With fall sports over, let’s take a look back at one of the most successful SAAS sports seasons to date.
This year, the SAVGS jumped off to an impressive 15-1 record, trading games with league rival, Overlake. After a disappointing semi-final loss in PK’s last season, the SAVGS were hoping to get back to the state championship. Here is what co-captain Maddie Mark ’12 said before going into the playoffs: "Some of the toughest teams in the state are in our league, and we've already shown an ability to beat them even under adverse circumstances. So if we face Overlake, or any other team, again during the playoffs and play our game for the full 80 minutes, we should be successful.” Maddie’s words seemed eerily precognizant as she scored the winning goal in the state championship game against Cashmere with a beautiful touch shot.
The cross country team also had a great year, finishing with three runners in the top 15 of the league: Claire Bartell ’12, David Kirske ’13, and Rob Leet ’13. Here’s what co-captain Nat Motulsky ’13 said about the regular season: “Overall, we had a great year during both meets and practices. Not only did we bond as a team and have a lot of fun, but we also ran some great meets and put up some impressive times.”
The boys’ tennis team’s season was moved to the Fall this year and quickly made an impact on the league, finishing 3-5 overall with an impressive win over a very skilled Bear Creek team. Junior Elliot Frank ‘13 said, “This season was just the start of what we hope will become an Emerald City League dynasty because of all of the promising prospects among the underclassmen.”
Another bright spot in this year’s Fall sports season was the girls’ volleyball team, led by captains Maria Pagano ’13 and Ellie Engel ’13. The team ended 4th in the league and has taken great strides since its creation in ’09.
The golf team also had an impressive season this year behind Sam Fisher ’12, who finished 3rd in state last year.
Overall, the Fall Sports Season of 2011 was a very successful one, and we should be proud of both the players and coaches for their achievements this season. As we move into the winter sports, remember to show your SAAS spirit and support your teams!
The SAVGS were league champions for the third consecutive year.