Athletics Week in Review: February 16

Volleyball

The Grade 6 girls volleyball team wrapped up their season by hosting their final Jamboree on Valentine’s Day. Throughout the entire recreational season, the athletes were all very motivated to learn the fundamentals and showed wonderful progress in playing as a team.

The goal of their games was to have fun. And they did, as evidenced by their creative team cheers and the giggles on the bench as they each waited for their turn to get on to the court to play. Many thanks to assistant coach Andrea Nesnidalova. We hope to see many of these young athletes continue to hone their volleyball skills next year.

Basketball

From a basketball perspective, February 6-12 was both a weird and extraordinary week at SMUS.

First, three days of heavy snow wreaked havoc on the City playoffs, with multiple postponements and revised draws required to complete the various tournaments.

In the end, both the Junior boys and Junior girls competitions were delayed one week. However, other events needed a resolution, with Island tournament qualification at stake.

Thus, the Junior boys duly started playoffs in hastily rearranged fashion on February 7, hanging tough for the first half before falling to Mount Douglas 48-27. This loss meant a do-or-die match-up with Reynolds two days later, with the loser eliminated from further play.

In one of the most historic games in Victoria, even B.C. high school history, the two teams went toe-to-toe through an incredible six overtime periods. In the end, having extended the game on five different occasions with last-second baskets, Reynolds prevailed in the sixth extra session by 76-71!

For SMUS, Tristan Kuhn scored some some key baskets in the marathon, as did Justin Lee and Lucas Bosley.

It should be noted that, in the history of the NBA, there has only once been a six overtime game and it happened in 1951. While there have been three such occurrences at NCAA level, not once has six extra periods ever been required at the CIS/U Sports or B.C. high school levels.

With the Seniors, there was less drama. The Senior girls, by virtue of wins versus Brentwood and Lambrick Park, secured the South No. 3 seed in the Island tournament, to be held February 16-18. The top two finishers qualify directly for provincials, with third place facing a wild card game against a Mainland opponent.

The Senior boys had a quiet week but performed well in a 71-44 victory over Belmont. Down three at the half, the Blue Jags used balanced scoring and two separate third-quarter 12-point runs to break the game open.

Last night (Feb. 15), SMUS entered City AA playoffs with a semifinal match-up against Glenlyon Norfolk School. The Blue Jags easily beat GNS 76-42. SMUS hosts the City final against Lambrick Park tonight (Feb. 16) at 7:30.

With the weather now improved, the Junior development teams started City playoffs this week at Royal Bay. Both the boys and girls recorded quarterfinal victories.

Swimming

Braving a snowy bus ride last week, Junior and Middle School swimmers took part in the Independent School Association Swim Meet at Saanich Commonwealth Place. Students participated in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly races, and in mixed freestyle relays.

This event is always a fun day for swimmers to try their hand at a number of races in a friendly and fun atmosphere. A big thank you to the coaches from Glenlyon Norfolk School for organizing a great day.

Next up for our Grade 6-8 swimmers is the Island Swimming Meet at Commonwealth on Feb. 20, followed by the Championship Meet on Feb. 26.

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