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Ida B. Wells Athletics Update

03/29/2021, 9:00am PDT
By Mike Nolan, Athletic Director

Ida B. Wells Athletic Update “Never let your head hang down. Never give up, sit down, and grieve. Find another way.”-Satchel Paige

Greetings Sports Fans!

I hope you all had a very restful and relaxing spring break. We are entering the final weeks of Season 2 with one more week of regular season play and then a culminating week where some of our programs will be participating in more contests and continuing to compete. In this shortened season, it has been great to see our student-athletes and coaches be able to get outside and compete, find time to bond as groups, and find a little normalcy. Huge thanks goes out to all of our parents who have been getting their student-athletes to practice, provide transportations to contests, becoming video streaming experts, and volunteering for different activities at our events. It certainly takes a village and we are extremely lucky to have the support in our little village. We can now have spectators at PPS facilities and I want thank you for all of your understanding as we try to navigate these new protocols. The good news on that front is our grandstands are finally open to the spectators now.

Season 3- We have opened up Family ID for Season 3 or Spring Sports. If you are interested in joining Lacrosse, Track and Field, Golf, Tennis, Baseball, or Softball, please register at

We will host a Season 3 Zoom meeting on Wednesday, April 7th at 7pm for all parents and student-athletes to go over the details of the upcoming season. Each individual program will also host a Zoom meeting as well. They will communicate the time and dates for that meeting.

College Signing Day
We are in the process of gathering information on our senior student-athletes and those who are going on to continue their playing careers at the collegiate level. Once we have gathered all of that information, the Athletic Department will be host a signing day to celebrate those student-athletes and their families.

Senior Recognition
The Ida B. Wells Athletic Department would like to thank the following seniors for all of their efforts, commitment, and dedication the past four years. We would also like to thank the parents for all of their time and energy spent supporting their student-athletes and teams the past four years as well. Every class is unique in their own way but this years’ class definitely overcame some very large hurdles to make the best of their senior year.

Cole Thomas Dominic Duda Jayden Brannan Logan Leybold Logan Moses Rolin Griffiths Jack White Andrew McCorkle

Men’s Soccer 
Alex Martins Ethan Ortega Henry Fleming Milo Risenhoover Mohamed Arheim Aaron Pinney Rory Alspaugh Theodore Burket Miles Wells Jack White Desmond Wendt

Women’s Soccer
Ava Martins Lucy Quinn Makena Moragne Riley Bair Mackenna Antonini Volleyball Ella Rhea Maya Budwig Melia Patrick Sopia Steinmetz

Women’s Cross Country
Ella Leback Ani Posner Eleanor Potter Madyson Day Annika Deazley Malea Triplett Sylvia Ingram Izabella Hunt Emma Leland Paige Buckwalter

Men’s Cross Country Jackson Woodbury Alex Giger Eric Hopkins Trae Avant Jack Weinberg Zane Youngren Quinn Wilcox Giuliano Scasso Sam Makuch Jakob Person Dino Leback Daniel Holland Luke Woodland William Garrahan Sullivan Maag Logan Bishopric Ethan Mershon Luke Bexelius VolleyballThe Ida B Wells JV2 volleyball team has definitely been positively representative our school and have definitely come to learn and play! While our primary goal has been continuous individual and team improvement, and the entire team is showing excellent improvement, the team is definitely chalking up many wins as well! Each week we see one or more players really step up, and this week Grace Bramwell stepped in as a Middle Hitter and really started putting together her knowledge and skills to make a substantial contribution to the team, with points from excellent serves, solid hits and the net and even a couple of well executed blocks! She has also demonstrated great hustle on the court with some very good coverage during our games against Franklin and Cleveland! Her success comes with others also stepping up in passing, setting, and general court coverage, so a team effort for sure and Grace helped pull those plays into points! Overall, a great season so far for the JV2 team! Men’s SoccerSo far, our JV2 Boys Soccer team has had a challenging schedule and season. However, they are trending in the right direction and earned their first win of the season Friday versus Beaverton. A big part of the reason for the team's improvement has been team co-captain Rohan Kanuri. From the first practice as a team, Rohan demonstrated his skill and leadership. This past week, Ro scored in both the team's matches. Both goals came on beautiful free kicks outside the 18-yard box. Ro's positive attitude, support for his teammates, and talent have helped the JV2 Boys use early season challenges as an opportunity to grow. Women’s SoccerThe women's JV2 soccer team is off to a good start this year. The girls have shown up every day ready to learn and grow not only as players, but also as a team. Many players have been asked to play different positions and have done so with a positive attitude. We just finished a week with 3 games, going 2-1, and improving overall to 3-3 for the year. The student-athlete of the week is sophomore Sophia Toobian. Sophia has stepped up with her leadership on and off the field as we have navigated a tough practice and game schedule. Sophia also scored a hard-earned goal against Jesuit on Saturday. FootballCole Thomas is football's athlete of the week for our contest against Lincoln. Cole is our leading tackler and our leading receiver. He is the guy we run behind when we need a key block and the guy we look to when we need a big play. Cole plays with effort and heart and we are lucky to have him on our team!! Dominic Duda is our player of the week for football for our contest against the Dalles. Dominic came back this week and our offensive line immediately got better. His work ethic during practice is contagious to the other players and he has a way of making everyone around him better. He was the anchor for our offensive line during our game Saturday as evidenced by the yardage we gained over and over again running to Dominic's side. Thank you Dominic for your great effort this week and all you have done for our program! Cross CountryVivian Rustvold is new to our program. Vivian has shown dedication that surpasses most. She is a supportive teammate, always cheering on everyone around her, and a positive influence everywhere she goes. Vivian is an awesome addition to our team. Misha Ratner joined our team for workouts this fall and his competitiveness and dedication were immediately noticed. As we started our competitive season Misha has turned heads with his aggressive and intelligent racing. We are excited to have Misha be a valuable part of the program moving forward. Thoughts for the week- “Since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable.” ― Brenda Ueland, Journalist I. Legacy In Mind How do we want to be remembered?  Nothing in life is of any value unless we can share it with someone.  We spend more time planning our vacation than we do planning our lives.  Each day attempt to do more of what really matters and less of what does not.  Two of the greatest days are the day we are born, and the day we figure out our why and true calling.  When we find something we would do for free, because we find it fulfilling, we have found our calling. Money never replaces purpose. II. Rethinking Success Success can leave people feeling rudderless unless they have a clear direction. These eight practices – applied with diligence – can help us live a meaningful life: 1. Pay attention to your narrative. 2. Sustain authentic relationships. 3. Make appreciation part of your life. 4. Bear no malice, and seek to lend a hand. 5. Understand how you characterize success and failure. 6. Accept risk as an essential part of your life. 7. Live an integrated life. 8. Determine your legacy. Source: J. Douglas Holladay, Rethinking Success III. Process. Pace. Prioritize. Gentle reminders for the week ahead on holding space in our lives for self-compassion:  We are not missing out. We are right where we need to be.  There is no arrival point in this work of self-discovery and transformation. Lean into the practice of patience.  We are deserving of comfort, ease, and grace no matter what obstacles or fears we face.  We're here, in this life, to learn, unlearn, relearn and grow. We're here, in this life, to be gentle with ourselves and real, not perfect. “Self-compassion is key because when we're able to be gentle with ourselves in the midst of shame, we're more likely to reach out, connect, and experience empathy.” ― Brené Brown

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