Athletics Review: December 1, 2008

Senior Boys Basketball
The Senior boys basketball team kicked off their season with the Vancouver Island Classic Tournament this past weekend. The 16-team tournament showcased some of the island talent from A to AAA.

After walking through the opening round game against Woodlands, which was the first game of the season for both teams, the boys got the chance to play against AAA powerhouse Ballenas in front of their hometown fans on Friday. With the single gym jam packed and the school behind them, the boys played some inspired basketball, jumping all over Ballenas from the opening tip. Suffocating defence triggered the SMUS boys deadly transition offence, and after the first quarter, the game was never in doubt. SMUS ran away with the victory 80-46.

In their semi-final match up, SMUS had to play three hours after defeating Ballenas, playing host to Cedar school out of Nanaimo. The boys could not match their energy of earlier in the day and despite tying the game in the final minute, the boys lost by five.

The bronze medal match up was against Wellington and the Blue Jags came out firing on all cylinders. After the dust settled, the boys had pummelled Wellington 67-25. Seniors Bryan Sun and Tom Bridger led the team offensively all weekend and energizer bunny Luke McClosky was named to the All-Defensive team for the tournament.

The Senior boys JV squad finished the Victoria Basketball Classic with a convincing win over Lakeside. The tournament was a roller-coaster of emotions as they witnessed flagrant fouls, wild rejections and frantic full court presses. The boys should be commended for the dramatic improvements they made as individuals and as a team over an intense first weekend of hoops.

Senior Girls Basketball
The Senior girls basketball team headed to the mainland this past weekend to open their season with an exhibition series. A Friday night tilt against AAA team South Delta saw the upstart Blue Jags secure a narrow victory 49-47. Leading the entire game, SMUS relied on the steady play of Gr. 12 forward Shelby Boehm, who netted 14 points in the game. Sydney Stockus finished with 11 pts and Ciara Glen chipped in with 8 pts. Their first competition of the season exhibited much potential.

After a restful sleep at Alcatraz, the girls faced McMath of Richmond in an early morning game. Playing solid team defense, the Blue Jags were able to stymie the opposition in the first quarter, allowing only 6 pts. However, the tides were turned in the second quarter when McMath exerted some full court pressure. SMUS conceded the next twelve baskets and McMath took a 24-point lead heading into the break. The Blue Jags played with more composure in the second half, but the game finished 65-39 for McMath. Shelby Boehm had 16 pts and 10 rebounds in the game.

Then it was off to Surrey to play Clayton Heights, an AAA team coming off a successful junior season. At first glance, the opposition looked strong, boasting two girls over 6 feet.. However, they were no match for the SMUS Blue Jags. With stellar outside shooting and aggressive guard play, SMUS defeated Clayton Heights, 51-40. Gr. 11 swingman Sydney Stockus led all scorers with 18 pts. Boehm added 13 pts and playing some serious minutes off the bench was Katherine Kohler, who chipped in 7 pts. One of SMUS’ most reliable players on the weekend was returning player Rachel Davel, who made two 3-point shots in the win.

The team begins league play this week with a game against PCS on Thursday night and will face ISA rival Crofton House in exhibition play on Saturday at 11:30 am.

Grade 9 Boys Basketball
The Grade 9 boys basketball team recently completed tryouts and looks forward to opening the season this weekend against Southgate. Much will be expected of point guard Joe Erlic, fresh off an outstanding club rugby season, as well as posts Lewis Liu and Liam MacLure. Others who have moved up from the Grade 8 squad team, which finished top 8 in BC last year, are guards Derek Hyde-Lay, Johnathon Sipos and Alex Davies.

League play begins December 11, with the group then moving on to the Burnaby South Invitational Tournament on the weekend.

Junior Boys Basketball
This week marked the boys’ first week together as a team, as well as their first exhibition game against rival Stelly’s. The boys’ first game made for a promising start to the year, with the transition offense piecing together nicely, while owning the defensive boards thanks to strong performances from the forwards.

On the offensive end, Mitch Wiggins had a stellar debut in the SMUS jersey, scoring 27 points, including four 3-pointers. Brian Christensen chipped in an additional 14 points, leading to a 74-56 final score. This strong start should have the team confident for its first league game this week against Reynolds.

SMUS Boasts Connection to Stampeders
Middle School teacher and coach, Bob Newman, watched in earnest on November 23rd as the Calgary Stampeders defeated the Montreal Alouettes 22-14. Newman’s son, Jesse, was the starting offensive lineman for the Stampeders.

Jesse played two years in the Canadian Junior Football League for the Victoria Rebels before playing for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The Calgary Stampeders drafted him #3 overall in the and after he graduated in May 2008, he flew directly to rookie camp. He’s started every game except one, playing mostly as left guard on the offensive, and now has a Grey Cup ring to show for his efforts!


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