The senior girls' basketball team played three tough games in three days last week in a quest to earn a berth to the BC Championships. It was always going to be a difficult task to win one of the five berths since the depth of the new Vancouver Sea To Sky zone in AA basketball is truly remarkable. This task became all but impossible when two of the starting five were unable to make Friday's game. Despite this setback, the Cavs played inspired basketball and battled to the bitter end. Here is Coach McLaughlin's tournament report:
Last week turned out to be a disappointing experience for the senior boys' basketball team. The Cavs dropped two out of three games at the Howe Sound Championships. Thankfully, all of this will be forgotten with a strong showing at this week's Vancouver Sea To Sky Championships. This new championship will decide what three schools from Collingwood's zone earn a berth in the BC Championships. Here is Coach Wong's breakdown of last week and the path ahead for the Cavs:
When Athens Wu showed up to her first high school wrestling practice this year, Coach Larisch knew he a rare talent on his hands. It was immediately apparent that she was tough, athletic and had a personality well-suited to the hard work and sweat that goes into wrestling. As the year progressed, it became clear that Athens was a natural. Thus, it is no surprise that in her first ever BC Championships that she reached the semi-finals.
The North Shore is such a hotbed of high school basketball that it always difficult for small schools like Collingwood to compete at the Grade 8-10 level when competition is not tiered. The North Shore premier leagues are loaded with AAA and AAAA schools that have far larger student populations from which to draw their athletes. Thus, when Collingwood teams advance to a North Shore Final, it is a really big deal. This week, Collingwood had both their Grade 8 Boys' and Girls' teams in the North Shore Championship game. This is the first time in school history both teams have reached the championship game in the same year.
Collingwood's small but mighty wrestling team took to the mats on Friday in the Vancouver Sea To Sky Zone Championships. It was a banner day for the team as four of the five wrestlers qualified for the BC Championships and Athens Wu and Inno De Cotiis both won gold medals.
The Alpine team was in action on Thursday at the North Shore Championships at Whistler. There were some very tough conditions but the Alpine Cavs rose to the occasion and all four teams qualified for the BC Championships. This is a tremendous accomplishment. Here is Coach Ramsden's report:
The Grade 8 girls' basketball team rallied from a 7-point deficit with under two minutes to play to win a thrilling 39-37 semi-final game over Argyle yesterday. The victory puts the Cavs into the North Shore Final where they will face Mulgrave. This game is on Tuesday at 3:45 at Mulgrave.
The senior boys' basketball team said goodbye to seven grads last night and they sent them out with an outstanding 72-53 win over Windsor. The Cavs finished league play with a 6-1 record. This means that Collingwood will host Elphinstone on Tuesday at 5:30 in their North Shore quarter-final game.
The Grade 8 girls' basketball team has had a very successful season so far. They won the Archbishop Carney tournament in mid-January, finished 2nd in the Cap University tournament in December and posted an impressive 5-1 record in North Shore league play. Yesterday afternoon, they romped through their North Shore quarterfinal with an easy 57-18 win over Carson Graham.
The Grade 8 boys' basketball team powered their way through their first three games of the St. John's tournament before running into an excellent Lord Byng squad in the final. The Cavs had a 10-point lead partway through the third quarter, but they lacked 'the killer instinct' and allowed Byng back into the game before succumbing to the Grey Ghosts 55-45. Here is Coach Yoon's report:
Across North America, high schools are in the midst of celebrating their graduating basketball players with Seniors' Nights. Although these nights are always special, they are a little more special if the home team sends its seniors off with a win.
For most of last night, it appeared that this would not be the case for Collingwood's senior girls. The Cavs were facing a tough Notre Dame team that entered the 4th quarter with a 47-31 lead. However, in true storybook fashion, the Cavs roared back and won the game on a last-second lay-up by Sara Fraser. This meant that Dorreh Assadi, Keira McCord and Ivy Zhu won the final home game of their high school careers.
Since the Christmas Break ended, the wrestling team has had an action-packed return to competition. This past Friday, Coaches Larisch and De Cotiis took four wrestlers to Western Canadian meet in Abbotsford.
The senior boys' basketball team had a fantastic three days as they won their home tournament with a 83-64 win over local rival Mulgrave. This win was especially sweet as Mulgrave had beat the Cavs earlier this season in the team's only meeting. This time the Cavs slowly began to take charge in the second quarter of game and then began to extend their lead throughout the second half. Tournament MVP Lochlan Collins had a huge game for the Cavs and Tournament All-Star Will Zhang had another massive game as well. Here is Coach Wong's game report:
The senior boys' basketball team breezed through their opening game of the Cav Classic, but their second-round opponent seemed to be a much different animal. The Mt Boucherie Bears had scored 106 points in their opening game and their size and strength made it look like a battle between men and boys. However, the Cavs played their best game of the year and their amazing team defence held the Bears to a meagre 49 points. Here is Coach Wong's report on the epic win:
The senior girls' basketball team finished 3rd in the Cav Classic this weekend. After losing in the semi-final against a formidable Argyle squad, the Cavs bounced back with a hard-fought 62-57 win over Mulgrave.
It is once again the Cav Classic weekend. 16 teams from across BC have descended on the Morven campus for three days of basketball. Both Collingwood teams were decisive winners on Day 1 of the tournament. The boys played the opening game and quickly established their dominance over local rivals Windsor. The final result was Collingwood 62 - Windsor 30. The girls were equally dominant as they raced to 47-15 halftime lead before cruising to a 58-21 win Ashcroft.
On Monday, the Grade 8 boys' basketball team lost a close game to West Van in North Shore league play. The Cavs did not need to wait long to avenge that loss as they defeated the Highlanders 49-48 today in the final of the Capilano University tournament. This exciting win capped off a great three days of basketball as Collingwood defeated Carson Graham, Sentinel and Van College to earn their berth in the final. Coach Vidic is undoubtedly looking forward to the three-week Christmas Break, but he will be anxious to get his talented squad back on the floor in the new year as they definitely have a championship pedigree to them.
Here is a report from Coach Vidic:
After a three-year hiatus, the Collingwood wrestling program is back. A major recruiting drive has was led by Mr. Larisch and as a result over 15 Collingwood athletes have hit the mats in the past three weeks. This past Friday, Mr. Larisch took a small group of novice wrestlers to the 'War on Floor' in Coquitlam.
The senior girls' basketball team defeated the Carson Graham Eagles yesterday in North Shore league action. This caps a great week for the team. Here is Coach McLaughlin's game report:
The senior girls' basketball team defeated Mulgrave in North Shore league action last night. This was their second big win over the Titans in four days. This definitely gives them bragging rights over their local rival. Here is Coach McLaughlin's report:
The senior girls' basketball team has had an incredibly busy first two week's of play. With the season barely started, the Cavs have already played seven games. Here is Coach McLaughlin's report on her team's early season exploits:
The senior boys' basketball team performed very well at the No Regrets tournament this weekend. They finished 2-2 despite being very short-handed on Saturday. The Cavs played tremendous basketball against Pitt Meadows on Friday night but eventually the Air Force pulled away in the 4th quarter. On Saturday morning, the team rallied from a 9-point deficit in the last two minutes to defeat Killarney 76-75. On Saturday afternoon, it was a different story as AA #3 ranked DP Todd defeated the Cavs. Nevertheless, it was a terrific tournament for the team and Lochlan Collins was awarded a scholarship. This was very well-deserved.
The senior boys' basketball team defeated Archbishop MacDonald from Edmonton today in the opening game of the No Regrets tournament. The Cavs tipped off at 11:00am, which ensured a full house as the entire Morven campus was on Flex Block which meant that all 600 students were in the gym. It was a great atmosphere and the hometown Cavs did not disappoint as they pulled away in the second half for a 79-52 victory.
The Grade 8 boys' basketball team is off to a fantastic 2-0 start in North Shore league play. Not only have the Cavs won their first two games but they have defeated two perennial basketball powers - Handsworth and STA. Here is Coach Yoon's report:
The Grade 9/10 girls' basketball team opened North Shore league play in style with a convincing win over STA yesterday. Here is Coach Mulock's game report:
The No Regrets Basketball tournament is this weekend across the North Shore. This Co-Ed tournament is one of the biggest tournaments in BC and a highlight of the year for many of the teams that compete in it. As usual, Collingwood will be front and centre as we will be hosting numerous games including the boys and girls' finals. The Cavs will take to the court on Thursday at 11:00 in the traditional 'White Out' game that has become one of the best spirit events in the school calendar each year.
Basketball season officially started last week and as usual Collingwood was front and centre as the school hosted the Junior Cav Classic. This year the tournament featured six girls' teams and eight boys' teams. The quality of play was excellent as Walnut Grove defeated St. Pat's in a the girls' final. In the boys' final, Carson Graham overcame a tough Kits team to take home the trophy. The Collingwood teams had a tough start to the tournament but both won their final game. The girls defeated Carson Graham, while the boys were victors over Shawnigan Lake School. A big thanks to Mr. Hautz and Ms. Mulock for all their work in organizing the tournament.
The senior swim team travelled to Watermania in Richmond for the BC Championships this past Friday and Saturday. The story of the weekend was Tommy Dong who brought home a bronze medal. Here is Coach Yoon's report:
The senior volleyball team finished their season on Wednesday at the AA Vancouver Sea To Sky Zone Championships. Collingwood was the site of Pool A play on the first day of this competition. York House, Elphinstone and St. Pat's joined the Cavs in Pool A. It was an exciting day of volleyball, which was thoroughly entertaining for all who dropped into the gym to watch. Although the Cavs did not win a match, they played extremely well, especially in their first match against Elphinstone. With a number of key players returning next year, this sort of competition is exactly what Coach Jolliffe wanted to help his team get ready for next season.
The senior field hockey team defeated Shawnigan Lake School (SLS) 2-0 yesterday to win their third straight BC AA Field Hockey Championship. The last time any school completed a three-peat was way back in 97-99, when Collingwood was also the dominant school in AA field hockey.
The Grade 8 rugby team avenged their league loss to Carson Graham by defeating the Eagles 31-14 in the North Shore Final today. It was a fantastic display of rugby by the Cavs, especially in the second half when they pulled away from Carson to establish a 24-7 lead, which basically assured the win. Here is Coach Hall's game report on the massive win:
Maisie Hastings scored her second hat-trick of the BC Field Hockey AA Championships this morning against the JL Crowe Hawks and then followed this up with another hat-trick this afternoon against GW Graham. Maisie's nine goals in four games has helped propel the Cavs into the semi-finals tomorrow. Collingwood will face York House at 11:00am.
It has been many years since the senior field hockey team has lost a game on Day 1 of the BC Championships and today was no different. The Cavs defeated the Lambrick Park Lions 3-0 this morning and then easily dispatched the Southridge Storm 7-0 this afternoon.
The Grade 8 rugby team defeated West Van 46-35 yesterday in a North Shore semi-final. The Cavs now advance to the North Shore Championship game this Thursday at Klahanie. As the score indicates, it was a fantastic display of offensive rugby. Collingwood's attack was multi-faceted and the team scored some glorious tries. Here is the game report from Coach Hall:
The swim team travelled to Watermania in Richmond last week for the Vancouver Sea To Sky Zone Championships. As is all sports, our swimmers need to qualify for the BC Championships through this brand new zone due to BC School Sports re-aligning zones. In the case of swimming, this has created a much bigger 'super-zone' so the competition to qualify for provincials was fiercer than ever. Here is Coach Yoon's report:
The senior volleyball team entered the 16-team ISA Championships with the goal of making it into Tier 1 pool play for the second day of competition. The squad knew this would make Saturday at Crofton House a very tough day indeed, but they were determined to challenge themselves. In the end, the Cavs did qualify for Tier 1 play. While they finished 8th, it was a great experience for this very young team. Here is Coach Jolliffe's report:
The senior soccer team fought their way into the North Shore playoffs with last week's 1-0 win over second-place Bodwell. However, the Cavs could not overcome a strong Windsor Dukes team yesterday and were eliminated after their 0-3 loss.
The Grade 8 rugby team has enjoyed as terrific season so far. They have posted a 3-1 North Shore league record to earn a home semi-final next Monday at Klahanie Park.
Collingwood's cross-country team has competed throughout the season in a series of North Shore meets. In years past, the season would be capped off by the Howe Sound Zone Meet. However, due to BC School Sports re-alignment, the season now features the Vancouver Sea To Sky Zone Championship. Thus, the runners headed off to Jericho Park last Tuesday for this new competition. Here is the report from Coach Pool:
It has been quite the week for the senior field hockey team. Last Saturday, they won the ISA Championships. Then on Monday, they won the North Shore AA Championship. Finally today, they won the inaugural Vancouver Sea To Sky AA Zone Championship with a 5-0 win over Little Flower Academy.
The Grade 9 volleyball team plays STA in North Shore playoff action next Monday. Based on yesterday's thrilling 5-set loss to Handsworth, the team seems to be peaking at just the right time. Handsworth had not lost more than one set all year in league action, but the Cavs stormed back from a two-set deficit to force a fifth set before finally succumbing to the mighty Royals.
The senior soccer team went into today's game against the Bodwell Bruins knowing they needed an outright win and a little help from Seycove if they wanted to secure the final position for the North Shore playoffs. The Cavs did their part with a terrific 1-0 win over Bodwell. And Seycove did their part with a 4-2 upset victory over Rockridge. As a result, the Cavs' season is still alive and they will play on Tuesday.
The senior volleyball team has a couple of big weeks ahead of them. This weekend, they will be playing in the 16-team ISA Championships. The calibre of play at this tournament is excellent so it will be a good test for the squad.
It will also get them ready for the AA Vancouver Sea-To-Sky Zone Championships that they are helping to host in November. St. Thomas Aquinas will be hosting both days but Collingwood has been tapped to help out on Day 1 of this tournament. This means the Cavs will get to play at home, which will be great for the team as they will undoubtedly get lots of fans out.
Here is a report from Coach Jolliffe:
The Grade 10 volleyball team has two key games this week that will decide whether they make it into the North Shore Playoffs or not. They play Chatelech and West Van in two must-win games. Here is Coach Lee's report on a fine performance at the ISA Championships last weekend:
The senior girls' field hockey dynasty just keeps rolling along. The Cavs defeated Windsor 5-0 to win their 12th straight North Shore title. The Cavs have won 11 AA Championships and 1 AAA Championship in the past 12 years.
The senior field hockey defeated Shawnigan Lake School 2-1 to repeat as ISA Champions. After easily winning their first three games of the tournament, the Cavs faced their first taste of adversity when they fell behind 0-1 to the Stags. However, the team rallied and played some terrific hockey to bring back the historical Wiggins Cup to Collingwood for the second straight year.
The junior field hockey team travelled to Shawnigan Lake this weekend for the ISA Championships. The Cavs returned home with a 3-1 record and the bronze medal. Collingwood's only loss came in the semi-final to Crofton House in a shoot-out. However, the team re-grouped and finished the day with a 5-3 win over York House to finish third.
The senior soccer team defeated Seycove 4-2 yesterday to push their league record to 2-1-1. The Cavs now have two outright wins, one shootout win and one shootout loss. They are currently tied with Windsor for third-place with nine points. With this in mind, tomorrow's game against Windsor has massive playoff implications.
The senior field hockey is enjoying a rare day of rest on Thanksgiving Monday after another terrific performance at the Bridgman Cup. The Bridgman Cup brings together the finest AA and AAA teams from across the province. The three-day tournament is definitely a chance to see exactly how you stack up against the other great teams in BC.
The senior field hockey defeated the Argyle Pipers 5-0 to complete their North Shore league play for the season. The Cavs were the only AA team in the North Shore Premier league and they showed their class by posting a 3-1 record. Collingwood also defeated West Van 4-1 and Carson Graham 7-0. Their only loss came to AAA powerhouse Handsworth.