The B.C. water polo champions

Team Langley perfect at provincial water polo championships

Langley edged Garibaldi in a shootout in the B.C. title game.

Langley: home of water polo champions.

The community can stake this claim after winning the annual B.C. High School Water Polo Championships, held at the Surrey Sport and Leisure Centre in Fleetwood from May 13 to 15.

Team Langley had a perfect 4-0 record and placed first out of 11 Tier 2 teams.  There was no Tier 1 final this year.

This was the first time in 22 years a team from Langley has won gold at this event.

Langley’s team consisted of 10 players from four different schools – Grant Phillips-Hing and Paige Dong (Langley Fine Arts); Georgiy Belyaev, Tim Orda, Zach Jennejohn, Danielle De La Gorgendiere, Chelsea Borrowdale and Renae Ledoux (Walnut Grove Secondary); Owen Griffiths (Langley Secondary); and Alan Cho (Alex Hope).

Langley’s coach, Deena Charles, is from Brookswood Secondary.

The team’s honorary assistant coach was Ilya Belyaev.

While some of Langley’s players were accomplished swimmers, the team held its first water polo practice only three weeks prior to the tournament.

With the assistance of athletes from Fraser Valley Water Polo – Grant, Georgiy, Tim and Deena – they learned the objectives and rules of the game very quickly.

Going into the final day of the weekend tournament, there was a three-way tie for the gold medal game after Langley, Garibaldi, and Surrey/South Delta had all won their first three games – and all with an identical 13 goals-against.

The gold medal game was determined by lottery and resulted in a Langley and Garibaldi showdown the afternoon of May 15.

The two teams played a very exciting and close game with Garibaldi tying the score at 10 goals apiece with just minutes left, leading to a shootout.

After Garibaldi’s first shooter missed, Langley and Garibaldi shooters then exchanged consecutive goals through four rounds of the shootout.

In the fifth round, Garibaldi’s final shooter missed on a skip-shot which sailed high over Langley goalie, Tim Orda, and the net, resulting in a 14-13 Team Langley victory.

The B.C. championship trophy will be taken to all of the participating schools before residing at Walnut Grove Secondary until Team Langley has a chance to defend its title in 2017.

Just Posted

Aldergrove community stakeholders react to town centre plans

‘The mall has been an eyesore for many years,’ says Home Hardware owner

Langley Mustangs runner sets Canadian record

Sarah Inglis celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a standout performance at the Canadian All Comers race

Former South Surrey boxer relishing role on Riverdale

Peninsula resident Darcy Hinds has recurring role on popular CW series

Told ‘no’ twice by local shelter, homeless Surrey man sent to Hope anyways

Deemed medically stable, patient was taxied to Hope by hospital when a spot in Surrey wasn’t located

Music students to stage protest performances in Langley

Sunday demonstration planned to oppose budget cuts at Kwantlen Polytechynic University

WATCH: Out and about in Langley

March 20-22; your guide to community happenings.

Canucks hang on for 7-4 win over Senators

Horvat nets 2 for Vancouver

European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

Air Canada plans to remove the Boeing 737 Max from its schedule at least through July 1

Prime minister defends Liberal budget measures as sales effort gets underway

Conservatives under Andrew Scheer say it’s a spree funded by borrowing against the future

Mayor meets with B.C. health minister on homeless taxi transfers

Two homeless people were discharged from Surrey Memorial and sent to a Chilliwack shelter

B.C. lottery winner being sued by co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Teacher reprimanded for conduct towards special needs student

Alan Stephen Berry told vice principal he did not have time to use positive strategies

‘Full worm super moon’ to illuminate B.C. skies on first day of spring

Spring has sprung, a moon named in honour of thawing soil marks final super moon until 2020

Having phone within sight while driving does not violate law: B.C. judge

The mere presence of a cell phone within sight of a driver is not enough for a conviction, judge says

Most Read