Mount Baker Secondary Wild Senior boys volleyball libero Parker Thomson looks to the sky during a game at the 2017 Big Kahuna BC Boys Championships. (Dave McLeod Photo)

Mount Baker Secondary Wild Senior boys volleyball libero Parker Thomson looks to the sky during a game at the 2017 Big Kahuna BC Boys Championships. (Dave McLeod Photo)

MBSS Wild Senior boys volleyball finish second at provincial championship

Cranbrook boys fall just short of first ever BC title, lose to Semiahmoo in close final match

What a wild ride.

The Mount Baker Secondary Senior boys volleyball team stayed undefeated at the 2017 Big Kahuna BC Boys Championships, all the way until the end of the fifth set of the final match.

Facing the defending champion Semiahmoo Secondary Totems for gold on Saturday evening, the Wild came up just short of an amazing comeback and earned the program their third AAA Senior Boys Volleyball Championship silver medal, having also placed second in 2001 and 2009.

A back-and-forth match, MBSS fell 25-21 and 25-22 in the first two sets, before dominating the next two sets with 25-18 and 25-12 wins, forcing an always unpredictable fifth frame of play.

Despite notable performances throughout the tournament from libero Parker Thomson, as well as teammates Dawson Atwood, Quinn Grist and Caleb Peters, the team lost a little momentum in the final minutes of action, but didn’t go down without a fight.

Peters, a recruit for the hometown College of the Rockies Avalanche, put the team on his back at the end of the title match, with some outstanding offensive and defensive plays.

In the end though, experience pushed Semiahmoo through with a 15-12 final set and their leading outside hitter (and back-to-back provincial MVP) Michael Dowhaniuk tipped in the final point.

Despite the loss, the moment they set foot on the court at the Langley Event Centre, the Wild proved themselves capable of playing well against anyone in the province. As the top-ranked team heading into the tournament, they quickly showed that they meant business.

Going undefeated in their round robin ‘power pool’, with three straight two-set victories on Wednesday against Earl Marriott Secondary (25-13, 27-25), Delta Secondary (25-10, 25-17) and Oak Bay Secondary (25-19, 25-22), the team breezed into the championship bracket.

Playing best-of-five set matches in the elimination bracket, the Wild then defeated Victoria’s Reynolds Secondary in four sets (25-22, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17). The next day, the team booked a ticket into the semifinals by beating Surrey’s Elgin Park in three (25-18, 25-15, 25-17).

In the semis, MBSS dominated North Delta’s Seaquam Secondary with a 25-11 first set win and finished them off early with subsequent 25-23 and 25-14 victories.

Waiting until Saturday evening for their gold medal game, the Wild got a shot at the reigning champs, but ultimately couldn’t get the job done. The second place finish was, however, a major upgrade from the team’s previous tournament in 2016, in which they finished 11th.

At the conclusion of the weekend, both Peters and Grist were selected as members of the tournament’s first all-star team, before the entire team was presented with their silver medals.

The MBSS Senior girls, meanwhile, finished the AAAA tournament — also taking place in Langley — in 13th place out of 16 teams.

While they were competitive on their opening day, losing in two close sets to Earl Marriott (23-25, 18-25), then a three-set heartbreaker to South Delta Secondary (24-26, 25-12, 12-15) and finally another straight-set defeat to Vancouver Technical School (16-25, 24-26), they finished fourth in their pool.

From there, they were knocked out of the championship bracket by losing to Handsworth Secondary School and eventually settled for 13th after beating Vancouver’s Moscrop Secondary in their final game of the weekend.

While neither team will be entirely satisfied by their finishes, and the boys program is now still searching for their first ever provincial title, there is no doubt that the lengthy journey to the Lower Mainland was well worth it and the Wild did Cranbrook and the East Kootenays proud.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP was called to a report of a fight at an Okanagan Landing Halloween party Saturday, Oct. 31, but issued the homeowner a ticket  under the COVID-19 Related Measures Act for having too many people at the party. (Black Press file photo)
Police investigating after woman dragged, run over by truck in Jimsmith area

A woman sustained severe injuries after being allegedly pushed out a truck,… Continue reading

VICTORIA, CANADA - MARCH 25: BC Ambulance Services stock photography session March 25, 2013 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Jeff Vinnick Images)
Paramedics responding to increased volume of overdose calls

Data released by BC Emergency Health Services shows a rising provincial trend of overdose responses

Mount Baker Secondary School in Cranbrook.
SD5 to look at future of Mount Baker Secondary School

Board of Education approves funding for study of MBSS replacement or major renovations

Location of proposed homeless shelter.
Public hearing set for property featuring proposed homeless shelter

Public hearing set after presentations from BC Housing, city staff on shelter proposal, homelessness in town

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, vice-president of logistics and operations at the Public Health Agency of Canada, speaks at a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
B.C. records 500 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, 14 deaths

Outbreak at Surrey Pretrial jail, two more in health care

(File)
Man allegedly bites Vancouver cop during arrest for outstanding warrant

The officer was treated in hospital for the bite wounds

Black bear cubs Athena and Jordan look on from their enclosure at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association in Errington, B.C., on July 8, 2015. Conservation Officer Bryce Casavant won the hearts of animal lovers when he opted not to shoot the baby bears in July after their mother was destroyed for repeatedly raiding homes near Port Hardy, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Supreme Court quashes review of B.C. conservation officer who refused to euthanize bears

Bryce Casavant was dismissed from his job for choosing not to shoot the cubs in 2015

(File Photo)
Interior Health says COVID positivity rates in Fernie area actually 10-12%

IH say the rates are not as high as previously claimed by the region’s top doctor

Francina Mettes and Thomas Schouten with the 200-page document they submitted in December of 2018. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Dutch man, 94, facing unwanted trip home can stay in B.C. with wife of 45 years

Immigration offices cuts red tape so couple of 45 years can stay together in Victoria area

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding Covid-19 for the province of British Columbia in Victoria, B.C, Monday, December 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. Premier, health officials to discuss next steps in COVID immunization plan

Nearly 31,000 doses of vaccine the province expected by Jan. 29 could be curtailed due to production issues

Most Read