Fall 2017 brought with it another very successful season of Rowland Hall athletics! Nearly 100 students and 14 coaches took to the courts and fields starting July 31, giving up part of their summer break and dedicating countless hours over two and half months to practices and competition to represent the green and white of Rowland Hall in the pursuit of athletic excellence. We applaud their commitment and sacrifice and thank them for their willingness to risk failure every day to achieve success. They epitomize what it means to have a growth mindset.
Congratulations to each coach and athlete--they represented themselves and our school community admirably and with much heart and pride. Read on for details of their achievements. WAY TO GO, WINGED LIONS!
GIRLS SOCCER TEAM ROARS TO STATE 2A TITLE
By Bobby Kennedy, Head Coach
On July 31, twenty-nine student-athletes showed up for tryouts and started what would prove to be a very successful season. As I shared the team motto that helps guide the program--Winged Lion Soccer, where winning is cultured, skills are tested, bonds are formed, and memories made--little did we know at the time that the combined varsity and junior varsity teams would finish with a record of 23-0-2.
Nine seniors—Allison Bagley, Lauren Bikhazi, Sidney Hare, Pippa Hodgkins, Meg Janes, Caeli Kennedy, Gillian Larsen, Airam Perez, and Savannah Price—set the tone for the training sessions, and it was evident based on preseason results that the program was filled with hard-working, intelligent, receptive student-athletes that would be very competitive in divisional play. After the varsity allowed only a single goal in the three pre-season games against teams from higher classifications, confidence grew, and the team was poised to face the 2A competition.
The first true test was the defending state champion Waterford Ravens, a team that beat us in the final last year by a score of 2-0. This time, our balanced attack and high-pressure defense proved to be too much for the Ravens, and our Winged Lions walked off the Steiner Field with a convincing 7-1 victory. As positions were solidified and players became more fit, the team improved steadily with an eye toward the rematch with Waterford which came on October 10 when Waterford hosted the green and white on their senior day and recognized our nine seniors, as well as theirs. When the game was over, victory was once again ours with an impressive 6-1 result.
The team won the Region 17 Championship and took the number one seed into the playoffs, hosting Gunnison in the first round. Our technical ability and combination passing were difficult for Gunnison to deal with, and the final score was 8-0. In the semifinals at Jordan High School, the team faced Millard High, a team that lost to us last year by a score of 5-0, but who in 2015 finished as the State Champions, beating our Winged Lions along the way. Millard worked hard to close down players and limit space in the attacking third of the field, but it was evident early on if we executed our game plan as drawn up, a favorable result would follow. Our players stepped up to that challenge, and we prevailed by a score of 8-0 and began to prepare mentally for the State final at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Once again we would face Waterford in the State 2A Championship game. The team was focused and ready to meet the demands of the game. It was awesome to see the bleachers packed with Winged Lion fans, cheering us on throughout!
At the half, we held a slim 1-0 lead, even though we had outplayed the Ravens for a majority of the forty minutes. Our team took the field with renewed determination the second half and, with all twenty-one players on the roster contributing, the final score was 6-3 in favor of our Winged Lions. The sound of Queen's famous anthem We are the Champions could be heard as the bus rolled back to campus.
This year's varsity team included Allison Bagley, Lauren Bikhazi, Sidney Hare, Pippa Hodgkins, Meg Janes, Caeli Kennedy, Gillian Larsen, Airam Perez, Savannah Price, Sam Carlisle, Kat Lanham, Aislinn Mitcham, Giselle Bodeen, Jordan Crockett, Anna Fukushima, Sally Logue, and Mia Vinding.
The junior varsity team was comprised of Grace Macintyre, Anya Mulligan, Ria Agarwal, Olivia Bikhazi, Eliza Hodgkins, Ellison Brown-Barbero, Cate Cannon-Match, Izzy Cox, Lindley Friedman, Alexandra Hodson, Ellie Hyde, and Lily Scaife.
Award recipients this year were Allison Bagley, Most Valuable Player; Caeli Kennedy and Airam Perez, Coaches' Award; and Gillian Larsen, Most Improved.
Kudos to our all-region recipients, including Allison Bagley, Caeli Kennedy, Airam Perez, Kat Lanham, and Jordan Crockett. A record number—nine—Winged Lions from our state 2A Championship Girls Soccer Team were named All State. Caeli Kennedy received the prestigious 2A MVP award and was joined by first-team All State teammates Giselle Bodeen, Jordan Crockett, Aislinn Mitcham, Airam Perez, Kat Lanham, Allison Bagley and by second-team honorees Gillian Larsen and Sidney Hare on this year's 2A All State squad.
Congratulations to all on a job well done, and best of luck to our seniors as they move on. They will be missed.
CROSS COUNTRY TEAM FINISHES WITH A STRONG SEASON
By Mark Oftedal, Head Coach
Mid-August arrived, the tail end of a long hot summer. Twenty-seven Rowland Hall student-athletes, the largest number in eleven years, joined or re-joined our cross country team. Most of these runners understood if they wanted to reach their personal goals for the season—or just not suffer too much during it—earnest preparation should have occurred during all those hot summer days leading up to this first meeting. All, probably, questioned their conditioning at this point, or at least wished they had an extra month or two to prepare. But, as most of us know, understanding that something should be done and making it happen are two different things. Regardless, one thing was certain: everyone came with a focused determination to accomplish all they could this season no matter their starting point. The range was wide, from those that wanted to compete head-to-head with the best Utah high school cross country had to offer to those with the desire to turn themselves into distance runners—or at least see what running itself had to offer them.
It's been said that the sport of distance running can be a lonely pursuit, but from what I witnessed this season, it was all but lonely. The support, encouragement, and infectious spread of dedicated effort both at practice sessions and in races was in good supply throughout the season. Under the leadership of seniors Kenzie Steward and Luke Nicoloff, our team members bonded together, establishing a positive team dynamic that propelled everyone forward to their best marks. Season's end left our team much to celebrate. Our Region Champion boys and girls teams went on to secure third and fourth places, respectively, at the 2A State Championships, while ninth-grade individual standouts, Carson Burian and Tate Beasley finished second and third overall, respectively.
Though we will miss the remarkable leadership of our senior team captains, Luke and Kenzie, they have left a solid foundation for the years ahead. I thank them for the mentorship they instilled in our young team of over twenty first- and second-year runners. Team sports generally speak of their end-of-season wins and losses. From my end-of-season perspective, we had 27 wins and zero losses. From those running neck-and-neck for the top spots in a championship race to those toeing the start-line with their personal-best mark as the barrier to beat, to those doing the training that must be done to get back to running after an injury, we are all on a winning course.
2017 Notable Performances
Tate Beasley: 25th place, varsity—BYU Invitational; 1st place, DII varsity—Bob Firman Invitational; 2nd place, varsity—Sanpete Classic; 1st place, varsity—Region Championships; 3rd place, State Championships
Ellie Revenhaugh: 3rd place, varsity—Region Championships; 19th place, State Championships
Kenzie Steward: 5th place, varsity—Region Championships: 28th place, State Championships
Ella Vitek: 12th place, sophomore division—Murray Invitational; 19 place, freshman-sophomore division—BYU Invitational; 7 place, varsity—All-City Championships; 14 place, varsity—Sanpete Classic; 2nd place, varsity—Region Championships; 11th place, State Championships
Lily Yang: 8th place, varsity—Region Championships; 36th place, State Championships
Aksel Anderson: 3rd place, varsity—Region Championships; 26th place, State Championships
Logan Bateman: 13th place, varsity—All-City Championships; 2nd place, varsity—Region Championships; 11th place, State Championships
Carson Burian: 3rd place, freshman division—Highland Invitational; 1st place, freshman division—Murray Invitational; 8th place, freshman-sophomore—BYU Invitational; 4th place, freshman division—Bob Firman Invitational; 11th place, varsity—Sanpete Classic; 1st place, varsity—Region Championships; 2nd place, State Championships
Matthew Goh: 12th place, varsity—Region Championships; 41st place, State Championships
Jesus Lamas: 4th place, varsity—Region Championships; 28th place, State Championships
Luke Nicoloff: 5th place, varsity—Region Championships; 39th place, State Championships
Robert Welt: 15th place, varsity—Region Championships; 34th place, State Championships
Our 2017 Rowland Hall Cross Country team award recipients included
Most Valuable, Tate Beasley and Carson Burian; Most Improved, Ella Vitek and Aksel Anderson; Coaches' Choice, Kenzie Steward and Luke Nicoloff; and
Tough-as-Nails, Lily Yang and Luke Nicoloff. Congratulations!
GIRLS TENNIS—FOLEY TAKES HER THIRD STATE TITLE!
By Tim Sleeper, Head Coach
The girls tennis team finished up a great regular season at the Region Tournament held at Salt Lake Swim & Tennis Club on September 30. From the start of practices in early August, the squad worked hard every day, and we were able to qualify for the state tournament at every position, which is quite a feat considering many of the girls just picked up the sport at the beginning of the season!
Grayson King and Kajal Ganesh came together as a unified force and played well at 2nd Doubles, while Madeline Keil and Sofia Espinosa fought hard at 1st Doubles this season. Tala Shihab showed amazing improvement from last season and played better and better with every match at the 3rd Singles position. Violette Truong displayed her exacting technique and amazing potential at 2nd Singles. And, of course, the shining star of the team, as well as the best tennis player to ever walk the halls at Rowland Hall, senior Katie Foley rallied from a set down in the exciting final match to take the 3A State Championship at 1st Singles and place a cherry on the top of an amazing high school career, capturing her third individual state title!
The team, including JV players Blair Alley and Laura Summerfield, represented the Winged Lions well this season as we moved up a class to 3A, and we're looking forward to some amazing years ahead with our young talent!
End of season awards were presented to Katie Foley, Most Valuable Player; Tala Shihab, Most Improved Player; and Violette Truong, Coaches' Choice. Kudos to these athletes!
BOYS GOLF FINISHES THIRD AT STATE
By Martin Ellis, Head Coach
The 2017 Rowland Hall Boys Golf season was a huge success. We finished second in Region 17 play, only a few strokes behind Waterford. We qualified for the State 2A Tournament where, last year, we finished 5th overall at the State Championships, and this year improved to a third-place finish at State, shooting a team score of 690 over the two-day event. We had a ton of fun getting there, too! As a team, we all grew closer and worked as a unit to accomplish our goals.
Ninth grader Tucker Lee led the charge and worked hard all year, setting the bar high for his teammates as he placed third as an individual at the Region Tournament, followed by a tie for fifth place at State. Giorgio Gianoulis was another workhorse for our team, showing improvement throughout the season as he finished in eleventh place at State. Zach Rohovit worked incredibly hard to improve his game and made great strides during the season, as did teammate Alex Baughman. Our team captains were seniors Jake West and Max Scaife who led the team proudly and will be missed next season.
Coach Stacey Camacho and I were very impressed with the team effort and accomplishments this season and look forward to much success next year with a strong group of returning players, including four of our six earlier mentioned varsity golfers, plus JV players Isaac Holbrook, Shoji Mori, Zydaan Siddiqi, and Josef Sueoka.
We were pleased to recognize the following players with awards at season's end: Most Valuable Player, Tucker Lee; Most Improved Player, Zach Rohovit; and Coaches Choice, Giorgio Gianoulis.
Thanks, and congrats on a great season!
VOLLEYBALL HAS LIONHEARTED SEASON
By Kendra Tomsic, Head Coach
The 2017 Volleyball season began on August 7, when eighteen enthusiastic, talented, fun-loving young women walked into the Lincoln Street Campus gym ready to prepare for what we hoped to be another successful year on the court.
Even a few days into our practices, it was apparent to the coaching staff that these athletes had put in some time over the summer months to get themselves in condition for a rigorous three hours per day of pre-season workouts. Led by senior captains Emily Fowler, Emma Reuling, and Allie Zehner, the team adopted the mantra "Lionhearted" as the backdrop for the season and proudly wore T-shirts and sweatshirts designed by Fowler depicting that slogan. I am happy to report that the players lived up to that motto in every practice and during every competition.
A tough pre-season schedule helped hone our skills and build team camaraderie, as we beat 3A Manti, lost a close match to 3A South Summit, competed tough against 3A through 6A schools at a tournament hosted by Hunter High School, and then captured the Championship trophy at the Wendover Wildcat Invitational Tournament in mid-September. We were ready for Region 17 play!
Our toughest competition in league play was offered up by Wasatch Academy and Waterford. When we met Wasatch Academy in the Den, we came from behind in a first set loss 25-27 to win the next three games in convincing fashion 25-14, 25-11, 25-18 to get the victory. Our first showdown with Waterford happened at their gym, where we played some of the very best volleyball of our season, defeating the Ravens in straight sets 25-12, 25-17, 25-14. At the midway point of the season, we were undefeated and cruising.
A road trip to Mt. Pleasant in early October to once again face Wasatch Academy brought with it a heartbreaking loss to the Tigers in a five-set battle after they were able to come back from two sets down to get the win 25-14, 25-15, 22-25, 21-25, 13-15. Momentum shifted in game three, and despite a valiant effort by every player, we just couldn't seem to get it back on our side of the net. It was a tough loss, but we played with a ton of heart and battled to the last point.
With a chance to at least tie Waterford for a share of the Region 17 title, we hosted the Ravens on October 17, playing a key player down as talented outside hitter, Allie Zehner, was out due to an ankle injury the previous week. With only one practice to make some lineup shifts and adjustments prior to facing Waterford, I was so very proud of the effort and heart with which we competed; however, an improved Waterford squad was able to capitalize on some uncharacteristic errors on our part, defeating us 17-25, 17-25, 18-25.
The team ended the regular season on a high note with a victory over Rockwell on Senior Night, finishing second in Region 17 with a 10-2 record, and earning a berth to the State 2A Tournament as the #2 seed from our Region.
With some great practice sessions under our belt the week before State, we headed to the State Tournament with confidence and high hopes and were especially happy to learn that Allie would be able to rejoin the lineup after having been out of action for two weeks. We were ready and excited!
As I mentioned early on, our team theme was lionhearted and I am proud to say that the team played with the heart of a lion throughout the season and especially at the State Tournament at Utah Valley University. We competed tough against some strong competition at the double-elimination State Tournament, defeating Altamont in a well-played match on Friday, and then lost two hard-fought matches against #2 in the State Enterprise and the eventual fifth-place team in the state, Duchesne. Our Winged Lions gave their all every moment of every match, and I am so very proud of their efforts at State and throughout this season. They are CHAMPIONS in my book!
I have a fantastic support system of coaches and want to give a huge thank you to my assistant coaches-- Lauren Carpenter, Kathy Howa, and Abeni Czajkowski-- for all they did to help make the season successful.
A special shout out to our three seniors who were each named All Region and 2A All Star players this year-- Allie, Emily, and Emma-- whose talent, work ethic, team first attitude, and positive leadership will be greatly missed...thank you for all you've given to our program. Allie and Emily were both named to the Utah Volleyball Coaches' Association's 2A All State Team, First and Third Team, respectively, with other post season recognition possibly to come.
Two Rowland Hall volleyball athletes have been named 2A All State: Allie Zehner, Second Team, and Emily Fowler, Honorable Mention.
Congratulations to these talented student-athletes on this prestigious recognition!
Congratulations and thank you to these three and teammates Leah Button, Tess Edgley, Cody Googin, Claire Hyde, Livia Anderson, Leonie Anderson, Chloe Coleman-Houghton, Lily Roberts, Sophie Stinnett, Serena Flanders, Imani Mendenhall, Katie McGuire, Laisha Padilla, Jacque Park, and Ke'ea Ramirez.
ACADEMIC AWARDS FOR FALL ATHLETES
Each sports season, Region 17 recognizes as Academic All-Region honors those senior athletes who are regular starters or performers on their Varsity team and who carry a 3.75 or higher cumulative, non-weighted GPA.
Six of our fall sports athletes received this award, including Katie Foley, Girls Tennis; Sidney Hare, Pippa Hodgkins, and Gillian Larsen, Girls Soccer; and Allie Zehner and Emily Fowler, Volleyball.
These Academic All-Region honorees are then nominated for the Utah High School Activities Association's Academic All-State award whereby the top ten nominees based on non-weighted, cumulative GPA are then recognized as Academic All-State in their respective sport.
We are proud to announce that Volleyball team standout, Allie Zehner, was named to the 2A Academic All-State team this year and was recognized at the State 2A Volleyball Tournament with this award.
In addition, she and fellow teammate, Emily Fowler, were awarded the Utah Volleyball Coaches' Association 2A Academic All-State award at a recent ceremony at Taylorsville High.
Congratulations to these student-athletes!
THANKS TO BOOSTER CLUB
A heartfelt thank you to the Rowland Hall Booster Club for its recent purchase of new chairs for use by our volleyball and basketball teams, as well as for the purchase of new banners representing the schools in Region 17. Those banners now hang on the wall of the Lincoln Campus gym. In addition, the Boosters have funded the purchase of sports T-shirts for our fall and winter Middle School athletic teams, as well as purchasing new T-shirts for this year's Upper School Spirit Club.
Booster Club board members Ashley Holbrook and Erica Keil, Co-Presidents; Karen Edgley, Treasurer; and Melanie Bates and Emily Smith, Middle School representatives work tirelessly behind the scenes to help promote our Upper School and Middle School athletics program, and their efforts are very much appreciated.
Thanks also to our fall sports parent liaisons for all they did to help make each team's season enjoyable and successful: Dorene Sambado, Girls Tennis; Joy Bateman and Jessica Vitek, Cross Country; Tammy Park and Phuong Bodeen, Girls Soccer; Theresa Sueoka, Ashley Holbrook, and Teri West, Boys Golf; and Leilani Fowler and Jackie Stinnett, Volleyball. Your willingness to organize other parents to provide drinks and snacks for our teams and to staff the admissions/concessions table in the sport of volleyball, as well as to organize and orchestrate your respective team's end of season awards celebration was much appreciated.
A special shout out to Girls Tennis Booster parent liaison Dorene Sambado who leaves the position after serving in that capacity for the past nine years—since 2008—when eldest daughter, Madeline came into the Rowland Hall tennis program, followed by Angela, then now graduating senior, Katie. Dorene and her husband John Foley have been avid supporters of the girls tennis program, and their positive, generous support has meant much to all the players and the coaching staff for these many years. Thanks for all you have done and given, Dorene—you and your family will be much missed in the Rowland Hall girls tennis program.
If you would like to get involved as a Rowland Hall Athletics Booster, please contact Ashley Holbrook or Erica Keil for more information—enthusiastic supporters welcome!
DESERET NEWS NAMES ALL STATE GIRLS SOCCER & VOLLEYBALL HONOREES
The Deseret News recently named their 2A All State selections for Girls Soccer and Volleyball. We are pleased to announce that several of our student-athletes have been named to those teams.
A record number—nine—Winged Lions from our State 2A Championship Girls Soccer team were named All State. Caeli Kennedy received the prestigious 2A MVP award and was joined by First Team All State teammates Giselle Bodeen, Jordan Crockett, Aislinn Mitcham, Airam Perez, Kat Lanham, Allison Bagley and by Second Team honorees Gillian Larsen and Sidney Hare on this year's 2A All State squad.
Two Rowland Hall Volleyball athletes have been named 2A All State: Allie Zehner, Second Team, and Emily Fowler, Honorable Mention.
Congratulations to these talented student-athletes on this prestigious recognition! We are awaiting news of the Salt Lake Tribune's All State teams and will report those as received.