Sports News, Student Activities

Athletic Department Report – June

Class of 2016 Student-Athletes Commit to Compete in College

Nine SMA senior student-athletes have committed to pursue their athletic careers at their respective colleges and universities next year. The athletic department would like to acknowledge the following members of the Class of 2016 and send them off with our best wishes for many successful seasons next year and beyond!

Batya Beard – DePaul University, Cross Country & Track

Tyler Chase – Gonzaga University, Soccer

Lacey Conner – University of Portland, Cross Country & Track

Sophia Hatzikos – Wheaton College, Swimming

Cece Hall – Pacific University, Cross Country

Malia Hee – Temple University, Fencing

Emily Jayne – Washington University, Volleyball

Bridget McCarthy – Claremont McKenna College, Track

Lucy Roberts – University of Michigan, Diving


Picking up where they left off, the Blues Golf team made a strong showing at the regional golf tournament at Rose City Golf Course on May 10, led by the strong play of McKenna Vanko, Emily Ogawa, Kailan Mink, McKenzie Fedota, and Eloise Arnot to claim one of two berths into the 2016 6A Girls’ State Golf Tournament.

At the 6A state tournament, held at Quail Valley in Banks and the Blues shot 363 the first day, combined with 355 on day two for 718 over the 36-hole event. Overall, SMA finished ninth with Vanko shooting a blistering 150 to place fifth individually and earning a spot on the OSAA 6A Girls’ Golf First Team. Congratulations to Coaches Friedhoff and Salvi on their fine season. We are certainly proud of your efforts!!


The Varsity Blues Lacrosse team finished the season with some impressive play including a convincing 19-10 win over Marist HS from Eugene in the 2016 Oregon Girl’s Lacrosse Association (OGLA) state playoffs. The final match of the season proved to be the second round playoff match versus Newberg who eliminated the Blues from this year’s state tournament on the road by a score of 8-11. The SMA team showed great improvement over the course of the season and gave fans a glimpse of what’s on tap for next season.

Four SMA players were given the nod by the league coaches for the strong performances this season, and acknowledged with the distinction of being named to the All-Three River League team:

Margot Flynn – Defense, 2nd Team All TRL League

Mattie Ziegler – Midfield, 2nd Team All TRL League

Riley Waters – Goalie, TRL All-League Honorable Mention

Grace Warner – Attack, TRL All-League Honorable Mention

Additionally, Blues senior Margo Flynn, earned US Lacrosse Association Academic All-American Honors. Way to go Margo! We are certainly proud of you Blues!

The Blues JV Lacrosse team had a commanding presence across the state this year as reflected in their 14-4 record; a statewide record among all JV teams this season. Their stick work and hustle were just too much for most of their opponent. The players look forward to next season and the possibility of moving up to the varsity team.

Kudos to all the SMA Lacrosse players on the successful completion of your seasons.


SMA’s varsity tennis team completed their season in fourth place, moving up several spots in the tough Three Rivers League (TRL) this spring. Coach Brian Quisling credits good leadership from the seniors and the strong play from both returning and new players as the keys to this year’s rise. He noted they had lots to be proud of in how they represented us. They fought hard both as individuals and as a group collectively to earn their team wins.

Representative of his praise were the team results at the district tournament in early May. The senior doubles team of Nicole Panet-Raymond and Emma Rosenthal barely missed out on making it to the championship quarterfinals in doubles.

Freshman Andrea Zanavich had a great tournament, making it all the way to the singles consolation finals along with the junior doubles team of Sophie Quisling and Emma Claire McKerrow who made it all the way to the doubles consolation finals.

We are so proud of our tennis players for all of their efforts over the course of the season, Great job Blues!

Track & Field

The 2016 track season concluded for JV and varsity athletes in May with some outstanding performances by both. The Three Rivers League (TRL) Novice District meet was held at Tigard High School, and saw a number of strong performances by the Blues. Freshman Tavia Roache won the 400 M, Devan Driscoll-Roach finished second in both the shot and discus, and Jasmine Linder and Olivia Bostick finished second and third respectively in the 1500 M.

At the TRL Varsity District meet, several SMA track and field athletes performed well enough to earn first team All-TRL honors, as well as earn spots into the 2016 OSAA State 6A Track meet.  Juniors Michelle Chandler and Lara Rix both won league champion honors for their performances; Chandler in the 800m and Rix in both the 1500 and 3000m races. The 4 x 400m relay team comprised of Chandler and freshmen Willa Grund, Ella Hirata, and Jade Newton also claimed the league title with their fast time and lean at the finish. Sophomore Rowan Halsey raced to a third place finish in the 3000m along with meeting the state-qualifying time. Jade Newton clinched state berths in both the 100m hurdles and 300m intermediate hurdles finishing fourth and second, as well as making first and second team respectively. Sophomore Sophia Sherlag finished fifth and qualified for the state meet in the javelin, along with making All-TRL honorable mention.

Also earning All-TRL honorable mention honors were senior Lacey Connors in the 1500 and 3000m for her fourth place finish in both races. Senior Nina Mundy finished fifth in the long jump, and junior Meg Angier placed fifth in the pole vault.

At the OSAA State Meet, Rix placed fifth in both the 1500 and 3000m. Newton finished seventh and eighth in the 100 and 300m IM hurdles. Congratulations to all of the members of the track and field team, athletes, and coaches alike on their season!


OSAA Moratorium Week

As a member school of the Oregon School Activities Association, St. Mary’s Academy students and coaches will observe the weeklong Moratorium Week July 24 through 30. In compliance, all SMA Coaches will refrain from any activity with students and all SMA athletic facilities will be closed. This would be a great time to take that family vacation.

 Summer Athletic Activities

 Summer Strength and Conditioning

All students registered to attend St. Mary’s in the 2016-17 school year are welcome to attend the Summer Strength and Conditioning workouts. Sessions will begin June 28 and run every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with two sessions each day. The first will take place from 10:30-11:30 a.m., followed by a second session from 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Both will be held in the St. Mary’s Academy Weight Room under the direction of SMA Strength and Conditioning coach Nicholas Trubachik. Students are asked to check out details on the SMA Athletic Summer Camp webpage and bring their completed emergency contact information sheet (also found on this page) with them to their first session.

Summer Soccer

Blues Summer Soccer will begin June 14 for all incoming SMA students interested in participating. The Tuesday/Thursday morning sessions will be held at Buckman Park from 9-11 a.m., under the direction of SMA Head coach Nelson Larson and his staff. Check out the details and bring the emergency contact information form to the first session. Both can be found on the SMA Soccer website page.

Summer Volleyball

Blues Summer Volleyball will begin June 28 for all incoming SMA students interested in participating. The Tuesday/Thursday evening sessions will be held at St. Mary’s Academy from 5-7 p.m. under the direction of SMA Head coach Jen Wagner and her staff. Check out the details and bring the emergency contact information form to the first session. Both can be found on the SMA Volleyball website page.

Blues Summer Athletic Camps

This summer St. Mary’s Academy athletic coaches will lead several youth camps. We want to invite all aspiring Blues basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, and/or soccer players to check out the variety of offerings on our Summer Camp webpage.

Online registration is now open for the camps, with basketball and volleyball sessions held at St. Mary’s, while soccer and lacrosse will be held at Buckman Park. Work on skill development, sport specific strength and fitness, along with game strategy. Learn from the SMA Blues coaches, current, and former players and have a blast doing it.