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2016 Multnomah Athletic Club Sophomore Scholar Athlete 

Each year the Multnomah Athletic Club awards 28 high school sophomores with their Sophomore Scholar Athlete award. St. Mary’s Academy’s selection is made by a committee of teachers and support staff by reading the application of the candidates who meet the club’s criteria and complete the application. This prestigious award includes a 2-year courtesy membership to the club and a $1500 scholarship to be applied to the college the student attends. This year 12 SMA sophomore student-athletes completed the application process, all with impressive credentials. St. Mary’s is proud to announce Ella Behnke as its 2016 Multnomah Athletic Club Sophomore Scholar Athlete Award recipient. Congratulations Ella!

Winter Sports Wrap-Up

The SMA swim team finished the regular dual meet season with a record of 4-4 and coupled with the team’s 5th place finish at the Three Rivers League (TRL) District Meet in late-February finished 5th overall in the league. First-year Head Coach Crystal Ius ’02 could not have been more proud of the team and their jump from 8th to 5th place in the tough TRL this season. Assisted by Annsley Stoll ‘03 and Cathleen Sickles, the 45-member team has much to be proud of, and they have their sights set on moving up the podium in 2017.

The following swimmers earned All-TRL honors based on their respective finishes at the district meet:  Freshmen Leila Alejos, 100 Fly, 6th– Honorable Mention, Maddie Bachand, 500 Free, 4th – 2nd Team, Kate Jablonski, 100 Free, 7th – Honorable Mention, 200 Free, 5th – Honorable Mention, and senior Sophia Hatzikos, 100 Fly, 5th – Honorable Mention.

Twelve SMA swimmers led by Hatzikos and Jablonski qualified for the OSAA 6A State Meet. Hatzikos (100 Fly) and Jablonski (100 Free & 200 Free) both qualified individually as well as members of the 200 Free and 400 Free Relay Teams: freshman Leila Alejos, Maddie Bachand, and Lucy Purvis, sophomores Izzy Hinshaw and Josephine Fagan, juniors Darcie Semler, Caroline Hall, and Lia Messinger, and seniors Cece Hall and Sabrina Ufer.

The 2016 SMA varsity swim team was also recognized as one of the top academic 6A teams this season by finishing 4th in the OSAA/ Oregon Dairy Farmers Academic Top-Ten with a team average GPA of 3.78! Great job Blues both in the pool and in the classroom. We are very proud of your efforts.

Alpine Ski Racing
The SMA Alpine Ski Racing team had their best season in a number of years, finishing solidly in 2nd place in the perennially tough Mt. Hood Conference with three skiers finishing in the top 10: freshman Alex Adamek, junior Alex Fengler-Johnson, and senior Katy Blackerby. Blackerby’s finish was in GS while Adamek and Fengler-Johnson finished in Slalom.

The Blues capitalized on all of the great snow this year and spent a lot of time on the mountain training diligently for a spot in the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association’s (OISRA) State Races. At State, the team represented by Blackerby, Adamek, Fengler-Johnson, juniors Nicole Brandt, Sophie Caesar, and Riley McDonnell, and sophomore Riona O’Donnell raced to a 5th place finish in both the GS and 5th in the Slalom for a combined finish of 5th in State.

Head coach Ryan Rooper gave high marks to all of the alpine racers this season, commending them for their hard work, perseverance, and commitment to improve. Assisted by Ian Park, Steve Clausen, and Dryland/Strength Coach Maryann Concannon ’10, the team looks forward to continuing their training this spring with the abundant snow and the goal of challenging for the top spot in 2017. Great work Blues, skiers, coaches, and parents alike on a tremendous season and fantastic result.

Nordic Ski Racing
With the best snowfall in the past three years, the SMA Nordic ski racing team capitalized on the conditions by enjoying its best season in several years with numerous top 20 finishes in Oregon High School Nordic Ski Association (OHSNO) league races. The team was led by sophomore Ella Behnke, and consistently strong performances by team captains Emma Place and Anna Tassia throughout the season. Behnke, who had a breakthrough season, earned both her first top ten finish, along with the first top-ten finish by an SMA skier in several years. Many returning JV skiers posted personal bests and clearly the team took full advantage of the abundant snow this season.

At the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association’s Nordic state races in Bend the Blues finished in the top 5 classic and skate races combined. At the post-race event, SMA freshman Finola Schmal-Waggoner was selected as the 2016 Northern League’s Most Improved Skier.

SMA Nordic ski team head coach Jessica Smith-Blockley and assistant coaches, Kate O’Sullivan, Mary Wagner, David Burke, and Jens Matson could not have been more proud of the team’s efforts. With a young squad and only two seniors (Place and Emma Fitzpatrick) the team looks to have a strong contingency of returning skiers over the next few years. Congratulations on an outstanding season.

The JV2 basketball team, under the direction of head coach Falisha Wright, and the JV team, coached by Ralph Austin, both improved with every game this season. Showing flashes of what lies ahead for Blues Basketball, the teams made great strides in every category coming away with records.

With only 5 returning players and 2 seniors this season, the varsity basketball team earned the school’s 8th consecutive trip to the OSAA 6A State Basketball Tournament. After defeating the Mt. Hood Conference fifth place team Gresham 61-38 in their opening round game, the Blues traveled to South Medford to take on the state’s second ranked team. The red hot Panthers pounced on the Blues sending them home for the season 53-84. Head coach Dewey Taylor saw lots of improvement from his young squad over the course of the season and gave a big nod to the leadership of the returning varsity players. The experience the team gained playing in the tough Three Rivers League with eight of the league’s nine teams earning spots in the state tourney, as well as playing nine of the state’s top twelve teams will serve as a solid foundation going into next season.

Selected to the 2016 All-Three Rivers League basketball team were junior Bendu Yeaney, first team, and senior Clara Ell, honorable mention. Congratulations to all of the Blues for their determined efforts over the season and their resulting success!

Spring Sports Report

Returning with juniors McKenna Vanko and Kailan Mink from last year’s 2015 OSAA 6A state championship team, the Blues will work to reload their battery with hopes to return to state tournament in May. Head Coach Dan Friedhoff, back for his 23rd year, is again assisted by SMA alum and English teacher Sara Salvi ’71 who has seven seasons under her belt with the team.

Vanko and Mink are joined on the 2016 Golf Team by seniors Cameron Herriges, Eloise Arnot, and Krista Baldwin, juniors Kenzie Fedota and Annabelle Lohman, sophomores Regan Tierney and Caitlyn Ark, and freshmen Emily Ogawa, Hannah Park, and Alexandra Tomita. Additionally, 7 students are out for the Blues Golf Club this spring: senior Emma Fitzpatrick, sophomores Claire Bienapfl, Natalie Conway, Sylvie Fraser and Olivia Mrdjan along with freshmen Logan Mentzer and Hannah Mohtadi.

Congratulations are in order to SMA Head Coach Dan Friedhoff for being honored by the National Federation of High School Association (NFHS) as the 2015 Northwest Sectional Girls’ Golf Coach of the Year. The Northwest section includes the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. The NFHS recognizes coaches at the state, sectional, and national levels for their contributions to high school athletics. We could not be more proud of Coach Friedhoff for his selection for this elite award. His eight-state championship teams at St. Mary’s place him as the winningest 6A girl’s golf coach in the state. Please join me in applauding the exceptional success of our dedicated coach, Dan Friedhoff!

Check out the team’s schedule on the SMA Golf webpage and come out and cheer on the Blues.

The varsity Blues lacrosse team is off to a strong start with a record of 2-1 in preseason play. Head coach Holly Ziegler is back for her eleventh season leading the Blues. She is joined by JV coach Reniera Eddy, back for her twelfth year with the program. Two alums, Colleen O’Donnell ’08 and Maryann Concannon ’10, are back to assist with the varsity and JV teams, respectively.

The Blues return two 2015 All-Three Rivers defenders, junior Mattie Ziegler. and senior Margot Flynn. Flynn also earned US Lacrosse Academic All-American recognition for her performance in the classroom coupled with her play on the field. Also returning for the Blues are seniors Gabby Bruce, Lindsay Hope, and Audrey Zerr, and juniors Paige Brower, Sally Luciano, Ella McMullin, Angela Sivers, Kayleigh Spaulding, and Delia Tran. New varsity players this season are juniors Addie Collins and Riley Waters, along with sophomore Vivian Mai and freshmen Chella Davidson, Claire Haats, Eliza Lawrence, and Grace Warner. The team concludes preseason play on April 5 when they host Hood River, and they begin league competition on April 7 when they host Clackamas.

The JV Blues have also opened the 2016 season with impressive results. The 22 member team is undefeated in preseason play, outscoring their opponents 43-7 in three outings. The team returns with a strong nucleus of players who have blended well with their 11 new members pleasantly surprising the coaching staff with their strong stick work and aggressive style of play.

Check out both team’s schedules and come out to Buckman Park to cheer on the Blues and catch the action, rain or shine!

Back on the courts for the 2016 season, the Blues Tennis team will draw on the experience of their ten returning varsity players. New head coach Brian Quisling has switched places with 2015 co-head coach Marianne Ritchie to take the lead with Ritchie now serving as his assistant.

With a year of experience behind the team in the tough Three Rivers League (TRL), the squad looks to build on their 2015 success behind the play of All-TRL double players senior Nicole Panet-Raymond, and junior Sophie Quisling. Leadership will also be provided by varsity returners Krishelle Christner, Annick Luther, and Emma Rosenthal, seniors, along with Meret Gaudreau, Emma Claire McKerrow, Lilly Rogers, Franchesca Tran, and Vien Tran, juniors. Also returning for the Blues are juniors Camille Dupeyroux, Margot Dupeyroux, Sam Martinez, and Sophia Petry, and sophomores Elly Atwood, Lea Garzotto, and Sam Safirstein. New this season are senior Mia Truman, juniors Carolyn Brandt and Izzy Savage, sophomores Mia Luthi and Molly Murphy, and freshmen Claire Lyons, Gabrielle Mon Belle, and Andrea Zanavich.

The Blues will again host matches at Willamette Park on SW Nebraska off of SW Macadam in the John’s Landing area. Bring a lawn chair, join the gallery, and cheer on the team. For a match schedule click here.


Track & Field
Coming off a 2nd place finish in the Three Rivers League in 2015, the SMA Track and Field team will have a tough time flying under the radar in 2016 with eight all-league performers back on the track this spring. Led by seniors Lacey Connor, 2015 TRL 1500 and 3000 meter champion, intermediate hurdler Bridget McCarthy, long jump/high jump ace Nina Mundy, junior sprinter and quarter miler Michelle Chandler, pole vaulter Lia Messinger, sprinter and hurdler MaryCatherine Morgan, distance runner Lara Rix, and sophomore miler Rowan Halsey, the Blues have a solid foundation to move up the podium. Senior leadership will be supplied by Batya Beard (distance), Clara Ell (throws), Cece Hall (distance) and Kate Patterson (distance and throws) for the 67 member squad.

Mike Bojorquez is back as head coach for the Blues and is joined by Glenn Tamashiro (throws), Brad McCuaig, and Jon King (pole vault), Billy McKinney (sprints and jumps), Bridgette Rusnac (sprints and jumps), and Art Anderson (sprints and hurdles).

Spend an afternoon watching the team in action. Their schedule and results can be found on You won’t be disappointed and the athletes will appreciate your support.

Student Activities

Dragon Boat Racing
Spring in Portland means the return of dragon boats racing up and down the Willamette River in preparation for the Rose Festival races in early June. St. Mary’s students have been awaiting their chance to join the paddlers under the direction of master dragon boat coach Tom Crowder. The ever-popular activity at SMA has grown  to include 76 members this season, enough for a third boat and Coach Crowder couldn’t be more excited to get his young paddlers ready for season’s competitions. The team will compete in several races in the Northwest including regattas in Olympia, Tacoma, and Vancouver, BC, in preparation for the Rose Festival season finale. Tom is no stranger to dragon boats, serving on the international delegation for dragon boat racing and coaching a master’s team, as well as working with the Blues. He is once again assisted by his wife Kara Lee and master paddler Maggie Chandler.

Bookmark June 11 and 12 to come down to Waterfront Park to watch the Blues compete in the Rose Festival races and capture the flag.