The 2017-18 basketball season came to a conclusion this week, with the Senior girls flying the SMUS colours at a highly competitive provincial AA tournament.
Seeded No. 12 going in, the team paid the penalty for a slow start versus No. 5 St. Thomas Aquinas in Day 1 action, falling behind by 19 points in the first half. After intermission, paced by Jordan Stonehouse’s five trifectas and 22 points overall, the Blue Jags clawed back to within six points before falling 67-55.
SMUS then bounced back to defeat Smithers 73-57 and Whistler 55-49, setting up a meeting with St. Thomas More in the consolation final. Georgia Haydock led the way with 24 points, but it was not enough in a 67-53 defeat and eventual 10th place finish.
Thanks and congratulations to the graduating seniors. Seven very capable returnees will look forward to another successful season next year.
The Grade 8 girls, as City champions, also represented Victoria at the BC tournament. SMUS lost its opener 38-26 to Valleyview before bouncing back to defeat Sahali of Kamloops 34-30. The Blue Jags then battled Maple Ridge, losing 31-20 and Burnaby South, losing 46-33. Eva C. led the team in scoring and Emma C. led the team in rebounds. Makena A. added some fine play with Talia P., Camryn R., Cassidy C., Kerry Y. and Anna F. all contributing. Overall, taking part in the event was a great experience and will pay dividends in the future.
While Vancouver Island, invariably the strongest zone in the Senior boys AA competition, has always received three berths to provincials, this year the No. 3 team had to also negotiate a challenge game. In this match-up, SMUS traveled to the mainland to face Okanagan No. 3 Sahali, very much hoping to extend its run of 10 consecutive provincial championship appearances.
In a very exciting and well-played contest, the Blue Jags unfortunately could not hold on to a last minute 55-51 lead, and saw their season end with a disappointing overtime defeat. Ephraim Hsu, with 22 points and 6 rebounds, performed extremely well, while junior call-up Noah Helman was also prominent with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The squash team journeyed to Nanaimo for its own provincial tournament. Brooke Herring played splendidly to capture a silver medal in the Girls U19 division, while Christian Y. did likewise at Boys U15 level. Brooke was also awarded the tournament’s Most Sportsmanlike Player award.
Others who performed well included Alex B. in Girls U15, Jay Herring, Matias Totz and Alden W. in Boys U17. Finally, Lucas Q. won bronze at U13 Boys level, with Ty D. finishing in fourth place.
Rowers returned to the water in February to prepare for the Spring racing season. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other ideas and on-the-water training was minimized.
This past weekend saw the SMUS Crew return to racing with their first regatta of the season at Elk Lake. Facing competitors from Vancouver Island, Vancouver, Seattle and Portland, SMUS rowers entered 11 events and appeared in 9 finals.
The weekend allowed many on our young team to experience the intensity of Spring season racing. Valuable lessons were learned in the process.
|1st||Jr B Women 8+||Natalia T., Kelly J., Emily S., Meg S., Isabella K., Firinne R., Grace C., Jaime C. and Anna C.|
|Jr B Men 8+||Mark M., Matthew L., Sam S., Liam H., Jonathan W., Scott R., Jerome K., Georg M. and Ellie L.|
|Jr B Men 4+||Mark M., Matthew L., Sam S., Liam H. and Ellie L.|
|2nd||Jr A Men 4+||Nathan Y., Sasha P., Matthew J. and Matthew C.|
|Open Novice Women 4X-||Kelly T., Naomi T., Firinne R. and Emily W.|
|3rd||Open Novice Men 4X-||Albert W., Scott R., John S. and James C.|
|5th||Jr A Girls 4X-||Radha R., Olivia M., Emily W. and Terra R.|
|6th||Jr B Men 4X+||Jonathan W., Scott R., Jerome K. and Georg M.|
|Jr A Men 2X||Matthew J. and Sasha P.|
Congratulations to all of the SMUS Crew for their work on and off the water. The team will have two training camps over Spring Break in preparation for the Maple Bay Regatta on April 14.
Spring sports will now take pride of place. Senior boys and Junior boys rugby play tune-ups versus Ladysmith and Belmont in advance of their upcoming four match tour of Australia. The girls rugby team began their campaign with some home exhibition 7s matches on March 5.