game before Nadine Brenninkmeyer finished things off for the Cavs.
The swim team recently competed in the Vancouver Sea To Sky Zone Championships. Here is a full report from Coach Yoon:
After a tough loss this morning against the Windsor Dukes, the senior field hockey team rebounded nicely this afternoon with a 1-0 win over the JL Crowe Hawks. The Cavs played open flowing hockey and the 1-0 scoreline really does not do the team justice as they totally dominated play throughout the game. Collingwood came close on numerous short-corners but could not score until the 4th quarter when Allie Lavis brilliantly tipped a hard Olivia Okano shot into the top corner. It was a very pretty goal. Lexy Bannister and Mo Kelly shared the shut-out. The Cavs will close out their BC Championships with one last game tomorrow morning.
The Grade 9 rugby team travelled to St. Michaels University School today for a game against a SMUS team bolstered by a few local club players. On the line was an undefeated season for the Cavs. The team had steamrolled the opposition through most of the season notching big wins along the way. Today's game would be much different as it turned out to be a hard-fought match in inclement weather that tested the skill of both teams.
The senior field hockey team are the three-time defending BC AA Champions. In previous years the first day of the BC's has been a mere warm-up. However, this year's squad is unlike any other in Collingwood history. Nine players are in Grade 9 or 10, which it makes it very young and inexperienced. Although the team is incredibly talented sometimes their inexperience shows through and it did so today. The Cavs managed a solid tie against Shawnigan Lake but then lost a painful 3-2 encounter with Little Flower Academy.
The Grade 8 rugby team played Argyle in their final game of the regular season last week. Both sides agreed to play all their boys as equally as possible so that everyone could have a good run-out before the playoffs. Argyle rallied to win that game. Yesterday in the rain, the Cavs wanted to clearly send a message that they were the superior team. The result was a terrific 37-5 win.
All across the North Shore, Collingwood teams are playing in must-win playoff games this week. It's an exciting time for all our teams. Here's some of the athletes that shone last week.
Playoffs have already started or are quickly approaching for all our teams. There have been many clutch performances from our athletes this past week.
The cross-country runners headed off to Jericho Park yesterday for the Vancouver Sea To Sky Zone Championships. Like many days this fall, it was rainy and cold. Despite the adverse conditions, the team did very well. All year long, Coaches Katie Field, Dave Pool and Duncan Fraser have been impressed by their team's great attitude. Yesterday was no exception
This past weekend, Collingwood had four attendees at Rugby Canada's ID Camp for Western Canada. Presley Bosa, Sam Chalmers and Ryder Kanewske were all on the field working hard to earn a spot at the full Canada camp. Meanwhile, Collingwood coach Aaron Takel was taking a lead role running drills, evaluating players and even refereeing the trial match.
It was another great week for Collingwood rugby as both the Grade 8 and Grade 9 teams posted big victories last Thursday to remain undefeated. The Grade 8's defeated Carson Graham 63-24 and the Grade 9's overcame a sluggish start to notch a 55-15 victory over Brentwood College. The Grade 9 Man Of The Match was Brek Ball who scored four tries and was absolutely brilliant in all phases of the game.
The junior field hockey team travelled to Shawnigan Lake School this past weekend for the ISA Championships. The team played excellent hockey throughout the tournament and were narrowly defeated 2-1 in the final.
What a difference five days can make. On Monday, the senior field hockey team lost in heartbreaking fashion to Windsor in the North Shore Championships. This meant no first-round bye in the Vancouver Sea To Sky Zone Championships. It also meant that it was a much harder schedule. However, the young Cavs proved that they can be a provincial championship contender again as they reeled off three straight victories to win the Zone Championship on Friday afternoon.
The senior field hockey team defeated York House 1-0 yesterday to move onto the Vancouver Sea To Sky Zone Final today at Rutledge Field. York House came into the playoffs as the #1 ranked team from the Vancouver Independent league so the Cavs were a slight underdog going into the game.
After a tough shoot-out loss in the North Shore AA Final on Tuesday, the senior field hockey team bounced back today with a 2-0 win over Little Flower Academy. The Cavs now move onto the Vancouver Sea To Sky Zone semi-finals tomorrow.
We have another fantastic crew of athletes this week including two record-setting swimmers.
The junior field hockey team continues to mature and despite their youth are playing fantastic hockey against some very tough North Shore teams. Here is a report from Coach Kovesi on yesterday's game:
You have to give it to our senior soccer team. They love to give their fans full entertainment value. For the fifth time this year, the Cavs went to a penalty shoot-out to decide a game. After a thrilling win over STA on Tuesday in a shoot-out, Collingwood defeated Windsor yesterday in a similar fashion. Here is Coach Cantarutti's report:
This was a momentous week as it was the first time that fans were allowed back inside Collingwood to watch volleyball in almost two years. With the 2020 season wiped out by the pandemic, the last time fans watched our Cavs play at home was November 2019. Needless to say, the players were thrilled to have their parents, grandparents and siblings there to cheer them on.
The Grade 9 rugby team travelled across the bridge to the pristine fields of St. George's yesterday. Awaiting the Cavs was a Saints team hoping for revenge after Collingwood defeated them in an early season scrimmage and in the ISA 7's tournament. However, it was Collingwood that once again emerged triumphant with an emphatic 30-0 win. Meanwhile at Klahanie Park, the Grade 8 team was defeating Handsworth 46-19.
High school sports may be back, but there are still some big differences when it comes to competition during a pandemic. Our swimmers got a good taste of this on Wednesday when they travelled to Richmond for the ISA Championships. While the races provided the same excellent level of competition, the athletes faced a cold new reality as no one was allowed on the pool deck until right before their race. Thus, instead of cheering on their teammates in the warmth of humid pool air, all swimmers were quickly ushered outside. Not an ideal situation, but the Cavs persevered and posted some great results. A big thank you to Coaches Ashley Carlbeck and Yuri Yoon who organized tents, jackets and a heater for our athletes. Here is a report from Coach Yoon.
This week's Athletes Of The Week feature athletes from cross-country, field hockey, rugby and soccer.
Collingwood wins over St. Thomas Aquinas (STA) in senior boys' soccer are about as rare as unicorn sightings on the North Shore. STA has long been a thorn in the side of the Cavs and many terrific Collingwood teams have fallen to them over the years. On Tuesday afternoon, it appeared that STA was once again on their way to victory as they quickly scored to make it 1-0. However, a fantastic second-half performance by the Cavs forced a penalty shoot-out that Collingwood won 4-3. Here is a report from Coach Huis in't Veld:
The senior field hockey team defeated Rockridge yesterday 4-3 in the rain and the cold. It was a miserable day but the two teams put on a spirited performance with plenty of excitement for all the fans standing bravely under umbrellas.
The senior field hockey team kicked off their season with three straight games against tough AAA teams. On this past Monday, the Cavs finally faced a AA opponent. The Rockridge Ravens are also in the North Shore Premier league, but will be attempting to qualify for the AA BC Championships just like Collingwood. This meant it was a very important game for the Cavs.
Our Collingwood teams are back playing games and every week there are amazing performances by our athletes. These performances are being recognized by their coaches who are nominating their players for Athlete Of The Week honours.
The Grade 9 volleyball team is off to a perfect start as they have yet to lose a game in their two 3-0 victories this year. The Cavs started the season with a victory over Mulgrave. They then followed this up with a road trip to the Sunshine Coast where they defeated Chatelech. The team is playing terrific volleyball and is incredibly deep. Coaches Pagtakhan, Haston and Dowling can turn to any number of winning combinations with their talented squad. Next up for the Cavs is a local derby-doubleheader as they play West Van and Rockridge next Wednesday at home at 4:00 and 5:30.
The junior field hockey team is comprised solely of Grade 8 and 9 students this year. This makes it tough when they play bigger schools who not only have more students to choose from but also have Grade 10's on their teams. Although wins may be hard to come by early in the season, the junior coaches feel the future is very bright for this talented group of young players. Here is a report from Coach Allan:
School sports are back and Collingwood's teams were quick to take to the field/court last week. It is impossible to adequately describe the joy felt by athletes, coaches and fans as the Cavs played games across the North Shore and in Victoria during the past seven days. It's simply fantastic for our teams and athletes to be back in action.
While many students across Canada last year had no high school sports at all, Collingwood students were able to participate in a robust Athletics program. Our coaches worked hard to maximize fun since there were no games. However, we all know that athletes want to compete and happily this year our teams will once again be taking the field against the best teams from the North Shore and across the province.
Bronwyn Bird and her teammates on the Junior National Field Hockey team have won the Pan-American Junior Championship and now have qualified for the Junior World Cup in South Africa. The Canadian team defeated Uruguay 1-0 in the final to earn Canada's first berth to the Junior World Cup since 2013.
Read more about this big win here:
Bronwyn Bird led Collingwood to three straight provincial gold medals in field hockey. She is now about to step onto a bigger stage as a member of the Canadian National Junior Team at the Pan American Junior Championships. Bronwyn and her teammates will be travelling to Santiago, Chile for the tournament that takes place August 21-28.
Collingwood 2014 grad Madison Mailey won an Olympic gold medal today as part of Canada's eight rowing crew. Canada's team led from start to finish and held off the current world champions from New Zealand to win the gold. It was a tremendous performance. Canada has not won the women's eight since 1992 in Barcelona.
Madison is the first graduate of Collingwood to win an Olympic gold medal.
Drew Mozell is currently in Saalfelden Leogang, Austria where he is preparing to compete in the Mercedes-Benz UCI MTB World Cup event there. Drew will be representing Canada in the Junior (U-19) category and will race in the downhill. It sounds like it will be quite the ride for Drew as the event website makes it very clear that the course will be challenging for even the best riders.
Collingwood 2014 alum Madison Mailey is off to the Olympics in Japan. Madison will be rowing in the Women's Eight. Madison qualified last year as well but went through the heartbreak all our Olympians felt when the Tokyo games were cancelled due to Covid-19. However, Madison kept up her training and now will become the third Collingwood Olympian. Janet McLachlan represented Canada in the Wheelchair Basketball at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Emily Overholt was on Canada's swim team at the 2016 Olympics.
While the athletics program has thrived this year at Collingwood despite the pandemic, it is clear that our athletes truly miss the thrill and excitement of all-out competition. With this in mind, Coach Tom Larisch had a brainwave. He proposed organizing a 'rugby program day' where each grade's players were divided into two even teams and then they would combine with the other grades and play in a match where the cumulative score decided the winner. Thus, the Grade 8's would be just as important as the Grade 12's in securing your team the victory.
Although the pandemic has made it difficult to run an athletics program this year, there are certain sports that are easier to run than others in this difficult time. Mountain biking is definitely one of those sports as it is outside and the athletes are naturally distanced due to the activity. With this in mind, the mountain bike coaches were keen to get their riders on the trails and there was a record number of riders who were ready to go. Here is a report from Coach Ramsden:
The Varsity Letters blog is run by Howard Tsumura. For years, Howard covered local high school and university action for the Vancouver Province newspaper. He has a real passion for promoting young athletes and his blog has included many stories on Collingwood students and teams.
This week, Howard wrote an article on the student-athletes who will be making a big splash next season in senior girls' AA basketball. Lucy Xu and Reese Tam were the only two athletes going into Grade 10 on the list. This is a fantastic accomplishment as everyone else on the list is going into Grade 12.
Here is a link to the article:
Coach Morgan McLaughlin has always done an amazing job of celebrating her Grade 12 graduating players at the end of each season. This year's senior team had six terrific Grade 12's who would have undoubtedly led the team to a second-straight berth in the Vancouver Sea To Sky AA Zone Championships.
Sadly, we'll never know how great this team may have been. While this is disappointing for both players and coaches, Coach McLaughlin made sure that the grads were feted in outstanding fashion with a "Covid-friendly" Seniors' Night last Friday.
Here is a summary of the night from Coach M:
Last year when the alpine team headed home after another successful BC Championships, they were undoubtedly thinking that more glory lay ahead for many of them. The team was losing some key individuals but the 2020-21 squad looked formidable. Of course mere days later, the world changed completely and this year's alpine events and championships were cancelled months ago.
However, coaches Ramsden, Waterhouse and Ravensbergen were determined to give the team a chance to get on the mountains again and as a result a five-week program was run after the Christmas Break. Here is Coach Ramsden's report:
When schools shut down last spring, our Grade 12 athletes were denied a chance to compete one last time in Collingwood colours. This was tough on our spring athletes, but particularly on the rugby, girls' soccer and tennis teams who all had a legitimate chance to bring home provincial gold.
One of the things that was put aside during the sudden closure of schools last March was the delivery of the BC Alpine Championships Combined Banner. Last year at the BC Alpine Championships, the ski team left the mountain uncertain if they had finished first or second in the Combined Championship. The race for this title was so close that the organizers needed time to ascertain who had actually won. By the time it was determined that the Cavs were triumphant, the team was well on its way home.