Athletic News

Athletic News

List of 5 news stories.

  • Keeping Us Moving

    Like many of us, early in the pandemic Director of Athletics Chris Ziemer found that working movement into his day was critically important to both his physical and mental wellbeing. “Evening walks with the family and the dog were the thing that really grounded me early on,” he says. Those walks turned into short runs, and the short runs turned into half marathons. “I played soccer and there’s a lot of running in soccer, but I have really rediscovered running lately,” he says. “The craziest half marathon I’ve done was when I was pretty tired, and right at mile 12.8, my phone died! But I had to just had to keep on keepin’ on!” 

    That’s exactly what our student athletes (and all community members) have been doing over the course of the last six months. The sports seasons have shifted and competition is off the table for now, but our teams are staying connected, our P.E. students are still getting great workouts, and our coaches and staff have been working hard to support our whole community in staying healthy and active even when they are staying home. 

    As we prepare to start welcoming small groups back to campus for co-curricular activities, there is some light at the end of the tunnel for athletes eager to get back in the game. The Fall/Winter sports season will officially begin on December 7, and the Boys Soccer, Girls Volleyball, and Cross Country teams will have an opportunity to get together to work on skills and conditioning...maybe (hopefully!) even safe competition down the road. 

    In the meantime, athletes have had several options to stay in shape. Teams have been meeting during the Wednesday P.E. block (over Zoom). “We have been laying the groundwork for the season and building team rapport together,” says Chris. “About 75 athletes have been meeting weekly, and they’re eager to get to work together when they can!” 

    Students have also had a variety of other athletic options, including P.E. Exploratories like Dance, Walking, Yoga, and High Intensity Interval Training. “We have also been running the successful CHAMP fitness program after school with trainer Zoe Ades, and we have had great participation!” says Chris. “Zoe’s classes include strength and conditioning, balance, and coordination, and she also leads the group through some visualization exercises and get-to-know-you activities. It’s really a holistic approach. We always make sure to talk about the importance of sleep, nutrition, and healthy habits.”

    With the launch of the Alumni Association’s SA5K this Thanksgiving weekend, Chris sees an opportunity to bring the whole community together in a healthy, active way, even if we have to be apart. “We are hopeful that we can get everyone to participate: alumni, parents, students, and staffulty!” Chris says. “You can run it and try for one of the prizes, or you can walk it and bring the whole family. And the beauty of it is that you can take part no matter where you are. These chances to celebrate our community are so important right now.”

    So how does Chris recommend getting ready for the SA5K on Saturday, November 28? “If you aren’t an experienced runner, now is the perfect time to look into a program like Couch to 5k to build up your stamina gradually,” he says. “Download the free RunKeeper app; we are using it for registration and tracking for the event, and it will track your time, distance, and personal records. And spread the word! It’s always more fun to do something like this with others, even if you are doing it virtually.” 
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  • Spring Sports Head Down Final Stretch

    The Coyote teams have continued to connect each week and will finish
    their seasons on Friday, May 8. Not being able to compete or meet in
    person has obviously changed the experience of being a member on the
    team, but it has been outstanding to see so many student-athletes
    continue to connect with one another and exercise regularly (both in
    and out of the team setting).

    After the season ends, the Athletic Department staff will be compiling
    a spring video wrap-up, including NCS scholar-athlete award
    recognition, senior recognition and team awards.  Although the season
    was cut short, the coaches and athletic staff felt strongly about
    continuing to recognize the efforts of our student-athletes and teams.
    Thanks to all for supporting and representing our Coyotes with pride!
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  • A Letter from Director of Athletics Chris Ziemer

    This has been an extremely challenging stretch for everyone across the globe. The current situation hits everyone differently, but it has impacted all of us in some way.  Our Coyote student-athletes, coaches and teams experienced added disappointment when high school sports seasons were cancelled across the country.
    We had been holding out hope, however slim that hope was, that we would return to the fields, courts and tracks to watch the Coyote spring teams in action. Unfortunately, that won't happen, and that makes us truly sad. Instead of practicing and competing together, our teams have turned our efforts to providing virtual opportunities to keep our student-athletes and teams connected and active. Of course, we would be lying if we said that zoom meetings and workouts from home were close to the same as the real thing. They aren't.  
    We have always tried to use our athletic teams and sports as a vehicle to learn about ourselves, about others, and about working together.  And sports teach us how to succeed graciously, how to fail gracefully, and how to overcome obstacles tenaciously. We find ourselves calling upon those skills more than we may have expected.
    We are especially sad for our seniors, who won't have the chance to wear the SA uniform with pride again in an official sporting event.  Senior year is often a culmination of four years of hard work. There is no magic formula that ends every career with a Michael Jordan fadeaway shot for the winning basket. However, in most cases, our seniors become leaders, both in performance and attitude. They are appreciative of the opportunities that come their way in their final season, knowing that at some point all good things come to an end.  And that includes being a high school student-athlete.
    To our seniors: we want you to remember why you decided to play a sport at SA, or even outside of SA. For some, it was social; for others, it was for the exercise; others may enjoy the competition. For those with the talent, drive, and motivation to compete at the next level, we are confident you will take these experiences with you. For those who planned on making SA sports your last stop as a competitive athlete, this doesn't mean you can't continue to find ways to do the same thing in the future.  
    The lessons you have learned--commitment, discipline, teamwork, time management, just to name a few--will live on with you. The friendships you have created don't have to end, and new friendships are right around the corner. If health and exercise were your motivation, you will find plenty of ways to stay active in your future. For those that love to compete, trust me when I say that competition will exist as long as you seek it out. My hope in all of this is that we can all appreciate the opportunities that come our way in the future, and more importantly, continue to seek out these types of opportunities for the rest of our lives.  
    I can imagine years from now, the Class of 2020 spring student-athletes will be telling stories about their senior season.  It will probably go something like this: "I was getting ready to lead my team to the league title when coronavirus hit," or "I probably would have gone pro if they didn't stop the season." If there is one saying that holds true about former athletes, it is the older they get, the better they were. The stories for this season are going to be epic.
    Hang in there, Coyotes. We miss seeing all of you in uniform, and when we get back in uniforms in the fall, we will not only be playing for ourselves, our teammates, and our amazing school, but we will also carry on with added motivation for the Class of 2020.
    Keep on howling,  Coyotes!
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  • Spring Teams Resume Season


    The Coyotes spring sports teams resumed this week, connecting via Zoom with student athletes, coaches, and athletic staff. After a two week spring break, everyone was excited to see one another and participation was high. Although we aren't able to practice or compete, the coaches and athletes are getting creative to accomplish the following:
    • Staying ready to resume competition, should the opportunity arise
    • Staying connected and providing support, motivation, and inspiration for one another in the team setting
    • Maintaining and/or improving overall fitness and sport specific skills from home
    • Having fun together with our teammates!

    The coaches are leading athletes by providing workout plans and video analysis, and we are also encouraging our students to return to the mindset of an in-season student-athlete. Developing a routine, eating well, staying hydrated, managing time effectively, getting adequate sleep, and making time to exercise are all important, whether we are competing on the field or training at home.

    All of that said, we miss seeing all of the Coyotes in uniform, proudly competing for our amazing school. We look forward to the next time we can be together in our strong pack!
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  • Spring Sports Teams Off to Strong Start

    Boys Lacrosse Knocks off Alhambra and San Rafael; Girls Lacrosse Bests Urban and San Rafael

    Last week, the Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coyotes picked up a win over San Rafael to open the
    season, before falling to Windsor in their second game. The team knocked off Alhambra to improve to 2-1 on the season. Against Alhambra, they jumped to an early lead before picking up an 11-3 win. They will return to action after spring break when they host Windsor High School.

    The Varsity Girls beat San Rafael and Urban to open the season with two wins
    before dropping their opening league game in the Vine Valley to Cardinal Newman. 

    Against Newman, the Coyotes led at the half in a competitive matchup before eventually falling 12-9. They will look to bounce back against Rancho Cotati tonight in a non league game at home. 

    Varsity Baseball Hosts Cloverdale Tonight
    The Coyotes Varsity Baseball league season kicks off with a game against tonight at Doyle
    Park. This is the team’s final non-league matchup before starting NCL II league
    play after Spring Break.  

    The Coyotes opened their season with a win before dropping their next two games to Drew and Bay School. The team’s record is 1-2 overall, but they continue to gain valuable experience as
    they prepare for NCL II league play.

    Tennis Improves to 3-0 on the Season
    This week, the Coyotes Varsity Tennis team knocked off Credo to improve to 3-0 on the
    season. This year’s team features 18 players, and their league wins against St. Vincent, Credo and Tech put the Coyotes in the mix for the CMC South league title race.  

    After Spring Break, the Coyotes resume league play, traveling to defending league
    champion Tomales.

    Runners Compete at Big Cat Meet 
    The Coyotes Varsity Track and Field team competed at the Big Cat Meet at Santa
    Rosa High School, joining over 1,000 athletes from around Northern California.  

    Complete meet results

    The Coyotes will participate in a practice meet on Friday with Elsie Allen High School before returning to league meets and invitationals after Spring Break.

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