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Wilson Athletics Weekly

01/13/2020, 11:00am PST
By Mike Nolan

Greetings Sports Fans
Welcome back and Happy New Year! We are deep into league play with our programs and all of them are working hard to improve each and every day. The winter season is the longest and can be a grind. It is important for our student-athletes to remember to maintain healthy levels of rest, hydration, and nutrition this time of year especially with the term coming to an end as well. Finals week is right around the corner and it is extremely important to find a balance between being a student and an athlete. With that being said, I am looking forward to watching our programs continue to strive to compete and grow as programs! We March On!

Wilson Hall of Fame-Class of 2020
Wilson High School is proud to announce the newest class of the Wilson Hall of Fame.

  • Sam Porter Class of 92
  • Stuart Fewel Class of 09
  • Michael Holm Class of 80
  • Jim Smith Class of 61
  • Jeff Rudolph Class of 77
  • Mike Gits Class of 96

We will be recognizing the newest inductees at our Spring Sports Assembly on March 13th at 9:30am. Please join us in celebrating our newest class to the Wilson Hall of Fame!

Wilson Dance Program
The Wilson Dance Program is off to a great start this year as they build and exciting new program. Coach Allen and the team is looking to add new members to the growing squad. If you have questions about the program and how to join, please email Kimberley Allen @ kimberley@bremone.org

PCA Character and Leadership Summit
We are going to host our second summit with PCA and our Character and Leadership Summit on January 17th at 9:30am in Ms. Scott’s Room. Can’t thank the group and PCA enough for their time and energy. The work that we are doing is transformational!

Wilson Coaches Corner
Wilson Wrestling Coach-Lance Johnson

Coach Johnson is one of our Co-Head Coaches and the Head Coach of the West Hills Wrestling Club. Lance has been coaching Wrestling the past 25 years at all levels but mostly at the high school level. From 1994 to 2011, Lance was the head coach at West Linn High School where he was named the OSAA Assistant Coach of the Year. He has also been named the PIL Youth Coach of the Year. Lance was a wrestler at Stanford University after a stellar career at West Linn High School.

Where are you from? High School? College?
Coach Lance was born in Portland, Oregon!  He graduated from West Linn High School and Stanford University.

What is it about coaching that you love so much? 
With coaching, I get to stay active, I get to engage in daily positive relationships/challenges with my athletes and fellow coaches, I get to share some tricks, and I get to keep striving to be a better coach.

What is it about Wilson that makes you want to come back year in and year out and continue to coach?
I’ve been living in the neighborhood around Wilson HS for the last 18 years.  It’s been a privileged to get to be a part of shaping and encouraging the fine young athletes on my teams over those years.

 What are some of you most memorable moments as a coach? 
“Steal the bacon” – a mat-room game.  Interacting with alumni as they come back to visit their team/coaches.  Watching Ethan stick up for his teammate Noah at our last Wednesday Lincoln dual meet.  Hanging out with fellow coaches.  Watching Joey Loftis - one of our downs syndrome wrestlers - finish his first full wrestling match. 

What are your interests outside of coaching? Hobbies? 
Outdoorsy activities with family and friends. Studying scripture. Coach Lance also likes kitty cats, and he’s been known to eat bugs.

Wilson Athletics
The Wrestling Program continues to compete week in and week out even without some Wrestlers at key weight classes. They are very strong at the lower and middle weight classes but do not have bodies in the heavier classes. Regardless, they are growing and competing and showing great resiliency at each meet. We have added more women wrestlers this year as well with freshmen phenom Jane Richards leading the way. We host a Youth Wrestling Meet on Monday this week. Come out and support our Youth Wrestlers on Monday!

Our Swim Program continues to make great strides in the pool this year. Coach Wiggins and her staff continue to provide a safe, fun, inclusive, and competitive program for their swimmers. On Friday, the women won their competition with a ton of PR’s and the men competed well and finished second in their efforts. They have the week off this week to prepare for their meet next week.

The Men’s Basketball Program continues to improve as they battle in a very competitive PIL Basketball League. The program is young with a small senior class but complimented with an up and coming younger group that bodes well for the future. The program will host Roosevelt on Tuesday and then travel to Franklin on Friday.

The Women’s Basketball Program is trying to find their stride at the Varsity level. They have been bitten by the injury bug this year and haven’t been able to compete with a full complement of players yet this year. They are looking to make a push soon once they all get healthy. The JV Team is young as well and continues to battle week after week with a young squad as well. They program travels to Roosevelt on Tuesday and we will host Franklin on Friday.

 

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