SMWS Athletics: A Parent Perspective | by Mark Feigal


As a parent of a senior, I would like to offer a quick note about our athletics program here at SMWS.  Our two sons participated in both Shining Mountain athletics and outside athletics programs and the contrast is remarkable and striking.   The SMWS athletics program has adopted the Positive Coaching Alliance ( which is built on the premise of “double goal coaching”.  In short, instilling values to raise human beings AND athletes.   This has been the mantra of our wonderful Athletic Director, Mike Hawkes, and predecessors, John Hamilton and Mike Terborg, all instrumental in leading this movement at our school and attracting coaches who are trained in these positive coaching principals.  And these values are so harmonious with our school’s mission and vision as a Waldorf school.   Our athletes learn how to strive in a healthy way.  This healthy striving permeates to their holistic education, arts, music, academics, community service, their classrooms and communities.  

Please accept this invitation to come to the SMWS gym for a key conference match up against Rocky Mountain Lutheran on Thursday night, January 28.   This will be the most competitive conference foe this year for both the boys’ and the girls’ teams and is very important for tournament seeding.  This night will likely decide the conference winners.  The athletes would love to have the gym packed with a HUGE AND ROWDY crowd to ROCK THE HOUSE for this critical game!!  Does the crowd make a difference?  Totally!!  These are the games these players dream about….playing in front of a huge home crowd!!    

Along with the concerts, plays, assemblies, trips, and other events where the community is asked to show up and support our students, lets all show up and roar for these athletes who are in their final weeks of their Winter sports season.  The teams hope for both students and adults in the stands, standing and cheering for the momentum to swing!  When we introduce our home team’s lineups, that is your cue to rise and roar!!

Thursday January 28:  Boys JV is at 4:00, Girls Varsity at 5:00 and Boys Varsity at 6:30.

Also remember that Tuesday February 9 is Senior Night and a chance to give our Seniors a round of applause in honor and respect of their athletic journey.  Other home games are on 1/30, 2/13 and 2/16.  Then we’re on to the year end tournaments.  Watch the weekly for updates.


In Respect and Appreciation,

Mark Feigal

Proud Dad of Ray (2013) and Luke (2016)