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Wilson Athletics Weekly, January 6

01/08/2019, 8:45am PST
By Mike Nolan

“One person can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one person cannot make a team.”- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Greetings Sports Fans and Happy New Year!

We are back into the swing of things with our Winter Sports Programs getting after it in conference play and what a conference it is shaping up to be in all sports. The PIL continues to build strong programs across the sports spectrum with quality coaching and exceptional student-athletes. Our community is a prime example of that with what our coaches are doing to promote character, leadership, and our student-athletes are striving to be leaders in the classroom and our community. We March On!

Wilson High School hosted the 2019 PIL Women’s Basketball Showcase on Saturday due to a structural issue with Madison High School’s Gymnasium. It was a great day for Women’s Basketball and the PIL and a big thanks to one of our sponsors, the Positive Coaching Alliance and their continued support to strengthen the PIL. With their partnership, the PIL has been able to make huge strides in educating coaches around proactive strategies in coaching philosophies, encouraging parents to be positive partners, and promoting positive behaviors for our student-athletes. The PCA’s mission and message is to value the Triple-Impact Competitor, the Double-Goal Coaching philosophy, understand the ROOTS of the game, and value the ELM Tree of Mastery. For more information about each principal, you can find more about it at the following sites- https://d3kv8ayplk3lle.cloudfront.net/sites/uploads/files/PCA_TIC.pdf http://www.balancesportspublishing.com/Portals/15/eBooks/ThePowerOfDoubleGoalCoaching.pdf

The Unified Basketball Season is under way and the squad’s first contest is January 16th at Wilson High School vs Cleveland. Tip-off is at 3:30pm. Come out and show you support for an outstanding group of student-athletes and coaches! We March On!

We decided to move the Silent Night Game to Saturday January 19th when we face off against our cross town rival the Lincoln Cardinals. It will give us more time to promote the event and it is after a long week of finals so our students will have a ton of steam to blow off! We March On! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNo9x7KQ4ZI

A huge thanks goes out to Elena Miller and all the work she is doing to capture some really great pics of our student-athletes. You can see her work at the following site- https://www.flickr.com/photos/63953015@N06/albums

It is never too early to sign up for Spring Sports. Please visit www.familyid.com to sign up for a Spring Sport.

A message from the Booster Club:

Volunteer for concessions today! The Wilson Booster Club manages concession sales at games. All profits are returned to Wilson clubs and sports. In order to offer concessions, volunteers are needed to prepare and sell hot dogs, popcorn, etc. Sign up to help today at http://signup.com/go/VJ19f3. No experience necessary! If you are new to concession volunteering you'll be trained when you arrive. This is a fun way to give back to the Wilson community.

Wilson Athletics Review:

The Wilson Ski Team is off and racing this year. They had their first competition at Mt. Hood Meadows for the Kelsey Downhill Competition. All racers competed in two downhill giant slalom courses. The fastest combined times on the Women’s side were Piper Easton, Carmen Donnrberg, and Josie Newgard. On the Men’s side, the top three were Alan Connor, Otto Lisle, and Ronnie Murphy. We March On!

The Snowboarding Team is gearing up for their first competition of the season when they travel to Mt. Hood Meadows. They will be competing in the Bank Slalom and Boardercross events. We March On!

The Wrestling program had a strong week of Wrestling with two impressive wins against perennial powerhouse Franklin winning 39-36 and beating Benson, 46-30. They traveled to Aloha on Friday and competed well against some of the top teams in the state. On Thursday, they will travel to Franklin for a 4-way with Franklin, Madison, and Lincoln. On Saturday, they will travel to Southridge for a Tournament. Coach Schmidt and his team of coaches continue to build an outstanding Wrestling Program. We March On!

The Swimmers had their first meet back on Friday when they traveled to Dishman to take on the Quakers of Franklin. We came out victorious after a long break! Their next competition is Friday at Dishman when we take on the Madison Senators. Coach Wiggins and her staff continue to provide a great experience for the Swim Team! We March On!

The Men’s Basketball Program came back from the Winter Break to take on the Cleveland Warriors at the 2019 PIL Men’s Basketball Showcase. Our guys competed hard but came up short in their efforts. With a young group of players, the future is bright for the Trojans. Coach Cokley and his staff continue to build a strong foundation for the Men’s Basketball Program. We March On!

The Women’s Basketball Program faced off against the Franklin Quakers on Saturday in the matinee game and came out victorious after a slow start. The team is playing outstanding defense and finding ways to close out some close games. Looking forward to watching them continue to improve in a tough conference. Coach Levrets and his staff continue to build chemistry within the program and provide an inclusive experience for his players. We March On!

Both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Programs take on Madison and Roosevelt this week. With that being said, there is a potential of hosting both the Men’s and Women’s Varsity contests here on Wednesday with one lower level game at 4pm. We should know more after Monday.

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