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Fall Sports Wrap-Up, a Look Ahead to Winter Sports

 

Cross-Country

The Blues harriers picked up where they left off last season, clinching their 17th consecutive league title and fifth straight Three Rivers League (TRL) crown. They had a perfect dual meet record of 7-0 and pushed their winning streak to 110-0. The JV squad was not far behind, at 5-2 for the season.

At the 2019 TRL District Meet, six St. Mary’s runners earned all-league honors based on their finish positions. Sophomore Fiona Lenth led the pack, finishing first, followed by seniors Sarah Lyell (third), Ava Jablonski (fifth), Luca Lenth (10th), freshman Kira Mahaffy (11th) and sophomore Abby Lyell (13th).

In the JV 1 race, St. Mary’s junior Lauren Look led the Blues, finishing in sixth place. The top St. Mary’s finisher in the JV2 race for the Blues was senior Eliza Lawrence, who finished fifth. The Blues were well represented in every race, showing their strength both in speed and in number.

St. Mary’s coach Charles Douglas also earned 2018 TRL Coach of the Year, by a vote of his peers, for a second straight year.

The Lenth sisters, Lyell sisters, Jablonski, Mahaffy and senior Claire LeBlanc represented the Blues in their 11th consecutive trip to the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) 6A State Cross-Country Meet. At state, the squad fought through a tough field of challengers to finish fourth overall.

On the academic front, the St. Mary’s varsity cross-country student-athletes finished first in the 2018 OSAA Academic All-State competition among all 6A girls’ soccer teams. Their team boasted an enviable average GPA of 3.98.

Soccer

Building up to the season finale, the Blues soccer teams completed their seasons with strong finishes. St. Mary’s JV soccer team finished the season with a record of 7-6-2, while the JV2 team improved with every outing. The varsity team fought their way to a third-place league finish, their highest since joining the TRL in 2013. They also earned an automatic berth in the OSAA 6A Girls’ State Soccer Championships.

First-round action had the 15th-ranked Blues hosting Lincoln, the number-two team in the Portland Interscholastic League (PIL). Both teams played a tenacious match before the Blues scored to clinch the victory. In the second round, St. Mary’s returned to West Linn in a rematch with the Lions. They played a gutsy match, full of heavy contact and great runs, but went down 1-2 to West Linn.  

Seven St. Mary’s players earned All-TRL recognition based on a vote of the league’s coaches: seniors Natalia Garcia, Ella Hirata, Mallory Romero and Abby Ecker; junior Olivia Rhodes; and sophomores Ali Nadalsky and Tori Snyder.

It was a great season by the Blues, who made it past the first round of the state playoffs for the first time in seven years.

Volleyball

The Blues varsity volleyball team fought their way through ever-strong TRL play, finishing tied for sixth place. The team was a united group, showing the grit and resiliency necessary to take the majority of their matches to five sets.

Earning 2018 All-TRL honors by a vote of the league’s coaches were seniors Hadlee Hallman, Tallie Davison and Tavia Roache; junior Devyn Baer; and sophomore Zoe Nguyen.

Congratulations to all of the 2018 Blues spikers on a season of strong performances and outstanding play.

Winter Sports Off to a Solid Start

Alpine skiing, swimming, Nordic skiing and basketball teams have all started practice. The teams are now preparing for their quickly approaching season openers.

  • Basketball begins competition Nov. 28, when the JV and varsity teams play in the Wilsonville Jamboree.
  • Swimming has their inaugural meet at the Lake Oswego Aquatic Center on Dec. 6 against West Linn.
  • Nordic ski heads to their first race at Meissner Nordic in Bend on Dec. 8.
  • The alpine ski team opens their race season with the Hewitt Memorial Race at Mt. Hood Meadows on Jan. 5.

Check out all the St. Mary’s winter teams and their competition schedules on the SMA website.

West Portland Physical Therapy & OHSU Sports Medicine Continue to Offer PEP

St. Mary’s student-athletes will once again work with the dynamic duo of West Portland Physical Therapy (WPPT) and Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) Sports Medicine physicians to keep them as injury-free as possible on the court and slopes this winter.

This program assesses all St. Mary’s student-athletes participating in basketball and alpine ski racing and trains them in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury-prevention program known as the Prevent Injury and Enhance Performance (PEP) warm-up.

This is the fifth year St. Mary’s student-athletes have had access to this tremendous training program, under the direction of Kathi McCoy, PT, and Melissa Novak, DO.

The student-athletes have clearly benefitted from the program. They’ve experienced a reduction in lower extremity injuries, improved their fitness and gained exposure to careers in sports medicine. St. Mary’s Athletic Department thanks our community partners for supporting our student-athletes and teams.