St. Mary’s continues to draw student athletes who love to be outdoors enjoying the beauty of our great state. This season the Blues Alpine Ski Team is 26 members strong, led by senior Alex Adamek who just missed first place in the season-opening giant slalom event by .86 of a second. Freshman Payton Bogatin followed Adamek finishing tenth overall, with juniors Addie Butler and Emrie Langfeldt close behind finishing thirteenth and fourteenth, respectively. In the team competition, SMA placed third behind Hood River and Sandy. Not to be outdone by the varsity, the Blues JV racers came in second, led by junior Olivia Bosworth (third), sophomore Annie Niederman (fifth), freshman Ava Houtman (seventh) and junior Izabel Raab (thirteenth).
Back for his eleventh season as Head Coach for the Blues, Coach Ryan Rooper is excited to see the team’s progress so far this season. Assistant Coaches Marina Nimmo, Steve Claussen and Ian Park are also back and hard at work preparing the SMA alpine skiers for competition with the goal of earning a spot on the winner’s podium at the end of the season!
Ready to glide back into action, the Blues Nordic skiers have hit the course this season under the direction of head coach David Burke. Juniors Charlene Redder, Amelia Leonard and Sophie Dorn have paced the Blues on the racecourse with senior captain Abby Place close behind to lead the eleven-member squad.
Back to assist Coach Burke are coaches Kate O’Sullivan and Mary Wagner. The team has improved with each outing so far this season. Check out the SMA Nordic Ski team’s race schedule and come cheer on the team. Just remember to dress for the weather and bring your shades!
The SMA swim team just finished a great 6-1 season with a resounding win over Oregon City 100-70. The team is currently in 2nd place in the Three Rivers League as they prepare for the District Meet this weekend. The team is twenty-nine members strong this season and is led by returning all-league swimmers, seniors Kate Jablonski, Leila Alejos and junior Maria Sanger. Joining this core are a number of new and returning swimmers who have provided depth for the Blues in every event.
This season the team boasts three sets of sisters: the Sanger sisters (Julia, Maria & Elizabeth), the Alejos sisters (Hazel & Leila) and the Hall sisters (swimmers Channin and Chani along with assistant coach Cece). Team comradery, supportive coaches and dedicated efforts by swimmers have paid high dividends reflected in the team’s impressive results.
Here’s to the continued success to the SMA Blues Swim Team; GO BLUES!!
The SMA Varsity Basketball team has shown the depth, experience and resiliency to establish they are a force to be reckoned with in both the tough Three Rivers League (TRL) and in the state. The team started the season on a 6-0 run before collecting their first loss to Oregon City (OC) in the semifinals of the Lake Oswego/Nike Interstate Shootout. They bounced back and briefly led the state in the OSAA power ranking, sitting on top at number one. Unfortunately, Varsity injuries continue to systemically impact the entire program as the team moves JV players up to Varsity and JV2 players up to JV to fill empty spots. The learning curve for these young ladies is steep but they continue to move forward with talent, determination and grit.
The JV Blues got off to a slow start this season, but have worked hard to gel and play through some shaky moments come out on top against some strong JV teams. Linda Woolverton is back for her third season at SMA, this year serving as the JV Coach. JV assistant coach Clint Vallie returns for his second year with the Blues.
The JV2 team has hard at work, diligently practicing to improve each day. The team has shown great determination and tenacity, giving their opponents fits with their stifling defense. First-year coach Shawnelle Campbell has the passion and energy to match her young charges and combined their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn, it is only a matter of time before they hit their stride.
Come check them out, their schedules can be found on our Basketball webpage.
Spring Sports Tryout Information
The Athletic Department is happy to announce that spring sports registration is now open. St. Mary's sponsors the following sports in the spring: Tennis, Track & Field, Golf and Lacrosse. In addition, students may participate in Dragon Boats that falls under the Activities umbrella, although registration is facilitated through the SMA Athletic Department.
Participants and parents are strongly encouraged to read the SMA Student-Athlete Handbook prior to registering to determine the level of time and commitment expected for each activity. Please make sure to check your spring activities and consider your other time commitments prior to signing up for an SMA Sport.
Registration for all these can be found here: https://www.stmaryspdx.org/athletics/spring-sports-registration