Coach Diane Sandberg said the roster has been together for awhile now and with all of them in grade 12 they are at the peak of their game having played together so long.
“Last year we had a lot of rookies. We didn’t have any returning players. We had players that were new to senior high ball. They played grade 10 club together, grade 11 together, and now grade 12. Definitely at the start of the year what we said was ‘this is our year. We’ve worked at it. We’ve earned it. Lets go or it.'”
Despite facing the highest calibre teams in the province in Langley, the team isn’t intimidated and plans to focus on the fundamentals of the game to carry them through.
“They need their basics. We need to pass, we need to get that serve in,” Sandberg explained. “It’s a point every serve you miss. It makes a difference to have those basics down, it’s really important. The boys may be trying more advanced plays at this point than at the start of the season but it really does start at the basics.”
The Oscars hope to utilize their hitting as they have been all year, and capitalizing on the depth on their team should they need to make changes at various positions.
“I’ve been with this team for three years. This is by far the best hitting team that we’ve had. We have a lot more firepower. We’ve had the odd boy who’s always been able to hit but it’s nice to have depth this year so that if someone is struggling I’ve got someone that can come in. That depth has really helped us,” Sandberg stated.
The North Peace Secondary School Ooks have also qualified for the girls provincials event Their tournament will be held in Cranbrook.