On February 2nd the High School Girls Basketball team traveled to Yokohama Japan where they participated in the AISA tournament. Over the weekend the girls competed in four intense and highly skilled games of basketball. The girls took this weekend as an opportunity to grow stronger as a team and implement new game strategies. They demonstrated a great amount of respect, fairness and drive which lead them to win the Sportsmanship Award. Justine Castro was recognized as the All-Tournament player for her tremendous leadership, positive attitude, and commitment to helping her team grow and develop. With such a positive tournament experience the girls are excited for our upcoming KISAC tournament in Jeju this weekend.

Ms. Plicka and Ms. Robar

The Men’s basketball team did a magnificent job representing BIFS last weekend in Osaka, Japan. The AISA Tournament found the Bears playing schools from Japan and Seoul, and despite a high level of competition, the boys did an outstanding job all weekend. The nerves were evident in the first game of the weekend as the boys dropped the first game to Senri Osaka International School. The Bears bounced back in the second game where they matched Korea International School Seoul point for point until the end of the third quarter. Although the Bears were unable to stay with their opponent in the final quarter, they proved to themselves they could play at a competitive level with these much bigger schools.

The second day of the tournament started slow, with a loss to the tournament champions Yokohama International School. The Bears were determined to not go home winless and came out firing against SOLICS. A victory in their final game of the tournament placed the BIFS Bears in 5th place overall and gave the young men something to smile about as the tournament came to a conclusion.  

During the awards ceremony, the boys were presented with another reason to smile as they took home the Sportsmanship Award for the second year in a row. This award exemplified the respect that the opposing players and coaches had for the Bears, as they were responsible for choosing the winner of the award. While Marin Ikac was chosen for the All-Tournament Team, it was the team effort that made the BIFS coaches most proud. The leadership brought by Liam Robb and intensity of Sergei Son were recognized and admired my teammates and coaches alike.

The Bears will be playing in Jeju this weekend in the KISAC Red Tournament. They boys have won this tournament several years in a row, and hope to bring back a bit of hardware once again.

Mr. Wilson and Mr. Johnson