Greetings Sports Fans! There are so many exciting things happening at Wilson High School! Our Winter Athletic Programs are gearing up for competitions with swimming getting reading for their first meet of the year on Friday. The Wrestling Program had their first meet at Reynolds this past week and both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Programs had their first contests of the year last week as well. Our teachers continue to do outstanding work creating challenging and inclusive environments in their classrooms. The partnership with the PIL and Youth Sports was on full display this weekend at Wilson High School where we hosted Middle School Basketball and the gym was packed all day! We March On! Character and Leadership I was listening to a podcast on the Learner Lab website that I thought fit nicely into our discussion on Character and Leadership. The episode dealt with the topic of Re-Appraising and how each person can help control the response to situations that can be stressful, similar to the idea of controlling the controllables but a deeper dive into the psychology of preparation. The title of this episode is called The Science of Being Better When you are Nervous. https://trainugly.com/learner-lab-podcast/ Wilson Booster Club The Wilson Booster Club is selling Christmas Trees at A-Boy right now so if you are looking for a great tree, stop by see if you find one that fits your home. The Booster Club is always looking for volunteers as well. With the Basketball Season approaching, they will need help staffing the snack shack. You can visit the following website for more information. https://www.wilsonboosterclub.com/ Positive Coaching Alliance Partnership The Wilson Athletic Department is excited about the start of our Character and Leadership Summit that begins this week. They have created a six-part series that is designed to help our student-athletes better prepare for situations that arise that can have an impact not only during athletic events but that can also provide opportunities that translate into our daily lives as well. Wilson Dance Team The Wilson Dance Team had their first performance of the year at the Winter Assembly and they did awesome! The team still has room for dancers if you are interested in a fun and growing program. Please feel to reach out to our office if you have any questions. Wilson Women’s Lacrosse Wilson High School is pleased to announce the hiring of their new Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, Jill Vacanti. Jill Vacanti grew up in Upstate New York and is a recent college graduate from Duquesne University in Pennsylvania, where she played Division I Lacrosse all four years. She recently moved to Portland and is looking forward to meeting the players very soon. We think the players will love her enthusiasm and deep knowledge of the sport, having played various positions throughout her career. We look forward to bringing her skills and leadership to the program. We will be hosting a meet the coach session and player registration event soon. Please watch for communications announcing the date, time and location.
Wilson Athletics-Weekly Re-Cap The Wrestling Program had their first meet this past week. According to Coach Petraglia, at the varsity level, we wrestled very well. With only about five matches per dual, nearly every match went three rounds, which is a good indicator of competition. Gus Johnson, Marcell Csikos, and Kamani Taitano all wrestled in their first high school matches. Gus won three matches by forfeit, but went 2-1 in exhibition matches up a weight class. Marcell wrestled tough and went 0-2 but lots of potential. Kamani wrestled great and got his first ever pin to go 1-2. He showed great energy and desire. Jack Walker won his match at 152 in a nail biter against Sunset and Christian Mondero lost to a very good state qualifier from Reynolds. Austin Bader-Williams also went 1-2 wrestling against some very experienced 170 pounders. At 182, Jonas Jordan had our fastest pin of the night in his match and George Ramsey lost to a very experienced Sunset opponent. We had ten wrestlers competing in the JV room, most of whom were wrestling in a match for the first time. Great effort across the board, especially from Mady Day who wrestled five matches! All of the wrestlers gained valuable on the mat experience and came away feeling like the day was a success. Even the bus ride back was quiet - everyone was exhausted. We are very excited to see these athletes improve, as there is a lot of potential and desire from these athletes. The Frosh/Novice will be traveling to Cleveland on Monday. We host Madison on Wednesday and the squad travels to McKay on Saturday. I cannot thank the Wrestling Staff enough for creating such an inclusive, competitive, and fun program for our student-athletes. The Women’s Basketball Program had their first tests on Friday night against Newberg. Both programs showed a little rust in their opening night but competed well. The JV Team, led by a solid group of returners coupled with a group of incoming freshmen, battled to the last horn but came up short in their efforts. On the Varsity side, Wilson could not quite find a rhythm all night and some key possessions did not come out in their favor and dropped their season opener. They will play Sandy and Lake Oswego this week. On the Men’s side, we opened with the perennial power, Jefferson Democrats on Wednesday night. The freshmen group came out and battled their way to a victory for the first contest of the night. The JV Team played well but could not quite get over the hump dropping their contest. On the Varsity side, our guys competed hard against one of the top teams in the state. We came up short in our efforts but the squad is vastly improved from a year ago and looks to battle this year. On Friday at Forest Grove, the Varsity was in striking range with four minutes to go but the Vikings were able to hit some key shots down the stretch to take down the Trojans. The squad travels to South Medford on Tuesday and we host Gresham on Friday.