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Seattle Academy Athletics Celebrates Season and Announces Athletic Contribution Awards

Seattle Academy Spring 2020 Athletics Contributor Awards

It was another great year for Seattle Academy Cardinal Athletics. We will add nineteen banners to the gym wall!  More impressive are our participation numbers. We had seventy-four teams this year and close to seventy percent of our student population participating in at least one season of athletics this year. That wouldn’t have been possible without the seventy-six passionate coaches helping guide and mentor these student-athletes. 

2019-2020 Sports Season Highlights

  • Emerald City League championships were won by boys' golf, boys' tennis, girls' soccer and both boys' and girls' basketball
  • Four league Most Valuable Players came from Cardinal teams including Kaitlin Diamond '21 for soccer, Joe Cookson '21 and Leo DeBruhl '21 in basketball as well as Katie Drais '22 in basketball.
  • At the state level, the girls' cross country team sent representatives to race for the sixth year in a row, and the boys joined as well. Boys' Ultimate celebrated their best state run, making it into the final four.
  • This fall our girls' soccer team won its fifth WIAA 1A State Title. With sixty teams in their classification, that is no easy task.
  • In the Winter the girls' basketball team made a state appearance in February. The boys' team finished their highest in school history with a third place STATE finish.
  • Both our girls and boys' wrestling teams received WIAA State Academic Champions recognition. We will add this category to the gym wall this summer. Ten Seattle Academy teams have been honored with this distinction over the years.

At the end of each year, Seattle Academy honors individuals with the Athletic Contribution Award. These awards are given each year to the young man and woman who have contributed the most to the athletic program through leadership, courage, sportsmanship, and excellence. These multi-sport athletes embody the core values of Seattle Academy through sports. 

This individual has demonstrated a devotion to hard work and commitment and set a high standard of sportsmanship. She has succeeded both in the classroom and on the athletic field and was an exemplary leader who always displayed a cheerful attitude that benefited her team and teammates. She was an outstanding role model in our community. The winner of the Middle School Girls’ Bruce Baldwin Athletic Contribution Award is Sydney Lennard '24.

This next individual demonstrated what it means to be the total student-athlete package. He has been tremendous through his focus and commitment. He is an extremely hard working individual who has contributed in a variety of ways to help his team and teammates be successful. He embodies the spirit and the core values of Seattle Academy through is demonstrated excellence and leadership qualities. His impact is felt beyond the team, as his talent and contributions serve as an inspiration to all students in our community. This year’s Middle School Boys' Bruce Baldwin Athletic Contribution Award goes to Riley Cantu '24.

This individual has been an outstanding member of the Seattle Academy soccer and tennis programs throughout his four years here culminating in what would have been an appearance in the state tennis tournament this spring. In addition to this, he was a four-year varsity soccer player and also played basketball for three years. Said tennis head coach Barton Truscott, “He’s a quiet leader, a true role model, a real sportsman.” The winner of this year’s Male Sports Contribution Award is Orson Smith '20.

This individual was a four-year varsity player and All-League performer starring in both basketball and soccer. Named 2nd-Team All-League in basketball, helping the SAAS girls’ team to the state tournament, and a 1st-Team All-League goalie in soccer, she helped the SAAS girls win the state championship this past fall.  Said her varsity soccer coach Brooks Hopp '08, “She gave everything for her teammates and coaches, battled countless injuries to play, and was a winner, league champ and state champ.”  The winner of the Katherine Olson Female Sports Contribution Award is Ingrid Odmark '20.  

On Friday, May 29, the Seattle Academy Athletic Department hosted an online 2019-2020 Athletics Celebration via Zoom. They gathered to celebrate Cardinal Sports and shared an opportunity to hear from current coaches and current student-athletes while reviewing the year and celebrating our senior class. 

Watch the 2019-2020 Athletics Celebration 


This spring is not one we will ever forget. It’s not the season that we hoped for and certainly not one our student-athletes deserved. But we will remember Spring 2020 for the tremendous flexibility, resiliency - and most importantly - sense of community that persisted through this time. None of you signed up for Spring sports with the intention of not being able to compete. Yet you all continued to show up and take part! From Zoom team workouts, to film sessions, to team bonding and everything in between - you made the most of it. We have all learned that the TEAM is what makes the experience. Thank you for your commitment to your teams and creating community, even from a distance.

We all at Seattle Academy can’t wait for the next chapter - ONWARD and GO CARDINALS!  

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