Athletic News

Upper School students played Spike Ball in the ESAC Gym during their Lifetime Sports period on Jan. 15.  See a Photo Gallery of them testing their reflexes with the spongy yellow ball!

Look for an email letter from SGS AD & COVID Coordinator Ryan Peplinski on Tuesday, Jan. 12 with more details about the start of athletic team practices and matches.  He is gathering the latest information from Spokane Regional Health District and the State Dept. of Health.

After school athletic practices remain on hold throughout the state of Washington.  The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) board also is delaying the start of high school athletics until February 1, 2021 and will shorten each season to seven weeks in length.  WIAA Season 2, which consists of basketball and traditional winter sports, is scheduled to begin with practices on February 1 and end with a Regional culminating event on March 20.  WIAA Season 3, which consists of traditional fall sports, is now scheduled to begin on March 15 and end on May 1.  WIAA Season 4, which consists of traditional spring sports, will begin with practices on April 26 and conclude on June 12.  The WIAA board will meet again on January 6 and may change these starting dates again based on COVID-19 community infection rates.


Pairs of 5th graders tried to help each other navigate blindfolded through a maze or ropes and rocks in Metters Gym.  See a Photo Gallery of them practicing communication, listening and honesty, since they had to go back to the start if they touched any of the objects!  

The Governor’s guidance on youth and adult sports does not allow for indoor workouts and requires masks for all outdoor activities.  Since it does not specifically list high school sports, Saint George's will put after school workouts on hold until we get more guidance from the Governor and the WIAA.

NOTE: The next announcement from WIAA on staying with the current sports seasons or changing the seasons will occur on Friday, December 4th. 


Senior Nicole Cook, a competitive swimmer with the Spokane Area Swim team and the Spokane Waves, signed a Letter of Intent on Nov. 17 to continue her swimming and academics at Condordia University - Irvine (DII) in Southern California.  Nicole is receiving the highest amount of both athletic and academic scholarships that Concordia offers.  See a Photo Gallery of her signing ceremony with her family.

MS Dance Party in ESAC

November 23, 2020

The 7th and 8th graders held a socially-distanced Dance Party in ESAC during lunch on Nov. 20 while the 6th graders cheered them on.  DJ and lead dancer Mark Rickard kept them moving and grooving!  See a Photo Gallery of how to safely get some exercise on a soggy day.

The after school workout schedules for the week of Nov. 9-13 will be:

Monday - No practices
Tuesday - Grades 11 & 12 - 3:30pm to 5:15pm
Wednesday - Grades 11 & 12 - 3:30pm to 5:15pm
Thursday - Grades 9 & 10 - 3:30pm to 5:15pm
Friday - Grades 9 & 10 - 3:30pm to 5:15pm

When workouts are indoors, all three gyms will be in use.  See the SGS Athletics Plan Guidelines for all screening, masking, cleaning and distancing requirements at these workouts.

NOTE: The next announcement from WIAA on staying with the current sports seasons or changing the seasons will occur on Friday, December 4th. 

Indoor Archery for PE

October 26, 2020

Middle School students practiced Indoor Archery in the Little Gym rather than outside because of the snowfall on Oct. 23.  See a Photo Gallery of them taking aim and (mostly) hitting their targets.

The Dragon Leadership Academy, a new six-week program to develop leadership skills, launched on Thursday, Oct. 15.  Twenty-two Upper School students accepted nominations to the Academy from their team coaches or activity advisors.  The Academy is the creation of Mark Rickard, who teaches Leadership at SGS and Sports, Exercise & Health Science classes, as well as advising the Associated Student Body officers.  "I strongly feel that a program teaching crucial components of leadership could be of great benefit to the students and their teams, strengthening our kids' abilities to lead and inspire their peers," says Mark, who sent out the nominations to students sealed with a wax dragon.
The leadership curriculum consists of 90-minute online sessions over six consecutive weeks with a focus on three key facets of leadership: finding your purpose, broadening your perspective, and developing tangible leadership skills. 
Keynote speakers will open several of the sessions, including two SGS alumni.  Natalie (Farias) Holloway '16 earned a hospitality management degree and graduated from the Center for the Advancement of Leadership at Utah Valley University, where she currently works organizing executive events.  She will speak on cultural intelligence and creating an inclusive team culture on Oct. 29.  
Natalie "Chessey" Thomas '10 played on the nationally ranked University of Tennessee women's golf team before filling assistant coaching roles at the University of Idaho and the University of Washington.  Chessey is now the associate head coach of women's golf at the University of Nebraska.  She will speak on team chemistry, an attitude of gratitude, and crucial peer confrontations on Nov. 19.
Additional keynote speakers include Dr. Tade Ayeni, Director of Diversity and Equity at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.  His multiple graduate degrees and wide experience in higher education has helped him understand how systems and programs can help or hinder students in their academic pursuits.  He will speak at the Nov. 5 session on equity, inclusion, and leadership through storytelling.
Francesca Mulazzi, SGS Head of Upper School, will keynote the session on Nov. 12.  She has taught at international schools in Morocco, Singapore and China and been a school administrator on the island of Aruba and in Zambia before coming to SGS.  She will speak on effective communication, including verbal, non-verbal, and listening skills.
The Academy is the result of Mark's master’s degree program at Whitworth University in Administrative and Non-Profit Leadership.  "I looked into what extent we, as coaches and advisors, endeavor to provide leadership education during the season for those who we expect to be leaders on their respective teams, clubs and organizations," he says.  After completing the six sessions, Academy students will develop and implement a leadership-based experience within their own teams.  A celebration at the end of the school year will give each graduate an opportunity to present their experience to the Academy class.  
"I believe this program will provide another practical way for us to live our mission of inspiring scholars, athletes and artists to serve and lead," says Mark.  "My hope for the Academy is to lay the foundation for these students to become those who lead." 

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