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Fine Print is Rowland Hall's magazine—published online only—and includes at least two in-depth athletics feature stories per year. 

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Fine Print—Athletics Features

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Carson Burian led a young cross-country team to a Region 17 title last fall, and he's not slowing down. Read about his training methods, goals, and why he thinks 2019 will be his best year yet.

Running can be a lonely sport, particularly for high school athletes pursuing an advanced career. Rowland Hall's cross-country and track and field coach Mark Oftedal knows the situation all too well, having watched his son Eli—a 2015 alum and elite runner who now races for Colorado State University—endure many solitary training sessions. So when he met Carson Burian last fall, Mr. Oftedal recognized what the talented young runner was facing. "I told him, 'You're in a difficult situation, at a small school with a small team, training at your level.' I knew he would be off on his own quite frequently."

Indeed, Carson has experienced just that: long miles on the road alone, when he focuses on long-term goals—such as running in college—to stay motivated. This past summer, he logged between 60–65 miles most weeks, often training in Park City to escape the heat and ozone in the valley. The sophomore, who individually placed first at this year's Region Championship and third at the 2A State meet, used to play up to six sports. He didn't take running all that seriously when he joined the Middle School cross-country team, but after winning every race in his eighth-grade division, he realized that the sport might hold a future for him. Now, he trains year-round for races, competes in cross country and track, and supplements his running with weight lifting—and the occasional ski day, like many Utahns.

Mr. Oftedal described Carson as an intense, determined young athlete who does his research before races and sets realistic goals for himself. While he's competitive, Carson will never bad-mouth his competition—in fact, he wants to race against the best in the field, making a potential victory that much sweeter. "He wants to bring himself to and beyond the level of the people in front of him," Mr. Oftedal said. And since he's racing against juniors and seniors, he oftentimes has to be patient with himself. Carson can be philosophical about his performance, especially if he's not feeling in peak physical or mental condition on race day. "I still try to run the best race I can," he said, "and though I may be disappointed with my time, I'll usually understand why."

Mr. Oftedal described Carson as an intense, determined young athlete who does his research before races and sets realistic goals for himself. While he's competitive, Carson will never bad-mouth his competition—in fact, he wants to race against the best in the field, making a potential victory that much sweeter.For a young runner, Carson has already developed a balanced regimen of nutrition, sleep, hydration, and workouts. He's learned to listen to his body, and knows that adjusting his pace by five seconds will allow him to push through several more miles instead of hitting a wall. Much of his growth stems from intense training and research, both at Rowland Hall and elsewhere—he attended a running camp at Northern Arizona University this summer, which he credited with giving him an extra boost of motivation during the hottest months of the year. But Carson has also been forced to adapt at times due to injury: last December, he strained ligaments in his foot two days before a race, and then batted through ongoing pain at the start of the track season because he hadn't healed properly. Thankfully, he's stayed healthy since, and says he's hoping to shave another 20–25 seconds off his mile next spring.

Carson's talent and mindset are only part of what makes him a special athlete. His individual performances certainly help the team at race time, but his sportsmanship and leadership help everyone persevere through tough practices. He understands the importance of being a good teammate, and said he'll give others encouragement when they might be struggling, sometimes simply by running alongside them. "It's all about trying to create positivity within the group," he said.

That's a strategy Mr. Oftedal and his assistant coaches, Laura Johnson and Giselle Slotboom, often employ during races too. "We try to give runners cues, and so if someone is having a rough time we'll ask their peer to join up with them and give them a boost." In fact, the camaraderie Mr. Oftedal saw in this fall's cross-country team is one of the things that pleased him most: even with varying levels of ability and experience among the group, they were often running together at practice and training together outside of school.

Carson's dedicated approach to conditioning and wellness has rubbed off on his peers, according to Mr. Oftedal. "Anytime you've got kids that are pushing at the top, it's going to positively influence others." He noticed students comparing their patterns and choices to Carson's, and then emulating his habits or characteristics. "They realize it's not just about showing up for practice and putting in the miles. It's a lifestyle decision."

Mr. Oftedal was quick to add, "It's a gain for Carson, too," as he can find inspiration watching his teammates make huge improvements, and they encourage his growth in return.

This year's cross-country team was a young group, led by sophomores and juniors, which Mr. Oftedal and Carson find exciting. Their achievements included Region 17 titles for both the girls and boys teams, and a third-place finish for the boys at the 2A State Championship—only one point behind the second-place team. With no one on the boys varsity team graduating in 2019, Carson believes the top spot in the state will soon be within reach.

A successful season for me is when I meet these kids years down the line and they're still running—still finding joy in competing, or just running for themselves. —Coach Mark Oftedal

Carson's future, as well as the team's future, is undoubtedly bright, but Mr. Oftedal doesn't necessarily measure success in terms of championships. He recently heard from the parents of a 2012 alum that their son is training for a marathon, and that news is just as satisfying to Mr. Oftedal as any state title. "A successful season for me is when I meet these kids years down the line and they're still running—still finding joy in competing, or just running for themselves," he said.

And if they still hear Coach Oftedal's or a teammate's voice encouraging them to push through training sessions, well, that might just make the runner's life a little less lonely after all.


Girls Soccer Wins Third State Title in Five Years


Congratulations to our girls soccer team for a decisive victory over rival Waterford in the 2A State Championship game on Saturday, October 19, at Rio Tinto Stadium. The group was also recognized Saturday for having the highest team GPA in their division.


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Rowland Hall Wins Award for Success in Sportsmanship, School, State Tourneys
Rowland Hall on June 18, 2018, won its first 2A Directors Cup, awarded annually by the Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (UIAAA) for success in sportsmanship, academics, and state tournaments.


Athletics Director Kendra Tomsic called the achievement a prestigious one. "It's quite an honor for our Athletics program, our coaches, and the school," she said. "We've been in the top five every year of this award's existence, but this is the first year that we have been named the top 2A school." This is the eighth year of the Directors Cup.

Kendra praised her dedicated coaches and hardworking student-athletes, but also deserves some of the credit: she's known as a tireless advocate for Rowland Hall Athletics, and she inspires Winged Lions to play with integrity and have fun in the process. Kendra has worked for the school since 1992, and in 2013 won a national award for her outstanding contributions to interscholastic athletics.

State championships bolstered Rowland Hall's Directors Cup ranking this year. Winged Lion highlights at the state level included the 2A title for girls soccer, the 3A 1st singles tennis title for senior Katie Foley, the 2A third-place spot for boys golf, the 3A title for girls swimming, the 2A title for boys tennis, the 2A title for girls golf, and the 2A runner-up trophy for boys soccer.

The description of the Directors Cup, from UIAAA:

The "Directors Cup" is awarded to the school achieving the highest cumulative point total in each classification based on state tournament results in all sports (boys and girls) and the successful implementation of the "Raise The Bar" sportsmanship initiative. The top 16 teams in each sport and classification received points based on how their teams finished in the UHSAA State Championship events. (This counts for 40% of the Directors Cup Total.) Each school may also submit their respective team GPAs to the UIAAA. The top 16 teams in each sport and classification received points based on how their team's GPA rank compared to other schools in their classification. (This counts for 40% of the Directors Cup Total.) Every school regardless of team GPAs or how it placed in any State Tournament can also receive points from the successful implementation of the "Raise The Bar" sportsmanship initiative.

The top-five ranked schools in 2A:

  1. Rowland Hall: 16.8 points
  2. Gunnison: 12.6 points
  3. Kanab: 10.8 points
  4. North Summit: 10.1 points
  5. Beaver: 9.4 points

Rowland Hall's score also amounted to the highest point total among all classifications in the state. In the 6A classification, Bingham was a close second, with 16.7 points.


Suspense-Filled Boys Tennis Tournament Ends with Rowland Hall's First State Title in Seven Years

About a week after Rowland Hall captured their first state title in boys tennis since 2011, Head Coach Tim Sleeper was still on cloud nine about the team's win. "There have been a couple of championships [throughout the years] that have stuck in my mind, and I think this will be one of them," he said.

In a drama-filled weekend that included Rowland Hall sophomore Peter Chase rallying from down 1-5 in the third set to win at #3 singles, the Winged Lions overcame a one-point deficit in the standings—to Waterford, nonetheless—by winning the final doubles match of the day.

It's not hard to understand what made this year's 3A State Tournament so memorable. In a drama-filled weekend that included Rowland Hall sophomore Peter Chase rallying from down 1-5 in the third set to win at #3 singles, the Winged Lions overcame a one-point deficit in the standings—to Waterford, nonetheless—by winning the final doubles match of the day.

Rowland Hall senior Soren Feola, who was paired with sophomore Justin Peng for the final match, recalled the intensity of the afternoon. "About halfway through our finals match, we found out that the state title rested on our shoulders. We pushed through the stress, even though everyone there was watching us," he said. "I think once that last point I hit was over, my mind went blank and all I could think was, 'Wow, I just did that for myself and my team.' I was filled with explosive happiness."

Coach Sleeper acknowledged that Soren had been in a similar position before but with different results, which only made this year that much more special. "The last shot of the whole tournament was Soren with an overhead to win the match," he said. "It was just really cool to see him come through and complete the journey."

The team's senior leadership, from Soren and #1 singles player Leif Thulin, and JV players Leo Doctorman and Chris Ausbeck, was a significant factor in this year's success. In particular, Coach Sleeper cited Leif's attitude and ability to bring the team together, whether at practice or during matches, as a consistent influence. "He deserves a lot of credit for what happened," Coach Sleeper said.

Complementing the senior leadership were outstanding performances from underclassmen, namely freshman Tucker Lee—who finished the season undefeated at #2 singles—and sophomores Justin and Peter. Coach Sleeper described Peter's attitude during his final match at the state tournament when he went to speak with him at the 5-2 changeover: "He had this energy I hadn't seen all season and this determination in his face. He said, 'I'm gonna do this' and he just went out and upped his game."

To have all my players rise to the occasion at the same time was thrilling. The whole team—they just outperformed themselves. —Coach Tim Sleeper

Celebrating a victory over rival Waterford added an extra layer of satisfaction to this year's championship, though Coach Sleeper has great respect for their longtime opponents. "Their coach is awesome," he said. "He makes a lot of good decisions and is always doing the right thing on and off the court, teaching good sportsmanship to his players."

Even in years when Rowland Hall lost to Waterford, Coach Sleeper has maintained a positive feeling watching his players grow on the court and summon their confidence at key moments. And heading into the state tournament May 11, despite having won the Region 13 championship the week before, he wasn't sure how his team would match up against unknown players from other regions.

In any case, he almost certainly would never have predicted the intensity of the tournament's conclusion, which he agreed couldn't have been scripted any better for the team. "To have all my players rise to the occasion at the same time was thrilling," he said. "The whole team—they just outperformed themselves."

Coach Sleeper was especially grateful for the way this season wrapped, as he has decided not to return to Rowland Hall next season and instead spend more time with his family. He will carry with him many fond memories of watching Rowland Hall's young athletes mature over the course of a season, and for some, throughout their high school careers.

"I've been honored to be a part of their lives throughout the years," he said. "They are an amazing group of kids."


New Upper School Fitness Program Teaches Wellness and Time Management

Over the past several years, enrollment in physical education (PE) classes steadily declined in the Upper School. Rather than getting discouraged by the lack of participation—and the subsequent lack of course offerings—PE teacher Mark Oftedal embraced a growth mindset. He saw the failures of the existing PE model in the Upper School as an opportunity to try something new: a Personal Fitness program that launched in September and is already creating buzz inside the Lincoln Street Campus hallways.

The program has a simple premise: make fitness fit your schedule. Instead of trimester or yearlong PE courses that meet at regularly scheduled times, students must accrue 25 hours of physical activity over the course of the year to earn one PE credit. Upper schoolers can earn two credits if they accrue 50 hours, but if they don't reach 25 by the end of the year, the hours won't carry forward.

The classes and activities available through the Personal Fitness program—which students were surveyed about, to gauge interest—appeal to a diverse crowd. Early offerings include hiking, yoga, Ultimate Frisbee, and meditation, with plans for kayaking, backcountry skiing, and open gym time underway. Students can attend a fitness class during a free period, after school, or sometimes on weekends, and most classes don't require advance signup. To earn credit, students must sign in with the instructor, and then participate to the best of their abilities.

Mr. Oftedal credited visiting colleges with his son Eli Oftedal '15 for inspiring him to look ahead to the fitness opportunities students will encounter after high school. He saw the first-rate recreational centers and facilities available to college students, and started to devise a PE program that would give upper schoolers the chance to try new activities, and require them to use time-management skills. The new program challenges students to figure out how they fit in, Mr. Oftedal said. "When they get to college, they won't have as many easy opportunities for athletics that they had here at Rowland Hall."

Our school's learning environment will help to make the Personal Fitness program a success, Mr. Oftedal said. "We can give students interesting options—maybe things they want to become better at, or things they have never tried before and can do in an environment that will be supportive, whether they succeed or fail."

Students are already embracing the program, according to sophomore Hailey Hauck. Hailey is a member of the Ultimate Frisbee team that plays after school on Mondays and Wednesdays with English teacher Joel Long and math teacher Brian Birchler. Last year Hailey played volleyball to earn PE credit, and while she likes the sport, she found the practice and game schedule a bit too demanding. She's planning to earn credit for the Ultimate Frisbee workouts this year, and feels less stressed without the commitment a team sport requires. She mentioned that her friends are looking forward to earning credit for backcountry skiing, something they already do an average of twice a week.

Ultimate Frisbee has yielded other benefits for Hailey, beyond a simplified way to earn PE credit. "I have been able to meet a lot of new people that I probably wouldn't talk to outside the team," she said. "And it's a great break—you can switch your brain off from school."

Exercise's mental boost plays a significant role in Mr. Oftedal's plan. He cited the latest neuroscientific research on how exercise improves brain activity and believes that students who can fit in a yoga or meditation class midday, or go for a walk during their free period, will perform better academically in the hours that follow. "All the literature shows that when students go out and get moving, and get chemicals flowing through their brains, they will be more apt to learn and remember material," he said. "It all points in that direction." He's also acutely aware of how much studying the average Upper School student does and wants them to find balance in their lives.

Mr. Oftedal hopes to expand the Personal Fitness program in the future to include guest speakers on topics such as nutrition, sleep habits, and sports psychology. He envisions a strong health and wellness curriculum that prepares students for the real-world scenarios they will encounter in college and beyond. The only challenge he currently anticipates is finding adequate space for certain activities, such as open gym time, especially since the Middle School PE program remains robust.

Upper School Principal Ingrid Gustavson said she's pleased with the rollout of the program so far, especially how it allows for flexibility. She thinks students are excited about the range of classes and curious about the impending experiential offerings. Mr. Oftedal foresees some of the off-campus classes like rock climbing or kayaking eventually turning into interim trips.

Mr. Oftedal also hopes that adults in our community—faculty, staff, or even parents—will join in the fitness activities, and act as positive role models for our students. "I want to create a culture where kids see that faculty and staff enjoy doing these things too, that they're trying to fit them into their lives because they see the benefits and enjoyment they get from exercise."

Experiential Learning

More Than Champions: Girls Soccer Team Becomes Family During Undefeated Season

The statistics from Rowland Hall's championship girls soccer season are impressive. They ended the season with an 18-0 record. They scored 168 goals, a new state record, and surrendered just six—three of which were in the championship game. Nearly every member of the team, including the goalkeeper, scored at least once during the season. And even the junior varsity team only lost one game this fall.

The season-long dominance by the team doesn't mean award-winning Head Coach Bobby Kennedy is ready to use the word "perfection," though. Instead, he said he found this year to be deeply satisfying. He likes to emphasize the team philosophy: "Rowland Hall—where winning is cultured, skills are tested, bonds are formed, and memories are made." He also pointed out, "The school's mission statement ends with personal excellence, and I believe if we ask that of students in the classroom, we ask that of them on the playing field." He reminded his athletes of this all season, and they followed suit.

Seniors summarized their season as exciting, memorable, successful, and record breaking. When co-captain Airam Perez mentioned the word "family," they all nodded in agreement. In fact, partway through the season, Airam and Caeli Kennedy—another of the team's captains—changed the cheer coming out of group huddles from "RoHo!" to "Family!" According to Caeli, the bonds this season grew even stronger than she expected, and much stronger than in her previous three years on the team.

Coach Kennedy attributed the team chemistry to a good mix of veteran players and young talent. "Everyone understood their roles and accepted them," he said. "Some seniors knew they weren't going to be starters, and believed that being part of the team was more important than the minutes they spent on the field. They all bought into the program."

For a team that didn't face much competition during the season—largely due to a state reclassification that shifted weaker or less experienced teams into the 2A Region—they were still tested at times. A few players suffered injuries or illnesses that required them to miss games, but maintaining motivation posed the bigger challenge. It's a winner's problem: you don't have to be as sharp as you could be, in order to beat less-talented opponents. Coach Kennedy never let his players off the hook, though: from the beginning of practice in late July through the championship game, he counseled them that their hard work and daily efforts were an investment in the future.

The players appreciated the rituals in practice and warm-up that helped them stay ready for competition, and the bonding activities such as "question of the day"—"What are you looking forward to this weekend?"; "What are your goals for the next game?"that kept the mood light. The student-athletes have enormous respect and admiration for their coaches. BK—as the athletes affectionately call their head coach—infrequently offered praise, but that only made it more meaningful when it came. Savannah Price hailed his second-to-none knowledge of the game, and his teaching style: "No one in this community knows more about soccer than BK, so having him as a coach was really valuable."

The highlight for players and coaches was, of course, defeating rival Waterford in the state championship game by a score of 6-3. While they may not have been highly motivated to play every opponent during the regular season, that game was different. "Championship teams have a way of igniting themselves when it's most meaningful," Coach Kennedy said. And while the players experienced nerves heading into the title game, they are proud of how they responded to pressure and achieved their goals.

"No matter who you play, a championship game will be nerve-wracking," Caeli said, "and the fact that we were playing our rivals added extra pressure." Goalkeeper Allison Bagley—the third co-captain on the team—said unlike earlier games, that final match tested her: "A lot of the games, I wasn't that active, but in the Waterford game, it was very different." Meg Janes said her nerves carried through halftime, when their lead of 1-0 was not as large as usual. But the coaches and players all agreed that in the second half, they settled in and started to play their style. "I started to realize, 'We got this now,'" Meg said with a smile.

Lauren Bikhazi cited the disappointing loss to Waterford in last year's championship game as another reason this victory felt so satisfying. Plus, the career seniors had secured their second state title—they bookended their high school soccer careers with championships in 2014 and 2017. The team listened to "We are the Champions" on the bus ride home, and celebrated over a shared meal that evening.

As happy and proud as the Winged Lions were to end their undefeated season with a victory over Waterford, some expressed mixed emotions. Airam voiced sadness in knowing she'd played her last high school game. In a chorus of agreement, the teammates identified what they'd miss most: the coaches and the relationships they've built. "Playing with your really good friends is always an awesome experience," Lauren said. When recalling funny mishaps on the field or inside jokes, the seniors shared laughs and whispers, making it clear that the memories made this year will stay with them for a long time.

Coach Kennedy can't help but look ahead to next year, especially given that this team had nine seniors, the largest number of departing players in his tenure as coach. "Our seniors led the team, and it wasn't just about talent," he said. "Around here, you know what is asked of you, and you stay prepared to answer the call." No matter how the roster shapes up in the future, the demand for personal excellence will remain an integral part of the soccer program—and chances are, that will lead to more success.


State Coach of the Year award


Update March 6, 2018: United Soccer Coaches in February 2018 named Bobby Kennedy the 2017 Utah Coach of the Year among girls' teams at independent high schools. Congrats to Coach Kennedy!



Winged Lions Baseball Builds Momentum With Help from Longtime Coach, Dedicated Team, and Superstar Sophomore

The Varsity Baseball team turned more double plays this spring than they have in the previous five seasons combined.

"That was huge," new Head Coach Mac Estrada said. "To see the progression of kids actually knowing what to do in certain situations, and having the quickness to be able to do it."

And that's just one statistic that shows the team's momentum.

During the state tournament, four of the team's nine starters were freshmen. The team only graduated two seniors this year and will return next year as a young but experienced bunch. "To have such a young team and come back and be able to develop that is a really cool thing," said Coach Estrada, who in 2007 started a 10-year stint as assistant coach.

According to the coach, 2010 marked the first year in recent history that the team advanced to the state tournament. That kicked off a trend: the team has advanced every year since then. In 2011 and 2012, they had back-to-back region titles. This year, the team took third in the region. Now that he has one season in the lead role under his belt, Coach Estrada plans to hone the team's practice regime for next year.

"We're progressing, doing better, and staying consistent with guys coming back," he said. "The guys who have been involved are passionate."

Returning players have proved that passion. In 2016, the team graduated four strong seniors—three of whom were named to the All-Region team—leaving holes to fill on the roster. Coach Estrada praised this year's returning players for hitting the ground hard to recruit new teammates; canceling the season was never an option for those dedicated Winged Lions.

Going from an incomplete roster to third in the region is its own success story. Coach Estrada cites a few other season highlights. At the very start of a game against North Summit High School—on the very first pitch—junior Luke Nicoloff hit a homerun.

Then, there's sophomore Austin Davison's entire season.

Austin is a statewide powerhouse. According to the statistics on trusted high school sports website MaxPreps, he's currently Utah's #1 player in batting average, slugging, and on-base percentage (OBP). In those three categories, he trumps the next-highest players by significant margins and even made appearances in national rankings. He finished his season #1 in the state in runs batted in (RBIs) and now sits at #3. The MaxPreps rankings cover all schools—public and independent—and all divisions, not just 2A.

Austin has been surrounded by supportive and talented teammates and passionate coaches who have helped him to achieve success in the Rowland Hall program, Athletics Director Kendra Tomsic said. And Coach Estrada is one of those supporters: he said Austin has shown this command of the game since his freshman year. "His next two years are going to be exciting to watch, for sure," the coach said.

In May, Austin was the only sophomore invited to the 2A All-Star game and ranked second of 30 in the home-run derby. This summer, he'll be participating in nationally high-profile baseball programs. At the end of June, he'll be part of a 17U free-agent team at the USA Baseball National Team Championships (East) in Florida—this also serves as a tryout for the prestigious 17U National Team Development Program. He'll attend camps, showcases, or meetings at a slew of colleges. He'll also be heading to Puerto Rico as part of the 18-member Planet Baseball team led by college coaches.

Baseball is his passion, but Austin also enjoys playing on Rowland Hall's basketball team. "Basketball has been a boon to my conditioning routine," Austin wrote in his personal statement on Next College Student Athlete, a recruiting website. Thanks in part to basketball Coach Ronnie Ross' sprinting drills, Austin is currently #18 in Utah for stolen bases.

During a clinic here in Salt Lake City, University of Utah Baseball Assistant Coach Jay Brossman gave Austin and other young athletes some advice. "Coach told my group that our chances of playing in college would be small," Austin wrote, "but for any of us to have a chance to play in college or beyond, we would first have to become the best player on our team, then the best player in our region, the best player in our conference, then the best player in our state."

Austin's certainly working toward that. He also has a specific goal he'd like to achieve here at Rowland Hall: he wants to be the second student-athlete to have his jersey retired on his graduation day. He called the goal "lofty but attainable." Given what Austin's already accomplished in two years, it might just be in the cards.


Girls Golf Team Repeats as State 2A Champions

By Stacey Camacho, Head Coach

Wind gusts of up to 30 mph and a challenging, difficult mountain course at Soldier Hollow set the stage for an extra-slow pace of play, as players averaged seven-hour rounds. With grit and determination, our Winged Lion golfers Zaria Thompson, Maddie Kwun, Caity Kwun, and Alison Puri battled the physical and mental challenges of the day, maintaining their focus despite the adverse conditions. Three of the four golfers placed in the top six: Zaria fired an 80, Maddie shot an 82, and Caity had a 95. Alison scored a 124 in her first State competition. Although we had only four golfers instead of the usual six—Lane Baker suffered an early season injury that sidelined her for the year—it didn’t seem to pose a problem as our team handily beat second-place Emery 267-246, using the Stableford scoring system.

Sophomore Zaria repeated as the 2A State individual champion, shooting three birdies on the day, and staying positive throughout the long round. Sophomore Maddie placed second, while her senior sister Caity took sixth.

Coach Martin Ellis and I were so proud of the team—the girls really kept their heads together. It was great to see them buckle down and shoot some good scores in some not-so-great conditions.

We were pleased to honor Zaria as Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Alison as Most Improved Player, and to recognize Caity and Maddie with the Coaches’ Award for 2016. Caity also earned Academic All-Region and Academic All-State honors for the season.

With only Caity graduating from the program, we look forward to another strong season in 2017.

Read about the girls’ success in the Deseret News.



Finish Line—Upper School

Upper School Athletics Fall 2018

Another successful season of Upper School fall athletics is in the books with four new Region titles, a State championship, and all five varsity teams qualifying for and playing well at their State competitions. Additionally, the Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrators' Association recognized three of our teams for having the highest GPA in their 2A sport: boys cross country, girls soccer, and volleyball. This made for an amazing finish to the fall 2018 Winged Lions athletics campaign.

Congratulations to our outstanding coaches, including Susan Daynes and Lee Molen-Chase, girls tennis; Martin Ellis and Stacey Camacho, boys golf; Mark Oftedal, Laura Johnson, and Giselle Slotboom, cross country; Bobby Kennedy and Scott Langone, girls soccer; and Kendra Tomsic, Lauren Carpenter, Kathy Howa, and Kacie Turcuato, volleyball. And congrats to the over 100 student-athletes who wore the green and white this fall—you represented yourselves and our school community with much heart and pride. Way to go, Winged Lions!


Girls Soccer State 2A Champs Second Year in a Row
By Head Coach Bobby Kennedy

We started our soccer season on a warm summer morning July 30 and ended on a spectacular fall day October 20. Along the way, 24 girls worked hard on and off the field to come together and build a championship team. We amassed a 17–1 record while playing teams from four separate classifications. The varsity team earned a share of the Region 17 title and then repeated as 2A State champs. Our junior varsity (JV) team went undefeated, and for the first time in five years, the teams were blended in every training session and game.

The highlights of the season included a convincing 3–0 victory on the road against Real Salt Lake Academy, and a stunning 7–0 result in the State final against Waterford. I've rarely seen a team execute a game plan so flawlessly under pressure as this team did in the State final. Special thanks to all of the faculty, staff, and students who supported the girls during the season.

This year's team consisted of Sam Carlisle, Kat Lanham, Aislinn Mitcham, Olivia Bikhazi, Giselle Bodeen, Jordan Crockett, Sofia Espinoza, Anna Fukushima, Sally Logue, Sophie Stinnett, Mia Vinding, Izzy Cox, Alexandra Hodson, Ellie Hyde, Lily Scaife, Grace Baranko, Kaitlyn Bates, Faustine Ainsworth-Beaudot, Mary Bocock, Lizzie Carlin, Summer Connery, Julia Graham, Camryn Kennedy, and Micha Nenbee.

Postseason team awards went to Aislinn Mitcham, Most Valuable Player (MVP); Jordan Crockett, Coaches' Award; and Sam Carlisle, Most Improved. Players named to the All-Region 17 Team included Aislinn Mitcham, Jordan Crockett, Sam Carlisle, Kat Lanham, and Lizzie Carlin. Seven of our players earned Deseret News All-State honors: Aislinn Mitcham, Sam Carlisle, Kat Lanham, Jordan Crockett, Sophie Stinnett, Summer Connery, and Lizzie Carlin. Deseret News also named junior standout Jordan Crockett the 2A girls soccer MVP. And during halftime at the State Championship game, we were proud to accept an award from the Utah Interscholastic Athletic Administrators' Association for being the 2A team with the top GPA.


Boys Golf Region Champs and Third at State
By Head Coach Martin Ellis

The boys golf season was a huge success: as a team, we won every Region match and then finished the sweep by winning the Region 17 championship.

The team was led by Giorgio Gianoulis, who played the best golf of his high school career throughout the season and finished fourth individually at State. Zach Rohovit was also a major contributor to the team's success, as he finished 12th at the State tournament. Team newcomer Jack AbuHaidar, who also competes for Rowmark Ski Academy, played exceptionally well this season. Alex Baughman and Isaac Holbrook showed great improvement over the course of the fall and were also key to clinching the Region championship. Daniel Damico stepped up his game to join us at State. This year's junior varsity team consisted of Josef Sueoka, Shoji Mori, Zydaan Siddiqi, and Zach Baughman.

Assistant Coach Stacey Camacho and I are proud of the effort our athletes put in this fall and are already looking forward to 2019. A special shoutout to Giorgio Gianoulis and Zack Rohovit who made the Utah PGA All-State First and Second Teams, respectively.

Congratulations to team award recipients Giorgio Gianoulis, MVP; Isaac Holbrook, Most Improved; and Zach Rohovit, Coaches' Award.


Girls Tennis Finishes Strong
By Head Coach Susan Daynes

The Winged Lions girls tennis team took to the courts this fall without a senior on the roster and with many new faces on the squad. First-year Assistant Coach Lee Molen-Chase and I were excited by the talent and potential we saw as practices started in early August, and our hopes for a successful season with a young team came to fruition as the season progressed.

Every team member worked hard throughout the season and showed substantial improvement with each practice and match. In a tough 3A Region, we won four matches and lost four matches, and played well enough at the Region tournament to qualify players at all five positions for the State 3A tournament.

The following players represented Rowland Hall in a strong field at State in late September: Violette Truong, #1 Singles; freshman Madeline Frazier, #2 Singles; junior Tala Shihab, #3 Singles; junior Caroline Applegate / freshman Tennyson Seethaler, #1 Doubles; and junior Grayson King / junior Kajal Ganesh, #2 Doubles. Our players battled hard and were fantastic representatives of our school, ending the State competition tied for fifth place. We're so proud of the great effort they gave with every point played.

We're excited to have all of these hardworking players plus JV team members Sasha Diamandis, Laura Summerfield, and Olivia Tracey returning to the court next season. Thanks much to parents and families for their support during the season.

Our team award recipients included Tala Shihab, MVP; Caroline Applegate, Most Improved; and Violette Truong, the Lionhearted Award. Congratulations!


Cross Country Teams Race to Region Titles
By Head Coach Mark Oftedal

Rowland Hall's 2018 cross-country running season ended on a beautiful autumn day in Sugar House Park, the place where it all began back in mid-August.

Our varsity boys team of juniors Aksel Anderson, Logan Bateman, George Bee, and Cyrus Johnston, and sophomores Carson Burian, Max Eatchel, and Matthew Goh finished third in the Utah State Cross Country Championships. Carson finished third overall and Logan snagged seventh, while Max, Aksel, and Matthew rounded out our top-five scoring positions in very respectable 18th, 19th, and 21st positions, respectively.

Our girls team of senior Grace Macintyre, juniors Brenna Davison and Ella Vitek, and sophomores Laisha Padilla and Samantha Paisley earned their spot on the starting line at State by securing the Region 17 championship one week earlier. A quote from Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko perhaps best describes both the Region and State races: "True sport is always a duel, a duel with nature, with one's own fear, with one's own fatigue, a duel in which body and mind are strengthened." The girls team exhibited a huge amount of grit to come together—many bringing late-season injuries and the reasonable accompanying apprehensions due to the less-than-healthy state of the team—to win the Region race. Unfortunately, Ella, our only returning team member from last year and our only team member with experience on the State course, had given it her all to be on the podium at Region with an overall fourth-place finish. She set aside knee pain to race for the team championship at Region, and a second go for the team at State was not an option. But teammates Brenna, Grace, Laisha, and Samantha all toed the line for the first time in the girls 2A championship race with Ella cheering them on. Brenna was our top finisher in 30th place.

We welcomed 10 newcomers to our team this year, some of them already mentioned. Senior Grace Macintyre, juniors George Bee and Brenna Davison, sophomores Laisha Padilla and Samantha Paisley, and freshmen Max Locke, Wynn Mellor, Lorenzo Parker Pillow, Max Smart, and George Wintriss joined 17 returning team members to make up our focused and determined squad. With the spring track and field season still coming, I always dislike saying goodbyes at this point, but as far as cross-country races go, we bid farewell to our four-year team members Jonah Borgenicht and Robert Welt, three-year member Ricky Sanchez, two-year member Connor Johansson, and one-year member Grace Macintyre. However, I'll save my final goodbyes for when they round that last curve and make their way into the finish line on the track in May.

Our 2018 cross country team awards recipients were as follows.

  • Most Valuable: Ella Vitek, first for the girls team each time she raced, and fourth place overall at Region; and Carson Burian, seventh place at Bob Firman, fourth at Sanpete Classic, first at Region, and third at State.
  • Most Improved: Brenna Davison and Cyrus Johnston.
  • Coaches' Choice: Max Eatchel and the five-member girls' team.
  • Tough-as-Nails: Samantha Paisley and Ricky Sanchez.

Congrats to all on a great 2018 season!


Volleyball Team Eighth at State Tournament
By Head Coach Kendra Tomsic

"Lionhearted" continued to be this year's team mantra, and the 19 volleyball players who stepped on the court in each competition always proved that energy and heart.

The team included senior captains Leah Button, Tess Edgley, Cody Googin, and Claire Hyde; juniors Leonie Anderson, Livia Anderson, Chloe Coleman-Houghton, and Lily Roberts; sophomores Jacque Park and Ke'ea Ramirez; and freshmen Ella Houden, Samantha Lehman, Isabelle Louis, Casey Maloy, Enna Mustajbegovic, Ally Smith, Kit Stevens, Tina Su, and Charleigh Vitek. They came to practice each day with a mindset to improve. They knew they'd sometimes fail, but stayed determined to learn from their mistakes and get better as individuals to ultimately make our team stronger. That mentality paid big dividends.

A tough preseason schedule included an early tournament at Skyline with top volleyball teams from across classifications, and matches with always-strong 3A Manti and South Summit—all competitions during which we tweaked our varsity lineup. Come mid-September, the team was well prepared to start Region play.

League play brought with it much success for our teams. JV posted a 9–2 record, the freshman team went undefeated at 5–0, and varsity ended the season at 10–2. The only varsity losses came at the hands of archrival Waterford in exciting contests with lengthy rallies. Varsity highlights of the league season included a come-from-behind, four-set road win over Wasatch Academy, an amazingly well-played first set at Waterford that ended in a heartbreaking 26–28 loss, and another first-set-down, gritty, comeback, four-set victory over Wasatch Academy at home in our Pink Night match before a rowdy crowd of Winged Lion fans. That victory topped off a very special night for our team, as we dedicated the match to beloved, longtime Rowland Hall staff member Linda Hampton, who was recently diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. With the help of the Rowland Hall community, the team raised over $4,000 to be donated in Linda's name to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation for cancer research.

Our second-place finish in Region 17 sent us to the State 2A tournament held October 26–27 at Utah Valley University in Orem. We faced a tough North Sevier squad in our first match of this double-elimination tourney. Despite battling every point, we were unable to overcome the offensive firepower of the Wolves and lost, putting us into the tournament's consolation bracket. We next faced St. Joe in a match scheduled for 8:30 pm Friday evening; however, earlier matches went long, so our team didn't take the court until 9:45 pm. This epic five-set, two-hour match became a highlight of our season, as every set featured lengthy rallies and see-saw scoring. With the welcomed help of our loyal parents and friends who stayed and cheered us on until the final point, our determined Winged Lions celebrated a huge win, walking off the court at midnight with a decisive fifth-set score of 15–5.

As a reward for that incredible performance, we played Merit Academy 8 am Saturday. Our team came ready and defeated the Knights in three straight sets to advance to the consolation championship match against Duchesne. Although all three sets were hotly contested and featured numerous exciting rallies, we lost to the Eagles to ultimately place eighth at State, our best finish at the tournament in a number of years.

Thanks to my coaching staff—Lauren Carpenter, Kathy Howa, and Kacie Turcuato—whose support of the team and me was invaluable. A special shoutout to our four Seniors, Leah, Tess, Cody, and Claire, who anchored the team and whose talent on the court and leadership by example was a key to our success. Thanks for all you've given to the volleyball program these past four years—you'll be missed.

End-of-season honors went to Chloe Coleman-Houghton, MVP; Leah Button and Tess Edgley, Offensive Co-MVPs; Claire Hyde, Coaches' Award; Cody Googin, Most Improved; and Jacque Park, the Lionhearted Award.

Postseason recognition to date has gone to All-Region 17 players Leah Button, Tess Edgley, and Chloe Coleman-Houghton; Utah Volleyball Coaches' Association (UVCA) All-State to Leah Button (Honorable Mention), Tess Edgley (Honorable Mention), and Chloe Coleman-Houghton (Third Team); and selection to UVCA Senior 2A All-Star Team to Tess Edgley. We're also proud to say that our varsity team was recognized at the State tournament as the 2A team with the highest GPA (3.87) for 2018.

A huge congratulations to the team on a wonderful finish to an exciting, fun, and successful season—you're champions in my book!


Fall Sport Academic Awards

Each season, the Region 17 Board of Managers recognizes with Academic All-Region honors seniors who are regular starters or performers on the varsity team, and have at least a 3.75 cumulative, unweighted GPA. They recognized six of our fall athletes: girls soccer players Aislinn Mitcham, Kat Lanham, and Sam Carlisle, and volleyball players Leah Button, Cody Googin, and Claire Hyde.

The Utah High School Activities Association also recognizes excellence in the classroom with the designation of Academic All-State status for seniors who are regular starters or performers for their varsity team, and have an unweighted, cumulative GPA of 4.0 or who meet a new index based on GPA and SAT or ACT scores. Three of our fall-sport student-athletes earned that award: Aislinn Mitcham (girls soccer) and Claire Hyde and Cody Googin (volleyball).

Congratulations to these Winged Lions on achieving excellence not only in the competitive athletics arena, but also in the classroom.

The Utah Interscholastic Athletics Administrators' Association this year started a program to recognize one school per varsity sport, per classification with a Top Team GPA award. We're proud to say that three of our fall teams received the plaque for this award: boys cross country (3.77), girls soccer (3.76), and volleyball (3.87). Congratulations!


Fall Athletics Postseason Awards

Several of our fall-sport athletes have received postseason recognition for their performance in their respective sport.

All-Region girls soccer players include Sam Carlisle, Kat Lanham, Aislinn Mitcham, Jordan Crockett, and Lizzie Carlin. Radio station 1280 The Zone recognized Carlin and Summer Connery as South Towne Auto Mall Players of the Week at a ceremony held in late October.

Jordan Crockett was named the 2A Girls Soccer MVP for 2018 by the Deseret News. Coaches from across 2A selected Sam Carlisle, Kat Lanham, Aislinn Mitcham, Jordan Crockett, Sophie Stinnett, Summer Connery, and Lizzie Carlin to the Deseret News 2A Girls' Soccer All-State Team.

Volleyball players named to the All-Region Team were Leah Button, Tess Edgley, and Chloe Coleman-Houghton. The Utah Volleyball Coaches' Association selection panel named to their All-State Team Leah Button (Honorable Mention), Tess Edgley (Honorable Mention), and Chloe Coleman-Houghton (Third Team). In addition, that same group named Tess Edgley to the 2A Senior All-Star Team. All-State volleyball for the Deseret News has not yet been announced.

Boys golf team members who earned Utah PGA All-State honors included Giorgio Gianoulis (First Team) and Zach Rohovit (Second Team). They'll be recognized at an award banquet this spring.

Boys cross country team members Carson Burian and Logan Bateman earned 2A All-State designation by the coaches' association.

Congratulations to our hard-working athletes on these well-earned honors.


Davison Earns Rowland Hall Wendy's High School Heisman

Rowland Hall senior baseball standout Austin Davison was recently named a Wendy's High School Heisman school-level winner. From a total applicant pool of nearly 42,000 high school scholar-athletes graduating in 2019, Austin was one of 7,500 named school winners in Wendy's annual scholarship competition. He is now eligible for state, regional, and national recognition.

Austin has set numerous Rowland Hall and state records with his outstanding play on the baseball diamond over the past three seasons, and he'll anchor the Winged Lion team in the spring. Congratulations, Austin!


Langone Named USCA Coach Of The Year

The United Soccer Coaches Association (USCA) recently named our very own Scott Langone the Boys Private/Parochial School Coach of the Year. His coaching peers here in Utah selected him due to his success with our Upper School boys soccer program. Coach Langone led our Winged Lion boys varsity team to a 15-win season last year—they captured the Region 17 title, followed by second place at the State 2A tournament. Congratulations, Scott!


Thank You to Booster Club Parent Liaisons

As the athletics director, and on behalf of all of our fall coaches and student-athletes, I want to thank the following Booster Club team parent liaisons who volunteered countless hours of their time and energy to help make the athletics experience better for all involved—you were amazing!

Many thanks to Ashley Holbrook, boys golf; Cindy Burian, cross country; Tammy Park and Phuong Bodeen, girls soccer; Gretchen King, girls tennis; and Karen Edgley and Angelina Beitia, volleyball.

Thanks also to all the parents who provided drinks and snacks for our teams, as well as staffed the concessions/ticket table for home volleyball events. Our programs could not function without your volunteer help. Thank you!



Volleyball Team Gets Visit from Former Olympian

It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our volleyball team who was treated to a visit in late September by former National NCAA Division I champion and two-time USA Olympic Volleyball athlete and medalist, Courtney Thompson.


Courtney, as a Co-Founder of the nonprofit Give It Back Foundation, has always understood the concept of team. Named team captain of the University of Washington women's volleyball team as a freshman, Courtney held this title throughout her 4-year career, while also leading the Huskies to an NCAA Division I National Championship in 2005. Post college, Thompson proudly represented USA Volleyball, winning a gold medal at the World Championships in Italy (2014), an Olympic silver medal in London (2012), and an Olympic bronze medal in Rio (2016), serving as team captain from 2013-2016. Having worked with Dr. Gervais while competing on the USA team, she has lived through the process of changing a culture and understands how and why it starts with each individual's mindset. She brings this experience, as well as her drive to make those around her better, to her work with Compete to Create.

Courtney spent an hour with the volleyball team, talking to them about her personal experience with high school, college, and Olympic athletic competition, sharing with us some of the difficulties and roadblocks she faced as she worked toward her Olympic dream, focusing on encouraging our players to follow their dreams in all areas of their life despite inevitable setbacks and obstacles, urging them to always use positive self-talk and maintain a positive mindset to work their way through adversity. It was a very interesting and motivating conversation for all.

The team was treated to being able to not only see but to hold and wear Courtney's Olympic silver and bronze medals! It was an afternoon that none of them will soon forget. Thanks to Sarah Lehman for offering this opportunity to the team.




Upper School Sports Roundup, Spring 2018

The 2018 spring sports season was one of the best ever for Winged Lion teams, as it ended with all teams qualifying for post-season play, which resulted in three Region titles, a State runner-up trophy, and two State Championships! Athletes also earned individual State Championships in Boys Tennis and Girls Golf.

Kudos to our coaching staff—Tim Sleeper, Susan Daynes, Boys Tennis; Martin Ellis, Ryan Holt, Girls Golf; Scott Langone, Boys Soccer; Mark Oftedal, Giselle Slotboom, Ashley Hagensick, Roland Tolbert, Track & Field; Kathy Howa, Kendra Tomsic, Leslie Varoz, Softball; and Zach Paige, Tyler Curtis, Ben Stoddard, Baseball—and the over 100 student athletes who dedicated themselves to admirably representing the Green and White this spring. Read on to learn more about their amazing accomplishments.


Boys Tennis Captures Gold
By Tim Sleeper, Head Coach


The boys tennis team finished up an amazing season with an even more amazing team effort at the State Tournament on Saturday, May 12. In what turned out to be one of the closest championships in boys tennis history, our Winged Lions pulled out a state championship victory over 15 other schools and bettered Waterford by just one point!

The team championship came down to the final four matches, which were all being played at the same time, with our boys needing to win three of the four to take State. The composure shown by our players was epic, and they put their best foot forward when we needed it most.

Soren Feola and Justin Peng played at the 2nd Doubles position and were the last players on court. They didn't know at the time, but their close 7-5, 7-5 win put us over the top and finally claimed the state title. Peter Chase went head to head with Waterford in the finals match at 3rd Singles and came back from being down 1-5 in the third set to claim victory from the hands of defeat. Tucker Lee closed out an incredible season, going undefeated from start to finish at the 2nd Singles position to claim a State title at the spot. Senior leader Leif Thulin pushed the squad towards perfection all year and took second place at the 1st Singles position. Josh Kesling and Noah Edgar played hard in a talented 1st Doubles bracket to earn critical points toward the title as well.

The whole team really united during the final two weeks of the season to craft this victory, and many thanks go out to our JV squad, including Chris Ausbeck, Auden Bown, Tim Zeng, Leo Doctorman, Ben McGraw, Ben Fowler, Gary Fenton, Cooper Davis, Steven Doctorman, and Charlie Cutt. Of course, no sport has a chance at success at Rowland Hall without the efforts of Athletic Director Kendra Tomsic and the rest of the administration. Thanks to all for an unforgettable season and Goooooo Lions!

Congratulations to our end of season awardees, including Leif Thulin, Tucker Lee, Peter Chase, Team MVPs and Soren Feola and Justin Peng, Coaches' Award.


Girls Golf Crowned State 2A Champs
By Martin Ellis, Head Coach


The Rowland Hall girls golf team is once again State Champion! The Winged Lions claimed their third state title in the past four years with a gutsy performance at Rose Park Golf Course on May 9.

Senior Zaria Thompson led the way all season by winning every tournament she played, claiming her fourth consecutive Region individual medalist finish. Senior Maddie Kwun was only a stroke or two behind Zaria at most Region events. Sophomore Sophie Stinnett finished the season very strong by shooting her career best round (94). Katy Dark, a ninth grader who just started playing golf the week before team tryouts, made huge improvements all season long. The team easily claimed their fourth Region Championship, going undefeated all season.

As a team, we battled all season long and were rewarded for our efforts. Since we had only had four girls on the team this year, every score counted at every match. Our competition at State, Beaver High School, had six girls, so they were able to throw out their two worst scores. That put a lot of pressure on the Winged Lions, but they rose to the occasion, beating Beaver by a total of 5 strokes in a very close battle. Our players set a goal to play their best golf of the season at State, and they did just that. Maddie Kwun ended up edging out Zaria Thompson by just two strokes to claim her second State Individual Medalist honors. Zaria finished in second place and Sophie Stinnett finished in fifth. Assistant Coach Ryan Holt said, "We couldn't be more proud of our girls, and it just goes to show that hard work really pays off."

Thompson, Kwun, and Stinnett earned All-State honors for their efforts all season. We offer our congratulations to end of season award winners: Zaria Thompson and Maddie Kwun were named Co-MVPs, Sophie Stinnett received the Coaches' Award, and Katy Dark was our Most Improved Player this year.


Boys Soccer Earns State Runner-Up Trophy
By Scott Langone, Head Coach


The 2018 boys soccer season can be summed up in one word: EXCITING! From the start of the 2018 season, something was different about the team. The team's leadership changed, the spirit changed and a brotherhood was fostered. The team played each day for each other and always gave credit when credit was due, electing a player of the game whether a win or a loss. The camaraderie developed into the most exciting on-field product that I've seen in five years. The brotherhood won 15 games (most wins since 2009), claimed the Region 17 Title, and was runner-up in the 2A State Tournament.

While collecting team hardware, we had plenty of individual recognition as well. Nico Edgar and Youssef Salama were honored as Academic All-Region and Academic All-State soccer players; Charlie Retzer was named Player of the Week by Max Preps for the week of March 31; Trey Provost, Jake Dreyfous, Simon Logue, Jason Nkoy, and Mats Lindgren were named to the All-Region 17 team; and Logue, Dreyfous, Provost, and Lindgren were recently named 2A All-State by the Deseret News.

Special thank you to the 2018 captains, Jake Dreyfous and Simon Logue, and a special thank you to the four seniors, Jake, Simon, Nico Edgar, and Youssef Salama for changing the culture in the boys soccer program with their strong, positive leadership.

At the end of season team celebration, Jason Nkoy was recognized as the team MVP; Simon Logue and Jake Dreyfous were Coach's Award recipients; and Vida DiLego was named Most Improved Player.

Thank you and congratulations to all other team members not yet mentioned, including James Corcoran, Atticus Hickman, Augustus Hickman, Ben Kanter, Ben Korngiebel, Jesus Lamas, Nektarios Mantas, Patrick McNally, Alex Okawa, and Jack Vitek.



Baseball Team Has Solid Season
By Zach Paige, Head Coach


The 2018 Rowland Hall baseball team ended the season in fourth place in Region 2A North with a 5-7 record in Region play and was 5-10 overall. This year, we were placed in a new region with traditional baseball powerhouses North Sevier and Gunnison, as well as Monticello and Duchesne.

From start to finish, the team showed a lot of heart and a determination to win. The players worked hard in practices and continued to improve in order to compete in every game we played. Throughout the season, spring weather caused many challenges, cancellations, and re-schedules; however, despite these challenges, the boys remained focused, supported each other day in and day out, and were dedicated to being the best team we could be.

At State, we matched up with Milford in the first round, which was played at Enterprise High School. This game ended in a loss, and a follow-up matchup with Milford in the one-loss bracket ended our season with a second loss of the day. Although we did not advance in the State Tournament, the coaching staff was pleased with how we competed in each game and stepped up to the challenge against some tough teams.

This year we bid farewell to our five seniors: Alex Benton, Jack Dischmann, Luke Nicoloff, Michael Palmer, and William Stone. Coaches Tyler Curtis, Ben Stoddard, and I would like to thank them for their dedication and leadership over the past four years. Their contributions to the program extend far beyond the lines of the baseball field. We would also like to thank and recognize the remaining members of our team for a great season: Calvin Barbanell, Alex Baughman, Austin Davison, Cyrus Johnston, Andy Merrill, Nick Murphy, Jack Plavan, Zach Rohovit, and Seth Thomas. We are already excited for next season!

Congratulations to three of our players who were selected to the 2A All-Star Team—Jack Dischmann, Luke Nicoloff, and Austin Davison—and to those who received end-of-season awards including Andy Merrill, Most Improved Player; Luke Nicoloff, Silver Slugger Award; Austin Davison, Coaches' Award; and Jack Dischmann, Most Valuable Player.



Softball Team Finishes Strong
By Kathy Howa, Head Coach


When the softball season started, a number of players who were expected to return decided to withdraw due to academic commitments, thus leaving us short of players. Our Seniors, Pippa Hodgkins and Sydney Rabbitt, were determined to finish their softball careers on the field and so went to work recruiting a few players to the squad and succeeded...game on!

Seven athletes joined Pippa and Syd on the diamond, including Cora Lopez, Chloe Coleman-Houghton, Laura Summerfield, Maddie Keil, Sophie Dau, Mena Zendejas-Portugal and Imani Mendenhall, and then they proceeded to have one of the best seasons in Rowland Hall softball history!

Young but eager and determined to learn and excel, these athletes came to practice every day with a desire to improve and did so by leaps and bounds. It was exciting to watch them make great strides in their individual skills and in their understanding of this complicated sport. Losing several games early on via the run rule, by season's end, we were able to go a full seven innings in our games, ended up fourth in the Region, and qualified to compete at the State 2A Tournament!

The first round of the double elimination State Tournament was played at "pod" locations, and we landed at Enterprise High School, where we lost our first game to North Sevier, but bounced back to defeat Rockwell in game two by a score of 19-9 to qualify as one of only 12 teams to move onto the second round of State played in Spanish Fork on May 10.

Although we lost to Duchesne in this round and were thus eliminated from further State play, the coaching staff was so very proud of the team as they held their own throughout the game, leaving bases loaded three innings and making many outstanding defensive plays during the contest. It was a fun and exciting way to end what we all felt was a very successful season. With all but two players returning next year, we are excited and optimistic about what awaits!

Four of our players were named to the Region 17 All-Region team, including Pippa Hodgkins, Sydney Rabbitt, Chloe Coleman-Houghton, and Maddie Keil. In addition, both Syd and Pippa were selected by vote of 2A coaches to compete in the 2A Senior All Star game held at Cottonwood Complex on May 29, a fitting end to their outstanding softball careers. Sydney was also named to the Academic All-Region team and was also honored with the prestigious UHSAA Academic All-State award recognizing her athletic and academic prowess.

Congratulations to all team members and a special shout-out to those who were recognized with team awards at our end of season team celebration, including Pippa Hodgkins and Maddie Keil, Co-MVPs; Sydney Rabbitt, Offensive MVP; Chloe Coleman-Houghton, Coaches' Award and Defensive MVP; and Laura Summerfield, Most Improved Player. Thanks much to Assistant Coaches Kendra Tomsic and Leslie Varoz for all they did this year—much credit for our success is due to their efforts.


Track and Field Team Has Impressive Season
By Mark Oftedal, Head Coach


From start to finish, the 2018 Rowland Hall track and field team was impressive. After bidding farewell to eight seniors at the end of the 2017 season, our team was nourished with eighteen newcomers—fifteen ninth graders, two sophomores, and a senior—and each and every one of these new recruits were not just out to test the waters of the sport, but from day one were seriously vying for top spots on the team. Adding their out-of-the-gate focus and enthusiasm to our returning seventeen student-athletes' knowledge and dedication was a recipe for a successful season.

Our team lined up nearly every weekend between mid-March and mid-May against 1A-6A schools and more often than not bettered their personal best marks from the previous week's performances. The coaching staff was continually impressed—and thankful—not just for our team members always setting a higher standard each week but for their authentic desire and dedication for continual improvement in their chosen events.

Performances at the Region Championship meet showed no indication that our athletes had topped out at the season's seven invitational contests, as no fewer than 32 new season-best and/or personal best marks were posted on May 10 at the University of Utah's McCarthey Family Track & Field Complex. Capturing a state-qualifying spot and those scoring for the team at Region were: Tate Beasley, Sidney Hare, Allison Bagley, Mia Vinding, Ellie Hyde, Brenna Davison, Ella Vitek, Lily Scaife, Grace Macintyre, Caroline Applegate, Alexandra Hodson, Ria Agarwal, Lily Yang, Ella Brown, Megan Rasich, Sage Matkin, Aiko Miller, Carson Burian, Logan Bateman, Max Eatchel, Ty Lunde, Cole Lunde, Aksel Anderson, Robert Welt, Jonah Borgenicht, Luke Nicoloff, Tristam Gaylord, Andres Torres, Isaac Holbrook, and Zachary Benton. Our girls team claimed the Region Championship trophy, our boys team took second place while the two teams' combined scores captured the top spot in the Region Championships.

Our relatively small 2A track and field team turned heads at the State Championship meet on May 18 and 19 at Brigham Young University when ninth-grade newcomers Tate Beasley and Carson Burian raced in their first Utah State Championships. Tate finished second in the 800-, 1600-, and 3200-meter races and Carson finished second in the 3200-meter race. As a warm-up to his second place in the 3200, Carson started off the scoring for the boys team, finishing seventh in the 1600-meter on the first day of competition. Seniors Allison Bagley and Sidney Hare stood atop the podium for the last time in their high school careers with Allison finishing fifth in the high jump and Sidney second in the 300-meter hurdles and fourth in the 100-meter hurdles. Logan Bateman also made an impressive leap to the podium with a sixth-place finish in the 1600-meter, besting his previous best in the event by eleven seconds! Logan scored again for the team the next day, taking seventh in the 800-meter race. Finally, and giving us a glimpse of what's ahead for our team in the coming years, Alexandra Hodson (ninth grade), Brenna Davison (tenth), Ellie Hyde (ninth), and Ella Vitek (tenth) took the baton four times around the track (legs of 200-, 200-, 400-, and 800-meters respectively) in the sprint medley relay, finishing sixth with a new season-best time.

Seniors Aiko Miller and Luke Nicoloff extended school records in the discus and the javelin, respectively. Taking first place at Region, Aiko's throw of 73'-4.25" bested the previous record held by Daphne Michie (class of 2017; 69'-7.75"). Senior cross-country runner, baseball standout, and first-year javelin thrower, Luke Nicoloff, surpassed the previous school record held by Henry Lewinsohn ( 88'-1", set in 2017) with a toss of 120'-4.5", claiming first place in the Region. The State meet gave ninth grader Tate Beasley a chance to better the school's 800-meter record as she nipped off two-tenths of a second setting a new school record with a time of 2:21.70. The old record was set in 2013 by then eleventh grader Emily Sundquist (2:21.90) who incidentally has just completed her college career running for Williams College.

While considering both our individual team members and the team's success this season, there was much to celebrate at the end-of-season track and field banquet. The Most Improved awards were presented to sophomore Mia Vinding for her performances in the 100- and 300-meter hurdle races and the long jump, and to junior Ricky Sanchez for eliminating 24 seconds from his best 1600-meter and 10 seconds from his best 800-meter races of the 2017 season. Most Valuable awards, for the most points scored over the course of the season, went to ninth graders Tate Beasley (40 points at Region and State) and Carson Burian (32 points at Region and State). And the Coaches' Choice awards went to senior Aiko Miller and sophomore Aksel Anderson. Aiko, along with seniors Allison Bagley, Sidney Hare, and Luke Nicoloff will be greatly missed in the years ahead, not just for the strength they offered in their chosen events, but for the exceptionally positive role they played through their leadership both on and off the track.



Winged Lion Tennis Coach, Tim Sleeper, To Retire


Long time, beloved Head Girls and Boys Tennis Coach Tim Sleeper has decided to retire, wanting to spend more time with his family.

Sleeper has been part of Winged Lion tennis since he joined the staff as an assistant coach in 1998, a role he held for five years, taking the reins as head coach in the fall of 2003. During his 20-year coaching career at Rowland Hall, Coach Sleeper has been a part of an amazing number of State and Region titles, with a total of 18 State championships (8 Girls and 10 Boys) and 21 Region titles (10 Girls and 11 Boys), while as head coach he led our team to 14 State championships (7 Girls and 7 Boys) and 17 Region titles (9 Girls and 8 Boys). Tim has also coached countless players to individual Region and State titles. Few if any Utah coaches can boast those results!

Coach Sleeper's talent as a coach has not gone unrecognized, as he was named National Federation of High Schools Utah Tennis Coach of the Year in 2010, was named West Sectional Boys Tennis Coach of the Year in 2009, and was selected in 2006 as the NFHS State Girls Tennis Coach of the Year for Utah.

His always positive, upbeat, low-key coaching style has been appreciated by his players, and his calm demeanor has helped settle many a nervous competitor, helping them to achieve much success on the court. He loves the kids and they him.

The consummate professional always, Coach Sleeper will be sorely missed—he IS Rowland Hall tennis! We wish him well and thank him for all he has done for our program and our tennis athletes. Congratulations on a stellar career, Tim!


Rowland Hall Fourth in 2018 Deseret News 2A All Sport Awards


At the end of each school year, the Deseret News names high school All Sport Award winners in each UHSAA classification. The award recognizes the top overall athletic programs in each of the six classifications, with schools earning All Sports points for placing in the top eight at State in football, cross country, golf, basketball, wrestling, swimming, baseball, track, soccer, tennis, volleyball, and softball. First place earns ten points, second place gets eight, third scores six, five for fourth, four for fifth, three for sixth, two for seventh, ad one for eighth (if teams tie for a spot, points are divided).

In Class 2A this year, the race for the All Sports title was extremely close, as the top four teams finished within five points of each other. Millard was crowned the 2A All Sport champion with 77.5 points, followed by Beaver with 77, North Summit was third with 74.5 points, and our own Winged Lions finished fourth with a 73-point total.

Our teams won four 2A titles this year, including Girls Soccer, Girls Swimming, Girls Golf, and Boys Tennis.

Congratulations to our coaching staff and to all those athletes who competed this year on this strong finish in the All Sport Award competition.


Senior Athletic Department Awards


A number of Winged Lion Seniors were recognized for their athletic accomplishments at the Senior Awards night celebration on May 31.

Jack Dischmann and Gillian Larsen, both of who were impact players in multiple sports for the past four years, earned Outstanding Senior Athlete honors. Ten athletes were awarded the Winged Lion Award for leadership in Athletics, recognizing their contributions to one or more teams during the course of their athletic career, including Allison Bagley, Jake Dreyfous, Pippa Hodgkins, Meg Janes, Caeli Kennedy, Simon Logue, Maddie Kwun, Luke Nicoloff, Youssef Salama, Zaria Thompson, and Leif Thulin. The Lee Athlete-Scholar Award recognizing combined excellence in the classroom and in the competitive arena was awarded to Katie Foley and Youssef Salama, both of who contributed much to their teams and who also earned Academic All-Region and/or Academic All-State recognition during the year.



Tatomer Named Region 17 Girls Basketball Coach of the Year


Coach Bill Tatomer, head girls basketball coach, was named by the Utah High School Girls Basketball Coaches' Association as the Region 17 Girls Basketball Coach of the Year for 2017-2018. This is the second year in a row he has received this honor, and fifth time overall. Coach Tatomer was recognized at the annual 2A vs. 1A Senior All-Star Basketball Game held at Stansbury High School in late March. Congratulations!


Shout-Out to the Booster Club


Our Athletics Booster Club is an integral and important part of Winged Lion Athletics. The leadership is all volunteer and Co-Presidents Ashley Holbrook and Erica Keil, Treasurer Karen Edgley, and Middle School liaisons Melanie Bates and Emily Smith have done a wonderful job of working together to find ways to help support our athletic program both financially and with "people power."

Parents who volunteered to serve as Booster liaisons for a spring sport team, helping not only to promote the sport but to organize other parents to provide drinks and snacks for teams and help organize end of season award celebrations included Erica Keil, Softball; Jeanne Davison, Baseball; Jessica Lindgren, Boys Soccer; Tina Bagley, Track & Field; Lee Molen-Chase, Boys Tennis; and Patty Yun, Girls Golf. Thanks to each of you for volunteering your time—it means much.

Athletics Booster Club membership is $50 a year, with those dollars helping fund special equipment needs for the Athletic Department; helping pay for end-of-season US award celebrations; funding US Pack the Bleachers and MS Fan Appreciation events; paying for championship banners; covering the cost of T-shirts each sports season for Middle School athletes; purchasing senior photos for presentation to parents at the end of the season, and helping cover other athletics department needs throughout the year. Thanks to the nearly 80 families who joined Boosters—we hope that more parents whose sons and daughters participate in our athletics program will join in 2018-19. Your support does make a huge difference to our athletics program!


Upper School Winter Athletics Season Roundup

The 2017-2018 season is one of the best in recent memory for Winged Lion winter athletics! Congratulations to our athletes and coaches Amelia Wolfgramm, Cole Jackman, Hope Feliciano (swimming); Ronnie Ross, Romaro Rogers, Zach Paige (boys basketball); and Bill Tatomer, Ashlee Ostler, Stacy Martin (girls basketball). Read on for their stories!

"Finned" Lions Girls Swim Team Makes History
By Amelia Wolfgramm, Head Swim Coach

Rowland Hall's swim team made their mark on history this season with the girls team taking the Region 13 title and then topping it off as 3A state champions, the first region and first state championship in Rowland Hall girls swimming history! An amazing feat and well deserved for a tight-knit group of hard working student-athletes.

The team welcomed a new coaching staff this year as well, with Amelia Wolfgramm as Head Coach and assistants Hope Feliciano and Cole Jackman taking over the program. The season started off with a whopping 25 swimmers—the largest number ever—who were on varying levels of skill. However, by the end of the season, one might have a hard time discerning the rookies from the experienced athletes as the progress of the team as a whole was incredible to witness. Led by captains Bella Goh, Sophie Hannah, Skylar Diamandis, and Hayden Stotts, the Winged Lions were able to swim their way to a successful season.

At the Region 13 meet held at South Summit High School in late January, our boys team placed third and the girls team took first. On the boys side, the 200 medley relay team placed third and the 400 free relay took second place; Skylar Diamandis took fourth in the 200 free and third in the 100 fly; Lucas Erickson took first in both the 500 free and 200 IM; and Alex Fort placed third in the 50 free and fourth in the 100 free. Noteworthy performances from the girls team included Alison Puri who placed first in the 100 free and third in the 200 free; Grace Smith took second in the 200 IM and 100 fly; Ella Vitek took first in the 50 free and 100 back; Katie Moore place second in the 100 back; and the 400 free relay team took first place.

Qualifiers from the girls and boys team then traveled to compete at the state 3A meet held at the Wasatch Aquatic Center in Heber City on February 8, a meet that was a combination of 1A, 2A, and 3A schools competing for the 3A state titles in boys and girls competition.

Seven of our boys team members qualified for state—Skylar Diamandis (12), Lucas Erickson (10), Alex Fort (12), Matthew Goh (9), Connor Johansson (11), Alex Kahler (10), and Hayden Stotts (12). All swam personal best times at the competition, with two of our swimmers taking home medals for their efforts: co-captain Skylar Diamandis placed fifth in the 200 free and sophomore Lucas Erickson took second in the 500 free and third in the 200 IM. The boys 400 free relay consisting of Skylar, Lucas, Alex Fort, and Matthew Goh finished fourth. Our boys team placed tenth of twenty teams.

Nine members of our girls team competed at state: Ella Bagley (10), Mia Chamberlain (11), Bella Goh (12), Sophie Hannah (12), Katie Moore (9), Charlotte Orford (10), Alison Puri (11), Grace Smith (9) and Ella Vitek (10). Every one of them swam personal bests in their events as well, with multiple athletes winning medals: Goh third in the 100 free; Hannah sixth in both the 200 and 100 free; Moore fifth in the 100 back, Puri fourth in the 200 free; Smith second in both 200 IM and 100 fly; and Vitek second in the 100 back and state champion in the 50 free. To top it off, our 200 free relay team (Grace Smith, Alison Puri, Sophie Hannah, Ella Vitek) and our 400 free relay team (Bella Goh, Grace Smith, Sophie Hannah, and Ella Vitek) swam to first place finishes in both events! Our nine swimmers amassed 279 points to win the state 3A title over much larger teams and thus gained a place in Winged Lion athletics history.

Our combined girls and boys team scores placed Rowland Hall in second place overall of the twenty-two teams who competed: an amazing season for a great group of athletes.

At our end of season awards night, we were pleased to recognize several swimmers with special awards. From the girls team, Ella Vitek was named Most Valuable Swimmer; Maddy Eatchel, Most Improved; and Bella Goh, Coaches' Award. On the boys team, Lucas Erickson was named Most Valuable Swimmer; Jonah Thomas, Most Improved; and Skylar Diamandis, Coaches' Award.

A shout out to the entire team on a wonderful season full of good times and great performances—thanks and a huge congrats to all of the aforementioned student-athletes, as well as teammates Sadie AbuHaidar, Cate Christiansen, Sasha Diamandis, Maddy Eatchel, Grace Macintyre, Sarah Wahlen, Luke Nicoloff, Jonah Thomas, and Ziteng Zeng. The coaching staff is looking forward to next season already!

Boys Basketball Earns Region 17 Championship
By Ronnie Ross, Head Coach

The 2017-2018 boys basketball season ended with Rowland Hall playing for fifth place in the 2A state tournament, capping off a historic season with the team posting an undefeated 10-0 league season to win the Region 17 championship trophy, the first since 2000.

This strong season started long before region play began, as the team had a solid off-season consisting of team camps, individual workouts, weightlifting and pre-season tournament play. At the University of Utah team camp, they went 4-2, which marked the first wins at this team camp in two years. Heading into the Big Mountain Jam in July, they were playing even better and competed well against higher classification schools. The boys started to trust one another, led by senior captain and shooting guard Jack Dischmann and junior point guard Trey Provost.

After deciding their goal for the season was to make it out of the first round of the state playoffs, the players carried their summer experience into their pre-season practices and continued to work hard. With that goal in mind, the coaching staff scheduled a tough pre-season to prepare for the competitive play that would await in the post-season. And so, to kick off the season and with two starters out of town, Rowland Hall took Judge down to the wire behind the tough and consistent play of sophomore Boston Ballard. Next up was Roy High, a tough 5A school, and a game that saw our team lead most of the way, powered by the rebounding and interior play of sophomore Isaiah Adams. Although we dropped that heartbreaker to Roy, it was clear that our players were starting to understand the process and were stepping up to the challenge.

The pre-season was wrapped up at the Holiday Tournament in Riverton, where we played Kearns, Riverton, Cyprus, and Wasatch. In each of those games, the coaching staff was proud of the way in which the team competed with 5A and 6A schools, as we worked hard to affirm our identity. Players began to gain confidence and showed their potential. We took some tough losses, but didn't stop competing, a trait that we had hoped to instill and were happy to see in action.

Heading into region play, we were very eager to begin playing 2A schools. Region play began against APA West Valley, a game during which Dischmann poured in 45 points, a career high. The team carried this momentum into the next two games, beating APA Draper and Merit Academy before meeting undefeated Rockwell at their home court. The matchup proved to be tough, with our team taking an early lead. After halftime, Rockwell went on a run and put us on our heels for the first time of the season, a situation that in previous years would have caused us to fold; however, with a tough summer and pre-season schedule behind them, we were pleased to see that the team was prepared for the test this time. Led by Provost's 15 points and eight assists, the boys battled through Rockwell's run and pulled off the big win on the road.

Following Rockwell, we faced rival Waterford, whom we had not defeated in the previous two years. Fueled by Isaiah Adams' 12 points and ten rebounds, we finally took down the Ravens. After these two wins, we were 5-0 in region play and ready to face the second half of the season. The boys were determined to keep the winning streak alive and felt they could win our region. With this confidence, we ended the season 10-0 to capture the Region 17 trophy, the first undefeated season in school history and the first region championship in 18 years.

We entered state as a No. 1 seed and met a tough North Sevier No. 6 seed from Region 18. In the always tough first round of "win or go home" play, senior forward Youssef Salama had a career game, refusing to allow us to be sent home. Inspired by Youssef, the team rallied to ensure they met their goal of making it out of the first round, aided by a game high 17 points scored by Isaiah Adams. This win was the highlight of the year and sent us to Richfield as part of the "elite eight."

In Richfield, we lost in the quarterfinals to Duchesne, who would go on to take second place in the state, but we bounced back the next day to beat North Summit handily. On Saturday, we dropped the fifth place game to a tough Enterprise squad and ended the season with a sixth-place finish at State, the best in over a decade. Coach Ro, Coach Zach, and I were very proud of the team's performance—they played with heart and determination throughout.

The coaching staff would like to extend congratulations to the following players who ended the season in the top 20 across all classifications in some statistical categories: Isaiah Adams, first in rebounds and third in blocked shots; Trey Provost, fourth in steals and 14th in assists; and Boston Ballard, fifth in assists and 13th in steals. Jack Dischmann ended the year fifth in points per game scored in 2A.

The team concluded the year with an awards celebration hosted by Tiffanie Provost. The following players were recognized with end of season awards:

Team MVP: Jack Dischmann

Co-Defensive Players: Youssef Salama and Isaiah Adams

X-Factor Award: Trey Provost

Most Improved: Maya Royer

Coaches' Award: Boston Ballard

Thank you to each of the players in the program—Isaiah Adams, George Adondakis, Boston Ballard, Tristam Gaylord, Giorgio Gianoulis, Augustus Hickman, Issac Holbrook, Ben Houden, Galib Ibrahima, Alex Klebingat, Nektarios Mantas, Andy Merrill, Oscar Percy, Trey Provost, Maya Royer, Zander Smith, Alex Tokita, and Milo Yeates, and especially to our three seniors, Jack Dischmann, Adin Mustajbegovic, and Youssef Salama—for making this a very exciting and memorable year.

Girls Basketball Has Strong Season
By Bill Tatomer, Head Coach

The Rowland Hall girls' basketball team concluded their 2017-2018 season attending the 2A state tournament in St. George. This game capped a fantastic year for the Lady Lions with many reasons to be proud.

Success for the Lady Lions started this year during the summer with 15 girls participating in the team's weeklong camp. This experience culminated with the hoopsters playing in 18 games at the University of Utah, which allowed the girls to come together as a team. Momentum continued when the official basketball season started in November with their first practice, and the girls never looked back.

Led by senior team captains Gillian Larsen and Meg Janes, the squad battled in 40 junior varsity and varsity contests this year. The junior varsity team finished the year with an impressive 16-2 record and the varsity team finished at 16-6, taking second place in Region 17. Both lineups played inspired basketball over the four-month schedule. Highlights this year included two region victories over archrival Waterford and several close wins over challenging opponents like Kemmerer, Wyoming (a one-point win in the final second), and Hayden, Colorado. Playing with confidence and an emphasis on team, this year's squad solidified as a hoops family on and off the court and had a ton of fun competing together. There were a lot of great memories made.

This year, the team was fortunate to have three senior players on the squad. Returning last year's MVP Allison Bagley, Coaches Award winner Gillian Larsen, and senior standout Meg Janes, strong leadership and direction were not lacking. These three seniors set the example of grit, spirit, composure, and hustle for the rest of the team to emulate. Undoubtedly the success of this year's team was a direct result of these three athletes and their outstanding leadership and basketball ability. A host of junior girls also made their mark this year. Juniors Ally Hansen, Claire "Sandy" Sanderson, Kat Lanham, Sam Carlisle, Tess Edgley, and Leah Button were all instrumental in the program's success, modeling incredible focus and determination in all practice and game situations. Additionally, sophomore standout and last year's Offensive Player of the Year Sophie Stinnett, paired with freshman sensation Imani Mendenhall, brought unbelievable athleticism, maturity, and toughness to the squad. The future looks bright for the program with the return of these talented student athletes and with junior varsity standouts Chloe Coleman-Houghton, Olivia Bikhazi, Anna Jiricko, and Lillian Brown ready to take on the challenge of a varsity role next season.

The team concluded the year with a banquet hosted by Tina and Bryan Bagley. This celebration was a wonderful way to honor and remember all of the incredible memories made on the court and off. The awards ceremony recognized the following players as voted by their fellow players and coaches: Team MVP – Sophie Stinnett; Team Offensive Player – Allison Bagley; Team Defensive Player – Gillian Larsen; and Coaches Award – Leah Button. Additionally, Region 17 first team All Region honors were awarded to Allison Bagley, Gillian Larsen, and Sophie Stinnett, and next year's team captains, Ally Hansen, Leah Button, and Claire Sanderson were announced. The banquet was a fantastic way to culminate an unforgettable season with food, fun, and a heartwarming tribute video by cinematic genius Tess Edgley, all while spending time with our wonderful basketball O'hana.

Thank you again seniors for all of your hard work, commitment, and passion for the sport and the program over the past four years. Your legacy will surely live on for years to come. Go Lady Lions!

Academic All-Region Honors Announced

Each sports season, the Region 17 Board of Managers recognizes those senior athletes who are varsity starters or regular performers on their varsity squad and who have a 3.75 or better non-weighted, cumulative GPA with Academic All-Region honors.

Congratulations to basketball athletes Gillian Larsen and Youssef Salama on being named to the Region 17 Academic All-Region team!

Post-Season Recognition for Winged Lion Boys and Girls Basketball Players

Three Winged Lion basketball athletes were recently recognized by the Deseret News with All-State honors as voted by 2A coaches from across the state.

Congratulations to senior Jack Dischmann, team MVP and fifth leading scorer in 2A, who was named First Team All-State; sophomore standout Isaiah Adams, number one rebounder and number three shot blocker in the state, named Honorable Mention All-State; and sophomore girls basketball sensation Sophie Stinnett, team MVP, named Honorable Mention All-State.

Four Winged Lion boys basketball players and three members of the girls basketball team were also named by vote of coaches to the Region 17 All-Region team: Jack Dischmann, Trey Provost, Isaiah Adams, Boston Ballard, Allison Bagley, Gillian Larsen, and Sophie Stinnett.

Dischmann also received the prestigious honor of selection to two 2A All-Star teams: the Monroe Lions Club 2A All-Star Team and the Utah High School Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Team. Jack competed in a 1A vs. 2A vs. 3A All-Star contest in Monroe at South Sevier High School on Saturday, March 10, followed by competing in a 2A vs. 1A Coaches' Association All-Star game on March 23 at Olympus High School.

Senior Allison Bagley was named to the 2A Girls All-Star team, the first ever pick to a girls All-Star team for a Winged Lion player. Allison played in a 2A vs. 1A contest on March 17 at Stansbury High School.

Congratulations to these student-athletes on these honors—we are proud of you!

Two Rowland Hall Coaches Receive Honors

Two Winged Lion coaches were recently recognized by their colleagues as outstanding coaches in their sport.

Head girls soccer coach Bobby Kennedy was named by the United Soccer Coaches—a national organization—as the Utah High School Girls Soccer Coach of the Year for Private and Parochial Schools.

Coach Kennedy led our team to an undefeated 2017 season, a region title, and the 2A state championship. BK does an incredible job with the girls soccer team year in and year out and has been recognized a number of times for his coaching prowess.

Amelia Wolfgramm, first year head swim team coach, was named the 3A Girls Swim Coach of the Year at the state 3A swim meet held in February. Coach Wolfgramm led the Winged Lions girls team to its first-ever region and state championship titles. An accomplished swimmer herself, Coach Wolfgramm still holds the state 3A record in the 100 back. Her passion has been an inspiration to this year's swim team.

Congratulations to Coach Kennedy and Coach Wolfgramm on honors well earned!

Thanks to Booster Club Liaisons

A heartfelt thank you to the following Winged Lion Booster Club parent volunteers who were liaisons for a winter athletic team this year: Robin Puri, swim team; Ashley Holbrook and Marianne Arrigona, boys basketball; and Sarah Button and Karen Edgley, girls basketball.

Your willingness to organize other parents for drinks and snacks and to work at the ticket/concessions table at home basketball games, as well as to spearhead arrangements for awards celebrations is much appreciated. You truly made a difference for our teams and coaches. Many thanks!

A Successful Season for Fall Upper School Sports

US Athletics

Fall 2017 brought with it another very successful season of Rowland Hall athletics! Nearly 100 students and 14 coaches took to the courts and fields starting July 31, giving up part of their summer break and dedicating countless hours over two and half months to practices and competition to represent the green and white of Rowland Hall in the pursuit of athletic excellence. We applaud their commitment and sacrifice and thank them for their willingness to risk failure every day to achieve success. They epitomize what it means to have a growth mindset.

Congratulations to each coach and athlete--they represented themselves and our school community admirably and with much heart and pride. Read on for details of their achievements. WAY TO GO, WINGED LIONS!


By Bobby Kennedy, Head Coach

On July 31, twenty-nine student-athletes showed up for tryouts and started what would prove to be a very successful season. As I shared the team motto that helps guide the program--Winged Lion Soccer, where winning is cultured, skills are tested, bonds are formed, and memories made--little did we know at the time that the combined varsity and junior varsity teams would finish with a record of 23-0-2.

Nine seniors—Allison Bagley, Lauren Bikhazi, Sidney Hare, Pippa Hodgkins, Meg Janes, Caeli Kennedy, Gillian Larsen, Airam Perez, and Savannah Price—set the tone for the training sessions, and it was evident based on preseason results that the program was filled with hard-working, intelligent, receptive student-athletes that would be very competitive in divisional play. After the varsity allowed only a single goal in the three pre-season games against teams from higher classifications, confidence grew, and the team was poised to face the 2A competition.

The first true test was the defending state champion Waterford Ravens, a team that beat us in the final last year by a score of 2-0. This time, our balanced attack and high-pressure defense proved to be too much for the Ravens, and our Winged Lions walked off the Steiner Field with a convincing 7-1 victory. As positions were solidified and players became more fit, the team improved steadily with an eye toward the rematch with Waterford which came on October 10 when Waterford hosted the green and white on their senior day and recognized our nine seniors, as well as theirs. When the game was over, victory was once again ours with an impressive 6-1 result.

The team won the Region 17 Championship and took the number one seed into the playoffs, hosting Gunnison in the first round. Our technical ability and combination passing were difficult for Gunnison to deal with, and the final score was 8-0. In the semifinals at Jordan High School, the team faced Millard High, a team that lost to us last year by a score of 5-0, but who in 2015 finished as the State Champions, beating our Winged Lions along the way. Millard worked hard to close down players and limit space in the attacking third of the field, but it was evident early on if we executed our game plan as drawn up, a favorable result would follow. Our players stepped up to that challenge, and we prevailed by a score of 8-0 and began to prepare mentally for the State final at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Once again we would face Waterford in the State 2A Championship game. The team was focused and ready to meet the demands of the game. It was awesome to see the bleachers packed with Winged Lion fans, cheering us on throughout!

At the half, we held a slim 1-0 lead, even though we had outplayed the Ravens for a majority of the forty minutes. Our team took the field with renewed determination the second half and, with all twenty-one players on the roster contributing, the final score was 6-3 in favor of our Winged Lions. The sound of Queen's famous anthem We are the Champions could be heard as the bus rolled back to campus.

This year's varsity team included Allison Bagley, Lauren Bikhazi, Sidney Hare, Pippa Hodgkins, Meg Janes, Caeli Kennedy, Gillian Larsen, Airam Perez, Savannah Price, Sam Carlisle, Kat Lanham, Aislinn Mitcham, Giselle Bodeen, Jordan Crockett, Anna Fukushima, Sally Logue, and Mia Vinding.

The junior varsity team was comprised of Grace Macintyre, Anya Mulligan, Ria Agarwal, Olivia Bikhazi, Eliza Hodgkins, Ellison Brown-Barbero, Cate Cannon-Match, Izzy Cox, Lindley Friedman, Alexandra Hodson, Ellie Hyde, and Lily Scaife.

Award recipients this year were Allison Bagley, Most Valuable Player; Caeli Kennedy and Airam Perez, Coaches' Award; and Gillian Larsen, Most Improved.

Kudos to our all-region recipients, including Allison Bagley, Caeli Kennedy, Airam Perez, Kat Lanham, and Jordan Crockett. A record number—nine—Winged Lions from our state 2A Championship Girls Soccer Team were named All State. Caeli Kennedy received the prestigious 2A MVP award and was joined by first-team All State teammates Giselle Bodeen, Jordan Crockett, Aislinn Mitcham, Airam Perez, Kat Lanham, Allison Bagley and by second-team honorees Gillian Larsen and Sidney Hare on this year's 2A All State squad.

Congratulations to all on a job well done, and best of luck to our seniors as they move on. They will be missed.


By Mark Oftedal, Head Coach

Mid-August arrived, the tail end of a long hot summer. Twenty-seven Rowland Hall student-athletes, the largest number in eleven years, joined or re-joined our cross country team. Most of these runners understood if they wanted to reach their personal goals for the season—or just not suffer too much during it—earnest preparation should have occurred during all those hot summer days leading up to this first meeting. All, probably, questioned their conditioning at this point, or at least wished they had an extra month or two to prepare. But, as most of us know, understanding that something should be done and making it happen are two different things. Regardless, one thing was certain: everyone came with a focused determination to accomplish all they could this season no matter their starting point. The range was wide, from those that wanted to compete head-to-head with the best Utah high school cross country had to offer to those with the desire to turn themselves into distance runners—or at least see what running itself had to offer them.

It's been said that the sport of distance running can be a lonely pursuit, but from what I witnessed this season, it was all but lonely. The support, encouragement, and infectious spread of dedicated effort both at practice sessions and in races was in good supply throughout the season. Under the leadership of seniors Kenzie Steward and Luke Nicoloff, our team members bonded together, establishing a positive team dynamic that propelled everyone forward to their best marks. Season's end left our team much to celebrate. Our Region Champion boys and girls teams went on to secure third and fourth places, respectively, at the 2A State Championships, while ninth-grade individual standouts, Carson Burian and Tate Beasley finished second and third overall, respectively.

Though we will miss the remarkable leadership of our senior team captains, Luke and Kenzie, they have left a solid foundation for the years ahead. I thank them for the mentorship they instilled in our young team of over twenty first- and second-year runners. Team sports generally speak of their end-of-season wins and losses. From my end-of-season perspective, we had 27 wins and zero losses. From those running neck-and-neck for the top spots in a championship race to those toeing the start-line with their personal-best mark as the barrier to beat, to those doing the training that must be done to get back to running after an injury, we are all on a winning course.

2017 Notable Performances

Tate Beasley: 25th place, varsity—BYU Invitational; 1st place, DII varsity—Bob Firman Invitational; 2nd place, varsity—Sanpete Classic; 1st place, varsity—Region Championships; 3rd place, State Championships

Ellie Revenhaugh: 3rd place, varsity—Region Championships; 19th place, State Championships

Kenzie Steward: 5th place, varsity—Region Championships: 28th place, State Championships

Ella Vitek: 12th place, sophomore division—Murray Invitational; 19 place, freshman-sophomore division—BYU Invitational; 7 place, varsity—All-City Championships; 14 place, varsity—Sanpete Classic; 2nd place, varsity—Region Championships; 11th place, State Championships

Lily Yang: 8th place, varsity—Region Championships; 36th place, State Championships

Aksel Anderson: 3rd place, varsity—Region Championships; 26th place, State Championships

Logan Bateman: 13th place, varsity—All-City Championships; 2nd place, varsity—Region Championships; 11th place, State Championships

Carson Burian: 3rd place, freshman division—Highland Invitational; 1st place, freshman division—Murray Invitational; 8th place, freshman-sophomore—BYU Invitational; 4th place, freshman division—Bob Firman Invitational; 11th place, varsity—Sanpete Classic; 1st place, varsity—Region Championships; 2nd place, State Championships

Matthew Goh: 12th place, varsity—Region Championships; 41st place, State Championships

Jesus Lamas: 4th place, varsity—Region Championships; 28th place, State Championships

Luke Nicoloff: 5th place, varsity—Region Championships; 39th place, State Championships

Robert Welt: 15th place, varsity—Region Championships; 34th place, State Championships

Our 2017 Rowland Hall Cross Country team award recipients included

Most Valuable, Tate Beasley and Carson Burian; Most Improved, Ella Vitek and Aksel Anderson; Coaches' Choice, Kenzie Steward and Luke Nicoloff; and

Tough-as-Nails, Lily Yang and Luke Nicoloff. Congratulations!


By Tim Sleeper, Head Coach

The girls tennis team finished up a great regular season at the Region Tournament held at Salt Lake Swim & Tennis Club on September 30. From the start of practices in early August, the squad worked hard every day, and we were able to qualify for the state tournament at every position, which is quite a feat considering many of the girls just picked up the sport at the beginning of the season!

Grayson King and Kajal Ganesh came together as a unified force and played well at 2nd Doubles, while Madeline Keil and Sofia Espinosa fought hard at 1st Doubles this season. Tala Shihab showed amazing improvement from last season and played better and better with every match at the 3rd Singles position. Violette Truong displayed her exacting technique and amazing potential at 2nd Singles. And, of course, the shining star of the team, as well as the best tennis player to ever walk the halls at Rowland Hall, senior Katie Foley rallied from a set down in the exciting final match to take the 3A State Championship at 1st Singles and place a cherry on the top of an amazing high school career, capturing her third individual state title!

The team, including JV players Blair Alley and Laura Summerfield, represented the Winged Lions well this season as we moved up a class to 3A, and we're looking forward to some amazing years ahead with our young talent!

End of season awards were presented to Katie Foley, Most Valuable Player; Tala Shihab, Most Improved Player; and Violette Truong, Coaches' Choice. Kudos to these athletes!


By Martin Ellis, Head Coach

The 2017 Rowland Hall Boys Golf season was a huge success. We finished second in Region 17 play, only a few strokes behind Waterford. We qualified for the State 2A Tournament where, last year, we finished 5th overall at the State Championships, and this year improved to a third-place finish at State, shooting a team score of 690 over the two-day event. We had a ton of fun getting there, too! As a team, we all grew closer and worked as a unit to accomplish our goals.

Ninth grader Tucker Lee led the charge and worked hard all year, setting the bar high for his teammates as he placed third as an individual at the Region Tournament, followed by a tie for fifth place at State. Giorgio Gianoulis was another workhorse for our team, showing improvement throughout the season as he finished in eleventh place at State. Zach Rohovit worked incredibly hard to improve his game and made great strides during the season, as did teammate Alex Baughman. Our team captains were seniors Jake West and Max Scaife who led the team proudly and will be missed next season.

Coach Stacey Camacho and I were very impressed with the team effort and accomplishments this season and look forward to much success next year with a strong group of returning players, including four of our six earlier mentioned varsity golfers, plus JV players Isaac Holbrook, Shoji Mori, Zydaan Siddiqi, and Josef Sueoka.

We were pleased to recognize the following players with awards at season's end: Most Valuable Player, Tucker Lee; Most Improved Player, Zach Rohovit; and Coaches Choice, Giorgio Gianoulis.

Thanks, and congrats on a great season!


By Kendra Tomsic, Head Coach

The 2017 Volleyball season began on August 7, when eighteen enthusiastic, talented, fun-loving young women walked into the Lincoln Street Campus gym ready to prepare for what we hoped to be another successful year on the court.

Even a few days into our practices, it was apparent to the coaching staff that these athletes had put in some time over the summer months to get themselves in condition for a rigorous three hours per day of pre-season workouts. Led by senior captains Emily Fowler, Emma Reuling, and Allie Zehner, the team adopted the mantra "Lionhearted" as the backdrop for the season and proudly wore T-shirts and sweatshirts designed by Fowler depicting that slogan. I am happy to report that the players lived up to that motto in every practice and during every competition.

A tough pre-season schedule helped hone our skills and build team camaraderie, as we beat 3A Manti, lost a close match to 3A South Summit, competed tough against 3A through 6A schools at a tournament hosted by Hunter High School, and then captured the Championship trophy at the Wendover Wildcat Invitational Tournament in mid-September. We were ready for Region 17 play!

Our toughest competition in league play was offered up by Wasatch Academy and Waterford. When we met Wasatch Academy in the Den, we came from behind in a first set loss 25-27 to win the next three games in convincing fashion 25-14, 25-11, 25-18 to get the victory. Our first showdown with Waterford happened at their gym, where we played some of the very best volleyball of our season, defeating the Ravens in straight sets 25-12, 25-17, 25-14. At the midway point of the season, we were undefeated and cruising.

A road trip to Mt. Pleasant in early October to once again face Wasatch Academy brought with it a heartbreaking loss to the Tigers in a five-set battle after they were able to come back from two sets down to get the win 25-14, 25-15, 22-25, 21-25, 13-15. Momentum shifted in game three, and despite a valiant effort by every player, we just couldn't seem to get it back on our side of the net. It was a tough loss, but we played with a ton of heart and battled to the last point.

With a chance to at least tie Waterford for a share of the Region 17 title, we hosted the Ravens on October 17, playing a key player down as talented outside hitter, Allie Zehner, was out due to an ankle injury the previous week. With only one practice to make some lineup shifts and adjustments prior to facing Waterford, I was so very proud of the effort and heart with which we competed; however, an improved Waterford squad was able to capitalize on some uncharacteristic errors on our part, defeating us 17-25, 17-25, 18-25.

The team ended the regular season on a high note with a victory over Rockwell on Senior Night, finishing second in Region 17 with a 10-2 record, and earning a berth to the State 2A Tournament as the #2 seed from our Region.

With some great practice sessions under our belt the week before State, we headed to the State Tournament with confidence and high hopes and were especially happy to learn that Allie would be able to rejoin the lineup after having been out of action for two weeks. We were ready and excited!

As I mentioned early on, our team theme was lionhearted and I am proud to say that the team played with the heart of a lion throughout the season and especially at the State Tournament at Utah Valley University. We competed tough against some strong competition at the double-elimination State Tournament, defeating Altamont in a well-played match on Friday, and then lost two hard-fought matches against #2 in the State Enterprise and the eventual fifth-place team in the state, Duchesne. Our Winged Lions gave their all every moment of every match, and I am so very proud of their efforts at State and throughout this season. They are CHAMPIONS in my book!

I have a fantastic support system of coaches and want to give a huge thank you to my assistant coaches-- Lauren Carpenter, Kathy Howa, and Abeni Czajkowski-- for all they did to help make the season successful.

A special shout out to our three seniors who were each named All Region and 2A All Star players this year-- Allie, Emily, and Emma-- whose talent, work ethic, team first attitude, and positive leadership will be greatly missed...thank you for all you've given to our program. Allie and Emily were both named to the Utah Volleyball Coaches' Association's 2A All State Team, First and Third Team, respectively, with other post season recognition possibly to come.

Two Rowland Hall volleyball athletes have been named 2A All State: Allie Zehner, Second Team, and Emily Fowler, Honorable Mention.

Congratulations to these talented student-athletes on this prestigious recognition!

Congratulations and thank you to these three and teammates Leah Button, Tess Edgley, Cody Googin, Claire Hyde, Livia Anderson, Leonie Anderson, Chloe Coleman-Houghton, Lily Roberts, Sophie Stinnett, Serena Flanders, Imani Mendenhall, Katie McGuire, Laisha Padilla, Jacque Park, and Ke'ea Ramirez.


Each sports season, Region 17 recognizes as Academic All-Region honors those senior athletes who are regular starters or performers on their Varsity team and who carry a 3.75 or higher cumulative, non-weighted GPA.

Six of our fall sports athletes received this award, including Katie Foley, Girls Tennis; Sidney Hare, Pippa Hodgkins, and Gillian Larsen, Girls Soccer; and Allie Zehner and Emily Fowler, Volleyball.

These Academic All-Region honorees are then nominated for the Utah High School Activities Association's Academic All-State award whereby the top ten nominees based on non-weighted, cumulative GPA are then recognized as Academic All-State in their respective sport.

We are proud to announce that Volleyball team standout, Allie Zehner, was named to the 2A Academic All-State team this year and was recognized at the State 2A Volleyball Tournament with this award.

In addition, she and fellow teammate, Emily Fowler, were awarded the Utah Volleyball Coaches' Association 2A Academic All-State award at a recent ceremony at Taylorsville High.

Congratulations to these student-athletes!


A heartfelt thank you to the Rowland Hall Booster Club for its recent purchase of new chairs for use by our volleyball and basketball teams, as well as for the purchase of new banners representing the schools in Region 17. Those banners now hang on the wall of the Lincoln Campus gym. In addition, the Boosters have funded the purchase of sports T-shirts for our fall and winter Middle School athletic teams, as well as purchasing new T-shirts for this year's Upper School Spirit Club.

Booster Club board members Ashley Holbrook and Erica Keil, Co-Presidents; Karen Edgley, Treasurer; and Melanie Bates and Emily Smith, Middle School representatives work tirelessly behind the scenes to help promote our Upper School and Middle School athletics program, and their efforts are very much appreciated.

Thanks also to our fall sports parent liaisons for all they did to help make each team's season enjoyable and successful: Dorene Sambado, Girls Tennis; Joy Bateman and Jessica Vitek, Cross Country; Tammy Park and Phuong Bodeen, Girls Soccer; Theresa Sueoka, Ashley Holbrook, and Teri West, Boys Golf; and Leilani Fowler and Jackie Stinnett, Volleyball. Your willingness to organize other parents to provide drinks and snacks for our teams and to staff the admissions/concessions table in the sport of volleyball, as well as to organize and orchestrate your respective team's end of season awards celebration was much appreciated.

A special shout out to Girls Tennis Booster parent liaison Dorene Sambado who leaves the position after serving in that capacity for the past nine years—since 2008—when eldest daughter, Madeline came into the Rowland Hall tennis program, followed by Angela, then now graduating senior, Katie. Dorene and her husband John Foley have been avid supporters of the girls tennis program, and their positive, generous support has meant much to all the players and the coaching staff for these many years. Thanks for all you have done and given, Dorene—you and your family will be much missed in the Rowland Hall girls tennis program.

If you would like to get involved as a Rowland Hall Athletics Booster, please contact Ashley Holbrook or Erica Keil for more information—enthusiastic supporters welcome!


The Deseret News recently named their 2A All State selections for Girls Soccer and Volleyball. We are pleased to announce that several of our student-athletes have been named to those teams.

A record number—nine—Winged Lions from our State 2A Championship Girls Soccer team were named All State. Caeli Kennedy received the prestigious 2A MVP award and was joined by First Team All State teammates Giselle Bodeen, Jordan Crockett, Aislinn Mitcham, Airam Perez, Kat Lanham, Allison Bagley and by Second Team honorees Gillian Larsen and Sidney Hare on this year's 2A All State squad.

Two Rowland Hall Volleyball athletes have been named 2A All State: Allie Zehner, Second Team, and Emily Fowler, Honorable Mention.

Congratulations to these talented student-athletes on this prestigious recognition! We are awaiting news of the Salt Lake Tribune's All State teams and will report those as received.

Rounding Out The Year in Upper School Athletics - Spring 2017

Another successful season of Winged Lion spring sports is in the books. A big thank you and congratulations to our teams and coaches, including Martin Ellis and Ryan Holt, Girls' Golf; McKenon Estrada, Zach Paige, Tyler Curtis, and Peter Shipman, Baseball; Kathy Howa, Kendra Tomsic, and Leslie Varoz, Softball; Mark Oftedal, Roland Tolbert, Rodney Kopish, Ashley Hagensick, and John Bercaw, Track and Field; Scott Langone and Bobby Kennedy, Boys' Soccer; and Tim Sleeper and Susan Daynes, Boys' Tennis on representing the green and white with class, heart, and much Winged Lion pride...well done!

by Tim Sleeper, Head Coach

Following a second place finish at the Region Tournament the week before, the Boys' Tennis Team concluded the season on May 13 at the State 2A Tournament with a monumental effort!

Following a week-long bout with fevers and the flu, both junior Leif Thulin and senior Ishaan Krishnan were able to grind it through three tough matches and take individual state championship honors at #1 and # 3 Singles, Thulin repeating at the 2A champion at #1 singles and Krishnan earning his first State title at #3 singles. Their display of toughness and grit was closely matched by freshman, Peter Chase, who made it to the final round at #2 singles only to lose a tight, three-set battle to the reigning state champ from Waterford.

Seniors Kenzo Okazaki and Matt O'Brien also played valiantly at #1 doubles against a surprisingly tough opponent in the first round, and then in a back & forth fight in the semi-final versus the eventual state champs from Waterford who eliminated them. Junior Soren Feola and sophomore Carlos Getzelman drew the #1 seed in the first round at 2nd doubles and battled valiantly against the reigning champs from Manti, but were eliminated in the opening round at State.

Our gutsy play earned for us the second place trophy at the State Tournament, and was almost enough to break through to take the title. Coach Susan Daynes and I were extremely proud of the team and their fantastic play and sportsmanship on the court.

The JV squad, including Ethan Williams, Leo Doctorman, Christopher Ausbeck, Ben Espinosa, Simon Tucker, Joseph Amiel, James Hall, Ben Fowler, Jesse Dotson, and Steven Doctorman, was an amazing boost on and off the court this year.

End of season team awards were earned by Leif Thulin, most valuable player; Ishaan Krishnan, most improved player; and Matt O'Brien and Kenzo Okazaki, coaches' award.

By Martin Ellis, Head Coach

The 2017 season for the Rowland Hall Girls' Golf Team proved to be a challenging one. The second wettest spring season in Utah history played a big role in the challenge. Three of the team's first four matches had to be postponed due to weather. When the team was able to play, it was in extremely cold and rainy conditions, but despite the elements, our small in number but big on talent team managed to win every Region match by large margins during the regular season!

Battling through the cold and rain at Wasatch Mountain State Park Golf Course at the Region Tournament, the team claimed another Region Championship--their fourth consecutive-- with junior Zaria Thompson placing first, junior Maddie Kwun placing second, and sophomore Ali Puri finishing third. Newcomer to the team, freshman Sophie Stinnett finished fifth individually, rounding out a great performance from the entire team.

Heading into the State Tournament, the team was vying to 3-peat as State 2A Champions, having won the title in 2015 and 2016. The Winged Lions battled every hole at Mountain View Golf Course on May 18, but came up just a tiny bit short in the State Tournament this year, as the Spartans from Emery got the best of Rowland Hall by a mere nine Stableford points, the Winged Lions bringing home the second place trophy.

A solid performance by junior Maddie Kwun earned for her individual medalist honors as the first place finisher, and junior Zaria Thompson finished a close second.

Moving forward, the team is not losing any players to senior graduation. They practiced hard from March through May, and had a lot of fun at practices and matches. They have made a commitment to work on their game throughout the summer and fall and plan to reclaim the State title in the 2018 season. Assistant Coach Ryan Holt and I were very proud of how hard they each fought to improve their game leading up to the State tournament and look forward to another great season with the girls in 2018.

Congratulations to team award recipients Zaria Thompson, most valuable player; Maddie Kwun and Aliso Puri, coaches' award; and Sophie Stinnett, most improved player.

by Kathy Howa, Head Coach

It was a rebuilding season for Rowland Hall Softball. The girls stepped up to the challenge and worked very hard to master the tactics and skills of the game, becoming a very solid, competitive, cohesive squad by season's end and played some excellent softball, battling tough in every game.

This year's team was led by our three senior captains, Marguerite Tate, Shubaira Aminzada, and Natalie Weed (coaches award recipient 2017), who were joined by two juniors, Sydney Rabbitt (most improved player 2017), and Pippa Hodgkins, (Co-MVP) along with Leah Button, sophomore pitcher (Co-MVP). Another sophomore who showed a lot of promise this season was infielder Lillian Brown. Rounding out the team was a talented group of freshmen, including Chloe Coleman-Houghton, Livia Anderson, Brenna Davison, Sage Matkin, and Sally Logue. Our manager was Dulce' Horn who did an amazing job in that role.

The future of the program looks bright, as our returning players will be joined by several talented Middle School athletes that will help fill the vacant spots left by our departing seniors. Thanks to Shubaira, Marguerite, and Natalie for four great years with the team!

Assistant coaches Kendra Tomsic and Leslie Varoz and I had an amazing experience working with this year's team--we were very pleased and excited to see their incredible progress throughout the season. Congratulations!

By Scott Langone, Head Coach

The 2017 Boys' Soccer team achieved the goal it set in mid-February: to make it back to the UHSAA 2A State playoffs. It was a season of up and downs, and the team was unfortunately never complete on a given day, but those who were on the field followed instruction well and performed with tremendous effort in games.

A few highlights included defeating arch-rival Waterford, which had not been done in years, playing eventual State champion Layton Christian Academy to a tie, and knocking off Summit Academy on their home field. The biggest standout game was in the first round of the playoffs at Manti, when a depleted Rowland Hall team fought and had the lead for 65 minutes. Exhausted and under-manned, the team eventually gave up two goals late, ending the season with a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to end the 2017 campaign.

We look forward to returning 2017 all-region players Jake Dreyfous (goalkeeper), Simon Logue (defender), and Trey Provost (midfielder) and teammates Ben Kanter, Mats Lindgren, Nico Edgar, James Corcoran, Youssef Salama, Nektarios Mantas, Jack Vitek, Andrew Kimball, Atticus Hickman, Jason Nkoy, and Alvaro Nicolia for an extraordinary 2018 season.

Congratulations to team award recipients Jake Dreyfous, most valuable player; Michael Vitek, most improved; and Davis Porges, coaches award. We were also proud that three of our players earned academic all-region honors--Jordan Abdalla, Josh Nkoy, and Davis Porges-- with Jordan also earning the UHSAA Academic All-State award. Thanks much and good luck to departing seniors Jordan Abdalla, Josh Nkoy, Davis Porges, Willem Seethaler, and Michael Vitek.

By McKenon Estrada, Head Coach

The Winged Lion baseball team ended the season with a 7-7 overall record, finishing 7-5 in region play, good enough for third place in Region 14 play behind Summit Academy and Providence Hall. The coaching staff was pleased with that, especially since early on, our numbers were looking low; however, we ended up with seventeen players on the roster, the most we've had in eleven seasons.

Throughout the season, the players showed a lot of heart and never gave up. They worked hard in practice and that carried over to make them successful in games. We had a lot of fun getting to know each other and learned from each other as coaches and players. We made an effort to try to focus a lot on "team" baseball, and the guys bought into it and were great teammates to each other. We had players excel in different categories, but still had a team of young men who supported each other no matter what type of player they were.

A relatively young team--only two seniors on the roster this year--we can't wait to see what the future holds for the program as we have much returning talent. Coaches Zach Paige, Tyler Curtis, Peter Shipman, and I want to thank and wish good luck to our two seniors, Cade VanOrman and Wes Johnston, for their dedication--a job well done, you two! And to Isaiah Adams, George Adondakis, Alex Benton, Austin Davison, Jack Dischmann, Giorgio Gianoulis, Ryan Gilbert, Cyrus Johnston, Andy Merrill, Ian Murphy, Luke Nicoloff, Michael Palmer, Jack Plavan, William Stone, and Seth Thomas: we are excited about the 2018 season--a bright future lies ahead for Winged Lion baseball!

Congratulations to All-Region players Wes Johnston, Jack Dischmann, and Austin Davison and to those who received end of season team awards, including Michael Palmer, most valuable teammate; Alex Benton, coaches' award; Wes Johnston, most improved player; and Austin Davison, Most Valuable Player.

By Mark Oftedal, Head Coach

Rowland Hall's 2017 track and field team completed its season with 16 of our student-athletes competing in the Utah State Championship meet at Brigham Young University. One week earlier, on May 13, our teams competed in the Region 14 Championships held at the McCarthey Family Track & Field. The girls' team handily clinched their fourth straight Region Championship scoring 122 points, with the next best school, Layton Christian Academy, 69 points behind. Our boys' team finished in 3rd place, while the girls' and boys' combined for 200 points (next closest team was LCA with 148) placing Rowland Hall in the first position overall for the fourth year in a row.

The bulk of our points came from our eventual most valuable athlete award recipient, junior Allison Bagley (22 points), followed by juniors Gillian Larsen (20) Sidney Hare (16), and Aiko Miller (11), and freshman Ella Vitek (18). Allison repeated her first place finish of last year in the high jump. Gillian captured two second place finishes in the 100- and 200-meter races, and a 1st in the 400-meter. Sidney ran to first place finishes in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdle races, and freshman standout, Ella, collected firsts in the 800- and 3200-meter races and a 4th place in the 1600. Freshman Caroline Applegate (15 points) contributed in her four events—100-, 200-, 400-meter, and long jump-- and senior Astrid Lindgren (8 points) finished second in the 1600 and then brought the girls' 4 x 400-meter relay team (Gillian Larsen, Hailey Hauck, Allison Bagley) home in first place to end the meet.

Our freshmen boys had a strong showing in their first Region Championship, with Logan Bateman claiming wins in both the 800- and 1600-meter races, Patrick McNally taking first in the 300-meter hurdles, and Aksel Anderson placing 3rd in the 3200-meter. Seniors Jack Scaife and Matt Orford finished second in the 800- and 1600-meter races respectively, while fellow senior Sam Morris claimed the top spot in the 3200.

Our sixteen state-qualifying athletes took advantage of the big dance and the great weather in Provo on the 19 and 20 of May to set new personal best marks, top-ten and podium finishes, and a school record.

Girls' State Highlights:

Sidney Hare: 5th place 100m hurdles; 8th place in the 300m hurdles
Astrid Lindgren: 9th place 1600m; 7th place 800m (new personal best time 2:23.99)
Ella Vitek: 9th place 800m (new personal best time 2:29.58) 1600m, new personal best time 5:45.63
Megan Rasich: 3200m, new personal best time 14:08.46
Gillian Larsen: 400m, new personal best time 1:04.35
Caroline Applegate: 400m, new personal best time of 1:07.01
Allison Bagley: 2nd place High Jump ( new personal best height and school record 5'-02")

Boys' State Highlights:

Logan Bateman: 1600m, new personal best time 4:58.08; 800m, new personal best 2:07.73
Jack Scaife: 800m, new personal best 2:17.54
Aksel Anderson: 3200m, new personal best 11:37.88
Robert Welt: 3200m, new personal best 12:04.31

The 2017 track and field season gave us much to celebrate at the end-of-the-season banquet. Our team of 36 student-athletes—19 on the boys' team and 17 on the girls'—proved to me once again that if I set the bar higher—even if you're not Allison Bagley—our athletes are determined, dedicated, and focused in their attempts, and they ultimately do clear the new height.

While we bid a fond farewell to our eight senior team members-- Jason Cowdrey, Davis Kahler, Astrid Lindgren, Daphne Michie, Sam Morris, Matt Orford, Luke Roberts, and Jack Scaife-- we are also excited to have welcomed fifteen newcomers. Senior Jason Cowdrey, in his first year, was awarded the most improved athlete award for his season of taking on three highly technical throwing events—the javelin, shot put, and discus. The many, many feet that separated February from May were impressive. On the other hand, veteran team member Astrid Lindgren just kept getting better as she received a Most Improved Athlete Award, as well! Astrid cut off 12 seconds from her best 800m time of 2016 and 16 seconds from her 1600m time of 2016. The most valuable athlete awards went to high point scorers Allison Bagley, who accumulated 71 points (40 was last year's total) during the season, and Logan Bateman, who scored 22.5 in his first year! coaches' choice award recipients Sidney Hare and Jack Scaife exhibited focus, dedication, and grit in each practice session throughout the year, which not only served to benefit their own performances, but also served as role models for those fifteen 9th-grade newcomers in the years ahead.

Congratulations to the team and many thanks to my assistants Roland Tolbert, John Bercaw, Ashley Hagensick, and Rodney Kopish for their contributions to our success.


Several Rowland Hall spring sport athletes received post-season recognition for their achievements in 2017, both on the field or court and in the classroom.

The coaches in Region 14 selected the following athletes to the All-Region team in their respective sport: Wes Johnston, Jack Dischmann, Austin Davison, Baseball; Jake Dreyfous, Simon Logue, Trey Provost, Boys Soccer; and Pippa Hodgkins and Leah Button in Softball.

All State selections by the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News for baseball, softball, and boys' soccer have not yet appeared, although we were recently notified by the Deseret News staff that three of our soccer players will be recognized as All-State, including Jake Dreyfous, Simon Logue, and Trey Provost. We are hopeful that more of our spring sport athletes will be selected for their respective sport All-State teams in the coming weeks.

Sophomore baseball team standout, Austin Davison, was chosen by 2A baseball coaches from across the state to play in the 2A All Star game held at Enterprise High School on May 20, the only sophomore to be selected. According to Max Preps, he ended the season in fifth place in the Utah in all divisions and 42nd nationwide for stolen bases and was the #1 player in Utah in all divisions in batting average, slugging, RBIs and On Base Percentage. Austin competed in the Home Run Derby at the All Star game and took second of 30 competitors and had two of the North team's six hits to help carry them to a victory in the North vs. South competition.

Davison and Pippa Hodgkins, softball player for Rowland Hall, were named by radio station 1280 The Zone as 2A Prep Athletes of the Week in May and were recognized at a gathering at Rio Tinto stadium.

Several athletes also received academic recognition. Each sports season, Region 14 honors those Senior athletes who have a cumulative, non-weighted GPA of 3.75 or higher with Academic All-Region recognition. Seven Winged Lions received this award, including Kenzo Okazaki and Ben Espinosa, Boys Tennis; Jordan Abdalla, Josh Nkoy, and Davis Porges, Boys Soccer; Matt Orford, Boys Track; and Marguerite Tate, Softball.

These athletes were also eligible for the Utah High School Activities Association's Academic All State award. Congratulations to Jordan Abdalla who was recognized with this prestigious honor.

Kudos to all of these Winged Lion athletes!


Congratulations to the following Senior student-athletes who were recognized with athletic department awards at the recent Senior Awards Night event:

Outstanding Senior Athlete Award: Jack Scaife, Male, Emma Carlin, Female

Lee Scholar-Athlete Award: Davis Porges, Male, Lane Baker, Female

Winged Lion Athletics Award: Kaela Gilbert, Astrid Lindgren, Daphne Michie, Luke Roberts, Julia Villar

Thanks to all graduating Seniors who took part in our Upper School Athletics program over the past four years--they were part of five team State championships, nine individual State titles, twenty-three Region championships, and helped Rowland Hall place in the top five in the Deseret News All-Sports Awards for 2A schools each of their four years. The class boasts multiple All Region and All State athletes in various sports, as well as numerous student-athletes who earned Academic All Region and Academic All State honors. Their dedication, enthusiasm, and heart will be missed...!

Upper School Winter Athletics Round-Up

Thanks to the hard work and dedicated effort of coaches and athletes, the 2016-17 Winged Lion winter athletic teams saw steady improvement and had solid success.  Nearly seventy student-athletes took to the court and pool to represent the green and white this winter, bringing many exciting moments to fans with their fierce competitiveness, talent, and unmatched sportsmanship.

Congratulations to all our student-athletes for going above and beyond to be the ambassadors of Rowland Hall in the greater community—you made us proud each time you stepped into the competitive arena. Kudos and much appreciation to coaches Sara Watchorn, Anne Henkels, Kathy Howa (swimming); Ronnie Ross, Romaro Rogers, Paulino Beach (boys basketball); and Bill Tatomer, Ashlee Ostler, Stacy Martin (girls basketball) for their mentorship, passion, and leadership.



Swimmers Have “Splashing” Season
by Anne Henkels, Assistant Swim Coach

The “Finned Lions” concluded yet another spectacular season under the nurturing eye of Head Coach Sara Watchorn.  The swimmers comprised one of the largest teams in Rowland Hall swimming history with seventeen student-athletes coming out for this year’s team, including Ella Bagley, Tarik Basic, Mia Chamberlain, Skylar Diamandis, Lucas Erickson, Ethan Goh, Isabella Goh, Sophie Hannah, Alexander Kahler, Isaac Landau, Grace Macintyre, Charlotte Orford, Alison Puri, Holden Seethaler, Hayden Stotts, and Gabriella Vitek.

The season included informative nutrition suggestions, Oov technology and workout regimens, dry land training, visualization, and—of course—plenty of time in the pool. 

At the Region Meet held at South Summit High School in late January, the Rowland Hall Girls team placed second and the boys team took third.  On the girls side, the medley relay team placed second and the 200 Free relay team took first; Sophie Hannah took third in the 200 free; Alison Puri placed first in the 200 IM; Bella Goh took third in the 100 Fly; and Gabriella Vitek was crowned Region champion in both the 100 Free and 100 Back.  Boys team results included a second place in the Medley relay and a second place in the 200 Free relay; Hayden Stotts took second in the 200 Free and third in the 500 Free; Tarik Basic placed third in the 200 Free; and Lucas Erickson captured the Region title in the 500 Free.

Strong performances during the season and at the Region meet saw the following swimmers qualify for the State 2A Meet held at Brigham Young University on February 9: 

            Mia Chamberlain:  200 Free and 500 Free

            Sophie Hannah:       200 Free and 100 Breaststroke

            Ella Bagley:               200 IM

            Charlotte Orford:     200 IM, 100 Breaststroke

            Alison Puri:               200 IM, 100 Breastroke

            Bella Goh:                 100 Fly, 100 Back

            Gabriella Vitek:       100 Free, 100 Back

            Tarik Basic:              200 Free, 50 Free

            Ethan Goh:                50 Free, 100 Free

            Isaac Landau:            50 Free, 100 Breaststroke

            Skylar Diamandis:    200 IM, 100 Fly

            Hayden Stotts:          200 Free, 500 Free

            Lucas Erickson:        100 Fly, 500 Free

            The Women’s 200 Medley and 200 Free Relay teams and the Men’s 200

            Free and 400 Free Relay teams made up of different combinations of team members also qualified for State.

It was great to watch our comparatively small in number, but big on talent team swim to personal best times race after race, many of them placing in the top six in their event to earn championship medals for their efforts.

The boys team placed third of 13 teams, scoring 154 points. Some great results were posted, including:

200 Free Relay, 3rd place:        Tarik Basic, Skylar Diamandis, Isaac Landau, Ethan Goh

400 Free Relay, 1st Place:        Lucas Erickson, Tarik Basic, Isaac Landau, Ethan Goh

Tarik Basic:                           8th in 200 Free, 7th in 50 Free

Hayden Stotts:                      11th in 200 Free, 5th in 500 Free

Skylar Diamandis:                 8th in 200 IM, 7th in 100 Fly

Isaac Landau:                        5th in 50 Free, 4th in 100 Breast

Ethan Goh:                             6th in 50 Free, 6th in 100 Free

Lucas Erickson:                     5th in 100 Fly, 2nd in 500 Free


The girls team placed fourth of 14 teams, scoring 137 points.  Strong performances were posted by all, including: 200 Medley Relay, 2nd place: Bella Goh, Alison Puri, Gabriella Vitek, and Sophie Hannah

200 Free Relay, 2nd place:       Sophie Hannah, Alison Puri, Bella Goh, and Gabriella Vitek

Sophie Hannah:                   8th in 200 Free, 17th in 100 Breast

Mia Chamberlain:                 9th in 200 Free, 6th in 500 Free

Alison Puri:                          2nd in 200 IM, 4th in 100 Breast

Charlotte Orford:                 7th in 200 IM, 14th in 100 Breast

Bella Goh:                            8th in 100 Fly, Tied for 7th in 100 Back

Gabriella Vitek:                   2nd in100 Free, 3rd in 100 Back


At the end of year awards celebration, special recognition was given to Most Valuable Swimmers Gabriella Vitek and Lucas Erickson; Most Improved Grace Macintyre and Hayden Stotts; and the Coaches’ Award went to Sophie Hannah.

Though swimming is one of the longest athletic seasons, these swimmers never failed to delight and inspire their coaches, Sara Watchorn, Anne Henkels, and Kathy Howa, throughout its duration. Well done, Finned Lions!



Boys Basketball Moves a Step Closer to Goals
By Ronnie Ross, Head Coach

The twenty-seven member boys’ basketball team continued its progress towards its goals of player development and qualification for the elite eight of the 2A State Tournament. 

Starting with pre-season conditioning and weight training to prepare the incoming class, along with the hard work of returning players, the Winged Lions began the season 2-0 before meeting a few early season obstacles. With a season schedule as tough as it’s every been, including road games with 5A Roy with who they were very competitive, and 4A West High to whom they lost a very close contest, these tough, gritty, competitive games set the tone for the season.

Region play began with a rivalry game against Rockwell, a tough loss at home. The team bounced back, however, showing resiliency and determination. The season goal was to finish Region play with a better state seed than last year. Near the end of a grueling season during which our young varsity team lost several close contests, the stage was set for the Winged Lions to meet Rockwell on the road, with a third place seed on the line. It was an exciting matchup, a game that went into double over time with our young men prevailing to take the third place seed from Region 14 to state, one spot higher than the 2016 ranking. It was a great way to end the regular season of play, showing the progress and heart of our promising group of young athletes.

At the first round of the State 2A Tournament played at Orem High School on February 17, Rowland Hall met fifth ranked in the State Grand County High. The Winged Lions took the court as underdogs and competed very well during the first half. The third quarter saw us fall behind, and although the boys fought back valiantly in the fourth quarter, the Red Devils eventually prevailed, ending our season in the first round. 

The team showed tremendous improvement throughout the season.  A young 2016-17 varsity team with a lot of potential, we lose only two seniors, Jack Scaife and Luke Roberts, and return a strong group of passionate, hard working, and talented players, including Austin Davison, Jack Dischmann, Jake Dreyfous, Ben Fowler, Tristam Gaylord, Giorgio Gianoulis, Adrian Gushin, Ben Houden, Nektarios Mantas, Andy Merrill, Ian Murphy, Adin Mustajbegovic, Luke Nicoloff, Jason Nkoy, Oscar Percy, Trey Provost, Maya Royer, Youssef Salama, Max Scaife, Leo Smart, Zander Smith, and Milo Yeates.

It was a pleasure to recognize the following players with end of season team awards:  Most Valuable Player, Luke Roberts; Coaches Award, Jack Scaife; Most Improved, Zander Smith; Offensive MVP, Jack Dischmann; Defensive MVP, Isaiah Adams; Toughness Award, Youssef Salama; and Most Promising, Trey Provost and Boston Ballard.  We were also happy to congratulate Jack Dischmann and Isaiah Adams on their selection to the Region 14 All-Region team.

We’d like to give special thanks to our two seniors, Luke Roberts and Jack Scaife, and thank them for their leadership and dedication to the Winged Lion basketball program over the past four seasons—you will be missed.

The coaching staff is looking forward to the 2017-2018 season—the future is bright for ROHO basketball!


Victories over Waterford Highlight Girls Basketball Season
By Bill Tatomer, Head Coach

The Rowland Hall Girls’ Basketball Team concluded their 2016-17 season attending the 2A State Tournament in Orem. This game capped a fantastic year for the Lady Lions with many reasons to be proud.

Our success started this year during the summer with 16 girls participating in the team’s week long camp. This experience culminated with the girls playing in 18 games at the U of U, an experience that allowed the girls to come together as a team. Momentum continued when the official basketball season started in November with their first practice, and the girls never looked back.

Led by senior team captains, Olyvia Mugweh and Kaela Gilbert, the squad battled in 36 junior varsity and varsity contests this year. The junior varsity team finished the year with an impressive 17-1 record, only losing one preseason matchup, and the varsity team finished at 11-7, taking third place in Region 14.  Both lineups played inspired basketball over the four-month schedule. 

Highlights this year included two region victories over arch rival Waterford and several close wins over challenging opponents. Playing with confidence and an emphasis on TEAM, this year’s squad really solidified as a hoops family on and off the court, and had a ton of fun competing together this season. There were a lot of great memories made this year, playing together and hanging out together.

This year the Lady Winged Lions were fortunate to have four senior players on the squad.  Returning last year’s offensive player of the year Julia Villar, defensive player of the year Kaela Gilbert, team captain Olyvia Mugweh, and returning after a two -year layoff, senior inspiration Emma Carlin, leadership was not lacking. These four seniors set the example of grit, spirit, composure, and hustle for the rest of the team to emulate.  Undoubtedly the success of this year’s team was a direct result of these four players and their outstanding leadership and basketball ability. 

Three upper class junior girls also made their mark this year. Juniors Allison Bagley, Gillian Larsen, and Meg Janes were all instrumental in the program’s success, modeling incredible focus and determination in all practice and game situations. Additionally, sophomore standouts Claire “Sandy” Sanderson, Ally Hansen, Tess Edgley, and Kat Lanham, paired with freshman sensation Sophie Stinnett, provided unbelievable athleticism, maturity, and toughness to the squad. The future looks bright for the program with the return of these talented student athletes and with junior varsity standouts Leah Button and Sam Carlisle ready to take on the challenge of a varsity role next season.

The team concluded the year with a banquet hosted by Rachel and Larry Gilbert at their beautiful home in Park City. This celebration was a wonderful way to honor and remember all of the incredible memories made on the court and off. The awards ceremony recognized the following players as voted by their fellow players and coaches.  Team MVP – Allison Bagley; Team Offensive Player, Sophie Stinnett, Team Defensive Player, Emma Carlin; and Coaches Award, Gillian Larsen.

Additionally, Region 14 first team All Region honors were awarded to Allison Bagley and Sophie Stinnett, and next year’s team captains, Bagley, Meg Janes, and Gillian Larsen were announced. The banquet was a fantastic way to culminate an unforgettable season with food, fun, a heartwarming tribute video by Tess Edgley, and spending time with all of our basketball O’hana. Thank you again seniors for all of your hard work, commitment, and passion for the sport and the program over the past four years. Your legacy will surely live on for years to come. Go Lady Lions!


Academic Honors for Three Winter Sport Athletes

Each sports season, the Region 14 Board honors those senior athletes on each sports team who carry a 3.75 or higher non-weighted, cumulative GPA and who are starters or performers on their respective sport varsity team with Academic All-Region recognition.

We are pleased to announce that three Winged Lion athletes were so recognized this winter, including Tarik Basic, Swimming; and Olyvia Mugweh and Julia Villar, Girls Basketball.



All-Region Recognition for Four Winged Lion Basketball Players

The coaches of Region 14 named four members of the boys and girls basketball team to the All-Region team for the 2016-2017 season.

Congratulations to Jack Dischmann, Isaiah Adams, Allison Bagley, and Sophie Stinnett on this prestigious honor!



Several of our fall sport student-athletes received post-season recognition after the last issue of the Finish Line was published, so we wanted to update our readers on that information.

Several Girls Soccer team members were named to the All State team, including Emma Carlin, First Team Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune; Jordan Crockett, First Team Deseret News and Second Team Salt Lake Tribune; Airam Perez, First Team Deseret News and Honorable Mention Salt Lake Tribune; Allison Bagley, First Team Deseret News; Caeli Kennedy, Second Team Deseret News; and Aislinn Mitcham, Second Team Deseret News.

From the Volleyball team, Allie Zehner was named Second Team All-State in the Salt Lake Tribune and Honorable Mention in the Deseret News.  Kate Button and Lena Chan were both named to the Utah Volleyball Coaches Association’s Senior Academic All-State Team.

Congratulations to these Winged Lions!








Winged Lions Capture Region Titles and Championships this Fall

It was another outstanding fall season for Rowland Hall Upper School athletics as Winged Lion teams captured four Region 14 team titles, six individual Region championships, two State 2A runner-up trophies, with all teams qualifying for post-season competition.

Post-season recognition was achieved by several of our student-athletes, with All-Region honors earned by girls soccer players Emma Carlin, Caeli Kennedy, Airam Perez, Aislinn Mitcham, and Jordan Crockett, and volleyball team members Lena Chan, Allie Zehner, Emily Fowler, and Samantha Baneth.  Junior volleyball standout, Allie Zehner, was named a Deseret News Prep Athlete of the Week in October for her strong play on the court during the season. All-State for girls soccer and volleyball has not yet been released by the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune as of this writing, but we are hopeful that several Winged Lion athletes will achieve that honor.  The Utah Section PGA released the names of the 2A All State Boys Golf Team and four Winged Lion golfers were recognized with that honor:  Sean McDaniel, First Team; Jack Lang and Matthew O’Brien, Second Team; and Davis Porges, Honorable Mention.

Several Rowland Hall senior athletes were also honored for their accomplishments in the classroom as Academic All-Region players, including Lane Baker and Karyna Howell, Girls Tennis; Emma Carlin, Girls Soccer; and Kate Button, Lena Chan, and Amber Puri, Volleyball.  Two of these student-athletes, Lane Baker and Lena Chan, subsequently earned Academic All-State honors from the Utah High School Activities Association, one of only ten athletes in State 2A in their respective sport to be so recognized with this prestigious award.

Thanks so much to faculty and staff members, students, parents, and other family members for the great support they offered to our fall athletic programs—your support was an important ingredient to our success!  A special shout out thanks to the Booster Club who offered much appreciated financial and personnel support, with numerous parent volunteers staffing concession and ticket sales, providing snacks and drinks for our teams, and hosting end of season celebrations for our teams. Many thanks to the liaisons from the Booster Club whose behind the scenes work was instrumental in organizing each team’s parent body during the season—kudos to Kris Kokeny, Girls Soccer; Dorene Sambado, Girls Tennis; Leilani Fowler & Linette Baneth, Volleyball; Mary McIntyre, Cross Country; and Courtenay Porges, Boys Golf.

Our success was the direct result of the dedicated effort and commitment of not only our student-athletes, but also our outstanding coaching staff, including Tim Sleeper and Susan Daynes, Girls Tennis; Stacey Camacho and Martin Ellis, Boys Golf; Mark Oftedal, Laura Johnson, and John Bercaw, Cross Country; Bobby Kennedy, Scott Langone, and Bewar Yousif, Girls Soccer; and Kendra Tomsic, Lauren Carpenter, Kathy Howa, and Abeni Czajkowski, Volleyball.  Congratulations to all!

Congratulations on a banner 2016 fall season--GO WINGED LIONS!

CLICK HERE to read the most recent issue of the Finish Line, our athletic newsletter, to find out more about each sport.

Finish Line—Middle School

Middle School Sports - Fall Highlights

It was a great season for all eight of our Middle School teams. A heartfelt Thank you! to every one of our Winged Lion families for your support throughout the season. We are fortunate to have a dedicated coaching staff who put in so much time, effort, and care to develop our student athletes. Please read on for a recap of each team's season highlights.

A Soccer

Coaches Campbell Ainsworth & Christian Waters

We were fortunate to field two highly competitive teams this year. Players began the year working on developing fundamental skills and learning how to play together as a team. We emphasized defense, how to use the whole field, and making smart decisions with and without the ball. They consistently had a positive attitude and put a lot of effort on the field. Some of the most exciting games this season was when A1 played A2; players gave it their all during the game and finished with hugs and high-fives all around. Both teams were successful this year. A2 finished 2nd in the league and 3rd in the tournament, and A1 finished 1st in both the league and won the WAC tournament. We hope to see some of our 8th graders back on the same pitch next fall; their hustle and dynamic play will be a great boost to the high school team!

C Soccer

Coach Campbell Ainsworth

What a fantastic season the C team had this year! All season long they worked on skills and movement with and without the ball, and learned how to play as a team. These plucky 6th graders never gave up, no matter the odds. Their resilience was particularly evident in the WAC tournament at the end of the season. During the semifinal game, the team was one goal down at halftime and came back to win the game. The next day in the championship, the team was losing 2-0 with 20 minutes left and came roaring back to win 4-2. They finished with huge smiles and their signature team dance moves. These players should be proud of their hustle, determination, and great camaraderie.

A Volleyball

Coach Doug Booher

Wow. What a wonderful season! Vast skill improvement, learning new things about volleyball, ourselves, and others, laughing together, sweating together, playing together. From placement practice through the tournament, bus rides, team huddles, practices, and games, this group of Winged Lions (phonetically pronounced) embodied the word team with everyone willing to play their role while also being capable and eager when asked to step into less familiar positions. I look forward to watching the impact this awesome group of young people has on the Upper School programs they choose to be a part of.

Oh, and we completed the first undefeated volleyball season in memory at Rowland Hall.

B Volleyball

Coach Mike Roberts

The B2 team saw continuous improvement over the course of the season. They improved both their skills and their understanding of the game each and every week. Additionally, they were very supportive of one another, and became a very tight-knit group by the end of the season. Highlights of the season included multiple three-hit rallies, consistent serving, and even a few hits at the net! The girls should all be proud of their efforts, and I look forward to seeing them continue their volleyball journey next year!

B Volleyball

Coach Jen Schones

The B1 team had a great season and all of the girls showed visible improvement. Some goals for the season were to move to the ball, call the ball, have controlled passes, and have fun. I would say that the entire team accomplished these goals and it was an exciting season! I had a great time watching the girls mature as volleyball players and learn to play different positions. We were challenged in the final game against Waterford but the girls fought hard to win the championship. We consistently had beautiful passes, nice high sets, and some great attacks on the net. Our serves were also spot-on in the championship with a 98% success rate. Between playing good volleyball, making up new cheers, overcoming some mental aspects of the game, and pushing Waterford to work for those last two points, it was a super successful season and I'm so proud to have coached this group of girls.

C Volleyball

Coach Chad Obermark

The 6th grade girls volleyball team showed amazing improvement this season. For many of the players, this is their first real exposure to volleyball. To see them grow from learning the fundamentals of passing and serving to playing intense points with multiple volleys is incredible! I loved this team's positive energy and willingness to work together. They had fun in practice and games while being willing to play hard. I look forward to seeing each of them develop their skills and build on this strong start to their volleyball careers.

MS Athletics Fall 2018 Season Info

Season results:



WAC Season Record

WAC League

WAC Tournament

Campbell Ainsworth

A1 Team




Christian Waters

A2 Team




Campbell Ainsworth

C Team






WAC Season Record

WAC League

WAC Tournament

Doug Booher

A Team




Jen Schones

B1 Team




Mike Roberts

B2 Team




Chad Obermark, Amaya Hoglund

C1 Team




Chad Obermark, Amaya Hoglund

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Middle School Sports Roundup, Spring 2018


Middle School Sports Roundup, Spring 2018

It was a great spring season for Middle School Athletics. Thanks to all of our players for their dedication, and thanks to their families for their support throughout the season. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated group of coaches who continue to invest countless hours to develop our student-athletes. Additionally, I'd like to thank our Middle School Boosters for providing every athlete with a sport-specific T-shirt to show our school spirit. A huge shout out to Melanie Bates, Ashley Holbrook, and Erica Keil for representing Middle School Athletics. We will miss you! Read below for a recap of each team's season. —Shannon Casson


Girls A Soccer
Coaches Bobby Kennedy & Campbell Ainsworth

The girls soccer teams had a fantastic season. The A2 team improved throughout the year. Not only did their individual skills improve, but they learned how to work as a team and became stronger with a more cohesive attack and defense. They had a good season and played hard against tough competition. The A1 team finished the season undefeated and won the WAC tournament, yet the road was not always easy. Twice during the regular season, they were losing by two goals at halftime, yet they were undaunted and came roaring back to win both games with inspired second halves. The WAC tournament was tense, with both games at 0-0 until late goals by Maddie Carlin spurred the Winged Lions to victory. A special shout-out to the defense and goalkeeper Micha Nenbee who had six shutouts this year. The team never gave up all year, and though they rarely had any substitutes, their hustle and positive attitude made this a memorable season. Go Winged Lions!

Cross Country
Coaches Mary Lawlor, Chelsea Vasquez, Sam Lawlor

What a season for this dynamic group of sixth- through eighth-grade racers! It's been quite an experience running through the 9th and 9th business district with over 50 Middle School runners. Each of the six meets was held in a different location along the Wasatch Front. We competed against the same nine schools at every meet. The season began with the girls battling Saint John the Baptist and the boys went head-to-head with McGillis, St. Joe's, and SJTB. Towards the end of the season, it became obvious that every runner needed to give their best effort in order to accumulate the points to win each meet, and the most possible meet wins to finish first for the 2018 season. The last two meets in Draper and Layton included dramatic finishes for every age group. Rowland Hall earned first place for both the A Team (seventh and eighth grade) girls and boys. The C Team (sixth grade) girls earned a third-place season finish, and the C Team boys brought home a fourth-place finish. Special shout-outs to our top A-Team runners: Will Cunningham (seventh) and Jasmine Le (seventh). We are already looking forward to next season with this special group of runners.

Mountain Biking
Coaches Jen Schones, Chelsea Vasquez

Despite a few meetups being foiled by rain or thunder, we enjoyed beautiful days of Park City pedaling with our awesome group of bikers. We had a mix of skill levels this year, ranging from never-evers to cross-country mountain bike racers. Needless to say, this kept our ride sessions exciting and allowed students to teach each other. We have loved learning from (and trying to keep up with!) the more advanced riders while seeing the beginners grow their confidence and skill climbing and descending. We are psyched to get more kids on bikes!


2018 MS Spring Sports Rosters

2018 WAC Sports Season Results

2018 Spring Sports Photo Album


Over 80 Middle School Students Participated in Basketball Season, Learned New Skills

We had a total of eight Middle School basketball teams and 80+ basketball players on our rosters this season! It was a huge turnout with high participation numbers for both boys and girls in our Middle School Athletics program. Thank you to all our families for your support during the season and thanks to our Middle School Boosters for providing every athlete with a sport specific t-shirt and for hosting fan appreciation game nights to show our school spirit. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated group of coaches who put in countless hours to develop our student-athletes. Please read on for a recap of our basketball seasons.

A Girls Basketball
Coach Zack Alvidrez
First place season, first place WAC tournament

These 12 outstanding young ladies shared their high energy in practice sessions and game play this season. They worked hard to improve fundamentals and learned the basic offensive sets and man-to-man defensive principles in preparation for the Upper School basketball program. As the season progressed, they found their stride, displayed more confidence, and meshed well together as a team to execute during pressure situations in the final moments of competitive game play. I hope that these young ladies will continue to develop their love for this game and play in our Upper School program, and I encourage each of them to play on their own outside of school to continue to build their basketball skills.

B Girls Basketball
Coach Zack Alvidrez

These 15 young ladies were full of intensity on the basketball court and unafraid to be aggressive and play threatening defense against our opponents. These players used their lightning speed on the court to force turnovers and create scoring opportunities during gameplay. Throughout the season the girls gained a better understanding of help defense and fought hard to get rebounds during close game situations. This season also included a buzzer-beater three-pointer by Elisabeth Bocock to go into overtime with McGillis! Overall, the girls were fun to coach and they started to come together more as a team as the season progressed. I look forward to seeing these girls next season for more basketball action in the Middle School and encourage them to play on their own outside of school to continue to build their basketball skills.

C Girls Basketball
Coach Shannon Casson

These seven young ladies made huge gains in their fundamental basketball skills this season. Additionally, they gained a better understanding of basketball strategies and rules of the sport. Each practice focused on a specific skill such as dribbling to the hoop, give and go, v-cut to get open or how to rebound. The girls played well together and looked out for each other on and off the court. By the end of the season, their shooting improved as did their rebounding. The girls genuine excitement for the game and competitive spirit came alive during our end of season tournament as did our rowdy fans who cheered positively and loudly in the stands! I look forward to these girls improving as basketball players throughout their Middle School years and encourage them to play outside of school.

A Boys Basketball
Coach Zack Alvidrez

The A team had a great year that culminated with a championship over a tough St. Joseph's team. The boys all did a wonderful job of staying focused and committed throughout the season. The A team represented Rowland Hall in a positive manner on and off the floor. I am very proud to have coached these young men and hope they continue their journeys as athletes in the Upper School.

B Boys Basketball
Coaches Zack Alvidrez and Mike Roberts

The B teams had a season filled with improvement in all areas of the game. Time in practice was spent working on shooting, making smart passes, and moving without the ball. After a successful regular season, the teams both performed well in the tournament, taking home second (B1) and third (B2) places. Overall, we are very proud of the effort and growth of the teams, and we look forward to seeing all of them continue on with their basketball journeys.

C Boys Basketball
Coaches Zack Alvidrez and Shannon Casson

The C team had a tremendous season of growth. Many of our players were new to the sport and progressed throughout the season in their basic fundamental skills including the triple threat position, passing and cutting, and rebounding. Although players were divided into two teams during game play to maximize playing time, all players studied the same concepts during practice sessions. The players learned the importance of moving without the ball, court spacing, and communication both on and off the court. We are proud of their effort and growth and look forward to seeing them continue to improve throughout their Middle School basketball careers, and beyond.

Middle School Athletics Winter 2017-18 Season Info

GIrls Basketball Team Rosters

Boys Basketball Team Rosters

Season Results - Girls & Boys

Fun and Growth for the Middle School Teams

It was a fun fall season for all six of our Middle School Athletic teams. Thanks to all of our athletic families for your support throughout the season and a shout out to thank our Middle School Boosters for providing every athlete with a team T-shirt to show some spirit during the school day. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated coaching staff who put in countless hours to develop our student athletes. Please read on for a recap of each team's season highlights.

A Volleyball
Coach Doug Booher

Recipe for an Awesome Volleyball Season
Five 7th grade players (make sure one is new to Rowland Hall and one has not played organized volleyball before)
Five 8th grade players (a mixture of two returners to the A Team and three B Team veterans)
Great attitude
Hard work
Volleyball skill
Family support and cheering section
Adversity and challenges

Mix the ingredients for eight weeks through nine matches and one tournament. Yields ten wonderful, strong young women, one 2nd-place tournament trophy, and unlimited delightful memories.

B Volleyball
Coach Mike Roberts

This year's B team had a great season from start to finish! The players steadily improved their skills, and by the end of the season, three-hit rallies had become the norm. All of the girls brought a positive energy to the court, and even when they weren't in the game, they could be seen (and heard) cheering for their teammates from the bench. And while the tournament didn't quite turn out as hoped, the girls played hard, and in the end, they brought home the third-place trophy. I enjoyed the opportunity to work with all the players, and I look forward to seeing them continue their volleyball careers.

C Volleyball
Coach Chad Obermark

The 6th grade girls volleyball team showed amazing improvement over the course of the season. For many players, this was their first exposure to volleyball. To see them grow from learning the fundamentals of passing and serving to playing intense points with multiple volleys is incredible! I loved this team's positive energy and willingness to work together. They had fun in practice and games while playing hard. I look forward to seeing each of them develop their skills and build on this strong start to their volleyball careers.

A Boys Soccer
Coaches Campbell Ainsworth & Christian Waters

The A team had a fabulous season. Through practices in the heat of late summer and crisp, windy October mornings, players worked on their defense, their individual skills, and learned how to play as a team. The A2 team, after some tough losses, finished the year in style by winning their last game. The A1 team, despite some tough competition, rolled to an undefeated season. The championship game was tense; McGillis was winning 1-0 at halftime before Rowland Hall stormed back to win the championship 3-1. This group of young men jelled as a team and supported each other with enthusiasm and humor all season long. For our eleven 8th graders, winning the WAC tournament and the division was a fantastic capstone to a great middle school soccer career!

C Boys Soccer
Coach Campbell Ainsworth

Sliding gleefully in the mud at an away game in early October. A valiant comeback to tie Waterford after losing by two goals at halftime. Diving headers off of corner kicks. Players at practice, laughing as they played 'ninja', 'wa', or 'boppity-bop-bop-bop'. These are some of the memories from this year's C team soccer season, which featured a lot of energy, effort, and enthusiasm. The team finished with a tense penalty shootout for the last game of the season ultimately won by the Winged Lions to secure a 3rd place finish. These talented players will certainly contribute to the Rowland Hall soccer program for years to come.

MS Athletics Fall 2017 Season Info

Volleyball Team Rosters

Boys Soccer Team Rosters

Season Results

Google Photo Album

Middle School Athletics - Spring 2017

It was a great spring season for Middle School Athletics. Thanks to all of our players for their dedication and families for their support throughout the season. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated group of coaches who continue to invest countless hours to develop our student athletes. Additionally, I'd like to thank our Middle School Boosters for providing every athlete with a sport-specific T-shirt to show our school spirit. A huge shout out to Ashley Holbrook and Erica Keil for representing Middle School Athletics. We will miss you! Read below for a recap of each team's season. —Shannon Casson

Girls A Soccer

Coaches Bobby Kennedy, Tyler Fonarow, & Campbell Ainsworth

Both A teams had strong seasons, and the girls showed resilience and pluck under pressure. The A2 team played hard all year long, and the girls gained valuable experience despite some tough luck losses. The A1 team was undefeated this year, and their balanced attack and ferocious defense made these Winged Lions impossible to beat. Their season culminated in a 1st place finish in the WAC tournament. We hope to see some of our 8th grade girls back on the same pitch next fall; their hustle and dynamic play will be a great boost to the high school team!

Girls C Soccer

Coaches Campbell Ainsworth & Fodé Doumbia

Through rain, snow, and sunshine the girls were all smiles all season long, as they played hard right until the end, winning the WAC tournament. The players not only improved their passing, dribbling, and shooting skills but also learned to effectively play as a team. The defense, led by our sweeper Maile Fukushima, and our goalies, Katerina Mantas and Layla Hijjawi, were consistently rock solid, only allowing three goals all season. The offense kept the pressure on and spurred the team to victory. Kudos to the girls for their energy, enthusiasm, and team spirit!

Cross Country

Coaches Mary Lawlor, Andrea Beckman, and Sarah White

Our cross country team excelled this season, both in victories and in growth. Our seventh and eighth grade girls fought for a first place finish in the final meet of the season, beating out their rival St. Joe's of Ogden. Special shout out to Tate Beasley for finishing in first place in all her races. Our seventh and eighth grade boys also won the championship. The fellows, lead by Carson Burian who won every race, earned a perfect score of 10 at the meet hosted by Waterford. Our sixth grade girls team, led by Heidi Paisley, finished second and our sixth grade boys, lead by Will Cunningham, finished first. Most importantly, each of the runners improved throughout the season by running their tails off! Way to go!


Coaches Kathy Howa, Kendra Tomsic, Harper Coleman-Houghton, and Josephine Anderson

Middle school softball played in the Taylorsville League this year and the team did extremely well! The team finished in first place with a mixture of grade levels competing in gameplay. We had four sixth graders, two seventh graders, and five eighth graders to make up the squad. Thanks to strong pitching from Sophie Dau, and great leadership from Maddie Keil, Kat Moore, and Mena Zendejas-Porgutal we had a fabulous season on the softball diamond.

Mountain Biking

Coaches Shannon Casson, John Bercaw and Chelsea Vasquez

The mountain biking club had loads of fun riding this spring! We explored our local trails in the Park City area and made progress in basic bike handling skills. A huge thanks to all the parents who were able to join in on our group rides. We hope you take advantage of our local trails and get out riding this summer.

2017 MS Spring Sports Rosters

2017 WAC Sports Season Results:



Season Record



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WAC Season

A Girls


C Girls


A Boys


C Boys


It was a fun basketball season for boys and girls in our Middle School Athletics program. Thank you to all of our players for their hard work and thank you to our families for your support throughout the season. Additionally, I’d like to thank our Middle School Boosters for providing every athlete with a sport specific t-shirt to show our school spirit.  We are fortunate to have such a dedicated group of coaches who put in countless hours to develop our student athletes.  Please read below for a recap of each team’s season.   

Shannon Casson

A Girls Basketball
Coach Zack Alvidrez

The girls put in a lot of hard work during each practice session with a focus on fundamentals, including offensive movements with and without the ball and basic man-to-man defensive principles.  The girls showed improvement in their skills and understanding of strategies and they began to execute them more consistently during gameplay.  The girls had a healthy mix of experienced players and a few newer to the game and they meshed well to come together as a team throughout the season.    

B Girls Basketball
Coach Shannon Casson

The girls worked hard to improve their skills in practice and demonstrated improvement in their shooting form and shot selections during games.  Their grasp of man-to-man defense improved tremendously throughout the season.  I am so proud of how they played towards the end of the season and came together as a team.  

C Girls Basketball
Coach Mike Roberts, Bill Tatomer, & Tyler Stack

The C basketball teams had a couple of great seasons! Divided into two equal squads, the girls practiced together multiple times per week. Each practice targeted a different skill (dribbling, passing, shooting, defense, etc), while the games provided an opportunity for the players to show off what they learned. As a result of two stellar regular seasons, both teams easily qualified for the WAC tournament. And by the time the tournament came to a close, the two teams had earned second and third place finishes. This was a great way to cap off an awesome season! We coaches are very proud of the effort and growth that all the girls demonstrated, and we are very excited to see the future of the middle school (and beyond) basketball program!

A Boys Basketball
Coach Zack Alvidrez

The A Boys Basketball Team entered the season with strong fundamentals overall yet were eager to learn more strategies about the game.  They were effective at grasping some concepts of the US offense and improved on their defensive fundamentals and tactics during gameplay.  This was a motivated group of players who worked well together, persevered, and encouraged each other, both on and off the court.  There was no doubt that every single player contributed positively to the success of this team.  

B1 Boys Basketball
Coach Zack Alvidrez

The B1 Boys Green team were hard workers during practice sessions.  The players pushed themselves during skill development and the improvements they made in their individual skills including shooting form and defensive positioning was evident both in practices and during gameplay.  These players also were hungry to get stronger and faster by being focused in the weight room conditioning sessions led by Coach John Bercaw.  I enjoyed helping them progress their court skills as basketball players and I was pleased to see them make the connection that the weight room conditioning sessions will, over time, payoff by improving their speed, quickness, and agility on the basketball court.  This team learned how to play together and rely on each other during the season and I look forward to having these players back on the court as eighth graders next year.

B2 Boys Basketball
Coach Christian Waters

This was a tremendous season of growth for the B2 Boys White Team. Many of our players were new to basketball and to team sports in general. I was proud of the way the boys were able to improve their individual basketball skills such as dribbling, shooting, and passing but also improve collectively as a team. They gained a better understanding of helping on team defense and working together offensively to move without the ball, set screens and work together.  I believe our play throughout the season and the tournament highlights our improvement both individually and collectively and I am excited to see what they can accomplish in the future. I encourage all of them to continue playing on their own outside of school to continue to build their basketball skills.

C Boys Basketball
Coach Mike Roberts & Campbell Ainsworth

The C team had an awesome season from start to finish. Divided up into two squads, both teams roared through the regular season, finishing first in the division. The boys improved their skills each week, and by the end of season, they had a firm grasp of what it means to play team basketball. This includes understanding court spacing, moving without the ball, and setting screens to free up a teammate. The season was capped off by winning the WAC tournament. We had a great time coaching the boys this season, and we look forward to seeing them improve as they move through the ranks of middle school basketball!

MS Athletics Winter 2016-17 Season Info

GIrls Basketball Team Rosters

Boys Basketball Team Rosters

Season Results - Girls & Boys

It was a fun fall season for Middle School Athletics. Thank you to all of our players for their hard work and thank you to our families for your support throughout the season. Additionally, I’d like to thank our Middle School Boosters for providing every athlete with a sport-specific T-shirt to show our school spirit. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated group of coaches who put in countless hours to develop our student athletes. Please read on for a recap of each team’s season. ~ Shannon Casson, Middle School Athletics Director

A Volleyball
By Coach Doug Booher

The wonder women of the A Team had a fantastic season! They coalesced into a finely tuned team, supporting each other through learning two different offenses and several different rotations in six weeks. It was a privilege to coach these young women and watch them, in turn, encourage one another’s progress on the court. Throughout the season, I was delighted to see they had as much genuine excitement for their teammates’ successes as they had for their own. Together, they overcame challenges, celebrated victories, persevered through setbacks, danced through warmups and timeouts, turned failures into meaningful lessons, laughed a lot, cried a little, and got up stronger every time they got knocked down. Along the way we also finished first in the conference in the regular season and took second in the season-ending tournament. “Awesome!” is absolutely what the “A” in “A Team” stood for with this group of young women.

B Volleyball
By Coach Jen Schones

The B team had a stellar season! We had a number of first-time players and it wasn’t long before they looked like seasoned veterans. This year, we focused on the fundamentals of passing and serving, and players were assigned a specific role on the court based on their abilities. We then learned a 5-1 rotation where we have five receivers with one backrow setter. Throughout the season, the girls showed a lot of enthusiasm and determination and this led to their third-place finish in the tournament. Big thanks to the players for their hard work and to the parents for their support!

C Volleyball
By Coach Chad Obermark

A large, 20-player team showed the sixth grade’s tremendous enthusiasm for volleyball. This team showed a lot of progress over the season. We focused on the basics of passing and serving and the players used them with growing success throughout the season. I was especially proud of their focus and resilience. We rallied several times throughout the season to win in three games! They gave their very best in the final tournament and played against each other in what several observers called one of the best sixth-grade volleyball games they’d ever seen! The girls were a joy to coach and I appreciate their willingness to spend their time and energy playing volleyball.

A Boys Soccer
By Coaches Tyler Fonarow & Scott Langone

The A teams were as deep in talent as we have seen in years. We had 24 boys participate on A1 and A2 teams that were competitive with each other and had both teams competing in the Wasatch Athletics Conference A division. Upper School Head Coach Scott Langone led the combined team training sessions and Middle School Principal Tyler Fonarow coached both teams during their games. The teams focused on tactical skill development, strengthening ball movement and possession, combination play, and team defense. The young athletes fared very well during the regular season with A1 going undefeated and A2 making the playoffs at the fourth seed.

C Boys Soccer
By Coaches Tessa Netelbeek and Henry Gilbert

We had such a great turnout we had enough boys to split into two C teams. We practiced together and focused on the basics of controlling the ball, passing, and shooting on frame. Students of all levels participated, and it was exciting to get to know them and see each of them improve in a different way. Great friendships were formed among the boys, and they worked together to help each other improve. Each practice, the boys would show up enthusiastic and eager to play. They were almost always smiling and laughing, and they instantly bonded as a team. As coaches, we really enjoyed getting to know these incredible boys, and appreciate their dedication to our team as we know they’re busy with other extracurriculars. We would like to wish the boys good luck throughout Middle School, and hope they all continue to play soccer!

MS Athletics Fall 2016 Season Info

Volleyball Team Rosters

Boys Soccer Team Rosters

Season Results

Middle School Athletics Roundup, Winter 2015-16

A Girls Basketball

By Coach Shannon Casson

The A team dominated the league in season play. They didn’t win the tournament, but they learned so much from their one loss—slow down, play hard until the end, and never expect to win. The girls redeemed themselves in their final game and played their best basketball of the season! Watching their confidence grow made for a rewarding season. I look forward to seeing these girls take it to the hoop in the future.

B Girls Basketball

By Coach Mike Roberts

The B team showed a great deal of improvement over the course of the season. They didn’t get into the win column, but they all grew as basketball players. They showcased this progress during the Wasatch Athletic Conference (WAC) tournament when they tied their opponent in the second half. The girls have been extremely supportive of one another throughout the year. During a season like this, it would be easy to get down, but they always came to the gym excited to play. I am proud of their effort, and I look forward to seeing what they can accomplish in the years to come.

C Girls Basketball

By Head Coach Kathy Howa and Assistant Coach Abeni Czajkowski

The sixth-grade girls basketball season was filled with fun, improvement, and excitement! Practices started in mid-October, and the thirteen C-team players worked hard and learned much as the season progressed. Excellent teamwork, skill, and hustle by all resulted in a record of 5-1 for the regular season. Intermountain Christian School (ICS) dealt the Winged Lions their sole loss in a close game.

The team tied for the WAC regular-season title, but lost a coin toss to break the tie for seeding into the WAC tournament, entering as the #3 seed. After winning their first-round game against Saint Joseph Catholic School due to forfeit (St. Joe didn’t have enough players) the Winged Lions next met regular season nemesis, ICS.

Rowland Hall players came out on fire, scoring the first 6 points quickly. Their shooting, however, went cold, and ICS was able to tie the score at 7 going into halftime. The Winged Lions made a few adjustments and took the court in the second half with renewed resolve. They played their best overall game of the season, coming back to defeat the Lions 20-9 and earning a spot in the championship game.

Rowland Hall faced host team the McGillis School in the championship. The gym was rockin’ and full of fans as the Winged Lions took charge on offense and defense to earn a decisive victory and the WAC’s C-tournament title!

A Boys Basketball

By Coach John Schaefer

This team was a pleasure to coach. Two aspects of the group impressed me the most: the respect players showed their teammates, and their ability and willingness to learn a new way to play the game. The team shared some amazing moments, particularly the week that 10 players made a collective 31 three-pointers in two games. During the championship game, the Winged Lions didn’t play their best, but still prevailedproving their depth. If the boys continue to pass, shoot, and embrace the joy of playing the game correctly, the potential of this group truly has no limits.

B Boys Basketball

By Coach Mike Roberts

The B team had an outstanding season! Throughout the winter, the players improved their skills and knowledge of the game. I was impressed with their toughnessthey fought through many difficult situations and matches. Season highlights included every player scoring in the game against St. Joe; the team scoring a season-high 49 points against McGillis; and placing second at the end-of-the-year WAC tournament. I enjoyed coaching the boys this season, and am excited to see what they can accomplish on the court in the future.

C Boys Basketball

By Coach Shannon Casson and Garrett Stern

These twenty-one boys showed intensity in practice each day, and their enthusiasm for the game of basketball was contagious on the court. Each of these highly skilled, unselfish players contributed during games and proved themselves as solid team members. I was extremely impressed by their good sportsmanship and their grit in going up for rebounds and diving for loose balls during games. These sixth-grade boys were so much fun to coach and I look forward to seeing them progress their skills on the court in future seasons.


MS Athletics Winter 2015-2016 Season End Info

MS Girls Basketball Rosters
MS Boys Basketball Rosters
MS Girls & Boys Basketball Season Results

Finish Line—Rowmark Ski Academy

Rowmarkers Prepare for the Race Season

By Sarah Getzelman, Rowmark Team Manager

As the days are becoming shorter and colder, Rowmark Ski Academy and Junior Program student-athletes are putting the final touches on their race preparation and gearing up for competitions. Following a challenging snow year in 2017–2018, this season is off to a better start with some natural snow, and cold, snow-making temperatures at the ski areas.

Our Rowmark teams—consisting of some of the best junior alpine ski racers and student-athletes nationally and internationally—worked hard from spring through autumn in our rigorous conditioning program, which gets athletes in shape for winter. This year's program has included the following:

  • In June, we kicked off our on-snow camps at Mammoth Mountain, California.
  • Before the start of school, our U14–U19 teams traveled to Mt. Hood, Oregon, for our second on-snow camp.
  • Over fall break in early October, the U19 team traveled to Schnalstal, Italy, for a 10-day camp. They trained next to world-class athletes from around the region and enjoyed excellent snow conditions, incredible views, and delicious Italian food.
  • The next stop for the Academy is Aspen, Colorado, while our Junior Program heads to Sun Valley, Idaho, for a five-day, pre-Thanksgiving camp.

Once the winter trimester starts, our athletes in grades eight through twelve will be out of school at noon daily and skiing full-time at Park City and Snowbird from December through April.

Rowmarkers work together and support one another, and that was a primary focus during our 10th Biennial Rowmark Ski Academy Bear Lake Challenge in early September. The orientation weekend tests Rowmarkers physically, mentally, and socially; identifies and develops leadership, spirit, and cooperation skills; and facilitates team bonding. Also over that weekend, skiers elected their 2018–2019 team captains: seniors Jake Bleil and Elena Zipp, and juniors Eliza Hodgkins and Carter Louchheim.

As our seasoned captains well know, year-round physical conditioning is a critical component to optimal skiing. Graham Flinn—our new women's and conditioning head coach—has already started directing a dynamic, periodized daily physical-training program that includes strength/power, cardiovascular, plyometrics, quickness and coordination, flexibility, and cross-training/games.

In addition to physical conditioning, the Academy team works with a mental-performance coach and a nutritionist starting in October. The mental-performance coach works with the athletes on psychological focus, concentration, imagery, self-talk, mental toughness, and pre-performance routines. These mental skills are as critical as physical strength and can significantly enhance performance. Nutrition education also plays a major role in the athletes' well-being and performance.

As the competition season approaches, Rowmarkers look forward to putting their conditioning to the test. Their days will soon be filled: morning academic classes are followed by afternoon ski training, video review, ski tuning, and evenings of homework. Their race schedule takes them all over the country and for some, to Canada and Europe. The extensive travel means Rowmarkers will miss several weeks of school in the winter, testing their organizational, communication, and time-management skills. The athletes know they must make the grade academically before they can make the starting gate at a ski race. Success hinges on the support of the Rowland Hall faculty and their extra efforts of frequent communication, consultation sessions, and exam preparation, all of which enable Rowmarkers to not only survive the academic load but often to excel. We thank our teachers for their commitment.

Our Junior Program has also added some new coaches to our skilled staff. Please welcome Darryl Whitaker as our Academy Prep Head Coach, Merrick Flygare and Eric Dooley-Feldman with our All-Star team, and Richie Douglas with our All-Mountain Rippers. Junior Program athletes completed a productive fall-conditioning phase and kick off their on-snow prep period with the Sun Valley camp. We have an exciting race series this year—please come out and support our Junior Rowmarkers as they go for the gold!

Our Academy and Junior Program develop young athletes to their fullest potential. This takes place on the race course, in the classroom, and everywhere in between. Working together as a team, building character, embracing struggle, and committing to personal and academic excellence all set our program apart. We look forward to the challenges and successes of the approaching season.


Rowmark Junior Program: Season Roundup Winter 2018

The Rowmark Junior Program had extraordinary success this year! From the older eighth grade Academy Prep skiers to the young All-Mountain Rippers, there were podium finishes and medals galore. This is a true testament to the hard work the athletes and coaches put in all year.

Read on for season highlights.


Academy Prep

The following students qualified for the U14 Western Region Championships that took place in Jackson, WY: Harry Hoffman, Preston Bolus, Jack AbuHaidar, Ford Hodgkins, and Ian Hanrahan.

Leading the charge was Harry Hoffman, winning both the super-G and giant slalom (GS). Preston Bolus placed 3rd in the super-G followed by Jack AbuHaidar in 4th and Ian Hanrahan in 9th. Other top-10 finishes included Jack AbuHaidar placing 3rd in the giant slalom and Ford Hodgkins finishing 10th. All five boys collected medals, which was an amazing feat. Harry Hoffman's results qualified him for the U16 National Championships where he will join Rowmark Academy teammates Mary Bocock, Lindley Friedman, and Carter Louchheim in Mission Ridge, WA.

Preston Bolus and Jack AbuHaidar qualified to the 2018 Whistler Cup in Canada April 12-16. This prestigious International Children's event hosts athletes from all over the world. Harry Hoffman will also be competing with his home country of Australia.

Qualifying for the Tri-Divisional Championships at Snowbasin, UT were Arden Louchheim, Kate Altman, Davern Cigarran, Remy Mickelson, Molly Friedman, Hayley Brathwaite, Frank Stearns, and Angus Percy. The weather started off pretty wild with plenty of rain, forcing the cancellation of the super-G. In the GS, Arden Louchheim put together two great runs to capture first place! In the SL event, teammate Molly Friedman won, followed by Arden in 3rd and Kate Altman 5th.


The All-Stars consist of U10 and U12 skiers. Qualifying from this group to the U10/U12 Intermountain (IMD) Champs were Kaia Brickson, Sophia Hijjawi, Kirsten Mannelin, Pippa Brathwaite, Lucy Nolan, Morgan Jacquin, Alan Dugan, Henry Cunningham, Jack Zipp, Cooper Percy, Anders Silitch, Lukas Postnieks, Chase Dennis, Jack Hoffman and Cael Eley. The event was held at Grand Targhee in Wyoming and consisted of a GS, SL, dual event and crazy, ever-changing weather.

In the SL event Alan Dugan tied for 3rd place, while Kaia Brickson finished 4th. Henry Cunningham finished 14th, Jack Zipp 15th and Anders Silitch 19th. In the GS, Henry Cunningham finished 8th, Jack Zipp 16th and Alan Dugan 20th.

For the U10's, Sophia Hijjawi finished 3rd in GS and 6th in the SL, Pippa Brathwaite finished 8th in GS and 11th in SL, Lukas Postnieks finished 1st in the SL, Chase Dennis finished 4th in SL and 12th in GS, while Cael Eley finished 8th in the GS.

To top off the weekend, Olympian and Rowmark Alumna Breezy Johnson '13 stopped by to give words of encouragement.

All-Mountain Rippers (AMR)

Our AMR group had success throughout the season starting with the YSL race on our home hill at Park City. They continued their development and finished the season with two outstanding races: Brian Head Utah and Bogus Basin Idaho. Congrats to Noah Helms, Julian Bamberger, Chase Noteware, Andrew Hanrahan, Eli Rankin, Henry Damico, and Wyatt Williams!


Despite Limited Local Snow, Rowmarkers Keep Collecting Medals


This year could be summed up as the winter that wasn't! After record-breaking snowfall last season, the 2017-2018 season was the complete opposite. Most of the Intermountain West suffered a snow drought for a good portion of the season, so the skiers had to travel extensively in the beginning of the year to find snow for training. Rowmark only trained a handful of times in the Eagle Race Arena at Park City Mountain. Luckily, there was no drought in the medal count for the Rowmark Ski Academy athletes.


U19 Roundup

Women's Head Coach – Jim Tschabrun
Men's Head Coach – Dave Kerwynn
Women's Assistant Coach – Mary Joyce
Men's Assistant Coach – Brian Morgan

Once again, the Rowmark women's U19 team showed their strength by placing strong at regional and national events all year.

Senior Australian sensation Madison Hoffman competed in numerous Nor Am and FIS U competitions all over the country and Canada, scoring in the top 10. When competing in Regional FIS races at Snowbird she managed a first and second place in the slaloms along with a victory in the giant slalom (GS). Madison was often accompanied by PG athlete Katie Vesterstein '17, whose main focus was competing in the FIS U races this year. Katie has signed a letter of intent with the University of Utah starting next fall. Fellow senior and US Ski team member Katie Hensien also had an extraordinary year finishing second in a Nor Am Slalom, fourth in the World Jr. Championship Slalom and starting in two World Cup Slaloms.

Juniors Elena Zipp and Anya Mulligan have had a fantastic season to date, with many top three finishes in the Regional FIS circuit. A highlight was when they both tied for first in GS at the Wild West classic in Jackson, WY! More podiums were captured when they traveled to chilly Lutsen, MN along with fellow teammate, Senior Camryn Glick. The Lutsen race series included top Jr. skiers and college athletes from around the country. All three girls—Glick, Zipp and Mulligan—had many fast runs with top three finishes. Junior Anya Biskupiak and Senior Addie Beasley fought hard this season, with some respectable finishes and brilliant runs. Both qualified for the Western Region Jr. Championships.

Unfortunately, the squad suffered some injuries. After a strong early start with third place in GS at the Australian Junior National Championships, Captain Lucy Neill was unable to compete due to concussions. Sophomore Eliza Hodgkins, who was coming off a stellar soccer season for Rowland Hall, suffered a season-ending ACL tear in January. Freshman Mary Clancy suffered a season ending injury in January. Still, seven out of 10 Rowmark women landed on an International podium this year, which is the best depth the team has had in the past five years.

On the men's side, Senior Scottie Bocock racked up some serious mileage traveling to numerous race series. Scottie has been competing in the US Ski Team's National Performance Series, which includes various camps and competitions with other boys his age from all over the country. With many top 10 finishes to date, Scottie's best series has been the Western Region Jr. Championships (WRJC) in Schweitzer, ID where he placed first and second in the GS and sixth in the SL and the super-G. Other boys qualifying to the WRJC in Schweitzer, ID were Andrei Dan, Jake Bleil (injured), Greg Olszanskyj, Liam Michael, Alex Percy, and Ned Friedman. Senior Liam Michael placed fifth and sixth in super-G along with an eight in the GS. Liam had numerous top 20 results in FIS races this year, as well as some crashes.

PG athlete Nick Fontaine '17 rounded out his season with two trips to Lutsen, MN for FIS races, where he finished fourth in the SL and sixth in the GS. Nick also scored two top-10 finishes at the Wild West FIS series in Jackson, WY. One of the hardest working athletes in the weight room, Nick looks to finish out strong this season. Captain Daniel Mulligan was unfortunately sidelined most of the season with a chronic hip injury and looks get back to conditioning this spring.

The Men's squad has a few races series left this season at Mammoth Mountain, Aspen, and Snowbird.

U16 Roundup

Todd Brickson – Head Coach
Skip Puckett – Assistant Coach

The U16 group had another incredible year! The U16 Rowmarkers were on numerous podiums during the season-long IMD qualifying series.

Competing in the U16 Western Regional Championship in Alyeska, Alaska were Mary Bocock, Dagny Brickson, Lindley Friedman, Charlotte Altman, Danika Mannelin, Ellie Nichols, Zoe Michael, Alex Deubel, Nick Orfanakis, Tommy Hoffman, Carter Louchheim, and Jimmy Bocock.

Rowmark scored great results under perfect weather, hard snow, and breathtaking views in every direction. To start off the week, Tommy Hoffman and Mary Bocock both won the SkillsQuest competition. Lindley Friedman skied to a fourth place in the Slalom and 26th in GS. Carter Louchheim was seventh in the GS and fourth in the super-G. Jimmy Bocock was 12th in the GS, 14th in the SL and 25th in the super-G. Ellie Nichols was seventh in the GS and Alex Deubel was 27th in the super-G. Nick Orfanakis moved up to 29th in the SL and won the Hard Charger Award in the super-G, starting 80th and finishing 38th. Mary Bocock then finished off the week with a convincing victory in the super-G.

Qualifying for the upcoming U16 National Championships is Mary Bocock, Lindley Friedman, Carter Louchheim, along with seventh grader Harry Hoffman who dominated at the U14 Championships. The event will be held March 30 – April 4 in Mission Ridge, WA.

*Update 4/1/18: Mary Bocock won the Super-G at the U16 Nationals in Mission Ridge, WA!

The U16s will wind down their season at the last Intermountain Division (IMD) open races scheduled for Snowbird in April.

For more results and photos, please visit Rowmark Ski Academy Facebook page.


Year-Round Training Prepares Rowmarkers for the Race Season
By Todd Brickson, Rowmark Program Director

Ski racing is a sport with no downtime. Our team, consisting of many of the best junior ski racers and student-athletes nationwide, participates in a rigorous year-round training program that keeps our athletes in optimal physical and mental condition as they prepare for race season to begin in December. Non-ski racers are often surprised to learn of the available options to ski during the summer and fall months in various locations worldwide. In June, we kicked off our on-snow camps at Mammoth Mountain, California. In late July, we traveled to the Southern Hemisphere where our U19s attended a successful camp in New Zealand while our U16s traveled to Mt. Hood, Oregon for an on-snow camp before the start of school. Rowmark wrapped up November with an on-snow ski camp in Mammoth, California, and we are looking forward to snow full-time at Park City and Snowbird from December to April. The Rowmarkers worked hard at all of the camps, and our coaches saw solid technical and tactical improvements and strong team bonding across our roster.

One of the many special attributes of Rowmark is the way the athletes work together and support one another through all aspects of their Rowmark experience. The team takes advantage of the opportunity to work together, support one another, and cement their personal and team goals at the annual Rowmark Orientation Trip in September where they spend two days and one night rafting and paddle boarding on the Green River. This trip brings our athletes together in an unfamiliar and dynamic environment where individuals can get to know each other in new ways and challenge themselves physically and socially. The event helped identify our team captains for the year, as elected by their peers. This year's captains are Scottie Bocock, Camryn Glick, Daniel Mulligan, and Lucy Neill.

A commitment to year-round physical conditioning is a critical component to optimal performance on snow. Head conditioning coach Jim Tschabrun directs a dynamic physical training program that includes facets such as strength/power, cardiovascular, plyometrics, quickness and coordination, flexibility, and cross-training/games. This fall, three Rowmarkers broke or tied physical testing records: Mary Bocock broke TWO records; the 20M Shuttle run record with a level of 12.4 and broke the Liberty Park 1.5 mile run record with a time of 9:41. Nick Fontaine broke the 20M Shuttle run record with a level of 14.3, and Liam Michael broke the 5x1 Leg jump (right) with a jump of 49'5". Congratulations!

In addition to daily physical conditioning, the team trains with a mental performance coach from October through the winter season. The mental performance coach works with the athletes on psychological toughness, control, focus and concentration, imagery, self-talk, and pre-performance routines. An athlete's mental toughness is as important as their physical strength and can significantly enhance their performance.

As the winter competition season approaches, Rowmarkers are looking forward to putting their summer and fall conditioning to the test. Their days will soon be filled beginning to end. Morning academic classes are followed by afternoon ski training, video review, ski tuning, and evenings of homework. Their race schedule takes them all over the country and for some, to Canada and Europe. The extensive travel causes Rowmarkers to miss several weeks of school throughout the winter, testing their organizational, communication, and time-management skills. The athletes know they must make the grade academically before they can make the starting gate at a ski race. Success hinges on the support of the Rowland Hall faculty, and their extra efforts of frequent communication, consultation sessions, and exam preparation allow the Rowmarkers to not only survive the academic load, but often to excel. A big thank you goes out to these teachers for their commitment to making this happen.

Our program focuses on developing young athletes to their fullest potential. This process takes place on the race course, in the classroom, and all points in between. Working together as a team, building character, embracing struggle, and committing to personal and academic excellence is what sets our program apart. We are looking forward to the challenges and successes of the approaching season.

2017-18 Rowmark Ski Academy Athletes and Staff

Female Athletes (Name, YOB, Grade, Hometown)

Mary Bocock, 03-U16, 8, Salt Lake City, UT

Dagny Brickson, 03-U16, 9, Park City, UT

Lindley Friedman, 03-U16,9, Fayston, VT

Charlotte Altman, 02-U16, 9, New York City, NY

Mary Clancy, 02-U16, 9 Jackson, WY

Danika Mannelin, 02-U16, 10, Portland, OR

Ellie Nichols, 02-U16, 10, Park City, UT

Zoe Michael, 02-U16, 10, Sydney, Australia

Eliza Hodgkins, 01-U19, 10, Boston, MA

Anya Biskupiak, 01-U19, 11, Park City, UT

Anya Mulligan, 01-U19, 11, Jackson, WY

Elena Zipp, 01-U19, 11, New York City, NY

Madison Hoffman, 00-U19, 12, Sydney, Australia

Camryn Glick, 00-U19, 12, Glen Wild, NY

Lucy Neill, 00-U19, 12, Sydney, Australia

Addison Beasley, 00-U19, 12, Bend, OR

Katie Hensien, 99-U19, 12, Seattle, WA (US Ski Team)

Katie Vesterstein 99-U19, PG, Duluth, MN

Male Athletes
(Name, YOB, Grade, Hometown)

Alex Deubel, 03-U16, 8, Hartland, WI

Gus Percy, 03-U16, 8, Melbourne, Australia

Nick Orfanakis, 03-U16, 9, Salt Lake City, UT

Tommy Hoffman, 02-U16, 9, Sydney, Australia

Carter Louchheim, 02-U16, 10, Park City, UT

Jimmy Bocock, 02-U16, 10, Salt Lake City, UT

Andrei Dan, 01-U19, 10, Salt Lake City, UT

Ned Friedman, 01-U19, 11, Fayston, VT

Greg Olszanskyj, 01-U16, 11, Salt Lake City, UT

Jake Bleil, 01-U19, 11, Park City, UT

Scottie Bocock, 00-U19, 12, Salt Lake City, UT

Liam Michael, 99-U19, 12, Sydney, Australia

Daniel Mulligan, 99-U19, 12, Jackson, WY

Alex Percy, 99-U19, 12, Melbourne, Australia

Nick Fontaine, 98-U19, PG, Duluth, MN


Todd Brickson- Director and Head U16 Coach

Sarah Getzelman- Team Manager

Dave Kerwynn- Head Men's U19-21 Coach

Jim Tschabrun- Head Women's U19-21 Coach, Head Conditioning Coach

Skip Puckett- U16 Coach, Equipment Manager, Conditioning Coach

Brian Morgan- Men's U19-21 Coach, Conditioning Coach, Head Academic Coordinator

Mary Joyce- Women's U19-21 Coach, Conditioning Coach, Academic Coordinator

Rowmark Junior Program Kicks Off Season

By Troy Price, Rowmark Junior Program Director

The Rowmark Junior Program, comprised of three teams, has committed hours of mental and physical conditioning work to prepare for the upcoming race season yet. The student-athletes are ready and excited for the snow to fall.

All Mountain Rippers – Enrollment Open until Dec 15th.

Coach Jay Sawyer reports that our All Mountain Rippers (AMR) team, comprised of athletes ages 9-11, has been working hard building character and muscle! Cardio and agility have been the themes this fall, as well as setting personal goals in workouts and on snow. We would like to send a special thank you to Coach Megan for leading our dryland training sessions. The AMR team also had the opportunity to learn about mountain safety with a visit from Frankie the ski patrol dog. Strong comradery and personal bests have led to an all-time high in team spirit!

All Star and Academy Prep

Our All Star and Academy Prep student-athletes, ranging in ages from 10-14, had a remarkable 6-day on-snow camp in Mammoth, California in June. Athletes have been working hard on their physical conditioning all summer and into our fall dryland training. The Academy Prep student-athletes train four days a week after school and were joined by our All-Star team two days a week. The focus was on cross-training and building strength while increasing aerobic and anaerobic capacity through circuits and weight training. These conditioning sessions provided a positive team environment, and team-building skills allowed athletes to strengthen their team spirit. This essential part of the program builds trust, confidence, and friendship. We are gearing up for our annual fall ski camp. The Academy Prep athletes hit Loveland Colorado on Nov 11-12 for an early season prep camp. Plus new this year for the All Stars is a training trip to Sun Valley Nov 17-22. With winter just around the corner, everyone is very excited to ski at Park City and other local resorts.

We are pleased that all three head coaches are returning to lead our program through another successful season: Hailey Duke - Academy Prep, Penny Hietala – All Stars, and Jay Sawyer – All Mountain Rippers. We also have two new coaches: Eric Brandolini will join the Academy Prep coaching staff, and Rowmark Alumni Carl Noble will be joining the All Star coaching staff.

Skiing is a lifelong sport to be enjoyed with family and friends of all ages. Our young skiers develop their talents and create memories they'll cherish long after their racing days are over. Rowmark Junior Program's highly qualified coaches focus on helping students build confidence, self-discipline, team camaraderie, and sportsmanship on and off the hill. Our program is designed to foster a lifelong appreciation of alpine skiing and racing. We strive to offer students a fun skiing experience in a safe, positive learning environment.

This philosophy is applied based on age and ability and offers a progression whereby skiing days and race involvement increases as the skier's age and commitment level grows. The Rowmark Junior Program serves Rowland Hall students, ages 9-14 (3rd grade through 8th grade) on three teams, offering a natural progression of increased commitment and focus on competition as ability and skill improve.

2017-18 Rowmark Junior Program Athletes and Staff

Academy Prep
Jack AbuHaidar
Preston Bolus
Ford Hodgkins
Remy Mickelson
Frank Stearns
Kate Altman
Iam Hanrahan
Layla Hijjawi
Harry Hoffman
Arden Louchheim
Hayley Brathwaite
Davern Cigarran
Molly Friedman

All Starts
Adrian Lazzi
Alan Dugan
Dean Hijjawi
Morgan Jacquin
Gwendolyn Newport
Anders Silitch
Kaia Brickson
Henry Cunningham
WIll Damico
Jack Hoffman
Jack Zipp
Pippa Brathwaite
Kirsten Mannelin
Lucy Nolan
Cooper Percy
Milan Mickelson
Chase Dennis
Cael Eley
Sophia Hijjawi
Lukas Postnieks

All Mountain Rippers
Noah Helms
Chase Noteware
Julian Bamberger
Henry Damico
Andrew Hanrahan
Eli Rankin
Wyatt Williams

Coaching Staff
Troy Price – Junior Program Director
Hailey Duke – Academy Prep Head Coach
Anna Jobe – Academy Prep Coach
Eric Brandolini – Academy Prep Coach
Penny Hietala – All Star Head Coach
Karina Schwartznau – All Star Coach
Carl Noble – All Star Coach
Jay Sawyer – All Mountain Ripper Head Coach
Megan Hanrahan – All Mountain Ripper Coach
Courtney McCabe – All Mountain Ripper Coach

Alpine ski racers come to Salt Lake City from across the country—and sometimes across the globe—to join Rowland Hall's Rowmark Ski Academy. We're proud of our team, which includes many of the best junior ski racers and student-athletes nationwide. Good luck to this exceptional group of young people as winter approaches.

2017-2018 Rowmark Ski Academy Athletes and Staff

Female Athletes
Name; YOB; Grade; Hometown
Mary Bocock; 03-U16; eighth grade; Salt Lake City, UT
Dagny Brickson; 03-U16; ninth grade; Park City, UT
Lindley Friedman; 03-U16; ninth grade; Fayston, VT / Park City, UT
Charlotte Altman; 02-U16; ninth grade; New York City, NY / Park City, UT
Mary Clancy; 02-U16 ninth grade; Jackson, WY
Danika Mannelin; 02-U16; tenth grade; Portland, OR / Park City, UT
Ellie Nichols; 02-U16; tenth grade; Park City, UT
Zoe Michael; 02-U16; tenth grade; Sydney, Australia / Park City, UT
Eliza Hodgkins; 01-U19; tenth grade; Boston, MA / Park City, UT
Anya Biskupiak; 01-U19; eleventh grade; Park City, UT
Anya Mulligan; 01-U19; eleventh grade; Jackson, WY / Salt Lake City, UT
Elena Zipp; 01-U19; eleventh grade; New York City, NY / Park City, UT
Madison Hoffman; 00-U19; twelfth grade; Sydney, Australia / Park City, UT
Camryn Glick; 00-U19; twelfth grade; Glen Wild, NY / Park City, UT
Lucy Neill; 00-U19; twelfth grade; Sydney, Australia / Park City, UT
Addison Beasley; 00-U19; twelfth grade; Bend, OR / Park City, UT
Katie Hensien; 99-U19; twelfth grade; Seattle, WA / Park City, UT
Katie Vesterstein; 99-U19; PG; Duluth, MN

Male Athletes
Name; YOB; Grade; Hometown
Alex Deubel; 03-U16; eighth grade; Hartland, Wisconsin
Gus Percy; 03-U16; eighth grade; Melbourne, Australia / Park City, UT
Nick Orfanakis; 03-U16; ninth grade; Salt Lake City, UT
Tommy Hoffman; 02-U16; ninth grade; Sydney, Australia / Park City, UT
Carter Louchheim; 02-U16; tenth grade; Park City, UT
Jimmy Bocock; 02-U16; tenth grade; Salt Lake City, UT
Andrei Dan; 01-U19; tenth grade; Salt Lake City, UT
Ned Friedman; 01-U19; eleventh grade; Fayston, VT / Park City, UT
Greg Olszankyj; 01-U19; eleventh grade; Salt Lake City, UT
Jake Bleil; 01-U19; eleventh grade; Los Angeles, CA / Park City, UT
Scottie Bocock; 00-U19; twelfth grade; Salt Lake City, UT
Liam Michael; 99-U19; twelfth grade; Sydney, Australia / Park City, UT
Daniel Mulligan; 99-U19; twelfth grade; Jackson, WY / Salt Lake City, UT
Alex Percy; 99-U19; twelfth grade; Melbourne, Australia / Park City, UT
Nicholas Fontaine; 98-U21; PG; Duluth, MN / Salt Lake City, UT

Todd Brickson: Director and Head U16 Coach
Sarah Getzelman: Team Manager
Dave Kerwynn: Head Men's U19-21 Coach
Jim Tschabrun: Head Women's U19-21 Coach, Head Conditioning Coach
Skip Puckett: U16 Coach, Conditioning Coach, Equipment Manager
Brian Morgan: Men's U19-21 Coach, Conditioning Coach, Head Academic Coordinator
Mary Joyce: Women's U19-21 Coach, Conditioning Coach, Academic Coordinator

Rowmark Spring 2017 Awards

Top-10 race results in championship events


Scottie Bocock: 5th, 4th, three 3rds, 1st
Nick Fontaine: 5th
Sommer Glasgow: 3rd
Katie Hensien: 5th, 4th, 2nd, four 1sts (13 FIS point results in the 30s or lower, five in the 20s and two in the teens)
Madi Hoffman: three 5ths, 3rd, two 2nds
Ellie Martin: 5th and 2nd
Liam Michael: two 4ths, 3rd, 2nd, 1st
Lucy Neill: 5th
Ned Neill: 3rd
Katie Vesterstein: three 3rds, 2nd, three 1sts
Hannah West: 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st
Sofia Yubero: 4th

Western Region Team 2017
Katie Hensien, Katie Vesterstein, Hannah West, and Sofia Yubero

Western Region Junior Championships 2017 in Schweitzer, ID
Scottie Bocock: 10th in Super-G, 3rd in GS, 1st in GS
Nick Fontaine: 5th in SL
Daniel Mulligan
Liam Michael: 4th and 9th in SL, 3rd in Super-G, 2nd and 4th in GS, 1st in the Overall
Ned Neill: 10th in SL
Alex Percy

NorAms 2017
Sommer Glasgow
Katie Hensien: 10th overall in SL, 1st U19 in that race
Katie Vesterstein: 3rd U18 in SL, scored her 1st NorAm points
Hannah West: 10th, 9th, 7th in DH

Canadian Nationals 2017
Hannah West: 5th in DH


Jimmy Bocock: four 1sts
Andrei Dan: 5th, 3rd, 2nd
Tommy Hoffman: 4th, 1st
Danika Mannelin: 4th, two 2nds
Zoe Michael: 5th
Anya Mulligan: 5th, two 3rds, 2nd
Greg Olszanskyj: three 5ths, 3rd
Elena Zipp: three 5ths, two 4ths, two 3rds, 2nd

U16 Regional Championships 2016 in Big Sky, MT
Jake Bleil
Andrei Dan
Ned Friedman: 2nd SkillsQuest
Carlos Getzelman: won Hard Charger Award from the 70th start position to 17th place in GS
Eliza Hodgkins
Tommy Hoffman: 6th SkillsQuest
Carter Louchheim: won Hard Charger Award from the 80th start position to 10th in Super-G
Danika Mannelin: 4th in SL, 3rd SkillsQuest
Zoe Michael
Anya Mulligan: 7th in GS
Ellie Nichols
Greg Olszanskyj: 5th in Super-G, 5th in GS and 3rd in SkillsQuest
Elena Zipp: 10th in SL, 6th in GS

U14-16 Tri-Divisional Championships 2016 at Snowbird, UT
Jimmy Bocock: four 1sts including the Overall

U16 National Championships 2016 in Sugarloaf, ME
Carter Louchheim
Danika Mannelin
Greg Olszanskyj
Elena Zipp: 3rd in SkillsQuest

Whistler Cup Team 2016 in Whistler, Canada
Tommy Hoffman and Zoe Michael

Rowmark Annual Awards 2017

  • Conditioning Award: Nick Fontaine, Katie Hensien, and Greg Olszanskyj
  • Most Improved: Greg Olszanskyj and Liam Michael
  • Northrop Award (for achievement in speed skiing and academics): Ellie Martin
  • Hank Shipman Perseverance Award: Jimmy Bocock
  • Sportsmanship: Madi Hoffman
  • Olle Larsson Skier of the Year Award (for achievement in ski racing, character, and work ethic): Katie Hensien
  • Senior Award (for outstanding leadership, character, and academic and ski racing achievement): Nick Fontaine

Rowmark Academy’s Junior Program had an incredibly successful season. Our student-athletes have competed in many local, regional, national, and even international competitions over the last three months and raced to numerous personal bests.

The Rowmark Junior Program has qualified many athletes to their respective championship events.  “I’m so proud of our team's success at our championship events. The success is a reflection of the hard work of the athletes, on and off the hill, as well as, the strong community support from their parents and Rowland Hall”, said program director Troy Price.

During the Rowland Hall spring break, including St. Patrick’s Day, the athletes collected gold at every race. See below for details. 

U14 Western Regional Championships - Our athletes competed against the best U14's in the western states at the U14 Western Region Championships held in Alpine Meadows, CA. Perseverance through tough and inconsistent conditions led some athletes to their best finishes of the season at this event. Congratulations to the athletes who qualified and competed in this race: Mary Bocock, Dagny Brickson, Lindley Friedman, Nick Orfanakis, and Harry Hoffman.  


Mary Bocock: 1st in Super G, 1st in GS, 1st in Slalom, 1st in Skills Quest, qualified for U16 Nationals in Sugarloaf as the fastest U14 woman in the Western Region.

Nick Orfanakis: 8th in Super G, 3rd on second run of slalom w/hike first run, 5th first run GS then fell the second run. Incredible skiing and capable of hitting the podium in every event.

Lindley Friedman: 8th in GS, 3rd on the first run of slalom and straddle second run. Confidence kept building and skiing kept getting faster and faster!

Dagny Brickson: 3rd in Skills Quest. Solid skiing throughout series but lost a ski in her best event, Slalom, on first run. Watch out world Dagny has slalom turns that will crush!

Harry Hoffman: 17th in Super G, 2nd for first year U14's. The wild man had incredibly fast turns including a front flip plus yard sale and a straddle leaving a nasty welt. Harry Hoffman has the speed in all events!


U14/U16 Tri-Divisional Championships - Jimmy Bocock qualified for the Tri-Divisional Championships at Snowbird and dominated! Along with winning all three races, Super-G, GS and SL, Jimmy took the overall title for the series! Garrett Glasgow and Gus Percy achieved personal bests at this championship this race. Congratulations to all of the athletes who qualified: Jimmy Bocock, Charlotte Altman, Sadie AbuHaidar, Kate Altman, Garrett Glasgow, Gus Percy, Ford Hodgkins, and Ian Hanrahan. 

IMD Divisional Championship – The All Stars had a fantastic season culminating in the IMD Championships at Park City Mountain. Ten All Star’s qualified for the championship race. The U10’s came out strong with a GOLD from Jack Hoffman in the GS and 5th place from Copper Percy. The U12’s skied to some personal bests against a tough field with the top kids from Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.  Arden Louchheim ripped some amazing runs to finish 2nd in the GS dual on Sunday. Congratulations to the athletes who qualified:  Arden Lounchheim, Molly Friedman, Morgan Jacquin, Kaia Brickson, Lucy Nolan, Jack Hoffman, Cooper Percy, Jack Zipp, Alan Dugan, and Henry Cunningham.

YSL Champs - One of the larger groups of the Junior Program, the AMRs had a fantastic season competing in many South Series and Youth Ski League (YSL) competitions throughout the Wasatch Range. The YSL Championships held in Brianhead, UT was very successful for the Rowmark athletes. They demonstrated their progress by skiing to their ability level and beyond. Sophia Hijjawi collected another GOLD in the SL on Sunday, and earned the overall title. This was a remarkable race with seven of the ten Rowmarkers on the podium, and the entire team supported by parents and loved ones.  

IMD Finals – Once again Rowmarkers collected GOLD at the IMD finals hosted in Snowbasin, UT. Frank Stearns won the SL for the U14 SL, Cael Eley won the U10 GS on Saturday, and Ben Urwin finished 4th in the GS.

International competitions – Harry Hoffman will represent both his home country of Australia and Rowmark in the Internationals Children’s races at Whistler April 14-15. Good luck, Harry!


What’s Next?

We still have a few more spring races on our schedule. Mary Bocock qualified for Nationals held at Sugarloaf Maine March 31-April 4.  The 8th graders will ski in a spring series at Snowbird on April 8-12.  Kate Altman, Ford Hodgkins, and Ian Hanrahan have been invited to a Divisional Development Camp on April 7-10, in Grand Targhee, WY. Our season will conclude with our annual awards banquet on April 20th. On June 10th, our athletes will be back on snow for our summer ski camp in Mammoth CA.

Special thanks to all the parents for providing a supporting and fun community as we focus on improving skiing skills, enjoying time with classmates, providing professional coaching, and fostering a lifelong appreciation for skiing while utilizing ski racing as a tool to teach many life lessons.




A Season of Abundant Snow and Victorious Races for Academy Skiers

As the end of March approaches many Rowmark Academy skiers are still hard at work, competing in numerous race series and championships all over the country.

The skiers enjoyed light Utah powder this year, which is always a blast.

The Rowmark U19's encountered some challenging course conditions and raced in snow, rain and fog. This group has a very demanding travel schedule and the level of competition on this circuit is always top notch. The U16's have a comparatively less demanding travel schedule, but the level of competition on this circuit this year has also been high. Even with tough competition, our student-athletes grabbed podium and top ten finishes in all series.

U16 Team Roundup
Head Coach Todd Brickson and Assistant Coach Skip Puckett

The performances by the U16 group have been consistently high-they've enjoyed victories and podium results at the season-long Intermountain U16 qualifier series.

Thirteen skiers qualified for the U16 Western Region Championships in Big Sky, Montana, including Anya Mulligan, Elena Zipp, Zoe Michael, Eliza Hodgkins, Ellie Nichols, Danika Mannelin, Greg Olszanskyj, Carlos Getzelman, Tommy Hoffman, Andrei Dan, Carter Louchheim, Jake Bleil and Ned Friedman.

Standout performances included:

Super G (SG)

12th Anya Mulligan

15th Elena Zipp

16th Zoe Michael

5th Greg Olszanskyj

10th Carter Louchheim (received Hard Charger award for starting 80th!)

17th Tommy Hoffman

19th Carlos Getzelman

Giant Slalom (GS)

6th Elena Zipp

7th Anya Mulligan

15th Danika Mannelin

5th Greg Olszanskyj

17th Carlos Getzelman (received Hard Charger award for starting 75th)

Slalom (SL)

4th Danika Mannelin

10th Elena Zipp

14th Anya Mulligan

Congratulations to Danika Mannelin, Elena Zipp, Greg Olszanskyj, Carter Louchheim and Middle School Rowmarker Mary Bocock for qualifying for the U16 National Championships at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine at the end of March!

Jimmy Bocock qualified for the Tri-Divisional Championships at Snowbird and dominated! Along with winning all three races, Super-G, GS and SL, Jimmy took the overall title for the series!

The U16s will wind down their season at the last Intermountain Division (IMD) open races scheduled for Snowbird April 8-12.

U19 Team Round Up

Girls Head Coach Jim Tschabrun and Assistant Coach Mary Joyce; and Boys Head Coach Dave Kerwynn and Assistant Coach Brian Morgan

Competing regionally and nationally, the young women of Rowmark's U19 team represent one of the strongest girls U19 teams in the country. Junior sensation Katie Hensien had numerous outstanding results. Her strongest finish was at the NorAm Continental Cup Finals in Quebec. In a deep international field, Katie finished 10th place in SL (3rd American, and 1st American U19) scoring a 19 point FIS result! Katie and teammates, Hannah West, Katie Vesterstein, and Madison Hoffman swept the podium a few times this year; at the FIS races in Jackson, WY and in Lutsen, MN.

Katie Hensien, Hannah West, Katie Vesterstein, Madison Hoffman, and Ellie Martin qualified for the U.S. National Championships at Sugarloaf, Maine. Senior Sofia Yubero who has been on the injured reserve list all season, has been working hard and will be back on the slopes this summer.

The U19 boys also boast impressive season results. For boys especially, the first years of International Ski Federation (FIS) racing are extremely tough, with intense competition from deep fields comprised of older athletes. Skiers face an ongoing battle at every race to move up the start list. Junior Australian Liam Michael qualified for the 2017 Asian Winter games held in Sapporo Japan. Liam competed against 23 countries, scoring 7th in the GS and 9th in slalom! What an experience. Seniors Nick Fontaine and Ned Neill travelled to Duluth, Minnesota to compete in the Atmore Mid Am FIS cup, also with some great results.

The 2017 Western Region U19-21 Junior Championships (WRJC) was held in Schweitzer, Idaho. Qualifying for the event was Nick Fontaine, Ned Neill, Calen Carron, Alex Percy, Daniel Mulligan, Liam Michael and Scottie Bocock. Despite fog and rain the skiers stepped up to the plate. For the U19 Boys, Scottie Bocock and Liam Michael led the charge. Liam had a great week with a 3rd in Super-G, 2nd and 4th in GS, 4th and 8th in SL and taking the gold as the Overall WRJC champion. Scottie was third in the first GS and won the second GS for his first victory of his young FIS career. Nick Fontaine finished the series with a strong 5th place in SL. Also scoring top twenty finishes were Ned Neill with a 10th and Daniel Mulligan with a 20th in the final SL race on Tuesday.

The U19 girls raced in the Rocky/Central Junior FIS Championships in Winter Park, CO. For the U19 Girls, Lucy Neill and Camryn Glick finished consistently in the top twenty with Lucy skiing to 11th and 14th in GS and Camryn finished 17th three times out of four races against a sturdy field.

In mid-March, the U19s competed in a five-day Western Region FIS series in Sun Valley, Idaho. Competitions include two giant slalom and three slalom races. Many college athletes hot off the NCAA Championships dominated the deep field. On our girls side, placing in the top 10 for the U19s was Katie Hensien (2nd, 3rd), Madison Hoffman (1st, 4th, 7th), Camryn Glick (6th, 7th), Lucy Neill (6th, 6th), Hannah West (3rd, 4th, 5th), Katie Vesterstein (5th, 9th ), Sommer Glasgow (9th). Placing in the top 15 for the U19 boys was Nick Fontaine (7th), Scottie Bocock (9th, 11th,13th), Liam Michael (3rd, 13th, 13th), Ned Neill (12th, 14th).

Please check all past results and photos on Rowmark Ski Acadmey Facebook page.

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