Brentwood Athletics Review – February 2017

Friday, March 03, 2017 - By: Mr. Blake Gage

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 team has just finished hosting the 18th Annual Ross Cup Tournament, one of the top high-school hockey tournaments in BC. Our senior team was primed and played some excellent hockey putting itself in the semi-final against a very strong side from St. George’s. Despite a gritty performance from our boys, the team came up just short, losing 3-2, but they played some of their best hockey of the year and the coaching staff was extremely proud of their efforts. Also, a huge thank you and congrats to Mr. Flynn and his team for doing such a wonderful job hosting what has become a premiere high school hockey tournament in the province.

Our Girls’ Basketball program also had a nice finish to the season. The Senior Girls saved their best efforts for the South Island Championship where, after losing in their opening game to SMUS, they battled back on the other side of the draw winning consecutive games to earn the right to challenge Wellington for the final berth at Islands. Unfortunately, foul trouble, combined with an already short-handed group, resulted in a loss to Wellington, but the girls battled hard from start to finish. At the junior level, we saw huge improvement in a very young girls’ basketball team. The team had a mix of Grade 8s, 9s and 10s and, despite their limited experience, they developed a reputation for consistently outworking their opponents. With a number of players returning to the junior team again next year, we are excited for their future.

The Junior B Boys Basketball team, under the guidance of coach Brown, made miracles happen by going all the way to the final of their league championship, where they lost a heartbreaker to a tough team from Chemainus, 44-40. Still, when you consider these boys were competing against the “A” teams from most schools, this was a terrific accomplishment. Better yet, they were named the “Most Sportsmanlike Team” in the league.

Meanwhile, the Junior A boys finished their season strong winning the Mid-Island league for the second year in a row and earning a berth to the Island Championship. At Islands, the boys played well and ultimately finished 5th overall, just one spot shy of earning a berth to provincials which is a great accomplishment when you consider that as a 2A school, at junior we are forced to compete against the best that 3A and 4A has to offer.

Finally, our Senior Boys Basketball team are yet to finish their story as they recently hosted and won the AA Island Championship and earned a berth to the provincials in Langley next week. The boys have had an impressive season to date winning three tournaments as well as capturing the North Island and Island title. Please wish the boys well!

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 crews. 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!

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