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Klamath Union Athletics Spring News

March 6, 2018, KLAMATH FALLS, OR -- Student-athletes at Klamath Union High School continue to push themselves and aim for excellence in their chosen sports. This was evident during the winter sports season with several standout teams and individual athletes attending state competitions.

Wrestlers Tyler Moore (195 weight class) and Isaiah Franco (120 weight class) competed at the state level, with Franco finishing in fourth. In swimming, the Boys’ Relay Team also competed at State: Ryan Willrett, Jacob McGonigle, Ben Blake, and Matthew Gettman, with alternates Brady Monteith, Theron Gray, and Brandon Van Meter.

Most recently, The Klamath Ice Hawks Hockey team, consisting of students from multiple high schools in the Basin and lead by several KUHS students) won the State Ice Hockey Championship for the first time ever, beating out the Eugene Generals in overtime.

Those achievements provided a fantastic foundation of enthusiasm for the now underway Spring sports season at KU with 220 students participating in a team sport.

Track and Field lead the way with 101 athletes.

Participation in other sports includes baseball (36), softball (36), girls’ tennis (18), boys’ tennis (10), and co-ed golf (19).

Historically, KU has had a strong track and field program and this is expected to continue this year, under the continuing strong leadership of Coach Rob Coffman, who also runs KU’s exceptional cross-country program.

An indicator of the success of the team is the percentage of students on the team compared to schools of similar size.

Thanks to grant money from Nike and a generous donation from Ken and Jeanne Landrum, both the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams will sport new uniforms this Spring.

The boys will compete under the leadership of new coach, Jason Conaughty. Mary Young returns as coach of the girls’ team. Both coaches indicate KU has several standout students to watch this season including:

Courtlyn Lam, Elyse Englestadter and Mya Phelps on the girls’ team, and Michael Ferns, Michael Gaede and Gavin Conaughty for the boys.

The focus of KU’s Athletics Department this school year has been the development of student leadership in the sports program and beyond. Earlier this month, the girls’ basketball team hosted the Future Pelicans Girls’ Basketball Tournament for 4th and 5th graders, planning, organizing and running the event.

The tournament concluded with Roosevelt taking first, followed by Mills and Pelican.

On March 10th, nine KU female athletes will attend the 2018 Oregon Girls Sports Leadership Summit in Portland, where they will attend workshops on Developing Winning Learners and Leaders.


Later in April, KU will host Positive Coaching Alliance workshops for coaches and athletes, with a follow up of three (3) workshops per year for the next three (3) years. Positive Coaching Alliance is a nationwide organization supported by many professional athletic and college programs. Workshop objectives include building winning programs, enhancing schools’ sports cultures, developing student-athlete leaders, and providing positive coaching and role model guidelines.

One workshop for coaches focuses on Coaching for Winning and Life

Lessons, while the other two workshops are for student-athletes: Making Teammates Betters through Leadership and Positive Initiation and Becoming a Triple-Impact Competitor.


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The mission of Klamath Falls City Schools is that every student is prepared to enter the next grade at the end of each school year. We strive for success measuring three pillars of excellence –

Student Excellence, Collaborative Excellence, and Operational Excellence. We accomplish these goals utilizing Ignite, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, Credit Recovery,

Extra Tutoring, and many other programs. “100% Graduation is Our Expectation.”

Visit www.kfalls.k12.or.us to learn more.

If you have a disability and need this publication in an alternate format, please contact Klamath Falls City Schools Offices at 541-883- 4700.

Klamath Union High School, Ponderosa Middle School, Joseph Conger Elementary, Mills Elementary, Pelican Elementary, Roosevelt Elementary.

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