NPSS sports update - girls volleyball provincial recap, basketball season begins

The senior girls volleyball teaml was down in Penticton last week competing at the B.C. Provincial Championships. They opened the tournament on Thursday with pool play against Belmont and Burnaby North. The girls competed well, but were unable to take a set. Pool play continued on Friday with games against Riverside and Mission, and gave Riverside, who finished second in the pool, a tough game, losing 26-24, 25-16. Finishing fifth in their pool, the girls finished the tournament with games against Claremont, Seaquam and Penticton. It was a great week of volleyball and some of the toughest competition that most girls will face. Daelyn Jeffers and Jessie Copes gave noteable performances. Shout out to Grade 12 players Daelyn Jeffers, Jessie Copes, Claire Turner, Katie Rutherford and Morgan Wiebe. We are proud to have you as a part of the Grizzlies family!

The senior basketball teams were in Dawson Creek over the weekend for their first tournament of the season. The boys gave a great effort, including a 128-13 in their first game. However, they came up short of a comeback against PGSS in the finals, losing by six after being down 14 in the third quarter. Adam Nelson and Liam Peterson had big performances in the final game. 

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The girls demonstrated a very strong team performance on both the offensive and defensive side of the game, averaging 81 points and 30.5 steals per game in the first two games. They came up short in the championship game, but scored 45 points and had 14 steals. 

Up Next: Sr Basketball teams are off to Grande Prairie this weekend, and Jr Boys Basketball has their first tournament of the season at Kelly Road in Prince George.  


Male Athlete of the Week: Adam Nelson (Sr Boys Basketball, Gr 12 Centre) 

Adam anchored the defence for the senior boys in their close final loss to PGSS, racking up 6 blocks. His passion for his teammates was contagious over the weekend, and could be heard in all three games encouraging others and spurring them on, as well as the girls squads when they were playing.

Female Athlete of the Week: Celine Quigley (Sr Girls Basketball, Gr 12 Guard)

Celine led the team in scoring, averaging 21 points per game, and led steals for the team with an average of 8 per game. Her passion for the game of basketball is tremendous not only during games but during practices as well. If you are looking for Intensity in an athlete - she is it.

— Samantha Stackhouse


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