The Panorama Ridge Thunder were the Surrey Fire Fighters Goodwill Senior Girls Basketball Classic winners in 2017. (Submitted photo)

The Panorama Ridge Thunder were the Surrey Fire Fighters Goodwill Senior Girls Basketball Classic winners in 2017. (Submitted photo)

Firefighters basketball classic shows ‘Goodwill’ from Surrey’s high school girls

The 17th annual edition of the tournament highlights some of Surrey’s best on the court

SURREY — For the 17th year, Surrey’s top high school girls basketball teams are competing for local supremacy.

The Surrey Firefighters Goodwill Sr. Girls Basketball Classic is happening this week at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary until Saturday (Jan. 13).

In the five years he’s been involved with the event, tournament co-chair Adam MacEwan has noticed that the popularity of the tournament has grown.

“It’s gone from trying to get 20 schools involved to now, every school in Surrey that can put a team together wants to be involved,” said MacEwan. “I’ve seen the popularity from coaches, parents and the girls. They all really look forward to this tournament every year. It’s a big one on their calendar.”

More involvement from teams around the city should create better competition, which will be needed to knock off some of the heavyweights in the tournament.

Panorama Ridge is the defending champion from last year, as they beat Lord Tweedsmuir – the tournament host – in the finals.

Tweedsmuir has always been a strong team in the tournament, winning the 2016 edition as well.

Fleetwood Park and Holy Cross were the other two previous winners, and both teams are expected to be competitors once again this year.

One dark horse in the tournament will be Southridge. The private school hasn’t participated in the tournament recently, since their winter break falls later than public schools. With the Goodwill Classic falling on a later date this year, the provincially-ranked Southridge team will get a chance to participate.

Other teams to consider are up-and-comers from Sullivan Heights and Semiahmoo.

“Tweedy has been the powerhouse for the last couple of years, but we’re seeing schools like Sullivan Heights and Semiahmoo come out,” MacEwan said. “They’ve had young players playing for the last couple of years who should take another step this year. I think we’re seeing a bit of a changing of the guard.”

Aside from the teams in action, one of the most impactful parts of the tournament is the scholarships that get handed out to the students.

“It blows me away when I read these scholarships,” said MacEwan.

“The amount of commitment and involvement from these girls, aside from sports, is truly impressive. It’s inspiring to see how much these girls take on in their lives, and to see how well they do with it.”

MacEwan said that some of the girls applying have been volunteering consistently since grade nine, which bodes well for their chances to grab some of the bursaries and scholarships handed out.

The Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society bases the scholarships on volunteer work, references and grades. Over the years, the society has handed out more than $75,000 in scholarships to senior high school girls in the tournament.

Westland Insurance donates $7,500 to the tournament, with most of that money going to seven scholarships for the girls.

CLICK HERE for more on the tourney.



trevor.beggs@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook and follow Trevor on Twitter

Girls basketballSurrey Fire Department

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Police on the scene of a homicide in South Surrey’s Morgan Heights neighbourhood earlier this month. (Tracy Holmes photo)
Crime Stoppers received more than 500 tips related to gang activity in 2020: report

Metro Vancouver organization “urging local residents to keep providing anonymous tips”

In 2017, a member of the Disneyana Fan Club curated a small Community Treasures exhibit at the Museum of Surrey about the early days of Disney and the cartoonist Walt Disney. The museum is now accepting applications for its 2022 Community Treasures exhibition. (Photo: Submitted)
Museum of Surrey wants to spotlight local organizations and clubs

Museum now accepting applications for its 2022 Community Treasures exhibit

The cover of Golf 101 with Bob Dimpleton (left), an instructional book created by South Surrey golf pro Mark Kuhn (inset). Right, a page from the book detailing what to do if your ball lands on the cart path. (Contributed images)
South Surrey golf pro releases new edition of popular instructional book

Mark Kuhn’s Dimpleton family returns in updated Golf 101 e-book

An electric vehicle charging station in front of Hope’s municipal hall, district hall. (Photo: Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
40 electric vehicle charging stations planned for Surrey

Funding coming from all three levels of government

Musician Dana Vande is seen in a screenshot from a music video on Youtube. Vande recently released a pro-lockdown track in response to an Eric Clapton and Van Morrison anti-lockdown track.
Cloverdale musician writes pandemic response song to Van Morrison and Eric Clapton

Dana Vande answers a Clapton-Morrison anti-lockdown track with a pro-lockdown track

B.C. Representative for Children and Youth Jennifer Charlesworth (Black Press files)
B.C. watchdog says mentally ill children and youth retraumatized in hospital

The number of children held under the Mental Health Act has increased an alarming 162 per cent in past decade

(Pixabay photo)
‘Cocaine bananas’ arrive at Kelowna grocery stores after mix up from Colombia: RCMP

Kelowna RCMP recently concluded an international drug investigation after finding cocaine in local grocers’ banana shipments in 2019

People wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 walk past a window display at a store in downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, December 13, 2020. The association representing businesses across Metro Vancouver says the costs of COVID-19 continue to mount for its members.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Greater Vancouver business organization says members face uncertain outlook in 2021

Many Greater Vancouver businesses are barely treading water as they enter 2021

A new video from NCCIH and BC Northern Health titled ‘Healing in Pandemic Times: Indigenous Peoples, Stigma and COVID-19’ was animated by Joanne Gervais. (Photo Provided By: NCCIH Archives)
VIDEO: Stigma against Indigenous people is a ‘social sickness’

A new short animated video is aiming to educate the public on the stigmatization

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A pinniped was attacked by an unseen predator off the shores of Dallas Road Monday night. (Courtesy of Steffani Cameron)
VIDEO: Seal hunting, not being hunted in video shot off Victoria waterfront

Victoria woman captures footage of pinniped activity off Dallas Road

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau provides an update on the COVID-19 pandemic from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Trudeau vows to keep up the fight to sway U.S. on merits of Keystone XL pipeline

Canada’s pitch to the Biden team has framed Keystone XL as a more environmentally friendly project than original

The British Columbia Hotel Association (BCHA) sent out a sharply worded release late last week, in which it noted that the Tourism Industry Association of BC recently obtained a ‘legal opinion’ on the matter (Alex Passini photo)
Hotel associations push back against any potential ban on inter-provincial, non-essential travel restrictions

B.C. Premier John Horgan is seeking legal advice on banning non-essential travel

Abbotsford’s Canwest Aero Inc. is offering two pilot training scholarships to celebrate the company’s opening at the Abbotsford International Airport
Abbotsford aviation company offering two free pilot scholarships

Canwest Aero Inc. giving away pair of scholarships valued at $2,500 each

Most Read