This year, Quest hosted the men’s national collegiate basketball championships. Our women’s team won provincials this year, for the first time since our start 7 years ago! But the men’s team just missed first place after hovering around the top 3 spots all season. The men’s team finished in 3rd at provincials, but since we were hosting nationals this year, we were granted a place in the Canadian championships! This opportunity was awesome for us because we got to cheer our Kermodes on on the big stage 🙂
Our Kermode fans have become notorious in the league for loud, energetic and somewhat intimidating cheering. Our gym has been nicknamed The Kermode Kave, and our fans are collectively called The Kermode Krazies. In the regular season, our basketball teams were almost undefeated at home, and I think many of us were excited to see how far we could get in the national tournament with the home court advantage.
Here are some news headlines from the 2013-2014 season:
Before our first game, against the 2nd-seed team in the country, Quest students posted quotes online from other coaches talking about our fans in the following articles:
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(I like that coach Paul says “with a thousand crazy Quest fans”, because we have half that many students currently enrolled)
The Canadian Collegiate Athletics Association posted an article with an interview from the Bruins coach, who was the first team we were scheduled to play. Even though he lives in Ontario, he knew about our fans!
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The game was the best I’d ever seen in that gym, and I’ve been here for 4 years. I guess it helped that the entire gym was the most packed as I’d ever seen it, but our Kermodes also played a beautiful game. The last 10 minutes were absolutely gut-wrenching, with back-to-back threes and both teams not letting the other get far ahead. Quest was in the lead for most of the game, up until the last 3 minutes of the game where we were tied 77-77.
YOU MUST WATCH THE LAST 10 MINUTES—or 3 if you don’t have much time!
Click here to watch the game.
Here are some more photos of our Kermode Krazies on our home turf!
I think this photo below might be from the last 6.5 seconds. Look at everyone on their feet, hands on faces, and back of their heads—will it go in?? It did. With something like 7 seconds to go. (I also identified some key Quest staff for you newly admitted students)
With 6.5 seconds to go, the Kermodes had a plan to sink a 3, but the ball was lost in the intense energy and thrown to the other side of the court by the Bruins. The Bruins won one 3-point basket. NOOOOO!!
Here is an article from the Bruins website about our Krazies and team.
We’ve come so far! We showed the 2nd seed team, and the rest of the country, that we were ready to sit at the big kids table—and we almost had em! 7 years after our first team, we are up there now. In a post-game interview, the Bruins coach said that his team was well-practiced in close-score, intense games from their games in playoffs and provincials, and that had worked to their advantage that night. It was pretty incredible that it was that close. At the end of the game, even though all the Kermodes were devastated, we all kept standing and cheering for both teams (but especially ours) for a wonderful game where both teams kept fighting back.
I’m looking forward to future Kermode seasons! If you are a newly admitted student, you must keep this spirit alive!