Athletics Review: February 10, 2008

Rowing
Over the past couple of months, a small group of rowers have trained hard in preparation for the National Rowing Regatta which will bw held in May. One key event is the “Monster Erg” competition, which took place at UVic on February 2. In this event, hundreds of elite rowers are linked via satellite and compete against one another on stationery rowing machines for the fastest time. Derek Stedman won the Junior Lightweight event (U19), with a time of 6:55.2. This was exceptional, but the time was beaten by a competitor in Montreal. Liz Fenje, who competed in the Junior Lightweight Women’s Division (U19), finished her event in a time of 7:45.2. Liz held her time and is the new U19 Indoor Rowing National Champion.

Senior Boys Basketball
The Senior boys wrapped up their season this past week with three home games, and a chance to seal their fate for the Island Championships. On Tuesday, the boys hosted Esquimalt who was ranked third in the province. The boys not only defended well, but also executed well on offence. Led by senior Riley Gudgeon the team gave the previously undefeated Esquimalt their first loss of the season. The boys then followed it up by beating the Parkland squad by 50 points in a game which all SMUS players got on the score sheet. In game three, the boys played Lambrick Park and despite battling with only seven players, SMUS found themselves down three points with 40 seconds left. Unfortunately Lambrick put a three-point shot in the basket and the boys were not able to catch up.

SMUS will now compete in the Island Championship this weekend.

Junior Boys Basketball
Last week, the boys battled Oak Bay which is the number one team in the province. Down 17-7 after the first, the boys closed the gap to 23-18. The boys tried to battle until the end but finished the game with a final score of 66-44 for Oak Bay. The next league game against Claremont was for a chance to place second in the league. Unfortunately a poor shooting performance allowed Claremont to take the game 62- 44. In the final league game of the season against Parkland the boys played a fantastic all-round game dominating from start to finish and ending the game with a score of 73-18.

At the Oak Bay tournament, in an opening-round game against St.George’s, our boys played their best half of the season, holding the provincially ranked fifth place team to 13 points and scoring 36 points themselves. Unfortunately in third quarter the opposition closed the gap to five points early in the fourth quarter. A solid end to the game had the boys win 58-47. In the final game, the SMUS boys lost to the provincially ranked number two team, Vancouver College. The team finished in fourth place in the tournament.

The Junior Boys now head into city playoffs this week.

Junior Girls Basketball
This week the girls finished off their league play with games against Lambrick and Claremont and a make-up game versus Spectrum. Unfortunately, the girls were not able to obtain a win from these games.

The team now heads into playoffs with their first game on Tuesday against Claremont at Reynolds.

Grade 9 Girls Basketball
This past week, the Grade 9 Girls team beat Spencer. It was a close game until the last quarter, where the SMUS girls turned it up a notch and won 30-25. Exceptional defensive skills were demonstrated by both Tara Moon and Danielle Demster. Offensively, both Sophie Yeates and Annie Pike had a strong game. In the second game this week against Mt. Doug, the girls won in a blow-out game with a score of 37-7.

The team now heads into playoffs. The first game takes place on Monday, February 11 against Spectrum.

Senior Badminton
The Senior Badminton team finished out league play last week by beating both Mt. Doug and Claremont. The team remains undefeated at 5-0, and now heads into the Island Tournament as the first place team. The player of the week was Michael Ip. The winner of the Islands earns a ticket to the Provincial Championships, which are being held in Prince George this year

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