Athletics Update: Fall Season Wrap-up - November 2021

Chad Pohlman, Athletics Director

Hello again Grizzly fans,

What a fall! Congratulations to all our student-athletes who participated during the fall season, and thank you to all our families who supported our teams and made it such a success. Our community has so much to celebrate, and it starts with just watching our kids suiting up, having a blast, and making memories. There was a time when we might have taken this part of school life for granted but not any longer. We hope that our Grizzlies fans enjoyed the season and were able to follow along with our many success stories. We can’t tell them all, but here are some highlights.

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Fall Sports Highlights

Boys Tennis

The boys tennis season concluded with six team members competing in the Emerald Sound Conference Championship for a chance to qualify for the State Tournament:

  • Philip Huang, senior – Singles
  • David Brownell, junior – Singles
  • Jeff Jiang, senior, and Owen Graves, junior – Doubles
  • Jakob Morris, junior, and McKennon Wimer, junior – Doubles

Our boys competed hard and came up just short. It was a fantastic season for the team under second-year head coach Jeff Morse. Congratulations!

Girls Volleyball

The girls volleyball season came to an end last week after an amazing season. Not only did the girls earn the top spot in the Conference’s Coho Division with a regular season record of 11 – 1, but they found success in the Emerald Sound Conference postseason tournament taking a couple of wins there as well. Ultimately, the girls wound up just shy of a State-qualifying game. Congratulations!

Boys Golf

The boys golf team plays in a “split” season. The regular season is held in the fall, and the postseason takes place in the spring. The team’s regular season was nothing short of spectacular. For the first time in school history, the team was undefeated (8 – 0) and capped off the season with a team win at Conference’s fall tournament. There were numerous team and individual records along the way. In all, twelve boys qualified for the postseason (also a school record) and will play in the Emerald Sound Conference Championship next May for a shot at qualifying for the 1A State Championship:

  • Aaron Moore, senior
  • Ryder Odem, sophomore
  • Giap Do, junior
  • Jack Yang, junior
  • Rhett Nordberg, freshman
  • Aaron Uotila, senior
  • Thomas Huberty, senior
  • Sam Bieber, junior
  • Tiger Liu, senior
  • Sam Hembree, senior
  • Aum Singh, sophomore
  • Zaden Gauthier, freshman

As fun and exciting as the fall season was for this group, my hunch is that the best is yet to come, and I can’t wait to watch it all unfold. 

Boys and Girls Cross Country

Our cross country teams competed with tremendous success in the Emerald Sound Conference Championship Meet at Granite Falls HS on October 23. Eight Grizzlies advanced to the 1A District 1/2/3/4 Championship Meet on October 30 at South Whidbey HS which pitted the top 164 girls in a quad-district race and the top 108 boys in a bi-district race with a shot at State on the line:

  • Natalie Hewit, sophomore
  • Hannah Chinn, junior
  • Sophia Dunn, senior
  • Austin Chu, freshman
  • Jameson Weed, junior
  • John Cao, freshman
  • Christian Yeo, junior
  • Oscar Moe, sophomore

At the meet, Austin led the boys with a time of 19:34.40 and a 52nd place finish. Jameson (81st place), John (83rd place), Christian (87th place) and Oscar (105th place) rounded out our team finish. In the girls race, Hannah and Sophie placed 63rd and 89th respectively, while Natalie finished in 21:50.04 and placed 40th to earn a spot in the 1A State Championship Meet on November 6 in Pasco. Full results of both races can be found on Athletic.net.

At State, Natalie ran hard and valiantly shaved 20 seconds off her best time, running a personal record 21:30 and placing 55th out of 99 runners. Way to go, Natalie! We are so proud of our cross country teams and everything they accomplished this year. 

Girls Soccer

If the girls soccer season had a theme, it would be overcoming adversity. These girls battled their way through the Conference’s tough Chinook Division (multiple teams are top-10 ranked in WA state) while dealing with frequent injuries. The girls displayed courage and tenacity as they rose to the occasion, time and time again as they worked their way through the Emerald Sound Conference Tournament. The season finally came to an end last week at Bush, just one game shy of the State-qualifying game they had their eyes on. It was an incredible season nonetheless and successful in so many ways. We are proud of this team and the way it persevered. Way to go, ladies!

All-Conference Honors

Emerald Sound Conference fall season coaches* voted and recognized the following Grizzlies with all-conference honors. Congratulations on a tremendous season and on this special recognition. 

  • Boys Tennis – Sportsmanship Award
  • Girls Soccer – Sportsmanship Award
  • Zoe Smith – Volleyball, First Team Coho Division
  • Mackenzie Martin – Volleyball, First Team Coho Division
  • Angelina Jensen – Volleyball, Second Team Coho Division 
  • Miya Shimada – Girls Soccer, First Team Chinook Division
  • Natalie Hewit – Girls Cross Country, All-Conference Honors
  • Hannah Chin – Girls Cross Country, All-Conference Honors

* Boys golfers will be recognized in the spring after the Emerald Sound Conference Tournament.

National Letters of Intent

Congratulations to seniors Tess Bumiller and Zoe Smith who have both recently signed their letters of intent to play collegiate sports next year. Tess will be playing softball at Utah State University, and Zoe will attend Central Christian College of Kansas to play volleyball. We are so proud of these ladies for their hard work, dedication, and commitment to excellence. We are excited to watch you as you continue with your dreams!

Letterman Jackets

It is that time of year when Bear Creek athletes receive their varsity letters. If you are new to our lettering process, you can learn more about how athletes earn letters by reading section 9.2.20.1 in the Family Handbook (log in on MyBC/Parents) and how to order a jacket in our Letterman Jacket Guide (always available on the School Uniforms page). If you have questions or need letters or sport patches from previous seasons, please reach out to me and we can take care of that for you.

As a general rule, athletes will receive a commemorative BC patch in addition to a sport patch after lettering in their first sport at Bear Creek. When you order your jacket, you will choose a BC patch according to the color option selected for the left front of your jacket. (Note: The commemorative patch is not suitable for affixing to your jacket and is meant to put in your scrapbook.) Varsity letter bars are presented to athletes each season when they earn a varsity letter. 

Green & White Night

Green & White Night

Save the date! Our basketball teams are gearing up for the winter season, and we hope you will join us online for another modified Green & White Night on Tuesday, November 23. More details coming soon.

As always, be sure you are following us on social media to get the most current announcements, scores, and updates. You will find us on Instagram and Twitter at @bcgrizzlysports.

Go Grizzlies!

Chad Pohlman
cpohlman@tbcs.org