The SMA Blues Cross Country Team charged their way into the OSAA 6A State Meet by winning their sixteenth consecutive league title convincingly at the 2016 Three Rivers League District Meet back in late October. The varsity squad was led by senior Lara Rix who won ran away from the field and smashed the ten-year-old league record to win the individual crown. She had strong support from her Blues teammates: junior Rowan Halsey (3rd), sophomores Sarah Lyell (4th) and Ava Jablonski (10th), and junior Ella Behnke (14th), to clinch the team trophy. In the JV race, SMA senior Michelle Chandler put on the afterburners to take top honors; freshman Amelia Leonard placed 6th and sophomore Eliza Lawrence finished 9th to pace the JV Blues. At the conclusion of the meet, SMA Head Coach Mike Bojorquez was honored by his peers as the 2016 TRL Girls’ Cross Country Coach of the Year, his second such honor in three years!
At the OSAA state race, Rix again led the Blues squad along with the rest of the field finishing third overall individually and helping St. Mary’s bring home the third place trophy. Junior Rowan Halsey, sophomores Sarah Lyell and Ava Jablonski, junior Ella Behnke along with seniors Anna Tassia and Michelle Chandler, rounded out the field for the Blues. A hearty congratulation to all of the SMA cross country harriers and their coaches on an outstanding season.
Coming through a gauntlet of competitors, the Varsity Blues Soccer Team successfully earned a spot in the OSAA 6A State Soccer playoffs this season. St. Mary’s finished fourth in the talent-laden Three Rivers League including state semifinalist West Linn and eventual state champion Sherwood. The Blues were led by All-Three Rivers league players junior Whitney Watson, first team; senior Paityn Lehman, sophomores Sarah Bader and Ella Hirata and freshman Olivia Rhodes, second team; and junior Jackie Aaron, honorable mention.
In the OSAA 6A state playoffs, the Blues faced their cross-town rivals, the Lady Rams from Central Catholic. Both teams played a tough, defensive contest, but in final minutes of the game Central was able to slip a ball into the net taking the victory 1-0 and ending SMA’s season. The team will miss their six seniors, Carolyn Brandt, Paige Brower, Morgan Heinrich, Paityn Lehman, Camille Marshall, and Kayleigh Spaulding, but they can be proud of the leadership and team attitude they have set for their returning teammates next season. Congratulationss to all of our soccer players and coaches on a great season!
Earning an automatic berth into the OSAA 6A state playoffs this season, the St. Mary’s Varsity Volleyball Team made a strong case for Three Rivers League Turnaround Team this year by improving to 9-7 and finishing fourth among a tough field of opponents. In the playoffs, the team traveled to Sprague to take on the Olympians dropping a close match five-set match 2-3 that was full of many thrilling rallies and dominating offensive attacks by the Blues.
Leaping to a twenty-fourth place state 6A ranking, St. Mary’s was led by six players who earned All-Three-Rivers honors. Honorable mention players were sophomore Hadlee Hallman, juniors Molly Mason and Melanie Kelly, and senior Caroline Houser. Recognized as All-TRL Second Team was sophomore Tallie Davison, and garnering First Team All-TRL honors was senior Kenzie Fedota. The volleyball program also saw six seniors play in their final match this season. The team salutes Claire Adams, Meredith Bjorvik, Kenzie Fedota, Sally Luciano, and Emma Miller, and thanks them for their contributions and leadership bringing the team to their highest state ranking in six years. Well done Blues, and best wishes for bright futures!
Winter Sports Launch
Alpine Ski Racing
Riding the momentum of their second place Mt. Hood Conference finish in 2016, the St. Mary’s Alpine Ski team is back in action and prepping for blazing trips down the slopes this winter. Head Coach Ryan Rooper is back for his ninth season with the Blues along with assistants Ian Park, Steve Claussen, and Maryann Concannon. New to the SMA alpine staff this season is Marina Nimmo who will be coaching both dryland training and on the hill.
Returning five of the seven racers who helped the Blues to a fifth place finish at the OISRA State Race last year, St. Mary’s team boasts 35 members, one of the largest in the state and a record number for the squad. Senior Alex Fengler-Johnson and sophomore Alex Adamek finished consistently in the top-ten at each race last year and look to be joined by several up and coming Blues skiers this season. The team is excited with the abundance of early snow and the forecast for a great season on the mountain. They have been training diligently in anticipation of their first race, January 2, at the Kelsey Hewitt Memorial at Mt. Hood Meadows. Check out the Blues upcoming races here and come out to cheer them on as they fly down the slopes. GO BLUES!
The St. Mary’s Basketball teams have launched their 2016-17 campaign look to build on last season’s experience as they work to return to the OSAA 6A State Tournament come March. The Blues return All-TRL and All-State senior Bendu Yeaney who recently signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Indiana next year. Yeaney is joined by seniors Robyn Norman and Sally Luciano, along with returning starters sophomore Mya Brazile and Jade Newton. Head coach Dewey Taylor returns for his fourth season with at SMA, and third season as head coach. He is assisted by Jamie Gabbert in her fifth year, John Frater, JV coach in his second, and newcomer Linda Woolverton, JV2, in her first.
The team opens league play on December 12 when they host the Canby Cougars and the varsity team will once again play in the Nike Interstate Shoot Out over the Christmas holiday. Check out the schedules and come by 1615 to catch a game. The entire schedule can be found on the school website or here.
Nordic Ski Racing
The Blues Nordic ski racers are prepping for another great season on the trails and working diligently to jump to the front of the pack when the racing begins on December 10. The team is again under the direction of Head Coach Jessica Smith-Blockley and assisted by Kate O’Sullivan, Mary Wagner, David Burke, and Jens Matson.
The team returns eight racers from last season including seniors Georgia Bascom, Natalie Bojarsky, and Pearl Fischer, juniors Ella Behnke, Sarah Quenemoen, and Otillia Schreuder, and sophomores Abby Place and Isabel Utter. Additionally, six new skiers have joined the team and are eager to polish both their classic and skate racing technique over the next three months in preparation for the OISRA State Nordic Races. Check out the SMA Nordic Ski team’s race schedule and come out and cheer on the team. Just remember to dress for the weather and bring your shades!
The SMA swim team is busy building endurance, speed, and technique as they look to open their season this month. Forty-eight members strong, the team boasts sixteen returning varsity and eight returning JV swimmers for the 2016-17 season. Second-year head coach Crystal Ius, a 2002 alum of SMA, is joined again by Cathleen Sickles and fellow alum Annsley Gresenz from the Class of 2003.
Senior swimmers Amelia Brown, Devan Driscoll-Roach, Caroline Hall, Julia Kavalieros, Annabelle Lohman, Emma Meese, Lia Messinger, Izzy Savage, Nicole Taylor, and Sabrina Ufer pace the Blues and are focused on optimizing workouts, staying healthy, and competing hard with the goal of sending lots of swimmers to the OSAA 6A State Meet in February. Come watch the Blues swimmers in the pool and join their teammates cheering them on to victory. Their schedule and results can be found on the swimming webpage on our school website.