Beginning of Ball Season
As Brentwood athletes clap off their cleats and put away their knee pads, Pascal Siakams, Sue Birds, Steph Currys & Kia Nurses are dusted off to meet the Foote Center’s Wheaton Gym floor.
In the first term, Brentwood students were encouraged to participate in girls Volleyball or Field hockey, or Soccer or Junior Rugby for the boys - as the fall term is their competitive season. But as their seasons end, many heads are turned to the Brentwood Basketball program.
The Senior Girls program, coached by Ms Napier, and the Senior Boys by Mr Gage, are both expecting an exciting, and successful season.
After creating recent history last year by qualifying for the Provincial Championships at the Langley Events Centre, the Senior Girls team is looking forward to competitive games, growth and sisterhood. After losing two starters last year in Athletic Prefect, Jocie L, Mack ‘22 and Spanish superstar Ona G, Mack ‘23 - as well as Brentwood Basketball Lifers Sophie B and Eric E, Mack ‘22 - the team is looking to fill these spots with young’uns brought up from the Junior team.
After having an undefeated season until the finals of the Island Championship, the team was looking forward to representing the Brentwood ‘B’ at the Provincial level, playing against the best AA schools in British Columbia. Last March, after our journey to the Langley Events Center, I wrote, “Adversity, difficulties, misfortune became something the Senior Girls Basketball team became very familiar with”. Not only did the team struggle with a late start to the season because of delayed volleyball provincials, but also mid-season games (including our Showcase) were canceled due to a wave of Covid that decimated the group. There were also injuries.
The loss of Co-Captain Miranda NP, Alex ‘23, as she drove to the paint tearing her ACL and fracturing her tibia in our second game at Provincials, shocked the team, as all eyes had been set on this season, time for redemption. Many athletes would sulk and give up on their goals, but Miranda did exactly the opposite. She flew to Mexico to get her surgery ASAP, and started her recovery. For the past nine months, she has been working tirelessly to get back on her feet, back on the court, and back with the team.
So this season, we play for redemption - we play not to prove ourselves to others, but to prove to ourselves and our teammates that we are a force to be reckoned with. This year we strive to win the Island Championships, qualify for Provincials, and continue to create history in the Red and Black.
The season officially began on November 22nd, with our first league game against Shawnigan on December 8th. We are the hosts for Islands this year, so there will be plenty of opportunity to see this group play on our quest for a second trip to the big show.
So Brentwood, we were decent at Showcase Soccer, we were loud at Showcase Volleyball, but I know we can be louder. And both boysand girls Showcase Basketball will give us a chance to prove it. Grab your red hair spray or cowboy hats, and if you're Davis P, Whittall ‘23 your red crop top - that certainly does not comply with the dress code - and be ready to “Fire me up Brentwood!” - Quinn B, Ellis ‘24.
Jensa NG, Mack, ‘23