Athletics Week in Review: February 24

Squash

At the Pacific Northwest Jesters event, held at various sites around Victoria, Ty D. reached the final of the Boys U13B event, while Ava Galloway won bronze in both the Girls U13B and U15B competitions.

In the U15 top division, Matias Totz claimed an impressive 5th place finish, defeating two nationally top ten ranked players in the process.

At U17B level, Lucas Galloway, Mark Felea-Motet and Aamir Djearam swept the medals, while Christian Y. and Angel Hu also reached the podium in their respective events.

Basketball

At the Senior level, basketball playoffs reached a key phase, with the Senior girls at the Island tournament looking to secure one of the two automatic bids to the AA provincials.

In the opening game, SMUS, behind the solid guard play of Isabella Leong, Taylor Noel and Emily Stone, defeated Nanaimo. The team took a stranglehold on the game with a spirited second quarter, en route to a 10-point victory.

In the semifinal versus Parkland, the Blue Jags then turned in their most complete performance of the season. Excellent ball handling against the Panthers’ press and 26 points from Zoe Lott was enough to build a healthy lead and triumph 62-52.

The final, against North top seed Ballenas, proved a bridge too far, with the ultra quick Whalers blowing open a tight game with a 24-6 second-quarter run. Nonetheless, for a very young SMUS squad, an Island runner-up finish, with qualification for provincials March 1-4 in Langley, represented a fine accomplishment.

The news was less good for the Senior boys, who, after dispatching Glenlyon Norfolk School, then hosted Lambrick Park in a City AA final match-up. Excellent defence and several fast-break hoops sparked SMUS to a dream 8-0 start, with no one in the packed gym anticipating the struggles that would follow. The Blue Jags then scored just 10 points in the next 21 minutes of action. Lambrick Park led by as many as 14 points late in the third quarter before a closing SMUS run brought the game back to within two possessions. However, the Lions held on fairly comfortably, recording a well-deserved 53-47 win.

Nonetheless, the Blue Jags are on to the Island AA tournament this weekend at Brentwood, with the top three finishers qualifying for the March 8-11 provincials.

In other hoop news, guards Jamison Schulz-Franco, Ryan Hindson and Ben Keep were voted to the City All-Star team. This squad will battle the North Island on April 8, with the game to be held at the University of Victoria.

At the Grade 8 level, the girls moved smartly through their side of the ISA draw, accounting first for York House 53-24. Claire S. led all scorers with 20 points. In the semi-final, behind Zuva T. and Marina F., SMUS defeated Stratford Hall 41-14. The final, versus host Collingwood, saw the Blue Jags slip behind early and face a 22-9 halftime deficit. Despite a spirited third quarter SMUS run, with Claudia M. and Emily S. to the fore, the Cavaliers held firm for a 43-31 victory.

SMUS recently hosted the annual VISSA Grade 5 basketball jamboree. Our young athletes have been working hard on their skills and really enjoyed the opportunity to test them in friendly competitions. Many of the players are also members of the SMUS Night League program and this has helped them to further develop their knowledge of the game and their skills. Congrats to all of the students who took part!

Swimming

The Junior School swim team recently participated in two fun swimming jamborees at Saanich Commonwealth Place. The team is very well supported with more than 50 students attending regular practices. Our swimmers showed how their work has been rewarded with improved techniques and fine performances. Each member of the team is applauded for their commitment and hard work.

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