Gladstone’s Steven Trinh, Lambrick Park’s Isaac Dellabough and MEI’s Jordan Koslowsky have each been awarded $500 scholarships by the selection committee of the Big Kahuna BC High School Boys Volleyball Championships.
Trinh received the BC High Schools Boys Volleyball Alumni Scholarship, Dellabough won the Buy-Low Scholarship and Koslowsky earned the Big Kahuna Scholarship.
Scholarships were awarded based on these criteria (in no particular order):
Exemplary grades in school leading to post-secondary education, future goals as stated in the application, leadership, the quality and clarity of the application, the strength of the reference letter and volleyball achievements.
Trinh has been a consistent member of the Honour Roll and Principal’s List in Gladstone’s accelerated-learning Mini program. He has served in the school’s athletic leadership program and been a volleyball captain since Grade 8.
He also has trained scorekeepers and referees at his school and coached younger teams. Trinh, who hopes to study kinesiology in post-secondary and become a physiotherapist, led Gladstone to seventh place in the 2014 provincials. He was selected as a second-team all-star.
Dellabough, the student council president at Lambrick Park, is a four-year member of the school’s Leadership Team, an Honour Roll student and a recipient of the 2014 Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award.
He has competed in four sports at LPSS, captained the volleyball team in his Grade 12 season and been a Team BC member. Dellabough plans to play volleyball at Camosun College and then transfer to UBC to pursue advanced degrees in psychology.
Koslowsky, a straight-A student, has been MEI’s student council chapel rep and has volunteered at a community seniors home and food bank. In addition, he conducted a workshop at a leadership conference for BC’s Christian schools.
In his Grade 12 year, Koslowsky was selected as the Most Outstanding Player in leading MEI to the AA provincial volleyball title. He also has captained the school’s junior and senior teams and coached younger-level squads. Heading to Trinity Western this fall, he plans to pursue a degree in international studies and hopes to later play professionally overseas.
Most Sportsmanlike Team
AA Clarence Fulton
AAA Fraser Heights
Most Outstanding Libero
AAA #3 Mt. Boucherie-Riley Berthaudin
AA #14 M.E.I.-Keaton Boughen
Most Outstanding Player AAA
AAA #10 Earl Marriott-Justin Faester
AA #4 M.E.I.-Jordan Koslowsky
AAA First Team ALL-STARS
#1 OAK BAY- Kyle Bourdon, #9 MBSS – Ryan Bednar, #7 EMS – Eric Lee, #7 KSS – Devon Cote, #3 KSS – Eli Risso, #7 GP VANIER – Brayden Brouwer
AAA 2nd Team
#6 Gladstone- Steven Trinh, #10 FHS – Perry Ni, #9 FHS – Jordan DeShane, #1 EMS- Evan Bell-Foley, #7 Oak Bay- Johnny Fitterer, #6 KSS- Sam Tayor-Parks
AAA Honorable Mention
#8 Dover Bay- Jeff Webb, #3 Oak Bay- Madhu McConnell, #12 EMS- Braedon Montgomery, #1 MBSS- Jeremy Bednar, #9 Gladstone- Allen Wong, #9 EMS- Tyson Smith
AA First Team ALL-STARS
#4 PMSS – Spencer Kingzett, #7 Clarence Fulton- Danny Aspenlieder, #4 Clarence Fulton- Ryan Doerges, #10 MEI- Kaden Gamache, #2 MEI- Jordan Loewen, #6 MEI- Levi Block
AA Second Team ALL-STARS
#13 Woodlands-Zack Mackay, #10 Woodlands-Brady Andjelkovic, #8 D.P. Todd-Keiran Leboe, #7 Princess Margaret-Kyle Kohlhauser, #14 Surrey Christian-Brent Reston, #5 Langley Christian-Lynden Bontkes
Honourable Mention AA Allstars
#3 Surrey Christian-Josiah Mooy, #4 Langley Christian-Brennan Gardner, #8 Clarence Fulton-Nick Prystupa, #15 Princess Margaret-Colton Van Camp, #11 D.P. Todd-Joel Molcak, #6 Clarence Fulton-Bryn Bedard
AA final placings
Silver: Clarence Fulton
Bronze: Princess Margaret
5: Surrey Christian
6: DP Todd
7: Langley Christian
8: College Heights
9: Pacific Academy
11-tie: WL Seaton
13: Richmond Christian
AAA final placings
Gold: Earl Marriott
Bronze: Mt. Boucherie
4: Oak Bay
5: Fraser Heights
6: GP Vanier
9: Dover Bay
10: Johnston Heights
11-tie: Steveston London
13: Van Tech
14: David Thompson
15-tie: Mount Baker
19: North Peace
20: Prince George
By Bob Carter
MEI put the finishing touch on a nearly perfect season Saturday night by beating Clarence Fulton in three straight sets to win the AA championship.
The Eagles took every set in their tournament run in Langley and lost only one match all season, to AAA power Kelowna, a team they also defeated. It was obvious they had a zest for winning.
“They have it in their DNA,” coach Jordan Geransky said earlier in the week. “Game in, game out, they demonstrated it.”
Clarence Fulton, the second seed, pressured MEI in the set (25-20), attacking with more power.
“They have a lot of offensive pieces that could hurt you,” Geransky said. “They’re a good team.”
Geransky said a lot of players contributed to the victory. “Eli Block had an efficient effort on the right side. And Jordan Loewen was strong. He really responded in the second half of the season when he was healthy. Jordy Koslowsky put our attackers in good spots and Keaton Boughen handled the backcourt well, like he has all season.”
Playing for fifth place may be a letdown for teams expecting more but winning still has its place.
Before Fraser Heights, a team that had title aspirations, swept GP Vanier in two sets in Saturday’s AAA fifth-place match, Firehawks coach James Ahn reminded his players of the match’s potential significance.
“When they look back at the experience, knowing they played well, played hard, it will be important,” he said. “And you never want to end the season on a loss. This was a character win more than anything else.”
Ahn said Jordan DeShane, Carter Kirilenko and libero Eric Schramm, all Grade 12s, played particularly well for the Firehawks.
Grade 12 attacker Braydon Brouwer had another big game for Vanier. Surrey Christian won fifth place in AA with a 25-20, 25-23 victory over DP Todd. Falcons coach Joe Melissen said setter Linden Medel had a strong game and was healthier than he was earlier in the week. Medel hurt his hip playing hockey last week. Melissen also cited libero Ryan Venn — “his best match of the tournament” — and the play of captain Joe Mooy.