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Ida B. Wells Athletics Update

05/03/2021, 10:15am PDT
By Mike Nolan, Athletic Director

Greetings Sports Fans!
Ida B. Wells High School is pleased to announce that were officially the Home of the Guardians! The branding and marketing team at MKT has put together a fantastic branding package for our school and community! You can see part of that work on the header of this announcement. We look forward to introducing more branding as the year progresses. The Ida B. Wells Athletics Department would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our coaches, student-athletes, parent volunteers, and teachers for all of their continued support and dedication this school year. If you would have asked me seven months ago if we would have had half the programming we have had this year so far, I would have been skeptical. To see the excitement and joy with our student-athletes has been a huge lift for so many. We cannot thank you enough for all that you do!

Changing Metrics/COVID
With the Governor’s new metrics and our country moving into extreme risk, there will be adjustments to practices and spectators, specifically with Track and Field. The coaching staff and I have been working on what that plan will look like of practices in our stadium. There will be adjustments to spectators as well. As soon as we get more definitive protocols, our office will be able to share that information with you as soon as we get guidance. Thank you for all of your patience as we work through these uncertain times.

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

Early Releases/Contests/Practices
With the new switch to hybrid learning, school now gets out at 3:45pm. We have had to adjust 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.

College Signing Day
We are going to host all of our seniors for a senior signing day on May 21 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.

Student-Athletes of the Week
Women’s Golf
Natalie Teague is our athlete of the week. Natalie had an outstanding performance delivering a team-high 47 points in our Modified Stableford Scoring format! Natalie's focus and work ethic make her an invaluable part of our squad. We are so excited to have her in our program!
Track and Field
Mia Fowler- Mia is a strong athlete and competitor. Currently ranked top 8 in the district in 3 eventspole vault, long jump, and high jump! Her ability to find ways to contribute to the team and support not only her friends but all athletes is impressive. We all look up to Mia!
Nolan Malcomson- Nolan is one of the best athletes our school has ever seen. He is on the 4X400 team which is ranked #1 in the state, the 4X100 team which is ranked #2 in the state, he is #1 in both the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles, and has PIL top 10 marks in the high jump and long jump. Competitiveness aside, Nolan is an awesome teammate. His positivity and encouragement of others is infectious!

Men's Tennis- Lucas Erickson. Lucas has had a solid season and an even better week. Lucas had two dominating wins with his partner Sean Dunning. Lucas is playing some of his best tennis at the perfect time. We look forward to seeing Lucas have a lot of success at Districts next week.

Men's Lacrosse- Connor Peterson. Connor has had an excellent last two weeks. Not only is he playing solid defense for us as a D-pole, he has also stepped up in a taking responsibilities as a goalie when we need him. He made a clutch save against Grant last week to finish the game, and played a solid defensive game against Lincoln. He is a great teammate that exemplifies doing what is needed to help the team/program.

Men's Golf- Ben Korach, very focused and has a great positive attitude. Plays golf with Class. A great addition to the team.

Women’s Lacrosse- Maggie Kocsis Maggie had 10 goals between two games this week. She continued to push the pace of the game and helped the team come out with 2 wins!

Baseball-Senior Luke Hunter pitched 5 strong innings against Grant on Tuesday and was 2 for 3 with a double and 3 RBI in Friday's 8-3 win versus Roosevelt.

Women’s Tennis-The JV players are recognized this week for their commitment to practice and taking advantage of opportunities to compete. Ten athletes participated in the district JV tournament and paired to compete with 8 doubles teams from Grant, Lincoln, and Roosevelt. Each team played three matches and had [at least] one win.

Nuggets for the Week- “Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself.” ― William Martin, The Parent’s Tao Te Ching: Ancient Advice for Modern Parents I. Growing in Wisdom Nine qualities to move beyond mere knowledge and facts: 1. Accept uncertainty and unknown. 2. Seek humility, and embrace wonder. 3. Don’t be defined by success. 4. Accept the finality of life. 5. Value character over reputation. 6. Listen and ask questions. 7. Grow in hope, regardless of what’s going on around you. 8. Surround with hopeful, life-giving people. 9. Learn from the past, but never live there. Source: 9 Qualities of Wisdom (And Why We Need It More Than Ever), Bayside Church II. A Message to Our Children + Youth  We trust you.  We believe in you.  We know you can do it.  You are appreciated.  You are listened to.  You are loved. “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” ― James BaldwinIII. Elements of Culture  Beliefs: the things that most people in a society consider to be true.  Values: the things that people consider important, such as love, loyalty, hard work, compassion, knowledge, and humanitarianism.  Norms: expectations and rules of behavior created by external and internal social controls.  Language: the basis of interaction and communication among people.  Roles: the things which define a person's associates, responsibilities, power, and wealth.  Social Collectives: the togetherness among people from the same culture. As positive difference makers and agents of change, each day is a unique opportunity to build a welcoming, empowering, innovative, and high-performance culture of excellence.

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