Winter sports update

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Keira Saavedra

Junior Morgan Miller dribbles the ball. The women’s basketball team state record is currently 8-5.

Devyn McMillen

Tryouts and training have finished and winter sports have begun. Here are the highlights and results from the season, as of Feb. 3.

 

Women’s basketball:

Women’s basketball has had a good season so far, currently holding an overall record of 8-5 and a league record of 1-5. They are currently 30th in the state. 

Their pre-season began with them winning their first tournament. 

“We played in the Nike Shootout tournament at Lake Oswego and won the Navy Bracket,” said senior Zoe Ansbro, who plays shooting guard. “[The following tournament] we won both games. The first was against Nelson High School and the second was against Canby High School.” 

Ansbro is looking forward to having fun during her final season of high school basketball.

“This season, I’m really just looking forward to playing and having fun with basketball for my final year,” Ansbro said. “I would say my main goal is to make it to the playoffs with my team.” 

Senior night is Feb. 25.

Men’s basketball:

Men’s basketball currently holds a 10-4 record, and is 15th in the state and first in the Portland Interscholastic League (PIL).

Though the team has had some rough patches, they have been improving throughout the season. 

“We mostly played in games and we also played in the Capital City Classic Tournament. We didn’t do the best at the Capital City Classic, but since then, we’ve been playing a lot better,” said captain Moroni Roberts, who plays forward.

The team is playing McDaniel High School at Lincoln on Feb. 11. 

“Come to our games!” Roberts said. 

Wrestling:

Due to the pandemic, many wrestling tournaments have been canceled. This season, there have been two tournaments.

“The tournaments we have participated in are the Tyrone Woods Memorial Tournament and the Rick Sanders Tournament,” senior Maxine Furher said. 

Freshman Nico Farinola took first place at both the Rick Sanders Tournament and the Tyrone Woods Memorial Tournament.

The next wrestling tournament will be held at Cleveland High School on Feb. 10.

Swimming:

The swim team has had a very successful season so far, with the women’s team winning all four of their league meets and the men’s team winning three of their four meets. 

“The men’s and women’s A-team relays usually win, and I believe that we have only lost two relays out of about 24,” senior Evan Russell said.

The women’s team is ranked first in the PIL, and the men’s team is ranked second. 

Russell adds that the team is not only successful, but also has a fun team environment.

“My initial goals were to just have fun,” Russell said. “The main fun comes during practice when we can just swim with friends.”

For anyone interested in joining the swim team next year, Russell adds that all students are welcome. 

“Swimming is a no-cut sport, so if you want to have fun with friends, learn how to swim or improve your previous skills, please come join next year,” he said. 

Dance:

The dance team is looking forward to state season, which starts Feb. 12. Their main goal is to improve as a team.

“We are looking forward to improving our scores, getting better as a team and also doing the best we can while still having fun,” junior Sophie Wendt said.

During the fall season, the team had three competitions. 

“The first [competition], we got second place in both jazz and pom, the second [competition] we got second in pom and third in jazz and the last [competition], which was the fall championships, we got sixth in the state for our division,” Wendt said. “We hope to only go up from there for state season.” 

With the fall season behind them, the team is preparing for the state competitions. 

“Feb. 12 is our first competition of the state season, which is really exciting. We will have four competitions through winter and until March 19,” Wendt said.  

The dance team has their first competition of the winter season at Tigard High School on Feb. 12.