Athletics Review: February 24, 2008

Senior Badminton
A small group of girls went over to Maple Ridge on Saturday for the Girls ISA Badminton Tournament. This tournament boasts the oldest ISA trophy, and SMUS has been the winner of this trophy for the last four years. With the SMUS team missing two key players, they needed some luck. But the girls won all their games, putting them in the final game against Crofton House. In the best of five games, Crofton took the first two and SMUS took the next two. A final girls’ doubles game would decide the championship. The team of Britt Martin and Terry Kho rallied nicely to keep themselves in the game. The girls played their hearts out and took the championship (14-21; 21-15; 21-16).

The team now trains this coming week in preparation for their Provincials next week.

Senior Girls Basketball
The Senior Girls Basketball team had a busy week, beginning with a league victory over GNS by a score of 54-53. Both Rachel Davel and Katherine Kohler scored at critical times to hold off a determined Gryphons squad. Katrina MacIntosh led the scoring for the Blue Jags with 21 points and Lauren Kipp earned 7.

At the Island Championship on the weekend at Wellington in Nanaimo, the Blue Jags were matched against the Gulf Island squad. Unfortunately, they could not sustain the momentum against their tough opponent in the second half and fell 53-29. Ceilidh MacLeod with nine points led the scoring for the Blue Jags. In the next game, the Blue Jags came away with a 74-27 victory over the Edward Milne squad. Samm Dark (12 pts), Richelle Leonard (10 pts), Trina MacIntosh (10 pts), and Sydney Stockus (8 pts) led a balanced SMUS attack in which every player hit the score sheet. On Saturday morning, in an elimination game the SMUS squad battled hard against the Wellington squad before falling 58-54 to end the season. In a fitting end to a fine SMUS career, senior player, Katrina MacIntosh, had a career high of 32 points as she tried to will the Blue Jags to victory. Shelby Boehm (6 pts), Lauren Kipp (6 pts) and Sydney Stockus (6 pts) did their part to put the SMUS squad over the top. It was a solid finish to an up and down year for the young squad. All players are to be congratulated for their efforts this year.

Senior Boys Basketball
The Senior Boys were at Brentwood College last week at the Island Championships. The boys’ first match was against the number eight provincially-ranked team Mark Isfeld. In the game, the boys were overwhelmed by the much bigger and stronger opposition. In the second game against Lambrick Park, the SMUS boys came out playing some great ball, and by the end of the first half, they found themselves only down by one point. However, in the second half, the Lambrick Park Lions started on a run, and the SMUS boys slowly started to lose hope. In the end, it was a loss for SMUS, ending the Senior Boys’ season. In spite of it all, the team showed tremendous improvement throughout the season and coach Daly thanks all the boys for all their efforts.

Grade 9 Girls Basketball
As a result of their superb league play, the Grade 9 Girls Basketball team earned themselves a challenge game against Quamichan Middle School (Duncan). The winner of this game would qualify for the Provincials. In what was their best game of the year, the girls played their hearts out and won the game 39-26. The whole team played brilliantly, but Sophie Yeates deserves an honorable mention for her assertive defense. The win now qualifies the team for the Provincials, which will be held in Coquitlam next week.

The next event for the team is on Monday, February 25, where SMUS will host league playoffs at 5:45pm.

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