Last week was a very busy one for the Senior badminton team, as they played three critical league games. These games would determine the seeds for the upcoming Island Championships. Last Monday, the team faced off against Mt. Doug, and prior to the game, Coach Hunt expected an easy win for SMUS. In the end, it was a much closer game than anticipated, and SMUS escaped with a 6-5 win.
On Tuesday, the team travelled to Oak Bay where the SMUS team had little trouble disposing the Oak Bay Team, and once again, it was another 6-5 win. Finally, the last league game of the season took place on Wednesday, where St. Andrew’s arrived needing a win. SMUS would have no part of it, and in the end, it was a 7-4 win for SMUS.
Players who shone last week included Adam Chan, Melton Wan, Cassandra Quan, Frank Chang, Ashton Louie, and Celeste Nussbaumer.
With three league wins last week and riding an undefeated 4-0 record heading into the Islands, the team now holds the top seed in the draw. However, a critical ankle injury to Candice Ip last Wednesday will make things very interesting and SMUS may turn out to be the underdog in the Islands.
The Islands take place in the SMUS Double Gym this Wednesday, Feb. 10th, beginning at 1 pm. The winner from this tournament will earn a berth to the provincial championships.
On Sunday, several of the SMUS spring rowing team participated in the Monster Erg Regatta. This regatta is sponsored by University of Victoria and is the Western Canadian satellite for the Canadian National Indoor Rowing Championships.
In the Junior Novice Double event (ages 14-18) and SMUS placed 1st (Julia Milden and Hannah Nielsen) and 2nd (Alexis Thind and Lihani du Plessis). In the Junior A boys event (ages 17-18): Brandon Ewonus came 13th and Harrison Duncan came 15th out of 32 rowers. In the Junior A women’s event (ages 17-18), Maryann Watson came 2nd out of 45 rowers, and a performance that gives her the rank of 2nd in Canada.
All athletes achieved personal bests.
Senior Girls Basketball
The team played their last league game of the season this past week at PCS. There was not much on the line, as the team had already secured the South #2 ranking for the upcoming Island Tournament. However, it was an opportunity for the Grade 12 athletes to play one last time, in front of cheering friends and family.
Annie Pike led all scorers with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 steals. She has looked good as of late and will be a key player in the team’s success at the Islands. Abbey Piazza finished with 12 points and 4 steals, while Grade 12 wing Katrina Gong chipped in with 7 points. Rebecca Mulroney finished the game strong with 7 points, six of those coming from the foul line.
SMUS heads up to Campbell River on Thursday for their Island Championships. They have drawn Nanaimo District Secondary School in their opening round game, which will take place on Thursday at 2:45 pm. All games are at Carihi.
SMUS will have to finish in the top two in order to guarantee a berth to Kamloops later in the month. They will have to do it without Grade 12 standout Sydney Stockus, who suffered a knee injury that will keep her on the sidelines this weekend.