2017 Multnomah Athletic Club Sophomore Scholar Athlete
Each year the Multnomah Athletic Club awards twenty-eight high school sophomores the Sophomore Scholar Athlete award. A committee of St. Mary’s teachers and support staff read the applications submitted by candidates who meet the club’s criteria to make the school’s selection.
This prestigious award includes a two-year courtesy membership to the club and a $1500 scholarship to the college of the winner’s choice.
This year, eleven SMA sophomore student-athletes completed the application process, all with impressive credentials. St. Mary’s is proud to announce Eliza Lawrence as its 2017 Multnomah Athletic Club Sophomore Scholar Athlete Award recipient. Congratulations Eliza!
Winter Sports Wrap-Up
The Blues swimmers wrapped up the regular season with a record of 3-5, finishing in a tie for fifth place along with Canby and West Linn. At the Three Rivers League (TRL) district meet in February, the team finished fifth overall and sent swimmers Kate Jablonski, Leila Alejos, Izzy Hinshaw, Lucy Purvis, Emelia Hush, Sabrina Ufer, Amelia Brown, Caroline Hall, Josephine Fagan, Marianna Cruz, Emma Meese, Julia Sanger, and Darcie Semler to the OSAA 6A state meet in two individual events and two relays.
At state, Jablonski finished tenth and twelfth in the 200 and 100 Freestyle races, respectively. In the 200 Free Relay, the team of Alejos, Hinshaw, Purvis, and Jablonski finished fifteenth while in the 400 Free Relay the team of Alejos, Hush, Purvis, and Jablonski finished eleventh. Great work on the season to all of our swimmers and coaches. We are proud of your efforts.
The SMA Nordic ski racing team had a great overall season with tons of personal best performances and big improvements topped by a sixth place finish at the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association’s State Nordic Championships. The team experienced consistently strong performances by junior captains Ella Behnke, who finished sixteenth at State, Sarah Quenemoen, and seniors Pearl Fischler and Milena Rogers paced the Blues. Another season highlight was a first-time varsity finish by freshman Juliana Smith. Eliza Lawrence and Lenie Redder won first and second in the league’s Most Improved Skier awards based on race results throughout the season. Great Job Blues!
The Blues Alpine Ski Racing team capitalized on all of the great snow this season, finishing second in the Mt. Hood League and challenging defending champion Hood River in every race. The Blues earned a spot to the state races behind the fast skiing by of sophomore Alex Adamek (fifth overall), senior Alex Fengler-Johnson (seventh), junior Riona O’Donnell (tenth), and senior Sophie Caesar (fourteenth).
An unfortunate injury sidelined Adamek prior to the state races, but her teammates Risa Byerly, Nicole Brandt, Alex Karbowicz, and Elsa Hany stepped up and provided top performances to shore up the Blues line-up. On day one at state, the team finished seventh in the Giant Slalom, led by Brandt finishing nineteenth and racing in bib number ninety-six. This jump of seventy-seven spots earned her the Step-Up Award for having the most significant jump from her starting bib number to her finish place. O’Donnell finished thirty-third and Caesar fifty-fourth out of the field of one hundred racers.
On day two in the slalom competition, Fengler-Johnson led the Blues by finishing twenty-first, O’Donnell finished twenty-fourth, and Haney finished fiftieth, helping SMA eighth place for the day and eighth for the combined two days. Congratulations to all thirty-five alpine skiers and their coaches on a tremendous season.
The SMA JV2 and JV basketball teams worked hard this season and their efforts were apparent in the great strides each team made improving their skills by the end of the season. They both played thin down the stretch with multiple injuries, illness, and loss of swing players, but they never gave up, demonstrating their determination, resilience, and grit to compete in every contest.
The varsity basketball team really stepped up the last three weeks of the season and left no doubt they were one of the top teams in the state. They finished the league season with eight wins and eight losses, and tied for fourth place, landing the spot by virtue of the league’s tie-breaking procedure. The team’s combined season record of eleven and eleven placed them as the twenty-fourth ranked team out of fifty at the 6A level.
In their first round game, the Blues traveled to Eugene where they beat eighth-ranked Sheldon convincingly, 60-39. The second round had SMA match up with league opponent and ninth- ranked West Linn on their home court where the Blues won again 59-55 to secure a spot in the Elite Eight at the OSAA’s 6A girls’ state tournament.
In the quarterfinals, the Blues faced top-ranked Southridge and the 42-82 score does not reflect the tremendous heart and effort the team gave as they never backed down. An awesome student cheering section provided their unwavering support and solidarity for our team. It was so impressive that the tournament committee selected SMA as the winner of the 2017 6A tournament Sportsmanship winner. Inside sources said that the selection was “a no-brainer!”
In the consolation bracket, the Blues met up with fifth-ranked South Medford and took down the tough Panthers, 65-55 and moved into the consolation finals to play for fourth place against tenth-ranked Sunset. Again, the Blues would not be denied and fought off a late-game rally by the Apollos to win 54-46 to clinch fourth place in the 2017 OSAA girls’ state basketball tournament.
Additionally, several players earned 2017 All-Three Rivers League recognition by vote of the league coaches. Sophomore Jade Newton was selected honorable mention, sophomore Mya Brazile was selected as Defensive Player of the Year, and senior Bendu Yeaney was unanimously selected as Player of the Year as the top player in the league. For her play in the state tournament, Yeaney also earned the Moda Health Player of the Game honors in each of the team’s games at the State Tournament, along with being selected to the all-tournament first team. Congratulations to all our basketball players and coaches on a fantastic season. We are so proud of your efforts.
The SMA golf team started the season off with competing in the Tualatin Invitational. Since then the team has finished third in each of their Three Rivers League (TRL) tournaments.
The Blues are led by seniors McKenna Vanko and Kailan Mink, both of whom were members of the 2015 State Championship team and four-year varsity letter winners. Senior Kenzie Fedota, junior Caitlyn Ark, sophomore Alex Tomita and freshman Karli Mink round out the SMA line-up.
The team’s goal this year is to qualify for regionals and earn a berth in the OSAA 6A state tournament in mid-May. Coach Dan Friedhoff is back for his twenty-fourth year at St. Mary and is again assisted by SMA alum and teacher, Sara Salvi. Catch the Blues in action. Check out their schedule here.
The St. Mary’s JV Lacrosse team boasts eight returners and five freshman this season. The team is coached by Reniera Eddy who is back for her twelfth season with the program along. The team went through the preseason undefeated with victories over Sunset, Sherwood and Lincoln. Look for this competitive squad to upend many of the league’s top JV teams this season.
The Blues varsity lacrosse team, with thirteen players back from their 2016 squad, are off to a great start. The team opened the season going undefeated in non league play along by winning their first league match against Lakeridge. Seniors Paige Brower, Alex Fengler-Johnson, Ella McMullin, Kayleigh Spaulding, Delia Tran, and Mattie Ziegler lead the Blues. The team’s athleticism, experience, and talent, coupled with their work ethic and team play,ß have been keys to their early season success. Head coach Holly Ziegler is back for her twelfth season at St. Mary’s and is joined again by assistant coaches Maryann Concannon, ‘10, and Colleen (O’Donnell) Munoz ‘08.
The team’s schedule can be found on the SMA Lacrosse website, as well as on the school website calendar. Enjoy an afternoon at Buckman watching these teams in action.
Returning to the courts this spring, the SMA Tennis team has been gearing up for the strong competition they will encounter in the Three Rivers League. Ten seniors return for the Blues: Carolyn Brandt, Camille Dupeyroux, Margot Dupeyroux, Meret Gaudreau, Sam Martinez, Sophie Petry, Sophie Quisling, Lilly Rogers, Franchesca Tran, and Vien Tran.
The team has benefitted from training indoors at the Portland Tennis Center and the Irvington Club during the early season rain showers, and their success has been the proof. With victories over Cleveland, Southridge, and Canby so far this season, the team has learned it takes a concerted effort by all to secure victories play by play, with each point being the deciding factor in their matches. Head coach Brian Quisling is back for his second year and is assisted by SMA alum Marianne (Brophy) Ritchie in her fifth year with the program.
The team plays their home matches at Willamette Park in John’s Landing. Find the team’s schedule on the SMA Tennis webpage. Come out and support our team.
Track & Field
With ten returning all-league athletes from the 2016 campaign, including defending distance champions Lara Rix and Michelle Chandler, the Blues are among several teams as contenders for the league crown. The team boasts a strong supporting cast in seniors MaryCatherine Morgan and Meg Angier, juniors Rowan Halsey, Sarah Lyell, Bea Pickett, and Sophia Sherlag, and sophomores Jade Newton, Ella Hirata, and Mira Eagan.
Mike Bojorquez is now in his seventeenth year as Head Coach at St. Mary’s, and is joined by assistant coaches Brad McCuaig (ten years), Jon King (nine years), Billy McKinney (three years), and newcomers Chris Wolf and SMA alum Elizabeth King ’12. Additionally, back with the Blues is former SMA Head Track and Cross-Country coach Charles Douglas, who coached from 1993-98 at the school.
Three league meets into the season the team has a record of 3-1, with victories over Canby, Lake Oswego, and West Linn. In addition to competing against their league opponents from the TRL, the team will have competitors in the Oregon Relays at the University of Oregon and the Jesuit Twilight Meet both in April. Come out and cheer on the Blues as they sprint, jump, vault, throw, and hurdle their way to victory! Their schedule is on our school webpage here.
2017 SMA Blues Athletic Summer Camps
SMA Blues Summer Athletic Camp information and a link to online registration is now available on our school website. 2017 camp offerings will include basketball, soccer and volleyball which are open to students of varying ages.
Blues Soccer Camps
@ Buckman Field
Seventh through twelfth graders
Session 1: July 31 – August 3, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Session 2: August 7 – August 10, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Blues Basketball Camps
@ St. Mary’s Academy
First through fourth and fifth through eighth graders
June 26 – June 29, 10:00 -12:00 p.m., First through fourth graders
June 26 – June 29, 12:30 – 3:00 p.m., Fifth through eighth graders
Blues Volleyball Camp
@ St. Mary’s Academy
Third through incoming ninth graders
July 31 – August 2, 8:00-11:00 a.m., Third through sixth graders
July 31 – August 2, 8:00-1:00 p.m., Seventh through ninth graders