Sleeping Tigers: York House aims for a big finish at Provincials
The York House Tigers have been a powerhouse in AA basketball for what feels like the entire 21st century.
The school on the corner of Granville and King Edward in Vancouver won the provincial championship from 2002 to 2006 — five straight years — and again in 2010 and 2011. They finished second from 2007 to 2009.
That's just over a decade of being in the championship game by the end of the season. But after a few dormant years, the Tigers are back to be reckoned with thanks in large part to coach Dave Prissinotti and guard Nadeen Wu.
"Dave has overseen one of the great sports dynasties of high school sports while also being on our provincial girl's basketball executive for over a decade," said Anthony Beyrouti, the head coach of the Argyle Pipers and who coaches Nadeen at VK Basketball. "His ability to stay calm under pressure and get the most out of his players is something that is very evident by the way he interacts with his players and gets the most out of them."
"He has always been someone I have personally looked up to in the coaching ranks and it has been great to see him back as the head coach at York House as they are legit contenders for another Championship run."
Nadeen Wu is the leader on the court for the Tigers, a super-quick, sharpshooting grade 11 guard that can seemingly drain a three from everywhere on the court. She credits a lot of her and the team's success to her coach.
"Mr. Prissinotti has always put the needs of the players first, he is always keeping us motivated, creating a fun atmosphere for our team, and has created an amazing culture in not only basketball but all sports at York House" she explained. "His leadership has made such an amazing impact on our team this year and has made all the difference."
York House recently defeated Saint Thomas Aquinas in the AA Sea to Sky Zone Tournament, a team that was ranked 12th in our Girls Power Rankings. They should be one of the higher seeds come provincials, looking to get back into the top four where they've been for the vast majority of the 2000's.