Brentwood Athletics Review – February 2016
Basketball and hockey are the main competitive sports that run through our busy second term and all of these teams have enjoyed successful seasons.
Our Hockey teams have just finished hosting the 17th annual Ross Cup Tournament, one of the top high-school hockey tournaments in the province. Our senior team, fresh off its tour of Ontario and Quebec, was primed and ready to play. After avenging an earlier loss in the season with a big win over St. George’s in the semi-final, the team advanced to play a very talented side from Kitsilano (Vancouver). Our team played unquestionably their best hockey of the year and pulled out an amazing 4-1 victory and captured it first ever Ross Cup championship! It was a great moment for the coaching staff, the team, and the school.
Our Girls Basketball program also had an excellent season. The senior girls had a number of highlights including a thrilling Showcase win over Shawnigan in front of a capacity crowd at the Woodward Sportsplex. The team won the Mid-island league and advanced to the South Island championship where they, unfortunately, had to deal with a number of critical injuries: they battled hard to come fifth in the South Island.
The Junior Girls also had an excellent season. They captured bronze at the ISA championship, won the Mid-island league and earned a berth to the Island Championships. At the junior level this is no small accomplishment as there is no distinction between tiers and thus Brentwood, as a 2A school, must compete against much larger 3A and 4A schools. At Islands, the girls played outstanding basketball and earned our best finish in recent history by coming 5th on the Island. If these juniors continue to play and develop, the future looks bright for this program.
Our Senior Boys Basketball team also had some impressive accomplishments this season. They captured gold at the ISA tournament, gold at the Claremont Spartan Invitational, finished second in the North Island Championship and eventually came fourth at Islands thereby narrowly missing out on a provincial berth.
Our Junior B boys also had a nice season finishing 3rd in the Mid-island and for the first time in a while, Brentwood fielded a Grade 8 basketball team in an exhibition tournament where the boys showed some promise.
The biggest basketball story of the year was unquestionably our Junior A Boys team. These boys won all five tournaments that they entered, including our first ever Island Championship, an historic moment for our program. With the win, the team qualified for the provincial championships which featured the top 32 teams from around the province. It is worth noting that Brentwood was the only 2A team that qualified for this event.
The boys won their opening three games, though none were easy, which set up a semi-final match-up with the tournament #1 seed from Handsworth SS. It was a one point game at half but Brentwood played terrific basketball in the second half, out executing the Handsworth side and came away with an upset victory thereby earning a trip to the final against local favorite, Walnut Grove.
The South Court at the Langley Events Center was packed for the final game, largely with Walnut Grove fans who did not have far to travel, but there was a great contingent of Brentwood staff and parents on hand as well. It was a hard-fought, back and forth affair. Some clutch shooting and terrific defense by the Brentwood boys saw them through to a 51-43 victory. It was a remarkable accomplishment and the school’s first ever Provincial Basketball Title!
As we know, the third term is a very busy time for Brentwood sport. We will be closely following all our competitive teams which include Junior and Senior Girls Soccer, Girls and Boys Rugby, Golf, Tennis and, of course, our Rowing teams. Whether you are on the water, the fields, the fairways or the courts, it promises to be an action-packed term and we are excited for what lies ahead!
Have a wonderful spring break!
Mr. Blake Gage, Director of Athletics