OES Cross Country Invitational 2021


Many of you are probably wondering who is that new woman on the sidelines of every home game and match this season?  That my friends, is our new certified athletic trainer, Maddie Evans. After the retirement of Joel Grey who was a fixture in our training room for over 37 years, Maddie Evans is now at the helm and has embraced her new job at her old school. Yes, Maddie was a student at OES once upon a time and is now back home taking great care of our student-athletes.

Maddie came to us via Reynolds High School, a school of 2,700 with a football program. She knows how to run a busy training room and is making sure every student-athlete is tended to. Maddie is overseeing all of our ImPact testing, our concussion protocols, and keeping our athletes on the field.  This is no small task as we have turned the corner from hours of sitting on zoom to in-person learning and full-time practices and games. Our athletes went from 0-100 in a split second and this is taking a toll on quarantined bodies. Not to fear there is a new trainer in town and she is up for the challenge.

There is also a buzz in the Farris Hall Fitness Center where our new strength and conditioning coach, Jacob Walbaum is creating, transforming, and implementing a brand new conditioning program for our athletes. He is not only having an impact on our athletes, Jacob is also teaching an after-school P.E. class and Full Body Fitness. Jacob is making his presence felt with his passion for teaching and is challenging our kids to form healthy habits, improve functional mobility, and get stronger all in the end goal of preventing injuries. He brings an abundance of energy to that space and is very excited to be part of the team in our OES Athletic Department.

As of now, his strength crew includes the men’s basketball team, girls volleyball program, girls soccer, and many other athletes that are excited and driven to get bigger, faster, and stronger. Along with Jacob’s new title he has also been on our coaching staff in our lacrosse program for seven. Jacob doesn't sit still well as he fills the rest of his day working part-time as an assistant strength coach at Portland State University. His after-school presence will allow our student-athletes the opportunity to gain functional Mobility, speed, agility, and strength. We are so lucky to have added these two professionals to our athletic program. Our student-athletes will reap the seeds they sow when they put in the time. So let’s go Varks, it’s time to grind!

Aardvark Sports Corner Highlights

Girls Soccer

Girls Soccer

Girls Soccer climbed in the state rankings all the way up to #1 after a 1-0 win over Catlin Gabel. Kate P. ‘24 put in the only goal on a spectacular shot. The girls will battle to hold that number one ranking Friday night in a rematch with Catlin Gabel.

JV girls soccer are honing their skills as they prepare for next week's rivalry match-up with Catlin Gabel. (Pictured: Girls Soccer Homecoming 2021. Photo courtesy of Maddie Evans.)

Boys Soccer

Boys Soccer

Boys Soccer had a very physical matchup with Catlin and came up on the short end of a 0-4 score vs Catlin at the Homecoming doubleheader last Friday under the lights at OES. The boys will get a chance to redeem themselves as they travel to Catlin on Friday night for Catlin’s Homecoming.

JV Boys Soccer traveled to Catlin on Tuesday where they had a rough time matching the physicality of Catlin and coming up on the short side of an 0-8 match. However, they continued to battle throughout the entire game never letting up.

JV2 Boys are on the road tonight to battle Horizon Christian. Good Luck! (Pictured: Boys battling Catlin during Homecoming 2021. Photo courtesy of Maddie Evans.)


Girls Volleyball

Girls Volleyball traveled to Riverdale on Tuesday and won 3-0 in a very quiet gym where no fans are being allowed. Thursday night they hosted Portland Adventist and took care of business quickly with a 3-0 win. The Varks are currently 10-2. Tonight they travel to Catlin for what will be an intense match-up.

JV Girls Volleyball stays undefeated with an easy win over Riverdale Tuesday night and a big win over 6A Barlow on Thursday night.

JV2 Volleyball lost a tight match to Portland Adventist JV team on Monday night and battled hard but came up short against Valley Catholic. (Pictured: Maeve L. ‘23 with the serve vs. PAA. Photo courtesy of Maddie Evans.)