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The Varsity Baseball team turned more double plays this spring than they have in the previous five seasons combined. "That was huge," new Head Coach Mac Estrada said. "To see the progression of kids actually knowing what to do in certain situations, and having the quickness to be able to do it." And that's just one statistic that shows the team's momentum.
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Another successful season of Winged Lion spring sports is in the books. A big thank you and congratulations to our teams and coaches, including Martin Ellis and Ryan Holt, Girls' Golf; McKenon Estrada, Zach Paige, Tyler Curtis, and Peter Shipman, Baseball; Kathy Howa, Kendra Tomsic, and Leslie Varoz, Softball; Mark Oftedal, Roland Tolbert, Rodney Kopish, Ashley Hagensick, and John Bercaw, Track and Field; Scott Langone and Bobby Kennedy, Boys' Soccer; and Tim Sleeper and Susan Daynes, Boys' Tennis on representing the green and white with class, heart, and much Winged Lion pride...well done!
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Swim Coach and Rowland Hall alumna Sara Watchorn '99 is well known among her student-athletes for her caring, personal approach to each swimmer, and her ability to analyze and fine tune technique. Swimmers say her focus on the balance of athletic ability and healthy lifestyle helps each of them achieve excellence in all that they do.
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It was another outstanding fall season for Rowland Hall Upper School athletics as Winged Lion teams captured four Region 14 team titles, six individual Region championships, two State 2A runner-up trophies, with all teams qualifying for post-season competition.
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The Winged Lions only had four golfers instead of the usual six, but it didn't seem to pose a problem as Rowland Hall handily beat second-place Emery 267-246, using the Stableford scoring system.
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In December the Desert News ran the year-end wrap up headline, "15 Utahns Who Made Us Love Sports in 2015". It didn't take long for the word to reach Rowland Hall that one of our most beloved coaches and P.E. teachers, Kathy Howa, made the list.
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Boasting 26 state championship titles and one of the first United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Gold-certified ski academies, Rowland Hall is fortunate to have athletes who show exceptional devotion on and off the fields, courts, and slopes. The Finish Line, introduced in November 2015, is a digital publication focused on the latest seasonal updates, personal and team accomplishments, and inspiring stories about Rowland Hall athletics.
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Bobby Kennedy, Girls Soccer Head Coach, was recently nominated by Region 14 and subsequently selected by the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) awards committee as a recipient for a 2015 Distinguished Service Award as the 2A Coach of the Year, not simply for soccer, but for all 2A sports.
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It was an amazing fall season of Rowland Hall Upper School athletic competition as Winged Lion teams captured a record five Region championships, one team State title, eight individual state championships, and every team placed no less than eighth at their respective State 2A post-season tournament.
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Brooke Tilson would like you all to join her for her Sunday spin class at the Park City Recreation Center. A big crowd might overwhelm the facility, but not Brooke, a junior who joined the Rowland Hall community as an eighth grader looking for a bigger challenge. She found what she was looking for here and has never looked back.
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Rowland Hall graduate Luke Flockerzi '97 is one of the rare few that has uniquely made his passion his profession. As head basketball coach for the University of Rochester he has merged his academic and athletic abilities with personal experience – the upshot is a positive philosophy in which life, academics, and sport reflect in each other.
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Following a stellar fall athletic season that ended with five Region Championships (Volleyball, Boys Golf, Boys Cross Country, Girls Cross Country, Girls Tennis), two State runner-up titles (Girls Tennis, Boys Cross Country), a third place State finish (Boys Golf), and a State title for the Girls Soccer team, Winged Lion athletics switches gears as swimming and boys and girls basketball teams kick into action.
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Fine Print asked twelfth graders who have participated on Winged Lion sports teams for all four years of high school to answer a few questions about the experience. We knew it was a lot to ask, especially since our email request coincided with studying for finals, and we are very grateful to the four student-athletes who sent us their very thoughtful replies.
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