Athletics Review: December 2, 2007

Rugby
Congratulations to Beau Parker and Mike Fuailefau who returned this week from a National U17 Rugby Tour. The Canadian Team was in Wales for the past two weeks, and both Beau and Mike represented the school and the country with honour. Beau’s father, Daniel, travelled with the team and sent in this report after the final game:
“I am happy to report that the Canadian U17 Rugby Team won their final match of the tour. The match was played in driving rain, hail, thunder and lightening, but the team made no mistakes, kept their form, and won convincingly 13 to 3. Beau and Mike both started this match which was testimony to their skills and to the confidence the coaching staff placed on them. Beau sparkled on the wing with his exciting bursts through opposition and powerful kicks downfield. Mike was solid up the middle at center. The coaches picked the strongest players for this final match with the idea of securing a win as opposed to developing the players as in the previous 3 matches. Credit to Beau and Mike for having performed so well each time they were given the opportunity. They certainly were a credit to their school and their country and may be very proud to have worn Canada’s colors in this top quality tour.”

Senior Boys Basketball
It was a full week of action for the Senior Boys basketball team, as the boys played five games in six days. Finding themselves thrown into battle after only a week of practice, it was a trial by fire for the squad as they took on strong Oak Bay and Stelly’s teams on Monday and Tuesday. The games were part of the Vancouver Island Classic Tournament, and while the boys competed very hard in those two games, they lost both by close margins.

Thursday, the boys began competing in the tournament’s Silver Division and beat Kwalicum Secondary by 10 points. They then carried this momentum into their game Friday against the host team Edward Milne and won by 13 points. These two wins placed the boys into the division final and provided a re-match against Stelly’s. SMUS came out firing and never looked back, taking the game by 18 points. With this win, the boys were crowned silver division champions. A great effort by all, and a great start to their season.

The next game for the Senior Boys is an away game on Wednesday against Esquimalt.

Junior Boys Basketball
After five intense practices, the basketball season opened with the Tip-Off Tournament hosted by Spectrum. 17 players are still in the running for 13 spots on the team and players tried to put their best foot forward. In the first game, we faced Carihi High from Campbell River in a hard-fought battle for three quarters, with the score going back and forth and no team taking a lead bigger than five points. Down two points at the beginning of the fourth, the team’s defence and rebounding created many fast break opportunities. Jamie Yorath and Tycho Mommsen-Smith kept the team in the game early, and Josh Edgar led the fourth quarter scoring. The boys finished with a 51-43 victory. The semi-final match was against our host, Spectrum. The team started slowly and it was neck and neck for the first three quarters. Once again, down by two points entering the fourth quarter, the team surged ahead with a 10-0 run, led by Travis Denley and Jamie Yorath. Tycho was the game’s leading scorer with 11 points and Brandon Ewonus had a strong defensive game and a huge basket that put us on top for good. The final score was 46-43.

The last game was against local powerhouse Belmont. Once again, our split squad was put into action. Travis Denley led the way with 20 points while Ryan Tang worked well on the boards. A third quarter 8-0 run by us was not enough and we fell 66-43 to the Bulldogs, leaving us with a second place finish.

The next game for the Grade 10 Boys is a home game on Monday against Spectrum.

Grade 9 Boys Basketball

In spite of the snowy weather on Saturday, the Grade 9 boys went ahead with their game against Stelly’s. In their first game of the year, the team put forth a solid team effort. Brian Christensen was highlighted as being especially stellar on the glass and also with his scoring touch.

The next game for the Grade 9 boys is an away game on Monday against St. Andrews.

Senior Badminton Tryouts
Tryouts for the team wrapped up last week, with 68 students trailing for the team. This year was especially exciting, as the new gym will host eight new courts. In the end, it was two Middle School students who not only made the Senior team, but also finished at the top of the leaderboard. We look forward to seeing what kind of an impact Grade 7 student Candice Ip and Grade 8 student Robbie Thomas will have on the team. The Senior badminton season officially gets underway in January.

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