St. Mary's Soccer is off to a strong start for the 2019 season. The JV2 squad has an abundance of players this year. Led by five seasoned sophomore athletes, the team improves every week focusing on skills, tactics, and growth as individuals and as a team. The Blues Junior Varsity (JV) team started the season with a resounding 11-0 win over Catlin Gabel and then tied a strong Jesuit team 1-1. They came up short in the last two games, but are gearing up for league play on Oct. 8.
Varsity soccer opened the season with a 1-0 win vs. Catlin Gabel, followed by a respectable loss to the reigning state champions, Jesuit High School and have continued to improve and collect "W's" at both home and away matches. A rivalry game at Wilson High School on Sept. 17, left the team with their second loss of the season, but they re-grouped and shut out a formidable opponent from Grant on Sept. 19. The St. Mary's Soccer Blues currently sit in eleventh place in the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) 6A power rankings. Next up is McMinnville on Oct. 3, before the heart of league play begins on Oct. 8 when the Blues host the Canby Cougars at Buckman Field.
The St. Mary’s cross-country team opened their season with an impressive second place finish at the annual Bill Chapman Invitational. St. Mary’s junior, Fiona Lenth, stood out after taking first place among other solid performances by both the varsity and junior varsity runners. With a strong contingent from last year’s returning members, and the addition of promising new runners, the Blues look to continue their dominance in the Three Rivers League (TRL) this season.
Cross Country (XC) competed in the Ash Creek XC Festival on Saturday, Sept. 7. Junior Fiona Lenth finished thirteenth in a tough race with powerhouses like Lincoln and Jesuit, who took eight out of the top ten spots collectively. Kira Mahaffy was the second St. Mary’s varsity runner to cross the line in twenty-ninth place and the team finished sixth overall for the race. On Wednesday, Sept. 11, the team traveled to Clackamas Community College for the TRL Preview. The TRL showed up in full force this year with the top ten spots being captured by six different schools. Fiona Lenth finished fourth in the TRL Preview and St. Mary's took third place overall.
St. Mary’s JV & Novice teams are proving to be a strong group finishing in the top five spots for all their races. Freshmen Ciara Pruett, Ai Avondstadt, Stella Edmondson Trevejo, Maxine Nasserziayee, lead the JV squad while the Novice Team is led by freshmen and new runner Rose Flood. Upper classmen Olivia Cull, Ella Whitaker, Charlene Redder and Cecelia Eddie bring their experience and support for our JV and Novice Teams.
The St. Mary’s volleyball teams have many new faces this season and collectively they have been making great strides rebooting the program with their wealth of talent and energy.
At the varsity level, nine new players join returning senior Devyn Baer; juniors, Zoe Nguyen, Halle Richards, and Bella Thorne; and sophomore Kira Mish. Each outing the Blues have improved working on line-ups that optimize their talents. In their match versus Canby, the team gave glimpses of what’s to come with their relentless defense, strong net play and determined offensive attacks. Varsity head coach Kelsey Eby returns to St. Mary’s after a two-year hiatus bringing her wealth of knowledge and passion for coaching to the program.
The JV Blues have also rebooted with ten new players joining the team. Head JV coach Nellie Malany, ‘83 is back for her third year at the helm with St. Mary’s alum Natalie Nielsen, ’15 coming on board to assist. The team has displayed the determination and grit that has become a hallmark of the Blues program most recently evident in their tough three-set victory over Canby last week.
The JV2 volleyball team is also a cast of new players who will rely on the experience and leadership of their two returners. Pat McKernan returns as JV2 head coach for his third season and has been impressed with the skill level of his new team. The team’s third place finish in the perennially tough Westview JV2 Tournament at the start of the season was a good indicator of the exciting season in store for this team.
Check out the Blues as they hold court; see the 2019 St. Mary’s Volleyball Schedule on the St. Mary’s website.