Announcements and Important Events
Weekly Communication 2/11
Good afternoon Whitney Student-athlete, Families, and Community Members - Below are a variety of items related to our Athletic Department for the week of 02/11/19. The Wildcats finished last week with an intensity and determination we rarely see as all four varsity teams finished league play with wins over local rival Rocklin. All teams finished in the top 3 in Sierra Foothill League play and look to make deep runs in to the playoffs. A huge congratulations to all the winter sports.
- Basketball (Men) - With a huge 10 point win over ranked Rocklin the Wildcats secured the 4 seed in the playoff bracket. Whitney shot 14/18 from 3 point range. Led by Jake Fink shooting 7/8. Caveli Hensley made two big 3s in the 4th quarter to seal the game for the Cats.
- Basketball (Women) - The Wildcats finished the regular season with a big win 43-27 over rival Rocklin and secured the 3 seed in the playoff bracket. The girls played great from the start and put away their rival in the second half. Led by seniors McKenzie and Mazie McFarland with 12 points and senior Emily Brustman with 10 the girls finished solo second in the tough SFL. Next up is Grant at home on Tuesday in the first round of the playoffs.
- Soccer (Men) - SFL CHAMPIONS! The boys' traveled to cross-town rival Rocklin to close out the regular season against the Thunder. Having already clinched a share of the SFL championship, the boys could win the title outright with a win or a draw against the Thunder. The lead for the Wildcats would remain 1-0 until the 75th minute when Zach Mason received the ball from the sophomore Kyle Reilly from the left wing and found senior Nate Semanski making the diagonal run from the right wing into space. Semanski was able to receive the ball and hit the shot just inside the far post out of reach of Thunder senior goalkeeper Merrick Cole extending the Wildcat lead to 2-0. Whitney would sore again a minute later when Mason was able to dispossess a Thunder player on the right wing and noticing Cole was off his goal line hit a shot from 40 yards out his next touch with the ball sailing just under the cross bar pushing the lead out to 3-0. The final whistle blew and the Wildcats prevailed 3-1 bringing home the SFL Boys' Soccer title. By winning the SFL title, Whitney will now play in the Division 1 Section Tournament as opposed to playing in the Division 2 Section Tournament since the SFL is one of the three Division 1 leagues and the three league champions of those leagues must play in the Division 1 Section Tournament.
- Soccer (Women) - Prior to tonight's the game, the Wildcats took a moment to recognize their seven senior playing in their final home regular season game. With friends and family to witness the win over rival Rocklin. It was a great win on senior night!
Winning goal scored in the 28th minute into the first half with a goal from Laney Paduveris and assisted by Sydney Johnson. Final score 1-0. Thank you to X-factor, boy's soccer and fans for coming and support the Wildcats!
- Wrestling - At the D-I tournament Isaiah Schannep won the championship! Isaiah is currently ranked #1 in the section. Ryan Murphy finished in 2nd place, and Brody Stone pinned his opponents from Rocklin & Granite Bay to finish in 3rd place. Angel Chavez, Matt Sherer, and Johnny Stephens also placed and all 6 qualify for the Masters Tournament this weekend. Freshman Leah Brown finished 4th at the Girls' Divisional Tournament Saturday. Senior Kylee Stephens also placed and both will compete this weekend at the Girls' Masters Tournament in hopes of making it to State!
- Other - Note regarding our women’s soccer program: "My name is Eric Snedeker, soccer coach of the Pleasant Valley High School girls soccer team in Chico. This email is a follow up to the donation we received from Ana Jones and the Whitney High School Soccer Program. In talking with Ana in December when we played a game at Whitney High school, I shared with her that myself and five of our players lost their homes in the camp fire. She took it upon herself to talk with her team as to how they could support our players and their families in this crisis. With that said, the Whitney High Soccer players, families, and community donated to our families who lost everything. The outpouring of support is appreciated by our players and families. The donation helped in the recovery process for these players and families. On behalf of players and school community, I wanted to thank Ana Jones and the Whitney High School Soccer program for reaching out and providing support. Ana is an outstanding individual and needs to be commended."
ITEMS OF NOTE:
- On game days, athletes must be in all their classes that day or they will not be able to play
- Check the website for other attendance rules and policies regarding practices and games (https://whitneywildcats.org/library/files/whitneyhs_bigteams_org_3866/files/attendance_policy1.pdf)
- All 9th, 10th, and 11th grade athletes are picking their classes for next year and getting logged into the appropriate sports PE class
MAJOR HAPPENINGS THIS WEEK (see www.whitneywildcats.org for specific times and facilities):
- Monday - Practices
- Tuesday - Men’s soccer playoffs vs. Pleasant Grove (6 pm), Women’s basketball playoffs vs. Grant (7 pm)
- Wednesday - Women’s soccer playoffs vs. Oakmont (6 pm), Men’s basketball playoffs vs. Woodcreek (7 pm)
- Thursday - Playoff games to be determined
- Friday - Playoff games to be determined
- Saturday - Masters Wrestling
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK - A great podcast to listen to that takes a look at the behavioral skills learned through sport and how important those skills are to the success of student-athletes not only in the athletic arena but in school and work. Listen to Embrace the Chase - Season 1 - Ep. 1- Behavior Skills Drive Job Skills from Focus 3 Podcast in Podcasts. https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/focus-3-podcast/id1198653850?mt=2&i=1000429139432
Director of Athletics
Whitney High School
916.632.6500 ext. 6408