Alpine Ski Racing
From famine to feast, the SMA alpine ski racing team is thrilled with the abundance of snow this season and has taken full advantage of their good fortune by training hard over the holiday break for their upcoming races.
In their first outing, the Kelsey Hewitt Memorial race, the Blues made a strong showing by placing third in a field made up of high school teams from across the metro area, including defending state champions Jesuit, who finished fourth. Sophomore Alex Adamek and senior Alex Fengler-Johnson led the team by finishing fourth and sixth, with Riona O’Donnell, Nicole Brandt, Sophie Caesar and Hannah Belli rounding out the top SMA finishers.
The start of the Mt. Hood League race of the season was next, a slalom race at Mt. Hood Meadows. The Blues continued to roll, finishing second in both the varsity and JV competitions. The varsity racers, led by Adamek, O’Donnell, Caesar, and Fengler-Johnson, were less than twenty seconds away from first place, while the JV skiers were paced by Caleigh Warner, Alex Karbowicz, Sonia Karbowicz, and Risa Byerly, who were less than 30 seconds out of first.
Great job by all the SMA alpine ski racers and coaches on a great beginning to their season! Check out the Blues upcoming races here and come out to cheer them on as they fly down the hill.
The varsity Blues basketball team is back in action after a long eleven-day layoff due to inclement weather. The Blues opened the season splitting their two nonleague contests before facing the rigors of the tough Three Rivers League. They went .500 in the Nike Interstate Shoot Out over the Christmas break with victories over Barlow and Hillsboro, and are currently 3-2 in league play.
Senior Bendu Yeaney has been the team’s dominant force, scoring 41 of the team’s 63 points in their tightly contested match-up against Lake Oswego. The crowd at this game enjoyed plenty of thrilling action on the court, along with a tribute to the SMA 1986 state championship basketball team and coaches, and half-time games for the CYO players in the stands.
The Blues look to get back into rhythm after their unanticipated break and work hard to secure an automatic berth into the state tourney by locking in a fourth place or higher finish in league play.
The JV and JV2 teams are also anxious to get back into a regular practice routine and get their season rolling again. Both squads are at the halfway point in their season and have demonstrated admirable resiliency in numerous down-to-the-wire match-ups.
Check out the Blues in action on the court. You can access their schedules here.
Nordic Ski Racing
The Nordic ski racers have taken advantage of the generous snow pack to train over the break and prep for their racing season. Now with two races under their belt, the team joins an elite group of schools based near Mt. Hood or Central Oregon competing for the state trophy.
Juniors Ella Behnke and Sarah Quenemoen, and senior Pearl Fischler lead the Blues and have performed consistently well for the team in their first outings. In the Oregon (Nordic) Interscholastic Ski Racing Association (OISRA) Northern League 5K Classic the team placed sixth. In the Blues home race at Teacup Lake, the team finished fifth and hopes to continue to build on their success.
The team’s race schedule is on our school website here. Join them on the tracks for lots of exciting racing on this year’s powder!
The SMA swim team is closing in on their final meet of the season after a long layoff due to the inclement weather. The team has shown dedication and resiliency practicing evenings as well as swimming two meets a week to complete their season’s competitions before the district meet.
Leila Alejos, Izzy Hinshaw, Emma Meese, Julia Sanger, Katrina Winklesky, and Kate Jablonski have paced the Blues throughout competition. The team looks to cash in on their training and earn berths to the state meet at the upcoming Three Rivers League District meet at Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center February 10 and 11. The OSAA 6A State Meet will be the following week on February 17 and 18 at the same venue.
To follow the SMA Blues Swim Team including their upcoming events, click here.
SMA Spring Sports Begin February 27. Is Your Daughter Ready to Play?
In order for a student to be eligible for Spring 2017 athletic/activities practices or tryouts on February 27, a student must have completed the athletic registration process found on the Athletic Forms and Contracts page by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22 (this includes dragon boats, golf, lacrosse, tennis, and track & 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 22. If you are unsure if the athletic physical on file for your daughter is current, kindly contact Falisha Wright or call (503) 228-8306.