J. L. Crowe athletics: A smashing opening

The J. L. Crowe high school sports season gets underway in earnest this weekend.

The J. L. Crowe high school sports season gets underway in earnest this weekend, as the Hawks senior girls volleyball team hosts its 40th invitational tournament.

High school sports, as well as classes, are back on track after an uncertain year of job action and back to work legislation eventually resulted in a reluctant accord between the BC Teachers’ Federation and the provincial government in June.

J. L. Crowe Athletic Director Larry Reid says everything is back to status quo, with parents and teachers taking on voluntary coaching duties for high school sporting teams throughout the year.

Volleyball, soccer, and aquatics start up the season and tryouts for junior and senior boys and girls divisions go this week, with the Grade 8’s starting late this week or early next week.

The senior girls tournament is traditionally the first event of the year. The Crowe Hawks will hit the volleyball court against four teams from Mt. Sentinel in Slocan, Selkirk Secondary from Kimberley, Nelson’s L. V. Rogers and Golden Secondary on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, the Hawks play Mt. Sentinel at 2 p.m. and Selkirk at 3 p.m. They face L.V. Rogers at 5 p.m. and Golden at 7 p.m.

Saturday’s games go at 9 a.m. vs LVR, 10 a.m. against Selkirk, noon versus Sentinel and against Golden at 1 p.m. The two teams with the best record will play in the final at 2:30 p.m.