Sports News, Student Activities

2015 Fall Sports Wrap-Up; Winter Sports Preview

Volleyball                                                                                                                                          

The Blues JV2 volleyball team ended the season undefeated with a record of 16-0. Coach Kelsey Eby noted that her team’s season was “filled with lots of hard work, many laughs, chest bumps, dance moves and Vlogs (and yes that is a V).” She could have not asked for a better group of girls nor be more proud of their success!

St. Mary’s JV volleyball team finished their season at 13-3, defining themselves as one of the strongest JV squads to represent the Blues on the court. Led by a strong core of impressive juniors, sophomores and a couple of amazing freshmen, their season included plenty of exciting matches. With six seniors graduating from our varsity team, it is reassuring to know that there are players ready to fill their shoes next season.

The Blues varsity volleyball team played through an obstacle course of challenges that tested the team’s bond. The team remained a committed group of athletes representing the school with class and dignity. At the end of league play, the Blues qualified for the state playoffs, where they dropped a close five-set match to McMinnville to finish the season.

The highlight of the season came at the Clearwater Classic in Bend when the team finished as runners-up in the Silver Bracket after beating #15 Gresham and top-25 South Salem in their best matches all year. The varsity team lost to West Linn in the Silver Championship, taking the first set off the Lions before succumbing in sets 2 and 3.

Earning 2015 All-Three Rivers League (TRL) honors by a vote of the league’s coaches were seniors Emily Jayne and Zabelle Messick (Honorable Mention) and junior Kenzie Fedota (First Team).

Congratulations to all of the 2015 Blues spikers on a season of strong performances and outstanding play! To check out the season results for all three teams, visit the St. Mary’s fall scoreboard here. GO BLUES!!

Cross Country

The Blues Harriers picked up where they left off last season, clinching their 14th consecutive league title (12th in the MHC and now our second TRL) with a perfect dual meet record of 8-0 and pushing their winning streak to 87-0. The JV squad was not far behind at 7-1 on the season.

At the 2015 TRL District Meet, St. Mary’s had four runners earn all-league honors based on their finish position. Senior Lacey Conner and junior Lara Rix finished second and fifth, earning first team honors, while sophomore Rowan Halsey and senior Batya Beard finished 10th and 11th, earning second team all-league accolades. In the Varsity 2 race, St. Mary’s runners placed second overall with five of the top 10 runners. Top finishers for the Blues were sophomore Ella Behnke and freshman Willa Grund who finished third and fourth overall. The Blues finished first in the JV competition with 17 of the top 25 led by junior Alex Fengler-Johnson and freshman Sophie Johnson who finished first and second; great work!

Earning their eighth consecutive trip back to the OSAA 6A State Cross Country Meet the team was represented by Batya Beard, Ella Behnke, Lacey Conner, Willa Grund, Cece Hall, Rowan Halsey, Luca Lenth, Maddie Ott, Kate Patterson and Lara Rix. The squad fought through a tough field of challengers to finish seventh overall.

Great work on another tremendous season! Way to represent, cross country!!

Soccer                                                                                                                                                            

St. Mary’s JV2 soccer squad put together an outstanding season reflected in their 11-1-2 record. Tremendous team play by this talented group of up-and-coming players was highlighted with victories over two JV teams, in addition to beating teams from both Jesuit and Central Catholic.

At the JV level, the Blues posted a 12-0-2 season record. In arguably the strongest 6A league in the state, this determined group of players sent notice that St. Mary’s soccer is on the rise and taking aim at the league crown.

St. Mary’s varsity soccer team executed a dramatic turnaround from last season by finishing as the 15th-ranked 6A girls’ soccer team in the state. Their season record of 8-5-1 boasts their success and qualified the Blues to host a first round state playoff match. A revamped style of soccer boosted the team’s renewed focus and established a mentality of success and resolve that will serve the program in years to come.

The Blues played host to Southridge from the Metro League in their first-round match at Buckman Field on October 31. The Blues fought hard through the drenching rain, but came up short against the Skyhawks 1-2 ending their season, but promising to work hard and return to the playoffs in 2016.

The TRL coaches awarded the following honors to soccer players: Honorable Mention to senior Tyler Chase (goalkeeper); Second Team to senior Jean Elliott (defense), junior Carolyn Brandt (midfield), and Emily Lang (forward); First Team to sophomore Courtney Cutter (defense) and senior Hannah Argento-McCurdy (midfield).

Kudos to all three St. Mary’s soccer teams and coaches on their tremendous seasons! GO BLUES!!

Winter Sports Prep for Competition

Alpine ski racing, basketball, Nordic ski racing, and swimming are all underway, prepping for their first competitions of the 2015-16 season.

Alpine ski racing returns a strong core of skiers, along with several promising newcomers who look to improve on the team’s second place Mt. Hood Conference finish in 2015. Back for his sixth season leading the Blues is head coach Ryan Rooper. He is joined by St. Mary’s social science teacher Ian Parks, former St. Mary’s parent Steve Claussen, and St. Mary’s alumna Maryann Concannon.

The Blues basketball teams have completed tryouts and worked hard to prepare for their first test of the season when they played host to crosstown rival, Central Catholic. The rematch of the 2015 OSAA second round state playoff game was a thriller! Head coach Dewey Taylor, III, is back for his second season at the helm and is supported by St. Mary’s Health/PE teacher and varsity assistant Jamie Gabbert, JV head coach and newcomer Ralph Austin, and St. Mary’s assistant athletic director Falisha Wright handling the JV2 duties.

St. Mary’s Nordic ski racers are ramping up their training and gearing up for the first race of the season on December 12 at Meissner Sno-Park in Bend. Jessica Smith-Blockley returns for her third season as head coach for the program and is assisted by former St. Mary’s parent and assistant cross country coach Kate O’Sullivan, Mary Wagner, David Burke, and newcomer Jens Matson.

On to swimming: St. Mary’s alum Crystal Ius ‘02 has stepped up to lead the Blues this season after serving as an assistant for five seasons previously. Annsley (Stoll) Gresenz ‘03, also a St. Mary’s alum, joins returning second year assistant Cathleen Sickles. The team will open their season against Sherwood and Tigard High Schools at the Tigard Aquatic Center on Thursday, December 8.

Schedules for all winter sports teams can be found on their respective webpages: alpine ski, basketball, Nordic ski and swimming. Here’s to the great seasons ahead for all of the St. Mary’s winter sports teams!!

GO BLUES!