Oh my gosh. We’re going sideways in our office. Every moment there’s another change happening. Some teams can’t play because of a Covid outbreak, the bus we had reserved is no longer available, 40% of the certified refs we rely on are out, and the league schedule is changing every five minutes.
We dig in. We adapt. We find ways to make it work, always with the kids and their best interests at heart. The goal—a great learning experience no matter what’s happening that we can’t control. I see the disappointment firsthand from every athlete, coach, and parent when these changes come down.
What I do with this disappointment is what helps make OES who we are. I never lose focus on the fact that our kids are back in action after nearly a year and a half off from a full season of sports.
Last Friday afternoon, I received word that two of the teams in our eight-team volleyball tournament were dropping out for different reasons. At first, I was flustered and annoyed as the entire bracket would need to be rebuilt. As I shredded the documents that were our tournament, I checked myself as I realized that our kids are competing and training and being part of something bigger than themselves and I get to make that happen! These changes and adversities are where the learning of life skills for our athletes are learning, and they will all be better after navigating these times.
I want all of you to know that we are all in this together and we are learning to roll with this new fluid schedule. I ask that you please be patient as these changes come up. I know they blow up your family plans and your schedules alike, but please take pause and know we are all doing our best to build community through sports, and this year that means being resilient and adaptable.
Friday night is Homecoming and we hope to see our masked-up Aardvark fans in the stands bringing the noise for our athletes. Girls soccer at 4:15 p.m. and Boys at 6:15 p.m. Wear your spirit gear to get your yummy desserts courtesy of OES!
Aardvark Sports Corner Highlights
Under the Friday night lights, Varsity Girls Soccer earned a 4-0 win over Mollala. With midfielders Olivia F. ‘22 and Serena S. ‘23 injured, co-captain and senior Nadia S. ‘22 anchored the midfield and spearheaded the attack. Fellow senior and center forward Annie H. ‘22 had a huge game, scoring a hat trick and putting pressure on the opponent in their defensive end. Goalkeeper Cam G. ‘24 secured a shutout for the team, aided by OES’s solid backline. Zoe B. ‘24 also had a fantastic goal off of a free-kick from 40 yards out.
JV girls soccer had their first win of the season on Friday, 4-0 over Molalla! Goals by Sydney S ‘23, Ria K. '24, and a brace (two goals) by Ani H. '23, as well as a shutout for Anna and the defense. The girls played a tough Grant opponent on Tuesday and lost. Pictured: Girls Varsity Soccer under the Friday night lights. Photo: Maddie Evans.
The varsity boys played Scappoose Monday night and came out on top 6-0. Alex C ‘23 scored a goal, Patrick R. ‘22 scored two goals and Connor M. ‘22 had a hat trick. Tonight will be an exciting game vs. cross-town rivals Catlin Gabel in our Homecoming match-up.
The JV boys lost to Grant 0-2 this week but kept their composure during an intense battle and played their hearts out. The JV2 boys faced a challenging 6A in Lincoln on Tuesday. Despite the lopsided score favoring Lincoln, the boys never gave up and kept competing. They are training hard for a key game against Horizon Christian next Tuesday. Pictured: OES Boys Varisty Soccer scores! Photo: Maddie Evans.
XC had a meet at Merriweather on Friday evening they raced against a lot of big schools and gained some valuable experience racing in their first 5K of the season. This race challenged our runners and will help the team as they move through the season. The next race is tonight in Lebanon Oregon. Go Varks!
The volleyball team welcomed five opponents to the first-ever OES Invitational Volleyball tournament on Saturday. The Varks went 3-0 in pool play and went on to win the tourney! The girls battled hard on the road at Horizon Christian on Tuesday night just coming up short in a four-set battle. Pictured: OES Invitational Champions. Photo: Missy Smith.