Quesnel junior school recognized their student athletes at an awards banquet earlier this month including the Quesnel junior school golf team

Quesnel junior school recognized their student athletes at an awards banquet earlier this month including the Quesnel junior school golf team

QJS recognizes student athletes

Quesnel junior school honoured its student athletes and coaches with supper and a handshake as parents smiled and cheered with pride.

School sports, not only foster school spirit, they also foster good students, QJS principle Cyril Tobin said.

“Generally there is a strong correlation between students that participate in community and school sports and doing well in school,” Tobin said.

“Sports require dedication to attend practices and travel for competition.

“Kids that are able to dedicate themselves to sport usually show a similar level of dedication to school.”

Awards were distributed for most valuable player, team spirit, most improved, sportsmanship and dedication to 59 students in 10 sports ranging from basketball to rodeo.

A relatively new sport on the scene for Quesnel junior school is golf and this year three students were recognized for their efforts on the links.

The golf program at QJS just completed its second year, co-coach  Tresierra-Durocher noted.

The program at QJS serves primarily as a training ground to develop student golfers for the high school team.

The golf coaches recognized three student golfers, including Riley Dumaine for top score, finishing with an 83 over 18 holes at the zone competition.

Corey Redden and Tristan Baker were also recognized for participation.

Redden, 14, has been playing golf for just two years with family and friends at the Quesnel Golf Club, after his father Steve Redden twisted his arm to try the sport.

At the zone competition, Redden fired a 97 and he admitted his biggest challenge with golf is the challenge faced by most amateur golfers.

“Hitting it straight,” he said matter-of-factly.

When asked about his best shot at the zone competition, Redden was quick with an honest reply.

“They were all pretty bad,” he said with a smirk.

Undaunted by the task at hand, Redden said he had fun at the zone competition, which included a practice day and a competition day, and the event was all the more enjoyable because he was excused from school to play a sport he enjoys.

Baker, 15, took up golf two years ago because he found it calming.

Initially nerves came into play for Baker, especially given it was his first time in a competitive tournament and he was unsure of what to expect.

But after a few holes he said the jitters went away and he enjoyed the experience, particularly his drive on the fifth hole.

“After the first few holes it was pretty good,” he said.

Although he shot 126 at the zone competition, something that most golfers would not find soothing, Baker still came away with a smile and experience.

“I know what it’s going to be like next time and I’ll be able to cope with it [nerves] better,” he said.

The most important aspect of the training is learning to deal with the emotions and circumstances of golf competitions, Tresierra-Durocher explained.

“It’s the most difficult thing for them to get out there and getting over the jitters,” she said.

“If you’ve been there once, the next time you know the ropes.”

Tobin also pointed to the importance of teachers volunteering to coach the various school teams.

“This means the teacher usually has a passion for the sport,” he said.

“That passion comes with a level of expertise that comes from playing the sport through high school and university.”

In addition to the teachers, Tobin pointed to the vital role parents play in supporting QJS student athletes, especially now with declining enrollments and teachers to cover all of the sports.

“We still offer the same sports and the same number of teams, but we have fewer teachers,” he said.

“We have made up the coaching shortage by using parent volunteer coaches.

“They come in with good “kids skills” and help round out our coaching staff.

“We need community coaches to continue offering the wide range of choices that we offer kids.”

Other students recognized:

Basketball – Grade 8 Boys 

Coaches: Melissa Boles

MVP – Nick Stavast

Most Sportsmanlike – Sonny Cervienka

Most Improved – Josh Calvert

Basketball – Grade 9 Boys 

Coaches: Curtis Christiansen

MVP – Nick Boles

Most Improved Player – Joey Melville

Hustle Award – Bobby Dezubiria

Basketball – Grade 9A Girl 

Coaches: Angelina Gauthier, Richard Gauthier

Top Defensive Player – Emmalee Pitcher

Top Defensive Player – Bailey Kupferschmid

Top Offensive Player – Cassia Gauthier

Top Offensive Player – Nicole DeBlois

Team Spirit – Kelsi Brown

Basketball – Grade 8/9B Girls 

Coaches: Jaidine Ketter

MVP – Sharn Khila

Defensive Player – Jadie Guan

Most Improved – Kristine Long

Cross Country

Coach:  Scott Trueman

Top Male – Liam McIlvenna 

Top Female – Shae Tarry

Most Dedicated – Danny Brickell

Rodeo

Kellie McKenzie

Savana Watson

Rikki Hutnyk

McKenzie Wills

Lane Wills

Brett Wills

Rugby

Coach:  Ted McCart

 Rugby Spirit – Joey Melville

 Most Improved – Nick Boles

 Rookie of the Year – Dan McDougall

Soccer – Boys 

Coach:  Kam Dosanjh

Grade 8 – MVP – Liam McIlvenna

Grade 9 – MVP – Braeden Doerkson

Team Spirit – Chad Milsom

Swimming

Coaches: Rob McGauley

Participation Awards 

Dewan, Karan

Domreis, Michelle

Fedoruk, Michaela

Gauthier, Cassie

Kaid, isaiha

McGauley, Chris

Miles, Trinity

Milligan, Rebecca

Peddle, leanne

Therrien, Olivia

Thiessen, Emily

Track and Field

Coach: Marissa Knauf

Top Grade 8 Female – Cheyanne Newman

Top Grade 9 Female – Darbie Sutton

Top Grade 9 Male – Braeden McCall

Volleyball – Grade 8 Girls 

Coaches:  Earl Tourangeau, Corey Lougheed

MVP – Kaitlyn Godsoe

Team Spirit – Shaye Tarry

Most Improved – Grace Johnston

Volleyball – Grade 8 Boys 

Coaches:  Amarjit Sull

MVP – Sonny Ciervienko

Most Improved – Gabe Swemler

Most Sportsmanlike – Jared Lucas

Volleyball – Grade 9A Girls 

Coaches: Travis Hall

MVP – Olivia Erdman

Coach’s Choice – Rebecca Milligan

Most Improved  – Jessica Voight

Volleyball – Grade 9B Girls 

Coaches: Jayme Brown, Brandon Klingbell

MVP – Shayna Sales

Most Improved – Mikkakyla Matula

Most Sportsmanlike – Kirsten Nichols

Wrestling

Coach:  Rob McGregor

Participation award – Lain Slack