One North Shore tennis power is back on top while another saw an amazing streak of wins finally come to an end recently at the high school provincial championships.
The Sentinel Spartans climbed back to the top of the AAA rankings, winning the overall team title for the first time since 2014. Sentinel won six straight titles from 2009 to 2014 but had been serving up silver and bronze performances for the past four seasons.
In this year’s final the Spartans topped Vancouver’s Magee Secondary to win the gold, led by Colette Beauvais who was named the tournament’s top girls singles player. Beauvais was untouchable in singles, winning all of her matches to earn the top player award for the fifth straight year. She also teamed with Chris Radloff on the tournament’s top mixed doubles team. Clair Kim and Victoria MacFarlane who named the tournament’s top girls doubles team.
“Everyone on the team really stepped up to the plate and delivered” stated Sentinel coach Dave Gibson in a note to the North Shore News. “I am really proud of this team and how every player competed at such a high level to achieve this win. We had a really talented and dedicated group of players this year and it showed in the results.”
Beauvais was untouchable in singles, winning all of her matches to earn the top player award for the fifth straight year.
While Sentinel started a new streak, an incredible golden run came to an end for the Collingwood Cavaliers. The West Vancouver school won an amazing 11 straight provincial AA titles heading into this year’s tournament. The Cavaliers came close to making it an even dozen this year but fell 6-4 in the final against St. Michaels University School.
Collingwood faced an intense fight just to get to the final, surviving a three-hour semifinal battle against Immaculata from Kelowna to claim a 6-5 win.
The final featured Collingwood versus SMUS for the third straight season, and the matchup was tied 4-4 before the Vancouver Island school claimed the last two matches to claim gold and end Collingwood’s streak.