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Grade 5 Girls Basketball Play Day, February 15th

Thursday, February 15th the Grade 5 Girls Basketball team played in the annual ISEA Play Day tournament hosted at Mulgrave. The girls played against Brockton School, York House School, Southpointe Academy and Stratford Hall, winning all their games. In practises leading up to the tournament, the team focused on defensive awareness, passing to open space, inbounding the ball, and rebounding. In all games the girls showed improved passing, shooting, rebounding and defensive techniques. Deanna N. was our top scorer, with Atria Z close behind. While all the girls improved, Eva G. progressed dramatically with her footwork, finding open space and defensive alertness, as the season went on. Way to go, Eva! Congratulations to Erica P. & Coco M. for showing sportsmanship and enthusiasm during the games and at practices. Vanessa L's dedication to the team was obvious by never missing a practice or game. Kisely B. was a tremendous team player, excellent listener and communicator and always tried her best every time she was on the court. Kiana P. joined the team only in January but was a very quick learner and made an immediate impact. Kayla H. showed great defensive abilities, consistently making steals and blocks. Amanda N. was impressive by making accurate passes to her teammates This was a special group that played and practised with purpose all season. Congratulations to the Grade 5 Girls Basketball team!

Grade 5 Boys Basketball Play Day

The Grade 5 Boys Basketball season comes to close with a Play Day at Southridge School. There were twenty-five teams competing from twelve different schools. Mulgrave had a great turnout by winning five out of their eight games and one coming by a shutout. They played their hearts out and hustled for every ball. All the games were well played and you could truly see their skills have improved from the beginning of the season to the last minute of the Play Day. The few wins we didn't get were stolen from us in the last minute of play making those games very exciting, but heartbreaking knowing we were so close. These boys will be a fierce team to reckon with as they move on to grade six basketball. We had an amazing season and Mr. Blandford-Morrow and I are very proud of them. We were really happy to see how the boys came together as a team and how each and every one of them gained confidence in their skills throughout the season. We would like to thank all the parents that came out and supported the team when they could. Again, congratulations to the Grade Five Boys Basketball team on an awesome and fun season.

Grade 6 Boys Basketball Play Day

The Grade 6 Boys Basketball have just completed their season with their outstanding effort at the ISEA Play Day at the Richmond Oval last week. The team finished the day with 5 wins and 3 losses. It has been a great season with the boys making big strides in their skill level and understanding of the game. They played well together, developing a stronger sense of unity as the season progressed. Each team member played a role in the team's success. The coaches were most impressed with the team's perseverance during challenging games and their ability to raise their game to the level of their competitors. We thank the boys for their commitment, the parents for their unwavering support and know that big things are coming on the horizon for this team.

Grade 6 Girls Basketball Play Day

Congratulations to our Grade 6 Girls Basketball Team! They won 7 of their 8 games at their ISEA Play Day at the Richmond Oval on Thursday, February 15th. The girls put all of their practice into play in their final day of games. We were so proud of them. There was strong defense from Gen-the-Ripper, Sporty Susie, Swishy Sara and the Defense Devil Nika! Aggressive Ava Ashnai had some great steals as did Ballin' Banana Hanna. Our high scorers of the games were Extraordinary Emma, Energetic Eva and Jumpin' Jenna. Savvy Salihah had the strongest point scoring of her season with 9 baskets over the day's games. It was a long day of playing on full sized courts - Clumsy KK (Kennedy's nickname for herself!) laid it all on the court and played one full game without a break! Alice in the Palace, Ultra Ulwiana and Classy Claudia played well with strong communication and tough defense. We missed the help of Awesome Aria and Astronomical Ava Wilson who were both sick and couldn't make it to the Play Day. Congratulations to all our players for an amazing season.We loved your dedication, energy, positive attitudes and team spirit. We hope you keep playing basketball in Grade 7.

Junior Swim Team ISEA Championships

Junior Swim team wrapped up their season with a 3rd place finish at the ISEA Championship on Tuesday. The team members made great progress in their abilities and endurance through solid effort, focusing on the small details of each stroke and by often trying something outside of their comfort zone. Through their efforts, the swimmers recorded personal best times in their swim meets and became stronger competitors in each race. It would not be possible for this team to have such progress without our new coaches, Ms. Pharo and Ms. Philpotts and the efforts of the volunteer coaches from the Senior Swim Team; Andrew Horner, Nick Hilkewich, Maddie Renner, Shuqing Wang, Ethan Chow, and Adelyn Lee. Thank you to the parents for their support of the swimmers and especially to those who helped out at the swim meets when it was needed. I look forward to seeing you back in the pool next year.

All good things must come to an end...

Our four Jr. School basketball teams (Gr. 5 girls and boys and Gr. 6 girls and boys) closed their seasons last week with Play Days at the Olympic Oval, Southridge School and Mulgrave. Congratulations to all players for their successful seasons. Special kudos to our Gr. 5 girls who swept their opposition, scoring victories in all 10 games against 10 different schools. Well done girls!

Thanks to the following coaches for generously giving their time and sharing their basketball expertise with our student athletes:

G5 boys: Mr. Teran, Mr. Blandford-Morrow

G5 girls: Ms. Straub, Mr. Seymour, Mr. Ye

G6 boys: Mr. Gardiner, Mr. Jamieson

G6 girls: Ms. Yakachuk, Ms. Robertson-Burd

In addition, the Mulgrave swim team stroked their way to a third place finish in the ISEA Swimming Championship. Excellent job swimmers! Your hardworking coaches, Mr. Gardiner Ms. Pharo, Ms Philpott and student coaches A. Horner, N. Hilkewich, S. Wang, E. Chow, M. Renner and A. Lee are very proud of you.

Basketball season is now over but the soccer and rugby season are commences right after spring break with the following practices:

G5/6 Rugby: Mondays 3:30-4:30pm, Tuesdays 8:00-9:00 am, and Fridays 2:15-3:15pm

G5 and G6 Girls Soccer: Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm and Fridays 7:00-8:00am.

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Double Silver at Gr. 8 ISAA Championships

Last weekend (Feb 16-17), both the Grade 8 Boys and Girls Basketball teams had their ISAA Championships at Collingwood School. The tournament consists of Independent Schools from all across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. After both teams defeated St. John's in their opening games, the girls' next game was against Crofton House, and behind strong performances from Mikkah D. and Cat B. the girls were able to win and compete for the final on Saturday.

The boys played St. George's in their Friday semi-final, a team they had lost to by 4 points the weekend prior. The boys had their most complete game of the season and defeated Saints 49-41 to also make the final the next day. While both teams were unable to win in the championship games (against Yorkhouse and Southridge), it was awesome for both teams to be able to watch and support each other at the same venue and we certainly put Mulgrave on the map as one of the top independent schools for basketball on the Lower Mainland!

Congratulations!

Big congrats to Nelli L., who was named to the NSSSAA All-Star Team for Senior Girls Basketball (Premier Division).

GO TITANS GO!

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Gr. 8 Boys Win Bronze at St. John's Tournament

Last weekend (Feb. 9-10), the Gr. 8 Boys Basketball team attended the Colin Jack Memorial Tournament at St. John's School in Vancouver. It was their first tournament of the season and they opened against Lord Byng (from the westside of Vancouver). The boys led wire-to-wire, but won a close game 51-45. Player of the game was Kaiden T. with 23 points and 7 rebounds (shooting 9/12 from the FT line). Their next game was against the perennial powerhouse St. George's, and this resulted in another very close game with Saints holding on to a 51-47 victory. Player of the game was Ali T.

This set up the Bronze Medal game against our rivals to the east, Collingwood. Mulgrave came out firing at the start and never looked back, finishing the game with a convincing 61-50 win. Player of the game was Brendan Y. with 15 points and 8 rebounds. The boys are happy with Bronze, but are looking forward to our upcoming ISAA Tournament (Feb. 16-17) and MIT Tournament (March 2-3) later this month to hopefully bring home the gold!

GO TITANS GO!


Sr. Girls Win GOLD @ Cross Zone Tournament in Kamloops

This past weekend, our Sr. Girls Basketball team traveled to Kamloops for the annual Cross Zone Tournament (XZT) that featured many of the top Single 'A' teams in the province. We entered the tournament as defending champions and were the target of every school there. We opened up our first game against the host school, St. Ann's, and caught fire early, hitting shots from all over the court. That, combined with unrelenting pressure defense, resulted in 91-43 victory. Player of the game was N. Larjava.

In our second game, we faced off against an old foe in Fernie Secondary who were well-prepared for us and opened up an early 8-1 lead. We called a time-out, regrouped, and found our touch again from the outside, knocking down eleven three-pointers en route to a 106-37 victory. Player of the game was S. McMenemy-Brown who shot 75% from the three-point line. In the championship game, we faced off against a big and aggressive team from Grand Forks who used their size advantage to keep the game close for most of the first quarter. After making some key defensive changes, we used our pressure defense to force Grand Forks into many turnovers and fouls. By the end of the game, the scoreboard read 92-39 for Mulgrave. The offensive player of the game was C. Manji who played her best game of the season while the defensive player of the game was K. Sacre who pressured the ball all over the court. Tournament MVP was N. Larjava who played excellent basketball game on both ends of the court as she always does. Next up is a rematch against the #1 seeded 'A' team in the province on Thursday, February 15th at 4:00pm.

GO TITANS GO!

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