Greetings Sports Fans!
It is hard to believe that we have finished the first quarter of the school year already and Fall Sports are ending! Seems like just yesterday we were gearing up for preseason races and matches. Nevertheless, I want to say thank you to the coaches, student-athletes, Wilson staff, and community for a great start to the new school year and all of your support making Wilson High School an amazing school and community to be a part of. Great things continue to happen on our campus and in our community! We March On!
All-City Teams Volleyball/Soccer-
We had great representation on the PIL All-City Teams. The following student-athletes were recognized-
Coach of the Year-Mark Mendak
Player of the Year-Kennedy Stahr
Defensive Player of the Year-Olivia Williams
Character and Leadership
The following link is a great read on learning resiliency and maintaining a growth mindset. Learning that it is ok to fail is a process that is sometimes overlooked. How we learn from our mistakes and turn them into learning opportunities is such an important tool as we navigate life. https://thelearnerlab.com/building-resilience/
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!
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
New Wilson Softball Coach
It is with great pleasure to announce the hiring of the new Wilson Softball Coach, Jackie Arnold.
Jackie comes to us with over 25 years of head coaching experience with stops at Prince Edward County High School in Virginia, Liberty High School in Hillsboro, an Assistant Coach at Lewis & Clark College, and Director/Head Coach for Rip City ASA Softball. Currently Jackie is the Area Director for National Scouting Report for Oregon. Finally, she has an extensive background in coaching Volleyball as well. Coach Arnold was our Volleyball Coach here at Wilson High School from 2007-2010. Jackie is highly organized, communicates effectively, innovative, and brings a wealth of coaching experience with her to Wilson High School. We are going to have a meeting to introduce Jackie to the Softball Community of parents and players on Monday at 6pm in the Wilson Cafeteria.
Coaches Corner with Mark Mendak
How long have you been coaching and where have your stops been?
I have been coaching sports for over 20 years- Basketball, baseball, football, soccer, and volleyball- for several different skill and age levels, ranging from grade school to college athletes. Volleyball is my favorite to play and coach, currently still doing both. Before Wilson I was coaching volleyball at Grant HS.
What is it about coaching that you love so much?
I love sports. Competing, people, learning, teaching, listening and having fun! The unknown, where sometimes things happen when it was never expected too. The communication and relationships established through the work and thought taken to better and challenge one self, as an individual but also as a collective unit, within the structure and rules of a game, is a big draw for me too.
What is it about Wilson that makes you want to come back year in and year out and continue to coach?
The people- Coaches, student-athletes, parents, staff, etc. It is a friendly, community environment aside from the energy and effort from the players/parents in the volleyball program; everyone takes pride in the Trojan community. I have to know countless selfless, respectable, thoughtful folks and want to continue to contribute and be a part of that.
What are some of you most memorable moments as a coach?
Lots, but the relationships, discipline and time built with the players, parents, coaching staff will be the lingering memories. This season as a whole will be one of the better ones. Cannot say enough about this team and program! Playing quads at Seaside with Kaija and Rianna was cool too.
Where are you from? High School? College?
I was born in Pittsburgh, PA, moved to Chicago (IL) land area at age 5, attended H-F High School (IL) and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Economics and Geography. I was a three-sport athlete in HS, recognized All State- SICA Blue 6A in Football and Volleyball and won H-F Male athlete award. Currently in the Univ. of Tennessee's Club Volleyball Hall of Fame as a Middle hitter.
What are your interests outside of coaching? Hobbies?
I like to play/watch sports, the outdoors, live music and spending time with my wife, friends and family.
Wilson Athletics-A week in review:
Our Varsity Volleyball Program had an outstanding year this year. In fact, the entire program had so much to be proud of all year long, including a growing youth program as well! The Varsity Team had an outstanding year finishing undefeated in league play, had the player of the year in Kennedy Stahr, Coach Mendak was recognized as coach of the year for the second year in a row, and we hosted and won our first round playoff game against Lakeridge. The Varsity advanced to the round of 16 and traveled to West Linn where we ran into a good West Linn squad. We fell short in our efforts but the squad and the entire program should be extremely proud of their season. The JV Team finished 12-2 for the year and first in the PIL while the JV2 Team finished 11-5 and 3rd in the PIL.
The Varsity Men’s Soccer Program traveled to Gresham to take on Reynolds for the first round of the OSAA State Playoffs. They ran into a very good Reynolds Team and fell short in their efforts falling 5-1. The program is losing some outstanding seniors but has many young promising soccer players coming up through the ranks. The JV Team finished 9-4 and the JV2 Team finished the season with nine wins, one loss, 1 tie, and two losses.
The Varsity Women’s Soccer Program has had an outstanding year this year. Not only did they have the Defensive Player of the Year, Olivia Williams, they were PIL League Champions, and they were able to be Beaverton in the First Round of the OSAA State Playoffs on Saturday night. The game was tied 0-0 until tenth minute when Lucy Quinn was able to find the back of the net. The Varsity will be traveling to West Salem for the Second Round of the State Playoffs. Game time is 7pm. The JV Team had a great year finishing off 9-4-1 and the JV2 Teams record does not indicate the season they had. According the coaches, they competed day in a day out and their attitudes and effort were outstanding all year long!
Our Cross Country Program competed well at the District Meet this past week. In fact, the PIL Cross Country Teams have a real chance at competing well at the State Meet this weekend. All levels for the Trojans finished third at the District Meet with some real excitement on the Varsity Women’s side when Avery Poulsen passed a Grant runner with 200 meters left to assure the team goes to State. Both the Men and Women’s Varsity Programs will be heading to Eugene for the State Meet.
The Unified Soccer Team traveled to Wilsonville for their end of the year tournament. They finished 2-1 with some impressive wins over West Linn and Wilsonville. Unfortunately, in their second match, they had a medical emergency that prevented them from finishing the match. They took home the bronze medal for the tournament. Outstanding accomplishment for the team!