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Spring Sports Jump into Action

 

Golf

Led by returning golfers Alex Tomita, Emily Ogawa, Karli Mink and Halle Richardson, the Blues golf team has made a strong entry into the 2019 season. Under the direction of new head coach Bill Winter and assistant Lauren Fischer, ‘11, the team finished third out of 14 teams in the pre-season Tigard/Tualatin Open and earned the nod as the number four team in the state coach’s poll. With Tomita, Mink and Richardson all earning All-TRL Honors in 2018, the team looks to keep pace with league leader West Linn and secure a return trip to the OSAA 6A girls state golf tournament in May.

Lacrosse

Six seniors returned for the Blues lacrosse team this season, ready to pick up where they left off last season and return to the state playoffs come late May. Alex Adamek, Chella Davidson, Maddie Hider, Milan Lam, Claire LeBlanc and Grace Warner bring a blend of attack, defense and ball control that has already helped them secure their first three wins of the season: a 16-5 decision over Tigard, a 13-12 nail-biter against Wilson and a convincing 12-4 victory over Sherwood on the road.

New varsity head coach Nicole Marris and assistant coach Julia Nemeth have been pleased with the work ethic, drive and comradery of the players. Clearly, there is lots of great potential for the team this season and they are excited to be able to lead such a terrific team and program.

Also new to the Blues lacrosse coaching staff is JV head coach Mike Johnson. Johnson stepped out of the stands as a parent to bring his collegiate playing and coaching experience to JV Blues squad. The JV team got their first win of the season versus Wilson, 10-5, despite missing eight of their players to Junior Encounter. Look for this group to improve with each outing and work to prepare to step up to the next level in 2020.

Tennis

The St. Mary’s tennis team has swung into action and has already picked up their first wins of the season. Four seniors pace the Blues, Andrea Zanavich, Julianna Galian, Lauren Phillips and rookie Hadlee Hallman. Head coach Brian Quisling and assistant coach Ellen Moran Wood return to direct the twenty-member squad that has already notched wins against Southridge in the season opener (7-1) and Tigard in league play. In their one loss of the season, the team barely lost in sets to Canby (4-4, 8-9).

Track & Field

The Blues track team has been working diligently to prepare for their upcoming competitions. Returning seniors Mira Eagan, Catherine Edmonson, Taliana Gordon-Knight, Olivia Groshong, Lucy Holland, Ava Jablonski, Luca Lenth, Francesca Marquez-Stock, Jade Newton, Tavia Roache and Grace Schermerhorn provide depth and leadership experience helping keep the 46-member team on task.

Head Coach Charles Douglas and his experienced crew of event coaches: Dena Stock-Marquez, Jon King, Art Anderson, Elizabeth King, Jim Webster and Gil Gongora have the team set to sprint, jump, throw, vault, sprint and run into action. The team opened the season at the Jim Barks/Grizzly Bear Invitational at McMinnville High School on Mar. 21. Beginning in April, the team will compete weekly building towards the TRL Meet in May. Along the way, the team will travel to Salem for the Titan Classic at West Salem High School, to Bend for the Summit Invitational, and to Jesuit High School for the prestigious Twilight Invitational.

Returning are 2018 All-TRL athletes Eagan, Jablonski, Newton, Roache, Julia Ferrante, Fiona Lenth, Sydney McCann and Ava Taylor. Watch for these athletes to strive for new personal bests and encourage their teammates to join them on the winner’s podium this season!

Dragon Boat

Coming off an impressive 2018 season, the St. Mary’s dragon boat team has enough members for two solid teams with 26 returning team members and 52 new paddlers. There are even enough participants to field three teams for the Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races in June. The Blues head dragon boat Coach Tom Crowder would like to thank all those who helped recruit new paddlers. 

There are several out-of-town races and Coach Crowder has sent all paddlers the sign-up form to register for these events. In an effort to keep costs down, he is asking all paddlers to sign-up soon in order to secure the best options for travel. Out of the 78 registered team members, he needs to get two teams totaling 44 members per race, to attend each event. Ultimately, he needs an accurate count for each event in order to determine if there will be one or two teams. This will allow him to register the teams and compute the actual cost for each event.  If you are interested, please get your Race Interest Form to Coach Crowder so he can send in the race registrations.

Practices will begin Monday, Apr. 1 with weekly practices running every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:45 to 5 pm.  The only exception will be Good Friday on Apr. 19.

Good luck to the St. Mary’s paddlers as they train and prepare for their spring regattas!