Alpine Ski Racing
With five of the six league races completed, the SMA alpine ski racing team is sitting solidly in second place in both the JV and varsity Mt. Hood Conference standings. All 36 of the Blues racers have consistently lopped their times with each race, chasing league leader Hood River Valley High School. The skiers have worked hard on and off the mountain conditioning and honing their race skills.
Sophomore Alex Adamek has consistently paced the Blues all season and climbed to a top three individual spot in the league. Providing the stability in Blues line-up spots two through five for the Blues are seniors Alex Fengler-Johnson, Nicole Brandt, Sophie Caesar, and junior Riona O’Donnell. 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!
SMA JV racers have also sat commandingly in second place all season. Sophomore Fiona French is in fifth place individually after four races and is joined by seniors Sophie Quisling and Risa Byerly and freshmen Addie Butler and Emrie Langfeldt, all in the top fifteen league places.
The Blues alpine racers complete their league season February 18 in giant slalom event at Ski Bowl. The skiers then move on to the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association’s State Alpine Championships held this year at Mt. Hood Meadows, March 1 – 3. SMA Head Alpine Coach Rooper commends the all of the Blues downhill racers for showing up at every race and is thrilled at the opportunity for the Blues to shine at the upcoming state races.
After an unexpected eleven-day mid-season hiatus, the Blues basketball teams have been hard at work trying to get back into a rhythm while closing out the league season. Indiana-bound senior Bendu Yeaney has led the varsity team, as well as the rest of the state 6A players in several statistical categories this season. Sophomores Jade Newton and Mya Brazile, along with freshmen Anna Eddy have consistently filled the starting roles for the Blues this year.
SMA is currently fifth place in the tight Three Rivers race with a league record of 7-7 and 10-10 overall, good enough for a twenty-second place ranking among 6A teams. With two regular season contests left, the team is on the bubble for earning an automatic berth into the state 6A tourney. Should they finish fourth in the league, they will play in a first round contest on March 1. Finishing fifth, the team will host a play-in contest on February 25. Come out and cheer on the team as they head down the stretch into the playoffs and beyond!
Check out the team scores on the SMA website at: http://www.stmaryspdx.org/athletics/schedules-results/scoreboard or the Oregon Schools Activities Association (OSAA) website for 6A girl’s tournament information/brackets at: http://www.osaa.org/activities/gbx/brackets
Nordic Ski Racing
After the SMA Nordic ski team’s February 11 race the Blues Head Coach Jessica Smith-Blockley described the team’s results as “Super-strong performances across the board. As a team, our best race yet!” She noted, “Huge improvements from many of our first year skiers.”
Standout performances by juniors Ella Behnke, first top-ten finish this year; Sarah Quenemoen, first top-20 finish; and huge break-through performance from senior Natalie Bojarsky, her first top-30 finish. Seniors Milena Rogers and Pearl Fischler rounded out our varsity finishers to lead the Blues racers.
Additionally, many returning JV skiers are posting personal bests as well. The team has one more race to go February 18, at Mt. Hood Meadows before heading to the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association’s state Nordic championship races February 23 and 24, at Mt. Bachelor!
Check out their results at: http://oisra.org/nordic/state-meet-start-orders-and-results.html
Saving their best for the Three Rivers District Meet, the SMA swimmers made an awesome showing by posting numerous personal records (PR’s) at the two-day event. Arguably, the large training gap caused by January’s inclement weather provided the swimmers with a respite that allowed them to drop times. As a result, the team qualified swimmers for the Oregon Schools Activities Association (OSAA) 6A State Championships in two individual events and two relays. The 46-member SMA team finished fifth in the TRL in both the regular season as well as at the district meet, narrowly missing fourth by one point.
Sophomore Kate Jablonski finished second in the 200 M freestyle by .01 second, and third in the 100 M freestyle, qualifying for state in both events. The Blues relay team of Jablonski, sophomores Leila Alejos, Lucy Purvis and junior Izzy Hinshaw finished fifth in the 200 meter freestyle relay and earned a wild card spot into the state meet. Additionally, in the 400 meter freestyle relay Jablonski, Alejos and Purvis teamed up with junior Emelia Hush to finish third, also good enough to earn a wild card spot into the state meet.
The state meet was February 17 and 18, at Mt. Hood Community College Aquatic Center.
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 and field).
Students must have a current athletic physical submitted on the state-mandated OSAA School Sports Pre‐Participation Examination form found on our website prior to February 22. Physicals are good for two years from the date of the actual exam. If you are unsure if the athletic physical on file for your daughter is current, kindly contact Falisha Wright or call (503) 228-8306.
Finally, the $155 participation fee must be paid before a student is cleared for participation; those not selected for a team or dropping before the end of the first two weeks of the season will receive a refund.
Please note that students failing to meet all eligibility requirements will not be eligible/cleared for participation.