Duncan Christian School led the way among schools from the Cowichan Valley with three players selected to play in the Vancouver Island Seniors Classic All-Star Games earlier this month.
The DCS Chargers had Alan Park and Chaz Milne picked for the North Boys B Team in the 27th annual event at Spectrum Secondary on April 5 – although Milne was unable to play – while Becky Bazinet suited up for the North Girls Team.
Also represented were Cowichan Secondary, with Brayden Aumen on the North Boys A Team, and Brentwood College School, who had Harrison Backer picked for the North Boys A Team and Aidan Carr selected to the B Team.
DCS was one of just a few 1A schools represented, along with Glenlyon Norfolk and Cedar.
Bazinet, who was named an alternate and only found out she would be playing a few days before the game, called the entire experience "awesome."
Even before the games started, Park was impressed with the talent level of his teammates.
"I walked in, and everybody was hitting threes and dunking," he said. "It was nice to play at that level."
Probably largely because the players were so good, it didn’t take long for the chemistry to develop.
"We meshed so fast," Park said. The teams had just an hour of practice time before the games.
"We worked on knowing each other’s names," Park noted.
Milne was honoured to be selected to the team, but disappointed when he became ill that morning and it turned out he couldn’t play.
"It was cool," he said. "It would have been great to play, but crap happens."
For both Park and Bazinet, the games themselves were bittersweet as their high school basketball careers came to an end.
"I think I put in more of an effort because it was my last high school game," Park said.