The Grade 9 girls' basketball team finished the Vancouver and District Championships with two losses, but they will enter the BC Championships later this week as the #5 seed. Four of the top five provincial seeds competed in V & D Championships so a 4th place finish in that event is nothing to sneeze at for this amazing group of athletes.
It will be the second time in three years that Collingwood has competed in the Grade 9 BC Championships. The current Grade 11 girls finished 10th two years ago. This year's team will open against Vedder Secondary at 12:00 on Thursday at Britannia Secondary in Vancouver. A win will set up yet another game against local rival and #4 seed Argyle.
Here is Coach Fraser's report on the V & D bronze medal game:
This past weekend, Collingwood hosted the Grade 8 Boys' and Girls' ISA Championships. This was a true basketball extravaganza as there were two 10-team tournaments going on at the same time. There was fantastic energy in the building all weekend long. Collingwood had two girls' teams in the tournament. Both teams played well but found wins hard to come by. The Grade 8 boys fared much better as they won the bronze medal with a solid win over St. George's B. The team also defeated Stratford Hall, but fell to the eventual champions Southridge in their semi-final. Here is a report from Coach Vidic:
The Grade 9 girls' basketball team continued their winning ways with a 31-28 win over the McRoberts Strikers. The Cavs' terrific first half propelled them to victory in the first round of the Vancouver and District playoffs. The team now moves onto the semi-finals today. Here is Coach Fraser's report on the win:
The alpine team had a fantastic day at the North Shore Championships. Three teams have qualified for the BC Championships. As usual our boys' and girls' ski teams are off to the provincials, but this year they are being joined by the boys' snowboard team. Of course, last year our skiers brought home all three provincial banners. Hopes are high that the teams will once again be on top of the podium. Here is Coach Ramsden's report:
The Grade 9 girls' basketball team rallied from a late 4th quarter 7-point deficit to stun the Argyle Pipers with a fantastic 41-40 victory. This is only the third time in Collingwood's history that a girls' team has ever won a North Shore Grade 8 -10 title. When you are competing against powerhouse AAA schools on the North Shore, it takes a very special group of athletes to even make a final. These girls made the final as Grade 8's and Argyle handled them relatively easily. This year, the Cavs refused to be beat and are now North Shore Champions. Congratulations to entire team and Coaches Kadin Burnett and Duncan Fraser. Here is Coach Fraser's game report:
The Grade 9 girls' basketball team defeated STA on Tuesday to advance to the North Shore Final. This is the second year in a row that this group of girls has earned a berth in the championship game. This is an amazing accomplishment for the squad. Standing in their way are the Argyle Pipers. Argyle has a powerhouse program so this will be a tough game for the Cavs, but this team has an amazing 'never-say-die' attitude so it should be a great game. Here is a game report from the semi-final from Coach Fraser:
The senior basketball team has run into a series of injuries to key players. To lose so many top-notch players would be an issue for most high school teams, but Coach Wong has enormous depth in his squad this year. Thus, he turned to his bench on Tuesday night against Seycove and his players responded. Although the team suffered a narrow loss to the Seahawks, it was terrific to see so many players rise to the occasion when they were given an increase in playing time. This turned out to be a big confidence boost for the players who then stepped it up even more on Thursday. Here is Coach Wong's report on the big win over STA:
The Grade 10 girls' basketball team kept their perfect record against North Shore Division 1 teams alive as they defeated the Sentinel Spartans this afternoon. The Cavs now move onto the Division 1 North Shore Final. Here is Coach Mulock's game report:
The senior girls' basketball team has had a tremendous season so far. They have dominated the North Shore Division 1 league and they have sought out tough opposition in tournaments across the province. The Cavs open playoff action against the #1 Premier league team on Monday. Playing STA in their home gym will be a big challenge for the Cavs, but as you read Coach McLaughlin's report, you will see that the team has been preparing themselves and should be ready for this tough test. Here is Coach M's report:
The senior boys' made it all the way to the final of the Cav Classic before falling to the AA #2 ranked Westsyde Whundas for the second week in a row. Coach Wong's squad played three amazing quarters against the Whundas on Saturday afternoon before they ran out of steam in the final stanza. Westsyde's well-balanced offence and terrific discipline on defence make them a formidable opponent. However, Coach Wong has been really pleased with his team's play over the past 10 days. The fact that they pushed Westsyde so hard in the Cav Classic final with Brodie Jacobs playing very little and Lochlan Collins not playing at all due to injury bodes well for future match-ups. Here is a report from Coach Wong:
The Grade 9 girls' basketball team continued their brilliant play by winning the ISA Junior Tier 2 tournament this weekend. The ISA Junior Tier 2 tournament features Grade 9/10 teams from smaller ISA schools. Collingwood always sends their Grade 9 team to this tournament so that the team will gain experience by playing against older and bigger opponents. It therefore speaks volumes about this group of girls that they came away with the gold medals. Here is Coach Fraser's report:
The Grade 9 girls' basketball team kept their perfect league record intact with a come-from-behind victory over the West Van Highlanders yesterday. The home crowd was treated to an impressive rally late in the 3rd quarter. With momentum in their favour, the Cavs kept it going in the 4th and pulled away from the stunned Highlanders. Here is Coach Fraser's report:
The Grade 10 girls' basketball team defeated Sentinel on Monday to push their record to 5-0 in Division 1 league play. The Cavs have a very small roster but there is definite talent on the squad. Here is Coach Mulock's game report:
It was billed as a battle for first-place, but Rockridge was no match for the senior girls' basketball team as the Cavs fast-break ripped the Ravens apart from the opening whistle. The final result was a convincing 66-36 win for Collingwood as they took sole possession of first place in Division 1. It was a fantastic way for the team to say goodbye to its five graduating players. As usual, Coach McLaughlin put on a tremendous night for the athletes who have given so much to the girls' basketball program for the past five years. Here is Coach McLaughlin's report:
The Grade 10 boys' basketball team came home with the ISA bronze medal this weekend. The team defeated West Point Grey in the opener 71-39. They fell to eventual champion Southridge in the semi-final before bouncing back to defeat SMUS 54-48 to win the bronze. William Zhang led the way in the bronze medal game with 19 points. Coach Ditson also had praise for Nate Holm and Casra Mohammedrezai who played well throughout the tournament.
The Grade 9 girls' basketball team has continued to roll over North Shore opposition. The Cavs defeated Sentinel and STA this week to move their record to a glittering 4-0. Here is Coach Fraser's report:
Seasoned travellers know that when you travel the world that sometimes your luggage just doesn't follow you to your destination. This was the case for the senior boys' basketball team as they all made it safely to Germany after a delay on the Ottawa airport tarmac but sadly their luggage did not follow suit.
Despite this major inconvenience, the team had a fantastic trip to Europe. The itinerary is so unique for a North American team that the boys couldn't help but thrive on adventure that so perfectly blends the cultural brilliance of Europe with terrific basketball. Here is Coach Wong's report:
The senior girls' basketball team is on a roll. After winning the Richmond Colts tournament on the weekend, the Cavs faced Seycove last night at home. Coach McLaughlin had intentionally scheduled Seycove in order to test her young squad. Seycove has been one of the class girls' basketball programs in recent years in BC. Here is Coach McLaughlin's game report on a huge victory for Collingwood:
The senior girls' basketball team had an amazing weekend as they won the Richmond Colts tournament. This was a fantastic result for the team. Coach McLaughlin was in very merry spirits indeed on Saturday night when she arrived at the PE Christmas Party with such good news. Congratulations to the team. Here is Coach McLaughlin's tournament report:
The senior girls' basketball team kicked off this week with a West Van doubleheader as they played the West Van Highlanders and the Sentinel Spartans on successive nights. The Cavs came away with two impressive victories over their local rivals. Here is Coach McLaughlin's game report on the two big wins:
David Thompson came to explore the North Shore this afternoon but the mountain air was not to their liking as Collingwood's senior boys' basketball team sent them back to the fog of Vancouver with their compasses askew. Here is Coach Wong's report on two big wins this week:
The Grade 9 girls' basketball team marched to their second straight victory over the STA Fighting Saints on Tuesday evening. This team has enormous potential and is already playing some superb basketball this season under Coaches Burnett and Fraser. Here is Coach Fraser's game report:
The senior girls' basketball team travelled to Victoria last weekend for the ISA Championships. There were nine teams entered in the championships, which is far from an ideal number. As a result, it was inevitable that some teams would end up with minimal rest between games. Sadly, it was Collingwood that drew the short straw on both days as the Cavs ended up getting only one game's rest on both Friday and Saturday. Naturally, this meant the team was quite tired in their second and fourth games of the tournament. Despite this, the team played some excellent basketball and finished the tournament with a 2-2 record and a 4th place finish. Here is the report from Ms. McLaughlin:
Last year, the Grade 8 girls' basketball team rolled through league play and the playoffs before running into the AAA Argyle Pipers in the North Shore Final. This year, the same group of girls started their Grade 9 season in impressive fashion by winning the Silver Division of the Cap University Tournament.
The senior boys' basketball team travelled to Victoria on Friday afternoon for a series of exhibition games. Foremost on their mind was the game against St. Michaels University School(SMUS). SMUS is a long-time AA basketball power and a win over them is always worth rejoicing. Coach Wong sends this report on the Island trip and the Cavs' busy first week:
Basketball season started this past Monday and Collingwood's teams have already played an array of exhibition games across the North Shore, Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Seven of eight teams are in action this weekend in tournaments.
The senior boys' basketball team has opened their season with two wins in two days. Yesterday, they travelled to Langley to play the Langley Christian Lightning. The Cavs showed 'good resilience' according to Coach Wong as they did not panic when they let a 15-point lead slip away in the 4th quarter. Lochlan Collins hit some key free throws at the end of the game to seal a 67-64 victory. Coach Wong had praise for Tyler Preston who was 'a beast' on the boards.
Collingwood had 14 racers at the BC Swimming Championships last weekend. The team did very well and Coach Yoon was very happy with the results. Coach Yoon deserves a big thank you as he stepped into the swim coach/manager position this year. Here is his report:
The senior field hockey team woke up Friday morning knowing that the BC AA title was well within their grasp. All they had to do was a little House cleaning – that is they needed to take care of York House and then long-time rival Crofton House and the championship would be coming home to Collingwood.
First it was the Grizzlies. Then the Hornets and the Hawks fell in quick succession. Finally, this afternoon, the mythical Blue Jags fell to the might of Collingwood's senior field hockey team. The final result is that the Cavs are off the BC AA semi-finals yet again.
The senior field hockey team is known for great Day 1 starts at the BC AA Field Hockey Championships. Collingwood opened their 2017 quest for gold with a pair of convincing wins. They defeated the GW Grizzlies 6-1 in the morning and followed this up with a 6-0 victory over the South Okanagan Hornets.
The senior girls' volleyball team finished their season with a fine showing at the ISA Tier 2 Championships. Collingwood hosted this five-team tournament, which featured teams from across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.
Three of Collingwood's cross-country runners have qualified for the BC Championships, which will be held at Jericho Beach on November 4th. Casey Lake, Alicia Ranahan and Gabby Bourgeault-Kennedy have all qualified.
The Grade 9 volleyball team has been playing terrific volleyball all year long. They travelled to Meadowridge last Friday for the ISA Tier 2 Junior Championships. This tournament attracts teams from the smaller ISA schools and Grade 9 squads from the bigger ISA schools. Coaches Lussier and Chow have combined on this report:
The senior field hockey team won its 11th straight North Shore Field Hockey Championships yesterday with a 3-0 victory over Windsor. In this amazing stretch, the Cavs have won 10 AA titles and one AAA championship for good measure. The Collingwood field hockey juggernaut does not rebuild; it reloads every year. Despite adding 11 rookies to the lineup this season, the Cavs are once again one of the best teams in the province.
The senior soccer team walked into the 'Lion's Den' Tuesday afternoon as they faced the undefeated Windsor Dukes on Windsor's home turf. However, it was the mighty Cavs that came away with the win. Collingwood pushed their league record to 3-2 with a terrific 1-0 victory.
The senior soccer team evened their league record at 2-2 with a resounding 5-0 victory over Mulgrave last Friday. The Titans were no match for Cavs' skill and speed. Blaise Benoit opened the scoring for Collingwood. The Karmali twins then got into the action as Aleem scored one goal and Imraan added two more to make it 4-0. Adam Lewis finished off the scoring.
The senior field hockey has finished North Shore AA league play undefeated and as a result has earned a spot in the North Shore Final next Monday. The Cavs defeated STA yesterday to push their record to 4-0. In those four wins, the Cavs have scored 25 goals and only allowed one.
Collingwood's two junior field hockey teams travelled to Shawnigan Lake School last weekend to participate in the ISA Junior Championships. It was a great weekend of field hockey and camaraderie as the two teams played four games each and thoroughly enjoyed their time together.
When Alexander Kerfoot and Sam Reinhart played together for the major-midget North-West Giants, it was clear that both young men had unbelievable hockey talent. While Sam chose the more direct route to the NHL with the Kootenay Ice in the WHA, Alex headed off to Harvard for four years of university hockey and an amazing education. Now both Collingwood grads are in the NHL as Alex cracked the Colorado Avalanche starting line-up this year.
The senior girls' field hockey team got exactly what they needed at the Bridgman Cup - tough games. It looks like the Cavs will roll over their North Shore AA opponents this year so it's crucial that the squad face top-notch opposition in tournaments in order to prepare for the BC Championships.
As usual, the senior field hockey players and coaches have elected to give up a huge portion of their Thanksgiving weekend to play in the prestigious Bridgman Cup Tournament in Victoria. The Bridgman brings together all the best teams in BC and Collingwood uses this as an important stepping stone to provincial success later in the season.
Last year's senior field hockey team was laden with Grade 12 veterans who led the team to BC gold medal glory in 2015 and a BC silver medal in 2016. With so many key players departing, you could easily think that this would be a re-building year for the Field Hockey Cavs. However, that is not the way at Collingwood. As usual, it is not about rebuilding, it is about reloading. Although the team is definitely young, it was clear at the ISA Championships that the team is full of potential and will only get better as the year progresses.
The senior soccer team looked good at times and created some quality chances for themselves but conceded a late goal to STA to lose 1-0 yesterday. STA came out of the gate in a very physical fashion and the Cavs were initially pushed around a bit, but as the game progressed Collingwood gained confidence. The Cavs will now look for their first league win on Tuesday against Rockridge.
The senior soccer team's 5th place finish at the ISA Championships is not going to go down as one of the school's great historical sporting moments, but there were enough positive signs that Coach Lake came away from the weekend in a very optimistic frame of mind. In fact, the team was incredibly close to playing for a medal. A penalty-shot loss against West Point Grey on Saturday morning prevented the team from earning a berth in the bronze medal game.
Madison Mailey has been having a very good summer on the water. First, she was named to the Canadian U-23 rowing team and now her boat has won the World title. Here is a news release from Northeastern, where Madison attends university: