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Ida B. Wells Athletics Update

04/26/2021, 8:15am PDT
By Mike Nolan, Athletic Director

Ida B. Wells Athletic Update 

“In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot  more than that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire,  determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness,  and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you  lose?”— Jesse Owens 

Greetings Sports Fans! 

What a week we had last week in athletics! All of our programming was able to get out and compete last week with some of our traditional rivalries renewed with the Varsity Baseball Team coming back to win a thrilling victory against Lincoln. Our Track and Field Program continues to compete with some of our athletes posting outstanding records in the state. Beyond the competition aspect, it is so great to see  our student-athletes together with their coaches and it has been fantastic to see them in the hallways at  Ida B. Wells! 

Season 4 
With the OHA announcement last week regarding indoor contact sports, it looks like Season 4 is on the  docket. The one sport that is still to be determined is swimming. We have not received any guidance  around access to pools. Leanne and I will be opening up Season 4 on Family ID this week and will make an announcement when it is open.

PIL Hall of Fame Golf Tournament 
The PIL Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce the return of the PIL HOF Mel Krause Memorial  Golf Tournament at the Eastmoreland Golf Club on September 13th, 2021. For more information, please  visit 

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 as the Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year for the State of Oregon! An outstanding accomplishment for a great student-athlete!  

Early Releases/Contests/Practices 
With the new switch to hybrid learning, school now gets out at 3:45pm. We have had to make  adjustments to our practices schedules and we now have early releases on competition days for some  programming. Please visit for up to date schedules.  

Dance Team Auditions 
Our Dance Team will be holding auditions for the 2021-22 school year on May 7th from 330-530 in the Ida B. Wells Gym. Please reach out to our dance coach, Kimberley Allen at for more information. 

Student-Athletes of the Week 

Softball-Lexi Krake-
Lexi Krake is leading the team with a .500 batting average. She has stepped up this  week as a leader on the field but has also shown amazing sportsmanship to her teammates lifting them  up on the field and off.

Women’s Tennis-Claudia Barbieri- Week #1 of in-district match play is complete, and the women’s team  is 1-2 following losses to Grant and Lincoln (2-6 in both) and a win against Cleveland (8-2). Our athlete  of the week is Claudia Barbieri who was 3-0 in matches, won 36 of 38 games, and moved up to #17 out  of a field of over 500 tennis athletes in Oregon’s new high school tennis reporting system. Wells-Barnett  hosts a match against Roosevelt HS on Tuesday (April 27) at Gabriel Park. 

Men’s Tennis-Dylan Chatard- Dylan is the consummate team player. Dylan has the best attitude and  works hard to improve his tennis game. He leads his teammates by example and vocally. Dylan played  some of his best tennis this week versus the best competition. Dylan’s presence on the team is  impactful. The senior will be missed next year in and out of the classroom. 

Baseball- Gus Livermore- Gus reached safely 7 out of 10 times, including a game tying double on  Wednesday vs Lincoln. On Friday, Gus pitched 5 innings striking out 8 and only allowing 2 hits and 1 earned run. 

Women’s Lacrosse-Sierra Donis- She had two consecutive games with 15+ saves in goal and is doing an  outstanding job!  

Men’s Golf-Dawson Auvil- Dawson has the teams low round this week at Herron Green Back shooting  an 80. He has a great attitude and continues to improve. 

Women’s Golf- Camden Coefield- She had a huge performance for us this week, providing our top score  for the team and helping us secure another league win. Having Camden over the years and seeing her  growth has been incredible. We are so happy to have her as one of our veteran leaders! 

Track and Field 

Nolan Malcombson -
Nolan is back at it on the track. The hurdle sensation is leading the state in both  the 110hurdles and 300hurdles. In addition, he is a strong leg on our state leading 4x100m relay. Nolan  is an incredible talent but he has the work ethic and team first mentality to be a champion. He is always  ready to do whatever his team’s needs of him. His work ethic and confidence inspires his team. 
Melena Vanderperren- Melena is a steadfast in the track and field program. She is always ready and  willing to help others. This week she has continued to help guide and support newer athletes in the  throwing events and made an impressive showing at the youth meet- she helped run events,  encouraged our future athletes, and was a role model to all. Melena is an incredible influence to all.

Nuggets for the Week- 

“We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist Monk & Peace Activist 

I. Planting Seeds for Growth There is no substitute for preparation. Harvesting our aspirations will always require an investment of  time, energy, and sweat equity to manifest our visions into reality. Each day is a unique opportunity to venture beyond our comfort zone and to prepare: 
∙ Socially
∙ Mentally 
∙ Physically
∙ Spiritually
∙ Emotionally
∙ Intellectually 
“You plant seeds every single day, in the world and in others, with every thought you think and word  you speak and action you take. You have influence. You’re making a dent in the universe and you  matter, in a very real way.” ― Jennifer Williamson 

II. Good People Mantra 
Goodness requires balancing ideals and realities while remaining true to our values. Five principles of goodness form the “Good People Mantra” for business and life: 
1. Put people foremost, now and in the future.
2. Assist others in reaching their full potential. 
3. Prioritize values over results. 
4. Harmonize the components of practicing goodness, including its tensions.  
5. Strive for goodness when it’s easy and when it’s difficult. 
Source: Anthony Tjan, Good People: The Only Leadership Decision That Really Matters

III. Lessons Before Dying 
Most common regrets in life:
∙ Not enough travel. 
∙ Not following passions. 
∙ Not daring to take risks. 
∙ Too much time on worrying.
∙ Too little time with loved ones.
∙ Caring too much about what others think 
∙ Not showing real feelings to people they love
∙ Not fully living in the present and enjoying the amazing moments.

“In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?” ― Jack Kornfield 

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