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Wilson Athletics Weekly, April 28

04/29/2019, 9:30am PDT
By Mike Nolan

Greetings Sports Fans!

We are entering the final weeks of the spring regular season with teams gearing up for a run at a city-title, the playoffs, and hopefully a strong showing at state. I can’t say enough about our Spring Coaching Staffs as they have faced quite a spring with the weather, sharing spaces on our campus, and preparing our student-athletes for competition. A great group of people to work with and it has been great to see our programs grow and compete as well!

Academic All-State
The OSAA released the Academic All-State Teams and once again, Wilson High School is well represented. The following teams were in the top ten of the state
· Baseball 2nd place
· Women’s Golf 2nd place
· Women’s Tennis 2nd place
· Men’s Track and Field 5th place
· Softball 6th place

Recognizing Senior Student-Athletes & Coaches
On June 3rd at the Senior Assembly, we will be recognizing our senior student-athletes and their accomplishments. We will recognize our Male and Female Scholar Athletes, Male and Female Paul McCall Student-Athletes, and our Male and Female Student Athletes of the Year. We will also announce our Head and Assistant Coaches of the Year.

Compassion Clinic
On May 18th, Wilson High School will be hosting the Compassion Clinic. At this event, there will be opportunities for families in need to get much needed medical, dental, vison, and care support. For more information please visit their website and if you would like to volunteer, they are always looking for translators and hosts to help out. https://compassionconnect.com/

PIL Hall of Fame
Wilson High School is pleased to announce that Tim Baltus, Sol Sallos, and Jason Porter were all nominated and will be inducted into the PIL Hall of Fame. Outstanding accomplishments for these three former Wilson Student-Athletes. The induction ceremony will be on October 27th of this year with the site still to be determined.

National Signing Day
On May 22nd, we will be hosting our student-athletes in the Wilson Gym at tutor time to celebrate their accomplishment of continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Parents and community members, please join us in this celebration.

A huge thanks goes out to Elena Miller and all the work she is doing to capture some really great pics of our student-athletes. You can see her work at the following site- https://www.flickr.com/photos/63953015@N06/albums

Portland Interscholastic League Foundation Golf Tournament
The purpose of the Portland Interscholastic League Foundation (PILF) is to generate resources to support athletics and our serve students enrolled in the Portland Public School (PPS) district. One in three PPS students, grade 6-12, participate in PIL athletic programming. Over the past five years, the PIL has grown from providing opportunities for 5,500 student-athletes to providing opportunities for over 13,000 student-athletes. The largest growth areas have been the increased participation of female student athletes and increased opportunities for lower income students as we seek to decrease the inequities that exist. The mission of the PILF is to continue to generate funds in order to support the ever increasing participation of students in athletics.

One of their major fundraisers in the PIL Golf Tournament at the Reserve on June 12th. To register for the event or ways to support, please visit the following site- https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/The-PIL-Open-2018/McnC

Wilson Athletics
Our Softball Program is currently sitting at 8-3 with some big games league games coming up this week. This past week, they faced off with league leading Roosevelt and came up short in their efforts. They bounced back with an impressive win against Grant with Ava Hergenhan hitting a 3-Run Blast. She was also one of the Student-Athletes of the Week in the Portland Tribune. The squad will play Benson, Cleveland, and Franklin this week. Honk Honk!

The Baseball Program battled against Grant this week in a first place showdown. In the first contest, the Varsity lost a tough one in 9 innings and unfortunately couldn’t bounce back in game two. At the PIL Showcase on Saturday, the squad competed well against Lincoln but could not quite get the bats going in a losing effort. They have a big week ahead with Lincoln and Cleveland this week.

The Track Program continues to improve week in and week out. They had a great performance at Grant this past week with a complete sweep with the Varsity/JV Women and Men coming in first place. On Saturday, the Varsity traveled to the Centennial Invitational and had a great showing as they gear up for District right around the corner. We have one more meet this Wednesday at our place.

Our Tennis Programs will be wrapping up the regular season on Monday and Tuesday. Both programs will play Franklin in their last regular season match, while the Men’s Program will have one last match against OES on Tuesday. The Women’s Program had a great week beating Benson and Southridge. The Men’s Program was able to take down both Benson and Grant.

Both the Women’s and Men’s Golf Programs have one more match before Districts. Both have competed very well this year and have improved throughout the season. The Women are looking to repeat as city champions and have positioned themselves very well to hopefully retain the city title.

The Women’s Lacrosse Team had a tough one on Saturday with Newberg. The squad battled back late to tie it up but ended up losing in overtime. Their next opponent is Tigard at Tigard High School. A huge shout out to Coach Burke in his first year of laying the foundation of a fun, competitive, and inclusive program.

The Men’s Lacrosse Team faced off with two perennial powerhouses in OES and Central Catholic. Unfortunately, we came out on the losing end of both of those matches but have a chance to bounce back with contests with Cleveland and Grant coming up.

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