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Orcas excelling on the pitch, court and classroom!!!
A huge congratulations to two former Orcas turned Wolfpack.
Both Allie Shiyuk (soccer) and Thomas Olsen (basketball) have been nominated for their top academic achievements at TRU while at the same time excelling on the pitch.
We are so proud to see them continuing to be high achievers both on the pitch/court and in the classroom.
You continue to make us proud to call you Orcas!
Danielle Steer Goes Pro
Former Elgin Park and UBC soccer star Danielle Steer has done it all. She has lead her high school teams to multiple provincial championships, and lead the UBC Thunderbirds to CIS titles.
Now she aims to take on professional soccer after signing a contract with Western United of the Australian professional A-League.
We can't wait to see what Danielle does on the pitch and wish her all the best in her time down under.
Ryan Sommer Goes for Gold in Beijing 2022!
Former Elgin Park grad Ryan Sommer is off to the Beijing Olympics in 2022!
Ryan will be representing Canada as a member of Canada 1 in the 4 man bobsled event. There are great hope and expectations that Ryan and his teammates can medal!
To find out more, please check out these news stories:
We wish him all the best!
UPDATE: Ryan won a bronze medal!!! Congratulations
Thomas Olsen - "Starting" to Look Good in Orange and Black
Former Elgin Park grad and mutli-sport athlete Thomas Olsen is enjoying life in Kamloops in his first year at TRU.
Thomas joined the Wolfpack's basketball team and has quickly risen up the depth chart to become a key member of the team.
In a recent trip to play local CIU competition, our current basketball team members were able to go watch and cheer on Thomas!
We are so proud to witness his success and wish him all the best in the year to come! Go Wolfpack!
Danielle Steer Looks to Lead UBC Womens Soccer to Back-to-Back Championship
Former Elgin Park grad and soccer start Danielle Steer has had quite the university career. Prior to COVID, in 2019 she scored the game winning goal in the USports final to help lead UBC to the championship.
Now, a Senior, Danielle hopes to lead the Thunderbirds to a second successive title.
Congratulations Danielle and best of luck in your Senior year!
Find out more below:
Taylor Patrick Tears up the NCAA in Hilo, Hawaii
A 2016 graduate of Elgin Park, Taylor played five years for Mr. Augustus on the school golf team achieving some great results.
After high school, Taylor earned a full ride scholarship to the University of Hawaii - Hilo. Over the past four years, Taylor has racked up a number of honours including:
- PacWest All-Academic Honours
- UHH Men's Golf Scholar Athlete
- PacWest All-Academic All Star
We are very proud, and a little jealous, as we watch Taylor succeed and accomplish his goal in sunny Hilo, Hawaii!
We wish you continued success!
Elle Kerfoot - From High School Provincial Champion to NCAA Star to Trainer Extraordinaire
In 2008, Elle helped Elgin Park win its first and only AAA Sr Girls Basketball title.
Since then, she has gone on to play NCAA at Seattle U where she graduated with the school record for most 3 point makes and as a top scorer.
After university, Elle went on to play professionally in Europe before coming back to North America and training to be a coach.
Now we are proud to say Elle is coaching and mentoring girls at her own training facility in Surrey (EK Hoops Training).
Congratulations on all of your accomplishments. You continue to make us very proud!
Darby Dunn - NCAA Beach Volleyball All-Star
2015 grad Darby Dunn has done on quite the journey since leaving Elgin Park. She has travelled the world playing beach volleyball representing her country and school, all while earning her degree at Florida's Stetson University.
During the 2019 season, Darby and her partner went a school record 32-7 and capped their season with a win over #1 ranked USC. Darby was also named NCAA tournament all-star!
Congratulations on an amazing season and NCAA career. All the best in life after university!!!
Elgin Alumni Dominating the NCAA Girls Soccer Scene
Over the past year several former Elgin Park Girls Soccer Alumni have had stellar seasons south of the border playing for division 1 NCAA schools including:
Kristin Fairbairn (Utah Utes) - Grad of 2016
Now in her Junior season at Utah, Kristin played in 16 games for the Utes recording 2 assists. Her career highlight thus far was being named Pac 12 All-Academic Honourable Mention.
Liv Jillings (Portland State Vikings) - Grad of 2016
Now in her Junior Season, Liv appeared in eight games for the Portland State Vikings. In her Freshman season, Liv appeared in eight matches. Her career highlight thus far was being named to the Academic All Big Sky Team in 2016.
Gabe Jillings (Seattle U via Arizona Wildcats) - Grad of 2018
In her Freshman season at Arizona, Gabe featured in 16 games for the Wildcats scoring a goal and an assist.
After transferring to Seattle U, Gabe is now leading the Redhawks to great success with the team being crowned WAC champions for 2019-2020.
Donnee Janzen - Setting Her Sights on NCAA Glory
Donnee is another fantastic success story coming out of Elgin Park. Due to her strong academic ability and drive, Donnee graduated a year early from Elgin (2017). She then committed to the University of Idaho on a volleyball scholarship.
In her freshman year, the young setter helped the team to an 18-11 overall record and a 12-4 conference record. With a young star like Donnee to build the team around, the Vandals should be a tough opponent for the foreseeable future.
Way to go Donnee. Keep doing what you're doing!
Jumping for Joy for Joel
After a brilliant track and field career here at Elgin Park and in the community with Ocean Athletics, we are proud to share that Joel Della Siega has gone on to become a UBC Thunderbird.
Joel graduated from Elgin in June of 2016 and since then has completed two years at UBC. Not only is he tearing up the CIS track and field competitions but he is also excelling in his academics on route to an Applied Sciences/Engineering degree.
Joel has also gone on to represent his country in several international competitions!
Way to go Joel! Keep up the great work!
Groenewegens Go to the NCAA
What are the odds? 3 girls. 3 softball players. 3 softball scholarships to NCAA schools across the USA. That's what has happened for the Groenewegen family over the past decade. First it was Marina who went to Bradley (graduated from BU in 2014), following by Sara who went to Minnesota (graduated from UM in 2017) and finally Melanie who is currently attending Southern Idaho
Congratulations to all three former Orcas on their post secondary accomplishments. They were great multi-sport athletes at Elgin and have gone on to showcase their athletic abilities south of the border. Way to go ladies!
Two More Grads of 2009 Go Pro!
After receiving an email from a local sports fan, we have been informed of two more Elgin grads who have gone on to achieve excellence in multiple sports. Both were grads of 2009. Check out their accomplishments below!
Elgin Graduate 2009
Drafted 43rd Overall Chilliwack Bruins of the Western Hockey league (2006)
Baseball Scholarship Arizona State University (2009)
Starting Pitcher Arizona State University (2009-2013)
Signed to Professional Baseball Contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2013-2015)
Elgin Graduate 2009
Drafted 49th Overall Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League (2006)
Drafted 81st Overall Boston Bruins of the NHL Entry Draft (2009)
Currently playing for the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast League, Affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
BCHL D-man to AHL Referee
Troy Patterson loves hockey. His passion for the game was evident in his time at Elgin when he played locally. After graduating from Elgin, he played several seasons in the BCHL with the Cowichan Capitals and the Surrey Eagles before his career came to an abrupt end due to injury.
That didn't stop Troy's involvement in the game. Troy continued on as a referee; working his way up the ranks.
This fall, Troy became an official in the AHL and refereed his first game (in Hershey, Pennsylvania).
This is an amazing accomplishment for Troy and we are very proud of him. Keep up the great work and we hope to see you one day soon in the NHL!!!
From Championship Teammates to CIS Rivals
Four former Elgin Park Senior Soccer Stars faced off in Langley this past September when TWU hosted UBC.
TWU's third year defender Brooklyn Tidder (grad 2015) was up against pacey goalscorer Danielle Steer (grad 2017) in this early season clash of CIS powerhouses.
The two had a great battle all night, including a tussle in front of the TWU net late in the first half. Despite the heated exchange, the two former teammates and Fraser Valley Champions, laughed it off.
Alyssa Hunt (grad 2015) and Emily Killam (grad 2017) did not dress due to injury.
The hope is to see all four in action next time the two squads face off in late October at Thunderbird Stadium.
Tre Leclaire - Field Lacrosse Star Shines in Ohio
Former Elgin grad Tre Leclaire proudly signed his letter of intent and went off to conquer the world of Field Lacrosse in the NCAA. Since arriving in Ohio, Tre has helped lead his team to the NCAA Lacrosse National Championship game.
Tre was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a Third Team All American!
Since leaving Elgin, Tre has also played for the national team at the World Field Lacrosse Championships. Way to go Tre!
Claire Eccles - First female ever to play professional baseball!
2015 grad, and current UBC pitcher, Claire Eccles has become the first ever female to play professional baseball. She is currently playing for the Victoria Harbour Cats. Way to go Claire!!!
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Brayden Bouchey - Joining the Single A Vancouver Canadians this Summer
2013 grad, and Toronoto Blue Jays draft pick Brayden Bouchey will be pitching for the Vancouver Canadians this summer. Check him out at the Nat!
Congrats Brayden on the A Championship Victory! Once a winner, always a winner!!!
Brittany Ambrose Goes to Japan
After 3 successful seasons playing for the Elgin Park Orcas and helping her team make provincials twice, Brittany went on to receive a scholarship to play at the Santa Clara University.
She spent four years representing the Broncos on one of the top teams in America. Brittany was also named rookie of the year and was an All American.
After graduating in 2016, Brittany embarked on a new adventure. She signed a contract to play professional soccer in Japan!!! What a great accomplishment. Go light up the women's J-League Brit!!!
Luc Bruchet Runs in the Rio Olympics
It's not every day that an Elgin Park grad competes in the Olympics.
But in 2016, Elgin grad Luc Bruchet did. A high school and university track sensation, Luc realized his Olympic dream by running in the 5000 metre race.
We are all very proud of Luc and as we know how much time, effort and sacrifice he had to make to get to Rio. All the best in the future Luc!
TWU's Brooklyn Tidder plays a ball forward in second half action vs. UBC.
UBC's Danielle Steer watches on during her teams 3-0 win.
Tre on signing day at Elgin. Tre representing Team Canada