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Ida B. Wells Athletics Update

04/19/2021, 8:45am PDT
By Mike Nolan, Athletic Director

"I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down, and I will not let myself down.”- Mia Hamm

Greetings Sports Fans!

We have had some amazing weather for our first couple of weeks of Season 3 and the weather ahead looks outstanding as well. Most of our spring programming has been able to get out competing so far during Season 3 and some traditional rivalries renewed this week when the Baseball Program takes on Lincoln. We had some of our Season 2 programs make the Top 10 for Academic All-State, which demonstrates our commitmentto the classroom and athletics. Huge thanks goes to our teaching staff for all they do navigating the online world and a transition to hybrid next week. Speaking of hybrid learning, with school ending at 3:45pm, we will have to move our start times for practices to 4pm. Finally, thanks to all of you who continue to find ways supporting Ida B. Wells High School and our community! You all are appreciated!
Academic All-State
The following programs made the top ten for Academic All-State-
 Women’s Cross Country- #1 in the state!
 Women’s Soccer-Top Ten Finish
 Men’s Soccer-Top Ten Finish
 Football-Top Ten Finish

Collegiate Athletics
We are going to host all of our seniors for a senior signing day on May 20 at noon at Ida B. Wells High School. We will be reaching out to our student-athletes for an official invitation as we collect more names that are going on to play collegiate athletics.

Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year
Our own Charlotte Richman was nominated asthe Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year for the State Oregon! An outstanding accomplishment for a great student-athlete!

Season 3 Updates
From Coach MacDicken and Men’s Lacrosse,
I have been impressed with some of our veteran players stepping up and becoming leaders in practice. Not only are they helping to facilitate the right mentality in practice, they are also mentoring less experienced players and positively helping to improve and support the next generation of players. Great job! We are a family, we rely and lean on one another, and that is what it is all about! Student athlete of the week for us would be Sam Makuch. Great leadership and dedication to the team as a whole, and a diligent and bright student off the field.

From Coach Reeves; Softball has gone 1-3 this week beating Lincoln for our first win. There is lots of young talent on the team and our upper classmen are stepping up as leaders. There is much promise for the next few weeks. The team is starting to form a strong unit. Rebekah Williams is our player of the week. She is the only pitcher on the team. She has showed focus and determination in games pitching every game. She has been freezing people in the box with her change and been aggressive at the plate hitting for singles.

From our Track and Field Coaches;
The Ida B Wells Track and Field season is off to a great start. With over 150 athletes on the team, we are strong in many event areas. In our fist competition, we had secure victories over Roosevelt and McDaniel. The athletes were ready to compete as we turned in seven all-time top ten marks. Highlighted by a school record in the 3000m run by Charlotte Richman. Men's Athlete of the Week. Caleb Ellison has been showing the incredible leadership we hope to get from seniors. He is a very gifted track athlete with the ability to score points in several event areas. We encourage all athletes to try different event areas and Caleb has been a great model for this. Caleb is also extremely giving to his teammates. He is very quick to give kind advice and direction to younger athletes. Caleb is a great leader and teammate. Women's Athlete of the Week Annika Deazley has been a great leader as we start our track season. Annika has been instrumental with bringing our young athletes into the program. She is so quick to provide guidance and more importantly to provide inspiration. The young girls look to Annika as much as any of the coaches for guidance and support. Annika's leadership is essential to our success.

From Coach Kolesar and Women’s Golf,
Our varsity came out strong in our first counting match this past week securing a win. We have a tremendous amount of depth this season with everyone contributing. Our JV squad has also been working hard and improving. The JV is excited about their first match. Freshmen Lucia Donovan andNatalie Teague are our players of the week as they tied for top scores in our first Varsity counting match. They bring energy and enthusiasmto the course each day making them exciting additions to our program.

From Coach Widman and Men’s Golf, We have a great mix of returners coupled with some young and up and comers who will anchor the program for the years ahead. Our student-athlete of the week is Miles Wells, our senior captain. Miles is playing great and always has a positive attitude. He sets the example for everyone.

From Coach Sussman and Men’s Tennis, Men’s Tennis started the season with two big wins. Home versus Clackamas 6-2 and on the road at McMinnville 6-3. Both matchesshowed the depth of this year’s team. So far, all of our doubles teams are undefeated. As are singles players Jordan Vollen and Logan Horvat. Our student athlete of the week goes to one of our Captains Jordan Vollen. Not only has Jordan won two crucial contests for us. He has also led his teammates by example, been there for his teammates when they were down, and established a close family feel for the team.

From Coach Daigle and Women’s Tennis; the women’s tennis team’s week of pre-season matches started with back-to-back matches against Mt. Hood and Pacific conference champions Clackamas HS and McMinnville HS and ended Friday with a match against Newberg HS. Claudia Barbieri’s record is 2-0 after a 6-1, 6-1 win against Clackamas’ #2 singles and a 6-0, 6-1 win against McMinnville’s #1 singles. Julia Boboc and her partner lost a tough match in three sets to McMinnville’s #2 doubles, and then Julia beat Newberg’s #1 singles 6-3, 6-3. Togtuun Tumurkhuu is our athlete of the week. She and her partner battled tough Clackamas and McMinnville doubles teams. Then on Friday, Togtuun “moved up” and battled Newberg’s #2 singles for nearly two and a half hours before conceding a 6-3, 4-6, 4-6 loss that included many long points and deuce games. The coaches recognize Togtuun’s commitment to practice [she attends every day and is often the last player to leave] and they expect her recent growth to have a significant impact in district matches.

From Coach Shetler and the Baseball Program; Individual performance In three games, vs Franklin, McDaniel, and Gresham Gabe Johnson had quite the week. Batting: 4-or-9, 10 RBI on two doubles, one triple and one (go-ahead) homerun (vs Gresham) and two sacrifice flies. Pitching: Two wins in relief, 5.1 inning pitched, 6 k's, only 2 earned runs. Week in review Wednesday Varsity took down Franklin 21-5 behind three hits apiece from senior Zach Lewis and juniorConnor Mansfield. JuniorAndy Franck hit a home run in his first at-bat of the season. JV defeated Clackamas 13-8 behind Eli Berg’s four-hit performance. Miles Ward picked up the win in relief.JV2 dropped Franklin 12-1 as freshmanQuin Dufort k’d 8 in 4 innings and hit two doubles and a triple. Friday In the first matchup of newly named PPS schools Ida B. Wells and Leodis V. McDaniel, senior Luke Hunter pitched a complete game with 7 k’s and only giving up two hits in route to the 24-1 victory. JV ran into a tough Barlow squad and fell 16-3. JV2 stayed hot behind freshman Griffin Scott’s 8 k’s as they defeated Hillsboro 9-5. Freshmen Justin Weinbergwas 4 for 4 with two doubles and Quin Dufort had an inside-the-park HR. Saturday Varsity outlasted Gresham in a marathon 7-inning game that lasted 3 hours and 37 minutes. SeniorGabe Johnson earned the win in relief and helped himself hitting the go-ahead home run with two outs in the fourth. Senior Jack White reached safely 5 times scoring five runs. Junior Andy Franck and Johnson both had five RBI.JV split games at West Linn, a 10-0 loss vs their V2 team and beating their JV2 team 17-3. Junior Roland Armstrong earned the win in game two, scattering fourhits and striking out 4 in 4 innings. Sophomores Caleb Wood and Emmitt Davis led the way for the offense with three hits each, Wood with four RBI and Davis with three. Upcoming Big week coming up with two games vs Lincoln on Wednesday at Gabriel Park and then at home on Friday at 4:30. FILL THE HILL!

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