Sports News, Student Activities

Winter Sports Report

Alpine Ski Racing
The SMA alpine ski racing team was thrilled with the abundance of snow this season and, prepared by the skiers’ diligent training efforts, launched into the racing season with fantastic results. Giving up a little more than three seconds in the first run and just under five seconds in the second run, the Blues put the heat on the defending conference champions from Hood River High School. The combined times of skiers Alex Adamek, Nicole Brandt, Alex Fengler-Johnson and Riona O’Donnell led the Blues’ efforts, with strong support from Katy Blackerby and Sophie Caesar rounding out the SMA varsity lineup.

The Blues JV alpine racers, led by Stevie Dod, Margot Dupeyroux, Alex Karbowicz and Milena Rogers, won the JV competition, with 18 of the top 23 finishers. Congratulations to all the alpine skiers and coaches on a great first weekend of racing. Check out the Blues upcoming races here and come out to cheer them on as they fly down the hill. GO BLUES!

Basketball
The varsity Blues basketball team welcomed several young newcomers this season, and they have been working diligently to challenge for a spot into the state playoffs. The Blues opened the season behind seniors Clara Ell and Katia Mrdjan, but with both suffering injuries early on, the team has relied heavily on returning all-state junior Bendu Yeaney, junior Sally Luciano, and freshmen Mya Brazile and Jade Newton. Second-year head coach Dewey Taylor III and assistant Jamie Gabbert have gone back to basics to nurture this talented young group in preparation for the tough rigors of Three Rivers League competition. They have not shied away from stepping into the ring with some of the state’s top teams in order to gain valuable experience that will benefit them in the future.

Sharing swing players with both the varsity and JV2 teams, the JV basketball team has been getting plenty of playing experience this season to grow their collective game. Both the JV and JV2 teams have provided lots of exciting play over the course of the season, giving their opponents fits with their unrelenting defense and hustle on the court. Under the guidance of JV coach Ralph Austin and JV2 coach Falisha Wright, the teams are working hard to build on the tradition of outstanding basketball and academic excellence at SMA.

Nordic Ski Racing
Sixteen members strong, the SMA Nordic ski team race season is underway. The team gives high marks to the coaching staff for providing lots of great direction on the tracks along with an abundance of great snow to glide along. Results from the first two races have not been shared, but preliminary reports indicate the Blues are predicted to finish high with several individuals picked as this season’s league leaders. Representing the Blues at state last season and back this year are senior Emma Place, junior Anna Tassia and sophomore Ella Behnke. For information on the Blues Nordic Ski Team race schedule, go to the team’s webpage and join them on the tracks for lots of exciting racing on this year’s powder.

Swim Team
The SMA swim team is enjoying a great season, boasting a 4-1 record with three more league meets to go before heading into districts. Returning six of the eight swimmers who placed at last year’s Three Rivers League (TRL) District Meet, the Blues have optimized their personnel to reverse their record from last year and move into the upper ranks of the league.

Seniors Sophia Hatzikos and Cece Hall, juniors Annabelle Lohmann, Caroline Hall and Lia Messinger, and sophomore Emelia Hush are back to pace the team and lead the up-and-coming Blues swimmers. Team comradery, supportive coaches, and dedicated efforts by swimmers have paid high dividends that were reflected in the team’s impressive results. The 45-member squad encourages you to come out and cheer them on. Their schedule is currently posted on our school website, but due to facility issues at the Lake Oswego Aquatic Center, check for updates on sites and times for upcoming meets.

Here’s to the continued success to the SMA Blues Swim Team. GO BLUES!

SMA Spring Sports Begin February 29. Is your daughter ready to play?
In order for a student to be eligible for Spring 2016 athletic/activities practices or tryouts on February 29, a student must have completed the athletic registration process found on the Athletic Forms and Contracts page by 4 p.m. on Friday, February 26. This includes Dragon Boats, golf, lacrosse, tennis, and track and field. Students needing athletic physicals must submit current physicals on the state-mandated OSAA School Sports Pre‐Participation Examination form found on our website prior to February 29. If you are unsure if the athletic physical on file for your daughter is current, kindly contact Falisha Wright or call (503) 228-8306.