Spring Sports are in Full Swing

Spring sports are in full-speed-ahead mode after a short start and then a long interruption for Winterim and spring break. Many championships have been won each spring. But the pause can make it hard to be fully prepared for the spring competitive season.

Spring sports are in full-speed-ahead mode after a short start and then a long interruption for Winterim and spring break. Many championships have been won each spring. But the pause can make it hard to be fully prepared for the spring competitive season.
 
During the short week and a half of pre-season practice, students are working to earn a varsity spot, figure out the culture, and establish what their roles will be on the team before they all take off in different directions for Winterims—many not picking up a racket, stick, club, or track equipment for over a week. Then they come home and go off again for spring break to spend precious time with their families and friends. These provide unforgettable experiences for the kids, but the start and stop to the season is intense. Many of the athletes have competitions as early as the Tuesday they return to school from spring break. As ADs, we must take the two weeks of scheduled competition that we missed and try to fit them into an already full spring calendar.
 
Our kids are resilient and will find ways to catch up. However coaches often feel like they have their backs against the wall to gain even ground with their opponents who have had a two-week head start. Our coaches are in the pressure cooker, working hard to build up their teams as quickly as possible. We are lucky to have such seasoned and effective coaches at OES, ones who will take the lead and help our athletes be the best they can be as they play catch-up to the rest of the state. The senior level of experience of tennis coach Coleen Davis who has won multiple state and national coaching awards, Lacrosse Coach Dennis Sullivan who is a magician when it comes to finding ways to get his team ready in such a short time, along with many other strong coaches are the backbone of these programs. They find ways to get it done no matter what the circumstances may be. As I sat in the pressbox on Wednesday evening, I got a chance to watch our girls lacrosse team play in person while I had my laptop tuned in to the boys game on the road. I watched two different outcomes but the theme was the same: our coaches needed more time to formulate their game plans and our players needed more time to not only get in shape for the season but also learn to read one another and find the chemistry that is so important in a team sports environment.
 
I know our coaches and players alike will rise to the occasion and catch up quickly now that they are back in practice and ready to grind out this full but short spring season! I wish all of our players and coaches success as they bring themselves together to work hard and learn at every practice so they can have a chance at the playoffs come May! 

Seniors Alex C. and Ben R. Celebrate after the season opener win at Newberg. Photo courtesy of Lucy Reynolds.   

Aardvark Sports Corner Highlights

She continues to rewrite the history books! Annie H. ’22 not only qualified for the Western Regionals she went out and won the Slalom event!  She went up against the top 12 athletes from each state that included Co, Wy, CA, MT, ID, WA, and NV.  She also finished 5th overall in the Giant Slalom.  We hate to see her USSA, FIS, and High School career come to an end as she goes out on top. We are so proud of Annie and her amazing skiing career!  Sophia M. ’23 also competed and represented OES proudly at the event. Way to go Sophia!

Annie H. ’23 celebrating an amazing career with a win at Western Regionals. Photo courtesy of Scott Hendrickson. 
 


Boys varsity lacrosse took their show on the road to open the season at Newberg on Wednesday evening. Our young Aardvarks played hard learning as they went and found a way to grind out a 12-6 victory.
 
Girls JV lacrosse hosted Westview on Wednesday evening on a beautiful night on the turf taking down the Wildcats 12-6.
 
Girls Varsity lacrosse had their hands full with a much improved Lakeridge team who downed the Varks 10-8.  The Varks had many shining moments taking the lead into halftime but couldn't find a way to finish off the Pacers late.  
 
Track & Field is training hard and will compete next Thursday at the league meet at Clatskanie.
 
Girls Tennis traveled to Hood River in their non-league opener and came away successful winning 6-0. The Varks then opened up league vs. Westside Christian on the road Thursday also with the win 6-0.
 
Boys Tennis hosted Hood River on Tuesday afternoon and cruised to an easy 6-0 victory as they tuned themselves up for a league match vs. Catlin Gabel on Thursday night. The Varks came away stunned as they lost 1-7. They were a little short handed and look forward to the rematch later this season.
 
Boys and girls golf is getting ready to open up play next week the girls will open at Quail Valley on Sunday and the will open up Monday at Gearhart Golf Course.