Spring Sports Wrap-Up: SAAS Boys’ Win State Lacrosse Championship!

Spring Sports Wrap-Up: SAAS Boys’ Win State Lacrosse Championship!

May 30, 2017 – It was a fantastic spring in athletics at Seattle Academy capped off by the boys’ lacrosse team winning their second state championship in the last four years. The Cardinals had state representatives in all six spring sports.

“To win two state championships in four years is incredible,” said Seattle Academy Athletic Director Cathy Schick.  “It was a great finish to a really great spring that saw so many kids do so many great things.”

The boys’ lacrosse team won the Metro League Championship and then won three playoffs games culminating in a 12-4 win over Bellingham in the state championship game. Jackson Doran ‘17, Henry Johnson ‘18, Grant Sorensen ’18, and Drummond Sweeney ’17 were all named 1st Team All-Metro. Grant became the all-time leading scorer for the Cardinals in career goals and career points.

In golf, last week in Pasco, WA, the boys and girls State Golf Tournament took place with sophomores David King and Max Ray-Keil representing Seattle Academy.  Among eighty State golfers, David finished ninth. Senior Brynne Wicklund was named 1st Team All-Emerald City League (ECL), joining David who was named All-League in the fall.

In soccer, the boys’ soccer team advanced to the state quarterfinals. Omar Grey ’18, Reece Owens ’18, and Adrian Valentine ‘19 were all named to the All-ECL 1st Team. Brandon Burke ‘20 was named 2nd Team All-ECL.

In tennis, Will Owen ’17 and his sister Penelope ’19, both qualified for the state tournament in Yakima, WA. Will, who won the state doubles last year with Zamir Birnbach ’16, played singles this year and finished fourth. Penelope lost in the state finals to finish second in girls’ singles, the highest finish ever for a Seattle Academy girl in tennis. Penelope was named All-ECL 1st Team, joining Will who was named All-League in the fall. The girls’ tennis team showed their excellence off the court as well, winning both the State All-Academic Award with the highest GPA and also the ECL Team Sportsmanship Award.

In track, the girls finished second in the ECL; the boys finished third. Head Coach Erin Aitchison was named Coach-of-the-Year for the boys’ team, and the boys’ track team also won the ECL Team Sportsmanship Award.

Fourteen athletes were named 1st Team All-ECL, eight of which qualified for the State meet (in bold):  Nicole Arends ‘20, Harlowe Brumett-Dunn ‘20, Sadie Cook ‘20, Chloe Darrow ‘19, Lilia Hargreaves ‘18, Axel Hejlsberg ‘19, Lake Lewis ‘18, Tessa Malone ’18, Hannah McConnell ‘20, Brenna McCormick ‘19, Alexis Norwitz ‘20, Jillian Pendergast ‘18, Conner Pierce ‘18, and Aliya Schenck ‘18.  Conner was named Rookie-of-the-Year in boys’ track and Harlowe was named Rookie-of-the-Year on the girls’ side. Highlights this season included Harlowe finishing second at the state meet in both the 100m and 200m. She now holds the school record in both events. Lake finished fifth at the state meet in the 300H. He also now holds the school record in that event. Conner competed in the inaugural ambulatory division and finished second at state in the 100m, 200m, and 400m races.

In Ultimate, the girls advanced to the state quarterfinals. Sophomore Tess Barton was named 1st Team All-ECL. Junior Charlotte Zinda was named 2nd Team All-ECL.

To top the spring off, Seattle Academy also started a girls’ lacrosse program, both in the Middle and Upper School. A total of forty-nine girls (twenty-two in Middle School, twenty-seven in Upper School) came out for the first season, and both teams had great success. Playing a JV schedule in their first year, the girls’ Upper School lacrosse team finished 14-1!

The successful sports season this spring was not just limited to the Uppers School level. The SAAS Middle School also had a wonderful spring. Over one hundred and seventy-five kids participated in spring sports!

Middle School track had a season full of hard work and great performances. In this year’s Cross Town Middle School League Championship track meet, some standout performances included 6th grader Cole Didier who placed third in the 200 meters, 8th grader Mack Dougan who placed second in the 400 meters and third in the 1600 meters, and 6th grader Garrett Phillips who set a SAAS Middle School record in the javelin.

We saw great competition and participation in tennis, golf,and Ultimate. In Ultimate, the Cardinals fielded three boys’ teams and one girls’ team. In boys’ Middle School lacrosse, 8th graders Walter Albrecht and Ethan Lin both were chosen to participate in the Seattle Metropolitan Youth Lacrosse Association Middle School All-Star Game that took place this past weekend.

“Thanks to all of our athletes and coaches for a fantastic spring,” said Cathy. “We saw some great performances both at the Middle and Upper School levels, and then to top it off with a state championship in lacrosse was incredible.”

Have a great summer everybody and Go Cardinals!

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