Berth in B.C.s means bottle drive

Ballenas Secondary School’s Grade 9 boys basketball team will be out in force as part of a fundraising bottle drive this Sunday. - Submitted photo
Ballenas Secondary School’s Grade 9 boys basketball team will be out in force as part of a fundraising bottle drive this Sunday.
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An unexpected berth in the B.C. finals is being met by an impromptu but no less important bottle drive for Ballenas Secondary School’s Grade 9 boys basketball team this Sunday.

The local squad is 13-7 overall at this point and finished their regular season sitting second in their league at 4-2, and in the mix at Oak Bay Secondary School Feb. 22-23 for the six-team junior boys Island finals, Ballenas lost to Oak Bay in the tournament opener, then bounced back with wins over Lake Trail and Kwalikum. BSS came up short against the Dover Bay Dolphins in game four, but rallied back to beat Dunsmuir out of Victoria in the tournament final.

“It was really good, very exciting, we just weren’t anticipating (advancing to the provincials),” team manager Jaime Fletcher said this week, pointing out the challenge now is to raise some money for the team’s travel coffers.

This year’s B.C. High School Sports Junior Boys Provincial Championships are slated for March 7-9 at Kitsilano Secondary School.

The team is coached by Dave Reynolds and Mike Seselja and is made up of players Darian Mant, Aaron Paetkau, Brody Seselja, Marcus Miller, Stephen Martin, Brendan Harstad, Andy Reynolds, Jacob Larocque-Wall and Johnny Dorsday.


The Whalers and their support crew will be out and about in the Parksville area Sunday conducting a bottle drive.

Any businesses or individuals that would like to contribute and help support the team get to the provincials can contact Fletcher at 250- 951-2541.


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