Class of 2019 Student-Athletes Commit to Compete in College
Twenty-one SMA senior student-athletes have committed to pursue their athletic careers at their respective colleges & universities next year. The athletic department would like to acknowledge the following members of the Class of 2019 and send them off with our best wishes for many successful seasons next year and beyond!
Leila Alejos – University of Redlands; Swimming
Hanna Belli – University of San Diego; Rowing
Mya Brazile – Concordia University; Basketball
Susan Cook – Boston University; Rowing
Chella Davidson – Whittier College; Lacrosse
Tallie Davison – University of Puget Sound; Volleyball
Abby Ecker – Macalester College; Soccer
Zoe Hansen – Syracuse; Rowing
Kate Jablonski – Rice University; Swimming
Ava Jablonski – UC Davis; Cross Country
Milan Lam – University of Puget Sound; Lacrosse
Claire LeBlanc – Pomona College; Lacrosse
Luciana Lenth – Santa Clara University; Cross Country
Kyra Leon – University of Hawaii, Manoa, Sailing
Sarah Lyell – Williams College; Cross Country
Faith McDonald – Washington State University; Rowing
Jade Newton – Oregon State University; Track & Field
Finola Schmal-Waggoner – Seattle University; Rowing
Eden Simko – Tufts University; Rowing
Alexandra Tomita – UC Davis; Golf
Grace Warner – Pitzer College; Lacrosse
The SMA Golf Team closed out the 2019 season competing in the OSAA 6A Girls’ State Golf Championships at Quail Valley Golf Course. Senior Alex Tomita led the Blues who as a team shot 353 the first day and 339 on Day Two for a combined 692 over the thirty-six hole event. Overall, SMA finished sixth with Tomita, shooting a blistering 151 to place fifth individually and earning a spot on the OSAA 6A Girls’ Golf First Team.
Finishing second in the TRL District Tournament the team qualified for State by winning the Regional Tournament behind Tomita who was Medalist for the District Tournament and the strong supporting play of sophomore Halle Richards, junior Karli Mink and senior Emily Ogawa who all earned Second Team All-League honors. Tomita also received the nod as TRL Player of the Year by a vote of the league coaches.
Even more impressive, the SMA varsity golf team won the OSAA/On Point Academic All-State competition among all girls’ golf teams this season with a 3.92 average GPA. Players contributing to the Blues academic state championship were Tomita, Ogawa, Mink, Richards and junior Grace Gentner. Congratulations to Coach Winter and these outstanding scholar-athletes; we are proud of your efforts both on the course and in the classroom!
After competing through the gauntlet of teams in the perennially powerful Three Rivers League, the Blues finished the regular season with a combined record of eight wins and eight losses, good enough for a seventeenth place in the OGLA season rankings and qualifying for the 2019 state playoffs.
Six superbly motivated seniors led SMA: Alex Adamek, Chella Davison, Maddie Hider, Milan Lam, Claire LeBlanc and Grace Warner, and played in the Oregon Girls’ Lacrosse Association Silver Bracket semi-finals where they ultimately ended their season after a tough loss 20-15 against Oregon City. Regardless, it was a fine finish to an exciting season of play under the direction of first-year Head Coach Nicole Marris and Assistant Coach Julia Nemeth!
The Blues JV Lacrosse team gained a great deal of valuable experience season. Playing under first-year SMA JV Head Coach Michael Johnson, the Blues honed their stick-work and diligently trained to improve leaps and bounds their two and half month campaign. With many budding lacrosse stars on the squad, there is lots to look forward to next season for the Blues Lacrosse program!
Kudos to all the SMA Lacrosse players on an exciting season of play; GO BLUES!
SMA’s Varsity Tennis team played many hard fought matches this spring with several coming down to games in order to determine the winner. Led by seniors Andrea Zanavich, Lauren Philips, Hadlee Hallman and Julianna Galian the Blues represented well at the TRL District Tournament and garnered some valuable experience and motivation to work in the off-season in preparation for next year.
Coach Brian Quisling credits good leadership from the seniors and the strong play from both returning and new players as the keys to this year. He noted they had lots to be proud of in how they represented and fought hard both as individuals and as a group collectively to earn their team wins.
In singles, freshman Vy Lam and junior Maria Quisling narrowly missed qualifying for the state tournament going out in the third round at districts. Freshman Olivia Kuchela worked her way up the consolation bracket to the semi-finals. The doubles team of Andrea Zanavich, junior and Abby McGair, sophomore also competed successfully through the third round; well-played team!
Also showing their academic prowess, the SMA varsity tennis players finished fourth among the 6A girls’ tennis teams in the OSAA/On Point Academic All-State competition. We are so proud of our tennis players for all of their efforts over the course of the season; great job Blues!!
Track & Field
The 2019 track season concluded for JV at the Three Rivers League (TRL) Novice District meet at Canby HS and saw a number of strong performances by the Blues. Freshmen Maddy Belew (100 M & 200 M) and Jena DeWeerd (400 M) both set personal records (PR) and were among the top finishers in their events. Junior Robbi Blakey and freshman Joi Ugonna teamed up with Belew and DeWeerd to finish third in the 400 M Relay. In the field events, sophomore Emily Chandler finished tied for second place in the pole vault with a PR of 7’0”. Great work Blues!
At the TRL Varsity District meet, several SMA track and field athletes performed well enough to earn first team All-TRL honors, as well as earn spots into the 2019 OSAA State 6A Track meet.
Sophomore Fiona Lenth raced to PR’s in both the 1500 and 3000 M finishing second and securing her spot in the OSAA 6A State Track Meet. Also punching her ticket to compete in the state meet freshman Jewyl Newton finished second in the shot. Sophomore spear-chucker Isabelle Esler brought home the team’s first medal of the 2019 TRL District meet, as well as the Blues first javelin title in the TRL with a PR toss of 138’6”. Improving on her second place finish in last year’s district meet, sophomore Sydney McCann vaulted 12’0” to clinch her first TRL pole vault medal and joined Lenth, Newton and Esler at the state meet. At the state meet, Esler won the 6A title at 136-6 for the javelin throw.
St. Mary’s varsity track athletes earning All-TRL honors were:
Seniors: Ava Jablonski, 800 M and 1500 M; Luciana Lenth, 800 M and 1500 M; Catherine Edmonson, 4 x 400 M Relay; Tavia Roache, 4x400 M Relay; Mira Eagan, 4 x 100 M Relay and Triple Jump.
Juniors: Julia Ferrante, 400 M and 4 x 400 M Relay; Shelyn Pendergrass Anderson, 4 x 100 M Relay, 100 M Hurdles and 300 M Int. Hurdles.
Sophomores: Alice Hansen, Pole Vault; Francesca Pozzi, Pole Vault; Ava Taylor, 4 x 100 M Relay and 4 x 400 M Relay.
Freshmen: Jewyl Newton, Discus.
Congratulations to all of the members of the track and field team, athletes and coaches alike on their season.
Blues Summer Athletic Camps
This summer St. Mary’s Academy athletic coaches will lead several youth camps and want to invite all aspiring Blues basketball, volleyball and/or soccer players to check out the variety of offerings on our Summer Camp webpage.
Online registration is now open for the camps with basketball and volleyball sessions held at St. Mary’s and soccer at Buckman Field in NE Portland. Work on skill development, sport specific strength and fitness, along with game strategy! Learn from the SMA Blues coaches, current and former players and have a blast!