Jacob was selected as this year’s tournament MVP and was invited to play in the 3rd Annual High School Boys Volleyball All-Star Game on Dec. 14 in Vancouver, which was hosted by UBC. (Contributed Photo)

Terrace athlete chosen as one of top high school volleyball players in B.C.

Jacob Ringma was invited to play in the 3rd Annual All-Star Game in Vancouver

Jacob Ringma, a 16-year-old volleyball player from Centennial Christian School, was invited to the 3rd Annual High School Boys Volleyball All-Star Game in Vancouver on Dec. 14.

The event was hosted by the UBC Thunderbirds Men’s Volleyball team for the top 24 high school players in B.C.

“There are good reasons why he was invited…you have to be a decent player to be declared an All-Star,” says Joel Ringma, who is both his father and volleyball coach at school.

“This is kind of a showcase event for their own program and a way to highlight some athletes that they might one day want to recruit, or have others see them. It’s a chance to get those opportunities for the kids.”

READ MORE: Sports Briefs

He says that many of the Team BC coaches overlap their work with the UBC program, so they tend to be exposed to many athletes participating in the big high school competitions.

Jacob is part of the Centennial Seahawks, which placed third in the provincials this past November. The team has made it to the finals for eight straight years, during which they brought home medals for the past six. They claimed the North West Zone champion title after six consecutive wins and not losing a single set in zone play this year.

Joel says that Jacob being chosen for this event is a reflection of his high school volleyball team, where many of them have watched the older boys win and have created a culture of setting the bar high for themselves.

“There’s no simple formula for success… they know that if we work hard, then we too can accomplish this,” says Joel. “It’s great to see them get better and have their maturity grow, it’s a great discipleship opportunity for boys to grow into men.”

READ MORE: Indigenous athletes honoured at Premier Awards

As a coach for his son’s team for the past five years, Joel wants the team to keep playing the sport for years after even after their success. At the school, they annually invite the alumni volleyball players for a few games as a tradition of “passing the torch on.”

Jacob was selected as this year’s tournament MVP, which has likely contributed to why he’s captured the attention of the coaches at UBC.

This is the second time a player from the Centennial Seahawks has been chosen, with Evan Bellman attending the first edition of the All-Star Game in 2016.

Jacob has another year to figure out what he wants to do, says Joel, but volleyball is something that’s definitely on his mind.

“It’s fair to say that Jacob has hopes and dreams of playing volleyball after high school… and this has given him the platform to explore that.”



natalia@terracestandard.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Back Row: Kristine Ewald (coach), Ben Mantel, Logan Clunas, Jonas Struyk, Skylar Mantel, Kyle Hawyes, Joel Ringma (Coach) Front Row: Jacob Ringma, Owen Block, Renzo Zanardo, Hope Azak (Contributed Photo).

Just Posted

Is Terrace prepared for a rail disaster?

Council asked to review surge in dangerous goods movement: “I live in the blast zone,” says resident

DoK delays third reading of TSW land rezoning

Decision on hold until another public hearing is held

Woman killed in head-on crash near Vanderhoof

RCMP say driver crossed the centre line and hit a loaded fuel tanker truck

RCMP to review actions at Wet’suwet’en pipeline protest camps

Senior Mountie says he hopes protests will be peaceful following deal with hereditary chiefs

Kitimat home assessment values soar

Values increase based on LNG Canada development

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

Condo rental bans may be on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

Liberal bows out of byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

Truck hauling compressed gas for ‘virtual pipeline’ crashes on B.C. highway

Driver charged and highway closed for nine hours - containers did not rupture

Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson ‘feeling good’ after knee injury

Pettersson said he wasn’t feeling any pain during Wednesday’s skate

Kentucky canoe outfit borrows photo of Trudeau family to market business

They are in a red canoe, all clad in life jackets, and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and Ella-Grace are waving

Most Read