Prepping for Girls Leadership Summit and Districts

Yesterday I was out at Quail Valley Golf Course with our Girls Golf Team, who are competing in the regional tournament with a berth to state on the line. In golf tournaments the coach is only allowed to coach the players after they finish putting and before they tee off on the next hole. I was bouncing back and forth on the course doing my job helping my golfers with course knowledge, swing adjustments and pep talks when a coach that I am very familiar with drove up to me laughing and said, “You are in trouble.” I was mortified, knowing I had done nothing against the rules–I hold integrity as a strong value.

Yesterday I was out at Quail Valley Golf Course with our Girls Golf Team, who are competing in the regional tournament with a berth to state on the line. In golf tournaments the coach is only allowed to coach the players after they finish putting and before they tee off on the next hole. I was bouncing back and forth on the course doing my job helping my golfers with course knowledge, swing adjustments and pep talks when a coach that I am very familiar with drove up to me laughing and said, “You are in trouble.” I was mortified, knowing I had done nothing against the rules—I hold integrity as a strong value. He proceeded to tell me that one of the girls playing with an OES group called her coach to tell him that there was a mom out on the course giving advice. That player was correct as my daughter, Cayton does play on the team of which I am the coach. I looked at the opposing coach, who is a friend of mine and I said, “It’s not the player’s fault—look around the course, there aren’t any other women coaching these girls, no wonder she just saw me as a mom.”  “Touché,” was his response. This was another moment in my life where it justified the reason why I founded and host the annual Oregon Girls Sports Leadership Summit. The summit will take place this weekend (May 7) and it will be a great opportunity to inspire girls to grow their confidence, to define their leadership style, and to see women in career leadership roles that you don’t often see.  We hope to inspire the next generation of women to “take the lead.”

Here is a brief rundown of the day:

Saturday, May 7, 2022 - OES will host its 4th annual Oregon Girls Sports Leadership Summit, a day full of outstanding women from the world of sport, inspiring 500 student athletes from over 60 high schools across the state of Oregon. OES’s own athletic director, Melissa Smith, a multi-sport Oregon State alum herself, is the founder of the summit and her purpose is to bring together and encourage young female athletes to be confident in their own leadership styles and give them the courage to take the lead and “OWN IT.”
Edniesha Curry, the Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach, kicks off the day as the keynote speaker and sports broadcasting pioneer, Ann Schatz, will deliver another powerful message between breakout groups focused on building connections and communication skills. 

The morning will also consist of a Q&A panel with professional/Div 1 athletes Kailee Johnson (Stanford Basketball & Volleyball / Central Catholic HS), Ashley Corral (USC Basketball & WNBA / Prairie HS) and Cally Togiai (current UP Soccer / Tualatin HS). This panel was designed to provide a first hand perspective on life as an athlete beyond high school. These ladies are all from the Northwest and are excited to participate.

Background…
For 2022, we're so excited to be back and LIVE IN PERSON! The annual Oregon Girls Sports Leadership Summit is so excited to announce its return for the fourth year in a row. The OGSLS was designed to give female student athletes with an interest in leadership the same emphasis on instruction, encouragement, and practice that we give athletes before asking them to compete. Asking student athletes to be leaders without preparing them for the responsibility is unfair. Often, much is expected of our leaders, but seldom do we intentionally teach them the necessary skills in order for them to succeed. This event was created for female student athletes grades 9-12 who, over the course of the day, will celebrate the history of Title IX, enjoy keynote motivational speakers, and collaborate in breakout sessions that will include hot button topics like... Defining my leadership style, What are my values as a leader? and Where will sports help take me in my future?  Students will explore what it takes to be a leader, connect with their peers, commit to leadership, and create their OWN leadership style.

Aardvark Sports Corner Highlights

Boys Lacrosse has been getting better every day as this young team battles to find their identity.  With young players thrust into roles that they may not be ready for the Varks coaching staff continues to push these young players outside of their comfort zones and challenges them to step up their games to the next level of play.
 
Girls Lacrosse has found their rhythm and is rolling along through the PIL league with big wins this last week. The young players are getting a chance to shine as the seniors are getting them involved in the offense more as the games have been lopsided and they have celebrated their success.
 
Girls Tennis is preparing to host Districts on Monday, and Wednesday they will try to find the magic ingredient to upset a strong Catlin team. They will celebrate their one senior Nicole A. on Friday night when they finish up league play vs. Riverdale at home. Come out and celebrate your senior.
 
Boys Tennis came so close to upsetting Catlin this week, giving them the confidence to go after them hard at Districts next week. The boys will host Districts on Tuesday and Wednesday. The boys will also celebrate their seniors on tonight’s game vs. non-league opponent Corvallis High School.
 
Track and Field is getting ready for Districts on May 13 and 14 at Clatskanie and have been battling in the inclement weather to train and get ready to set some personal records.
 
Girls Golf is in the middle of their District finals at Quail Valley. Both Isabel P. '23 and Cayton S. '23 are in the top 10 going into day 2 today.  More results next week.
 
Boys Golf continues to go low, setting themselves up for a chance to break the school record at Districts next week. The boys will play at Quail Valley on May 9 and 10 to defend their title from last season.