The Panorama Ridge Thunder were the Surrey Fire Fighters Goodwill Senior Girls Basketball Classic winners in 2017. (Submitted photo)

Firefighters basketball classic shows ‘Goodwill’ from Surrey’s high school girls

The 17th annual edition of the tournament highlights some of Surrey’s best on the court

SURREY — For the 17th year, Surrey’s top high school girls basketball teams are competing for local supremacy.

The Surrey Firefighters Goodwill Sr. Girls Basketball Classic is happening this week at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary until Saturday (Jan. 13).

In the five years he’s been involved with the event, tournament co-chair Adam MacEwan has noticed that the popularity of the tournament has grown.

“It’s gone from trying to get 20 schools involved to now, every school in Surrey that can put a team together wants to be involved,” said MacEwan. “I’ve seen the popularity from coaches, parents and the girls. They all really look forward to this tournament every year. It’s a big one on their calendar.”

More involvement from teams around the city should create better competition, which will be needed to knock off some of the heavyweights in the tournament.

Panorama Ridge is the defending champion from last year, as they beat Lord Tweedsmuir – the tournament host – in the finals.

Tweedsmuir has always been a strong team in the tournament, winning the 2016 edition as well.

Fleetwood Park and Holy Cross were the other two previous winners, and both teams are expected to be competitors once again this year.

One dark horse in the tournament will be Southridge. The private school hasn’t participated in the tournament recently, since their winter break falls later than public schools. With the Goodwill Classic falling on a later date this year, the provincially-ranked Southridge team will get a chance to participate.

Other teams to consider are up-and-comers from Sullivan Heights and Semiahmoo.

“Tweedy has been the powerhouse for the last couple of years, but we’re seeing schools like Sullivan Heights and Semiahmoo come out,” MacEwan said. “They’ve had young players playing for the last couple of years who should take another step this year. I think we’re seeing a bit of a changing of the guard.”

Aside from the teams in action, one of the most impactful parts of the tournament is the scholarships that get handed out to the students.

“It blows me away when I read these scholarships,” said MacEwan.

“The amount of commitment and involvement from these girls, aside from sports, is truly impressive. It’s inspiring to see how much these girls take on in their lives, and to see how well they do with it.”

MacEwan said that some of the girls applying have been volunteering consistently since grade nine, which bodes well for their chances to grab some of the bursaries and scholarships handed out.

The Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society bases the scholarships on volunteer work, references and grades. Over the years, the society has handed out more than $75,000 in scholarships to senior high school girls in the tournament.

Westland Insurance donates $7,500 to the tournament, with most of that money going to seven scholarships for the girls.

CLICK HERE for more on the tourney.



trevor.beggs@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook and follow Trevor on Twitter

Just Posted

Former city manager George Harvie to run for Delta mayor

Harvie’s Achieving for Delta salte includes former fire chief Dan Copeland

UPDATE: Surrey RCMP release sketch of ‘suspicious person’ who approached child outside school

Surrey RCMP describe the suspect as South Asian, in his 40s or younger, with a beard and a blue turban

International swimming events about to make a splash in Surrey

Espoir Canadian Championships and FINA Artistic Swimming World Series to be held at Surrey Sport and Leisure Complex

Fire in South Surrey Tuesday evening

It happened near King George Boulevard and 27B Avenue

Surrey’s Alex Sangha receives Meritorious Service Medal

Sangha recognized for founding Sher Vancouver, a not-for-profit society for LGBTQ South Asians

VIDEO: Morgan Freeman to voice announcements on SkyTrain, buses

TransLink unveils new credit card feature ahead of busy tourist season

Barclay Parneta new Giants GM

Becomes third General Manager in the history of the franchise

5 to start your day

Mounties cleared in shooting man with toy gun, woman sexually assaulted in Surrey and more

PNE’s Summer Night Concerts by Village People, Lauper, Goo Goo Dolls, more

Mostly retro sounds at this year’s fair in Vancouver, starting Aug. 18

Notley to skip western premiers meeting today, but slams leader who’s there

Notley told reporters that B.C. Premier John Horgan is trying to shut down the Trans Mountain pipeline

No suitors emerge for pipeline project stake as Kinder Morgan deadline looms

Analysts and observers remain perplexed by Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s comment last week that “plenty of investors would be interested in taking on this project”.

Energy wells plugged as Hawaii’s volcano sends lava nearby

A spike in gas levels could prompt a mass evacuation in Hawaii

Trump seethes over Russia probe, calls for end to ‘SPYGATE’

“SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!” Trump said on Twitter

Grads receive BC Transit passes

BC Transit provides passes to graduating students in more than 50 communities

Most Read