Athletics Review: January 20, 2008

Senior Girls Basketball
SMUS was host to the Senior Girls Police Tournament, which featured 16 of the top teams in the province. The girls had their first game of the tournament against Claremont and lost with a final score of 60-34. Shelby Boehm (10 pts) and Ceilidh MacLeod (7 pts) led the SMUS squad.

In the next game the girls faced the strong Vanier squad and again went down 60-44. Katrina MacIntosh (13 pts), Shelby Boehm (12 pts) and Samm Dark (10 pts) were the big contributors for the team. In the evening game the SMUS squad faced local rival GNS and even with good effort from the entire the team, they lost 49-32. Katrina MacIntosh (25 pts) came up big in this game with assists from Anna Fretz (6 pts) and a cameo appearance by manager Adrienne Jones late in the game. The SMUS girls finished off the tournament, Saturday morning, with a 48-34 victory over PCS. Katrina MacIntosh (13 pts) and Ceilidh MacLeod (9 pts) led the girls to victory over the PCS squad.

The next game for the team is an away game vs. Edward Milne on Tuesday, Jan. 22nd.

Junior Girls Basketball
The Junior girls were in the Cedar Tournament over the weekend. The girls played their best of the season. Sydney Stokus and Ciara Glen led the team to a third place finish. The girls will compete all week long in the Junior Police Tournament, hosted by Central Middle School.

Grade 9 Girls Basketball
The Grade 9 girls played Parklands which was one of the best games to date, but unfortunately the team lost by just a few baskets. Honourable mention goes to Sophie Yeates for her offensive play and hard effort throughout the entire game. The girls won the second game against PCS 62-38. The win was largely due to the hustle put in by the entire team and their focus on rebounds. Special mention goes to Rebecca Greisser for her offensive play and Merideth Witoski for playing a solid defence.

This coming week, the team is away at Dunsmuir on Monday and away at Oak Bay on Wednesday.

Senior Boys Basketball
The Senior boys battled in the Victoria Police Tournament this weekend. The boys lost their first game against GNS, but beat strong Stelly’s team in the second round. Some fantastic perimeter shooting and some strong defence highlighted this game. In the final game of the tournament, the boys won against PCS, placing the team in the top of the 20 teams in the tournament.

The boys being tired from playing four games in three days lost the battle against David Thompson and finished in tenth place.

Two league games are scheduled this week, followed by the ISA Tournament on the weekend.

Junior Boys Basketball
The boys started last week with a win over Mt. Douglas. An all-round team performance and a solid 61-35 victory left the squad undefeated in league play. At Stelly’s, Tycho Mommsen and Jure Erlic were out with injuries, creating a slow start and score of 12-12 after the first half. The team led the third quarter for but not for long; the Stingers hit the tying basket on the final buzzer! Going into overtime the boys distanced themselves with a 12-0 in the fifth period, finishing with a score of 61-49.

On the weekend, the team went to the Cowichan Thunderbird Classic Tournament. In the first game, against Dover Bay the boys played hard throughout the game but too many turnovers caused the boys to come up short, falling 39-29. In the next game against Archbishop Carney from Coquitlam, the team hit some outside shots to win 51-43. In the game against the tournament’s host Cowichan, the team’s tired legs were not enough in the second half and the boys lost 55-31.

A home game is scheduled vs. Claremont on Feb. 4.

Grade 9 Boys Basketball
This past week the team had a close game against the Oak Bay nines, and in the end, Oak Bay pulled out an eight point win.

The boys played at the ISA tournament at St. George’s, with a mixed group of nines and tens. In the first round game, played Shawnigan and won by 15 points. Ching-Ping Hsieu and Joe Shan dominated the boards, and led the team to victory. The second game was against Southridge and the boys struggled; the final result was a thirty point loss. In the third place game, the team played Brentwood College. While SMUS led by about 15 points throughout most of the game, Brentwood pulled within two points with one minute left. The boys barely held on to capture the bronze medal-an admirable accomplishment as they were up against some of the other school’s ‘A’ teams. The player of the final game was Hisham Ismail. Other standouts throughout the tournament were Leo Chou and Connor Eden.

This coming week, two league games are scheduled along with the Junior Police Tournament.

Senior Badminton
The Senior badminton team had their first match last week against Oak Bay. The Oak Bay team showed far more skill than last year, but it was not enough as SMUS handed them a 9-2 loss. The win was a solid team effort by all, but Zach Chan and Robbie Thomas appeared on top of their game.

On the girls’ side, Helen Ip played particularly well in singles.

Next up for the team is an away game vs. St. Andrews on Tuesday, January 22.


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