Athletics Week in Review: October 9

Twenty-one members of the squash team took part October 2-4 in the Vancouver Island Open.

Unlike most junior tournaments, which are divided by age group, this event is based on provincial ranking points. SMUS produced a number of terrific results, with nine athletes reaching the finals of their respective divisions. Congratulations to Rachel Yuen, Alex Brown, Brooke Herring, Madison Liew, Phillip Sing, Gosha Iazvenko, Matias Totz, Grace Thomas and Nathan Von Hagen, among others, on their excellent play.

Next up for the group is the BC Junior Open, set for October 16-18 in Vancouver. Updates and results will be available on Twitter by checking out @SMUSsquash.

Sparked by the fine play of Sara Cui and Lindsay Gage, the Junior girls volleyball team moved to 3-1 on the season after overturning Mount Douglas 25-15 and 25-20. The squad, which also reached the Gold Tier 10 days ago at the Trinity Western University tournament, is improving in leaps and bounds, and eagerly awaits its next league action.

At the Senior level, SMUS beat PCS 25-16 and 26-24 before dropping a pair of games to Mount Douglas. Mary Clayshulte, Jessa McElderry, Semele Smith and Sasha Boehm have all contributed significantly, with the team’s serving and positional play becoming more consistent. Now 3-1 in league play, the Blue Jags next face Oak Bay and Spectrum.

Grade 9 rugby took part in two matches, falling to Shawnigan Lake before travelling to Mulgrave in North Vancouver. This latter match was played on the host school’s new IRB-approved turf field. Strong efforts from Andrei Mironov, Connor Chan and Tristan Kuhn spearheaded a solid victory. The squad will again be on the mainland October 15 for a game versus Collingwood.

In the second cross country race of the season, on a hilly Cedar Hill track, Cordel Tromp matched her sister’s gold medal effort of the previous week, taking the lead early on and romping home in the Grade 9 division. In a highly competitive Senior boys 5.6k race, Michael Wong-Harrison led until the halfway point before his ambitious pace eventually caught up with him. Nonetheless, he showed tremendous determination to then hang on to the lead group, eventually claiming a superb 4th-place finish.

In soccer, the Junior boys A team, though not losing a match, placed second to Brentwood on goal average in the ISA tournament. Harry Shaw, Duc Khuong and Adrian Hof led throughout the weekend, and then, backed up by Peter Koltronis, Ty Olynyk, Sean Finamore, Luke Rainier-Pope and Julius Krueger, dominated a home league game versus Oak Bay. Unfortunately, despite a glut of possession and scoring chances, SMUS had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

In the Tier 2 ISAs, the Blue Jags development side won three of four games to claim the title. After beating St. George’s and Aspen Grove, the group dropped a final pool game to West Point Grey. However, SMUS then recovered to defeat the same opponent 2-1 in an exciting final.

In league play, the team, competing in the A competition, fell 2-1 to Stelly’s but still performed extremely well. Congratulations to Andrei Mironov, Tony Liu and goalkeeper Franklin Lu for their efforts.

The Seniors, with the return of the Grade 11s from their outdoor education week, were back into action October 5 versus league favourite Claremont. In a testy affair, a disciplined and tenacious SMUS performance was rewarded in the 76th minute when Santiago Mazoy connected for the game’s only goal. A swarming defensive effort, led by midfielder Ben Edwards and anchored by Jasper Bosley’s solid goalkeeping, was instrumental in thwarting the dangerous Spartan attack.

Likewise, the Senior girls field hockey team had a relatively quiet week, playing only one match versus Oak Bay. Goals by Anna Mollenhauer (2), Angel Tsui and Charlotte Bussche, allied to some sound defending, paved the way to a 4-1 victory. The Thanksgiving weekend sees the group competing in the prestigious Bridgman Cup at the University of Victoria before a trip the following week to Ontario for a series of matches against the top independent schools in that province. Vivat!

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