Athletic News

SGS 10th grader John DeForest is competing at the Junior National Cross Country Ski Championships this week (March 10-15) in Anchorage, Alaska.  He goes to the competition ranked 7th among 15- and 16-year olds in the Pacific Northwest Region.  John, whose first ski coach was former SGS math teacher Judson Ford, qualified for the meet over the course of five races in Washington, Oregon, and Utah this winter.  He races both classic style (skis parallel to each other) and freestyle (like skating).  The competition includes both sprints and distance races up to 5 km.  Go John!


Saint George's basketball players received All-League honors for outstanding seasons.  Erik Farias was named MVP for the Northeast 2B North League, and Xander Werkman and Ben Adams were First Team selections.  Dan Rigsby was named to the Second Team, while boys coach Ryan Peplinski was named Coach of the Year!  On the girls side, Lydia Bergquist and Abby Jones were named to the NE 2B North First Team, and Cambrie Rickard was a Second Team selection.  Congratulations to all of these Dragons!

See a Highlight Video of the boys basketball team's State 2B Championship Game, as well as a Photo Gallery of the Dragons who finished 2nd in State.  Congratulations to Erik Farias, who was named to the State 2B Tournament's First Team, while Ben Adams and Xander Werkman were named to the tournament's Second Team.

See a Highlight Video of the girls basketball team's final State 2B game vs Davenport, as well as a Photo Gallery of the Dragons who finished 6th in State.  Congratulations to Lydia Bergquist and Addy Jones, who were named to the State 2B Tournament's Second Team.

The Saint George's boys run through the State 2B Basketball Tournament reached the Championship Game to face Kittitas for the second year in a row.  And in an unfortunate case of deja vu, the Dragons fell again to the Coyotes in a 79-51 loss to end their season with the 2nd place trophy.  See a Photo Gallery of the title game in the Spokane Arena by Bob Jones.

The Dragons matched the Coyotes to a 28-point tie midway through the second quarter.  But the Coyotes' rebounding edge (34-19) and three-point bombs, seven of them by GU-bound senior guard Brock Ravet, meant the Dragons never got closer than 13 points behind in the second half.  

Getting to the title game required a 53-44 win over Toutle Lake on Feb. 28 (see Photo Gallery and Video Highlights), as well as a come-from-behind 65-57 victory over Life Christian Academy on March 1 in the State Semifinals (see Boys State 2B Bracket for full results).  The Dragons ended their season 24-3 overall and say goodbye to three senior starters -- Ben Adams, Erik Farias, and Xander Werkman -- as well as senior bench players Ethan Johnson and Hunter Johnson.  Congratulations on getting to the State Championship Game again!

The Saint George's girls went 2-2 at the State 2B Basketball Tournament in the Spokane Arena, finishing with the 6th place trophy.  The Dragons defeated Ilwaco 59-41 on Feb. 27 with a 19-0 run (see Photo Gallery), then lost 56-40 to La Conner on Feb. 28.  To get into the trophy rounds, they needed a 27-point performance by Abby Jones for a 55-45 win over Brewster.  Then in the game for 4th or 6th place in State, they faced NE District rival Davenport, falling 60-39.  The Gorillas limited the Dragons to 2 of 13 beyond the 3-point line and to just 13 points total in the second half.  See a Photo Gallery of the March 2nd game by Bob Jones; see Girls Bracket at State for full results.

The Dragons ended their season 18-11 overall and say goodbye to seniors Abby Jones, Claire Bennett, and Maddy Christiansen.  Congratulations on a remarkable first season under coach Cliff Berdar! 

The SGS girls basketball team won a loser-out State Regional game and the SGS boys won their Regional game as well on Saturday, Feb. 23 to advance to the State 2B Tournament.  The boys defeated Willapa Valley 79-44 on the strength of 17 points from Xander Werkman.  The Dragons are 22-2 overall and seeded 3rd in State.  See a Photo Gallery of their Regional win (shot by Bob Jones).  They will play in the State 2B Tournament at the Spokane Arena at 12:15pm on Thursday, Feb. 28 against Toutle Lake or Kalama.

The girls defeated Ocosta 54-39 behind Abby Jones' 18 points; they are 16-9 overall and seeded 12th in State.  See a Photo Gallery of their Regional win (shot by Bob Jones).  The Dragons will play Ilwaco in the State 2B Tournament at the Spokane Arena at 7:15pm on Wednesday, Feb. 27 in a loser-out game.  If they defeat Ilwaco, the Dragons will play again at 7:15pm on Thursday, Feb. 28 against La Conner.

See the Boys Regional/State 2B Bracket and the Girls Regional/State 2B Bracket for updated matches and results.  Go Dragons!

Parents of Upper School student athletes are invited to meet with coaches and get details about spring sports at 6pm on Monday, Feb. 25 in the Dragon Room.  With all the snow on the ground, athletes won't be practicing outside for a while!

SGS boys soccer head coach Heidi Melville is a finalist for the Positive Coaching Alliance's Double-Goal Coach Award.  The award is given to youth and high school sports coaches from throughout the U.S. who embody the ideals of the Double-Goal Coach -- striving to win, while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports.  Fifty award winners (to be announced in March) will receive $200 and an invitation to the 2019 National Youth Sports Awards & Benefit in Santa Clara, California on April 27.  One Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 -- $2,500 for the coach and $7,500 for the team or program of his/her choice!  Congratulations, Heidi!

Dragons Earn All-League Honors

February 25, 2019

Seven Dragon basketball players have earned All-League honors.  Cambrie Rickard, Lydia Bergquist, and Abby Jones on the girls team were recognized, as were Ben Adams, Erik Farias, Dan Rigsby, and Xander Werkman on the boys team.  Plus, Ben was WIAA Boys 2B Athlete of the Week in mid-February for registering 24 points, seven rebounds, and six assists in the Dragons victory over Tekoa-Rosalia in the District 7 tournament.  Go Dragons!

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