Athletics Week in Review: October 31

Two extremely busy weeks have passed by, with teams entering or about to enter playoffs at the local or Island level.

Field Hockey

Pride of place goes to the Senior girls field hockey team. Though falling 3-0 to a strong Mount Douglas side in the May Tully Shield city final, they bounced back against Glenlyon Norfolk School and Brentwood College to claim a sixth-consecutive Island AA title.

Goalie Jessie Cheng performed heroically all week, while Suzie Stone notched both goals versus Brentwood via penalty corners.

The squad now moves on to the BC AA tournament November 8-10 in Surrey.

The development team lost to Oak Bay in a city semifinal penalty shoot-out and they concluded their season this week in an Island Invitational Jamboree.

Cross-Country

At Beaver Lake on October 25, 40 SMUS runners braved the elements to take part in the Island Cross-Country meet. Both the Junior boys and Junior girls managed top-10 team finishes, with Cole Piche and Luna Song performing particularly well. In a grueling 6-km Senior boys race, Tucker Forbes ran strongly to finish 23rd.

The highlight of the day came at the Senior girls level, with hopes high for SMUS to secure provincial qualification. Thanks to strong performances by Judy Kim (14th), Maia Watson (16th), Emily Stone (17th) and Fionnuala McKenna (36th), the team did indeed claim the bronze medal.

Along with Song and Forbes, who qualified as individuals, the group now moves on to the B.C. Championships on Saturday at Jericho Beach in Vancouver.

Volleyball

The Senior girls have been extremely busy, having traveled to Winnipeg for the 46th Annual Western Canadian Independent Schools tournament. A seventh-place finish in a very high-calibre event perhaps did not justify the team’s overall performance. Sara Cui and Taylor Noel both claimed individual awards.

The team then took part in the ISA Championships at Crofton House. Grade 10s Tatum Adair and Aimee Look made the most of their call-ups to the Senior ranks, with the team finishing on a positive note with a 17-15 third set victory versus Shawnigan to capture ninth place. Setter Jamie Bruynzeel was named an all-star for her consistent hard work while senior libero Elise Lincoln displayed strong leadership skills and back court control.

SMUS plays for the Veteran’s Cup on October 31 at Esquimalt and then November 3 in the Belmont Invitational.

The Senior boys ventured to Vancouver October 27 for the ISA tournament. After several solid efforts in pool play, SMUS, behind Ty Olynyk, Kelvin Wong and Tristan Kuhn, reached the championship game against a very strong St. George’s squad. Though the Blue Jags fell short in the final, the level of play suggested the team is peaking at the right time ahead of local and Island playoffs.

Soccer

Senior boys soccer finished up league play with four matches. A 2-1-1 record over this stretch, with a 3-1 away victory versus Royal Bay, was just enough to confirm a third-place league finish.

Finn Goodyear and Matthias Hoenisch led the way, with Ben Shaw playing impressively on his promotion to the senior ranks.

The boys development XI closed its campaign with a solid effort versus Esquimalt. A late Elvis Duru goal kept SMUS in the game, while Nemesio Artola can take a bow for a fine effort in goal.

The Junior boys season ended somewhat prematurely, as a solid 1-1 league draw with a talented Claremont team was followed by a frustrating 2-0 loss to Stelly’s. Waves of pressure, two cross bars and over 20 shot attempts came to naught, with the result giving SMUS a difficult city knockout quarterfinal match vs Royal Bay. As had been the case a month ago, Royal Bay proved to be formidable opposition, showcasing tremendous pace and attacking skill in a 4-0 victory.

Rugby

The Grade 9 team, led by Duke Curran, enjoyed high-scoring roller coaster wins versus Collingwood and Brentwood College.

The Grade 8s completed their season away to St. George’s, with Calum W. and Louis C. scoring some good tries, though in a losing cause.

Squash

At the BC Junior Squash Open, Sofia Q. won the girls U15 division while her brother Lucas was a silver medalist at U13 level. Ellie Ross and Oliver Kerr also enjoyed strong showings.

Basketball

The Grade 8 boys basketball team opened its season with a comfortable win over North Saanich. Tion McLeish and Dave Duru showed well in advance of an anticipated away match-up against Monterey.

The Grade 6-7 girls also gave a strong performance in defeating Cedar Hill. It would appear that the hard work being done at the Middle and Junior school levels is paying off as the many teams are displaying both enthusiasm and skill.

Many of these young players, in addition to those in the Senior school ranks, will be in action for the Alumni Basketball Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 25. Keep an eye on the SMUSpaper for details in the coming weeks.

Continuing with the alumni theme, congratulations to SMUS grads Michael Baart (2014) and Anna Mollenahuer (2017). Both were recently named Canada West Second Stars of the Week for their fine performances for UVic Vikes men’s soccer and women’s field hockey.

Vivat!

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