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Ida B. Wells Athletics Update

05/17/2021, 9:30am PDT
By Mike Nolan, Athletic Director

The hard days are what makes you stronger.”-Aly Raisman

Greetings Sports Fans!
With Season 3 wrapping up this week and we transition to Season 4, the Athletic Department would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the senior student-athletes and parents of Season 3 for everything they have done for our school and community. From carpooling for little league games to carpooling during a pandemic, you folks have done it all. To our student-athletes, thanks for making the best of a less than ideal situation and all of your hard work you put in with your teammates. Finally, huge thanks to our coaches during Season 3. Your willingness to be flexible and committed to our programs has been nothing less than professional. You all are appreciated!

Senior Signing Day
We are going to host an in-person signing day celebration for the following student-athletes on Friday May 21st at noon in the Ida. B. Wells Gym.

Lucy Quinn-Women's Soccer-PSU
Logan Leybold-Football-Macalester College
Jayden Brannan-Football-PSU
Lin Lin Hutchinson- Track- Brandeis   
Guiliano Scasso - XC/Track and Field- Seattle University
Sylvia Ingram- XC/Track and Field - St. Mary's University
Annika Deazley -XC/Track and Field Pacific Lutheran University
Quinn Wilcox -XC/Track and Field Western Washington Univ. 
Desmond Wendt- Soccer- Savannah College of Art and Design (NAIA)

Season 4 Spectator Policy
Starting next week, we will be allowing spectators to Basketball and Wrestling Contests. Ida B. Wells will have its own QR Code similar to the other PIL Schools that will be used to track attendance. The spectators will be limited to the following:

  • Home Contests-Three family members per student-athlete from either Cheer, Basketball, or Wrestling.
  • Away Contests-Two family members per student-athlete from either Cheer, Basketball, or Wrestling.

    There may be different spectator policies for non-league contests that I will be sure to get to families at they happen.

PIL Hall of Fame Golf Tournament
The PIL Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to announce the return of the PIL HOF Mel Krause Memorial Golf Tournament at the Eastmoreland Golf Club on September 13th, 2021. For more information, please visit

Season 3 Student-Athletes of the Week

-Luke Hunter pitched 4 strong innings on Tuesday vs Cleveland and came back on three days rest to pitch a complete game, knocking off Jesuit 8-3.

Softball-Melea Triplett has been hot at the plate this week with a hit in the final inning against Franklin to keep us alive with two outs. Multiple hits against Cleveland including a triple.

Women’s Track and Field- Petra Schuster had a breakout performance on Wednesday, running a number 3 Wells HS all-time time in the 1500. Her time boosts her to 3rd in state. She also doubled back an hour later and ran a number 9 all-time time in the 800.

Men’s Track and Field- Giuliano Scasso ran a number 2 Wells HS all-time time in the 3000 meters. He is now #10 in the 800, #4 in the 1500 and #2 in the 3000. His leadership is also invaluable. He inspires his teammates to expect greatness.

Men’s Tennis- Ben Llados. Ben has had a strong tennis season. Ben started the season as one of our top five players as a sophomore but finished the season as one of our top three players. Ben is a really good athlete who started to figure out his tennis strategy as well. Ben will be counted on to take a leadership role next year and play in one of our top spots. For a rebuilding season, having lost 11 seniors to graduation the Men's Wells Tennis Team has exceeded expectations. Our young group has managed to take third place in the PIL maintaining Wells' spot in the upper third of the conference. Lead by captains Nolan Sottoway and Jordan Vollen this team was a wonderful group of young men whose futures look bright.

Women’s Tennis- District championships ended Friday with Wells-Barnett singles players Eryn F. and Claudia B. finishing in 1st and 3rd place.  In a normal year, they would move on to the State championships where Eryn finished 4th in 2019.  Eryn graduates this year, but Claudia has two more opportunities in 2022 and 2023.  Other seniors were an important part of our success this year.  They include Tugtuun T., Sharana G., Celia C-S, and Captains Kirsten S. and Ryan D.  We are already making plans for 2022 and hope to return everyone who participated this yea-r.  Everyone has demonstrated that they are ready to fill a vacant position on varsity.  We have one postseason home match remaining, against Barlow on Tuesday at 4pm.  Come watch us play if you have not yet been to a match this year.

Women’s Golf Our athlete of the week is Lucia Donovan who broke 100 for the second week in a row. Lucia also earned her first birdie in competition play this past week at Eastmoreland! Varsity clinched our 3rd straight league title and will be advancing to the Greater Metro Area Varsity High School Golf Tourney at the OGA course on Monday.  This tournament will be an 18 hole Medal Play Match between the PIL, Metro, Mt. Hood, Pacific, 3 Rivers. 

Men’s Golf- Miles Wells-Team captain. Always ready to help with a smile. Great upbeat attitude even when not playing great he has been a great role model for the rest of the team. He is attending Lake Forest University outside of Chicago next year. 

Nuggets for the week ahead-

“It's okay to change plans. It's okay to put 'breathe' on your to-do list. It's okay to save some time for yourself on your busy days. Be brave enough to choose what you want from life. Be kind enough to yourself to take care of yourself first.” ― Poetry of Dhiman, You Matter

I. Cultivating Mindful Relationships

  1. Relationship with Self.
  2. Relationship with Others.
  3. Relationship with Our Devices.

What we consume becomes a great influence on our behavior, attitudes, and results. Who we are around, what they have us thinking, saying, doing, and becoming set the course of our days, weeks, months, years, and life.

II. Pause. Breathe. Choose.
We can take the following steps to reach a state of greater awareness and deprive negative thoughts of their power:

  • Identify the negative, or toxic, influences around you – List your negative thoughts and reflect on what triggers them.
  • Pause before engaging in negativity – Freedom doesn’t mean indulging in any desire, such as the wish to complain, just because you can. Freedom means releasing yourself from the control of desires.
  • Mindfully label your feelings – Instead of making unproductive, vague statements about how you feel – such as, “I’m angry” – mindfully reflect on your feelings and describe them with specificity.
  • Forgive those who’ve hurt you – When relationship partners forgive each other, emotional stress on the relationship lessens, and both partners experience greater well-being.

    Source: Jay Shetty, Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day

III. Focusing On What Matters

  • Life: Make life a living dialogue of goodness by discovering your calling and serving others with skill, enthusiasm, and passion.
  • Attitude: Comfort affirms. Discomfort transforms. It is never too late to become the person you have always dreamed of being. 
  • Behavior: Keep in mind you will run out of tomorrows. Don't try to find yourself ― invest in creating + evolving yourself. 
  • Performance: You are the architect and designer of your own life and career. Strive to get 1% better in some facet of your life each day.

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