While our basketball teams compete at provincials in Richmond and Kamloops this week (stay connected with the various Twitter feeds), Coach Hanebury writes that our nimble, skilled and humble squash team showed very well in their provincial tournament. In addition, rowing makes its comeback to the AR with news from Elk Lake. All that and Senior Sophia Ducharme talks about playing sports at SMUS, her decision to play for the University of Toronto next year and her deep fried post-game snacks.
by Chris Hanebury
On March 1, 11 members of the St. Michaels squash team traveled to Nanaimo to compete in the British Columbia Junior Closed tournament. There were a number of fantastic results from our team including two provincial titles.
Gavin Maxwell continued his dominant form and won a provincial title and his second major event in just three weeks. He lost just a single game in the entire tournament and is in great form for the junior nationals in April. Matt Ashton played in his final junior tournament as a member of our squash team. Matt won the Boys Under 19B division in convincing fashion, winning all four of his matches, while dropping just a single game. In the Boys Under 17, Michael Rossi lost just one match in four tight games to the eventual runner-up. Michael displayed great tenacity and maturity in his game this weekend.
The future of squash looks bright at the school as Grade 9 boys Ben Gannon and Robert Fisher both had great tournaments. Ben finished second in the Boys Under 15B. In Ben’s lone defeat, he lost in extra points in the fifth and deciding game. Robert moved up to the Boys Under 17B division, but was combined with the Boys Under 19B. He came fifth competing against older boys. Both appear ready to make the jump to the competitive team.
Janel Gaube had one of her biggest and most exciting wins of the year, beating a higher ranked and older opponent 16-14 in the fifth. Janel overcame numerous match points and showed real courage and determination in her victory. With this win, Janel secured third place in the Girls Under 19. In the same division, her teammate Arden Mollenhauer came in fourth place. The girls showed their depth and strength with convincing win at the ISAs in January, and provincials was no different. Not to be overshadowed by their senior team members, our two younger girls also had terrific tournaments. Madison Liew improved each match and finished sixth in the Girls Under 15 division. Giai Phan played in her first main event and lost two tough matches. Giai has improved very quickly and made big strides to move up to the main division. All of these girls are playing their best squash of the season heading into nationals.
SMUS will be well-represented at the Junior Nationals that run from April 18 – 21 in Richmond. The upcoming spring break will not be a break for much of the team as they work hard to prepare for the year’s biggest tournament. Members of our team that will be competing at the Junior Nationals include: Gavin Maxwell, Michael Rossi, Jack Janus, Janel Gaube, Arden Mollenhauer, Madison Liew, and Giai Phan.
Two Minutes With… Sophia Ducharme
by Susanne Walker-Curry
This last weekend, the SMUS rowing team competed in the Elk Lake Spring regatta, its first of the spring season. The weather was the usual west coast mix of wind, rain and sunshine. We had an excellent weekend of racing. Our team of 38 raced as 21 crews in 17 events. Of these, 15 rowed in A finals. It was thrilling to see us enter two crews in the Junior A mens eight, but our hats are off in particular to the Junior B girls, who won two golds and a silver, and the Junior B novice boys, who won their event against four university crews, some with full beards!
Gold: Junior B womens four, Open Novice mens quad, Junior B womens eight
Silver: Junior B mens quad, Junior B mens four, Junior B womens double, Junior A mens eight
Bronze: Junior A mens four
Fourth: Junior B womens quad, Junior A womens eight, Junior B mens eight
Fifth: Junior womens single, Junior A mens eight, Junior A mens four
Sixth: Junior A mens quad
It was a great weekend of racing. Congratulations to the entire SMUS Rowing team! Thanks go to the coaches and the wonderful group of parents who support our racing efforts. Our next regatta will be April 13 at the Maple Bay Regatta, Maple Bay, BC.