Rowland Hall School News
A Girls Basketball
By Coach Shannon Casson
The A team dominated the league in season play. They didn’t win the tournament, but they learned so much from their one loss—slow down, play hard until the end, and never expect to win. The girls redeemed themselves in their final game and played their best basketball of the season! Watching their confidence grow made for a rewarding season. I look forward to seeing these girls take it to the hoop in the future.
B Girls Basketball
By Coach Mike Roberts
The B team showed a great deal of improvement over the course of the season. They didn’t get into the win column, but they all grew as basketball players. They showcased this progress during the Wasatch Athletic Conference (WAC) tournament when they tied their opponent in the second half. The girls have been extremely supportive of one another throughout the year. During a season like this, it would be easy to get down, but they always came to the gym excited to play. I am proud of their effort, and I look forward to seeing what they can accomplish in the years to come.
C Girls Basketball
By Head Coach Kathy Howa and Assistant Coach Abeni Czajkowski
The sixth-grade girls basketball season was filled with fun, improvement, and excitement! Practices started in mid-October, and the thirteen C-team players worked hard and learned much as the season progressed. Excellent teamwork, skill, and hustle by all resulted in a record of 5-1 for the regular season. Intermountain Christian School (ICS) dealt the Winged Lions their sole loss in a close game.
The team tied for the WAC regular-season title, but lost a coin toss to break the tie for seeding into the WAC tournament, entering as the #3 seed. After winning their first-round game against Saint Joseph Catholic School due to forfeit (St. Joe didn’t have enough players) the Winged Lions next met regular season nemesis, ICS.
Rowland Hall players came out on fire, scoring the first 6 points quickly. Their shooting, however, went cold, and ICS was able to tie the score at 7 going into halftime. The Winged Lions made a few adjustments and took the court in the second half with renewed resolve. They played their best overall game of the season, coming back to defeat the Lions 20-9 and earning a spot in the championship game.
Rowland Hall faced host team the McGillis School in the championship. The gym was rockin’ and full of fans as the Winged Lions took charge on offense and defense to earn a decisive victory and the WAC’s C-tournament title!
A Boys Basketball
By Coach John Schaefer
This team was a pleasure to coach. Two aspects of the group impressed me the most: the respect players showed their teammates, and their ability and willingness to learn a new way to play the game. The team shared some amazing moments, particularly the week that 10 players made a collective 31 three-pointers in two games. During the championship game, the Winged Lions didn’t play their best, but still prevailed—proving their depth. If the boys continue to pass, shoot, and embrace the joy of playing the game correctly, the potential of this group truly has no limits.
B Boys Basketball
By Coach Mike Roberts
The B team had an outstanding season! Throughout the winter, the players improved their skills and knowledge of the game. I was impressed with their toughness—they fought through many difficult situations and matches. Season highlights included every player scoring in the game against St. Joe; the team scoring a season-high 49 points against McGillis; and placing second at the end-of-the-year WAC tournament. I enjoyed coaching the boys this season, and am excited to see what they can accomplish on the court in the future.
C Boys Basketball
By Coach Shannon Casson and Garrett Stern
These twenty-one boys showed intensity in practice each day, and their enthusiasm for the game of basketball was contagious on the court. Each of these highly skilled, unselfish players contributed during games and proved themselves as solid team members. I was extremely impressed by their good sportsmanship and their grit in going up for rebounds and diving for loose balls during games. These sixth-grade boys were so much fun to coach and I look forward to seeing them progress their skills on the court in future seasons.