School Athletics in a Pandemic

What will school sport look like this year? Many of our student athletes are wondering just this. BC School Sports has released the following document to help guide this question.

We are currently in stage 2, which means that we are only sanctioned to participate in intra-school sport. A further complication is the restrictions put in place to keep the learning cohorts safe and in as little contact as possible with other cohorts.

With that being said, the Burnaby Mountain Athletics department is working with the administrators, fellow AD’s and coaches to ensure that quality athletics programs will be included in the 2020 school year. Updates will be posted here and on our Instagram account @bmssathletics. Please stay tuned for further details.

Cross-Country Provincial Perennials/ Athletes & Coach of October

We are used to seeing Isabella Brunoro and Kosta Adzic excel in the athletics world. This year is no different. Please see the XC Provincial write up on our two superstars here:

These two are also our October Athletes of the month:

Female Athlete of October: Isabella Brunoro.  

Isabella was a multi-sport athlete in the fall season, competing on the Cross country and swim teams respectively. She finished 2nd, 2nd, and 1st in exhibition cross country races during October.  She followed that up with a 4th place finish at the Zone race leading her Sr Girls team to a District Championship, and a berth to the Provincials meet. On the same day she raced at the Swimming Zone meet and qualified in each of her individual events (100 free fly and 200 I.M.). Isabella is as dedicated to her academics as she is to her athletics. She embodies what it means to be a Student-Athlete. You will see more of Isabella on the track come springtime.

Provincial swimming results:

100 free – 7th

100 fly – 4th

200 I.M. – 5th

Male Athlete of October: Kosta Adzic.

Kosta also was a multi-sport athlete through the Fall season, competing on the Cross country, Sr boys Soccer and the Sr boys Volleyball teams. Kosta finished 2nd in two exhibition races and 2nd at the Zone championship to qualify for the Provincials where he finished 35th. Kosta was a key component to the Sr Boys Volleyball team, adding valuable depth and maturity to a young roster. He also managed the midfield on the soccer pitch, which, as any soccer player knows, is an incredibly important position. Kosta excels in the classroom and is looking to defend his academic athlete award again this year. 

Coach of October: Ms. Der.

Ms. Der is a one of a kind coach! Dedicated to her craft and in it for no other reason than for her joy of the game and the development of her athletes. Ms Der took on the Jr and Sr girls Volleyball teams this fall. If that was not enough, she took a combined Jr/Sr team to Hawaii for a fantastic week of beach and indoor volleyball. Ms. Der works tirelessly and such an important part of the Mountain coaching staff!

Track Team Off To Provincials

Under the guidance of coach Ryan our track athletes have continued to rack up the ribbons.  The JR team has won the first ever Zone banner in track and field. In total we have qualified 15 athletes for the Provincials in Kelowna at the end of the month (May 30, 31, June 1). Find out more about how each athlete performed at the Zone Meet here: zone by team results

Great write up on our own Kosta Adzic’s district meet performance:

Former BMSS Athlete of the Year is Finding her Groove

Jacey Bailey continues to impress down south:

Former BMSS Athlete of the year  Jacey Bailey is finding her groove South of the border as she had a career high in points during a Jan 3rd game v Weber State. Jacey is playing at Northern Arizona University and is currently in her sophomore year. Link to the full story here:




When It Rains It Pours

“When it rains it pours.” This couldn’t be a more accurate description, of both the weather, and the banners that have poured into Mountain this fall.

It all started with the cross country teams, coached by Mr. Ryan. The junior girls, led by the strong running of Isabella Brunoro, took home the district banner and qualified for provincials through the zone meet. The senior boys followed suit, led by perennial, Kosta Adzic and new comer Martin Melsik, the boys took home the district and zone banners respectively, thus qualifying for provincials. The team sent 21 athletes to Nanaimo to compete in sloppy, wet conditions. Again Isabella Brunoro was a standout, finishing a team high 8th place in the province. The cross country team set the tone and the others teams followed closely behind.

The juvenile boy’s rugby team coached by Mr. Richardson, have brought rugby back to Mountain after a long hiatus. The team had a slow start to the season but gained momentum quickly through the play of their captains, Javin Higgins and Alex Rego. This team had great depth, as everyone on the team gained skill and knowledge of the game. Speedsters like Brandon Hsu, Carter Lin, Brendan Lim, and Haziq Daredia made many line breaks and were difference makers on the field. When it came to the banner game the boys had one mantra “do the little things right, and the result will take care of itself.” They certainly achieved this, as they tackled everything that moved and supported each other around the pitch. They were rewarded with the first juvenile boy’s rugby banner in school history.

Speaking of history, the senior boys’ soccer team, coached by Glenn Boyle and Frank Valente, made Burnaby Mountain history. They are the first senior boys’ soccer team to win the district banner and clinch a spot in the provincial tournament. They were able to do so with timely scoring and a solid defensive unit led by Tim Ellen. Their season continues Nov 22nd when they take on Royal Bay, Heritage Woods and Abbotsford in Group C pool play. For the full senior boys soccer journey please visit:

The juvenile girls’ volleyball team, coached by Mr. Kinoshita and Mrs. Norris, had a great start to the season and an even better finish. The team was led by the consistent play of Jessica Rector, Kristen Young and Sarah Hartman. They finished the regular season in third place and battled through the district playoffs taking out, Moscrop, Burnaby South and Burnaby Central respectively to clinch the district banner. They had a tough V&D tournament but were still able to qualify for a provincial berth. The girls would go on to a well-deserved 9th place finish in the juvenile girl’s provincial tournament.

The junior boys’ volleyball team, coached by Stan Yuen, has been together since their grade 8 year. Each year this group of boys has brought home a district banner. This year was no different as they finished in first place after the regular season. The outstanding play of Kaedan Quan, Austin Ipince, and Anthony Perera was very noticeable, but each member of the team has played a significant role this season. In the district playoffs the boys were able to continue their winning ways against New West, and a very tough Moscrop, to take home yet another banner. The boys then went on to finish 3rd at V&D’s. They have secured a berth in the provincial tournament, which is to be played in Kamloops from Nov 22nd – 24th.

“When it rains it pours.” Mountain is fully behind the teams still in competition and we are all hoping for another rainy spell this winter! #GoLions #LionsPride

Junior Girls Cross Country – District Banner

Senior Boys Cross Country – District Banner, V&D Banner

Juvenile Boys Rugby – District Banner

Senior Boys Soccer* – District Banner

Juvenile Girls Volleyball – District Banner

Junior Boys Volleyball* – District Banner

*Teams are currently still in competition

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Sr Boys Soccer Advance’s to Provincials

The boys didn’t make it easy on themselves but after today’s hard fought win over rival Buranby Central, they have booked their ticket to provincials. They are the first Sr boys Soccer team in school history to do so.

On Oct 31st the Sr boys defeated a strong Central side 3-2 to take home the district banner. It was an emotional match to say the least, both teams experienced periods of sustained attack and defence. At one point Central had 6 corner kicks in a row, but the boys were strong defensively and withstood the onslaught.

The group took the momentum from the Central game into Nov 6ths contest against Sentinel, this time for a berth in the provincial championships. It was a game played in the true spirit of sport and unfortunately Sentinel pulled ahead in the final minuets. This meant that the boys would have to play the winner of Central v Hansworth.

The unenviable happened. Mountain would have to play the same Central side in order to advance to provincials. The game was tight all the way through and Central dominated possession. Burnaby Mountain was able to score and hold on to the 1-0 win. Coach Glenn Boyle and Frank Valente said this game was the teams “best victory of the season.” The defensive unit was immense with exceptional play all season from Nicholas Riccardi and Timothy Ellen. It took every player to play their role for the boys to achieve their goal.

Provincials are from Nov 22-24th at Burnaby Lake West. Good luck gentlemen

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This Week in Athletics


The senior boys’ soccer team went 2-0 last week. They took down a well-coached Burnaby North team 2-0 in their season opener, Monday Sept 24th. They followed up Monday’s performance with a dominant 3-0 win over Burnaby South. The boys look to remain undefeated this week when they take on Alpha and Byrne Creek respectively.


There were two Mountain teams in action last week. The junior boys travelled to Byrne Creek last Tuesday sweeping to opposition in straight sets: 25-11, 25-15, and 25-12. The boys were led by the precision setting of Anthony Perera, and the explosive hitting of Austin Ipince. They boys are on the road again this week taking on Central, Tuesday Oct. 2nd, first serve is at 4:30 pm. Then Moscrop on Thursday Oct 4th, first serve is at 4:30 pm.

The senior girls’ team hosted a well-organised Central team. They fought hard in each set but eventually fell to Central 3-0. The fight and determination that the girls showed was impressive and exemplary of their “no quit” attitude. They have been back in the gym preparing hard for this week’s matches. The girls play host to Moscrop, Monday Oct. 1st, first serve is at 6:00 pm. Hope to see you there.

Many more teams are in action this week. Stay tuned for details! Go Lions.

Isabelle Brunoro A Rising Track Star

Isabella has been representing Burnaby Mountain in numerous sports since her grade 8 year, including, Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field, and Swimming. In addition to school athletics Isabella competes with the Royal City Track and Field Club who she competed with during this summer’s B.C. Games. Isabella took home the silver medal at the Games in the 1500 m steeplechase. For the full story please visit: