Squash took centre stage this past week with a highly competitive ISA Tournament at Shawnigan Lake School. After three days of relentless action, the Junior boys team of Nathan Von Hagen, Euan Hannigan, Christian Yuen, Seung Choi and Lucas Galloway claimed the gold medal. Likewise, Grace Thomas, Hedvika Suchankova, Madison Liew, Sun-Eui Choi and Uma Hallea combined to win the Senior girls event. Finally, Jason Yoo, Robert Fisher, Ryan Cui, Leif Skogland, Matthew Wong and Phillip Sing finished third at Senior boys level.
In basketball at the Junior boys level, SMUS continues to more than punch its weight against some of BC’s heavy hitters.
In a wonderful game full of cut and thrust, the team saw a last-second shot versus Oak Bay just fail to force a second overtime, in what finished a 59-56 loss. Then, in the Collingwood Invitational, after opening with a 49-41 victory over Handsworth, the Jags overturned a four-point deficit in the final 45 seconds to scramble past Notre Dame 52-50. Hours later, in the final versus provincial No. 7 Port Moody, a gallant effort fell just short in a 50-45 defeat. Ben Keep and Jasper Bosley performed superbly in all four games, with Jamison Schulz-Franco, Ephraim Hsu and Gabe Kingsley-Nyinah also contributing a great deal.
A return to the BC AA No. 1 ranking for the Senior boys proved to be a poisoned chalice for the Senior boys, who were out-hustled and out-muscled by a big and talented Semiahmoo team. An indifferent Blue Jags defensive effort and continued shooting woes resulted in an 81-63 defeat to a thoroughly deserving Totems squad. Next up, the squad heads to Claremont for a key January 27 league game before travelling up Island for the Countdown to the Playoffs tournament, to be held at Brentwood and Shawnigan.