Athletics Review: May 5, 2008

Junior Boys A Soccer
The Junior bys had two important league playoff games last week. In the first game, the score remained 0-0 after regulation, so penalty shots were required. After the 6th shooter, SMUS went away with a miraculous victory. The next game against Reynolds proved to be just as difficult, but the boys did find their scoring touch and won by a score of 2-0. The win earned the team the City Championship.

The next event for Junior boys soccer is the Islands, which run this Thursday and Friday at Layritz Park.

Junior Boys B Soccer
The Junior boys B squad capped off their regular season with a final game against an evenly-matched PCS side, played in the bright sunshine at SMUS. The lads had a number of scoring chances but managed only one goal, and lost 3-1. The most stellar performance came from goalkeeper Alejandro “el muro” (the wall) Castro who made a series of impressive saves, stopping breakaways and keeping the boys in the game.
The next event for the team is the ISA Tournament, which takes place on May 24th.

Junior Girls A Soccer
The A team had a very exciting week in the city finals. The first match was against Spectrum on Tuesday. Although Spectrum was much stronger than anticipated, the Jags stepped up their game and defeated the Spartans 4-3. Goals were scored by Lisa Evans, Kelly Adam, and Laura Simandl, who scored two goals including the game winner with two minutes remaining in regulation time.

On Thursday the Jags faced Reynolds in the semi-final. It was a well-matched game, and again the Jags fought hard to win this game 2-1. With the goal of the season, Lisa Evans kicked the ball backwards over her head into the net to win the game in overtime. The team played exceptionally well this game, and special note should go to sweeper Sophie Yeates, who has been very solid for the team in the back.

The team will be playing for first or second in the city finals on Monday against Parkland, the only team that has defeated SMUS this season. The well deserved win against Reynolds guaranteed the Junior Girls a spot in the Island Championships, where the best of luck goes to them in Nanaimo next week.

Finishing third in league play, the team played Lambrick in the City semi-final. The boy’s teams of Philip Petranek and Kristijan Gjorgjevik, and Felix Koenigs and Raksit Pattanapitoon had great wins and took a clean sweep of all the boy’s doubles matches. Unfortunately, Lambrick’s strong girl’s side won all of the doubles matches. Priya Mulgaonkar and Paula Weech had a heartbreaking loss as they were down 5-2 and fought back to tie the match at 5-5, only to drop the set in a tiebreaker. Vernus Chan was unable to beat Lambrick’s singles players, as was Mckenzie Scott who also dropped her match.

With the overall match score of 7-4, the team had to compete with Reynolds to claim the final spot for Islands, and they rose to the challenge admirably. Reynolds was forced to default two of the girls matches giving SMUS a 2-0 lead before play had even resumed, and the girls teams did not look back. The teams of Monique Wong and Germain Chan, and Paula Weech and Priya Mulgaonkar won their matches by identical 6-0 scores.

In face of Reynolds’ Grade 9 boy’s team who had lost only once all season, the team of Philip Petranek and Kristijan Gjorgjevik stifled the Reynolds team 6-1 while Felix Koenigs and Raksit Pattanapitoon pulled out an excellent 6-2 win. The reverse doubles were similar as Philip and Kristijan won 6-2, but the team of Raksit and Kevin Luk fell in a tough match 6-5. Reynolds’ singles players were able to get the best of Alfred Yau and Seria Bag who dropped both their matches by 6-1 scores. Britt Martin and Vernus Chan played admirably against Reynolds singles players, but a break of serve early in the match cost them and they dropped the match 6-3. SMUS finished third in the City Tournament and will head to Islands on Tuesday, May 6th at Brentwood with a chance to qualify for Provincials.

On Tuesday the Golf team played in the Lower Island Golf Tournament and finished as the number 1 AA qualifier. They will play in the Island AA tournament on May 13th. The next event for the team is the ISA Tournament, which goes on Tuesday, May 6th at Arbutus Ridge.

Track and Field
Boy’s and girl’s Track and Field competed respectfully in the final league meet of the season. In the triple jump, Eric Protzer finished 5th in the bantam boys event, while Imran Ismail and Tony Chuang finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the senior boys 800m, Riley Gudgeon finished 7th in the final league standings. Joe Furness won the overall Grade 9 title in 200m.

In the girls 3000m event, Jocelyn Stedman placed 2nd in the Grade 9 girls and Tica Bengston won 3rd place in the senior girls. Both girls qualified for Island Finals. In the boys 3000m, Eric Protzer placed 4th in the Grade 9 division, Leo Marchand placed 3rd and Mark Wizinsky 4th in the Grade 10 division. These boys also qualified for Island Finals.

The Lower Island meet takes place on Wednesday, May 7th with the Islands to take place the following week on May 14th and 15th. All events are held at UVic’s Centennial Stadium.

Senior Rugby
After beating Vanier last Monday, the 1st XV Rugby team hosted Oak Bay last Saturday as part of the events of Alumni Weekend. The team started off very well, forcing the game with much skill and thought. However, things got rather sloppy midway through the first half, and SMUS was actually lucky to be ahead 8-5 at the half. In the second half, the play remained somewhat stagnant, but SMUS did eke out the win, by a margin of 22-17. Sasha Gray was one of the few players who looked like he was on his game.

The next fixture for the team is this Saturday, where the boys will play Carson Graham for the #1 Provincial seed.

Middle School Rugby
Having had five play days and seven games against Victoria area schools, the Grade 6 and 7 rugby Victoria season comes to an end on Wednesday, May 7th with the hosting of the end season jamboree. Ten Grade 6 teams are participating along with fourteen Grade 7 teams, from as far afield as the Cowichan Valley and Vancouver. The games begin at 9:30am culmnating with the final game at 2:30pm. The Grade 6 and 7’s then finish their season with an away trip to the ISA Middle School Tournament in North Vancouver on Thursday May 15th.

SMUS also hosts the season ending Grade 8 Victoria area jamboree with 12 teams in attendance on Friday, May 9th. The Grade 8’s have two teams in the tournament, with the A side currently unbeaten this season against local schools GNS and Monteray amongst others, who might have something to say about that at the jamboree. The games begin at 9:30 am culmnating with the Grade 8 final at 2:45pm.

Junior Badminton
A small, diverse group of junior badminton players were host to the Grade 10 City Championship, where a total of 62 games were played over the course of the tournament. When all was said and done, Sylvia Ho in the girl’s singles, Joe Ekthumrong in the boy’s singles, and Victor Ma and Sherman Poon of the boy’s doubles team all became City Champions. The SMUS team finished with 17 points overall, and that was enough make SMUS the Junior Badminton Champions.


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