Friday February 28, 6:00PM OES Girls host Vale HS in the Sweet Sixteen of the OSAA 3A Girls State Playoffs! Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.
On Saturday February 29, the boys travel to Rainier HS to face their old Lewis and Clark rival in the OSAA 3A Boys State Playoffs. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.
OES girls won their 1st District Championship in school history last Saturday when they defeated De La Salle North Catholic 55-29. The girls jumped out to a 15-7 lead behind the stellar defense of Grace B and Wylly W. Emily A and Macy O came off the bench early and raised the overall defensive intensity on the floor. OES' defensive pressure led to 19 steals and 25 points off turnovers. In the second quarter the girls extended their lead to 17 and it would never get closer than that. Cayton S led all scorers with 22 points and Ava C and Rachel H would combine for 18 rebounds.
The OES boys also faced De La Salle North in the District Championships. OES had lost the two previous meetings by a combined 36 points. How would they handle the third opportunity? So often you see young student-athletes beat themselves before the tip-off, but not these Aardvarks. This team was focused on winning the championship. Their language, their work ethic, their level of competition in practice showed that they believed that they were going to win! At the end of the 1st quarter De La Salle led 16-13. OES was playing physically and handling the Knights full court pressure. At halftime De La Salle increased the lead to 7. Would the Aardvarks fold? No! Whatever Ed Kirk and his staff said in the locker room worked some magic and the young men dominated the 3rd quarter. Heading into the 4th quarter De La Salle had a 2 point lead, 48-46. With four minutes left in the game junior Jakob W hit a beautiful lay-up and the lead was cut to 1. The momentum was shifting and the gym was erupting. Then the two-time Lewis and Clark Player of the Year, George Sadi, hit an unbelievable three pointer. There was great defense on the play, but the De La Salle player made a championship shot. OES missed their next shot and fouled. De La Salle made their free throws. OES would continue to press, but De La Salle was perfect at the line and the Aardvarks couldn't catch them. The boys lost 62-52, but automatically qualified for the State Tournament.
Back to Back! That is right our Boys Ski Racing Team has repeated as Metro League Champions! Thanks to overall champion Hugh S, seniors Alex U(6th), Ian B(16th), sophomore Oscar H(19th), sr Asa B(22nd) and freshmen Olin G(25th) and Seth T(34) the young men defeated 2nd place Sunset by 8 points and 3rd place Jesuit by 16. The boys will travel to Ashland for the State Race next week!
The girls also qualified for States after finishing 3rd in the Metro. Grace A was 2nd overall, Catherine Z finished 12th and senior Isabelle T was 35th. The girls team will join the boys in Ashland next week!
Upper School Spring Sports start Monday! Holy Aardvark! That means it is spring in the Athletic Office.
Don't forget to RSVP for the final goodbye to the Old Gym. Construction begins on March 9, so click here to let us know if you want to join Aardy, coaches, students and alums for an evening of fun and games.