Girls Soccer Captures 2A State Title
By Bobby Kennedy, Head Coach
Embracing competition, while utilizing these three guiding principles -- do your best on the day, put the team first, and have fun, -- the girls Varsity soccer team this fall balanced academic rigor and physical challenges to finish as 2A State Champions with an overall record 14-4. The JV team amassed a very respectable 8-2-2 record.
Five fiercely competitive seniors, Alyssa Cole, Kelsey Oliver, Jess Sterrett, Isabel Torres and Grace Veghte combined with passionate and technically accomplished underclassmen to produce impressive results. Highlights of the season included a 4-2 victory against The Waterford School on the road, something that hasn't been done in nine years and 372 days (someone keeps track of this stuff!); a solid 3-1 victory against Millard High School in Fillmore which had been difficult to accomplish in previous years; and, a 2-1 heart stopper at Rio Tinto Stadium against arch rival Waterford to take our first State title since 2007.
This group of 31 girls will be remembered for their dedication to the program and the grit and character it takes to meet the daily demands of competing at a high level. This magical journey that started on August 4 and finished on October 25 was filled with blood, sweat, and tears.
Assistant Coach Missy Tschabrun and I would like to thank the parents, players, faculty, staff, and administration for their support during the course of this memorable season. Varsity team members include Liz Baer, Erin Baranko, Emma Carlin, Alyssa Cole, Megan Dingman, Callie Frey, Kaela Gilbert, Grace Greis, Meg Janes, Caeli Kennedy, Rachel Morse, Stephanie Nolan, Kelsey Oliver, Mariah Papac, Airam Perez, Jess Sterrett, Eleanor Sweetland, Isabel Torres, Grace Veghte, Julia Villar, and Nicole Wozniak. JV team members include Shubaira Aminzada, Allison Bagley, Lauren Bikhazi, Sophie Hannah, Pippa Hodgkins, Lucy Mulligan, Adrienne Parkinson, Savannah Price, McKenzie Steward, and Natalie Weed.
Another Banner Season for Cross Country Team
By Mark Oftedal, Head Coach
Once again, this year found the Rowland Hall girls and boys cross-country teams on the starting line of the 2014 Utah State Cross-Country Championships. Both teams advanced with easy wins at the Region level, but we were not without our concerns moving toward the State meet. With a couple of our top boy runners dealing with low leg injuries and another nursing an illness, we were not certain until race-day who would toe the line before the gun went off. On the girls side, all was well -- everyone seemed ready to go.
Each year at the Region meet, it becomes obvious to me how blessed I am to have the number of runners we have on our team. Our combined boys-girls team consists of 30 very dedicated and talented runners. The region meet saw our seven varsity girls taking home the Region trophy, while commanding all but the fifth finishing spots up to eighth place! Sophomore Lia Westermann was the region champ, running a time of 23:00 over the 5K distance. The boys also won another Region title, capturing positions 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 15, with Eli Oftedal running 17:56 for a third place finish.
For many of our runners, the cross-country season began in the heat of summer, logging those oh so beneficial 30-60 mile weeks of slow and easy mileage over our foothill trails. From the Park City training camp in mid-August and throughout the season, we enjoyed beautiful weather for both training and racing, and the State meet was no exception.
On October 22, seniors, Lauren Rasich, Megan Chandramouli, and Hannah Nichols; sophomores, Lia Westermann and Libby Hunt; and freshmen, Bella Goh and Sidney Hare finished fifth as a team, in a field of 11, at the state championship competition in Sugar House Park. Lia Westermann once again finished in the top spot for the team, achieving a spot on the podium in tenth position (20:43 for 3-miles) in a race against 70 other runners. Our boys’ team of seniors Mackay Hare and Eli Oftedal; juniors, Donovan Murphy, Sam Sanders, and Sam Lemons; sophomore Jack Scaife; and freshman, Will McNamara gave everything to finish second against a very strong team from Millard. Eli Oftedal was the team’s top finisher in eighth place with a time of 16:46 in a race with 89 other runners.
For me and my wonderful team of assistant coaches – Laura Johnson, Ana Beiting, and U of U red-shirted runner and volunteer, Giselle Slotboom – perhaps the best part of the day was in seeing our team together after the races. The fun they have shared with one another over the season, even while enduring many demanding training sessions, continued as we walked first for a team pizza party and then back to the school. All the while we heard a joyous recounting of the season along with expressions of hopes and dreams for next year and for the coming track season, music to our coaching ears. Congrats to the team on a fantastic season!
Boys Golf Team Finishes Third at State 2A Tournament
By J.Z. Davis, Head Coach
Three Rowland Hall players placed in the top 20 at State, with Garrett Furubayshi taking an impressive fourth as an individual.
The Rowland Hall boys golf team improved their play throughout the 2014 season, winning every Region 14 match by more than 35 strokes, thus taking their third straight Region 14 title, with Garrett Furubayashi and Sean McDaniel placing in the top 5 at Region.
The team then traveled to the State 2A Tournament held at Southgate Golf Course in St. George. After day one of play, our team was in fourth place, yet still in good position to make a run for the title on day two. The boys played well on Thursday, catching and then surpassing South Sevier to move into third place, the spot they captured with a two-day total of 665 (behind first place Manti with a 624 and second place Grand with a 641 total).
Assistant Coach Stacey Camacho and I couldn't be prouder of the boys, especially given the fact that we had not one senior on the roster! The team is full of talent and much potential, and we look forward to next year with the goal of placing even higher at State.
Thanks for the great season, boys!
Girls’ Tennis Team Earns State Runner-Up Trophy
By Susan Daynes, Head Coach
The girls tennis team had a wonderful 2014 season! They went undefeated in Region 14 play and won the Region Tournament with some excellent play, thus qualifying for the State 2A Tournament held at Liberty Park, on October 4.
State was tough. Our number one singles player, Katie Foley, suffered an ankle injury the day before the State Tournament and, though she tried to play, had to withdraw in the first round. The team really pulled together and battled hard all day, and was able to capture the State Runner-Up trophy with 20 points, only one point behind the State Champion Jayhawks of St. Joeseph's.
Anna Greenberg placed second at #2 Singles; Angela Foley took second at #3 Singles; Lane Baker and Sophia Nielsen were eliminated in the semi-final round at #1 Doubles; and Maddy Lee and Gillian Dee won the individual state title at the #2 Doubles spot. Cheering on their teammates at State were Anna Heslop, Rachel Kovnick, and Karyna Howell.
With the loss of only one senior to graduation this spring, the future of Rowland Hall girls tennis looks bright! Congratulations, girls, on an awesome 2014 season!
Undefeated Volleyball Team Takes Second Consecutive Region Championship
By Kendra Tomsic, Head Coach
The 2014 Winged Lion Varsity Volleyball team made history as they finished league play with a perfect 10-0 record, the first undefeated Region season ever for a Rowland Hall volleyball team! Battling through some nail biting matches with arch rival Waterford as well as with Maeser Prep and Layton Christian, the team showed much skill, poise, grit, and heart throughout the season to capture our second consecutive Region 14 Championship trophy.
The team headed to compete at Utah Valley University in Orem in the State 2A Volleyball tournament as the #1 seed from Region on October 29 and 30, and faced Manti or Gunnison in a first round matchup on Wednesday, followed by a second round match that same day. The tournament continued through Thursday, with matches scheduled based on results from Wednesday’s matches. A full update will appear in the December issue of the Flying Lion.
The State Volleyball Tournament is always highly competitive and every match is a dog fight. Coaches Lauren Carpenter, Kathy Howa, Sydney Tatomer and I are very proud of the way the team has played all season and are confident that we will continue to compete tough at State. The team and coaching staff is certainly looking forward to making some noise at the tournament this year!
Congratulations to seniors Liza Badenhausen, Maddie Hansen, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Anna Reganis, and Emily Ward and their teammates Claire Ausbeck, Harper Coleman-Houghton, Arielle Flynn, Emily Fowler, Sara Matsumura, Fiona McGann, Anna Reganis, Emma Reuling, Allie Zehner, Madeleine Baneth, Kate Button, Lena Chan, Megan Fenton, Jacqueline Graham, Beth Howell, Maddie Kwun, Gillian Larsen, Amelia Merrill, Daphne Michie, Aiko Miller, Isabel Morley, Amber Puri, and May Shaaban on an awesome 2014 season!
US Boys and Girls Basketball Team Parent Meetings Set
Mandatory parent meetings for parents of student-athletes planning to participate on the boys Basketball or girls Basketball team have been set.
Please click HERE 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 Upper School boys’ basketball or girls’ basketball team this winter MUST register the student on the new Utah High School Activities Associations’ Register My Athlete site. A student-athlete is not officially registered to play until this process is complete.
An email with specifics about the process of registering a student athlete on the site has already been sent to parents of basketball athletes by the US Athletics department. Please contact Pam Stone, Administrative Assistant to the Director of Athletics, if you have any questions regarding the process. Basketball athletes must be registered by November 7 in order to start participation on November 10.
IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL student athletes MUST have a physical examination done and hard copy 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.
Upper School Winter Athletic Teams Preparing for Competition
With the Upper School Fall sports season coming to a close at the end of October, Rowland Hall winter athletic teams start preparations for their upcoming competitive seasons.
The Swim Team has already started their daily practice sessions, hoping to once again dominate the 2A State meet in February. Coaches Sara Watchorn, Annie Barton, and Anne Henkels are excited about the team’s potential and the season ahead. Fans can catch the team in action at several home swim meets at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex (Steiner) on Guardsman Way, as the Winged Lions will be in action there on November 14, December 10 and 17, and January 16 and 23, all meets starting at 3:30 p.m.
Boys and girls Basketball team practices will begin on November 10. The boys team is in action in the den on December 6, 12, 17, and 19, January 9, 16, and 21 and February 4 and 13. The girls team takes the court for home games on November 25, December 5, 6, and 19, January 6, 13, 22, 29 and February 5 and 10.
Mark your calendar and get out and support the Winged Lions swimming and basketball teams!