Athletics Review: June 1, 2008

Golf
The golf team was away in Kamloops early last week at the Provincial Championships. The team of Dylan Callow, Rebecca Minaker, Chris Smith, Francois Boyer and Karia Rosenberg had been practicing up for the big event for the past couple of months. At the tournament, it was evident that the weather was going to be a factor. Heavy winds and rain would be a major obstacle that our team would have to overcome. After the first day of play, the team had done very well, with the exception of one score of 102. The team sat in 13th place after day one. On the second day, the team rallied nicely and played their best golf of the season. When all was said and done, the team recorded an 11th place overall. At the tournament, Rebecca Minaker, as was the case last year, was named the top female golfer in the Province. Congratulations to her and to the team for a splendid season.

Track and Field
The track and field team had two jumpers make it through to their Provincial Championships, which were held in the sunny Lower Mainland. In the jumping events, each event has 32 competitors in it. It goes without saying that these competitors are the best the Province has to offer. In the Long Jump event, Imran Ismail finished in 8th place. The event was a gruelling one, as it took 3.5 hours to complete! In the Triple Jump event, Tony Chuang finished in 23rd place, with a jump of 11.44m. In the same event, Imran Ismail had yet another ‘Personal Best’ and jumped a ridiculous 12.81m, which was good enough for 5th place. Fantastic job by these two athletes and it sums up what was a superb season for the Track and Field team!

Senior Girls Soccer
The Senior girls soccer team was away in Richmond last week at their Provincial Championships. SMUS had not seen this level of competition in many, many years. The game results went as follows:

Game 1 vs Columneetza (Williams Lake)
Win 2-0
Goals by Laura Simandl and Ciara Glen
Player of the game – Kelsey Harbord

Game 2 vs McMath (Richmond)
Loss 3-0
Player of the game – Nikki van der Wal

Game 3 vs Windsor (North Vancouver)
Tie 1-1
Goal by Allison Philbin
Player of the game – Shelby Boehm

Game 4 vs Brocklehurst (Kamloops)
Tie 1-1 after regulation time
Won in penalty kicks – Allison Philbin, Nikki Cook, Samm Dark, Laura Simandl
Player of the game – Ceilidh MacLeod

Game 5 vs Kalamalka (Vernon)
Tie 0-0 after regulation time
Won in overtime on a great header by Shelby Boehm in the final 2 minutes of OT – whew!!
Player of the game – Samm Dark

The SMUS girls played with determination throughout the tournament and finished in 9th. This result is the best we have ever finished at the Provincials. Also of note, Olivia deGoede was selected to the Commissioner’s 16 for her outstanding play in net and many years of hard work during the off-season to become one of the top goalies. The coaching staff would like to applaud the team on a season that was nothing short of phenomenal.

Senior Boys Rugby
On Saturday, May 15 the Provincial Rugby Tournament opened with 16 teams competing at different locations throughout British Columbia. SMUS went into the competition ranked 2nd behind perennial powerhouse Carson Graham and on opening day showed their strength in defeating the 15th seeded Cowichan High School. The tournament then moved to UBC on Wednesday May 28th and SMUS were to face 7th ranked Magee. Some astute observers may have noticed a strange twist of rugby fates as ex-Magee star Mark Lawson was coaching for SMUS and the famous Gareth Rees of SMUS was lending his coaching expertise to the Magee side. Although they started slowly, the team eventually found their feet and began to run in some very nice tries indeed and were eventual winners by a score of 46-0. Chad Margolus played exceptionally well in this outing and it was nice to see Beau Parker returning to form.

The semi-final match-up was a repeat of last year’s tournament run as Shawnigan Lake was also successful in their quarter final game. Once again, SMUS started slowly only to build momentum as the game went on. A 10-8 deficit at the half was reminiscent of the come-from-behind win SMUS enjoyed in their regular season game against Shawnigan and all hopes were that the feat could be repeated. SMUS mounted some promising looking attacks with good running from fly half Sam Skulsky and the second row forwards John Humphries and Taylor McCarten. The boys were brave in defence repeatedly turning back SLS’ short ball runners. Unfortunately, it was not to be this time as the only second half points came from a Shawnigan Lake try to make the final score 15-8.

That left the bronze medal to won. After such a long and demanding season, the boys were determined to return to the island with some hardware and they were not to be disappointed. Andrew Crow lead the team from the change room for one last time and in true SMUS fashion, the boys played with speed, agility, resiliency and courage against a large and athletic West Vancouver team. The crowd was given an entertaining match full of open running rugby against well organized defences on both sides of the ball. Veterans Andrew Crow, Sam Skulsky, Mike van der Westhuizen and Richard Moser played well in their final outings in SMUS colours and were very well supported by up and comers like Beau Parker, Jared Sweet, Thomas Zhang and Masaki Kunimoto.

In the end, a bronze medal is a fitting reward for a team that had a superb tour of Australia, went undefeated in Premier League play, lost to the eventual Provincial Champions in the Premier League Final and were as committed to each other as they were for SMUS rugby.

Rowing
It was a magical weekend for the SMUS rowing team. A small contingent of rowers was in St. Catherines, Ontario at the National Rowing Regatta. On the Saturday, two of our rowers, Maxim Ellison and Brandon Ewonus narrowly missed making the finals, as they finished in 3rd. The other four rowers would make the final. On the Sunday, Liz Fenje finished in 3rd place in the Senior Girls Singles. This is a very impressive result, when you consider that she was rowing against a field that included Grade 12s. Soon thereafter, the pair of Maryann Watson and Caryn Dooner would win the Junior Girls Double in a tight race. This result, needless to say, was simply unbelievable. This would make it three years in a row that SMUS has won this event at the National level. However, more good news was about to come. In his senior year, Derek Stedman rowed the race of his life and not only won the Senior Boys Single, but did so by 12 seconds. The school is in awe of these recent achievements, and those six rowers should be commended on such a fine year of rowing.

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