Athletics Review: November 4, 2007

Senior Boys Soccer

The team finished their season with a hard fought contest to bring home the Colonist Shield. The boys succeeded, playing some great soccer and defeating Spectrum 4-2. Oscar Duran deserves special mention for scoring a brace and setting up a third for Jake Kislock. Michael van der Westhuizen finished off the game with a well-struck effort. Benson Ling made some crucial saves and kept SMUS in the game. Congratulations to the team on a great finish to successful season.

Rowing

In the City Championships SMUS entered 22 of the 24 events and competed against 16 other high schools. Our athletes made the final of every event they entered and became the city champions.

Senior Girls 1X
1st (Liz Fenje)

Senior Girls 2X
1st (Angharad Wylie and Liz Fenje)

Senior Girls 4X
4th (Angharad Wylie, Liz Fenje, Lexi McColl, Lauren Kullar)

Senior Girls 8+

2nd (Alicia Pawluk, Caryn Dooner, Angharad Wylie, Liz Fenje, Maryann Watson, Lexi McColl, Richelle Leonard, Charlotte McGee, Lauren Kullar)

Senior Novice Girls 4X
3rd (Michelle Cheimak, Charlotte McGee, Clare McKenna, Cassandra Zawilski)

Senior Novice Girls 8+
1st (Alex McKinnon, Charlotte McGee, Charmaine Niewerth, Cassandra Zawilski, Michelle Cheimak, Claire McKenna, Nicole van der Wal, Sarah Traubel, Anna Fretz)

Senior Boys 1X
3rd (Derek Stedman)

Senior Boys 2X
4th (Derek Stedman and Scott Swinkels)

Senior Boys 4X
4th (Scott Swinkels, Derek Stedman, Ben Kwok, Brandon Ewonus)

Senior Boys 8+
5th (Alicia Pawluk, Scott Swinkels, Derek Stedman, Ben Kwok, Nick Pawluk, Caryn Dooner, Liz Fenje, Kilian Bender, Neil Hayden, Francis Quinlan)

Senior Novice Boys 4X

3rd (Kilian Bender, Francis Quinlan, Shun Kinoshita, Neil Hayden, Alex McKinnon)

Junior Girls 2X
1st (Caryn Dooner and Maryann Watson)

Junior Girls 4X
1st (Caryn Dooner, Maryann Watson, Sydney Stockus, Richelle Leonard)

Junior Novice Girls 4X
4th (Jin Sun Choi, Lisa Evans, Caitlin Farquharson, Cortney Ewonus)

Junior Novice Girls 8+

1st (Kaylynn Purdy, Sydney Stockus, Laura Simandl, Caitlin Farquharson, Lisa Evans, Rachel Ellis, Katherine Fretz, Jin Sun Choi, Cortney Ewonus)

Junior Boys 2X
3rd (Brandon Ewonus and Maxim Ellison)

Junior Boys 4X
3rd (Brandon Ewonus, Benji Schaan, Aiden Morrice, Maxim Ellison)

Junior Novice Boys 4X
4th (Glen Keough, Wonyup Song, James Shaw, Fritz Stolle)

Junior Novice Boys 8+
1st (Alex McKinnon, Glen Keough, Wonyup Song, James Shaw, Fritz Stolle, Aidan Morrice, Benji Schaan, Taylor Ellison, Maxim Ellison)

Middle School Boys 4X

4th (Taylor Ellison, Liam Hyatt, Adam Marsh, Chris Fenje)

Middle School Girls 4X
3rd (Katherine Fretz, Gabby Jeliazkov, Sara Taylor, Isailah Johnson-Ferguson, Cortney Ewonus)

SMUS brought home 15 trophies from the event. With 55 and 38 points respectively, the Senior and Junior Girls brought home first place trophies for overall points, while the Junior Boys took second place. In the Senior and Junior divisions, our teams took first place for overall aggregate performance and overall efficiency. The six coaches and 56 athletes became the city champions with 133 points, followed by Stelly’s with 106 and Parklands with 68.

The final competition of the school season is Sunday, November 18, 2007 at the Island Invitational Regatta at Royal Roads University.

Junior Boys’ Rugby

Grade 8
SMUS hosted Shawnigan Lake School in their return match and the team started the game strong. Through a break by centre Joe Erlic and some sterling work by the whole team, they scored a try. At halftime, it was tied 1-1 and the second half was played with much passion and commitment by the boys. Despite the team playing good running rugby, as well as the efforts of flanker Peter Harrison, Quinn Kliman, scrumhalf Alex Davies and winger Johnathon Sipos, no one made it across the try line. Some outstanding defensive work was done to keep Shawnigan at bay, and fullback Jonty Considine put in two try-saving tackles. The teams both played well and the game ended in a draw.

At Ladysmith the boys enjoyed playing on a 70m-wide field, with much running and open rugby. and if only for some real speed merchants the score might have been heavier in SMUS favour. With the team resting a few injuries, three Grade 9 players filled in, and all of them (Hubert Wang, Stephen MacArthur and Jarrett Chung-Smith) played very well. Of the Grade 8 players, prop Killian Widdis, prop/lock Eamon Flanagan, lock Austin Huang, flanker/lock Peter Harrison, wingers Johnathon Sipos and Jack Hayes, and fullback Derek Hyde-Lay stood out.

The team plays its final game of the fall season on Tuesday when it hosts Brentwood College. Whatever the result, the Grade 8 team has gone from strength-to-strength in its play throughout the season, and all the players can be very proud of their efforts.

Grade 9
The Grade 9 squad played two games in the week, defeating Shawnigan 26-22 in an eight-try extravaganza before losing 10-0 to a more physical and committed GP Vanier side. Hooker Goven Sandhu has continued his steady work, while Joe Furness, Kieran Hyatt and Eric Beban all did well when given an opportunity.

The team will complete its ISA season November 6 with a game against Brentwood.

Grade 10
The Grade 10 team looked forward to their match with Shawnigan last week and were prepared to counter Shawnigan’s impressive kicking game. The team had perhaps their best start of the year as they opened the scoring at the 5 minute mark with a converted try coming from fly-half Alex Harvey. An excellent kick-off reception followed and Alex put the ball back in Shawnigan’s territory with a superb kick to touch. Next, center Mike Faulifel dotted down under the posts and Charlie Southwell was good on the conversion. With the game at 14-0 in our favour, Shawnigan came back to score and convert once. The team defended with consistency and with ferocity, and ended the game with a deserved 14-12 victory, a promising result as the team begins its preparations for the Island Tournament in three weeks time.

The Colts also took the field on Friday Nov. 2 for their only match vs. North Island powerhouse G.P. Vanier. A stellar running game earned 21 unanswered points in the first 20 minutes.

The team will kick-off with Brentwood on Tuesday at 2:30 on the SMUS field.

Senior Girls’ Volleyball

Last Tuesday, the team was in league play as they took on Lambrick and Spectrum. Although the win did not come, the team showed they had the potential to break out and dominate. Shelby Boehm had a particularly strong game.

On the weekend, the team was up at Brentwood at the inaugural ISA Tournament. Again, the team was close on many occasions, but came up short with their execution. Marlise Nussbaumer was pointed out by the coaches as having an ‘all-star’ tournament.

Junior Girls’ A Volleyball

The team lost against Spectrum early in the week before defeating PCS in the second game. SMUS came back from a score of 11-22, led by a powerful serving run by McKenzie Scott, to win the game 28-26. This was most impressive and the team hopes to ride the wave of momentum as they head to Stelly’s this week for their last league match.

Junior Girls’ B Volleyball

The Junior Girls B Volleyball team kicked it up a notch this week with games on Monday and Friday. The girls played their last league games against Parklands and St. Andrews. They split both matches, winning one set and losing one set against both teams. Ciara Glen and Oona Murphy exhibited consistent forearm passing throughout both games and Emma Ronning was strong at the net.

The girls also played in a one-day tournament at Dunsmuir on Friday facing the top team in the league, Dunsmuir. The girls took Dunsmuir in two sets and split the sets between Esquimalt and St. Margaret’s. With a first-place finishing at the tournament, the girls are ready for their playoffs this week, which take place on Tuesday and Thursday at St. Margaret’s.

Swimming
On Sunday of last weekend, a small group of school swimmers went to Nanaimo to compete in the Vancouver Island Zone Championships. This meet was a Senior Meet, meaning that all students from all grade levels were competing at once. The swimmers performed exceptionally well.

Swimmer

Placements

Vanessa Loewen

11th place in the 50m freestyle
6th place in the 100m butterfly
5th place in the 200m IM

Raquel Solmer

15th place in the 100m freestyle
5th place in the 100m breaststroke
6th place in the 200m IM

Jeremy Bagshaw

1st place in the 100m freestyle
1st place in the 50m freestyle
3rd place in the100m backstroke
1st place in the 200m IM

Ashley Solmer

16th place in the 100m freestyle
20th place in the 50m freestyle
2nd place in the 100m backstroke

A big thank you goes out to Caroline Loewen for traveling and looking after the team.

Cross Country
Last Saturday, the Provincial Cross-Country Championships took place at Beaver Lake. Derek Stedman ran for SMUS on the same day he rowed, so it was amazing that he was able to compete. In the slippery conditions, Derek ran very well, finishing the 6k course in just over 24 minutes. Although the final results are yet to come, he was in the top 100 of 340 runners.

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