Athletics Week in Review: June 2

With most B.C. championships set for the first weekend in June, a couple of the SMUS teams have already gone to provincial AA finals and returned with stellar results!

Tennis

Middle and Senior School athletes travelled to the mainland last week for provincials.

Fresh off a truly impressive Island title, the team mowed through its pool games, soundly defeating both Immaculata Catholic High School and Prince of Wales 10-1, before dispatching Southridge 7-4. Then came a 7-4 comeback semi-final victory against Shawnigan Lake School, with Matthias Hoenisch and Lucia Morales, then Nirov Mehta and Ewan Halliday, claiming momentum swinging mixed doubles matches.

The final, versus defending champions and B.C. powerhouse Collingwood, was a thrilling affair from start to finish. First, Morales defeated the 2016 AA singles player of the year, 7-6. However, with the contest level at five matches each, Collingwood scraped through a tense and exciting doubles game to secure the gold medal by the narrowest of margins.

SMUS can be extremely proud of its best-ever provincial finish. Congratulations to the entire team on helping boost the sport’s profile at SMUS and on an exceptional season!

Golf

The Island zone golf tournament was held May 23-24 in Powell River. Soggy conditions and strong winds wreaked havoc on all players, with high scores the norm on the first day of competition. Fortunately, both Sam Whitten, helped by a chip in for eagle, and Alexa Matthews kept their rounds together, allowing SMUS to end up only one stroke out of third place.

In the second round, Whitten again came through, shooting 79 for a two-day total of 157. With scores for all teams still on the high side, SMUS did just enough to move up one place in the team event, finishing third overall and qualifying for the B.C. AA tournament.

Unfortunately, with several golfers committed to the Grade 10 experiential trips, the team will not be able to attend provincials. Nonetheless, all golfers should be proud of their accomplishments and growth this season.

Cricket

A SMUS team showcasing Jamison Schulz-Franco and Amrit Saini, well-supported by a core of inexperienced, yet keen athletes from other sports, took a T20 series played at Beacon Hill Park.

Schulz-Franco hammered 160 not out in the opener versus Fleetwood Park, with SMUS winning by a comfortable 39 runs.

Schulz-Franco, who captured the Tony Cordle trophy for his efforts, was at it again against Princess Margaret, claiming a second century (109). Saini added 76 while Quinn Ngawati took a spectacular catch on the boundary to highlight some fine fielding in a second decisive victory.

Track and Field

The Junior School’s track and field team completed an outstanding season with a dominating performance at the annual VISSA Championships. SMUS athletes won 30 individual races and 7 out of 10 relays. Congratulations to all on these accomplishments!

The last of our spring season tournaments are coming to a head this week (May 31-June 4), with 1st XV rugbySenior girls soccer and Senior School track and field competing in provincial tournaments. We also have various SMUS rowing crews racing in the Canadian Nationals in St. Catharines, Ontario. Good luck to all!

And to cap off the year, the annual Senior School Athletic Banquet is set for June 7.

Vivat!

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