Athletic News

Boys Soccer Advances to State

November 12, 2019

The boys soccer team hosted Walla Walla Valley Academy on Nov. 5 in a Sub-Regional playoff match -- see a Photo Gallery of the contest.  That 6-1 win moved the Dragons on to the East Sub-Regional Championship match on Nov. 9.  There the Dragons hosted Riverside Christian for the District 5/6/7/9 title, posting a 3-0 victory on the strength of two goals by James Gunn.  For the first round of State playoffs, SGS will host Friday Harbor at 11am on Saturday, Nov. 16 with a spot in the State Final Four on the line.  Be sure to cheer on the Dragons on Saturday -- playoff tickets are $7 for students and $10 for adults.  Go Dragons!

The SGS boys' and girls' Cross County teams repeated their District 7 results at the District 7/9 Regional Championship race at Chewelah Golf Course on Saturday, Nov. 2.  The girls again took 1st place, 10 points ahead of Kettle Falls, for the team title, and the boy's again finished a solid 2nd behind Asotin in their race.  The top girls were Ashley Sande in 12th place in 21:40.51 and Clara Witmer in 15th place in 22:03.30.   Dan Rigsby was the boy's top finisher in 4th at 17:19.68 followed by Nick Watkins at 9th in 17:38.45.  Both teams advance to the State Championships in Pasco on Saturday, Nov. 9.  Go Dragons!

The boys soccer team hosts Walla Walla Valley Academy at 2pm on Tuesday, Nov. 5 in a State Sub-Regional playoff game.  The winner continues on in the State Sub-Regional playoffs, hosting another game on Friday or Saturday of this week.  Come cheer on the boys this Tuesday -- playoff ticket prices are $5 for students and $7 for adults.

The girls soccer team lost a 2-1 game at Davenport on Oct. 29 in the first round of District play, finishing their season earlier than they had hoped.  But with only two seniors graduating, look for them to bounce back in 2020! 

The SGS varsity volleyball team's season ended on Oct. 24 with a home match vs. Northwest Christian.  See a Photo Gallery of that match and the six seniors who shared red roses with teammates, coaches, family and friends to celebrate their high school volleyball careers.

We are sad to report that former SGS track & cross country coach Terry Templeton passed away from a sudden heart attack on Saturday, Oct. 26.  His service will be 10:30am on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Real Life Spokane (10101 N. Nevada St.) followed by a reception and interment.  Read his full obituary at

Terry was head track coach at SGS from 2006-13 and assistant coach for the SGS boys 2006 & 2007 State Champion cross country teams.  He also coached Middle School basketball teams and was a friend to many students.  We will miss you, Terry!

The Rackets Organization, a student club, will be hosting a ping pong tournament in the Upper School Courtyard.  The date has been changed to Friday, Nov. 1 from 3:30-5pm.  Students can sign up on the ASB Board to join the fun.  Coming up in November is a badminton tournament in the Schmidt Center Gym on Friday evening, Nov. 15.

The SGS boys' and girls' Cross County teams ran tough and competitive at the District 7 Championship race at Harrington Golf Course on Saturday, Oct. 26.  The girls scored a 49-50 victory to win the team title, and the boy's finished a solid 2nd in their race.  Girls were led by Clara Witmer in 9th place in 22:23.96 while the boy's top finisher was Dan Rigsby in 5th at 17:19.32.  Both teams advance to Regionals at Chewelah on Nov. 2. 

Congrats to girls' team runners Clara, Alli Dixon, Audrey Harrill, Kahlysta McKethen, Maggie McLaughlin, Kala Reaves and Taylor Sande, and to the boys' team of Dan, Alex Anderson, Alec Bunn, Kyley Doughty, Chaitanya Nalluri, Luke Whitman, Nick Watkins and Finley Wolff.

The defending State 2B Champion Dragons powered through several matches this month.  See photo galleries of their Match at Northwest Christian on Oct. 15 and of them Hosting Kettle Falls on Oct. 17.

The SGS varsity volleyball team's season ended this past week short of the postseason after a 3-12 record.  As coach Chenise Peone says, "I had high expectations for our team and set very high team goals.  Unfortunately, we dealt with injuries early on in the season that players had to battle through, some injuries being season ending."  She is proud of the team for sticking together and staying positive through their challenges.  "The only games you regret are the ones you didn’t give it your all.  That is the lesson this team will carry on into the future!"  See a Photo Gallery of the varsity team in action from earlier this fall.

When the boys JV soccer team faced off against the faculty and staff on Wednesday, Oct. 16, it was a match to remember.  The teachers and coaches notched one goal in the first half and threatened multiple times.  But with the game ending and just seconds remaining in extra time, the JV lobbed a shot into the faculty goal to tie the match.  In the shootout that ensued, coach Mark Rickard (making a save in the photo above) blocked all but one of the students' five shots and the faculty claimed a 3-1 victory!

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