Athletics was the main focus of the week, but results were also attained in volleyball, rowing and surf lifesaving.
The school took a large team to the BOP Secondary School Athletics Championships. In the junior category, first place was gained by Sophie Te Whaiti in the javelin, with a large number gaining second places - Florence Turner in the long jump, 200m and 300m, Nakita Rangi in the javelin, Rowan Lowe in the high jump. Jasmine Hindson was third in the high jump.
In the intermediate category, Thomas Bernard in the long jump, Brieana Greenway in the high jump and Matthew Connolly in the 400m and triple jump all came second. Matthew was also third in the 200m as was Paula Muller in the 200m and Taylor Craig in the high jump.
In the senior division, Luke Davison was outstanding, coming first in the 110m hurdles, shot put, javelin and discus. His 56.27m throw in the javelin beat the previous BOP record, which had stood since 1976.
Samantha Reid won the javelin, whilst second places were gained by Bethany Garland (high jump), Michael Booth (400m), Ethan Kuizinas (high jump). Third place was achieved by Eremia Tapsell in the 800m.
The Senior Boys were third in the 4x100m relay.
The BC Girls Senior A Volleyball team competed in the BOP Volleyball Preliminary Championships. Unfortunately, the girls lost both their games against TGC Senior A and Otumoetai Senior A, though they were still able to secure third place overall.
The national surf lifesaving championships were held over the weekend, in which a number of Bethlehem College students competed. Two outstanding performers from the school were Karina Radley and Jessica Miller.
In the U19 Women's category, Karina gained gold medals for the double ski event and the ski relay, a silver medal for the beach sprint and beach sprint relay and then a bronze medal in the taplin race.
Not to be outdone, Jessica performed equally well. She gained the gold medal in the open women's taplin relay (swim leg), silver medal in the U19 Women's board relay and in the U16 women's category she secured silver medals in the diamond race and surf swim.
Jessica is travelling to the Gold Coast with the Mount Surf Club Team for the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships on April 4, where she will be competing in the U15 women's division.
Last weekend saw the North Island Schools Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro. For the first time for six years, the team came away without any medals. However, there was some great rowing, especially by Bethany Glenn and Sarah Renouf who in their novice year, made the A final of the girls U16 double sculls. Teagan Adams and Taylor Cooney also made the A Final of the girls U18 double sculls. - Matthew Smalberger and Hannah Marshall, Sports Captains.
On Thursday, March 3, TBC had a lawn bowls match against Kelston Boys' High school. The doubles game went to Kelston 5-3. Friday's game was called off due to rain.
Our first XI had a two-match cricket series against Kelston Boys' High School last week.
Unfortunately, we didn't have a good day with the bat and were bowled out for a disappointing 114.
Kelston chased this score fairly easily with eight wickets in hand.
The second match against Kelston was a Twenty20. Kelston won the toss and elected to bat. Some powerful hitting in the middle order ensured the visitors had runs on the board but some late wickets by Henry Conway saw Kelston all out for 135.
The run rate kept climbing during our innings and we never really got going. Elliott Timoti did a good job of anchoring the innings but could not produce enough partnerships. We were all out for 105 after the 20 overs.
The final Shield defence of the season provided an opportunity of Tauranga Boys' College to get their name on the shield. In the end we came up 19 runs short of their target of 140.
Sean Davey and Mr Orchard got early wickets but some loose fielding allowed the Eastern Pirates to a defendable score.
Our chase got off to a poor start with our captain Timoti being run out and wickets were lost at regular intervals. At 79-9, James Boyd and Cam Neal came to the crease. They managed a 41 run partnership but couldn't quite make it to the total.
A few stand-out performances from the Bay of Plenty secondary school athletics day included Julian Oakley taking 6sec off the previous senior boys' 800m record which had stood since 1977. His new record of 1min 54sec should now last for some time.
Joe Ormsby added another 10cm to the record he set in the senior boys shot put at the school athletics and the intermediate boys' track team won every track event from the 100m to the 3000m.
Marshall Gibson flew to Samoa on February 21 to compete in the Oceania Wrestling Champs for New Zealand.
He won bronze medals in the junior and senior Greco-Roman sections. Marshall then competed against Commonwealth and Olympic Youth wrestlers from across the Pacific.
Rowing: TBC competed at the North Island Secondary School Champs last Friday.
The U16 quad comfortably won gold in their race, this crew also managed a fourth and fifth in the U16 double. The U18 novice 8+ came home in second place which will give them great confidence before Maadi Cup.
Also receiving a silver medal was Francis Snelgar and Sheldon Noyce in the mens U18 double. The U17 crew also had a good regatta and managed an eighth in the quad. The men's novice four finished fourth in their race, setting them up well for the Maadi Cup.
Our amazing rowers competed at the North Island Secondary Schools, where the U16 eight consisting of Ellen Crane, Lydia Milne, Anna Cullum, Alathea Lockett, Belinda Ketel, Laura Bonney, Fiona Bennett, Laura Perry and Courtenay Megson (cox) won a silver as did Rebecca Wilson in the under-17 singles.
The U15 doubles, consisting of Alathea Lockett and Sam Fredheim, also won silver.
Our kayakers and canoe polo have had awesome results from all the hard work put in. Anna Higgins has been selected in the NZ junior U18 canoe slalom team to compete in Canada and US in June and July at the Junior Pre Worlds Competition.
The senior canoe polo team travelled to Auckland to compete in the Northern Regional competition, the team played five games, dominating and coming out with five wins. They will be competing in Feilding in the National Secondary Schools Canoe Polo Champs in April.
Makayla Daysh has been selected in the top 20 in New Zealand for her age for basketball, and also invited to the New Zealand national U17 selection camp in April.
Abby Broman won the Open Women Techno Windsurfing Nationals for all women over 17.
Jessie Banks has been named in the New Zealand Sprint Distance Triathlon age group team for 16-19 years. They are going to Beijing in September.
At the National Surf Lifesaving Champs at the Mount in the weekend, Siobhan Wright won the U19 taplin relay and was third in the U19 ski race. Shamay King won silver in the U19 beach relay and bronze in the U19 surf teams race along with Jessica Hough who also won silver in the U19 tube rescue.
Surf lifesaving's national championships held at Mount Maunganui's Main beach were the beginning of a New Zealand trifecta for Year 13 student Kodi Harman.
Fresh off a record-breaking 200m in the BOP Athletic champs, Kodi won the prestigious open men's beach sprint, the youngest person on record to win the coveted national title, he also won the U19 beach flags and was named in the New Zealand Surf Lifesaving team for the next world champs.
Mt College had several podium finishes with Trudi Greig winning the U19 women's beach sprint beating sprint favourite Australian Kelly McDonnel.
In the U16 individual Ironman race the three medals went to Mt College students. Danny Kayes 1st, Ben Cochrane 2nd and Ben Johnston 3rd. Other individual successes were Ashley Cochrane 2nd U16 board race, Ben Cochrane 2nd U16 board race, Ben Johnston 2nd surf swim, Danny Kayes 3rd, Jackson Edwards and Michael Bryant 3rd U16 Ski, Cara Ryan 1st U19 run swim run. All of the above names were involved in winning medals in relay events along with Briar Merrett, Mason Pickering, Alex Sefton, Mason Bryant, Scott Cowdrey, Danny Hart, Simone Couvee, Michaela Aitken and Kahleia Josephson. Phys ed teacher Holly Moczydlowski was in the winning Mount open woman's beach relay team who won the title for the eighth consecutive year.
Kodi and Cara are off to Aussie nationals with their clubs next week to fly the Kiwi flag against 3000 Australian surf athletes.
The BOP Volleyball champs are on this weekend with Mt Snr A in the top five and senior girls top 10.
Aquinas Aquinas College came third place overall at the Western Bay of Plenty tennis championships last week.
Both Taylah Stack and Ellen Lellman came away with medals, and Ryan Young and Kelsey Karl with certificates.
Taylah finished with a second place in the girls' singles championships, and third in the doubles. Ellen gained a third place in the girls' doubles championships.
Ryan was first in the boys' social singles, and Kelsey second in the girls' social singles.
Also representing Aquinas were Bryna Karl, Hamish Low and Jack Domett.
On the touch rugby front, the senior boys' touch team qualified for the finals event to be held on March 26. Touch players Fraser Kirk and Adam O'Connor head to Palmerston North this weekend representing a Bay of Plenty team competing at the nationals.
Grace Eglinton and Danielle O'Connor both performed brilliantly at the NZ National Age Groups Swimming Championships recently. A highlight for Grace was a massive personal best in the 200IM to make the finals and finish in fourth place.
Dannielle made several finals and gained bronze in the 50m freestyle.
Both Grace and Dannielle are also shining in surf life saving. In the Ocean 11 event Grace - who was only able to compete two out of four days due to waterpolo trials - gained a gold in the Under 14 girls' rescue, and a silver in the Under 14 girls' tube rescue.
Dannielle's performance in the Surf Lifesaving Nationals last weekend gained her NZ squad membership. Seth Merrett and Kathryn Stewart (both members of the BOP Under 16 Surf Lifesaving Team) performed well too.
Georgia Stewart, Tahlia Trembath and Megan McCarty are also making names for themselves in Surf Life Saving. The three also competed at the NZ U14 Surf Life Saving Championships Competition.
Georgia was a finalist in the U14 run swim run, a finalist in the mixed 2km beach relay and a finalist in the U14 Cameron Relay.
Tahlia was finalist in the U13 Surf Race, the U13 run swim run, Mixed 2km beach relay and U14 Cameron relay.
Megan was first in the tube rescue, and a finalist in four events - these being U12 Cameron Relay, mixed 2km beach relay, U12 surf race and U12 run swim run event.
Megan, Georgia and Tahlia are all members of the Papamoa Surf Lifesaving Club that was placed first equal in the competition.
Te Puke High
Recipient of the school's prestigious Whana Barton Memorial Award for both 2009 and 2010, Natalie Peat has now added to her list of awards with the 21 Club Centenary Plaque for the highest individual scorer of points (Under 19 years) at the Surf Lifesaving National Championships.
Though Mount Maunganui won the national club title, Natalie's winning performances in the taplin relay, board rescue, surf race and ski race in the U16 women's division helped her Papamoa club take second overall.
A regional field day for the boys 1st XI national competition was held recently at Trident High School (Whakatane). Bowling first, opening bowlers Chris Rowe and Onkar Saini had the much-vaunted Trident team on the ropes at 33-5, but lack of effective support from the change bowlers saw the score blow out to 166 from Trident's 20 overs. (Rowe 4-19, Saini 1-14, Taylor 2-42). The Te Puke top order batsmen failed to repel the Trident bowling attack, with the exception of Julian Diprose who compiled 14 runs impressively before being run-out. After the Te Puke team had lost their first seven wickets for 37 runs, Logan Crawford and Conwell Taylor settled into steady accumulation of runs before the team was eventually bowled out for 79 on the last ball of the allotted 20 overs. Final result, win to Trident by 87 runs.
Both of our school's canoe polo teams travelled to Auckland last weekend, to compete in the qualifying tournament for the Canoe Polo Secondary Schools National Championships. Our senior boys won all of their six matches, thereby qualifying to play Division 1 at the nationals. The senior girls' team found the going tough, winning one of their qualifying tournament matches and so will compete in Division 2 at the National Championships.
Our 1st XV's pre-season encounter with Otumoetai College provided an opportunity to measure the progress of the team following five weeks of pre-season training.
The result was a win to Te Puke by 36 points to 17, with Hemana Takuira-Mita and Felix Harman scoring tries for Te Puke.
A second straight victory for Katikati's first XI cricket team in the Baywide Secondary Schools Competition sees them sitting mid-table in the competition.
The latest game saw Katikati post 282-7 in their 40 overs. Jacob Morton scored an impressive 97 and was well supported by Braden Brewer 42, Jaspreet Singh 35 and Louie Darvill 25. In reply Aquinas College First XI managed 146 all out with stand out bowlers for Katikati being Brody Gilroy with 3-6 off 7 overs and Sam Harrison 3-41.
A team of 10 students represented the school at the Bay of Plenty Year 7/8 Interschool tennis championships. Max Morton was runner-up in the boys social singles.
The Thames Valley Athletics championships were held on March 10 at Paeroa Domain.
We took a team of just over 50 Year 9-13 students.
Emma Shanley McDonald - 1st Intermediate Girls Discus, 1st Intermediate Girls 800m and 2nd Intermediate Girls Shotput; Gina Swanney - 2nd Junior Girls 200m and 3rd Junior Girls 300m; Thomas Darling - 3rd Intermediate Boys 3000m; Vasini Uilou - 3rd Intermediate Boys 100m; Kemble Frost - 3rd Intermediate Boys Shotput; Seni Kava - 1st Senior Girls Shotput; Lose Uilou - 2nd Junior Girls Shotput; Ana Morris - 3rd Junior Girls Discus; Jack Gentil - 2nd Senior Boys Discus; Kiri Clothier - 1st Senior Girls High Jump; Brendan Floyd - 4th Junior Boys High Jump.
A team of 15 students competed at the Thames Valley swimming championships in Matamata on Monday.
Liam Cossey - 2nd Junior Boys 100m free, 2nd JB Butterfly, 2nd JB 50m free; Grace Diggelmann - 3rd Junior Girls Medley, 2nd JG 100m breaststroke; Harm Dokter - 1st Junior Boys 50m backstroke, 3rd JB 100m breaststroke; Toby Hendy - 3rd Intermediate Girls 100m breaststroke; Cameron Muir - 3rd Intermediate Boys 100m Medley, 1st Intermediate Boys Butterfly; Stacey Muir - 1st Junior Girls Butterfly, 1st Junior Girls 50m Backstroke, 2nd Junior Girls 100m Backstroke; Emma Shanley - McDonald - 2nd Intermediate Girls Free.
Junior Girls - Gaia Pini, Stacey Muir, Grace Diggelmann and Rebecca McCabe were 3rd in the Freestyle relay and 2nd in the IM relay. Intermediate Boys - Koos Van Timmeren, Tyrone Julian, Cameron Muir and Kieran Smorfitt were placed 2nd in the Freestyle relay and 1st in the IM relay.