Whalers hold their own at provincials

Qualicum Beach senior girls basketball team came in seventh in the province

The Ballenas Whalers senior girls basketball team capped off a great season with a seventh place finish at the B.C. AA Provincials last week in Langley. Grade 12 Chelsea Hoey was named a second-team provincial all-star.

Hard work and dedication paid off for the Ballenas Whalers senior girls basketball team at the AA Provincials in Langley with a seventh place finish topping off a memorable season.

For a team that narrowly missed the provincials last season, the Whalers drew from that experience and were a focused group this season, determined to get over that hump.

All the time and effort led to one of the more memorable senior girls basketball seasons in recent years.

“I’m proud of these girls,” head coach Daryl Britz said. “We definitely showed that we belong there. That was sort of the thing heading in to it, not knowing where we’d sit. But we showed what we’re made of and showed that we belong with the best teams in B.C.”

The Whalers won their first game over Rick Hansen, 71-52, and were up against a tough Immaculata team that they’d faced earlier in the season and wound up pushing them to the limit, losing a close game.

Immaculata would beat the Whalers 71-46, but it wasn’t anything to be ashamed of —  Immaculata would go on to win the provincial championship.

“We played them tough,” Britz said. “We beat them in the second and fourth quarters but it was the third quarter that got us. They were a tough team, but there’s a reason they went on to win the tournament.”

That put the Whalers in position to finish fifth to eighth, in the top half. Playing against the number six ranked Seacove Secondary, the Whalers lost 69-63 in a close, hard fought game. That put them up against St. Thomas Aquinas.

“That was a tough loss to Seacove,” Britz said. “We had a tough go with the last two minutes of the game, had a call that really should have went the other way. Even the other coach couldn’t believe it but it was just one of those things.”

The Whalers would go on to beat St. Thomas Aquinas 81-71, finishing in seventh.

“We played very well,” Britz said. “We were competing with teams that were in the top three out there and that really opened a lot of eyes. I’m very proud of the effort from this group of girls, it’s great to see their hard work pay off like this. We had great support from our community, not only our school but the district as a whole, so that was great to see too.”

Grade 12 Chelsea Hoey capped off her final season as a Whaler being named a Second Team Provincial All-Star.

“That was great to see,” Britz said. “Chelsea has been great all the years I’ve been coaching her and she deserved that honour to finish off her career as a Whaler.

Just Posted

Oceanside RCMP: ‘Steal from cars, go behind bars’

Man in custody after pair of vehicles broken into in French Creek; officer breaks ankle during arrest

Large ‘problematic’ tree removed from Qualicum Beach golf course

Lombardy Poplar tree taken down by town, member upset

RDN to share cost of Parksville’s goose harvest

City asked regional district to pay one-third of $35K expense

Parksville’s Arrowsmith Lodge and Cokely Manor celebrate 50 years

Week of ‘60s-themed activities starts on April 26

VIDEO: ‘Alarm bells’ raised by footage allegedly from B.C. pig farm, SPCA says

PETA released video Wednesday showing dead and injured piglets next to nursing piglets

VIDEO: Driver in bizarre hit-and-run at B.C. car dealership turns herself in

Police believe alcohol was a factor in incident causing estimated $15,000 in damages

Female real estate agents warned of suspicious man in Metro Vancouver

The man requests to see homes alone with the female agent, police say

Can you put your phone down for Mother’s Day?

#DiningMode campaign encourages people to leave the phone alone while eating

Horgan heckled as gas prices sit at record high, could go up more

Premier John Horgan blames refiners, not taxes

SPCA investigating after newborn kittens found in Vancouver dumpster

The kittens were found suffering from hypothermia and dehydration

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

Defence accuses officer of ‘incompetence’ in trial for B.C. man charged with daughters’ murders

Double murder trial for the Victoria father accused of killing his two young daughters continues

B.C.’s largest Vaisakhi festival target of threatening Facebook post: Surrey RCMP

Police say they are investigating the posts on Facebook, after local MLA forwarded screenshots

Most Read