Greetings Sports Fans!
With only a week left in the regular season, our Fall Sports Programs are poised to finish strong with some important contests and events coming up this week. The Volleyball Program will be celebrating its seniors at their last home contest on Tuesday night against Jefferson. With a win, they will clinch the PIL City Title. Our Football Program will have their last home game on Friday against Wilsonville and will be honoring their seniors as well. The Cross Country Program is gearing up for a push at the PIL District meet which will be on October 30th with one more PIL/MHC Crossover meet this week at Fernhill. We will be celebrating their seniors at halftime of the football game on Friday. The Women’s Soccer Program closes out their regular season with a match at Madison on Monday. With a victory, they will be crowned PIL City Champs. Our Varsity Men’s Soccer Program has a big week this week as they prepare for their last two home matches. On Thursday, we will be recognizing their senior class. The Athletic Department cannot thank our student-athletes, coaches, parents, Wilson staff, and the community enough for their support this Fall! Great things continue to happen at Wilson High School and that is due to all of your support! We March On!
Support Wilson Athletics-Dine at Sasquatch
Help support Wilson Athletics and dine out at one of our sponsors, Sasquatch, on November 18. They will be donating 15% of all the proceeds from that day to Wilson Athletics. They are located at 6440 SW Capitol Hwy in Hillsdale. Thank you Sasquatch for your support!
Over the weekend, the Wilson Community hosted foundation parties to help raise money and support all things Wilson. A huge thanks to the Lommen family and all the other Wilson families that opened their homes to support Wilson High School!
Family ID is open and live for the winter and Spring Seasons. The Winter Season is approaching quickly, so now is the time if you are planning on swimming, playing hoops, or wrestling. November 18th is the first official day of the Winter Season.
Capturing Wilson Athletics
Elena Miller and Ed Devereaux have been taking some amazing pictures of our events. You can find their work at https://www.flickr.com/photos/wemarchon/albums
Coach Spotlight - Josh Richards, Women's Head Soccer Coach
How long have you been coaching and where have your stops been?
This is my first year coaching at Wilson, after four years as the Varsity Girls coach at Glencoe High School. I have also coached club soccer in the area for a few different organizations.
What is it about coaching that you love so much?
First, I love soccer - I think it is beautiful and the ultimate team game - and every minute I get to spend on a field is a positive one. However, more so, I love watching and guiding the growth of young players. There is something special about watching an individual (or a team) add the layers of confidence needed to continue to improve and grow. It is such a unique experience, and so incredibly rewarding.
This is your first year at Wilson High School, what are some of the things that stand out to you?This is a really warm and welcoming community. There is a pride and respect for the Wilson community that is fun to be a part of - almost a small town/local feel carved out in a little corner of a bigger city. In addition, the kids have been fantastic - it has been such a fun, hardworking, and respectful team to work with, and it shows a lot about the school and community.
What are some of you most memorable moments as a coach?My third year at Glencoe, we had a fun run to the 6A State Semifinals. In the quarterfinals at South Eugene, we won in a dramatic penalty shootout that went all the way to the 8th shooter on each team. The girl who made the game winning penalty that took us into the semifinals was a player who did not get regular playing time, and had not played at all in the game up to that point. We had not always seen eye to eye on my decisions, and it had been a difficult year for her that took a lot of growth and maturity, so for her to have that moment - with the whole team rushing her and jumping on top of her to celebrate a dramatic and emotional win - it was just incredible.
Where are you from? High School? College?I grew up outside of Boston in Newton, MA, and went to and played soccer at Colby College in Maine. I was actually a multi-sport athlete who didn't really hone in on soccer until my junior through senior years. I walked on to my college team - beating out a recruit for the final spot. I was never an all-state player blessed with talent, but I learned pretty early that if you really want something and will work for it on your own time, it's yours to take!
What are your interests outside of coaching? Hobbies?fI try to get out and hike/backpack whenever I have a few days off. I play a lot of guitar and love seeing live music. I am also an avid game player, and I will accept any and all challenges in chess or Settlers of Catan.
Wilson Athletics-A week in review-
The Cross Country Program traveled to the Warner Pacific Classic over the weekend and had a great showing. The JV Women finished 9th in the Gold Bracket along with the Women finishing 9th as well. On the Men’s side, the JV Runners finished 8th with the Varity finishing 13th. The program will travel to Fernhill this week for their final tune-up before the PIL District Meet.
The Varsity Football Program traveled to Scappoose on Friday and battled it out on a cold wet night. Quarterback, Hunter Davis threw for 256 yards and 2TD’s for the night. The squad competed against a good Scappoose team until the final horn. They will finish off the regular season this Friday against Wilsonville.
Our Volleyball Program traveled to Madison this past week with all levels wining 3-0. They wrap up the regular season this week with matches against Jefferson and Benson. If they take care of business, they have an opportunity to win the league outright, finish undefeated, and we will host at least one home playoff game!
The Men’s Soccer Program is in a battle for one of the last playoff spots and looks to finish strong against Madison and Benson this week. The Varsity took on Cleveland on Friday and held a one-goal lead for most of the game until Cleveland was able to net goals late. We will be celebrating the seniors on Thursday night when we host Benson.
Our Unified Soccer Program played in their last home contest against Grant this past week and was able to come out on top winning 5-3. Iris Tervo and Mary MacDonald were leaders on defense shutting down Grant’s offense numerous times. Kyler Perkins, Will Albright, Jamie Stafford, and J’Quan Smith paced the offense and kept the ball on the Grant side of the field for most of the game.
The Varsity Women’s Soccer Program had a battle with Cleveland this past week in a very physical game. The game ended in a tie with both teams having limited options to score. They will play Madison tomorrow night with a chance to secure a city-title. The JV Team had an impressive week going 2-0 against Franklin and Cleveland.
Finally, I wanted to say thank you to the Cheer Program for their continued support this Fall Season and a huge shout out to our new Dance Coach, Kimberley Allen, who is putting in a tremendous amount of time and energy to get the Dance Program up and running!