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NPSS Grizzlies weekly athletics update

Senior girls soccer club off to Provincials; track and field in PG for zones
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NPSS Grizzlies' Avery Tyrell is challenged by Dawson Creek Secondary's Dakota Greenlees in the zone championship final. The senior girls soccer team advanced to the provincials June 1-4 in Surrey.

A busy weekend for the Grizzlies athletes starting Thursday, May 12, with the Rugby teams travelling to Grande Prairie. Senior Boys NPSS Rugby team played back-to-back games. They played Peace Wapiti Academy in their first game, which resulted in a 14-10 win. The boys are playing 7s, a fast-paced game with only seven-minute halves. With little recovery time, the boys showed perseverance in the game against St. Joes High, but they could not pull ahead, resulting in a 24-5 loss for the Grizzlies. Some great runs by Bryce Telford, Carter Kramer, and Tomasso Andreassi. Craig Peters was a stand-out for the evening, who had a great game both offensively and defensively. 

The Senior Girls Rugby team played Sexsmith. Since the beginning of April, the girls have not played the Sexsmith team and were taken by surprise with their hard-hitting defense. The girls were resilient but lost their first game of the season with a final score of 35-26. Great runs by Shayne Turner, Shanay Gorsic, and Jordyn Holloway. Kylie Kalas, Mercedes Buekert, and Danielle Mavin played well defensively with some great tackles. Both boys and girls teams will be playing at home on May 19. The kick-off will be at 4:15 pm for the girls, followed by the boy's game at NPSS lower field. 

Next, the North Peace Badminton team headed to the Northern Central Zones hosted by Dawson Creek on Friday, May 13. The team placed second in their pool Friday evening and on Saturday placed third overall. Stand outs to note: Nora Redford placed first in girls singles. Most teams were fielding 30+ students. NPSS placed high in the rankings with a solid six athletes! Way to go Grizzlies! 

Early morning Friday, the Grizzlies Senior Girls Soccer hosted the AAA Northern Central Zones. Teams in attendance included Prince George Secondary (0-2) and Dawson Creek Secondary (1-2). North Peace (3-0) showcased their discipline, patience, and team efforts allowing zero goals with their strong defensive game. Collectively the team scored 27, with stand-out moments from everyone on the team. Awards for the tournament for Most Valuable Players went to DCSS Goalie Hannah MacDonald, and NPSS MVP was Shayne Turner. Brynn Kielo was awarded the Golden boot. This award goes to the person with the most points. Alexandria MacDonald was awarded the Golden Gloves with no goals allowed. Next up are provincials June 1-4 in Surrey. Thank you to the sponsors and the fans for the hometown support! 

Track and field were in Grande Prairie on Saturday, May 14, to compete in the Peace Classic. The day was filled with sunshine and a lot of fun! A few highlights for the day: Naia Gibbons won the U-18 1500m with a time of 6:00, finishing 36 seconds ahead of the second-place runner. Isabelle Bojczuk finished third with a time of 6:41. Elanor Copes placed second in both the women's 100m and 200m and won the women's long jump. Ken Apsassin placed third in the men's javelin. Jayden Whitford placed third in the U-18 long jump. Brock Schroeder won the men's high jump. Kane Schreiner placed third in the men's 800m and second in the men's 400m. Isabelle Bojczuk won the U18 high jump. Meghan Stobbe won the women's high jump with 1.30m jump. Tomasso Andreassi placed third in the men's 100m and second in the U-18 200m. Ronin Laurie placed third in the U-18 200m and fourth in men's 400m. Next up for Track & Field is Zones hosted in Prince George May 18-19.

Good luck, athletes!

Dates to note: 

May 18-19: Track and field Zones in Prince George

May 19: Girls & Boys Rugby Games @ NPSS (4:15 pm start for the girls; boys to follow)

June 1-4: AAA Soccer Provincials in Surrey