September Athletes of the Month
Angelica Gatica Gomez - Junior Cross Country
One of our team captains and returning all-league athletes, Angelica had a great start to her junior season. She recently finished first out of 26 runners at the Molalla Invite. Angelica trained well in the off-season that has put her well ahead of where she was last year at this point in the season. As a captain, Angelica does a great job of leading by example. She is consistent in her positive attitude, is committed to doing the right things at practice and has always done well in the classroom. Angelica makes coaching easy as she responds well to direction and feedback to her racing and training.
Jermaine Ellett Robinson - Senior - Football
Jermaine is one of the top receivers in 6A football with 19 receptions for 296 yards thus far. He also has 6 TDs (all of this in 3 games). He has been a good student and also a team captain while stepping in on defense for a teammate who could no longer play. He is extremely selfless on this team and is a major reason why we are vastly improved (5th in state in scoring at 45 points per game!).
October Athletes of the Month
Naomi Whitlock-Soccer-Senior: Naomi is a "heart" player. Everything she does is for the good of the team. Need a player to play out of her typical position? Naomi will not only volunteer, but she will also ask thoughtful questions about how to improve at that position. In one game we were winning significantly, Naomi even volunteered to play in goal so our only goalkeeper could have some field time. Naomi's never-give-up play was the reason we beat Centennial 3-2 on senior night. Naomi scored our final goal. The keeper deflected her first shot, but she followed her shot and managed to place her second shot out of the goalkeepers' reach. She just knew she couldn't give up. I still haven't figured out what part of her body she used to shoot that ball. Naomi is one of our captains, and with our other captains, has planned events to help us come together and be successful as a team. I would attribute our success this season to the efforts of our captains. She also plays varsity tennis. Naomi maintains a 4.0 while taking all College and AP courses and playing in the Concert String Orchestra.
James Hamann- Football- Junior-
James has been a true team player (Safety, QB, Receiver, RB, Kicker, Returner) and led us in the Gresham game with 25 tackles, while also stepping in at QB and leading our only TD drive of the game right before half-time. He is a good student who has done everything the coaches have asked him to do this year!
November Athletes of the Month
Trinity Caudle- Swimming
Trinity is one of the most dedicated swimmers on the team. She comes to practice every day with the intentions of getting better and to compete. She is a great teammate and encourages others even if it means they swim a little faster than she does. Trinity has dropped over 10 seconds in the last two years in the 50 breaststroke and even more in the 100 breaststroke. With her improvement the girls relay teams are in the hunt to score big at the state meet.
Josiah Green - Wrestling
Josiah is off to a phenomenal start this wrestling season with a record of 9-2 and wrestling at a very high level in hopes to build his way to winning a state championship. This past weekend Josiah finished 4th place in a very tough 64 man bracket at the Rose City Invitational and went 1 and 1 against the top ranked wrestler in his weight class in the state. Josiah is a team captain for the Scots and leads by example on and off the mat. In the wrestling room he is a vocal leader and is always one of the hardest workers in the room. Josiah is a 3 sport athlete that thrives in school holding a 3.7 GPA.
December Athletes of the Month
Paige has been one of our most consistent players this season, in a year where we have had lots of injuries she is one of our few players that has started every game. She has really stepped up her role this season transitioning from a post player to more of a wing, and was also voted as one of our team captains. She is 2nd overall on our team in scoring and 2nd in rebounding. In our last 6 games she has averaged 14.5 points per game, leading us in that stat. She is a 3-sport athlete and maintains a 3.94 overall GPA.
Romeo Manue - Wrestling
Romeo is having an incredible wrestling season and has been a strong leader on and off the mat for the Scots. Romeo has been extremely dedicated in the wrestling room pushing himself to another level, with more stamina and confidence than ever before. He has a record of 27-2 on the season and is currently unbeaten in team Duals. Over this past weekend Romeo knocked off the the #1 seeded wrestler from the 4A Division in a pretty convincing victory proving he is one of the best wrestlers in the state at the 182 pound Division. Romeo has done a great job this year stepping up as a vocal leader for the team and constantly pushes everyone in the room to get better. Romeo plans to finish this season out without losing another match and earn himself a State Championship.
January Athletes of the Month
Julie Schwam- Sophomore- Swim-
Julie has demonstrated the ability to be an achiever in all aspects of her high school experience. Julie is the highest ranked swimmer in our district. She has posted a leagues best times in the 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 200 IM and100 back. She has the fastest time on the DDHS girls team in all events except the 100 breast. She recently placed 12th place in the 1650 freestyle against some of the best swimmers in Washington, California and Oregon. Julie is also a success in the classroom. She earned a 4.0 GPA this semester. Julie also volunteers her time with the youth swim program helping coach the 8 and under swimmers on Monday and Wednesday evening.
Brayden is leading our boys team to an undefeated season so far. He has scored the most dual meet points and has posted the fastest times in the 200 free, 200 IM, 500 free and 100 back to this point. His positive energy and willingness to take risk helps others be their best as well. Brayden has also had success in the classroom this semester by earning a 3.2 GPA. Brayden also works with our youth swim team as well and teaching swim lessons in the summer. He takes great pride in the overall success of the aquatic teams in the district
February Athletes of the Month
Rania Abdul Wahed- 12th-Wrestling
Rania has wrestled for just 2 years and has shown amazing ability to not only be a top contender in the girls division, but also a strong contender in the boys division as well. Rania wrestled on the varsity lineup in the majority of the conference duals we had this season while holding a solid GPA of 3.6. She has been the undeniable leader out of the 12 girls that wrestled this year and has proved that her hard work and dedication payed off in the long run. Rania was a top 4 placer in every tournament she competed in for the new girls division this season. Rania finished the season strong by earning 3rd place in the girls northern state qualifier with some stiff competition and lost a close match for true 2nd to earn a spot in the state tournament. Rania then competed in the traditional District tournament and finished 4th place in the Mt. Hood Conference. Rania also won the George Myer Award at the MHC Distict Tournament. The George Myer award goes to a senior who has overcome adversities in their life and yet have found success in school and in wrestling. This award is voted on by coaches in the Mt Hood Conference.
Romeo Manue- 12th- Wrestling
Romeo is in his 3rd year of wrestling for the Scots and has truly become a beast on the mat. Romeo has been a very strong leader in the practice room for the team and is continuously dominating his opponents during competition. The younger kids on the team look up to him as a guy they would like to be like. He has a great charisma about him that draws the underclassman's attention while still being a positive motivating leader. Romeo had an outstanding record of 47-5 on the season and went undefeated in duals against other teams. He scored the most points for the Scots this season in head to head match ups and total points earning 1st team All League. Romeo finished 2nd in the State Tournament this year falling short in an overtime match. Romeo is now looking forward to college wrestling to continue his career.
March Athletes of the Month
3.875 GPA Laura has started her senior season off with a great first competition of the season. She won the 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles and long jump competition at Canby. On top of that, Laura is an outstanding positive leader for our girls' team. She does a great job leading by example and encouraging her teammates. Laura is a versatile athlete that is willing to compete in any event in order to help the team out.
Kenton is our #1 doubles player and a two time returning District Champion and 3 time State Qualifier. Kenton has worked really hard over the past 3 years and has had tremendous success. Kenton is also a great student with at 3.62 gpa. Kenton is a great teammate as well. This season, Kenton is 3-0 at #1 doubles. Kenton will also play #1 or #2 singles to help the team when we need it.