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Ida B. Wells Athletics Update

09/07/2021, 10:30am PDT
By Mike Nolan, Athletic Director

Greetings Sports Fans! We had our first week of school this past week and it was amazing to see all of our students in the hallways and engaging in our classrooms! It seems like it has been forever since we have all been in that setting. We also had some of our first competitions of the 2021 Fall Season as well. Our Cross-Country Program has had two meets under their belt and looking as strong as ever. Both of our soccer programs battled it out against some quality competition and looked poised to do some damage in the PIL this year. The Volleyball Program kicked off league play this past week with a convincing win against Roosevelt by the Varsity and JV2 squad. Our Cheer and Dance Programs are gearing up for their first presentations. And our Football Program traveled to McMinnville on Friday night and got their first taste of non-league play as well. We can’t thank our coaches and student-athletes enough for all of their time, dedication, and hard work they are putting in this year. Finally, a huge shout out to all of our teachers for creating inclusive, safe, and engaging classrooms for our students here at Ida B. Wells!

Positive Coaching Alliance- Athletics can provide a transformational opportunity for many young people and as we navigate the times we are in now, athletics can serve as an even greater force for inclusivity, a sense of connection, and purpose. The following two articles provide some insight into promoting inclusivity and look at the impact that COVID-19 has had on sports. #LifeisaTeamSport

Home Contest Preview- We have a big slate of contests this week at Ida B. Wells. On Tuesday, we have a full night of Volleyball against our traditional rival, the Lincoln Cardinals and host the Lakeridge Pacers for a Women’s Soccer Match. Thursday, the Men’s Soccer Program hosts the Raiders from Reynolds High School and on Friday, we host our first Football Game of the year when we host the Dallas Dragons. Come out and support your Guardian Student Athletes!
NFHS Network- At the moment, our Pixelot system is up and running in the gym. We are experiencing technically difficulty with our camera system in the stadium. We are hoping to resolve it this week. You can visit the following website to register and stream games from home. Please pass this along to friends and families who are not in the Portland Metro Area.

Coaches Corner- We like to highlight coaches in our program and this week we are highlighting our Head Football Coach, Keith Bennett.

1. Where are you from? Where did you grow up? I was born in Carmichael California (Outside Sacramento).  I lived in three places growing up but predominantly grew up in Grants Pass Oregon.

2. Tell us a little about your family? Do you have any cool traditions?
My wife Spring and I have 2 daughters, Katie (17) and Lily (11).  Katie is a senior at Tigard High and Lily is a 6th grader at Twality Middle School.    Cool traditions....Thanksgiving!  Yum!  Family, food and football!!!  We try to take a big vacation every spring.  Both of our girls are in dance, so there is a small window when dance ends and football hasn't started yet.  We've seen some amazing places all over the world!  
3. How long have you been coaching and where have your stops been?
I've been coaching high school football for 23 years.  
Amity High School 1998-2004, 2008-2010
Riverdale High School 2006-2007
Horizon Christian High School 2011-2015, 2019
North Marion High School 2016-2018
Ida B Wells High School 2020-Present
4. What do you enjoy the most about coaching?
Everything!  Instilling the same love for the game that I have in others.  The competition.  The lifelong friendships and relationships it brings!  I highly recommend it as a profession.
5. Do you have any game day superstitions or rituals? The coaching staff always tries to meet up for a basketball game or lunch somewhere on game days.
6. What lessons can you draw from playing football?
There are so many.  Teamwork, giving effort, working through adversity, learning how to succeed with grace and honor, satisfaction of working hard with others towards a common goal.  How to keep getting up and trying again.....perseverance.

7. Any one particular moment in your coaching or playing career that stands out?
My first year at Horizon Christian we played my old school Amity the last game of the regular season which was their senior night.  One of my former players whom I'd known since youth camp days asked me to walk him out on the field with his mom.  There I was in my Horizon coaching gear hand in hand with an opposing player I had coached for several years prior.  It was awesome!  I'll never forget it!
8. Is there still time to come out for the football program?
YES!!!  Definitely.  You'll need your physical and to sign up through Family ID.  We always have a spot for more players.  We will never cut players, instead we just try to schedule more games!  The more players we have on our team, the better experience for everyone!  Come join us today!
Coach Bennett

PIL Hall of Fame Mel Krause Memorial Golf Tournament- The PIL Hall of Fame is back to hosting this event at the East Moreland Golf Course on September 13th. You can find more information and registration at the following site.
8th Annual PIL Open Golf Tournament- On Wednesday, September 29th, the PIL will be hosting its annual Golf Tournament to raise funds for PIL Athletics to help support communities around our district. This year it will be held at Pumpkin Ridge. For more information and registration, please visit

Ida B. Wells Cheer- Interested in cheer but missed tryouts? There's still time to join! Guardian Cheer is a no-cut program, all students will be placed on our Green Squad (JV) with the potential to join our White Squad (Varsity) depending on skill level, work ethic, etc. We are allowing signups until September 7th.  Email Coach Lynsey for more information

Mask Updates-
Outdoors-All student-athletes will need to wear a mask when NOT competing. All coaches, spectators, and support staff will need to wear a mask at all times.
Indoors-All student-athletes, coaches, and support staff will need to wear a mask at all times, even while competing.
Thank you all for your cooperation.

IBW Booster Club- The athletics department would like to send a huge thank you to our Booster Club for all the great work they do providing for our school and community. If you would like to volunteer or become a member, please visit their website

Ida B. Wells Athletic Sponsorship- If you are interested or know of anyone who is interested in becoming an Ida B. Wells Athletics Sponsor, please email me at for more information. We like to promote all things local in our community. If you would like to make a donation to help support Ida B. Wells Athletics, please visit the following site-

Dragon Boats- Have you ever seen the Dragon Boats in the Willamette River? These beautiful boats were gifted to the people of Portland by our sister city in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Every year teams gather and compete in dragon boat racing during the Rose Festival. This year however there will be a special Fall season for the Ida B Wells Guardians Dragon Boat team to get on the water. 
We need a team of Twenty five students to fill our boat. Do you and your friends want to join? Email Mr. Butterfield,, to get the registration information. To learn more about Dragon Boating in Portland visit the Portland-Kaohsiung website.

We will be beginning Friday September 10 from 5:30-7:00 pm, with a paddle from Willamette Park downstream to the Hawthorn Bridge. After that our practices will be on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays at 4:30-6:00 pm. I hope you will join us on the river this fall.

Guardians of the Week-

Men’s Soccer-Junior Defender Jack Carey. Jack played every minute of the opening two games of the season.  He was unbeaten in 1v1 situations, allowing no shots from the right side of the field.  His composure in possession led to most of the teams most dangerous attacks.
Jack has established himself as a leader on a young and talented team.

Women’s Soccer- Senior Goal Keeper, Finley Crabtree- The senior goalkeeper was instrumental in leading the IBW Varsity Girls to a 3-2 win over Crescent Valley and a 0-0 draw with a talented and experienced Sherwood team to kick off the season.  With a young and inexperienced back line, Finley provided the poise and confidence we needed from our goalkeeper. Whether she was starting our attack with her distribution, coming off her line quickly to shut down opposing attacks, or coming up with huge saves (including a spectacular last second effort to save the game vs Crescent Valley), Finley was everything we could ask for in a goalkeeper over our first two games. 

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