After winning the Region 14 championship for the second consecutive year, but then losing the state 2014 title by five points last season, six Winged Lion golfers were on a mission as they headed to St. George Golf Club to play in the State 2A Tournament on May 12—they wanted the State title. And they got it done, all of them placing in the top twenty-five in a field of over 80 golfers from across the state, ending with four of the top ten finishers.
In less than perfect conditions and gusty winds, Rowland Hall ninth grade phenom, Zaria Thompson, held off Millard’s Marrissa Louder, shooting a 71 to win the State 2A individual medalist title and helping the Winged Lion team run away with the 2A crown with a 45 point victory (using the Stableford scoring system) over their nearest competitor, Delta.
The Stableford scoring awards five points for par, with points added for birdies and eagles and points subtracted for bogeys and other over-par scores. The Rowland Hall team scored 315 points, with Thompson’s 71 equating to 92 Stableford points, Caity Kwun shooting an 87 for 76 points (Kwun placed fifth individually), Lane Baker adding 75 points with her 88 (tied for sixth individually), Maddie Kwun earning 72 points shooting a 91 (tied for ninth place individually), Grace Veghte scoring 67 points with her 96 (fifteenth place individually), and Georgia Larsen adding 58 points shooting 105 (twenty-fifth place individually). The Winged Lions last won the State title in 2011.
All First Team All-State golfers were invited to the Utah Section of the PGA All-State Invitational Golf Tournament held at Fox Hollow Golf Course on May 26. Zaria Thompson, First Team All-State following her standout performance during the season and at State, competed against first team All-State golfers from 1A through 5A during the competition. She tied for first in regulation play, but then won this tough tournament in a playoff against a familiar 2A opponent, Marrissa Louder of Millard, to be crowned the top female golfer in the state for the 2014-15 high school season.
Congratulations to head coach Stacey Camacho and assistant coach Arthur Phillips and these six young women on a fantastic finish to a stellar season!
Softball Team Ends Season at State
Following what was a season full of pleasant surprises and amazing improvement of a team full of young players, the Winged Lion softball team competed in the State 2A Tournament in Spanish Fork on May 7.
Rowland Hall held top ranked Manti to one run after the first inning and battled tough, but eventually lost the game to drop into the loser’s bracket. The afternoon session brought another tough opponent on the field in the Emery Spartans, whose potent offense was no match for the young Winged Lions who, though they executed well on defense, could not fire up the bats to push runs across the plate. This loss eliminated the team from further play.
Head Coach Kathy Howa and assistant coaches Kendra Tomsic and Leslie Varoz, expressed much pride in the excellent way the team represented themselves and the school all season and were excited about the prospects of next season since there was not a senior on the squad. Led by captains Rachel Nelson, Harper Coleman-Houghton, and Josie Anderson, team members included Sydney Rabbit, Pippa Hodgkins, Madeleine Baneth, Marguerite Tate, Shabira Aminzada, Sarv Rafaati, Madeline Brague, and Beth Howell. Congratulations to coaches and players!
Boys Tennis Team’s Run Ends at State
After finishing second at the Region Tournament, the boys’ tennis team qualified for the State 2A Tournament held in mid-May. Originally to be played at the Liberty Park tennis courts, the entire tournament had to be moved indoors due to rain and took place at the Eccles Tennis Center at the U of U Campus and the Sports Mall in Murray.
The Winged Lions lost all but one player from last year’s starting lineup to graduation, and so went into what would prove to one of the toughest years of state competition in recent memory with a young lineup. Aaron Friedman, the lone senior, made it through to the quarterfinals at number one singles, battling through a three-set heartbreaker and eliminated with the loss. Ishaan Krishnan, playing number two singles, also made it to the quarterfinal round, but he, too, was knocked out of further competition after that match, defeated by the eventual state champion from Wasatch Academy. Willem Seethaler at number three singles, lost his first round match, as did our number one doubles team of Tarik Basic and Soren Feola and our number two doubles team of Eric Kimball and Ethan Williams. As a team, the Winged Lions placed sixth in the competition.
Head Coach Susan Daynes and assistant coach Long Le expressed their pride in the tenacity and improvement they saw in each team member, including JV players Chris Ausbeck, Jackson Byck, Jason Cowdrey, Ben Espinosa, and Simon Tucker. Congratulations to all!
Track and Field Team Finishes Strong at State Meet
A season of added inches and lost time, for track and field, unlike other areas of life, these suggest accomplishment, for the 36 athletes of the 2015 Rowland Hall Track and Field Team this was indeed the case: two new state records, eight new school records, and frequent weekly personal best marks, punctuated our season. In addition to our girls’ team easily capturing the Region 14 title, the combined girls’ and boys’ teams advanced 27 athletes in 37 individual events and all six relays to the Utah State High School Track & Field Championships. These numbers may be a school record, too!
Eli Oftedal started off the season with a new 2A state record in the 1600-meter at the Pine View Invitational in St. George. Soon afterward, he lowered his last year’s 2A 800-meter record to a new time of 1:53.62. Between these two state-level accomplishments, Eli bettered Rowland Hall School records in the 200- (24.03) and 400-meter (50.55) races both previously held by Cameron Galt, class of 2013. To complete his successful senior season, in early May, Eli finished first in the 105th annual BYU Track & Field Invitational, while racing against the top 1A-5A 800-meter runners in the state, and then capped this performance off two weeks later by claiming the 2A State Championship titles in the 800- and 1600-meter races.
Three new school records were set at the University of Utah’s McCarthey Family Track & Field Complex at our Region 14 Championships on April 28th. Our girls’ 4 x 100-meter relay team of freshmen, Gillian Larsen and Lily Quirk, and seniors, Lauren Rasich, and Candice Nkoy, raced to a new school record time of 54.29. Allie Zehner ran a season’s best time of 19.05 and set a new record in the 100-meter hurdles, while Rachel Nelson threw her best of the year and bettered the school’s discus record to 62’-04”. Daphne Michie threw her season’s best while improving her school record performance in the shot put with a toss of 24’-04.5” at the Utah State Championships.
A fond farewell to our seniors-- you will be greatly missed: Lauren Rasich (The Winged Lion Award recipient, class of ’15), Alexis Zheng, Candice Nkoy, and Eli Oftedal (The Outstanding Athlete Award recipient, class of ’15) continued to share their athletic talents as well as lead and mentor our teammates this season. Lauren and Eli, having now completed four successful high school track and cross-country seasons will now shift gears to prepare for their college teams at Bates College and Colorado State University-Fort Collins, respectively.
The 2015 Rowland Hall Track & Field Awards were presented at our annual banquet on May 26. The recipients of those awards are as follows.
Tough as Nails: Astrid Lindgren
Most Improved: Daphne Michie & Sam Sanders
Most Valuable: Candice Nkoy & Eli Oftedal
Coaches’ Choice: Allison Bagley & Patrick Schloesser, Sam Sanders. Eli Oftedal
Rowland Hall Track also bids a fond farewell to Bruce Hunter. Better known as Director of College Counseling at Rowland Hall for the past seventeen years, Bruce has also enthusiastically shared his love for track and field with our boys' and girls' teams the past four years. Coming to our school with a background in both competitive running and high jumping himself and later coaching at the college level, Bruce has offered our athletes exceptional coaching in their events. It is my sincere hope that he will continue to share with our youth his gift of coaching track & field. He will be missed at Rowland Hall.
Spring All Region, All State and All Star Athletes Recognized
Several of our spring sports athletes have been recognized with post-season honors for their performance during the 2015 season.
Named to their respective sport All-Region team were Rachel Nelson, Josie Anderson, and Harper Coleman-Houghton, Softball; Kyle Eng, Baseball; and Zach Pollatsek, Riley Nevins, Sam Lemons, Jordan Abdalla, Boys Soccer.
Standout baseball player, Kyle Eng, was also selected as a 2A All-Star player by the 2A coaches from throughout the state.
Though most sports have not yet recognized All-State athletes, thus far receiving All-State recognition in Girls Golf have been Zaria Thompson, Caity Kwun, Lane Baker, and Maddie Kwun. All-State for Baseball, Softball, and Boys Soccer has not yet been released by the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune, and Track and Field All-State is yet to be announced, as well.
Senior Athletes Honored at Senior Award Night
The Athletic Department bestows several awards to outstanding senior athletes at the end of the year at Senior Awards Night festivities.
The Outstanding Senior Athlete Award went to Eli Oftedal and Grace Veghte; the Winged Lion Award for Athletics recipients were Kelsey Oliver, Jess Sterrett, Lauren Rasich, Zach Pollatsek, and Riley Nevins; and the Lee Scholar-Athlete Award winners were Alyssa Cole and Aaron Friedman.
Congratulations to these student-athletes, as well as to all seniors who have contributed to the many successes our athletic teams have seen since 2011—you will be missed!
Winged Lion Athletics Fourth In Deseret News All-Sports Award Category
Each spring, the Deseret News recognizes the top overall athletic programs in each of the five UHSAA classifications. All Sport points are earned each time a school’s sports teams place in the top eight at state, ten points awarded for first, eight for second, six for third, five for fourth, four for fifth, three for sixth, two for seventh, and one for eighth. If teams tie for a place, the points are divided.
Points can be earned in football, cross country, volleyball, wrestling, golf, basketball, swimming, track, baseball, softball, soccer and tennis, two of those sports not offered at Rowland Hall (football and wrestling).
Based on the above-described point system, the Winged Lions placed fourth overall with 58.5 points, combining boys and girls point totals (boys had 22.5 and girls earned 36), only a single point out of third place (North Summit had 59.5 points). The Rowland Hall girls total placed them FIRST amongst all 2A schools! Overall, Manti was first (82.5 points) and Delta second (73.5 points).
Congratulations to our coaches and student-athletes on this outstanding achievement!
Upper School Fall Sport Information/Register My Athlete Information
Those students who plan to participate in an Upper School fall sport (girls soccer, volleyball, girls tennis, boys golf, girls and boys cross country, girls and boys swimming) should check out information regarding these sports at the following link.
Please contact Director of Athletics Kendra Tomsic at email@example.com or the respective team coach using the information from the Fall Sports Information sheet if you have any questions.
Parents whose student plans to participate in a fall sport in the Upper School will not only need to register with the school to get on the “class” list, but will also need to access the UHSAA Register My Athlete site and follow the instructions there to register a student for a particular sport at Rowland Hall. An email outlining specifics about this process will be sent out to parents and students during the month of June—the Register My Athlete process for fall sports should be completed by August 1 or before.
Every student must have a physical examination performed by a licensed physician prior to the start of team practices. Physical Form A can be accessed in the parent portal under Forms Requiring a Physician’s Signature webpage. The physical exam is good from May to May, each school year. Please plan accordingly and get your student’s appointment for a physical ASAP.