Saturday, February 25, 2017

Fall 2016 HS League & State Awards

The high school boys season kicks off in about two weeks in Washington state. While the snow still covers most of the area fields, and before we begin preparation for the 2017 boys campaign, here's another look at the girls' season with a round-up of all the area honors handed out throughout central and eastern Washington, including the announced All-State awards after the conclusion of the season.

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Among the big leagues in the region, the Mid-Columbia Conference received the most honors from the Washington State Soccer Coaches Association with eight players recognized for the outstanding seasons, including five First Team selections for MCC MVP Kelsee Winston, defender Haley Thomas, defender Emily Russell, forward McKaley Goffard and striker Summer Yates. Greater Spokane League Offensive MVP Claire Neder was also named First Team along with Columbia Basin Big 9 Conference Player of the Year Natalie Nagle.

GSL co-Defensive MVPs Mia Padon (Gonzaga Prep) and Katie Anderson (Mead) were each honored on the Second Team along with Dani Mendoza (Hanford).

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At the 2A tier, Great Northern League Offensive and Defensive MVPs Shannon Frucci and Kari Bromley (both East Valley) were named to the Second Team with Northeast A League's matching award-winning duo of Emmy Moore and Lily Pierce receiving the same Second Team recognition at the 1A classification.

In central Washington, the CWAC saw Nikki Velasquez (Othello) earn 2A First Team honors with Defensive Player of the Year Reyna Schedler (Ellensburg) and Jamie Fassler (Prosser) getting Second Team nods. The 1A SCAC West MVP Grace Terrill (Cle Elem) was honored on the First Team with Kamryn Fiscus (La Salle) while Cynthia Cuevas (Granger) and Brixi Mendoza (Naches Valley) making the Second Team list.

St George's players, not surprisingly, dominated the state awards lists as double champions at the B level. Leading the way on the boys side was State MVP Mitchell Ward. Fellow First Team selections were Noah Galow, Caelen Angell, Alex Poppel and Noah Halliburton-Link. Lydia Bergquist made it a Dragons sweep of the State MVP honors and was joined on the First Team by Maddy Christiansen, Mary Neder and Alison Day. Heidi Melville and Mark Rickard were honored as the Boys and Girls State Coaches of the Year.

IDAHO HONORS  (available info)