Athletics Week in Review: February 28

Basketball

The Senior boys competed in the Island AA tournament February 23-25, with the top three finishers set to qualify for the provincials.

SMUS negotiated its opener versus Kwalikum, falling behind early but then roaring back to win easily. This set up a much-anticipated clash with B.C. AA No. 1 Brentwood. Alas, though battling on even terms for the first 12 minutes, the Blue Jags proved no match on the day for the hosts, who played wonderfully well in recording a deserved and decisive victory.

This left the Blue Jags facing two “back door” elimination games. Fortunately, the team handled both Parkland and Shawnigan without undue difficulty to reach the BCs for a school record eighth consecutive year.

Ryan Hindson and Sammy de Vries were named to the Island tournament All-Star team. SMUS now awaits the B.C. AA draw, set to take place on March 5. The tournament runs March 8-11.

The Junior boys development squad wrapped up a successful season with a third-place showing in the city playoffs. While an opening victory over Esquimalt avenged a league loss from earlier in the season, SMUS then squandered some chances in the semi-final versus first place Pacific Christian School. In the subsequent bronze medal match-up against Stellys, the boys, led by Diego Garcia and Matias Totz, dominated from start to finish.

The Senior girls are off to Langley to compete for the B.C. AA provincial title, beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, March 1). You can keep an eye on the team’s progress on the championship website. Vivat!

Volleyball

An enthusiastic group of 14 Grade 8 boys came out this year, setting the stage for a successful boys volleyball program at the Middle School. The boys honed their volleyball skills and demonstrated their improvements at each SMUS-hosted jamboree.

Highlights of the season include Kyle Stenberg’s 9-point serving streak and the 16-touch rally by all members on the court. It was an exciting six-week season and we look forward to seeing the boys continue with the sport next year at the Senior School.


Spring sports are just around the corner, with rugby and soccer practices already well underway.

Congratulations to Grade 12 students Quinn Ngawati and Sam Kahn, both of whom will represent the BC U18 rugby squad at the prestigious Las Vegas 7s competition March 3-5.

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