Vanier hosting volleyball tourney

Ten teams competing at North/South Challenge this Friday and Saturday




The Vanier Towhees senior boys volleyball team is hosting the 2012 Comox Valley North/South Challenge this weekend (Nov. 2-3).

The 10-team tournament includes #2 AAA Oak Bay, #14 Ballenas, #9 AA Gulf Islands and #18 AAA Reynolds. Local teams include Vanier, Isfeld and Highland.

The Towhees are led by Braeden Brouwer (Grade 10), Alex Kussauer (Grade 11) and Sam Kussauer (Grade 11). Vanier is young team that has steadily improved throughout the season, says head coach Brian McAskill.

“Major improvement has been seen from Cole Penney (Grade 11) and Isaiah Mayo (Grade 11). Team leadership has been provided by Bryan Johnson (Grade 12) and Aaron Slobodin (Grade 12),” McAskill said.

“This team is one of the youngest and most inexperienced in my 15 years coaching at Vanier,” McAskill said. “I have been thoroughly impressed with their work ethic and their ability to steadily improve throughout the season.”

The young squad has reached several quarter-finals and a couple of semifinals in Island tournaments throughout the season, with Brouwer receiving an all-start nod at the Camosun Chargers tournament in Victoria at the end of September.

“Braedon has the potential to be a special player, not just at the high school level but the college and university level in future years,” McAskill said. “He does need to continue to work hard and challenge himself every day in practice and strive to dominate each and every match he is involved in,” the coach added.

Vanier recently won the Comox Valley League championship over Highland and Mark Isfeld, but McAskill is still demanding a higher level of play. “We still need to reduce our errors, add a right side and middle attack to our offence and play intense defence as the playoffs approach.

“We have made it through too many stretches of this season by pumping the ball outside to Brouwer and Kussauer. As the playoffs approach we need to make Penney, Slobodin and Mayo a bigger part of the offence,” McAskill said.

Play at this year’s Vanier tournament began Thursday night when the Towhees took on the Gulf Island Scorpions. Play continues Friday with games from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday with games from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Joining Vanier, Highland and Mark Isfeld in the North pool are Ballenas and Dover Bay. In the South pool are Gulf Islands, Burnaby South, Oak Bay, Reynolds and Claremont.


– Vanier Towhees



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

Just Posted

School District 71’s final budget for this school year showed more revenue from distance learning students but less from traditional classroom registration. Record file photo
Comox Valley Schools’ budget grant almost $5.5 million higher than planned

Increase came from a boost in distributed learning rather traditional registration

A&W on Ryan Road confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 at their restaurant and temporarily shut its doors. Google Maps photo
Courtenay restaurant temporarily closed due to COVID-19 exposure

It’s the latest business in the Valley to be affected by the virus

The CSRHD board moved closer to passing a budget with a $4.4 million cut to the tax requisition. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Comox Strathcona hospital district moves on budget with tax cut

At $12.6 million, budget requisition represents drop of $4.4 million for current year

Courtenay councillor Will Cole-Hamilton, standing at right, sits on steering committees of two organizations that are tackling the problem of greenhouse gas emissions. File photo
Courtenay councillor leads campaign to reduce building-sector GHG emissions

Courtenay councillor Will Cole-Hamilton wants local governments to carry a little more… Continue reading

A rendering shows the entrance planned for the Hornby Island Arts Centre. Image supplied
Numerous Comox Valley projects get CERIP grants

Numerous Comox Valley projects have received grants through the Community Economic Recovery… Continue reading

Dr. Bonnie Henry leaves the podium after talking about the next steps in B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
COVID: 589 new cases in B.C., and 7 new deaths

No new outbreaks being reported Feb. 26

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

The Canada Revenue Agency says there were 32 tax fraud convictions across the country between April 2019 and March 2020. (Pixabay)
Vancouver man sentenced to 29 months, fined $645K for tax evasion, forgery

Michael Sholz reportedly forged documents to support ineligible tax credits linked to homeownership

Then-Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson looks on as MLA Shirley Bond answers questions during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria. (Chad Hipolito / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
B.C. Liberal party to choose next leader in February 2022

Candidates have until Nov. 30 to declare whether they are running

After nearly 10 months of investigations, Mounties have made an arrest in the tripping of an elderly woman in Burnaby this past April. (RCMP handout)
VIDEO: Mounties charge suspect for tripping elderly woman near Metrotown in April

32-year-old Hayun Song is accused of causing bodily harm to an 84-year-old using her walker

British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry arrives to view the Murals of Gratitude exhibition in Vancouver, on Friday, July 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Death threats mount against Dr. Bonnie Henry, sparking condemnation from Horgan, Dix

Henry has become a staple on televisions in homes across British Columbia since January 2020

Several BC Ferries sailings are cancelled Friday due to adverse weather. (Black Press Media File)
All B.C. Ferries sailings cancelled due to winds, adverse weather

Adverse weather causes cancellations across several BC Ferries routes

Bryan Adams with his mom, Jane Adams Clark, at Lions Gate Hospital. (Bryan Adams)
Bryan Adams gives shout out to North Shore hospital

The singer’s mom was in Lions Gate Hospital for care

Shoppers will be able to get their hands on signed bottles of Ryan Reynolds’ new gin at B.C. liquor stores this summer. (Twitter/Ryan Reynolds)
Ryan Reynold’s Aviation Gin autographed and coming to B.C. stores

This summer 100 bottles will be available to the public for purchase across five B.C. liquor stores

Most Read