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Wilson Athletics Weekly

03/09/2020, 11:15am PDT
By Mike Nolan

Greetings Sports Fans!

The spring sports season is officially underway and we have over 450 student-athletes participating in a sport this spring! Our coaches are committed to providing an inclusive, fun, and competitive environment for their programs and I am excited to see them compete and grow this spring!

Spring Season Preview

Women’s Tennis
The Women’s Tennis Team kicks off its preseason with an away match against State Champion Sunset High School on March 16th . The Trojan women are poised to improve upon last year’s bests of #2 in the PIL and a top-ten finish at State. At least three freshmen are capable of competing for varsity spots vacated by last year’s seniors and another 21 athletes return much improved. Throw in a couple of transfer athletes and you have a very talented team that is 32 players deep.Singles matches will featurethird-year player Eryn F. who placed 4th at the state tournament last year, fourth-year MacKenzie L., and first-year Claudia B. The doubles teams have not yet been determined, but will include 2019 state tournament players Rachel W. and Deva P., and 2019 district consolation doubles finalists Aria D. and Kirsten S.

Track and Field
The track and field program is excited about the 2020 season. We have a great combination of elite returning athletes and a great number of talented young athletes. We have 225 athletes ready to attack the season. We are optimistic about making a run at the PIL Championships on both the men's and women's sides. With strong returning senior leadership from athletes in every event area we are excited about the potential of this season. We will focus on developing great athletes with a love for each other and a passion for competition. Happy, Healthy and Excited to Compete.

Women’s Golf
We are back in the swing of things with a great first week of practice! We are ready to take the course for our first Pre-Season match this Tuesday at Heron Lakes. The team is in pursuit of our third straight League Title and qualification for the State Championships. Parity in the league includes strong competition and our depth should help us in our quest to three-peat. We return a strong core of Varsity players including Jalissa Kabalican, Dakota Hedger, and Camden Coefield. Freshman, Helen Brodahl, is an exciting addition to our squad and enters the season as a 5 handicap. Our JV Squad has also been working hard and will be competing for the 5th Varsity spot. Returners include Saida Seelig, Lucy Nolan, Sophie Sengstake, Talia Stout, and Cat Karkosky. We welcome Chloe Schwartz and Nanami Buckendahl to the program!

Men’s Golf
We are excited to have 6 returners coming back this year, and 3 new JV players with lots of potential. Team looks very promising for a great season ahead, and a strong finish in the PIL and hopefully a team trio to State. Leading the team Sutton Houck, Mile's Wells, Spencer Lee, Gavin Martini, and Sam Blauer.

Our goal is to win the PIL Championship. We accomplish that and we will make the playoffs. The “success” of every varsity team is always measured by wins and losses. Our focus to achieve success is on winning each pitch. The mental game is a large part of our program (controlling the controllables). Teaching our players that if we do our jobs and win each pitch...that will then lead to success. We return six starters including Two year starter Devan Knight, p/UTL Zach Nagy, C Jack Hunter, 1b/3b Lucas Kensil, OF Zach Lewis and INF Connor Mansfield from a year ago, but more importantly return all of our starters from our Class A legion team that finished 2nd in state last summer. Solidifying our defense was a goal for the summer. Last spring we gave up 85 unearned runs. The corner positions in the OF and INF could go to whom ever has the hottest bat or can provide lock down defense in late innings. Several seniors along and a long list of juniors will have the chance to be impact players.

Men’s Tennis
Men's Tennis is poised to have an incredible year. Our strongest class is our senior class with 9 Seniors. Our future looks solid as well as we have added competitive players for each of the past five years. Men's tennis has performed very well the last Three Districts Tournaments and has sent at least one player to STATE the last five years. This year Men's Tennis hopes to send four players to State. Men's tennis is participating in the Roseburg High School Tennis Tournament and has real chance to win. Men's Tennis has a team capable of winning the PIL.

Our team has five returning seniors from last season giving us the advantage for experience. Our goals are hefty this season. We have a shot at the competing for a PIL Championship and we want to make a statement in the OSAA 6A State Playoffs. Our largest goal is to play together as a unit and work on little things that will help us improve as the season progresses. Furthermore, we hope our players love what they are doing and represent Wilson High School with pride. This group of softball girls have all worked tremendously hard in the preseason and we are seeing the benefits of that commitment!

Men’s Lacrosse
Wilson's Men's Lacrosse started the season with a strong week of practice. There is a great deal of positive energy, focus, and comradery Returning players have been showing tremendous leadership in welcoming new/inexperienced players and helping them get up to speed. The men's lacrosse team welcomes new offensive coordinator, Matt Johnson. Wilson is looking to build on last seasons success of finishing in the state finals Cascade Cup tournament. According to Coach MacDicken,"The level of intensity, coachability, and attentiveness has made this past week productive and fun. Playing and working together as a unit really is the next step. If we can do that, we will find success on and off the field this season."The Trojans start quickly with their first game of the season taking place March 16th against Oregon City at Wilson. The Varsity game begins at 8:00pm and the team would love to see as many fans in the stands as possible. Go Trojans!

Women’s Lacrosse
Lacrosse season is just around the corner with the first face-off against Tualatin on March 17th at home. The new coaching staff is excited for what lies ahead this year with such an awesome group of players.The team is focusing on building a strong culture, consistent effort, and improving each week. With 12 seniors leading the pack, there is a strong foundation of leadership within the program that will push the team to grow together. Though it may be a transitional season in regards to coaching, the teams focus on making it to post-season play remains strong. Overall, the girls lacrosse program is excited for what this season will bring! Best of luck to all spring teams and GO TROJANS!

Softball Fundraisers
The Softball Program is having two fundraisers for the program. The first is their annual Citrus Sale. Ihave attached the flyer with this week’s Weekly. The other is a Bingo Night that they are having on
Sunday, March 5th at the Multnomah Arts Center. I have attached that flyer as well.

Leadership and Character
Our partners at the Positive Coaching Alliance have been doing an outstanding job of providing resources and ideas around Character and Leadership at our summits. Our next meeting is on April 3rd. The following link from The Daily Coach is a great resource for this week’s Weekly.

School Modernization Efforts
I am sure you are all aware that there are three schools that are still waiting to hear if the school board is going to put Cleveland, Jefferson, and Wilson on the 2020 Ballot for a bond proposal. As a community member, former teacher, and now serving as your Athletic Director, I cannot stress how important it is to make your voices heard regarding this issue. Write, email, or call our school board and let them know how important it is for the final three PPS Schools to be on the next ballot. Our community of students and athletes deserve a new facility!

Wilson Boosters
Help support Wilson High School and become a Booster Club Member and sign up for a volunteer spot for one of our home contests. You can find out more information at

Wilson Hall of Fame Class of 2020
Please join us on March 13th in the Wilson Gym as we introduce and induct the newest class to the Wilson Hall of Fame starting at 9:30am.

The WHS Dance Team
This team is about teaching not only dance but also long-term memory, timing, spatial awareness and fun. Traffic is a planned execution. Choreography, your own moves, your songs and more. Join us in performance and competition for the year 2020! We are hoping to perform and compete in 2020. You are welcome to tryout. We will hold additional tryouts on May 1st


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