Athletics Week in Review: January 21

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A busy January week featured, as usual, a lot of squash and basketball.

This past weekend 16 members of the Senior School squash team traveled to the Jericho Tennis Club in Vancouver to compete in the BC Junior Open. The team had a number of impressive results. Grace Thomas won the girls U19 division, while teammate Hedvika Suchankova finished third. Alex Brown won the girls U13 without dropping a single game. In the girls U17, Madison Liew finished second.

Our boys also had their share of top finishers. Nathan Von Hagen lost a tight 3-2 match in the finals to end up in second place. Jason Yoo won the consolation and finished fifth in the U17. Also of note was Christian Yuen, from the Junior School, who finished second in the boys U13.

The squash team will compete on Friday at Shawnigan Lake for the ISA Championships. The team will be looking to repeat last year’s success where the girls and Junior boys won, while the Senior boys finished second.

On the basketball front, the Senior girls and the Senior boys were both involved in the Victoria City Police Basketball Tournament.

With SMUS hosting this prestigious event, the Blue Jags performed well. Both teams reached the final, though neither were able to capture a title.

The Senior girls opened up with wins over Spectrum and Nanaimo District Secondary, and then, giving their best performance of the season, upset fancied PCS. Although the subsequent final, against a well-balanced Southridge side, proved a bridge too far, the team displayed plenty of grit and determination. Leah Sparkman and Robyn Noel, along with tournament All-Stars Olivia Donald and Aveen Glen, led the way.

The Senior boys, thanks to victories over David Thompson and West Vancouver, also reached the championship game. A fine start against crosstown rival Oak Bay saw the Jags open up an early 13-4 lead. However, a very wobbly patch on either side of the first-quarter break then allowed the Bays to gain back control. SMUS battled hard the remainder of the game, closing to within three points on several occasions, but eventually falling 63-55. For a full recap, go to smusbasketball.blogspot.ca.

The Senior Boys Final Game

See more photos from the Victoria City Police Basketball Tournament on the SMUS Photo Gallery.

The Junior boys, after straightforward league wins versus Vic High and Belmont, traveled to Vancouver for the ISA Tournament. Jasper Bosley, Ben Keep and Jamison Schulz-Franco combined for 37 points in a 59-35 opening round win over Collingwood, setting the stage for a much anticipated meeting with St. George’s.

Despite a very slow start, SMUS clawed back, getting within four points in the last few minutes. But some missed free throws then proved costly, with the Saints advancing to the final. The Blue Jags did recover to beat St. John’s in the bronze medal game.

​The Grade 9 boys, at the Esquimalt Fire Basketball Tournament, rode a strong performance by Edwin Kim to beat Duncan Christian 39-17. With Amos Chen and Kason Grewal also well to the fore, the team then on to meet Vic High in the final. Though the Totems proved a bit too strong, SMUS played a solid game, reflective of the significant improvements made in recent weeks.

Rugby ​practices are also well underway, with the Senior XVs having started preparations for what promises to be an exciting spring break tour to Spain and Portugal. In particular, seniors Noah Pryce-Baff, Carson Smith and Owen Sudul have been in fine form.

Vivat!

(photos by Brady Doland and Kyle Slavin)

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