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Ida B. Wells HS Athletics Update

03/15/2021, 8:45am PDT
By Mike Nolan, Athletic Director

Ida B. Wells Athletic Update 

“Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the  win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss.”– Doug Williams 

Greetings Sports Fans! 

What a week of Ida B. Wells Athletics we just had! All of our programs are in full league swing now battling it out with our friends across the PIL. It is so great to see our coaches and student-athletes being able to get outside and in the gym to compete with their teammates. We have a full slate of athletics this upcoming week with an event happening each day. Please see the schedule below. 

With the new guidance put forth by the Governor’s Office, the OHA, and OSAA, we will begin the process of allowing spectators to events. There are logistical hurdles that we will have to face about our stadium. Over this past year, there were modifications made to our stadium, which were long overdue. With that being said, the work has not been finalized and approved. Therefore, we will have to use our visiting bleachers for spectators. As soon as we get guidance from PPS, we will better be able to ascertain how many people can actually occupy the visiting grandstands safely. We will also have to be creative and flexible with our indoor facilities (gyms) as well concerning participants and spectators. We appreciate your flexibility and patience as we navigate these new standards. 

Season 3
Season 3 is right around the corner and now is the time to get signed up on FamilyID if you plan on playing one of the following Spring Sports:

∙ Golf 
∙ Tennis 
∙ Baseball 
∙ Softball 
∙ Lacrosse 
∙ Track and Field 
Please visit for registration and as a reminder, we will need a valid physical on file before your student-athlete can participate. 

From our Head JV Coach, Jackie Kolesar, Our JV Squad started the season extremely strong by winning  our first six matches, including wins over Grant and Cleveland. We have a great group of versatile  players that are rallying together in our condensed season to bring a special energy to the court. We  look forward to another big week of competition, as we face Cleveland, Grant & Lincoln. Ava Chimienti is  our athlete of the week. Ava consistently steps up in crucial moments for our team. As one of our two  returners, she brings confidence and leadership, raising the level of play for everyone on the court. Ava  is a wonderful person who truly cares for others and we are so glad she is a part of our program.

Women’s Soccer 
From our Head JV Coach Ted Savage, What a week for the JV program. We traveled to Franklin for a 4-0  win over the Lightning. It was a team effort but the strong play of Hannah Wordan who netted two  goals, got us off to a great start. On Friday we hosted the Madison Senators and earned a dominant 7-0  victory and saw long stretches of possession and complete control of the game. Just 16 hours later we travelled to Sunset for a competitive battle with the Apollos. We played a particularly strong first half  but fell 0-3. Player of the week goes to one of our two captains, Junior, Sophia Whelden. Her leadership  and organization off the field and her stellar play on the field exemplify what it means to be an Ida B  Wells athlete. 

Cross Country 
The Cross Country Program would like to acknowledge Giuliano Scasso as their Student-Athlete of the Week. According to his coaches, one of Wells’ best leaders. He showed great effort persevering through  the turmoil of 2020. Maintaining his training, staying on point with his goals, and leading his team. This  week it paid off. Giuliano battled and beat the best runner in the western region of the US, running a  15:26 5k with a mask on (that’s under 5 minutes per mile)! His coaches and teammates love, respect,  and admire him. 

The Varsity Football Team had their first win of the season on Saturday beating Leo McDaniel High  School 20-6. Their Student-Athlete of the Week is Rolin Griffiths. Rolin was unstoppable on defense this  week. He had a 90 yards fumble return for a TD last week and followed that up with 4 sacks (have to see  if that's a record) multiple forced fumbles and tackles for losses. Rolin is the fastest player on our team  and in two weeks our opposing QBs have found out how fast Rolin is!! He also had a crucial 14 yard gain  for a 1st down on our TD drive that out the game away! Great job Rolin!! 

Words for the week:
“Some people are comfortable with mediocrity. They avoid living a greater life, one that's beyond  what most consider the norm. A greater life requires you to find your greatness. In simple terms,  greatness is about becoming the greatest version of yourself. It's about breaking the imaginary  boundaries that hold you captive in a life you believe you have to settle for, and touching the realms  of the unthinkable. The greatness mentality means living a life without limits, where there are infinite  possibilities.” 

― Vex King, Good Vibes, Good Life: How Self-Love Is the Key to Unlocking Your Greatness

I. Putting Yourself in the Arena 
∙ Cultivate the audacity to ask. The answer will always be "No," if we do not dare to ask. ∙ The narrative we tell ourselves is the reality that we create. Remain mindful of disempowering stories  and negative self-talk. 

∙ Bring more of who we are to the table + spaces we navigate. Our uniqueness is our secret sauce. Our  authenticity is our superpower. 

“I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare  greatly, we sign up to get our butts kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we  can’t have both. Not at the same time.” ― Brené Brown 

II. Know Your AIM 

Communicating with confidence, clarity, and conviction: 

1. Audience: Who are they? 

o What's in it for them, and how will you inspire them to act? 

2. Intent: What’s the goal? 

o Be specific, honest, and transparent. Focus on what matters. 

3. Message: Tailor to audience and intent 

o Make it understandable, memorable, and transferable. 

III. Building a Thriving Community 

Each day is a unique opportunity to plant the seeds for the relationships you envision for tomorrow: 

∙ Lift others in defeat. 

∙ Praise other’s success. 

∙ Support other's ambitions. 

∙ View successful people as allies, not rivals. 

∙ Encourage others to aim beyond the status quo. 

∙ Share resources, tips, and knowledge with others. 

∙ Strive to be a positive difference-maker and agent of change with others.

IV. Question 

In what ways can I stand more firmly in my identity? 

V. This Week I Will 

1. Trust myself. 

2. Live thankfully. 

3. Be open to change. 

4. Build healthy lifestyle habits. 

5. Keep the moments in perspective. 

The Last Words… 

“Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better? Why  hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up  your self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out the tried and  true, instead of experiences that will stretch you? The passion for stretching yourself and sticking to  it, even (or especially) when it’s not going well, is the hallmark of the growth mindset. This is the  mindset that allows people to thrive during some of the most challenging times in their lives.” 

― Carol Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success 


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