Senior Boys Basketball was down in Vancouver competing at AAAA Provincials last week. The boys drew a tough opponent in their first game on Wednesday night, matching up against #1 seed Holy Cross. The Grizzlies started the game slow, digging themselves a bit of a hole in the first half. The boys turned it around in the second half, lead by Gr. 11 Liam Peterson with 28 points and 10 rebounds, to finish the game 67-107. The second game of the tournament saw the boys take on #8 seed West Vancouver. Liam Peterson lead the way again, with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 steals. In a much closer game, the Grizzlies went down 63-80. Then boys lost to Walnut Grove in the 3rd game, putting them up against Mount Baker on Friday night. With big performances from Earl Concepcion (13 points, 7 rebounds), Mason Miranda (14 points, 12 steals), Liam Peterson (11 points, 8 rebounds) and Ethyn Lang (14 points) the Grizzlies had their closest game of the tournament. They lead for half of the game, but couldn’t clinch in the win, and lost a nail-biter 77-75 to finish 16th. Congratulations to the boys on a great season!
Athlete of the Week: Liam Peterson (Gr. 11, Sr Boys Basketball)
To celebrate the end of the season, the NPSS Student Council arranged a pep rally on Tuesday. Students watched as the girls and boys teams competed against each other. The local band ‘Summit’ performed the halftime show.
Students need to start thinking about next years courses. The NPSS Course Calendars have been posted here, and a link is available in the LINK menu on the left. Grade 10 and 11 students have been provided a lesson and information on the course selection process within their CHOICE Google Classroom. The councilors will start the course selection process after spring break at NPSS.
Students who have questions or would like more information on the selection process can sign up for the CHOICE information sessions offered in April. There will be no CHOICE this week due to the adjusted schedule for parent-teacher interviews.
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The Senior Girls Basketball Team was in Vancouver last week competing at the AAA Provincial Championships. The Grizzlies drew #1 seed and eventual tournament champions Semiahmoo Totems in the first round on Wednesday night. It was a tough first game for the girls with a final score of 29-90. The Grizzlies took on Abbotsford Senior in the 2nd round. Led by Celine Quigley with 28 points, the girls had a closer game with a final score of 58-98. The third round saw the Grizzlies against Nanaimo District. In their closest game of the tournament, the girls battled until the end. Celine Quigley and Alexis Ziebart had 13 points a piece, however the Grizzlies fell just short with a 53-66 loss. In the final game of the tournament, the Grizzlies played Royal Bay. With little gas left in the tank, the Grizzlies took a 71-48 loss to finish 16th. Congratulations to Grade 12s Claire Turner, Alexis Ziebart, Jessie Copies, Celine Quigley, Maria Giesbrecht, Gillian Wuthrich, Martina Sheck, Krystina Rea and Azaria Richards – girls, thank you for your contributions to Grizzlies Basketball, you will always be a part of the Grizzlies family!
Up Next: Senior Boys Basketball is off to Vancouver on Tuesday to compete at the AAAA Provincial Championships. The Grizzlies play #1 seed Holy Cross to open the tournament at 7:45PM PST on Wednesday March 6th. The games can be streamed here: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/tfsetv/
The Grizzlies had a bit of a slow start, succumbing to some nerves against high pressure from Duchess Park. Down by 20 at half, the Grizzlies dug in and rallied, lead by strong performances from Danielle Kocher, Mykenzie Beech and Isabella Ziebart. The girls closed the gap to within 10 points, but were unable to catch up, and ultimately lost the game. However, the girls left everything on the court and coaches Kelly Ziebart and Samantha Stackhouse were incredibly proud of the team’s effort. The loss put the Grizzlies up against Dawson Creek in the next game. In a throwback to their match up in the Bert Bowes tournament, the girls went point for point with Dawson Creek. It was a hard fought game and with 10 seconds left in the 4th quarter, the score was tied 36-36. In a deja vue moment, Haeli Ziegler found herself with the ball just inside the 3 point line and made sweet bank shot to put the Grizzlies up 38-36 and seal the win.
The last game of the season for the Grizzlies was against Kelly Road. Down a player due to injury, the girls didn’t have quite enough gas in the tank to keep up for the whole game, and took a hard fought loss, putting them in 4th place to finish the tournament. Isabella Ziebart earned a 2nd team All-Star Team nomination, while Jenna Miranda and Danielle Kocher earned honourable mentions. Congrats Grizzlies on a great season!
The weekend saw the Junior Boys Basketball in action for the last tournament of the year at Kelly Road Secondary School in Prince George. The Grizzlies started the tournament against a strong PGSS team, unfortunately they came out slow and were unable to hit shots early; but strong defence kept them in the game until the second half. In the second half the Grizzlies put together a strong push led by Gryphon Talbot and Tristan Stockall that saw the game tied with 48 seconds left on the clock. Ultimately PGSS hit key free throws down the stretch that saw the Grizzlies fall by just four points.
The next game for the Grizzlies saw them play their most complete game of the season against Correlieu. All 12 Grizzlies got onto the floor and made contributions to help build a strong lead going into the second half. The Grizzlies continued their strong defensive play and hit shots all game long to take a comfortable win to set up a rematch with Duchess Park.
In their third game of the tournament, the Grizzlies came out flat against the strong Duchess Park team. The boys dug themselves a hole that they wouldn’t be able to overcome and ultimately lost the game. However, the Grizzlies never gave up and played hard through the entire game to close the gap and make the game competitive until the end. Led by Colton Dyck and his nine made three pointers, the boys built momentum going into the last game of the season against NVSS.
The Grizzlies last game of the season was one to remember for the boys seeing everyone once again get into the game and contribute. The coaches handed over the chipboard to injured player Ethan Middleton who led the boys to a win in their last game of the season. It was a close game until the end but timely timeouts and big shots hit at the right time led the boys to a two-point victory.
With a fifth place finish and a second team All-Star nomination for Colton Dyck the 2019 season wrapped up for the JV Boys finishing with a strong record of 14-6.
Male Athlete of the Week: Colton Dyck (Gr. 10, Jr Boys Basketball)
Female Athlete of the Week: Isabella Ziebart (Gr. 10, Jr Girls Basketball)
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Sr Alt has been working hard making Valentine’s cards and cookies for our Valentines for Seniors project. With NPSS closed yesterday, we had to ask for help; Leigh Anne baked us some cookies to add to the ones already baked in Mark’s class and we were able to borrow space at Robert Ogilvie to finish decorating.
Some students from the Senior Alt program had the honor to go visit the North Peace Senior Housing and deliver some cookies and cards to all of the residents that live there. It gives us great joy to see the seniors smile and interact with us! ~ Ally Peever
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Writer and musician Brendan McLeod visited NPSS today to perform a monologue about struggles with obsessions, mental health, and friendships. Students wishing to find out more about the topics discussed in the presentation can visit the counselling office. Below are links to helpful online resources:
Jack.org: Training and empowering young Canadian leaders to revolutionize mental health.
MindYourMind: An online space where mental health, wellness, engagement and technology meet.
Foundry: Offers young people health and wellness resources, services and supports – online and through integrated service centres across BC.
TeenMentalHealth: What are mental disorders? What is brain injury? What is stigma? We need to know as much about our minds as we do our bodies.
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NPSS student Wonhye Jeong submitted her artwork and an artist statement for the ‘Show Off! High School Art Competition, sponsored by the Alberta University of the Arts. Her art will be showcased in AUArts’ Main Mall public viewing area from March 11-23. As part of the event finalists will be chosen to win a first-year tuition scholarship to AUArts.
Congratulations to Wonhye Jeong for her incredible focus and dedication to improving her skills and getting selected for this exhibition!
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