RSS off to B.C. championship

The Rossland Secondary School field hockey team is off to another provincial championship

The Rossland Secondary School field hockey team is off to another provincial championship as the Royals defeated L.V. Rogers of Nelson in high school action last week.

Team captain Jaala Derochie scored on a penalty corner to give the Royals a 1-0 victory in the Kootenay championship game.

The Royals will be competing once again at the ‘AA’ high school championships in Burnaby this weekend. Mid season rankings had the royals in seventh in B.C., but the team placed fourth last year, and was bronze medallists in 2010.

The team is coached  again this year by Donna Hebert as well as Jaclyn Haines, an Ohio State university alumni, and RSS graduate who played on the provincial championship team for field hockey in 2000.

This is the youngest team competing ever at the B.C. championships for Rossland with three players in grade 12, three in Grade 11, six Grade 10’s, one Grade 9, and two in Grade 8

Rossland competes in the ‘AA’ high school leagues with teams based on school enrolment of 250 or fewer girls in Grades 11 and 12. Rossland has just 30 girls in those grades and is the smallest school competing in B.C., yet is consistently among the top finishers including being the top public school almost every year.