Class of 2019 Student-Athletes Commit to Compete in College
Twenty St. Mary’s senior student-athletes have committed to pursue their athletic careers at their respective colleges and 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
- 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
Spring Sports Wrap-Up
The St. Mary’s golf team closed out the 2019 season competing in the Oregon Schools Activities Association (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, St. Mary’s 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 Three Rivers League (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 St. Mary’s 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 Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association (OGLA) season rankings and qualifying for the 2019 state playoffs.
Six superbly motivated seniors continued to lead St. Mary’s: Alex Adamek, Chella Davison, Maddie Hider, Milan Lam, Claire LeBlanc and Grace Warner who led play in the Oregon Girls’ Lacrosse Association Silver Bracket. In the semi-finals on Tuesday, May 21, St. Mary's defeated Beaverton, 10-6. Unfortunately the Blues varsity team came up just short in the Silver Cup Final's game last night against Oregon City, 16-20.
Next up the team will compete in the semi-finals at Oregon City’s Pioneer Stadium against Beaverton; a win will clinch a berth in the finals against either Bend or Oregon City. 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 JV Head Coach Michael Johnson, the Blues honed their stick-work and diligently trained to improve by leaps and bounds. 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 St. Mary’s lacrosse players on an exciting season of play!
St. Mary’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 a lot 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 both earned All-Three Rivers League honors and 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 junior Andrea Zanavich and sophomore Abby McGair also earned All-TRL recognition by successfully competing through the third round.
Also showing their academic prowess, the St. Mary’s 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 TRL Novice District meet at Canby High School and saw a number of strong performances by the Blues. Freshmen Maddy Belew (100 and 200 meters) and Jena DeWeerd (400 meters) 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 meters Relay. In the field events, sophomore Emily Chandler tied for second-place in the pole vault with a PR of 7’0”. Great work Blues!
At the TRL Varsity District meet, several St. Mary’s 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 meters 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 joining Lenth, Newton and Esler at the state meet.
St. Mary’s varsity track athletes earning All-TRL honors were:
Seniors: Ava Jablonski, 800 meters and 1500 meters; Luciana Lenth, 800 meters and 1500 meters; Catherine Edmonson, 4 x 400 Relay; Tavia Roache, 4 x 400 Relay; Mira Eagan, 4 x 100 Relay and Triple Jump.
Juniors: Julia Ferrante, 400 meters and 4 x 400 Relay; Shelyn Pendergrass Anderson, 4 x 100 Relay, 100 meters Hurdles and 300 meters Int. Hurdles.
Sophomores: Alice Hansen, Pole Vault; Francesca Pozzi, Pole Vault; Ava Taylor, 4 x 100 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. We send our best wishes to the four athletes representing St. Mary’s at the State Meet!
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 St. Mary’s Blues coaches, current and former players and have a blast!