Girls Tennis Reigns Supreme
By Tim Sleeper, Head Coach
The 2015 Girls Tennis team finished the season in record-breaking form this year! Not only did they win the Region title, for the first time in school history (and possibly 2A classification history), the team won at every position at the State Tournament.
Every player on the team performed impeccably throughout the season, especially when the title was on the line. Katie Foley, Sophia Nielsen, and Anna Greenberg dominated singles play without dropping a set during state competition. The doubles pairings of Lane Baker / Rachel Kovnick and Angela Foley / Madelyn Lee won in similar fashion, all while representing their school proudly with good sportsmanship and confident play. Gillian Dee, Karyna Howell, and Elizabeth Izampuye rounded out the Junior Varsity squad for what was truly a remarkable result.
Congratulations to an amazing group of Winged Lions on the State 2A sweep!
Boys Golf Ends Strong
By Stacey Camacho, Head Coach
The 2015 Boys Golf season is in the books. The boys had a good year with a strong second-place finish at Region and a fifth-place finish at the 2A State Championship Tournament.
Senior captain Garrett Furubayashi had a standout season, finishing with a scoring average of 74. He was the co-Region individual champion, and he followed up that regular season performance by capturing the 2A State Individual Medalist title in a stunning two-hole playoff at Soldier Hollow. This honor earned him First Team All-State status. Four years of hard work and dedication paid off nicely.
Sean McDaniel and Matt O’Brien also had very strong season performances—they both played well at the Region and State tournaments. Their solid performances resulted in Second Team All-State honors. Rounding out this year's team was Jordan Abdalla, Davis Porges, Jake West, Jonah Holbrook, Maxwell Sueoka, Alexander Baughman, Ethan Kovnick, Max Scaife, and Josef Sueoka.
Coach Ellis and I are pleased with all the work these players put in over the season and are looking forward to next-season successes.
Young Cross Country Team Meets Season Challenges
By Mark Oftedal, Head Coach
This year's Cross Country team met with success from the outset: 16 of our 28 student-athletes were newcomers to the sport, with many of them entering the world of running for the first time. As our season progressed, the runners set aside reluctance and questioning—"Is this sport really for me? Can I do this?"—and embraced the collective challenges of the sport as an opportunity for self-discovery. By the end of the season, an increase in new members wasn’t the only highlight: athletes achieved personal best results, with the season's fastest times recorded over the 3-mile distance. Reluctance was replaced with exuberance! This was now a true success story.
Much of the credit for our newcomers’ success goes to the commendable mentoring offered by our returning runners. Throughout the season, our veterans modeled commitment to training and resolve in competition. The highlights of the season were both our girls and boys teams capturing the Region 14 championship titles and senior Sam Sander’s third-place finish at the Utah State Championships. Our boys team placed seventh at State, and the girls team sixth. While these achievements are cause for celebration, most impressive was the enduring camaraderie of teammates, newcomers and veterans alike. They pushed each other toward the best individual and team outcomes possible.
Boys team members this year included Raimundo Almenara, Noah Blumenthal, Jonah Borgenich, James Corcoran, Max Jacquin, Connor Johannson, Davis Kahler, Sam Lemons, Tyler Macintyre, Donovan Murphy, Luke Nicoloff, Michael Palmer, Sam Sanders, Jack Scaife, Patrick Scholoesser, Andy Toth, Joseph Wang, and Robert Welt. The girls team consisted of Libby Hunt, Astrid Lindgren, Tobi Yoon, Kayla Dunzinger, Bella Goh, Kenzie Steward, Mishka Banuri, Annika Pollatsek, and Megan Rasich.
Before bidding farewell to our seniors Raimundo Almenara, Sam Lemons, Tyler Macintyre, Donovan Murphy, Sam Sanders, and Patrick Schloesser, we look forward to their efforts on the Track team this spring. I am excited for Cross Country 2016, which holds so much promise from this year's crop of newcomers!
Strong Season for Girls Soccer
By Bobby Kennedy, Head Coach
The Girls Varsity Soccer team had a great 2015 season, finishing with an overall record of 11-2-3. The team captured the Region 14 title on the strength of a 6-0-1 mark, the highlight being a spirited 3-1 victory over Waterford on the road.
The Winged Lions defeated South Sevier in the first round of the State Tournament and earned an exciting victory over Summit Academy in the quarterfinals, but fell short of defending the 2A title, losing 2-1 in the semi-final to eventual champion Millard High School.
Twenty-seven girls took the field on Aug 3 and worked hard to improve individual techniques, increase fitness levels and develop a style of play that would make any Winged Lion proud. The Junior Varsity team, coached by Missy Tschabrun, earned a 5-1-1 record with several players competing at the varsity level on many occasions.
Congratulations to Liz Baer, Megan Dingman, Mariah Papac, Emma Carlin, and Julia Villar, who were named to the All-Region team. Rowland Hall was also well represented on the Deseret News All-State team as Baer, Papac, and Carlin were all voted to First Team honors, Dingman was named Second Team, and Villar, Caeli Kennedy, and Aram Perez were all named Honorable Mention. The coaches wish the seniors all the best as they move on.
Varsity team members this year included Liz Baer, Megan Dingman, Callie Frey, Mariah Papac, Elle Sweetland, Nicole Wozniak, Emma Carlin, Kaela Gilbert, Rachel Morse, Julia Villar, Allison Bagley, Sydney Hare, Meg Janes, Caeli Kennedy, Airam Perez, and Kat Lanham. Junior Varsity players were Lauren Bikhazi, Sophie Hannah, Pippa Hodgkins, Gillian Larsen, Savannah Price, Lillian Brown, Sam Carlisle, Katie Rose Kimball, Grace Macintyre, Gigi Perkins, and Holden Seethaler.
Volleyball Team Has Dream Season
By Kendra Tomsic, Head Coach
The ROHO Volleyball team chose “One Team, One Dream” as their mantra for the 2015 season—and their team unity, talent, and dedicated hard work helped them earn their dream of another Region title and placing at the State 2A Tournament, both historic accomplishments for our program.
An exciting season’s end five–set victory against archrival Waterford on their home court highlighted the Winged Lions’ fall. With this win, the team ended the regular season 9-1 and earned co-Region Champion honors—a third consecutive Region 14 title for the Winged Lions, or a historic three-peat!
A coin toss to break the seeding tie for State Tournament play resulted in Rowland Hall entering the 2A State competition as the Region 14 No. 1 seed. The Winged Lions—also ranked fifth in the State by the Deseret News—had challenged themselves to place at State, something they had not done since 2007. That is no easy task, with 16 competitive teams represented at the two-day Tournament, every match a challenge to advance to the next round.
The team’s first match versus South Sevier was an exciting nail-biter, and ultimately a heartbreaker, as they lost it in five close sets: 25-22, 24-26, 25-21, 23-25, and 13-15. Showcasing the Winged Lions’ trademark resiliency, they bounced back from that tough loss for the nightcap against South Summit, and they defeated the Wildcats in four sets to advance to play Grand High School early the next morning.
Once again, our team brought their A-game and defeated the Red Devils in another exciting four-set match. They earned a chance to play in the final round, which meant a chance to place at State!
Their last match was against an always-tough San Juan squad, and though we battled tough, the Broncos were able to hold on for the win. We ended the tournament in eighth place, the only team from our Region to place at State. It was a thrilling moment for us all!
I would like to give a big thank you to my assistants Lauren Carpenter, Kathy Howa, and Abeni Czajkowski for their hard work and support. A special shout out to our seniors Arielle Flynn, Sara Matsumura, Claire Ausbeck, Harper Coleman-Houghton, Amelia Merrill, and May Shaaban, whose leadership and talent helped us earn the three-peat and place at the State competition for the first time in nearly a decade.
Although we didn’t come home from State with any hardware, the coaching staff is proud of this team. They played with heart and passion and never gave up. What more can a coach ask of their team?
Congratulations to team members Claire Ausbeck, Madeleine Baneth, Samantha Baneth, Kate Button, Leah Button, Lena Chan, Harper Coleman-Houghton, Tess Edgley, Arielle Flynn, Emily Fowler, Cody Googin, Jacquelin Graham, Amaya Hoglund, Beth Howell, Claire Hyde, Maddie Kwun, Sara Matsumura, Amelia Merrill, Daphne Michie, Amber Puri, Emma Reuling, Allie Zehner, and team manager May Shaaban on a championship season!
Kudos to our All-Region players Ausbeck, Flynn, Matsumura, and Zehner and congrats to Sara on her selection to the 2A Senior All-Star team, one of only 12 players to be so honored. We’re hoping to be represented on the impending Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune All-State teams.
“One dream, one team”…you made the dream a reality!