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Wilson Athletics Weekly

09/16/2019, 10:15am PDT
By Mike Nolan

Greetings Sports Fans!

Week three is under our belts and great things continue to happen at Wilson High School! Our Volleyball Program has started league play getting through three tough matches and going 3-0. The Women’s Soccer Program is continuing to improve under first year head coach, Josh Richards and his staff. Our Cross Country Program has had quite a week participating in the PIL Preview and at the Northwest Classic in Eugene. Our Men’s Soccer Program continues to battle it out in a tough pre-season schedule and our Football Program took on a physical Cleveland team on Friday. We March On!

Character and Leadership
The level of sportsmanship our programs have exhibited this Fall Season so far has been incredible. It is a true testament to the student body and our student-athletes and their character. We are always trying to respect the ROOTS of the game, the rules, opponents, officials, and yourself and as parents, we play a vital role in that process as well. Below are some tips from our partners at the Positive Coaching Alliance Learning to fail and that is ok is another important part of a growth mindset as well. The following video is a great example of that

October 3rd -A west side rivalry Wilson vs Lincoln
We are going to host both the Lincoln Varsity Men and Women’s Soccer program along with the Varsity Volleyball Program for a fun night of competition on October 3rd. We are going to get T-Shirts made for the contest, mascot races, half-time contests, invite the youth programs, and enjoy some healthy competition between the two schools. Shaping up to be an exciting night! Contests are as follows-  Men’s Soccer @ 4pm  Volleyball @ 5:15pm  Women’s Soccer @ 7pm

Coaches Corner
A new feature of the Wilson Athletics Weekly is to highlight some of our coaches and the great work they do and get to know them a little better as well.

Our first coach is Bob Williams, one of our Cross Country and Track & Field Coaches.

How long have you been coaching and where have your stops been? I have been coaching since about 1966 - as a junior distance runner at the U of O. I was running well and a couple of kids asked me to coach them. One actually ran very well and ended up at Georgetown University and still races as a Triathlete. I’ve coached at the University level - NAIA, Concordia University in Portland; Professionally, assisting Alberto Salazar with the Nike Oregon Project; locally at Wilson, Lake Oswego, Lincoln and Westview High Schools.

What is it about coaching that you love so much? I think it is the challenge of figuring out the puzzle for the individual athlete and seeing the look on their faces when they achieve a goal they have worked so hard to accomplish. This “blueprint” take a lot of time to determine but it can be very satisfying when you get it right for that individual runner.

What is it about Wilson that makes you want to come back year in and year out and continue to coach? I think it is the student athlete/team model that Thor Esbensen has worked so hard to design and implement, the truly great selfless and very smart coaches that I work with and the sense of fun/joy/ and determination that I see every day with these athletes. It is incredibly satisfying to leave the track with the athletes cooling down and heading home and knowing that this (Wilson) is where I belong as a coach and mentor.

What are some of you most memorable moments as a coach? I have been very fortunate to have worked with very talented high school athletes - 13 State High School Champions at 800m to 3,000m from 2-A to 6-A schools; Coached 8 women and 1 male runners to the 1996 & 2000 Olympic Trials in the Marathon; A USA National Champion and American Record holder in the 3,000 m Steeplechase ( Lisa Karnopp); and two of the fastest 800m men in Oregon history, Mike McGrath-1:48.5 and Elijah Greer-1:47.6. What are your interests outside of coaching? Hobbies? I love to read - right now spy novels ( John Le Carre’ - Smiley’s People - and Elephant Company(NYT Bestseller) by Vicki Constatine Croke - a MUST read for everyone; go to movies with my son, exercise daily and spend time with my daughter her husband and two lovely granddaughters. Where are you from? High School? College? I grew up in Eugene, ran at St. Francis High School and the U of O as a walk on for Bill Bowerman in the fall of 1963. I ended up as a PAC 8 Steeplechase Champion, All-American in the 3,000m Steeplechase and competed in the U. S. Olympic Trials in 1968 (5th in the Steeple) and 1972 Trials; I took all that I learned from Bill Bowerman and apply daily those training principles.

Wilson Athletics-A week in review
The Men’s Soccer Program had quite a week with some good competition from around the area. The JV2 Program had two this past week as they start the season. They defeated Catlin Gabel and Clackamas and will travel to Glencoe on Wednesday. The JV squad bounced back from a defeat against Lake Oswego with a nice victory over Southridge. They will face Gresham and Centennial this week. The Varsity squared off against Lake Oswego as well but couldn’t quite find the back of the net dropping that contest. On Thursday, in front a great crowd, we managed a 1-1 tie in a very exciting game. They too will face Gresham and Centennial this week. On the women’s side in soccer, the varsity had a convincing win against Central Catholic at Delta Park winning 3-0. They have a big week when we fact St. Mary’s at home and then on the road to Barlow. The JV2, unfortunately, was rained out on Monday. We are looking to re-schedule that contest. Can’t thank Coach Richards and his staff enough for their hard work this first year with him at the helm. The Volleyball Program has kicked off the season in impressive fashion with the program starting out league play with three formidable opponents in Lincoln, Cleveland, and Grant. The Varsity has come out strong in those three contests only dropping one set to Lincoln and finishing 3-0. The Varsity traveled to Lakeridge for a tournament over weekend and went 2-2 with big wins over Westview and Battle Ground. The JV were at Hillsboro for a tournament finishing first in pool play and losing to Corvallis in the finals. According to the team, “So far our season has gone well. We have great chemistry and a tight knit community. Our goal is to win the league title this year and we would love your support!” Our Football Team traveled to Cleveland on Friday and took on a very physical squad. Hunter Davis and Jayden Brannan were able to connect for nice scoring drive and Jaydan was able to return a kick for a touchdown as well, unfortunately, he was sidelined with an injury that prevented him from finishing out the game. Our guys battled to the last horn but came up short in their efforts. The JV2 Team will play Cleveland on Monday and we will host Forest Grove on Friday. The Cross Country Program had a big week as well. They ran at the PIL Preview on Wednesday with some good performances from our runners. On Saturday, they traveled to Lane Community College for a meet and our runners did outstanding. The Varsity Women finished 7th out of 28 teams and on the men’s side, they finished 11th out of 36 teams. On the JV side, the women finished 4th out of 24 teams and the men finished 2nd out of 27 teams. And finally, a huge thanks to our new Cheer coaches for the work they are putting in getting our crowds pumped up and showing their spirit for Wilson High School! Their energy and commitment to Wilson High School is appreciated! 

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