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!