Athletics Review: SMUS Squashes the Competition

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This week we have an ISA squash update from coach Hanebury and we spend two minutes with Mathew Geddes ’93, houseparent and math teacher, who talks about his SMUS athletics experience, his meal of champions and how his five-year-old controls the iPod.

Squash
by Chris Hanebury

The ISA Squash Championships were held on January 25th at Shawnigan Lake School. SMUS had three teams competing. Many of the top players in British Columbia took part in this event making it extremely competitive and exciting. Our Junior boys team consisted of Gavin Maxwell, Jason Yoo, Leif Skogland, Ryan Cui, and Tony Liu. A special mention is extended to Tony for winning his first ISA match — not bad for a Grade 7 student, keep up the great work! The junior boys team came in 3rd place after some highly contested and narrow defeats to both Shawnigan and St. George’s.

squash1The Senior boys team consisted of Michael Rossi, Matt Ashton, Jack Janus, Robert Fisher, Ben Gannon and Vivian Lam. With a senior girl and two junior boys on the team, the Senior boys team did a great job getting a bronze medal. It was great experience for the juniors Robert and Ben as well as Vivian, who gave a fantastic effort.

So two bronze medals for the boys (and Vivian), but the girls team wanted more. The increased depth of our girls team was clearly evident as they won gold in a dominating fashion. Our girls team consisted of Janel Gaube, Arden Mollenhauer, Noelle Skillings, Madison Liew, and Giai Phan. Vivian Lam is also a part of the girls team, but with the strength and depth of our girls team, she offered to compete on our senior boys team. At the #1 position, Janel lost two tightly contested matches. From the #2 to #5 positions none of our other girls lost a single game. It was a significant improvement from the girls 3rd place finish last season, demonstrating that SMUS has raised the bar and set a new standard for girls squash in British Columbia. Great job girls!

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Although the squash season is far from over, this was the last ISA Squash Championships for seniors Matt Ashton and Arden Mollenhauer. Well played seniors, and good luck the rest of the season both on and off the squash court.

The next tournament for the squash team is the PNW from February 14th to 17th here in Victoria. This is a national event and will be a very high standard. Some of these matches will be played at the school, so come out and cheer on your peers as they take on the nations best young squash players.

Two Minutes With Mathew Geddes, Senior School Math teacher and Barnacle Senior Houseparent

Senior Boys Basketball

The long awaited and much anticipated Senior Boys trip to the prestigious Vancouver College Emerald Tournament did not produce the desired results but will nevertheless hopefully be a springboard to a successful post season run.

The team opened January 24 against Fraser Valley power and BC AAA #3 ranked Walnut Grove. The Gators, behind 6’5″ wings Jadon Cohee and Josh Mayorga, sprinted out early and often, using a 15 point run either side of the first quarter break to establish a 41-22 halftime lead.

SMUS, sparked by tournament All-Star Dawit Workie, came back into the game after intermission, but the nineteen point margin proved to much to overcome with the Blue Jags falling 76-63.

The next day, while the team’s work in defensive transition improved, little else went right, with Pitt Meadows knocking down seven threes to lead 45-29 at half. From a Blue Jags’ perspective, the final twenty minutes were not much better, with the eventual eighteen point loss (73-55) a real wakeup call.

Happily, the team bounced back with a much better effort in its last game, this time against the host Fighting Irish.
Workie’s third consecutive 17 point effort again led the way, with Georgios Ikonomou (14 points) shaking the foul problems that had plagued him in games one and two. Wayne Lin and Matt Rud also performed extremely well, battling a physically imposing College front line while combining for 20 points and 14 rebounds. In the end, the 75-69 SMUS victory was well deserved.

However, with the two SMUS defeats, and with Holy Cross upending BC AAA #4 Kitsilano, the Crusaders now move to BC AA #1. While SMUS’ eight week reign atop the provincial polls has come to an end, much more important is what the Blue Jags take on board in regard to defensive transition and zone attack.

The next ten days loom large on the calendar, with the team competing in the Countdown to the Playoffs Tournament February 1-2 at Shawnigan/Brentwood. A possible semifinal showdown with Holy Cross awaits.

Then, on Wednesday, February 6, SMUS hosts Lambrick Park, with the winner capturing the local AA league and #1 seed in the South Island Tournament February 14-16. The game versus Lambrick will be webstreamed live by Baden, the main sponsor of BC High School Boys Basketball. Stay tuned for further details.

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