Athletics Review: "Wet Coast" Weather Wreaks Havoc

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Photos by Rob Ducharme and Darin Steinkey


Tennis
by Jamie Prsala

The past week marked a successful start to the 2012 tennis season. With two matches, and little practice time due to inclement weather, the SMUS team had to shake off the rust and get to work quickly.

In the first match on Monday, SMUS managed to edge out GNS 6-5, dealing with both gale force winds and a shorthanded roster. This win was due in large part to the mental toughness of our co-captain Ariel Sorley and her partner Jane Pirie, who won a tiebreaker against the top GNS doubles team.

On Wednesday, with nearly our full squad available, SMUS put together a consistent effort from start to finish and defeated a skilled Esquimalt squad 10-1.

Overall, it was a great start to the season. The team is looking forward to the challenges ahead!

Junior Girls Soccer
by Kimie Waneck

The Junior girls soccer team had a busy week during the peak of the season. With many of the senior players away on an experiential trip, the younger players had to step up and compete in two of the teams’ league games against strong teams.

On Tuesday, the girls played against Lambrick. After a couple tough goals in the first half, the team came into the second half down 0-2. During the second half, the players proved to be a dominant force on the field. With less than ten minutes left in the game, Sam Biberdorf was awarded a penalty kick after being tackled from behind on a rush. She placed a beautiful shot in the back of the net and further pushed momentum for the team. With only minutes remaining, Emmie Galler buried a low, hard shot to tie up the game. This huge comeback further demonstrated the character of the team. Good work girls!

On Thursday, the team played a tough match against Claremont. Battling against a strong, experienced team the girls did an excellent job of holding their own. Even with a few tough goals in the first half, cold weather and a lack of substitutes, the girls battled throughout the match. Cindy Kim played an excellent game in mid-field and defense, and Shinai Sorensen played another strong game as keeper.

Senior Girls Soccer
by Nikki Kaufmann

The Senior girls soccer team had a busy week of league and tournament play. The team started the week off on a winning note with a 4-0 result over Esquimalt. Abbey Piazza got SMUS on the board early with her first of two goals in the game. Claudia Wheler and Erin Hope also followed with goals in the winning effort.

The SMUS squad was away at Parkland mid-week and after two early goals by Parkland, SMUS could not seem to rally back. Colleen Wong netted one for the SMUS side but Parkland scored two more times to make it a 4-1 end result.

The team competed in the UVic High School Classic tournament on the weekend, which had them playing four more games in three days. The first of those games was against AAA Carihi from Campbell River. Colleen Wong scored in the first minute to put SMUS ahead. Carihi came back to score two goals, which looked to be the final result as time was running down. However, a goal by Allie White in the dying minutes tied the game and took it into penalty kicks. Orla Glen saved three of four Carihi shots, while SMUS scored three to take the win. This put the girls on the Tier 1 side of the tournament draw, setting them up to play a string of very high quality teams.

The next two opponents were Oak Bay and Okanagan-Mission. Despite hard fought battles by SMUS, they came up short in both games losing 4-0 and 3-0 respectively. The final game was played against a strong South Kamloops team, who outmatched the fatigued and beat up SMUS team. The scoring drought continued and resulted in a 4-0 loss. Although the tournament results were not all in their favour, the girls showed great work ethic and outstanding team play.

Golf
by John Edgar

The high school golf season is a brief but concentrated affair for SMUS. It started immediately following spring break with a “seeding” tournament at Cordova Bay. David Lunn and Simon Hassel shared top spot with quality rounds of 77 each.

The Delta Police hosted the first tourney of the year the following week on the lower mainland and featured teams from the lower mainland, northern BC, and Vancouver Island. The two-round tournament was played at two impressive, and yet very different style courses: King’s Links —adjacent to Boundary Bay in Delta — and the Ridge Course at Northview in Surrey, former home of the now defunct Air Canada Championship on the PGA tour.

The first round at Kings Links began in an unrelenting 50 – 60 km/h wind and finished 4.5 hours later in the same, if not stronger, challenging gusts. Scoring was significantly higher than previous years due to the weather and the numbers from the SMUS squad were somewhat higher than expected. Day two at Northview arrived with not a breath of wind and excellent scoring conditions. The SMUS team improved by an impressive 20 strokes over the previous day’s result with Johnathon Sipos and David Lunn lowering their scores by 10 and 9 strokes respectively. Even with the impressive improvement on day two, the previous day’s difficulties meant a 6th place finish — firmly in the middle of the pack.

The next week it was back on the ferry and over to Morgan Creek Golf Club in Surrey for the Independent School Association tourney hosted by Southridge School. Morgan Creek is an excellent golf course just a few minutes from Southridge School in the rapidly growing area of South Surrey. With the tournament scheduled for Monday, and none of the team having played the course before, we decided to travel over a day early for a practice round. Our great idea turned out to be a three-school affair with Shawnigan Lake School and eventual tournament winner St. George’s School tagging along. The practice round proved to be beneficial with a respectable 4th place finish out of 10 schools; the team narrowly missed the bronze medal by 1 stroke. Needless to say the late night drive and ferry ride was dominated by “what ifs” and “could have beens.” Congratulations to grade 8 student Simon Hassel for shooting an impressive 75 and leading the way for SMUS — only 4 strokes off the low round of the day.

Next week it’s the two round Victoria Police tourney at Olympic View GC.

Until then, a quote from SMUS golfing legend IHL: “‘Gimme’ can best be defined as an agreement between two golfers, neither of whom can putt very well.”

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