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Riverdale High School Sports Highlights

Friday, May 21

Riverdale High School Sports Highlights


Boys Varsity Basketball Coaches Achieve 100th Career Win!!

Boys varsity basketball coaching duo Coach Paul Henderson and Asst. Coach Jese Kirsch achieved their 100th win at Riverdale at Monday's season opener against Catlin Gabel, winning 48-40.
2021 saw Henderson and Kirsch enter their 9th season at Riverdale. Both began in the 2012-13 school year, where they were crowned league champions in their first season. When asked how he feels to hit this milestone, Coach Henderson replied, "It feels great! Coach Kirsch and I appreciate all the support from Rob Pridemore and Harmony Carson in our athletic department. The administration, teachers and counselors do a tremendous job keeping our athletes on track so that they can participate in our program. We greatly appreciate the community and families we get to meet year after year."
Congratulations to Coach Henderson and Coach Kirsch for their dedication and leadership! Go Mavericks!

Spring Sports Highlights

HS Track & Field 

Despite Covid protocols and a condensed season, the Mavericks managed to shine brightly at the 3A-1 District Meet and the Culminating Week Meet. The Culminating Meet became the unofficial state championship as OSAA wasn’t able to host this year.
Junior Sam Veverka came away with first place finishes at the District Meet for Boys Long Jump, setting a personal record of 20-05.00 and the Boys 100 Meters (11.52). He also placed second in the Boys Triple Jump with 40-06.00. He went on to the Culminating Week Meet and placed first in the Boys 100 Meters finals (11.49) and Boys Long Jump finals (21-01.25 PR). He also placed 2nd in the Boys Triple Jump, setting a personal record of 41-05.00.
Junior Dillon Wendle finished in first place at the District Meet in the Boys 400 Meters with a personal record of 52.80. He also placed fourth in the Boys Triple Jump (38-03.50 PR). At the Culminating Week Meet, Wendle placed third in the Boys 400 Meters (52.47 PR) and fourth place in the Boys Triple Jump (39-00.00 PR) setting a personal record in both events.
Junior Teddy Altman had a good showing at the District Meet placing first in the Boys 300m Hurdles (36”) with a time of 42.51 (PR). He finished second in the Boys 100 Meters 11.84 (PR). Altman went on to the Culminating Week Meet and placed 6th in the 100 Meters (11.81 PR) and 5th in the 300m Hurdles (43.64).
Senior Lyle McCaffrey finished in third place at the District Meet in the Boys 800 Meters with a personal record of 2:10.00. He beat his personal record at the Culminating Week Meet, finishing 9th with a time of 2:09.50.
Veverka, Wendle, Altman and McCaffrey also teamed up competing in the Boys 4x400 Relay at the District Meet and Culminating Week Meet, placing second (3:43.96) and third (3:39.30) respectively.
The Riverdale Boys Team placed 4th overall at both the District (of 9 teams) and Culminating Week Meets (of 26 teams).
Freshman Zoe Rector had an outstanding debut at the District Meet, finishing first in the Girls 800 Meters (2:24.61 PR) and Girls 1500 Meters (4:57.46). Rector went on to place first at the Culminating Meet in the same events with respective times of 2:25.06 (800 M) and 4:51.09 PR (1500 M).
Senior Zoe Reece finished 5th in the Girls 1500 Meters (6:10.44) at the District Meet.

HS Golf

The Maverick boys capped off an outstanding season by finishing third overall at the special district golf championship under the continued great coaching of Spencer Gerke and Pat Coons. The team shot a combined score of 697 over the two day event which included a round at Quail Valley and Glendoveer. On day one the Mavericks shot a combined total of 350 strokes at Quail Valley and then followed that up with a team combined score of 347 at Glendoveer. Additionally, the Mavericks saw three of their golfers receive all-league honors.  Receiving second team all-league awards are Sophomore Anders Nielsen shooting a two-day total of 165, Senior Oliver Nielsen (168), and Senior Jackson Hart (171).  Junior Aidan Hurliman shot an impressive 193 to round out the scoring for the Mavericks.
In a two day event at Quail Valley and Glendoveer Golf Courses, Maverick girls shot a combined team score of 822 to capture their first ever district championship. Led by longtime coach and athletic director Rob Pridemore, Senior Yvonne Vinceri won the tournament by 24 strokes and was a first team all-league selection, shooting a two day total of 144 (72/72). Yvonne has won the individual medalist award every year she has participated in the district event. Helping secure the district title in their first two-day event were Junior Ashley Koski (246), Sophomore Olivia Schallich (251), and Sophomore Lucy Wagner (253).    

HS Tennis

Despite the shortened season, mask mandates and loss of their home venue at Lewis and Clark due to the ice storm, the Maverick Boys and Girls Tennis teams still managed to have a bright season. A special thanks to Stafford Hills Tennis Club for accommodating our teams on such short notice.
Led by returning coach Marc Greenberg and boys singles standouts Junior Max Furman and Sophomore Shotaro Norville, the Riverdale boys pushed several teams to decide final matches. Beyond the regular season, five Riverdale players made it through to the second round of the District Tournament, with Ragel advancing to the quarterfinals. Their strong showing was just a small glimpse of the potential this team has moving forward. 
With longtime coach Jeff Brown, the Maverick girls tennis team also had some success at the District Tournament with Senior Nova Huynh and Sophomores Hayden Seawright and Grace Novack winning their first round matches. The girls are building a good foundation for next year, and we can’t wait to see what they do.