Grade 8 Mustang Kelly Peter pulls down a rebound ahead of Chilliwack Middle School’s Keyeanna Esau. The local girls were defeated by the visiting team 46-15 in their home-opener last Wednesday.

Grade 8 Mustang Kelly Peter pulls down a rebound ahead of Chilliwack Middle School’s Keyeanna Esau. The local girls were defeated by the visiting team 46-15 in their home-opener last Wednesday.

Senior girls to host tourney this weekend

Winter Invitational action starts at 2 p.m. on Friday, with Hope taking on Rossland.

After their first week of league action, the Grade 8 and 9 Mustang basketball teams can hold on to the thought that “it can only get better.”

A tweak here and tweak there and the opponents will be getting less freebies and the Mustangs will be draining more shots. The scoring gap will narrow and the players will gain confidence.

There’s always that hope.

There’s always a chance to get a laugh out of their bungles, too, as has been apparent in the home games this past week. They don’t take themselves too seriously.

It’s a good thing that the shooting isn’t up to snuff yet. In the Grade 8 girls’ game against Chilliwack Middle School last week, a Mustang confidently grabbed a rebound and headed for the net.

Oddly, her opponents stepped back and let her shoot.

Her team-mates gasped in terror.

Air ball….

The shooter looked disappointed, as did the CMS players — but the other Hope players looked relieved. She had been shooting at the wrong hoop!

Oops!

Arts teacher Jon Polishak is coaching the Grade 9 boys this year and he’s holding onto the hope that things will improve like they did the two other times he coached. He was in charge of the Grade 9 boys, the first year he came to Hope and then the Grade 9 girls a few years later. After a gap of a couple of years, he’s back at it.

“I remember, we lost our first three games of the season, then we came back and won five games straight,” said Polishak on Monday.

“I had a lot of the guys on this year’s team in my math class last year,” said the coach, who is better known for his high school drama productions. “We’ve only got seven players, so they’ll get lots of court time. They’ll need lots of stamina too.

“Some players have a lot of learning to do — but Blake Deschenes and Levi Sandberg are good ball handlers and shooters. Levi just about lives in the gym.

“We had our first game at A.D. Rundle last week and we lost by ten points,” said Polishak. “We only had six guys, too, as one of our players fouled out.”

The teaching staff continues to support after-hours sports but local citizens have also stepped up to help coach.

Jeff Holgate was an assistant to Jason Fisher in past years and has taken on the head coaching spot for the senior boys and Jeff Kuhn is coaching the Grade 8 girls.

Teacher Tammy Nazarchuk heads up the senior girls team and they had a good showing at their first tournament of the year, coming fourth out of eight teams at Summerland last weekend.

This weekend, the senior girls host their annual Winter Invitational, with teams coming from as far away as Rossland, Quesnel and Fraser Lake.

Action starts at 2 p.m. on Friday, with Hope taking on Rossland. If the HSS students value school pride more than their academics, it could be a tough game for the guests, as there’s a plan to stack the stands with Mustang-backers.

“We’re having a buy-out for the last class,” said athletics coordinator Alicia Dubois on Monday.

“Each student has to donate one dollar or a food item to get out of the class and into the game,” she said. “It has to be the full class, or not at all, to avoid having some kids head out the door early.”

Hope’s next game will be at 8 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, depending on the outcome of the first game. Each of the eight teams has a three-game guarantee and the public is welcome to attend, with no door charge.

On Tuesday, Dec. 13, the annual alumni game should draw a good crowd, as players from the past come back to show that they’ve still “got it.”

2008 grads Kaileigh Schofield and Karli Tepasse are leading the alumni efforts, organizing fundraisers that will help the senior teams with their transportation expenses.

The girls’ game will start at 6 p.m. and the boys should start by 8:15, said Schofield.

“We’ll be doing 50/50s and we have 2 contests that will go on between games,” said Schofield. We’ll have a half-court shot for 13 and older  — and whoever wins will get $150 cash. There’s a three-point line shot for 12 and under and whoever wins that will get $50 cash. If there’s a tie, there will be a shoot-out.

“Those prize were donated by Andy Tepasse and Dave Radmore from Remax, as well as Ken Svensrud from Cascade Cleaning.

“There will also be raffle prizes that were donated by families & business throughout the town,” she added. “Admission is by donation.”

Schofield said they would be firming up numbers this week, on which alumni would be attending. She and Tepasse are in for sure— as are husband and wife, Kyle and Taylor Kjemhus.

The seniors will have their work cut out for them, added Schofield.

“They haven’t beaten us yet.”

Just Posted

Jacqueline Pearce and Jean-Pierre Antonio received the BC Historical Federation Best Article Award on Saturday for their story about translating haiku written in the Tashme internment camp.
Article chronicling haiku in Japanese internment camp near Hope wins award

Tashme Haiku Club’s work was preserved and recently translated, authors write

Kindergarten kids from Evans elementary school in Chilliwack painted rocks with orange hearts and delivered them to Sto:lo Elders Lodge recently after learning about residential schools. (Laura Bridge photo)
Kindergarten class paints rocks with orange hearts in Chilliwack for local elders

‘Compassion and empathy’ being shown by kids learning about residential schools

Chilliwack potter Cathy Terepocki (left) and Indigenous enhancement teachers Val Tosoff (striped top) and Christine Seymour (fuchsia coat), along with students at Vedder middle school, look at some of the 500-plus pinch pots on Thursday, June 10 made by the kids to honour the 215 children found at Kamloops Indian Residential School. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack students make hundreds of tiny clay pots in honour of 215 Indigenous children

‘I think the healing process has begun,’ says teacher about Vedder middle school project

Dennis Saulnier rescued his daughters, two-year-old Brinley (left) and four-year-old Keegan, after their truck was driven off the road and into Cultus Lake on May 16, 2020. Reporter Jenna Hauck has been recognized by the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspapers Association for her story on the rescue. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Chilliwack Progress, Hope Standard staff take home 7 Ma Murray awards

Jenna Hauck, Eric Welsh, Jessica Peters, Emelie Peacock all earn journalism industry recognition

(Unsplash.com)
Protecting our elders: It’s up to all of us to look out for them

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is June 15

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read