The 2014-2015 basketball season gets underway Saturday, November 22 with a Celebration of SMUS Basketball, a full day’s worth of games featuring SMUS athletes from Grades 1-12 and a visit from some talented alumni.
“Thanks to the generous support of the Alumni Association, the day has become a highlight of the SMUS sporting calendar,” said Senior boys coach Ian Hyde-Lay. “Not only are we able to showcase our own teams, but we also get to welcome home our grads, all of whom starred for the school in years gone by.”
The Senior boys, set to begin the year ranked BC No. 1 at the AA level, again look strong. Seniors Jason Scully and Graeme Hyde-Lay were provincial all-stars a year ago, while Jake Wilmott, Max Pollen, Matty McColl, Liam Catto and David Lee likewise return. Callum Montgomery, fresh from being named MVP at this week’s successful BC AA soccer tournament, should also figure prominently.
The Alumni can also count on some serious firepower among its ranks. Danny Boticki (’99), after a brilliant SMUS career, went on to a Division 1 career at Idaho State University before spending a decade in Europe at the professional level. Matt Rud (’14) is making great strides in his rookie season at Simon Fraser University, while Mark Yorath (2013 provincial All-Star) and Georgios Ikonomou (2013 AA Defensive Player of the Year) will also be on the court.
On the Senior girls side, Mia Roberts, Aveen Glen and Chloe Keeler-Young are just three of a talented group of grade 11s moving to the senior ranks. They will join Emma and Sarah Loughton as part of a deep and capable back court.
For the Alumni, look no further than Jo Holdsworth (’96) and Kim Lobb (’99), both of whom starred at school before joining the UVic Vikes program and becoming CIS National Champions.
Coach Hyde-Lay also looks forward to watching the stars of tomorrow. “It will be terrific to get to the gym early on Saturday and watch the young athletes from both the Junior and Middle Schools in action. They are all getting an early start in the sport, which is so important.”
Schedule of Games (Saturday, November 22)
9:00 am, Grades 1 and 2
10:00 am, Grades 3, 4 and 5
9:00 am, Grade 6/7 girls intra-squad
9:50 am, Grade 6/7 boys intra-squad
11:00 am, Grade 8 girls vs. PCS
12:15 pm, Grade 8 boys intra-squad
11:45 am, Junior girls intra-squad
12:40 pm, Junior boys intra-squad
1:40 pm, Senior boys B vs. Alumni B intra-squad
3:00 pm, Senior girls vs. Alumni (8-minute quarters)
4:30 pm, Senior boys A vs. Alumni (10-minute quarters)
All games are in the double gymnasium at the Senior School.