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Wilson Athletics Weekly

10/06/2019, 8:15pm PDT
By Mike Nolan

Greetings Sports Fans!
We had a great turnout for the West Side Story Night this past week versus Lincoln coupled with some great competition to boot! Leanne and I handed out 300 T-Shirts in about an hour, we had mascot races, green smoke bombs after each goal during soccer, and we were able to recognize some of our youth players as well! Huge thanks to Ken Muraoka and the Leadership Class for their support along with the Booster Club for selling swag. It was great to see our student body at the event supporting the school and our student-athletes. Great things continue to happen at Wilson High School! We March On! Character and Leadership One of the many great things I get to see as part of my job as Athletic Director is to see our studentathletes exhibit great sportsmanship and the ability to learn from our mistakes. On countless occasions, I have seen our student-athletes lend a hand when their opponent has gone to the ground. We had a cross-country runner stop and help a fellow runner when they were not feeling well at our Cross Country Meet on Tuesday. I have seen fellow teammates wrap their arms around their teammates when something does not go their way. The following links are great reminders about the power of sportsmanship and learning from our mistakes. ?language=en

Collegiate Athletics Wilson High School is collaborating with National Scouting Report and hosting a free seminar for parents and student-athletes who are interested in playing post high school. Tyler Lively and Jackie Arnold will be here to cover the step by step of the college recruiting process, myths and facts of the recruiting process, NCAA & NAIA eligibility center, core courses and academic requirements, and a Q & A session. This is open to all grades and all athletes. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend as well. We will hold this event on October 8th in the Wilson Cafeteria at 6pm.

Coaches Corner with Frank Mathews
How long have you been coaching and where have your stops been? This is my 5th year of coaching at Wilson HS and my 13th season overall. I first started coaching in 2000 at Reynolds HS. What is it about coaching that you love so much? I really enjoy seeing kids grow as players by extending themselves beyond their comfort levels. Most kids come into high school soccer with a JV mentality, where the game is very fun but not always the most physical, but when they leave the program as a Senior they typically understand that you have to be mentally and physically prepared each time you step out on a Varsity field. Also, I love how the boys just "play" during practices on Saturday mornings. It's infectious to be around such a positive vibe!!!

What is it about Wilson that makes you want to come back year in and year out and continue to coach? Wilson kids are the reason to come back each year! The Wilson student-athletes involved in Men's soccer are outstanding people. They are nice well-balanced people who are simply easy to be around for the season.

What are some of you most memorable moments as a coach? I have lots of great memories as a coach here at Wilson HS. My most memorable moment was when we put the final dagger against Newberg HS when we scored a goal with about 7 minutes left to play and earn our spot in the 6A Semifinal a few years ago. It was pouring rain but the energy in that crowd and on our bench was unbelievable after we scored!!!

Where are you from? High School? College? I grew up in Rockford, Illinois where I played Varsity soccer for 4 years at Boylan Central Catholic High School. I made the All-State team 3 times, All-Midwest Regional team once, and then in my Senior year I was our school's first All-American! I then went to the University of Wisconsin to play soccer and in 1995 (my Senior year) we won the National Championship!

What are your interests outside of coaching? Hobbies? To be honest, I have not really pursued much in the way of soccer after college...I don't really play anymore or watch too much on tv. Coaching soccer keeps me connected to the sport, but when I have any kind of free time I like to hike and travel with my family. I have been to over 30 countries through my experiences with soccer and travel and my favorite thing on earth is to explore the world's amazing cultures, foods, and geography.

Wilson Booster Club The Wilson Booster Club does an outstanding job of supporting all things Wilson! If you would like to become a member or volunteer, please visit Capturing Wilson Athletics Elena Miller and Ed Devereaux have been taking some pretty amazing pictures of our events. You can find their work at Family ID You can now register for Winter and Spring Sports on Family ID. Please visit to register. Wilson Athletics-A week in review The Varsity Soccer squad opened up league play in convincing fashion taking down Lincoln in a great match on Thursday. Mackenna Antonini had two goals in the contest and the team played some great defense against a really good Lincoln squad. The JV Team battled it out on Friday in the stadium against Lincoln as well but came up short in their efforts. The JV2 traveled to Grant on Friday and battled but also came up short as well. Our Men’s Varsity Soccer Team came up just short in their league opener with Lincoln on Thursday night. Wilson came out striking first with a quick goal and the game was back and forth after that. They have a big week ahead when we host Grant and then travel to Roosevelt. The JV Team came out on top against Lincoln on Friday wining 1-0. The JV2 Team had quite a week knocking off Newberg and Franklin. The Volleyball Program had another great showing this past week with the Varsity taking down Roosevelt and Lincoln. Unfortunately, they lost Hannah Romeis to an injury against Roosevelt. She is tough as nails and hopes to come back in time for a playoff push for the Trojans. The JV swept this past week as well taking down Roosevelt and Lincoln while the JV2 spilt. Over the weekend, the JV2 competed well at the Hillsboro Tournament finishing first in their pool. We will be hosting a JV2 Tournament this weekend at Wilson on Saturday. The program has a big week facing off with Cleveland, Franklin, and Grant. The Cross Country Program had quite a week. We hosted a meet at Gabriel Park and the program traveled to Florence for an invitational at Honeyman Park. On Tuesday, the JV Men finished a close second to Central Catholic. The Varsity Men finished 2nd only to Central Catholic who are perennial powers in the Cross Country world. The Varsity and JV Women finished 1st. According to the coaches, the real story of the event was the incredible amount of support they received from the Wilson Community! In Florence, after spending the night on the floor in the Siuslaw Gym, the Trojans competed well. The JV Men came in a close 2nd with 4 runners placing in the top ten. The Varsity Women delivered a solid victory over a very strong Siuslaw program with 3 runners in the top ten led by Sylvia Ingram. The Varsity Men had a great day finishing tied for 2nd with Philomath. The Program travels to Fernhill on Tuesday. The Football Program traveled to Hillsboro on Friday night and couldn’t quite get in a groove offensively unfortunately and Hillsboro was able to make some big plays. The team is battling it out this year and hopes to rebound this week as they prepare for a trip to Parkrose. The JV2 will be traveling to Hillsboro on Monday. Finally, a huge thanks to our Cheer Program and the new staff of Lynsey Smith and Maya Berns. It has been great to see them on the sidelines performing for our crowds and getting them pumped up for contests. 


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