Athletics Review: February 17, 2008

Senior Badminton
Last Thursday, SMUS hosted the Senior Badminton Island Championships. Going into the tournament, the SMUS Blue Jags had the #1 seed, so the expectations were high. In the first round of the tournament, SMUS faced number four seed Mt. Doug. The SMUS players dominated and came away with a 10-1 victory. In Girls’ Doubles, Brittany Martin and Terry Kho looked particularly impressive. On the boys’ side, Michael Zhou and Robbie Thomas played especially well. The win would setup a match against #2 seed Claremont, with the winner earning the Island title. The SMUS teams came out hard and took it to the Spartans right from the get go. Helen Ip, Ross Prager, and young Victor Ma rose their games to new heights and in the end, it was a 8-3 win for SMUS.

The players are certainly ready for the Provincial Championships in Prince George, March 6-8.

Senior Boys Basketball
The Senior Boys Basketball team competed in the South Island Championship this weekend as the #4 seed. In their first round match up, the boys went up against the #1 seed, Gulf Island Secondary School. In what was a hard fought battle, the boys managed to upset the top seed earning a spot in the semi-finals, and put themselves in a favourable spot in the draw, needing only to win one of their next two games to move on to the Island Championships.After a tough loss to Lambrick Park, the boys took on rivals Edward Milne and won by a 25 point margin.

The team will play in the Island Championships this weekend at Brentwood College.

Junior Boys Basketball
The team finished league play with the #3 seed going into the Lower Island City Championships. In the first game versus #6 Mount Doug the boys came out strong from the beginning and never looked back, putting tons of pressure on their perimeter players and only relenting on the 3 point line where they scored their only points. The final score was 66-23.

The semi-final game versus our nemesis #2 Claremont had been in our sights for nearly the entire season. We came out strong playing excellent defence and leading 20-13 at the half. Unfortunately in the second half, fatigue and lack of commitment physically and mentally on defence, including many missed opportunities on offence, all conspired against us. The team fell to a very average Claremont squad 44-37.

The crossover game is always a difficult win, and this time we faced #5 Lambrick. In a heated battle, Lambrick led most of the first half. Again our defence came through and we went on a 24-6 run over the third and fourth quarters to finish the game well: 48-39.

On Friday, we played #4 Belmont for the right to advance to the Island Championships. Belmont played an excellent game and we had to work for every point and every possession. We played well throughout the game but made some poor decisions which allowed some costly turnovers and overall we were unable to put the ball in the basket on many opportunities for easy conversions. Still the boys played well defensively, particular in the 4th quarter clawing back from an 8 point deficit in the final minutes to tie the game. Jure Erlic scored a 3 pointer to tie the game at 39 and then after Belmont scored to take the lead Jure knocked down 2 free throws with 29 seconds left. The final basket of the game was scored from the corner for 3 with only 0.7 seconds on the clock. Our half court miracle shot by Jure hit the rim but did not drop and our season ended.

Senior Girls Basketball
The SMUS Senior girls continued their sprint to the finish line this week with two victories over PCS. Tuesday, the SMUS girls overwhelmed the PCS squad by a 62-33 score. Katrina MacIntosh achieved a season-high of 27 pts and lead the way for SMUS, with big assists from Shelby Boehm (13 pts) and Lauren Kipp (8 pts). The game also marked the return of Steph Bentzen (6pts) who has been out the whole season with illness. Thursday, a short-staffed SMUS squad just squeezed by a scrappy PCS team by a 44 – 42 count. Once again Katrina MacIntosh led the way with 16pts while Samm Dark (10 pts) and Kelsey Harbord (9 pts) chipped in.

The next game for the Senior Girls is an away game vs. GNS on Monday, February 18.

Junior Girls Basketball
The Junior girls Basketball team finished their season this week in the playoffs. With their first game against Claremont, the team showed they understood Claremont’s style and strategy, but they couldn’t overtake the team, which ranked 2nd in the league. In the next game, Reynolds played tenaciously and came back from a 10 point deficit to beat the SMUS girls 29-36. The team’s win/loss record this season reflects the excellent improvements these girls have made both individually and as a team, and their ability to play some great basketball. The coaching staff wishes them continued success in their athletic careers.

Grade 9 Girls Basketball
This week, the Grade 9 girls played two games. Against Spencer, the girls came away with a strong win. Honourable mentions were Sophie Yeates and Mary Lapp for their offensive play. Against Edward Milne, several great baskets were netted by Danielle Demster and great offensive play was displayed by Annie Pike. The girls are really coming together as a team and have qualified for a playoff game against Quamichan Middle School. If they win that game, the girls will qualify for the Grade 9 Provincials in Vancouver.

On Sunday, Jeff Hunt, the SMUS Athletic Director competed in the 3rd Annual 3.5k Bear Mountain Summit Race. Runners started the race at the bottom of Bear Mountain Parkway and then did a massive hill climb to the top of the mountain on Nicklaus Dr.

Out of the 94 entries, Jeff achieved an eighth place overall and finished first in his age class.

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