Teams of 8th graders competed in the annual Adventure Race on campus on Oct. 5. They ran across campus to find a lanyard, then passed it along to teammates who ran a cross country course, navigated an obstacle course, shot arrows on the archery course, and paddled a canoe down the Little Spokane River before jumping out and running to the finish. Congrats to the Minions who finished first. See a Photo Gallery of the competition and the teams in their outfits.
Saint George's hosted the Diocese League cross country meet on Friday, Oct. 1, and our Lower School runners had a great time setting many personal best times. See photo galleries for the 2nd Grade Girls' race, the 2nd Grade Boys' race, the 3rd-4th Grade Girls' race, the 3rd-4th Grade Boys' race, the 5th Grade Girls' race, and the 5th Grade Boys' race as they ran across the soccer field, up the hill past Davenport House, through the woods, and down the sandhill to the finish line.
Saint George's 9th grade boys posted an impressive team victory in the first major high school cross country meet of the fall. At the Shadle Park Highlander Invitational on Sept. 11, Hrair Garabedian finished 1st in a time of 14:15 over the 2.5 mile course. He was followed by Joaquin Kiltz (5th), Finn Horsted (11th), and Shawn Jones (14th). The fact that they outran teams from the Greater Spokane League and as far away as the Tri-Cities, Wenatchee, and Moses Lake makes it all the more impressive! Ben Morales also won the Sophomore race with a time of 14:28.
In the Highlander Invitational girls' races, Josie McLaughlin won the girls' Freshman race in 16:40, more than a minute ahead of the 2nd place finisher. Esther Buckner finished 9th overall and Andee West was 20th. The Dragons also ran well in the girls' Junior Varsity race, with Maggie McLaughlin (9th overall), Georgia Steele (13th), Clara Witmer (17th), and Lauren West (30th). See a Photo Gallery of our runners, view the full Meet Results, and see the Spokesman Article that quotes coach Rick Riley saying, "The talent we have in our younger classes is incredible." Go Dragons!
The first athletic matches of the 2021-22 school year are coming this week. Come cheer on the boys' soccer team when they host Lake City at 4pm on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Cross country has an invitational on Sept. 11, while volleyball plays in a tournament. (The girls soccer games scheduled for this week have been postponed.) See the week's Athletic Schedule, which also includes COVID Protocols for fans at indoor and outdoor competitions. Go Dragons!
Brad Kirsch, SGS 6th grade teacher and assistant boys' basketball coach for the past 12 years, will be the new head coach for girls’ basketball for the 2021-22 school year. “Brad has been a key part of the Dragons’ achievements,” said Ryan Peplinski, SGS Athletic Director and head boys’ basketball coach. “With his help, we reached the State 2B Tournament eight times, earning three 2nd place finishes and a state title in 2013.”
Kirsch played basketball at Mt. Spokane High School, graduating in 2002 and then returned four years later as the Wildcats’ boys’ freshman and junior varsity coach for three years before coming to Saint George’s. “I am flexible and am always adjusting to our personnel,” he says. “We are going to get after it on both ends of the floor and it should make for an exciting brand of basketball!”
Saint George’s girls’ basketball team has a long history of success. The team has earned four State 2B titles (1994, 2000, 2002, 2004) and their most recent state trophy was 3rd place in 2018. “I am really excited for the opportunity to build on the consistent success of the girls’ program,” says Kirsch. “They are always in the mix at the state level, and my ultimate goal is getting over the top and winning another state championship.”
Saint George's regrets to announce that the annual Golf Classic scheduled for June 26th has been cancelled. The restrictions on off-campus events during Phase II means the school needs to avoid getting out of compliance with state rules. Everyone who has already paid their entry fee will receive a full refund. Saint George's intends to restart Golf Classic tradition in 2021 on the Friday before Hoopfest. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Athletic Dierctor Ryan Peplinski.
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