Alpine Ski Racing
Ready to establish themselves as league contenders, the 30+ members of the SMA alpine ski racing team have committed themselves to go after the league leader Hood River this season. The team is made up of skiers from almost every ability level. From the novice skiers, with 1-2 times on snow who have worked diligently to develop skills allowing them to ski down the hill comfortably to very competent skiers who have frequently placed in the top 5 or at least always in the top 10; the Blues have made great strides this season!
Junior Alex Fengler-Johnson and freshman Alex Adamek have led the team with strong support from senior Katy Blackerby, juniors Sophie Caesar and Nicole Brandt and sophomore Riona O’Donnell and on any given day been able to consistently place in the top 15 finishers. This depth has allowed the team to finish high all season, even finishing one of the two competition runs with faster times than Hood River! Coach Rooper commends the all of the Blues racers for showing up at every race ready to ski to the top of their ability.
Some of the team accepted the invitation to race at Anthony Lakes recently in a non-counting event. All five of the Blues who made the trek had top 10 finishes; a great weekend for SMA! With two races left in the regular season, the team has its sights set on competing at the OISRA State races, March 3-5 at Mt. Ashland. They couldn’t be more excited for the chance to bring home some hardware!
The JV Blues have been the swing-kings this season with four players that swing varsity: Sophia Sherlag ’18, Cali Rawhauser-Mylet ’19, Robin Norman ’17 and Julianna Galian ’19, along with Milan Lam ’19 swinging from JV2 for a much-needed quarter boost. Clarissa Troutman ’18 has established herself reign in the paint grabbing any board within reach. Chella Davidson ’19 is the team’s ‘Energizer Bunny’ covering the whole floor on the press. Claire Noonan ’18 serves as the team’s back-up point guard and deep three shooter (earlier this season she once shot a three-pointer from four feet behind the arc and swished it). Catherine Edmonson ’19 joined the team full time half way through the season and has contributed great defense and scoring. Claire “Waffle” Bienapfl ’18 has become the team’s fearless attacker of the basket as well as doing a great job jumping passing lanes. Also, one of the hardest players to miss is Hannah Volker ’18, the “Voice” behind the team, can be counted on to always bring her best. Coaches Austin and Frater add that they have really enjoyed coaching the players and are very optimistic about the future of St. Mary’s basketball!
At the varsity level, the Blues have gained lots of valuable experience this season with a regular starting line-up consisting of two freshman, one sophomore, one junior and one senior. Junior Bendu Yeaney leads the team in scoring and is currently the 7th leading scorer in the state among 6A girls’ basketball players. Senior Clara Ell has also provided the team with her depth of experience from playing in three state tournaments along with junior Sally Luciano and sophomores Grace Fallon and Julia Ruff, all with one tournament under their belts.
The league season will conclude on Feb. 23 and looking forward to the playoffs, the Blues will begin the playoffs on Feb. 27, potentially at home to host a play-in game. Check out the OSAA website for tournament information/brackets.
Nordic Ski Racing
The SMA Nordic ski team is having its best season in several years with numerous top-20 finishes in league races led by the consistent strong performances of captains senior Emma Place and junior Anna Tassia. Leading the team in the past two races, sophomore Ella Behnke is having a breakthrough season, earning both her first top-10 finish as well as the Blues’ first top-10 finish in several years. Many returning JV skiers are posting personal bests as well. The team is looking forward to a strong showing at the OHSNO State races February 26-27 at Mt. Bachelor!
The SMA swimmers have had a great season so far! With only the district meet left in the regular season, the team is hoping to see some great swims and more PR’s from the swimmers. They have all put in hard work all season and their efforts have been reflected in their performances at each meet. Below are some of the most noteworthy and amazing results:
+ Cece Hall ’16 dropped 16 seconds off her 500 free over the course of the season
+ Eliza Lawrence ’19 dropped 11 seconds off her 100 IM
+ Annabelle Lohman ’18 shaved 14 seconds off her 500 free
+ Roxie Bartley ’18 dropped 12 seconds on her 200 free
+ Sabrina Ufer ’17 dropped seven seconds in the 200 IM
+ Nina Mundy ’16 dropped five seconds in the 50 free
+ Caroline Hall ’17 dropped an incredible 17 seconds in the 500 free
+ Edil Hassan ’19 dropped eight seconds in the 200 free
+ Lucy Purvis ’19 shaved five seconds in the 100 free
+ Amelia Alonso ’18 dropped seven seconds on 100 fly
There are many more great times and personal bests for each swimmer, but these are some of the most dramatic to highlight the overall improvement by the swimmers this season. First-year head coach Crystal Ius ’02 comments, “I am so incredibly proud of all of the girls on the team and what they have been able to do over the course of this season. I can’t wait to see them swim their fastest at districts and am hopeful to get some girls on the team to states as well. Go Blues!”
Spring Sports Are Set to Begin! Are You Cleared to Participate?
The spring sports season is quickly approaching for students interested in participating in golf, tennis track and field, lacrosse, and Dragon Boat racing. In order for a student to be eligible for Spring 2015-16 athletic activities practices or tryouts to be held February 29, a student must have the following forms/fee below submitted to the SMA Athletic Office by 4 p.m. on Friday, February 26:
1) Register student online using the Family ID portal on the SMA Athletic Forms and Contracts webpage (for students who have already created an account registering for a previous season, kindly review and update your information and indicate which sport your daughter will be going out for this season);
2) Submit a completed current OSAA physical examination form for your student to the SMA Athletic Office (Physicals are good for two years. If you are unsure if your daughter needs a physical, check with the Athletic Office at (503) 228-8306);
3) Pay a $150 participation fee if your student is participating in golf, tennis, track and field, or lacrosse. This can be done via cash or a check made out to St. Mary’s Academy with the student’s name and sport on the memo line, or by credit card by calling the school and asking for either the Athletic or Finance Department. This must be done prior to February 29. Questions regarding this can be directed to Anna Maria Lopez, Athletic Director, (503) 228-8306.
Additionally, for students participating in lacrosse or pole vault, parents will need to submit an Impact Consent form.
Please note that students failing to meet all eligibility requirements will not be eligible for participation.