Thanks to the hard work and dedicated effort of coaches and athletes, the 2016-17 Winged Lion winter athletic teams saw steady improvement and had solid success. Nearly seventy student-athletes took to the court and pool to represent the green and white this winter, bringing many exciting moments to fans with their fierce competitiveness, talent, and unmatched sportsmanship.
Congratulations to all our student-athletes for going above and beyond to be the ambassadors of Rowland Hall in the greater community—you made us proud each time you stepped into the competitive arena. Kudos and much appreciation to coaches Sara Watchorn, Anne Henkels, Kathy Howa (swimming); Ronnie Ross, Romaro Rogers, Paulino Beach (boys basketball); and Bill Tatomer, Ashlee Ostler, Stacy Martin (girls basketball) for their mentorship, passion, and leadership.
GO WINGED LIONS!
Swimmers Have “Splashing” Season
by Anne Henkels, Assistant Swim Coach
The “Finned Lions” concluded yet another spectacular season under the nurturing eye of Head Coach Sara Watchorn. The swimmers comprised one of the largest teams in Rowland Hall swimming history with seventeen student-athletes coming out for this year’s team, including Ella Bagley, Tarik Basic, Mia Chamberlain, Skylar Diamandis, Lucas Erickson, Ethan Goh, Isabella Goh, Sophie Hannah, Alexander Kahler, Isaac Landau, Grace Macintyre, Charlotte Orford, Alison Puri, Holden Seethaler, Hayden Stotts, and Gabriella Vitek.
The season included informative nutrition suggestions, Oov technology and workout regimens, dry land training, visualization, and—of course—plenty of time in the pool.
At the Region Meet held at South Summit High School in late January, the Rowland Hall Girls team placed second and the boys team took third. On the girls side, the medley relay team placed second and the 200 Free relay team took first; Sophie Hannah took third in the 200 free; Alison Puri placed first in the 200 IM; Bella Goh took third in the 100 Fly; and Gabriella Vitek was crowned Region champion in both the 100 Free and 100 Back. Boys team results included a second place in the Medley relay and a second place in the 200 Free relay; Hayden Stotts took second in the 200 Free and third in the 500 Free; Tarik Basic placed third in the 200 Free; and Lucas Erickson captured the Region title in the 500 Free.
Strong performances during the season and at the Region meet saw the following swimmers qualify for the State 2A Meet held at Brigham Young University on February 9:
Mia Chamberlain: 200 Free and 500 Free
Sophie Hannah: 200 Free and 100 Breaststroke
Ella Bagley: 200 IM
Charlotte Orford: 200 IM, 100 Breaststroke
Alison Puri: 200 IM, 100 Breastroke
Bella Goh: 100 Fly, 100 Back
Gabriella Vitek: 100 Free, 100 Back
Tarik Basic: 200 Free, 50 Free
Ethan Goh: 50 Free, 100 Free
Isaac Landau: 50 Free, 100 Breaststroke
Skylar Diamandis: 200 IM, 100 Fly
Hayden Stotts: 200 Free, 500 Free
Lucas Erickson: 100 Fly, 500 Free
The Women’s 200 Medley and 200 Free Relay teams and the Men’s 200
Free and 400 Free Relay teams made up of different combinations of team members also qualified for State.
It was great to watch our comparatively small in number, but big on talent team swim to personal best times race after race, many of them placing in the top six in their event to earn championship medals for their efforts.
The boys team placed third of 13 teams, scoring 154 points. Some great results were posted, including:
200 Free Relay, 3rd place: Tarik Basic, Skylar Diamandis, Isaac Landau, Ethan Goh
400 Free Relay, 1st Place: Lucas Erickson, Tarik Basic, Isaac Landau, Ethan Goh
Tarik Basic: 8th in 200 Free, 7th in 50 Free
Hayden Stotts: 11th in 200 Free, 5th in 500 Free
Skylar Diamandis: 8th in 200 IM, 7th in 100 Fly
Isaac Landau: 5th in 50 Free, 4th in 100 Breast
Ethan Goh: 6th in 50 Free, 6th in 100 Free
Lucas Erickson: 5th in 100 Fly, 2nd in 500 Free
The girls team placed fourth of 14 teams, scoring 137 points. Strong performances were posted by all, including: 200 Medley Relay, 2nd place: Bella Goh, Alison Puri, Gabriella Vitek, and Sophie Hannah
200 Free Relay, 2nd place: Sophie Hannah, Alison Puri, Bella Goh, and Gabriella Vitek
Sophie Hannah: 8th in 200 Free, 17th in 100 Breast
Mia Chamberlain: 9th in 200 Free, 6th in 500 Free
Alison Puri: 2nd in 200 IM, 4th in 100 Breast
Charlotte Orford: 7th in 200 IM, 14th in 100 Breast
Bella Goh: 8th in 100 Fly, Tied for 7th in 100 Back
Gabriella Vitek: 2nd in100 Free, 3rd in 100 Back
At the end of year awards celebration, special recognition was given to Most Valuable Swimmers Gabriella Vitek and Lucas Erickson; Most Improved Grace Macintyre and Hayden Stotts; and the Coaches’ Award went to Sophie Hannah.
Though swimming is one of the longest athletic seasons, these swimmers never failed to delight and inspire their coaches, Sara Watchorn, Anne Henkels, and Kathy Howa, throughout its duration. Well done, Finned Lions!
Boys Basketball Moves a Step Closer to Goals
By Ronnie Ross, Head Coach
The twenty-seven member boys’ basketball team continued its progress towards its goals of player development and qualification for the elite eight of the 2A State Tournament.
Starting with pre-season conditioning and weight training to prepare the incoming class, along with the hard work of returning players, the Winged Lions began the season 2-0 before meeting a few early season obstacles. With a season schedule as tough as it’s every been, including road games with 5A Roy with who they were very competitive, and 4A West High to whom they lost a very close contest, these tough, gritty, competitive games set the tone for the season.
Region play began with a rivalry game against Rockwell, a tough loss at home. The team bounced back, however, showing resiliency and determination. The season goal was to finish Region play with a better state seed than last year. Near the end of a grueling season during which our young varsity team lost several close contests, the stage was set for the Winged Lions to meet Rockwell on the road, with a third place seed on the line. It was an exciting matchup, a game that went into double over time with our young men prevailing to take the third place seed from Region 14 to state, one spot higher than the 2016 ranking. It was a great way to end the regular season of play, showing the progress and heart of our promising group of young athletes.
At the first round of the State 2A Tournament played at Orem High School on February 17, Rowland Hall met fifth ranked in the State Grand County High. The Winged Lions took the court as underdogs and competed very well during the first half. The third quarter saw us fall behind, and although the boys fought back valiantly in the fourth quarter, the Red Devils eventually prevailed, ending our season in the first round.
The team showed tremendous improvement throughout the season. A young 2016-17 varsity team with a lot of potential, we lose only two seniors, Jack Scaife and Luke Roberts, and return a strong group of passionate, hard working, and talented players, including Austin Davison, Jack Dischmann, Jake Dreyfous, Ben Fowler, Tristam Gaylord, Giorgio Gianoulis, Adrian Gushin, Ben Houden, Nektarios Mantas, Andy Merrill, Ian Murphy, Adin Mustajbegovic, Luke Nicoloff, Jason Nkoy, Oscar Percy, Trey Provost, Maya Royer, Youssef Salama, Max Scaife, Leo Smart, Zander Smith, and Milo Yeates.
It was a pleasure to recognize the following players with end of season team awards: Most Valuable Player, Luke Roberts; Coaches Award, Jack Scaife; Most Improved, Zander Smith; Offensive MVP, Jack Dischmann; Defensive MVP, Isaiah Adams; Toughness Award, Youssef Salama; and Most Promising, Trey Provost and Boston Ballard. We were also happy to congratulate Jack Dischmann and Isaiah Adams on their selection to the Region 14 All-Region team.
We’d like to give special thanks to our two seniors, Luke Roberts and Jack Scaife, and thank them for their leadership and dedication to the Winged Lion basketball program over the past four seasons—you will be missed.
The coaching staff is looking forward to the 2017-2018 season—the future is bright for ROHO basketball!
Victories over Waterford Highlight Girls Basketball Season
By Bill Tatomer, Head Coach
The Rowland Hall Girls’ Basketball Team concluded their 2016-17 season attending the 2A State Tournament in Orem. This game capped a fantastic year for the Lady Lions with many reasons to be proud.
Our success started this year during the summer with 16 girls participating in the team’s week long camp. This experience culminated with the girls playing in 18 games at the U of U, an experience that allowed the girls to come together as a team. Momentum continued when the official basketball season started in November with their first practice, and the girls never looked back.
Led by senior team captains, Olyvia Mugweh and Kaela Gilbert, the squad battled in 36 junior varsity and varsity contests this year. The junior varsity team finished the year with an impressive 17-1 record, only losing one preseason matchup, and the varsity team finished at 11-7, taking third place in Region 14. Both lineups played inspired basketball over the four-month schedule.
Highlights this year included two region victories over arch rival Waterford and several close wins over challenging opponents. Playing with confidence and an emphasis on TEAM, this year’s squad really solidified as a hoops family on and off the court, and had a ton of fun competing together this season. There were a lot of great memories made this year, playing together and hanging out together.
This year the Lady Winged Lions were fortunate to have four senior players on the squad. Returning last year’s offensive player of the year Julia Villar, defensive player of the year Kaela Gilbert, team captain Olyvia Mugweh, and returning after a two -year layoff, senior inspiration Emma Carlin, leadership was not lacking. These four seniors set the example of grit, spirit, composure, and hustle for the rest of the team to emulate. Undoubtedly the success of this year’s team was a direct result of these four players and their outstanding leadership and basketball ability.
Three upper class junior girls also made their mark this year. Juniors Allison Bagley, Gillian Larsen, and Meg Janes were all instrumental in the program’s success, modeling incredible focus and determination in all practice and game situations. Additionally, sophomore standouts Claire “Sandy” Sanderson, Ally Hansen, Tess Edgley, and Kat Lanham, paired with freshman sensation Sophie Stinnett, provided unbelievable athleticism, maturity, and toughness to the squad. The future looks bright for the program with the return of these talented student athletes and with junior varsity standouts Leah Button and Sam Carlisle ready to take on the challenge of a varsity role next season.
The team concluded the year with a banquet hosted by Rachel and Larry Gilbert at their beautiful home in Park City. This celebration was a wonderful way to honor and remember all of the incredible memories made on the court and off. The awards ceremony recognized the following players as voted by their fellow players and coaches. Team MVP – Allison Bagley; Team Offensive Player, Sophie Stinnett, Team Defensive Player, Emma Carlin; and Coaches Award, Gillian Larsen.
Additionally, Region 14 first team All Region honors were awarded to Allison Bagley and Sophie Stinnett, and next year’s team captains, Bagley, Meg Janes, and Gillian Larsen were announced. The banquet was a fantastic way to culminate an unforgettable season with food, fun, a heartwarming tribute video by Tess Edgley, and spending time with all of our basketball O’hana. Thank you again seniors for all of your hard work, commitment, and passion for the sport and the program over the past four years. Your legacy will surely live on for years to come. Go Lady Lions!
Academic Honors for Three Winter Sport Athletes
Each sports season, the Region 14 Board honors those senior athletes on each sports team who carry a 3.75 or higher non-weighted, cumulative GPA and who are starters or performers on their respective sport varsity team with Academic All-Region recognition.
We are pleased to announce that three Winged Lion athletes were so recognized this winter, including Tarik Basic, Swimming; and Olyvia Mugweh and Julia Villar, Girls Basketball.
All-Region Recognition for Four Winged Lion Basketball Players
The coaches of Region 14 named four members of the boys and girls basketball team to the All-Region team for the 2016-2017 season.
Congratulations to Jack Dischmann, Isaiah Adams, Allison Bagley, and Sophie Stinnett on this prestigious honor!
FALL SPORT POST-SEASON HONORS UPDATE
Several of our fall sport student-athletes received post-season recognition after the last issue of the Finish Line was published, so we wanted to update our readers on that information.
Several Girls Soccer team members were named to the All State team, including Emma Carlin, First Team Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune; Jordan Crockett, First Team Deseret News and Second Team Salt Lake Tribune; Airam Perez, First Team Deseret News and Honorable Mention Salt Lake Tribune; Allison Bagley, First Team Deseret News; Caeli Kennedy, Second Team Deseret News; and Aislinn Mitcham, Second Team Deseret News.
From the Volleyball team, Allie Zehner was named Second Team All-State in the Salt Lake Tribune and Honorable Mention in the Deseret News. Kate Button and Lena Chan were both named to the Utah Volleyball Coaches Association’s Senior Academic All-State Team.
Congratulations to these Winged Lions!