The competitive squash team went to Vancouver this weekend for the BC Junior Open. Nicole Bunyan won the Girls Under-19 title, defeating the #1-ranked girl in the province. With Nghi Nguyen being the only other girl in attendance from SMUS, she played extremely well in her last game and was excited about her win.
In the boys section, three were entered in the Under-19 division: Rodrigo Lima, Moishe Steinbok and Cole Turner. Rodrigo finished 5th after defeating the 7th ranked player in BC. Moishe pulled through and placed 7th, while Cole lost his first match in the B division but came back to win the silver.
Matthew Ashton and Michael Groot were placed in the Under 17 division. Matthew played well in the main division and Michael Groot, in the B division, lost his first match but came back to win the silver.
Michael Rossi and Jack Janus participated in the Under-15 division, with Michael in the main division and Jack in the B division. Michael Rossi lost his first match but pulled through and played in the final for the silver. Jack Janus, following the examples of Cole Turner and Michael Groot, lost his first game but came around and won the silver.
Overall, they all played well and learned a great deal about tournament play and team spirit.
Senior Girls Basketball
The Senior girls have been busy since the season began. In December, the girls participated in the annual Santa Slam Tournament at Lambrick Park. With opponents such as PCS, Port Alberni and MacNeil, SMUS pulled through easily with three wins.
During the Christmas break, the girls had much training to prepare themselves for the SMUS Invitational. With Oak Bay and York House participating in the SMUS Invitational, there was some competition. The girls managed two wins against Rundle College and Medicine Hat while they put up a good fight against York House, who is ranked #1 in BC.
The girls placed 3rd and Annie Pike was named to the All-Tournament Team and Abbey Piazza was named a Tournament All-Star.
The following weekend was the Police Tournament and the girls managed three wins and only one loss. With their first game being their only loss, they were unable to make it to the top 4. The girls managed to win their next three games, even against McNair who they had lost to in early December. They placed 5th out of 16 teams which was a great accomplishment. Allie White had a phenomenal weekend and was named All-Star.
With Parklands rescheduling their first league game, the girls were then set to play Lambrick Park first. Lambrick Park, being a highly ranked team, have always been great competition for SMUS. After the first quarter, the score was 21-20 for SMUS, a very close game in the beginning. After that quarter, SMUS took off and at the half they were up by 7 points. The girls managed to keep their lead after the half and pulled through with a big win by 19 points (final score was 67-48). Annie Pike had 23 points with Abbey Piazza following with 16 points.
Upcoming for the girls is a tournament at York House in Vancouver where there will be big competition against highly ranked teams.
Grade 9 Girls Basketball
The Grade 9 girls opened their week with a loss against a powerful Oak Bay team. After regrouping, they faced St. Andrew’s on Thursday. Down 13-10 after the half, SMUS gained confidence in the 3rd quarter and took the lead 18-15. Stephanie Wong-Harrison and Yasmin Roudsari led the team in scoring with 6 points apiece. The final score, was 25-20 in favour of SMUS.
On January 25, SMUS played Dunsmuir, the girls were able to come together on defence and create turnovers which turned into points. Stephanie Wong-Harrison again led the team with 11 points and Vivian Lam had 10. SMUS came out of a well played game with a 25-17 victory.