Cowichan Valley Thunder reach bantam A provincials

After clawing their way into the bantam A lacrosse provincial championships, the Cowichan Valley Thunder gave it their all, but fell short of reaching the medal round.

Regardless of the result, head coach Dale Nordstrom was proud of his team and all the work put in to get by the Saanich Braves and Coquitlam Adanacs in order to get the wildcard berth at the provincial tournament.

Game MVPs at provincials were Brody Black, Isaac Tonkin-Palmer, Caleb Nordstrom, Logan Hammerer and goalie Colin Jeffrey. Carter Bouma received the Warrior Fair Play award for his team, while Black was selected to the tournament all-star team.

The bantam A Thunder qualified for provincials thanks to a 7-2 win over Coquitlam in Delta after they placed second in the Island playoffs.

"They played with class and determination and each and every player put all of the lessons taught by Coach Dale to great use and showed their true talent," team manager Paula Harris said.

Black and Tonkin-Palmer each had two goals and an assist in the victory, and Gavin Spencer, Wil Wright and Devyn Zunti also scored. Rhys Mazurenko had two assists, while Sam Baxter, Hunter Hieta and Jeffrey added single helpers.

The team expressed thanks to the parents for their support throughout the season, and to Wal-Mart for assisting with fundraising efforts.