The Athletics Department hosted one of two signing day ceremonies today in the High School Forum. Seniors Haley Maeurer and Sydney Silver were honored for their accomplishments in front of their families and our SMA High School faculty and students. Both student-athletes will go on to participate in Division I Athletics. Haley Maeurer will play volleyball at Jacksonville University and Sydney Silver will swim at The University of Texas at Austin. Congratulations Wildcats, we are very proud of you!
Welcome to the SMA Wildcat Athletics program!
SMA HS Athletics Wildcat Mission:
SMA Athletics has a strong history of providing educational athletics founded on the Loretto School Values of faith, community, justice, and respect. Student-athletes develop leadership skills while experiencing personal growth in a competitive athletic learning environment. The Athletics Department works diligently to foster a culture of acceptance, self-advocacy, and healthy competition. The SMA athletics program is integral and connected to the holistic experience of each student-athlete at SMA, building a sense of community and pride while competing as a wildcat student-athlete. SMA athletic participation is designed to challenge students to be empowered, successful young women and active participants in the overall life of the school.
The high school basketball program organized a foundation game to start off their regular season. The Wildcats played Front Range Christian at home in front of supportive fans. The teams collected donations which will be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The JV team played a hard-fought match and Varsity was able to come away with a strong 32-21 win over the FRC Falcons. Congratulations teams, we look forward to seeing your continued success this season!
Congratulations to alumnae #5 Maddie Bredehoeft and #4 Haley Aud for helping their team onto the Division III Volleyball Championship Quarterfinals this season. Both athletes play for Clarkson (28-5) and will be competing today, Thursday, November 21st against Emory (32-2) at 11:30am. You can stream their game live at https://www.ncaa.com/game/3888373. We are so proud of our college Wildcats!
Congratulations to the following seniors for participating in the Colorado Senior Field Hockey Game. In picture, from left to right: Kate Frankmore, Hayden Jones, Emma Stern, Coach Sarah Jacobs, Addie Dwyer, Lauren Falicia, Darian Smith, and Hailey Rhine. We are so proud of your accomplishments over the last four years- you will be missed next year!
Thank you to all of our family, faculty, and players who attended the Fall Sports Awards Ceremony last week. The following students won season awards for field hockey, volleyball, cross country, and softball.
Varsity Field Hockey
Varsity Award- Darian Smith
Coaches Award- Hailey Rhine
JV Field Hockey
Coaches Award- Maddie Jones
C Field Hockey
Coaches Award- Greta Jung
Varsity Award- Haley Maeurer
Coaches Award- Paulina Ursua Garcia
Coaches Award- Andrea Lopez
Coaches Award- Andrea Ursua Garcia
Varsity Award- Hana Husmann
Coaches Award- Lane Rippey
Darian Smith- Field Hockey
Hana Husmann- Cross Country
Haley Maeurer- Volleyball
Hailey Rhine- Field Hockey
Paulina Ursua Garcia- Volleyball
Kate Frankmore- Field Hockey
Maggie Gesler- Softball
Emma Garcia- Softball
1st Academic Team- Evie Barton, Amanda Dewhurst, Ella Gertge, Haley Maeurer, Brynn McCall, Elizabeth Quinones, Paulina Ursua-Garcia, Gretchen Hummel, Areeba Nauman, Anna Vasten, Addie Dwyer, Adeline Harrington, Christine Cole, Darian Smith, Emma Stern, Hailey Johnson, Hailey Rhine, Hayden Jones, Kate Frankmore, Lauren Falicia, Morgan Briere, Rachel Pogue, Aarushi Gupta, Annabel Benes, Karina Holguin, Emily Burkeholder, Sophia Callender, Saera Chung, Grace Murphy, Lola Faix, Andrea Lopez, Emily Monzon, Jessica Garofalo, Parke Mills, Lillian Swenson, Alexandra May, and Emma Garcia.
Honorable Mention Team- Lane Rippey, Sophia Taylor, Grace Oakes, Maya Stehno, and Yelena Montesinos.
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From the first day of practice Emily Rodriguez (8th volleyball) has changed quickly to her gym clothes so she can work on her overhand serves. She has mastered this goal with now a 90% success rate. Emily always has a smile on her face and keeps the positive energy on the court and while on the bench. She cheers loudly and often wants to record the stats sheet because she is so focused on the game. She is an essential part of the silver team as a designated setter with a confident ability to pass and hit as well. The difference between a good athlete and a great one is the level of intensity during practice, Emily demonstrates this each day even in the warm-up. Her competitive nature will do her well next year in High School.
Henry Truitt (6th soccer) is a diligent and hard working student athlete who leads by example by always being prepared, being coachable and by giving his personal best effort. Henry is able to communicate effectively with teammates and is valued and trusted by his teammates because of his calm yet demanding demeanor. He plays aggressively but fairly and is always first to pick up teammates when they are down, be it physically or emotionally. He competes at the highest level possible and has fun doing it. Henry is an incredibly positive influence and leader on the 6th grade boys soccer team.
Congratulations to our next featured athlete: 9th grader, Andrea Ursua- Garcia. Andrea is the primary setter on the C Volleyball team and has helped lead the C Team to a current 7-2 record. Andrea possess a tremendous amount of court knowledge and is very aware of where all her teammates are on the court. As a setter she runs the offense and is doing a fantastic job this season!
Andrea's teammates look to her for leadership and direction on the court. In the fast paced speed of volleyball, Andrea is confident and aggressive in her ability to take control of the game. She is one of the top servers on the team and is frequently in the first serving position for each game. In addition to running the offense, Andrea is a very strong passer and hitter. Congratulations Andrea!
In a season of highs, lows, growth, and change, one thing has remained constant - the C team field hockey defense is strong. We owe a big part of that to one of our captains, Anika Fernandez-Sharma. Anika consistently demonstrates humble leadership and is always willing to learn and accept feedback. The team is confident in Anika's abilities as a defender and more recently as a defensive midfielder. She is a crucial piece in both of our defensive and offensive corner units. Anika's speed and patience during games make her one of the most threatening players to each team we face. Many of Anika's teammates are new to field hockey, and through her actions, Anika has demonstrated what a St. Mary's student athlete truly is: hardworking, disciplined, and willing to learn. The team is extremely grateful for Anika's guidance this year, and we are excited to watch her keep growing as a dynamic field hockey player in this program!
Congratulations to our next featured athlete: senior, captain Lane Rippey. Lane has shown that contributing to the team can extend beyond your performances or places. She has risen to the call to be a leader in all areas of the team; leading practice, mentoring younger runners, and keeping focused on bigger team goals. In races, Lane is encouraging teammates to run harder to keep or earn a varsity slot. At the Mead Invite she took 39 seconds off her all-time PR as a Wildcat to cement her spot on the Varsity team at Metro Leagues this coming Thursday. Lane embodies the positivity and tenacity of the Wildcats in all her work on the cross country team. Great work!
Often times, the goalie gets looked overlooked on a field hockey field. However, Kate Frankmore's skills do not allow her to go unnoticed as she is one of the strongest players on the SMA 2019 field hockey team. Her confident strong step ups to play, her quick feet, and her wide clears are done with elegance and grace. She is able to direct her defenders where they are needed, and they have the utmost respect and confidence in her lead. Kate, voted one of the captains of the season, is viewed as a leader on and off the field. In team huddles, she is constantly pumping the players up and giving them positive encouragement. She played outstanding in the Creek game on Monday night. The SMA Wildcats are lucky to have such a strong anchor in the back field and we look forward to what else she will bring in the second half of the season.
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