2May
2016

Daily Pilot Athlete of the Week: Katie Hendrix

  Athlete of the Week: Hendrix keeps busy for Sailors

David Carrillo Peñaloza

 

David Carrillo Peñaloza
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Katie Hendrix is a student, athlete and coach. She is one busy 16-year-old.

She is taking six honors classes at Newport Harbor High. She plays on the girls’ lacrosse team. She coaches a middle school girls’ lacrosse team.

Hendrix finds the time to do all these activities and she does them at a high level. She said she has a 4.3 weighted grade-point average. She is one of the top players on the Sailors. She inspires younger girls.

The last one is what Newport Harbor Coach Matt Armstrong admires the most about Hendrix.

“For me, there’s the sport, but then there’s like what the sport offers, and it’s the team, the bonding, the camaraderie, the friendship, but then for [girls like Hendrix there are] opportunities for leadership, to give back to the community,” Armstrong said. “[Girls like Hendrix are] literally volunteering their time, just to help girls have a better chance at something that they’ve had a chance with.”

Armstrong calls Hendrix a natural leader. She has definitely guided the Sailors to a historic season.

Hendrix is the first member in her family to lead a Newport Harbor lacrosse team to a perfect league title this year. She hopes the next one is her brother, Cooper, whose boys’ team closes out Sunset League play on Friday against Marina.

Katie’s Sailors won at Esperanza, 11-1, on Thursday, completing the first undefeated Newport Harbor girls’ league championship. Hendrix and the Sailors closed out the regular season by beating the program they shared first place with in the Century Sunset-Empire League last year.

This season, Newport Harbor dominated league, going 8-0, and Hendrix, a junior committed to Arizona State University, has been vital to the success.

Last week, when the Sailors clinched the outright league title in an 11-1 victory against Yorba Linda, Hendrix finished with two goals, three assists, two ground balls and two draws won. She also recorded two goals, two assists and a ground ball in a 14-5 win against El Dorado.

For the season, Hendrix totaled 26 goals, 14 assists, 31 ground balls, and won 40 draws in 16 overall games played. The game that is the most important for Hendrix, a midfielder, comes next week, when the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section South Division playoffs start.

The past two postseason trips for Hendrix have ended in the same fashion, one-and-done. She and the Sailors look to change things this year in the first round.

Hendrix said the team has already achieved two of the three goals it set out this year. The first was to compete in the Battle of the Bay against archrival Corona del Mar, and the Sailors did in a 9-7 setback. The second goal was to claim the league outright. The third goal is to reach the second round of the playoffs for the first time.

Hendrix and the Sailors learn of their opening-round opponent on Saturday during the release of the playoff pairings. They hope to earn a better seed than the last two postseason appearances when the Sailors were the No. 15 and No. 12 seeds, losing on the road to Foothill, 13-1, last year, and at Mater Dei, 10-2, two years ago.

If Newport Harbor (11-6 overall) has to travel in the first round on Tuesday, Armstrong said his team would be OK. The Sailors are used to playing on the road.

“These girls have shown a lot of resilience in that every game is kind of an away game,” said Armstrong, whose team has played its home games at Estancia High because of renovations at Newport Harbor’s Davidson Field. “We’re getting kind of tossed and turned all around. We drove up to [West Hills to play] Chaminade [and we won, 9-6, on March 18]. We drove down to Temecula [to face Temecula Valley and we won, 11-4, on Tuesday]. We’ve sort of been all over the map, and they’ve showed up to play no matter what. That’s a huge testament to the team and the leadership on the team.”

Hendrix is a vocal leader, and she has learned a few things about coaching from Armstrong, who’s in his fifth season at the helm of the Sailors. Hendrix is in her first year coaching Newport Harbor’s feeder program, Anchor LAX, comprised of sixth- seventh- and eight-grade girls in the Newport Harbor zone.

Hendrix coaches, along with teammates Jordan Rausch and Rylie Siegfried, and Newport Harbor assistant coach Kaleigh Gibbons, a former standout with the Monmouth University women’s lacrosse team.

“It’s so fun to watch them coach,” Armstrong said of his players. “They are really natural. They really interact well with the girls and the girls respond to them. There’s this other part of me that like loves watching them get on the girls’ case for things that I get on their case for. It’s funny because like they will be doing something in practice, and then 20 minutes later, they’ll be like complaining to those girls about what they’re doing.”

Hendrix finds a way to redirect the younger girls during practices at Ensign Intermediate School.

“I always use like the term, ‘It didn’t matter if like Harry kissed Sally today at school, but we need to like focus,'” Hendrix said, before telling them, “We got a game on Saturday. We only have three hours of practice this whole week. We need to just focus for an hour and a half, and like after you can talk about whatever, you can talk about it [during] water breaks, we don’t care, just like don’t talk about it when we’re [practicing or] playing.”

Katie Hendrix

Born: June 1, 1999

Hometown: Newport Beach

Height: 5-foot-7

Sport: Lacrosse

Year: Junior

Coach: Matt Armstrong

Favorite food: Sushi

Favorite movie: “21 Jump Street”

Favorite athletic moment: “Probably just like rallying against CdM [in a 9-7 loss in the Battle of the Bay rivalry game].”

Week in review: Hendrix finished with two goals, three assists, two ground balls and two draws won, helping the Sailors clinch their first outright league title with an 11-1 win against Yorba Linda. She also recorded two goals, two assists and a ground ball in a 14-5 win against El Dorado in Century Sunset-Empire League action.

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2May
2016

SCOOP WEEKLY | MAY 2-6

  • Congratulations to Varsity for their win over Esperanza on Thursday. First time in program history Newport Harbor has won Century-Empire-Sunset League! Undefeated in league (8-0)!
  • Varsity has earned the 10th seed in the playoffs and will face #7 San Juan Hills on Tuesday @ 7pm, San Juan Hills High School. We hope you can join us and cheer our Varsity to victory! JV & JVB Players can ride the bus with the team!
  • Another BIG Congratulations go out to our JV and JV Blue teams. 16 JV teams competed at Laxapalooza this past Saturday: Newport JV 1st Place and JV Blue 2nd Place! Way to go – Newport Girls Lacrosse future is looking good!
  • Fundraiser 2016 drawing has been delayed. (We have a couple players that sold tickets that have to turn in their stubs. We want to be fair to anyone that bought tickets!) Drawing will happen this week – we’ll keep you posted!
  • MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Newport Harbor Girls Lacrosse Banquet 2016 will be Friday, June 3rd @ 6pm, St. Andrews Youth Center.

SCHEDULE

VARSITY
*If you will not be attending, please text Coach Armstrong @ (949) 444-3898. 

5/2 PRACTICE @ HARPER 2:15-4:15PM
5/3 PLAYOFF GAME
 @ SAN JUAN HILLS 7PM; BUS DEPARTS 4:45PM
5/4 TBA
5/5 TBA
5/6 TBA

JV
*If you will not be attending, please text Coach Chris @ (760) 809-8796.

5/2 OFF
5/3 VARSITY PLAYOFF GAME
 @ SAN JUAN HILLS 7PM; BUS DEPARTS 4:45PM
5/4 OFF
5/5 OFF
5/6 OFF

JV BLUE
*If you will not be attending, please text Coach Hendrix @ (949) 278-2833.

5/2 OFF
5/3 VARSITY PLAYOFF GAME
 @ SAN JUAN HILLS 7PM; BUS DEPARTS 4:45PM
5/4 VIDEO SHOOT
@ HARPER 2:30PM; PLEASE WEAR/BRING BOTH UNIFORMS & TEAM JACKET.
5/5 OFF
5/6 OFF


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Newport Harbor Girls Lacrosse Banquet
Friday, June 3rd @ 5:30pm
St. Andrews Youth Center

Summer Camp at USC
Dates: June 20-22
Commuter & Overnight Options Available (overnight spots limited; first come first serve)
Grades: 8-12
Optional Pre-Camp Sessions:

  • Shooting: Led by Lindsey Munday, All World Attacker
  • Draw Control: Led by Alyssa Leonard, NCAA All-Time Draw Leader
  • Goalie: Led by Devon Wills, All-World Goalie

Summer Camp Flyer: Click Here

27Apr
2016

GAME RECAP | 4/26 VS TEMECULA VALLEY

VARSITY
Newport Harbor 11
Temecula Valley 4

Newport Harbor Takes Down Temecula Valley

Newport Harbor made the trek to Temecula and earned its third straight victory, 11-4.  Although senior Rylie Siegfried fed junior Katie Hendrix off the opening draw to earn the 1-0 lead, the flood gates did not open, and the Golden Bears settled in and controlled much of the first half.  After falling behind 2-1, the Sailors girded up and clawed back to a lead behind goals from Siegfried and junior attacker Caitlin Dwyer.  Hendrix gave Newport a 5-2 cushion on a smooth and aggressive drive, ducking under the low defense and splitting the slide for the close range ripper.  The home team chipped one of the lead before halftime, to make the score 5-3.

The second half was all Sailors, as the defense played lights out ball.  Anchored by seniors Hannah Sanders (nine saves, 69%) and Jordan Rausch, the Newport defense simply would not allow the Temecula Valley attack to develop any consistent threat.  Meanwhile, the offense for NHHS went to work.  Driving was the name of the game, and juniors Heather Roberts and Sarah Farley earned a spot in the book with a goal apiece.  Dwyer added one more to her total, Hendrix finished with three goals and five draw controls, and Siegfried lit it up with four goals, an assist, and three draw controls.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Hannah Sanders & Rylie Siegfried
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JV
Newport Harbor 9
Temecula Valley 6

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Rachel Del Valle
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JV BLUE
Newport Harbor 14
University 6

 

25Apr
2016

SCOOP WEEKLY | APRIL 25-30

  • Thank you to everyone that came out and help make Thursday’s Senior Night a success! Special thanks to Julie Allen, Cheryl Roberts, Teran Rodriguez, Paula O’Connor and Drew Warmington!
  • Last week of regular season games. JV and JV Blue will be participating in Laxapalooza on Saturday and Varsity Play-Off Schedule to be announced this week!
  • Fundraiser 2016 is going strong! You have until Friday to sell, sell, sell! We spied 6 JV Blue players selling at Ralph’s this weekend and we heard that two Varsity players have sold all their tickets! KILLING IT!

SCHEDULE

VARSITY
*If you will not be attending, please text Coach Armstrong @ (949) 444-3898. 

4/25 PRACTICE @ HARPER 2:15-4:15PM
4/26 GAME
 @ TEMECULA VALLEY 6:30PM; BUS DEPARTS AT 2PM
4/27 PRACTICE 
@ HARPER 2:15-4:15PM
4/28 GAME @ ESPERANZA 5PM; BUS DEPARTS 2:45PM
4/29 PRACTICE @ HARPER 2:15-4:15PM; FUNDRAISER 2016 TICKET TURN IN!

JV
*If you will not be attending, please text Coach Chris @ (760) 809-8796.

4/25 PRACTICE @ BACK BAY 2:30-4:30PM
4/26 GAME @ TEMECULA VALLEY 5PM; BUS DEPARTS AT 2PM
4/27 PRACTICE @ BACK BAY 2:30-4:30PM; TEAM DINNER 5PM HOSTED BY TRANE
4/28 GAME @ ESPERANZA 6:30PM; BUS DEPARTS 2:45PM
4/29 PRACTICE @ BACK BAY 2:30-4:30PM; FUNDRAISER 2016 TICKET TURN IN!
4/30 LAXAPALOOZA @ LAGUNA HILLS HS @ 8AM; *SEPARATE EMAIL

JV BLUE
*If you will not be attending, please text Coach Hendrix @ (949) 278-2833.

4/25 PRACTICE @ HARPER 2-4PM
4/26 GAME VS UNIVERSITY 6:45PM; BUS DEPARTS 5:15PM | ESTANCIA; PHOTO SHOOT IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING GAME.
4/27 PRACTICE @ HARPER 2-4PM; TEAM DINNER 4:15PM HOSTED BY LUCORE/WADMAN
4/28 PRACTICE @ HARPER 2-4PM
4/29 PRACTICE @ HARPER 2-4PM; FUNDRAISER 2016 TICKET TURN IN!
4/30 LAXAPALOOZA @ LAGUNA HILLS HS @ 8:50AM; *SEPARATE EMAIL


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Summer Camp at USC
Dates: June 20-22
Commuter & Overnight Options Available (overnight spots limited; first come first serve)
Grades: 8-12
Optional Pre-Camp Sessions:

  • Shooting: Led by Lindsey Munday, All World Attacker
  • Draw Control: Led by Alyssa Leonard, NCAA All-Time Draw Leader
  • Goalie: Led by Devon Wills, All-World Goalie

Summer Camp Flyer: Click Here

23Apr
2016

OCVarsity.com | Newport Harbor ready to make playoff run

Newport Harbor ready to make playoff run

STAFF WRITER

The Newport Harbor girls lacrosse team accomplished one goal Thursday night.

With their 11-1 victory over Yorba Linda, the Sailors clinched their first outright Century SE (Century Sunset-Empire) League title.

The Sailors’ focus will soon be turned toward another goal: advancing out of the first round the U.S. Lacrosse Orange County Championships.

Last year, the Sailors drew the 15th seed and lost in the opening round to the eventual champion, second-seeded Foothill.

The Sailors are likely to have a better starting point this time around when the playoff matchups are announced. It is all part of the growth of the program.

“We were expecting to be undefeated in league, and with one more game, we will be able to execute that,” Coach Matt Armstrong said. “Looking at our nonleague schedule, we wanted to face the best competition around. We played a number of teams in the top 10 and top 15.

“We didn’t have that breakthrought win we were all looking for.”

They had enough near-misses that Armstrong believes his team will be primed for the playoffs.

“Most (of the losses) were close,” he said. “We lost by two to Trabuco Hills (8-6), one to Beckman (7-6) and Los Alamitos (9-8), and by two to Corona del Mar (9-7). Foothill and Mater Dei handled us early, but the girls are battle-tested.”

The Sailors are led by senior Rylie Siegfried, but several others have also made important contributions, including Katie Hendrix, Adena Rothbard, Jordan Rausch and Heather Roberts.

Newport Harbor concludes the regular season next week with road games against Temecula Valley and Esperanza. The playoff pairings will be announced April 30.

TITLE CONTENDERS

The top three girls lacrosse teams in the county are Mater Dei, St. Margaret’s and defending champion Foothill. Mater Dei and St. Margaret’s are undefeated.

Armstrong believes after that group, there is parity in the county.

“I think there could be a lot of good first-round games,” he said. “I think you could possibly see a 12th seed beating a 5 seed. The top three teams, I think any one of them could win it (title).”

Last year, fourth-seeded Beckman defeated top-seeded Mater Dei in the county semifinals.

Contact the writer: dcalhoun@ocregister.com

 

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