The change in season is bringing an end to winter sports at Shawnigan, while the school's hockey teams head into their playoff drives.
Shawnigan's senior girls basketball team has finished a strong season with a date at the Island Championship.
Since opening the campaign with a tour of Hawaii, the girls played hard, finishing first in their league despite a number of key injuries and illnesses.
Rushing from Ski Week to the South Island Championship, the girls finished the tournament with a 2-1 record, enough to finish 5th at the event and earn a challenge game against 4th-place Pacific Christian.
After postponements due to snow, the memorable challenge game eventually arrived on Feb. 14th – the same day the Island Championship was scheduled to begin. Trailing by seven points in the final minutes, Shawnigan got strong defence and a buzzer-beater from Milena J. to send the game to overtime – ultimately earning an emotional victory.
Proceeding immediately to Islands, the short-benched team lost narrow games to Ballenas and Wellington High Schools, ending their run at the double knockout event and bringing the season to a close. "We achieved our goals and had a lot of fun along the way," says Coach Darrin Austin.
Shawnigan's junior boys and junior girls teams both lost challenge games in advance of the Island Championships, while the senior boys continue to play exhibition fixtures. The Grade 9 boys, meanwhile, head to their Island Championship at Brentwood on Friday.
Shawnigan's squash team sent 20 athletes to the Pacific Northwest Junior Championship, Feb. 14-17 at Cedar Hill Squash Club.
A key tournament for Squash Canada rankings, Shawnigan saw a number of stellar performances, including Grade 12 student Will J., who won the Boys U19 B event. Thomas D. also provided an upset in his bronze-medal match to finish third in that event, while Austin D. won the consolation bracket of the Boys U15 B event. In girls' play, Gigi Y. finished fourth in the U19 open division, while Anika K. played well after a year of frustrating injuries.
Meanwhile, the school's hockey teams are making their final tune-ups in preparation for their CSSHL playoff drives.
Still undefeated in regular season play, the Midget Varsity squad faced adverse travel conditions in a journey to the Western Canadian Crown Elite Midget Invitational in Edmonton. After missing their first game due to flight delays, the boys managed to advance to the bronze-medal game, losing 3-2 in overtime to the Caribou Cougars minor midget team. In tribute to his efforts, Shawnigan goalie Aaron T. was named to the tournament all-star team.
The Girls' Prep team secured a bronze medal as they ventured to Vancouver for the Fraser Valley Classic. A narrow 4-3 loss to St. Albert in the tournament semifinal left Shawnigan in the bronze medal game, where they earned a 3-1 win over the Edmonton Pandas.
All four of the school's competitive teams are looking forward to the upcoming CSSHL playoffs in Penticton. Visit this link for a breakdown of playoff dates by division.
Shawnigan's development teams, meanwhile, are excited for this weekend's Ross Cup, scheduled for Feb. 21-23 at the school's Charlie Purdey Arena and Kerry Park. The annual event will involve two Shawnigan teams, with the Junior Varsity squad competing in the boys division, and a combined Shawnigan / Brentwood group competing in girls' play.
Sport changeover day is scheduled for Feb. 26, as terms begin for spring sports including rugby, tennis, badminton, golf, mountain biking, and girls' soccer.