By Kendra Tomsic, Director of Athletics
Upper School Winged Lion teams excelled during an amazing fall season—they captured a record five Region championships, one team State title, and eight individual State championships, and every team placed no less than eighth at their respective State 2A post-season tournament.
Congratulations to our talented and hardworking student-athletes, as well as coaches Tim Sleeper and Susan Daynes (Girls Tennis); Stacey Camacho and Martin Ellis (Boys Golf); Mark Oftedal, Laura Johnson, and Rodney Kopish (Cross Country); Bobby Kennedy and Missy Tschabrun (Girls Soccer); and Kendra Tomsic, Lauren Carpenter, Kathy Howa, and Abeni Czajkowski (Volleyball) on these accomplishments!
Several of our student-athletes received post-season recognition, with All-Region honors going to Girls Soccer players Megan Dingman, Liz Baer, Mariah Papac, Emma Carlin, and Julia Villar, and Volleyball players Sara Matsumura, Arielle Flynn, Claire Ausbeck, and Allie Zehner. Deseret News named Baer, Papac, and Carlin as First Team All-State; Dingman, Second Team All-State; and Villar, Caeli Kennedy, and Airam Perez Honorable Mention All-State.
All-State honors were awarded to Boys Golf team members Garrett Furubayashi (First Team), Sean McDaniel (Second Team), and Matthew O’Brien (Second Team), while Cross Country All-State recognition was awarded to Sam Sanders (First Team), Donovan Murphy (Third Team), Astrid Lindgren (Third Team), and Megan Rasich (Third Team). Katie Foley, No. 1 Singles State Champion tennis player, was recognized as a Deseret News Prep Athlete of the Week following her outstanding performance at the State 2A Tournament.
In addition to achieving excellence in the competitive arena, several student-athletes were recognized as Academic All-Region for their scholastic prowess, including Callie Frey and Mariah Papac, Girls Soccer; Jonah Holbrook, Boys Golf; Sara Matsumura, Volleyball; Angela Foley, Gillian Dee, and Sophia Nielsen, Girls Tennis; and Sam Lemons, Patrick Schloesser, and Donovan Murphy, Cross Country. The Utah High School Activities Association subsequently named three of these athletes to their respective sport’s Academic All-State team: Callie Frey, Angela Foley, and Jonah Holbrook.
On behalf of our fall sports coaches and student-athletes, I want to thank our student, faculty, staff, and parent fans for their ever-positive support—you made a difference! The Booster Club offered fantastic financial and "people" support, with parent volunteers staffing concession and ticket sales, and supplying snacks and drinks to our teams. Thank you!
I’m happy to report that the pride is alive and well in Rowland Hall athletics—GO WINGED LIONS!