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Wilson Athletics Weekly, May 28

05/29/2018, 12:00pm PDT
By Mike Nolan

Greetings Sports Fans!

“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

Hard to believe that the school year is coming to an end and with that our 2017-2018 Athletic Season as well. Our school had so much to be proud of over the course of the year. We had three programs with the highest GPA in the state and seven others that were either in the top five or top ten in the state. Alex Slenning capped off an amazing four years with winning a State Title in Cross Country and ending his illustrious career with a State Title in the 1500. Our Women’s Cross Country Program won the City Title along with the Women’s Golf Program. All of our programs grew and became more competitive and our coaching staff worked tirelessly to try and create a positive and fun experience.  Our own Jacob Hockett won the PIL Assistant Coach of the Year. But most importantly, our schools sportsmanship which to me outweighs any Championship Trophy, won the Positive Coaching Alliance School of the Year Award. I want to personally thank all the teachers, community members, coaches, and student-athletes for making Wilson an amazing place to be a part of! We March On!

On Tuesday night, we are going to celebrate the year in athletics. There will be light refreshments from 630-7pm in the Auditorium Foyer. We have two outstanding guest speakers, the band will be there welcoming the community, and our coaching staff will be on hand to announce their Most Outstanding Player(s). We will also be recognizing our Scholar-Athletes of the Year, Paul McCall Sportsmanship Awards, Athletes of the Year, Trojan Student Athletes of the Month, and the NFHS Community Awards. Please join us in celebrating fantastic year in Wilson Athletics!

The Baseball Program faced off with Central Catholic in the first round of the OSAA State Baseball Playoffs and what a game it was. The game lasted for 13 innings with both teams playing great defense and had timely pitching. Unfortunately, Central Catholic came out on top. What a thrilling way to end a great season.

The Softball Program traveled to take on Glencoe in the first round of the OSAA State Softball Playoffs.  Both teams were evenly matched with Kaija Shreeve pitching a gem of a game but Glencoe ended up coming out victorious in the end. Great game and stepping stone for a young squad who is eager to get back next year!

Men’s Lacrosse faced off with the OES Ardvarks on Tuesday Night. OES played some really tight defense and our guys couldn’t seem to find a rhythm against a very good OES squad. In the end, the Ardvarks came out on top. Hopefully with the momentum they built up this year, they can take it into next year and build up on it.

We had our last meeting of the Wilson Athletic Leadership Council for the year. I can’t thank them enough for the work we did to start a foundation of something very positive for our school and community. We focused on three main areas-Teacher Appreciation, Community Outreach, and School Spirit. We all agreed to continue to build upon the work we started in those areas and really ratchet up the School Spirit component for the upcoming year. Great group of student-athletes to work with! We March On!

Elena Miller has been taking some great action photos of our programs this year. You can see some of her great work at the following site https://www.flickr.com/photos/63953015@N06/albums

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