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Wilson Athletics Weekly, May 19

05/20/2019, 8:45am PDT
By Mike Nolan

Greetings Sports Fans!

It is hard to believe that the 2018-19 school year is winding down. Seems like just only yesterday we were gearing up for the fall season dealing with smoke and heat advisories! I can’t thank the student-athletes enough for their hard work, commitment, and resiliency this year. The same goes for our coaching staff who has dedicated countless hours to ensure our student-athletes have the best experience possible. And to our community of teachers who are supporting our student-athletes thrive in the classroom, a huge thank you. They have shown once again why teaching is one of the noblest professions. Finally, thank you to the parents and community for all you do in supporting Wilson High School. We truly do have an amazing community and it is because of all of investing and caring for each other. We March On!

The Track Program had a fantastic showing at the District Track Meet this past week. Our student-athletes competed hard and many of our student-athletes either PR’d, scored points, won events, and are going to the State Meet at Mount Hood Community College. On the women’s side, we came in 2nd place behind Lincoln. On the men’s side, we took 1st place. The following athletes will be competing at the State Meet:
· Avery Poulsen 400m
· Nolan Malcomson 110m Hurdles + 300m Hurdles
· Makena Moragne 100m Hurdles
· Olivia Worley 300m Hurdles
· 4 X 100 Team Reese Gold, Jack Walker, Tal Cohen, Nolan Malcomson
· 4 x 400 Team-District Champs! Nolan Malcomson, Jack Walker, Mason Brion, Liban Dahir
· Keating Hinkley Shot Put
· Reese Gold-District Champ! Javelin
· Ben Fowler-District Champ! Pole Vault
· Cooper Curtin Pole Vault

The JV Track Program had a great year as well. Both the Men and Women went undefeated in Dual Meets this year and finished in 2nd place at the JV District Meet. On the men’s side, 7 athletes made the All-Time freshmen or sophomore list with Charlie Howard, Colin Perry, and Sullivan Maag having impressive years. According to Coach Esbensen, "This season was an amazing opportunity for some really gifted athletes to develop and will make championship runs soon.” On the women’s side, 9 athletes made the All-Time list as a freshmen or sophomore with Eliza Diguilio having a tremendous year in the throwing events and the sprinting class of Claire Asplund, Elenor Potter, Elise Delamarter, Eve Hart, Elle Leback, and Molly Cogburn having outstanding years as well. According to Coach Esbensen, “This season was one in which the women's JV team let the district know that we are chasing championships.”

The Men’s Tennis Program had an outstanding year both at the District Meet and a good showing at the State Meet as well. The Varsity Program finished 2nd in the PIL and sent Drew Wiley and Caden Samkutty to the State Tournament. Drew won his first match but came up short in his second round match. Caden made it to the quarterfinals but unfortunately could not advance. The JV Team went 8-1 in league play and undefeated out of conference. Jameson L’Amareaux had an outstanding JV Season and is looking to be a big contributor on the Varsity Team next year. According to Coach Sussman,”the JV team continues to build and be a large reason for the program’s success.”

On the women’s side, the program continues to improve each year with Coach Daigle and his staff. They too finished 2nd in the PIL with an impressive showing at the District Meet and sent Eryn Fiabane and Deva Paris and Rachel Wiernick for the Doubles Team. Deval and Rachel competed hard in the tournament gaining valuable experience. Eryn Fiabane finished in 4th place this year at the State Tournament. In fact, the Team finished in a 3-way tie for 7th place at state! Quite an accomplishment for the program. The JV program had a strong year and according to Coach Daigle,” the JV/JV2 Program is continuing to improve and strengthen the program with players who are ready to step and play Varsity next season.”

The Baseball Program had quite a year with the Varsity team finishing in 3rd place and two huge wins over Cleveland to get into the playoffs. They will be traveling to Jesuit on Monday for the first round of the State Tournament. 5pm first pitch. If you cannot make the game, it will be live streamed. You can find it at the following link or search Jesuit Crusader TV. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKBy-wbfGFA

The JV Program finished off the year with an 8-13-1 record. Gus Livermore led the team in hitting, while Ben Finnell fanned 44 batters, and Jack White led the team with 14 stolen bases. According to Coach Hockett,”Rory Asplaugh had a fantastic year in the infield, hustled always, and was praised by the umpires and opposing coaches. The season was filled with ups and downs but the team came together and played hard, had fun, and finished off the season going 6-2 in the month of May.” The JV2 program finished the year 9-15 with some strong performances on the mound from Roland Armstrong pitching 50 innings and struck out 64 batters. Andy Franck had a great year at the plate with a .326 average and 8 doubles. According to Coach Johnson,” the season was just as important off the field as it was on the field for the development of these young Trojans. They improved the mental aspect and understanding of the game every week!”

Our Women’s Golf Team capped off another impressive year with a PIL City Title and a good run at the State Tournament at Quail Valley. The team finished 12th in state this year and have a solid nucleus of returning athletes for next year. According to Coach K,”the group competed hard this year and are setting themselves up for improvement next year and we are super excited to see where we land next year.”

The Men’s Golf Team finished off the year 2nd in the PIL and just missed sending the entire team to state by 2 strokes. We were represented by Sutton Houck at the State Tournament and he did an outstanding job of representing Wilson High School. He shot a first round 82 and second round 76. With a solid group of returners, they are poised to make some noise both in the PIL and hopefully at state!

Our Softball Program capped off an impressive year with an overall record of 17-9. They will be traveling to Newberg on Monday for the first round of the State Tournament. First pitch is at 5pm. They had many highlights including Olivia McKinnon hitting for the cycle, the Varsity squad took down Lincoln at the Alpenrose Cup, and an impressive 12-5 league record. The JV Softball Team had an outstanding year finishing the season 15-1! According to the coaching staff, “This was an amazing year. We have some amazing talent and the future is bright! Ellie Amato, Anna Gibson, and Izzy Fitzpatrick had outstanding years as well!

Our Women’s Lacrosse Program has a great year under first year Head Coach, Kevin Burke. The Varsity Program finished off the regular season with a 10-8 record and a first round playoff win against Sheldon but came up short in their efforts in the second round against Oregon City. With a solid group of returners coming back, the program is poised to improve for next season. On the JV side, the team had a solid year with a good group of young and incoming players to strengthen the program.

On the men’s side, the Varsity Program had a good year with a first round playoff game tomorrow night at Wilson High School against Beaverton. Face off is at 7pm. The JV Team finished off the year with an impressive win in Hood River. They too have a strong group returning next year with some big shoes to fill with some great seniors leaving the program.

Recognizing Senior Student-Athletes
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.

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

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.

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.

For registration, please email or call Heather Egan hegan@pps.net / 971-803-8179

Please keep the link for volunteering and add the following info:
We are seeking volunteers to support the PIL Open Golf tournament fundraiser for our youth sports program. Come join us at The Reserve Golf Club and Vineyards on June 12th. (Volunteers must be 18 and above) We are looking for AM (9:30am-12:30PM) and PM (12:00PM- 4:30PM) shifts or stay for both. Morning shifts consists of various jobs such as greeters/guides, set up, runners, registration, lunch support, etc and PM shift is for auction dinner set up, runners, and rotating out on the course supporting players at holes. For more questions contact Heather Egan hegan@pps.net or 971-803-8179 Volunteering link: https://forms.gle/3Ae82esa4e7jACSJ7

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