High School Sports Return!

December 17th 2021

SD8 student athletes happy to be back on the courts

The suspension of sports in BC last year took affected student athletes and coaches in our district, with BC high school sports halting the play of all sports in the province due to the pandemic. However, with the return of some of the traditional sports this fall, we now have SD8 students, teachers, staff and parents all cheering.

Teams throughout the district have had great success these past few months, especially in volleyball. Traditionally SD8 teams are very competitive in the regional West Kootenay Volleyball finals and despite the hiatus in 2020, this year proved to hold true. SD8 teams finished 1st or 2nd in 5 of the 7 West Kootenay grade 8 & junior volleyball championships.


The Crawford Bay volleyball teams qualified for the Regional East Kootenay Championships, and their junior boys and girls’ volleyball teams participated in their first regional championship tournament in Fernie and Kimberly, BC. This was the first time CBESS teams have gone this far in volleyball and the school and community is very proud of their achievement.
Over in Kaslo, senior girls volleyball at J.V.Humphries had their largest team in years with 13 players, some playing for the very first time! The school is now organized to host two nights of co-ed volleyball this winter, one for experienced players to continue to hone their skills, and one for beginner students who were inspired by this year’s team.

A huge congratulations go out to Mt. Sentinel senior girls’ volleyball team for their hard-earned achievement as the 2021 ‘A’ Girls Provincial Silver Medalists. With the road closures and floods last month, the Provincials tournament was downsized from thirteen teams to seven. The tournament was split between venues at Selkirk College and Mt. Sentinel Secondary.

Mt Sentinel teacher and coach Joe Moreira applauded the countless hours that student athletes volunteered this season to support the volleyball program, commenting, “There is little doubt that without the rich support we continue to receive, hosting any type of athletic event would be a struggle, rather than what it is; a celebration of athletic achievement supported by countless volunteers.”

In other sports:

This fall the JVH cross country running team had an active season, participating in four league races and hosting their own race in Kaslo. The senior boys cross country team even qualified for Provincials, with JVH sending four students to Vancouver. Those students returned from that trip enthusiastic about the sport and grateful to the volunteers and district for making it possible. JVH basketball and badminton is also now in high gear and a girls rugby team is being formed.

Salmo Secondary Falcon’s junior boys basketball was crowned Mallard’s Source for Sports Team of the Week, having won the LVR Bomber Invitational Tournament with wins over Stanley Humphries of Castlegar and the Bombers. This tournament was the first game action for junior basketball teams in the Kootenays since 2019.

Three SD8 international students also participated in a 3 on 3 basketball tournament that was held at LVR in November and placed 2nd! Way to go Diego, Tommaso and Victor!

Meanwhile the LVR senior boys’ basketball team travelled to Oliver to play where they opened the tournament with a win over the host team, the South Okanagan Hornets and then knocked out Kelowna Senior Secondary in the final.

Student athletes at KRSS in Creston have also been very grateful to have athletics running this year. Their volleyball program also excelled with senior boys’ achieving 2nd place at zones and junior boys’ winning the Zone championship. Congratulations to Owen Brown who represented KRSS at zones for cross-country and placed 2nd, and to Chloe Davidson who earned 1st in 50m Freestyle for Women’s swimming at the Zone swim meet in Fernie. Creston also hosted the Boys’ Soccer Zones this year where the KRSS team finished 2nd overall. The KRSS basketball season is looking promising as teams gear up for the season.

Although competitive matches have looked slightly different from that of the pre-pandemic era, everyone seems elated that school sports have returned, while remaining cognizant of the possibility of the return of restrictions with the ongoing pandemic.

Congratulations to everyone for their sportsmanship and resilience this fall. We’re cheering for you all!


For more information:

Trish Smillie – Superintendent of Schools



[Photo: Mt. Sentinel Senior Girls Volleyball 2021 ‘A’ Girls Provincial Silver Medalists

Breanna St. Thomas (17), Lexi Elias (10), Gevyn Hlookoff (9), Natasha Holland (11), Brynn Strelaeff (8), Alina Stooshnoff (1) and Aoroa Miller (3)]