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North Van's Sage Stobbart named defensive player of the year in NCAA's Big West Conference

Seycove Secondary grad sets school record with nine blocks in one game
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North Vancouver's Sage Stobbart fires a shot for the UC Davis Aggies of the NCAA's Big West Conference.

North Vancouver basketball star Sage Stobbart threw a massive block party last week on her way to becoming the defensive player of the year in the NCAA’s Big West Conference.

On Friday, Stobbart made team history with the UC Davis Aggies by blocking nine shots in one game, a new school record. With 12 points and 13 rebounds in the matchup against Hawaii, Stobbart fell just one block shy of a rare triple double of points, rebounds and blocks.

The feat was a fitting finish to the Big West regular season for the junior forward, as a few days later she was named the league’s defensive player of the year as well as a member of the All-Big West first team all-stars.

Stobbart led the league with 2.67 blocks per game while ranking fifth in rebounding at 8.0 per game and third in field goal percentage at .457 while scoring nearly 11 points per game.

Stobbart’s stalwart play helped the Aggies win their fifth consecutive Big West regular season title and earned the team a first-round bye in the league’s championship tournament running this week in Las Vegas. Top-seeded UC Davis will play No. 9 Cal State Fullerton in the championship quarterfinals this morning.

Stobbart is in her fourth season with the team, including a redshirt year. The 6-3 forward led the Seycove senior girls team to AA provincial silver in her Grade 11 year before bumping up to gold in her Grade 12 season, earning tournament MVP and top defensive player awards in the championship win. She’s studying environmental science and management at UC Davis, the northernmost of the 10 campuses in the University of California system.