By Sara Watchorn, Head Coach
To close out a highly successful season of swimming competition, the tight knit Winged Lions swim team had great results at the inaugural 2A North Division Championships held on January 29, the boys’ team placing second and the girls’ team capturing third, the team as a whole winning fourteen out of twenty two events and setting multiple State Records!
Event winners included seniors Lachlan Murphy and Alexandra Moore, junior Kelsey Oliver, sophomores Haley Fort, Julia Sanderson, and Maxwell Milavetz, and freshmen Benjamin Willmore and Isaac Landau. Placing in the top two automatically qualified the aforementioned athletes for the State 2A Championships. Top six finishers at the division meet included Eileen Hopf, Donovan Murphy, Ethan Goh, Tarik Basic, and Kenzo Okazaki.
The coaches are very proud of the team and look forward to some more great results at the very first State 2A Championship meet that will be held on February 13 starting at 11 a.m. at Brigham Young University. We hope you will come out and support us!
Fifth Ranked Women’s Basketball Team Remains Undefeated
By Bill Tatomer, Head Coach
The Rowland Hall women’s basketball team is enjoying one of their best seasons in decades, starting the year with a stunning 9-3 record, and a perfect 5-0 record in Region 14 play. Led by senior captains Sarah Birkett and Marisa Eng, sheer speed, relentless grit, and selfless teamwork describe the play exhibited by this group of amazing student athletes.
With only two home games remaining on the schedule, the captains and fellow senior player, Hazel Long, invite all students and fans of the game to come support them as they take the court against rival, Maeser Prep, on Tuesday, February 4 for our annual BLACK OUT game. Additionally, Senior Night is Thursday, February 13. Please come support these determined hoopsters as the team gives a warm home send off to our three incredible senior players. We hope to see you all in the Den...prepare to be impressed!
Men’s Basketball Team Looking for Strong Finish
By Aaron Hinton, Head Coach
The men’s varsity basketball team returned three starters from last year and has a strong influx of younger players to round out a very solid six-man rotation. In the first few weeks of the season, we had several notable victories, including an exciting overtime win against longtime rival, Waterford. Currently, we are 2-3 in Region 14 play and are poised to make some noise in the second half of the region season.
The team is improving every day and is excited about the possibilities for the rest of the season, with hopes to qualify for the state 2A Tournament, the first round to be played at Orem High School on February 22. Fans have two more opportunities to see this exciting group of players in action, with home games on February 7 vs. Waterford and our Senior night matchup vs. Layton Christian Academy on February 12 when we will recognize seniors Chris Nkoy, Drew Dischmann, Kyle Baranko, Malik Adams, and Zeryab Sial. Come help us rock the Den!
Third Annual “Duel in the Pool” a Big Splash!
Each swim season, the Winged Lion swim team invites other Rowland Hall athletic teams to form a relay team to swim in the “Duel in the Pool” each wearing their respective sport uniform.
The event has been a big splash and this year was no exception! Four Rowland Hall teams organized a relay group, including the boys’ soccer (Ted Janes, Sam Oliver, Josh Nkoy, Adam Mannelin); volleyball (Emily Ward, Harper Coleman-Houghton, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Liza Badenhausen); girls’ soccer (Katie White, Mariah Papac, Jessie Barker, Steph Nolan); and the cross country (Emily Sundquist, Ryan Westermann, Eli Oftedal, Nikita Abraham). The cross country was the reigning champion, having won the last two duels, but the boys’ soccer had a strong finish to rule the pool in 2014!
Thanks to swim team captains Alexandra Moore and Lachlan Murphy for organizing this year’s event and kudos to the teams who participated!
Howa Receives UHSAA Distinguished Service Award
Kathy Howa, long-time Rowland Hall coach, was recently honored at a luncheon hosted by the Utah High School Activities Association as one of their Distinguished Service Award recipients for her work with high school athletes and coaches over the past twelve years through her self-created Swing for Life breast cancer fund raising organization. As was stated at the awards ceremony: “The Distinguished Service Award is the UHSAA’s way of saying thank you on behalf of the many whose lives you have touched. We appreciate your passion and dedication to the high school youth whom you serve.”
Coach Howa’s efforts to rally high schools across the state and beyond to raise awareness about breast cancer and find ways to raise funds for research at the Huntsman Cancer Foundation has resulted in the contribution of over $1,000,000 to research efforts and has brought education about the disease to countless young people. In addition to pink events in high school volleyball, basketball, football, baseball, and soccer, the annual Swing for Life Softball Tournament brings together over thirty teams in the spring in what has become a touching show of community service, team bonding, and coming together of on the field rivals all dedicated to raising awareness and funds to battle breast cancer.
Congratulations to Coach Howa on this well-deserved honor.
Academic All-Region and All-State Athletes Named
Each sports season, the Region 14 Board of Managers recognizes senior athletes who are regular starters or performers on the varsity team and who have a 3.75 or higher cumulative, non-weighted GPA with Academic All-Region honors. These athletes are then nominated for Academic All-State recognition by the Utah High School Activities Association, who then selects the top ten nominees as Academic All-State athletes in their sport.
Academic All-Region recipients for our winter sport teams included Chris Nkoy and Zeryab Sial, boys’ basketball; Marisa Eng, girls’ basketball; and Lachlan Murphy and Alexandra Moore, swimming.
The school was recently notified that Lachlan Murphy and Alexandra Moore have been named to the Academic All-State Swim Team and will be recognized with that award at the State 2A Swim Meet to be held at BYU on February 13.
Congratulations to these outstanding student-athletes!
Spring Sports Set to Begin
With only a few weeks remaining until the beginning of spring sport practices (boys’ soccer, track, softball, baseball, girls’ golf, and boys ‘tennis), parents and athletes are reminded that all required athletic forms are due as a packet to the Athletic Department Office by February 10. Information about each sport can be found via the parent portal. Any questions regarding forms should be directed to Athletic Department Administrative Assistant, Pam Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org
Required Parent Meeting dates for each sport have been set and can be accessed by clicking this link.