An amazing winter season has just wrapped up. I first must thank all of our OES coaches, volunteers, and parents who make these sports experiences for our athletes not only successful but meaningful. There is no way we would achieve as much as we do without all of you. So thank you from the bottom of my heart.
As we celebrate all the successes the winter sports had this year, I can’t help but wonder what the pressure of competing in a state championship felt like to our athletes. For example, you take senior Annie H., who has never lost a race in Metro Ski racing in her life, and then you take our #16 ranked Girl Basketball Team who fought tooth and nail to get to state the only way possible, or you look at our #7 ranked Boys Basketball Team who play in a league that finished at #2 and #4 at state. Was the pressure the same for all of them as they battled in their quest to win a state title? Did their focus vary? Did they prepare differently?
These are the things I considered as I watched them physically and mentally prepare in the weeks leading up to the competition. The top-ranked Girls Ski Team, with Hendrickson leading the way, felt the pressure to continue their reign and take the team to the podium once again. Meanwhile the Boys Ski Team, who had been in the hunt all year, knew that if they could shave some time off their races there was a chance they could bring home the state trophy with an upset.
The Boys Basketball Team was feeling a different kind of pressure after drawing #2 De La Salle in the first round, a team that was fresh off a victory over #1 ranked Westside. De La Salle had beaten them three previous times this season. The preparation and focus were intense as they faced stiff competition with the team they could not find an answer for this season.
Then there was the young, inexperienced Girls Basketball Team who snuck into the tournament with a late-season rally, feeling loose and confident in their plans to sneak up on a state title.
These athletes were there giving everything they had under completely different circumstances and pressures, but they had one thing in common: they were laying it all on the line to win a championship. The Girls Ski Team found a way with the pressure on them and skied their way into the record books, bringing home the state title. The other teams came up just short, but the experiences will be with all of these young athletes for a lifetime. I celebrate their achievement of advancing to compete at the state level, and I know that when the pressures of life get in their way, they will be ready for battle. No matter what the odds, our kids will be ready to meet their challenges with confidence.
Aardvark Sports Corner Highlights
State Championship! Annie H. '22, Ani H. '23, Sophia M. '23 Celebrating
OES Ski Team
The OES Ski Team just completed a fun ski season with outstanding results! Go Varks!!
Here is a summary:
Metro Ski League Regular Season Results:
The Girls Ski Team charged forward sweeping the Metro League with a 1st Place finish at all six races during the regular season!
1st Place Slalom! - 1st Place GS! - 1st Place Overall!
For Details See Results at: www.metroskileague.org
OES Girls Ski Team Members:
Annie H. ‘22
Sophia M. '23
Annika H. '23
Catherine Z. '23
Lily B. '25
Sonia S. '22
Charlotte G. '25
OES Boys Ski Team battled to finish 3rd Place Overall in Metro League!
2nd Place Slalom! … 3rd Place Giant Slalom! … 3rd Place Overall!
OES Boys Ski Team Members:
Oscar H. '22
Theo S. '24
Seth T-L. '23
Olin G. '23
Jesse L. '23
Will C. '23
John S. '23
Hayden H. '23
Aaron C. '23
Shawn N. '24
OES Ski Team Girls and Boys Together Earned 2nd Place Overall Combined Teams in Metro Ski League!
OISRA State Championship:
Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association with Mt Hood League as Host
For Details See Results at www.OISRA.org
Oregon Episcopal School was well represented by amazing students who stepped up in a challenging competition, bringing home hardware representing their efforts and success. Check out the Trophy Case!
OES Girls are 2022 State Champions!!! (Field of 15 Teams)
1st Place Overall!
1st Place Team Giant Slalom!
4th Place Team Slalom!
OES Boys 2022 State Championship! (Field of 18 Teams)
6th Place Slalom finish!
11th Place Giant Slalom finish!
OES Girls and Boys Combined Overall 3rd Place at 2022 State Championship!
This week the OISRA Team is at the Western Regional Championship Invitation held at Mt. Rose, Reno, NV.
OES Athletes Qualified and Participating:
Annie H. '22
Sophia M. '23
The #16 ranked Varsity Girls Basketball Upset #1 ranked Willamina on the road on their run to the Elite 8 State Tournament in Coos Bay. Cayton S. '23 led all scoring with 39 points. The girls traveled to Coos Bay where they advanced past #9 ranked Cresswell 39-32. The first final four appearances for the Varks who faced a tough Burns team. The Varks came up short in this battle 26-43. In the consolation game, the Varks faced #3 ranked Sutherlin losing 38-62 but still proudly bringing home the 5th place trophy. First girls basketball trophy in program history. Cayton S. '23 was selected 2nd Team All-Tournament averaging 17.7 points a game in the three-day tournament.
Girls Basketball accepting the 5th place trophy.
The # 7 ranked boys took care of business at home in the first round of state taking down #10 Brookings Harbor 61-52. The Varks had their hands full when they faced #2 ranked De La Salle as they moved on to the Elite 8 State tournament in Coos Bay. The boys fell to the Knights 47-76 as De La Salle came out on fire hitting their first six 3 pointers in the first quarter. The boys fell to the constellation bracket where they played in a great back and forth battle against #6 Vale. The boys lost a heartbreaker in overtime 59-60 this game but left everything they had onYh the court.
Boys basketball having dinner with their host family at the Coquille Tribe flat house.