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December 13, 2012, KELOWNA, BC (ISN) –  With the announcement reported in The Province today, Greg Poitras has nabbed the top BC high school recruit. 

Poitras’ latest signing, Lars Bornemann of Victoria’s Oak Bay Secondary, topped the annual list of The Province’s “Best of B.C. Senior Boys Super 15 Class of 2013,” making him the 2012 Player of the Year. 

During his illustrious high school career, the 6-3 left-side has managed the very unique achievement of winning back-to-back Provincial Championship MVPs and championship trophies in 2011 and 2012.  He has been a proven leader, captaining his former 16U Club at Western Elite in 2012 and his high school team in the same year.

“Lars is an exceptional young man who will be a tremendous asset to the Heat program,” gushed Lars’ previous coaches Al Carmichael and Rick Wutzke. “As only the second player ever to repeat as BC MVP, we feel he is more than ready to compete at the CIS level, possessing the size, strength, and court-sense we have seen from other Oak Bay High alumni who have moved on to great success.”

“Lars has a long list of impressive achievements that he has earned through the hard work and dedication required to be a champion,” added Poitras.  “Coach Al Carmichael and Rick Wutzke have prepared Lars well for his future in the Canada West.”

On Lars’ athletic ability, Poitras adds: “Lars is a strong athlete that jumps well and has a rocket arm. He is a proven scorer from the front and back row. His fierce competitiveness will bode well for him next season as he works to have an immediate impact in our program in his first year.”

Lars is not only a stalwart competitor on the court, but also in the classroom.  A strong academic who is excited to enter the engineering program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, he is “more than ready for the academic challenges of university as an independent learner,” according to Carmichael and Wutzke. 

Regarding the anticipation of his future studies, Lars has commented that he likes that everything is taught by the faculty members.  “I had very good critics about the new engineering facilities and program at UBCO,” he said.

On his choice to play volleyball in Kelowna, he added that, “Having been in Kelowna for many volleyball championships, I have come to like it there a lot.  To me it seems very similar to Victoria, where I grew up. It is not too big, but not too small either. It is very helpful to know most of the volleyball community already and I cannot wait to train with the team and get coaching from an excellent coach.”

Of interesting note, Lars has also been an accomplished and ranked tennis player, having received elite training and competed in the BC Summer Games and many other U14 tournaments. He even went on to receive his Tennis Instructor Certification before discovering his love for volleyball in middle school.

“We are very fortunate to have such a complete player join the Heat volleyball program,” said Poitras.

Bornemann is one of three players that Poitras has already received early commitments from that found their name on the Province’s list. Chris Wilson (6-6 middle, Surrey-Earl Marriott) and Kris McCrea (6-5 outside, Coquitlam-Dr. Charles Best), ranked four and seven respectively, have also inked with the Heat for the upcoming season. These three will mix with the strong recruiting class from last year to place UBC Okanagan as a merging force in Canada West volleyball.

A list of Lars’ accomplishments:

2009 Victoria Chargers

  • the 14U Boys Provincial Volleyball Championship and the 14U Canadian West Open National Volleyball Championship

2009/10 Oak Bay Junior Boys

  • Greater Victoria High School Senior League
  • BC High School Junior Boys Provincial Championship


  • Bronze – 16U Provincial  Volleyball Championship
  • Bronze – 16U Canadian Open National Volleyball Championship
  • Bronze – Volleyball Boys BC Summer Games
  • All-star Player of the Invitational 2010 Passion Sports All-Island volleyball Camp


  • Bronze- Tier 2  of the 16U Canadian Open National Volleyball Championship
  • selected for 2nd BC Team participating in Western Elite Championship
  • He was named Athlete of the Month in November 2011 at the Oak Bay High School
  • Silver with Elion Wong in the 16U Beach Volleyball Provincial Championships
  • Gold –  UBC Invitational Volleyball Tournament
  • Gold – in the BC High School Senior Boys Provincial Championship
  • Gold – Island High School Beach Open
  • All-star Player at the Baden Cup Selection Camp 2011
  • All-star Player in the AAA Volleyball Islands Championship 2011
  • MVP/MOP  BC High School Boys Provincial Championship 2011


  • Silver with the selected 17U BC Team  at the Western Elite Championships
  • Gold  in the BC High School Senior Boys Provincial Championship
  • Lars acted as Captain of his team for 16U Club, at Western Elite in 2012 and of his High School Team 2012
  • All-star Player in the AAA Volleyball Islands Championship 2012
  • All-star Player at the Western Elite Championship 2012
  • MVP/MOP  the Comox Valley Invitational Volleyball Champions Tournament
  • MVP/MOP  BC High School Boys Provincial Championship 2012
  • voted The Province’s 2012/13 B.C. Boys Player of the year