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Dykstra resigns as White Rock Christian hoops coach

John Dykstra, who has coached WRCA
John Dykstra, who has coached WRCA's senior boys basketball team since 2009, resigned his coaching position Tuesday.
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The White Rock Christian Academy Warriors are going to have to play the rest of the senior boys basketball playoffs without their head coach.

John Dykstra, who has coached and taught at WRCA since replacing Scott Allen after the 2008 high school basketball season, resigned his coaching post Tuesday night, one day before White Rock's senior boys squad's first game of the Fraser Valley Championships Wednesday night against Kwantlen Park. WRCA won the game 82-43.

WRCA principal Stephen Hardy confirmed Dykstra's resignation Thursday, but declined to provide further details.

Dykstra was unavailable for comment.

Dykstra will continue to teach at WRCA, and Hardy didn't rule out his return to coaching at some point.

"We're just taking it day by day right now," Hardy said.

In 2009 under Dykstra, WRCA finished in the top four at provincials, and the following year, the team lost in the championship game to Abbotsford's Yale Lions. Last year, White Rock failed to qualify for the B.C. championships for the first time in more than 10 years.

Currently, the Warriors are in the midst of Fraser Valley Championships, where they are among the favourites in a 32-team field.

With Wednesday's first-round win over Kwantlen Park, WRCA, seeded fourth, moves on to play Maple Ridge Friday at White Rock Christian. The tournament continues next week at a number of different Fraser Valley schools, before wrapping up with final rounds March 2-3 at the Langley Events Centre. The top seven Fraser Valley teams advance to provincials in mid-March.

Last week, they defeated Tamanawis in the Fraser Valley Southwest division final.

WRCA assistant coach Dale Shury will take over head coaching duties for the remainder of the season.

 

 

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