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Another successful season of Winged Lion spring sports is in the books. A big thank you and congratulations to our teams and coaches, including Martin Ellis and Ryan Holt, Girls' Golf; McKenon Estrada, Zach Paige, Tyler Curtis, and Peter Shipman, Baseball; Kathy Howa, Kendra Tomsic, and Leslie Varoz, Softball; Mark Oftedal, Roland Tolbert, Rodney Kopish, Ashley Hagensick, and John Bercaw, Track and Field; Scott Langone and Bobby Kennedy, Boys' Soccer; and Tim Sleeper and Susan Daynes, Boys' Tennis on representing the green and white with class, heart, and much Winged Lion pride...well done!
BOYS' TENNIS ENDS AS STATE RUNNER-UP
by Tim Sleeper, Head Coach
Following a second place finish at the Region Tournament the week before, the Boys' Tennis Team concluded the season on May 13 at the State 2A Tournament with a monumental effort!
Following a week-long bout with fevers and the flu, both junior Leif Thulin and senior Ishaan Krishnan were able to grind it through three tough matches and take individual state championship honors at #1 and # 3 Singles, Thulin repeating at the 2A champion at #1 singles and Krishnan earning his first State title at #3 singles. Their display of toughness and grit was closely matched by freshman, Peter Chase, who made it to the final round at #2 singles only to lose a tight, three-set battle to the reigning state champ from Waterford.
Seniors Kenzo Okazaki and Matt O'Brien also played valiantly at #1 doubles against a surprisingly tough opponent in the first round, and then in a back & forth fight in the semi-final versus the eventual state champs from Waterford who eliminated them. Junior Soren Feola and sophomore Carlos Getzelman drew the #1 seed in the first round at 2nd doubles and battled valiantly against the reigning champs from Manti, but were eliminated in the opening round at State.
Our gutsy play earned for us the second place trophy at the State Tournament, and was almost enough to break through to take the title. Coach Susan Daynes and I were extremely proud of the team and their fantastic play and sportsmanship on the court.
The JV squad, including Ethan Williams, Leo Doctorman, Christopher Ausbeck, Ben Espinosa, Simon Tucker, Joseph Amiel, James Hall, Ben Fowler, Jesse Dotson, and Steven Doctorman, was an amazing boost on and off the court this year.
End of season team awards were earned by Leif Thulin, most valuable player; Ishaan Krishnan, most improved player; and Matt O'Brien and Kenzo Okazaki, coaches' award.
GIRLS GOLF CLAIMS FOURTH REGION TITLE AND STATE RUNNER-UP TROPHY
By Martin Ellis, Head Coach
The 2017 season for the Rowland Hall Girls' Golf Team proved to be a challenging one. The second wettest spring season in Utah history played a big role in the challenge. Three of the team's first four matches had to be postponed due to weather. When the team was able to play, it was in extremely cold and rainy conditions, but despite the elements, our small in number but big on talent team managed to win every Region match by large margins during the regular season!
Battling through the cold and rain at Wasatch Mountain State Park Golf Course at the Region Tournament, the team claimed another Region Championship--their fourth consecutive-- with junior Zaria Thompson placing first, junior Maddie Kwun placing second, and sophomore Ali Puri finishing third. Newcomer to the team, freshman Sophie Stinnett finished fifth individually, rounding out a great performance from the entire team.
Heading into the State Tournament, the team was vying to 3-peat as State 2A Champions, having won the title in 2015 and 2016. The Winged Lions battled every hole at Mountain View Golf Course on May 18, but came up just a tiny bit short in the State Tournament this year, as the Spartans from Emery got the best of Rowland Hall by a mere nine Stableford points, the Winged Lions bringing home the second place trophy.
A solid performance by junior Maddie Kwun earned for her individual medalist honors as the first place finisher, and junior Zaria Thompson finished a close second.
Moving forward, the team is not losing any players to senior graduation. They practiced hard from March through May, and had a lot of fun at practices and matches. They have made a commitment to work on their game throughout the summer and fall and plan to reclaim the State title in the 2018 season. Assistant Coach Ryan Holt and I were very proud of how hard they each fought to improve their game leading up to the State tournament and look forward to another great season with the girls in 2018.
Congratulations to team award recipients Zaria Thompson, most valuable player; Maddie Kwun and Aliso Puri, coaches' award; and Sophie Stinnett, most improved player.
SOFTBALL TEAM FINISHES SEASON STRONG
by Kathy Howa, Head Coach
It was a rebuilding season for Rowland Hall Softball. The girls stepped up to the challenge and worked very hard to master the tactics and skills of the game, becoming a very solid, competitive, cohesive squad by season's end and played some excellent softball, battling tough in every game.
This year's team was led by our three senior captains, Marguerite Tate, Shubaira Aminzada, and Natalie Weed (coaches award recipient 2017), who were joined by two juniors, Sydney Rabbitt (most improved player 2017), and Pippa Hodgkins, (Co-MVP) along with Leah Button, sophomore pitcher (Co-MVP). Another sophomore who showed a lot of promise this season was infielder Lillian Brown. Rounding out the team was a talented group of freshmen, including Chloe Coleman-Houghton, Livia Anderson, Brenna Davison, Sage Matkin, and Sally Logue. Our manager was Dulce' Horn who did an amazing job in that role.
The future of the program looks bright, as our returning players will be joined by several talented Middle School athletes that will help fill the vacant spots left by our departing seniors. Thanks to Shubaira, Marguerite, and Natalie for four great years with the team!
Assistant coaches Kendra Tomsic and Leslie Varoz and I had an amazing experience working with this year's team--we were very pleased and excited to see their incredible progress throughout the season. Congratulations!
BOYS' SOCCER QUALIFIES FOR STATE PLAYOFFS
By Scott Langone, Head Coach
The 2017 Boys' Soccer team achieved the goal it set in mid-February: to make it back to the UHSAA 2A State playoffs. It was a season of up and downs, and the team was unfortunately never complete on a given day, but those who were on the field followed instruction well and performed with tremendous effort in games.
A few highlights included defeating arch-rival Waterford, which had not been done in years, playing eventual State champion Layton Christian Academy to a tie, and knocking off Summit Academy on their home field. The biggest standout game was in the first round of the playoffs at Manti, when a depleted Rowland Hall team fought and had the lead for 65 minutes. Exhausted and under-manned, the team eventually gave up two goals late, ending the season with a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to end the 2017 campaign.
We look forward to returning 2017 all-region players Jake Dreyfous (goalkeeper), Simon Logue (defender), and Trey Provost (midfielder) and teammates Ben Kanter, Mats Lindgren, Nico Edgar, James Corcoran, Youssef Salama, Nektarios Mantas, Jack Vitek, Andrew Kimball, Atticus Hickman, Jason Nkoy, and Alvaro Nicolia for an extraordinary 2018 season.
Congratulations to team award recipients Jake Dreyfous, most valuable player; Michael Vitek, most improved; and Davis Porges, coaches award. We were also proud that three of our players earned academic all-region honors--Jordan Abdalla, Josh Nkoy, and Davis Porges-- with Jordan also earning the UHSAA Academic All-State award. Thanks much and good luck to departing seniors Jordan Abdalla, Josh Nkoy, Davis Porges, Willem Seethaler, and Michael Vitek.
BASEBALL TEAM HAS SUCCESSFUL SEASON
By McKenon Estrada, Head Coach
The Winged Lion baseball team ended the season with a 7-7 overall record, finishing 7-5 in region play, good enough for third place in Region 14 play behind Summit Academy and Providence Hall. The coaching staff was pleased with that, especially since early on, our numbers were looking low; however, we ended up with seventeen players on the roster, the most we've had in eleven seasons.
Throughout the season, the players showed a lot of heart and never gave up. They worked hard in practice and that carried over to make them successful in games. We had a lot of fun getting to know each other and learned from each other as coaches and players. We made an effort to try to focus a lot on "team" baseball, and the guys bought into it and were great teammates to each other. We had players excel in different categories, but still had a team of young men who supported each other no matter what type of player they were.
A relatively young team--only two seniors on the roster this year--we can't wait to see what the future holds for the program as we have much returning talent. Coaches Zach Paige, Tyler Curtis, Peter Shipman, and I want to thank and wish good luck to our two seniors, Cade VanOrman and Wes Johnston, for their dedication--a job well done, you two! And to Isaiah Adams, George Adondakis, Alex Benton, Austin Davison, Jack Dischmann, Giorgio Gianoulis, Ryan Gilbert, Cyrus Johnston, Andy Merrill, Ian Murphy, Luke Nicoloff, Michael Palmer, Jack Plavan, William Stone, and Seth Thomas: we are excited about the 2018 season--a bright future lies ahead for Winged Lion baseball!
Congratulations to All-Region players Wes Johnston, Jack Dischmann, and Austin Davison and to those who received end of season team awards, including Michael Palmer, most valuable teammate; Alex Benton, coaches' award; Wes Johnston, most improved player; and Austin Davison, Most Valuable Player.
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD TEAM TAKES 4th CONSECUTIVE REGION TITLE
By Mark Oftedal, Head Coach
Rowland Hall's 2017 track and field team completed its season with 16 of our student-athletes competing in the Utah State Championship meet at Brigham Young University. One week earlier, on May 13, our teams competed in the Region 14 Championships held at the McCarthey Family Track & Field. The girls' team handily clinched their fourth straight Region Championship scoring 122 points, with the next best school, Layton Christian Academy, 69 points behind. Our boys' team finished in 3rd place, while the girls' and boys' combined for 200 points (next closest team was LCA with 148) placing Rowland Hall in the first position overall for the fourth year in a row.
The bulk of our points came from our eventual most valuable athlete award recipient, junior Allison Bagley (22 points), followed by juniors Gillian Larsen (20) Sidney Hare (16), and Aiko Miller (11), and freshman Ella Vitek (18). Allison repeated her first place finish of last year in the high jump. Gillian captured two second place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter races, and a 1st in the 400-meter. Sidney ran to first place finishes in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdle races, and freshman standout, Ella, collected firsts in the 800- and 3200-meter races and a 4th place in the 1600. Freshman Caroline Applegate (15 points) contributed in her four events—100-, 200-, 400-meter, and long jump-- and senior Astrid Lindgren (8 points) finished second in the 1600 and then brought the girls' 4 x 400-meter relay team (Gillian Larsen, Hailey Hauck, Allison Bagley) home in first place to end the meet.
Our freshmen boys had a strong showing in their first Region Championship, with Logan Bateman claiming wins in both the 800- and 1600-meter races, Patrick McNally taking first in the 300-meter hurdles, and Aksel Anderson placing 3rd in the 3200-meter. Seniors Jack Scaife and Matt Orford finished second in the 800- and 1600-meter races respectively, while fellow senior Sam Morris claimed the top spot in the 3200.
Our sixteen state-qualifying athletes took advantage of the big dance and the great weather in Provo on the 19 and 20 of May to set new personal best marks, top-ten and podium finishes, and a school record.
Girls' State Highlights:
Sidney Hare: 5th place 100m hurdles; 8th place in the 300m hurdles
Astrid Lindgren: 9th place 1600m; 7th place 800m (new personal best time 2:23.99)
Ella Vitek: 9th place 800m (new personal best time 2:29.58) 1600m, new personal best time 5:45.63
Megan Rasich: 3200m, new personal best time 14:08.46
Gillian Larsen: 400m, new personal best time 1:04.35
Caroline Applegate: 400m, new personal best time of 1:07.01
Allison Bagley: 2nd place High Jump ( new personal best height and school record 5'-02")
Boys' State Highlights:
Logan Bateman: 1600m, new personal best time 4:58.08; 800m, new personal best 2:07.73
Jack Scaife: 800m, new personal best 2:17.54
Aksel Anderson: 3200m, new personal best 11:37.88
Robert Welt: 3200m, new personal best 12:04.31
The 2017 track and field season gave us much to celebrate at the end-of-the-season banquet. Our team of 36 student-athletes—19 on the boys' team and 17 on the girls'—proved to me once again that if I set the bar higher—even if you're not Allison Bagley—our athletes are determined, dedicated, and focused in their attempts, and they ultimately do clear the new height.
While we bid a fond farewell to our eight senior team members-- Jason Cowdrey, Davis Kahler, Astrid Lindgren, Daphne Michie, Sam Morris, Matt Orford, Luke Roberts, and Jack Scaife-- we are also excited to have welcomed fifteen newcomers. Senior Jason Cowdrey, in his first year, was awarded the most improved athlete award for his season of taking on three highly technical throwing events—the javelin, shot put, and discus. The many, many feet that separated February from May were impressive. On the other hand, veteran team member Astrid Lindgren just kept getting better as she received a Most Improved Athlete Award, as well! Astrid cut off 12 seconds from her best 800m time of 2016 and 16 seconds from her 1600m time of 2016. The most valuable athlete awards went to high point scorers Allison Bagley, who accumulated 71 points (40 was last year's total) during the season, and Logan Bateman, who scored 22.5 in his first year! coaches' choice award recipients Sidney Hare and Jack Scaife exhibited focus, dedication, and grit in each practice session throughout the year, which not only served to benefit their own performances, but also served as role models for those fifteen 9th-grade newcomers in the years ahead.
Congratulations to the team and many thanks to my assistants Roland Tolbert, John Bercaw, Ashley Hagensick, and Rodney Kopish for their contributions to our success.
POST SEASON HONORS FOR WINGED LION ATHLETES
Several Rowland Hall spring sport athletes received post-season recognition for their achievements in 2017, both on the field or court and in the classroom.
The coaches in Region 14 selected the following athletes to the All-Region team in their respective sport: Wes Johnston, Jack Dischmann, Austin Davison, Baseball; Jake Dreyfous, Simon Logue, Trey Provost, Boys Soccer; and Pippa Hodgkins and Leah Button in Softball.
All State selections by the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News for baseball, softball, and boys' soccer have not yet appeared, although we were recently notified by the Deseret News staff that three of our soccer players will be recognized as All-State, including Jake Dreyfous, Simon Logue, and Trey Provost. We are hopeful that more of our spring sport athletes will be selected for their respective sport All-State teams in the coming weeks.
Sophomore baseball team standout, Austin Davison, was chosen by 2A baseball coaches from across the state to play in the 2A All Star game held at Enterprise High School on May 20, the only sophomore to be selected. According to Max Preps, he ended the season in fifth place in the Utah in all divisions and 42nd nationwide for stolen bases and was the #1 player in Utah in all divisions in batting average, slugging, RBIs and On Base Percentage. Austin competed in the Home Run Derby at the All Star game and took second of 30 competitors and had two of the North team's six hits to help carry them to a victory in the North vs. South competition.
Davison and Pippa Hodgkins, softball player for Rowland Hall, were named by radio station 1280 The Zone as 2A Prep Athletes of the Week in May and were recognized at a gathering at Rio Tinto stadium.
Several athletes also received academic recognition. Each sports season, Region 14 honors those Senior athletes who have a cumulative, non-weighted GPA of 3.75 or higher with Academic All-Region recognition. Seven Winged Lions received this award, including Kenzo Okazaki and Ben Espinosa, Boys Tennis; Jordan Abdalla, Josh Nkoy, and Davis Porges, Boys Soccer; Matt Orford, Boys Track; and Marguerite Tate, Softball.
These athletes were also eligible for the Utah High School Activities Association's Academic All State award. Congratulations to Jordan Abdalla who was recognized with this prestigious honor.
Kudos to all of these Winged Lion athletes!
SENIOR ATHLETIC AWARDS 2017
Congratulations to the following Senior student-athletes who were recognized with athletic department awards at the recent Senior Awards Night event:
Outstanding Senior Athlete Award: Jack Scaife, Male, Emma Carlin, Female
Lee Scholar-Athlete Award: Davis Porges, Male, Lane Baker, Female
Winged Lion Athletics Award: Kaela Gilbert, Astrid Lindgren, Daphne Michie, Luke Roberts, Julia Villar
Thanks to all graduating Seniors who took part in our Upper School Athletics program over the past four years--they were part of five team State championships, nine individual State titles, twenty-three Region championships, and helped Rowland Hall place in the top five in the Deseret News All-Sports Awards for 2A schools each of their four years. The class boasts multiple All Region and All State athletes in various sports, as well as numerous student-athletes who earned Academic All Region and Academic All State honors. Their dedication, enthusiasm, and heart will be missed...!