Following a stellar fall athletic season that ended with five Region Championships (Volleyball, Boys Golf, Boys Cross Country, Girls Cross Country, Girls Tennis), two State runner-up titles (Girls Tennis, Boys Cross Country), a third place State finish (Boys Golf), and a State title for the Girls Soccer team, Winged Lion athletics switches gears as swimming and boys and girls basketball teams kick into action.
The Winged Lions created noteworthy waves during their inaugural swim meet last week. The season opener was off to a great start with the men’s medley relay coming in second place. Freshman Chris Bebbington made her swimming debut with a first place victory in the 200-yard freestyle, along with sophomore Isaac Landau. Both individuals also placed third in the 100-yard butterfly, which is not an easy feat! Women’s captain Kelsey Oliver and sophomore Ethan Goh made their mark on the 200 IM with impressive first place finishes, with freshman Alex Fort making his own swimming debut with a fantastic third place finish. Bella Goh touched in first place during her 500-yard freestyle and in second during her 100-yard backstroke, a terrific start to her Rowland Hall swimming career. Senior Eileen Hopf achieved a speedy second place alongside Ethan Goh’s first place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. Junior Max Milavetz showed off his prowess with a third place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, as well as in the 100-yard backstroke. In addition, men’s Captain Donovan Murphy made a splash with his third place finish in the 100-yard breastroke and helped his team to victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Kelsey Oliver also earned another first place finish with her 100-yard backstroke and was a part of the winning 400-yard women’s freestyle relay team. Coach Sara Watchorn has big plans for these defending State Champions and is ensuring that they are not only performing to the best of their ability, but also improving their overall wellbeing as a whole. This is certainly a team to watch this season. Don’t miss them in their next home meet at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex (Steiner pool) on December 9!
Girls basketball team practice started on Monday, November 10th with 17 hoopsters taking the court in preparation for their 2014- 2015 season schedule. With four talented and experienced senior players, including Alyssa Cole, Candice Nkoy, Jess Sterrett, and Grace Veghte, this should be a banner year for the defending Region 14 champions.
The Lady Lions have numerous home games in November and December, including games on December 6, 19; January 6, 13, 22, 29; and February 5 and 10. Be sure to come out and support these amazing student athletes as they represent Rowland Hall and defend their Region 14 title.
After the graduation of four senior starters, a lot younger players on the boys basketball team are stepping into new roles. Recently elected captains Kyle Eng and Chris Diehl have shown great leadership in helping to set a very positive and focused tone during the first couple weeks of practice. While almost all of the Winged Lion players will be asked to play at a higher level than last year, they are excited and ready for the challenge, our first game against Intermountain Christian on November 25 providing a welcome test early in the season. After a strong two weeks of practice, and diligent work in the off -season, the boys are eager to suit up and get into the competitive season. If you have the opportunity, please come out to cheer on the Rowland Hall boys' basketball team as they have home games on December 6, 12, 17 and 19; January 9, 16, and 21; and February 4 and 13.
Go Winged Lions!
Rowland Hall Fall Sport Athletes Named All-State
Several Rowland Hall fall sport athletes have been named to their respective
All-State teams, with some sports still awaiting All-State publication.
Our State Championship girls’ soccer team saw Mariah Papac named by the Deseret News as the 2A Girls Soccer Most Valuable Player, an honor that hasn’t been bestowed upon a Winged Lion player since the 2007 season.
Joining Mariah on the 2A All-State roster were First Team players Grace Veghte, Emma Carlin, and Alyssa Cole and Second Team player Jess Sterrett.
The Winged Lion Boys Golf team also has had several golfers named to the PGA Utah Section 2A All-State team for 2014, including First Team player Garrett Furubayashi, Second Team player Sean McDaniel, and Honorable Mention players Jordan Abdalla and Matt O’Brien. These four young men helped our golf team take a Region title, followed by a third place finish at State.
Badenhausen Named A 2A Senior Volleyball All-Star
Rowland Hall All-Region volleyball team libero, Liza Badenhausen, was recently selected by the 2A coaches from across the State to play in the 1A/2A/3A Senior All-Star game that was held at Hunter High School on November 22. Only twelve 2A players are so honored. Congratulations, Liza!!
All-Region Girls’ Soccer and Volleyball Selections Announced
Based on selection by Region 14 coaches at the close of the regular season, several Winged Lion girls’ soccer and volleyball team players were named to their respective team’s All-Region squad.
Congratulations to Girls Soccer team members Alyssa Cole, Mariah Papac, Emma Carlin, and Jess Sterrett on their selection to the 2104 All-Region team.
Kudos to Volleyball team members Liza Badenhausen, Arielle Flynn, Maddie Hansen, Sara Matsumura, and Anna Reganis on being named to the 2014 All-Region team.
Tomsic Named 2A UVCA Volleyball Coach of the Year
The Utah Volleyball Coaches Association recently named long-time Rowland Hall Volleyball coach, Kendra Tomsic, as the UVCA 2A Volleyball Coach of the Year for 2014. She was recognized at the 1A/2A/3A Senior All-Star game held at Hunter High School on November 22 and coached the Red Team in the All-Star game. Tomsic coached the Winged Lions to back- to -back Region 14 titles in 2013 and 2014, with the team having an historic undefeated league season this year.
Congratulations, Coach Tomsic!