written by Bob Carter
Here are early AA highlights from the opening day of the Big Kahuna BC High School Boys Championships at the Langley Events Centre. All teams were scheduled to play three round-robin matches.
Pool A: Princess Margaret of Penticton, the fourth overall seed in AA, arrived late Wednesday after their team bus slid into a ditch in the snow Tuesday near Princeton. No one on the bus was injured. The team had to spend Tuesday night in a Princeton hotel and couldn’t leave until Wednesday morning. The Mustangs forfeited their match against top seed MEI and was scheduled to play two matches later in the day. MEI, 31-1 entering the tournament, opened with a 25-10, 25-18 victory over No. 3 seed Woodlands. Eagles coach Jordan Geransky said he was able to get 13 of 14 players into the match. “I was really happy with how we played in the backcourt,” he said. Geransky also praised Levi Block. “He was recently moved to the right side and he had a good offensive game.”
Pool B Langley Christian won its first two matches, beating College Heights 25-23, 25-19, and DP Todd 25-21, 25-21. Surrey Christian split two, defeating DP Todd 25-23, 25-16 and losing to College Heights 25-15, 25-21.
Pool C OKM got off to a fast start with wins over Pacific Academy (26-24, 25-16) and WL Seaton (25-22, 25-18). Huskies coach Paul Thiessen said his team was a little shaky at the start, especially some of his more experienced players. “Down the home stretch, we got better.” He cited the play of Tanner Thiessen, “a steady influence,” and the versatility of Oliver Wicklund. “Also, we have a new setter this year, Luke Jonker, who is just learning the ropes. He has been doing a good job of running the offence.” Selkirk defeated Seaton in three sets but lost to Pacific Academy 27-25, 25-7.
Huskies coach Paul Thiessen said his team was a little shaky at the start, especially some of his more experienced players. “Down the home stretch, we got better.”
Pool D Richmond Christian beat Smithers 25-23, 25-8, and Ballenas shook off a first-set loss to defeat Parkland in three sets.
Here are AAA highlights from the opening day of the Big Kahuna BC High School Boys Championships at the Langley Events Centre. All teams were scheduled to play three round-robin matches.
Pool E: Kelowna lived up to its top AAA seed by winning all three of its matches. The Owls, who placed second a year ago, beat third seed Mt. Boucherie 25-18, 25-19, and No. 4 Oak Bay 25-14, 25-21. They then stopped second seed Earl Marriott, the defending champion, 25-19, 25-20, to take the top seed into Thursday’s playoffs. “We played great in the first two,” said Kelowna coach Mike Sodaro, “but the last match was sloppy.” He said he played his starters a lot Wednesday because of the two-week layoff before provincials. Playing at Langley after years of Kelowna as the host site was a change the team looked forward to, Sodaro said. Not because Kelowna wasn’t a great place to play, but this year represented something different with the travel. “It gave us a chance for some bonding as a team,” he said. “The travelling was fun yesterday. It was a good day.” In its opener, Marriott beat fourth seed Oak Bay in three after losing the first game. “The first game we were nervous, tentative playing in front of a lot of our fans,” coach Bob Smith said. “But we settled down after that and played well.” The Mariners then rallied to beat Boucherie 20-18 in the third, again after losing the first set.
Pool F: Fraser Heights, the fifth overall seed, was disappointed to not make the top pool, but coach James Ahn said his team quickly got its focus back for the provincials. “We focused on some things we needed to work on. We’re really working on defence because we didn’t play very well on defence in the Fraser Valleys.” The Firehawks beat Delta and Gladstone handily in their first two matches, giving up no more than 16 points in any set. Gladstone defeated GP Vanier in two, and Vanier beat Delta in two.
Pool G: Dover Bay started with a three-set win over Mt. Baker, and Johnston Heights beat Van Tech in three. “We fought off three match points in the second game,” Eagles coach Mark Rossiter said, “and the momentum carried into the third. And that’s a good Van Tech team.”
Pool H: Centennial edged Seaquam 25-20, 29-27 in its opening match. Belmont went to three against Penticton before winning 20-25, 25-20, 16-14.
Pool K: Prince George, the last seed in the pool, beat North Peace 25-22, 25-21. David Thompson, the pool’s top seed, defeated Steveston London 22-25, 25-20, 15-12.
For more results please check the Results page here.