Girls Soccer “Kickin” It
By Coach Bobby Kennedy
The girls soccer program is just beyond the halfway point of the season. Thirty-two student athletes have been working hard to develop their individual skills and have represented Rowland Hall extremely well in Region and non-Region play throughout the season.
The Varsity team currently sits at 9-2 overall and 5-1 in region after a big win over rival Waterford on the Ravens home field, led by seniors Grace Veghte, Alyssa Cole, Isabel Torres, Kelsey Oliver, and Jess Sterrett who have contributed in many ways on and off the field. We will finish the region schedule with three games on the road and are poised to host the first round of the state tournament at the Steiner complex field on Wednesday, October 15, followed by a possible home quarterfinal matchup on Saturday, October 18. The State 2A Tournament semifinals will be played at Jordan High School on October 24 and the state finals are slated for October 25 at Rio Tinto stadium.
We hope you can find time to get out and watch the girls play.
Cross Country Runners Giving Their All
By Coach Mark Oftedal
Unlike other sports, where we can tick off wins and losses, I often feel at a loss in this regard when sitting down to write about the cross-country team at this point of the season. Because of the nature of both being a 2A school - with like-schools spread far and wide and the nature of cross-country racing on the weekends in large invitational races numbering in the 100s per race category-- it is often hard to get a sense of where we are.
There are good races, not so good races, all for various reasons, of course, but with each opportunity we learn more about how to race, how better to train, and eat and rest and recover. But most of all, we learn about what is inside. Rest, tests, late night study, early morning obligations, sore this-or-that, good race, bad race--what I see developing by this time of the season – and more this one than in ones past—is a focused dedication by each and every student-athlete that comes dressed daily awaiting the workout. This is a focus that clearly has set aside the many things on the mind, the checklist that must be completed before the head hits the pillow. A focus that pays little to no attention to the sweat in the eyes, to the next hill repeat, to the next interval of hard-paced effort. I cannot be certain that the focus is even on the end of the season, the big dance on October 22, because now it seems like who they are speaks well of where they’re going. Though I believe this has little to do with us, the coaches, I know I can speak for all of them: we are proud of our charges and thank them for what they give us.
Rowland Hall's Cross-Country Team performances on September 27 at the multi-state 40th Annual Bob Firman Cross-Country Invitational were excellent this year with returning runners turning in much better times on the course this year (along with one new record). Over the 5K distance on this challenging dirt, sand, grass, fresh-cut alfalfa field, and spectator-filled course the improvements for our returning and new runners in the Division II (small schools) races were:
Lauren Rasich (Sr.), 35-seconds faster to post a 21:34
Lia Westermann (So.), 50-seconds faster for a 22:19
Libby Hunt (So.), 37-seconds faster for 22:35
Megan Chandramouli (Sr.), 2:25 faster for 24:55
Hannah Nichols (Sr.), 1:59 faster, 24:41
First timers on the course:
Jessica Barker (Sr.), 26:18 - faster than our 5th and 6th place finishers last year
Bella Goh (Fr.), 23:24
Sidney Hare (Fr.), 23:42
Eli Oftedal (Sr.), 49-seconds faster for a new Rowland Hall course record of 16:39 (Ryan Westermann 17:02, 2013) and tying for the highest placing of any Rowland Hall runner (Emily Sundquist, 5th place, 2013).
Mackay Hare (Sr.) 37-seconds faster to post a 18:02
Sam Sanders (Jr.) 38-seconds faster for a 18:03
First timers on the course:
Patrick Schloesser (Jr.) 19:13
Jack Scaife (So.) 19:16
Will McNamara (Fr.) 19:24
Donovan Murphy (Jr.) 19:26
Wes Johnston (So.) 19:45
Team Results for Division II (small schools):
Girls' Team was 10th place out of 24 schools
Boys' Team was 8th place out of 37 schools
Two regional contests – the practice and the real deal-- wait for October 7 and 14 and, on 22 October, Sugar House Park will offer the state championships. In the meantime, the team will continue to laugh, smile, and focus on the now….
Boys Golf Team Captures Region Championship
The boys golf team dominated Region 14 play this season, defeating the other teams in the Region by an average of 35 strokes each match. Coaches JZ Davis and Stacey Camacho were confident heading into the Region 14 Tournament held at Wasatch State Park Golf Course on Monday, September 29, hoping to add yet another Region trophy to the trophy case with the team playing well.
The Winged Lions will qualify for the State 2A Golf Tournament scheduled to be played at Southgate Golf Course in St. George on October 8 and 9, and hopes to make some noise at that competition.
Congratulations and good luck to Garrett Furubayashi, Sean McDonald, Matt O’Brien, Jordan Abdalla, Davis Porges, Jake West, Maxwell Sueoka, Jonah Holbrook, Will Stone, and Max Scaife.
Girls Tennis Primed for State Tournament
By Coach Susan Daynes
The Winged Lions girls tennis team captured the Region 14 title in an outstanding performance on Friday, September 26 at Liberty Park, as every Rowland Hall player made it to the finals at their respective position.
Katie Foley took first at #1 Singles; Anna Greenberg took second at #2 Singles, finishing her final match at 10:30 p.m. at the Sports Mall courts due to inclement weather; Angela Foley took second at #3 Singles; Lane Baker and Sophia Nielsen took second at #1 Doubles; and Madelyn Lee and Gillian Dee took first at #2 Doubles as the team as a whole scored 17 points to defeat Waterford and St. Joe who both scored 14 points to tie for second.
Good luck to the team as they compete at the State 2A Tournament on Friday, October 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Volleyball Team On a Roll
By Coach Kendra Tomsic
With the 2014 volleyball season nearing its mid-point, the Winged Lions Varsity team stands undefeated in Region 14 play at 4-0 and is 15-2 overall, the highlight of the season thus far a 9-0 run at the Wendover Tournament where we were repeat Champions! Four of our players were named to the All-Tournament team, including senior setter Maddie Hansen, senior libero Liza Badenhausen, junior outside hitter Sara Matsumura, and junior outside hitter Arielle Flynn.
With only six Region games remaining on the schedule, we hope to continue our march toward a second Region title and qualification for the State 2A Tournament to be held at Utah Valley University in Orem on October 29 and 30. Varsity players include seniors Maddie Hansen, Liza Badenhausen, Anna Reganis, Kaitlyn Jenkins, and Emily Ward; juniors Claire Ausbeck, Arielle Flynn, and Sara Matsumura; sophomore Fiona McGann; and 9th graders Emma Reuling, Emily Fowler and Allie Zehner. Playing at the Junior Varsity and Frosh/Soph level are
Madeleine Baneth, Kate Button, Lena Chan, Harper Houghton-Coleman, Megan Fenton, Jacqueline Graham, Beth Howell, Madelyn Kwun, Gillian Larsen, Amelia Merrill, Daphne Michie, Aiko Miller, Isabel Morley, Amber Puri, and May Shaaban.
Remaining home games include October 7 (breast cancer fund-raiser “pink” Swing for Life match), October 21 (Pack the Den match), and October 23 (Senior Night). We hope you will come out and catch some exciting volleyball action in the Den—all Varsity matches at 7:00 p.m.
Fall Sport Athletes Named to Academic All-Region Team
Each sports season, the Region 14 Board of Managers recognizes those Senior athletes on each team who are regular starters or performers for the Varsity squad and who have a non-weighted, cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher as Academic All-Region athletes in their respective sport.
We are proud to congratulate girls’ soccer players Isabel Torres and Alyssa Cole and cross country runner Mckay Hare on achieving this recognition.
Oliver Achieves Academic All-American Status in Water Polo
Rowland Hall senior Kelsey Oliver was recently recognized by USA Water Polo as a 2013-2014 Academic All-American, an award that recognizes water polo athletes from across the country for their hard work and dedication in the pool and in the classroom. The Academic All-Americans were featured in USA Water Polo’s Skip Shot magazine.
Kelsey has played water polo for two years, and is currently the captain of her club team “Skoly” that plays out of Olympus High School. She also plays for the Mountain West Region Olympic Development Team (ODP) and was this year named to the Utah All-Conference water polo team.
Her ODP coach invited her to play this past July in the NIKE Water Polo Invitational Tournament held outside of Portland, Oregon. In March of 2014, she competed as a utility player and sprinter in the National ODP Regional Tournament held at Kearns, playing against all ODP Regions except California.
Kelsey is also a standout swimmer, last year named the 2A Female Swimmer of Year at the State 2A swim meet.
US Winter Athletic Team Parent Meetings Set
Mandatory parent meetings for parents of student-athletes planning to participate on the swimming, boys basketball, or girls basketball team have been set.
Please click on this link to access the information about each meeting.
Register My Athlete Registration for Upper School Winter Athletic Teams Now Open
Parents whose son or daughter is planning to participate on the swimming, boys basketball of girls basketball team this winter MUST register the student on the new Utah High School Activities Associations’ Register My Athlete site.
An email with specifics about the process of registering a student athlete on the site has already been sent to swim team parents and one will also be sent to parents of basketball athletes by the Upper School athletics department on Wednesday, October 1, so please keep your eye on your email for this important information.
Please contact Pam Stone, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Athletics, if you have any questions regarding the process.
IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL student athletes MUST have a physical examination done and submission of the Form A physical is required of ALL athletes every year. Please schedule your appointment ASAP as participation in practice or games is not allowed until completed.