With the goal of improving on their ninth-place state finish in 2016, the Blues’ golfers made returning to the 2017 OSAA 6A Girls’ State Golf Tournament a top priority this season. En route, the team had to face the gauntlet of competitors in the tough Three Rivers League (TRL), practice rounds in unrelenting downpours, and soggy course conditions. However, the tenacious Blues, led by seniors McKenna Vanko, Kailan Mink, and Kenzie Fedota, worked diligently and finished third at the TRL Championships.
Missing an automatic spot to state, the Blues qualified by placing second in the regional qualifier a week later. At the TRL district tournament, Vanko earned All-TRL first-team honors and Mink earned Honorable Mention for their play over the two-day event. At regionals, Vanko, sophomore Alex Tomita, and freshman Karli Mink stepped up to scoring one, two, and three for the Blues to secure a berth into OSAA 6A Girls’ State Golf Tournament. Vanko led all players with a field-low 74 for the day.
At the state tourney, held at Creswell’s Emerald Valley Golf Course, the St. Mary’s team played in the worse conditions they had faced all season. The greens needed to be squeegeed and play was suspended twice before the team finally completed play on the second day and finished fifth place over the two-day, 36-hole event. Individually, McKenna finished fourth overall with a 157 for the tournament and earned All-State honors.
In addition, the varsity Blues’ golfers also finished third among all 6A girls’ golf teams in the OSAA/Carl’s Jr. Academic Top Ten, with a 3.83 team average GPA. Congratulations to all of our golfers and coaches Dan Friedhoff and Sara Salvi on a tremendous season.
The Blues’ Lacrosse team made great strides this season, moving up the ranks of the top-ranked Three Rivers League (TRL) to finish fourth within, arguably, the strongest league in the state. St. Mary’s 10-8 record and high league finish helped the squad earn a ninth-place power ranking and a spot in the Oregon Girls’ Lacrosse Associations state championship Gold bracket.
In their first-round match, the Blues faced eighth-ranked Westview on their home turf. The Blues came out on fire and convincingly beat the Wildcats 15-10. In the quarterfinals, SMA faced the defending state champion Lake Oswego at LO Stadium. In what was the third match-up of the season between the two teams, the Lakers took control from the first draw and did not look back, defeating the Blues 9-21 and ending the team’s season. It was a great run for this team, which never gave up in spite of the score, and demonstrated the determination and grit of the players and coaches.
Five players who earned All-TRL honors, by virtue of the league’s coaches, paced the Blues. Players earning First Team honors were senior Mattie Ziegler and freshman Zoe Ziegler. Second-Team honors went to sophomore Milan Lam, and Honorable Mention honors went to sophomores Grace Warner and Claire LeBlanc. Head Coach Holly Ziegler was recognized by her peers as TRL Coach of the Year for her efforts this year. Kudos to the Blues and Head Coach Ziegler and assistant Colleen Munoz on a great season.
The SMA JV lacrosse team had numerous close matches over the season, including two marches ending in ties. Rebuilding after numerous players moved up to the varsity ranks, the JV squad focused on improving their stick skills and game play. A highlight of the season was their final season match victory 10-8 over West Linn, a team that beat the Blues midway through the season, 7-12. Congratulations to the SMA JV team and Head Coach Reniera Eddy and Assistant Coach Maryann Concannon on a strong closing.
The Blues’ Tennis team finished regular season competition with a record of 7-5-1. The team combined the experience of their 10 seniors, paired with strong up-and-coming players to finish fifth in the TRL District Tournament. The doubles team of Sophie and Maria Quisling finished in the top four in the league, earning All-TRL honors along with a spot in the OSAA 6A State Tennis Tournament at Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation Tennis Center.
In their first-round match, the Quisling duo handily beat their opponents from West Albany, 6-3, 6-1. Strong net play from freshman Maria, coupled with the consistent and strategic shots from Sophie, easily outpaced the Bulldog pair. The Qs met TRL opponents Hock and Walsh from Lake Oswego. The Blues took the first set 6-3, but could not hang on going down 1-6 and 3-6 to the Laker tandem.
In the OSAA/Carl’s Jr. Academic Top Ten competition, the Blues finished sixth among the 53 6A schools with a team average GPA of 3.76.
Congratulations to all of the members of the tennis team on their season—players and coaches alike.
Track and Field
The 2017 SMA Track and Field team wrapped up the season with a fourth-place finish in the TRL dual meet competition and the TRL District Meet held at Linfield College on May 10 and 12.
The Blues had several outstanding performances, highlighted by senior Lara Rix, defending her league crown in both the 1500 and 3000-meter races, and senior Michelle Chandler successfully retaining her title in the 800-meter race. These victories earned both athletes All-TRL First Team honors, along with spots in the OSAA 6A State Track Meet held at historic Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Joining Rix and Chandler were senior Meg Angier, who finished second in the pole vault with a height of 10’7”, and sophomore Jade Newton, who finished second in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. Both girls also earned All-TRL First Team honors.
Several more SMA track and field athletes earned All-TRL recognition in the district meet, including senior MaryCatherine Morgan, 100-meter Second Team and 300-meter hurdles Honorable Mention; sophomore Sarah Lyell, 1500-meter and 3000-meter Second Team; sophomore Mira Eagan, long jump and triple jump Honorable Mention; and junior Bea Pickett, triple jump Honorable Mention.
Also making the OSAA/Carl’s Jr. Academic Top Ten, the SMA Track and Field Team finished seventh among all 6A track teams with a 3.68 average GPA.
Congratulations to all of the Blues Track and Field athletes, along with Head Coach Mike Bojorquez and assistant coaches Art Anderson, Brad McCuaig, Jon King, Billy McKinney, Charles Douglas, Chris Wolf, Elizabeth King, and Dena Stock-Marquez.
Blues Summer Athletic Camps
This summer, St. Mary’s Academy athletic coaches will lead several youth camps. They invite all aspiring Blues’ basketball, 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 and soccer at Buckman Park in Southeast Portland. Attendees will work on skill development, sport-specific strength, fitness, and game strategy. Learn from the SMA Blues coaches, current and former players, and have a blast!