Oak Bay girls grab Island volleyball title

Oak Bay was the third seed entering the Island Quad-A girls’ high school volleyball championships held at Belmont. But the surprising Bays are headed to the B.C. championships Nov. 27-30 at the Langley Events Centre as the top Island team after upsetting B.C. No. 7 Claremont and B.C. No. 9 Dover Bay.

Oak Bay beat Claremont in the final. Dover Bay captured the third-and-final berth into the provincial tournament by defeating 2018 B.C. runner-up Belmont in the bronze-medal game.

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The host Carihi Tyees of Campbell River beat the Stelly’s Stingers in the Triple-A girls’ Island final. Provincially fourth-ranked Carihi and Stelly’s both advanced to the B.C. championships next weekend at the LEC. The 2017 B.C.-champion and 2018 runner-up Tyees will attempt to regain the provincial title, which just eluded them last year in a loss to Crofton House in the B.C. final.

There is no Quad-A class in provincial boys’ high school volleyball. The Claremont Spartans, Oak Bay Barbers and Reynolds Roadrunners are the Island representatives in the B.C. boys’ Triple-A championship. SMUS and Pacific Christian School are headed to the B.C. boys’ Double-A championship.

All tournaments are at the LEC from Nov. 27-30.

SOCCER: Brentwood College had a good run through the B.C. high school boys’ Double-A championships at Burnaby Lake but it ended short of the big prize with a 2-0 loss Tuesday to Notre Dame of Vancouver in the semifinals.

Brentwood will play Langley Fundamental in this morning’s bronze-medal game, while Notre Dame will play for gold against St. Thomas Aquinas.

The other Island teams in the B.C. tournament included St. Michaels University School, Carhi and Brooks of Powell River.

The B.C. boys’ Triple-A championship begins Thursday at Burnaby Lake featuring the Island-champion Reynolds Roadrunners and runner-up Oak Bay.

FOOTBALL: There will be a new B.C. boys’ Triple-A football champion this year. The defending-champion Mount Douglas Rams, who have won five provincial titles in the last eight years, were edged 24-21 by St. Thomas More in the provincial quarter-finals at B.C. Place.

Vancouver College beat Kelowna 35-7, Lord Tweedsmuir defeated New Westminster 36-7 and Notre Dame got past South Delta 28-15 in the other quarter-finals.

In the Double-A quarter-finals, Ballenas of Parksville defeated Robert Bateman of Abbotsford 35-18 to advance to a semifinal date Saturday against Vernon at B.C. Place.

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