Wednesday, December 4, 2019

HS Update: Awards Round-Up

All of the area leagues unveiled their awards winners following the conclusion of their seasons or during the postseason tournaments. Here is a round-up of the award winners.

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Greater Spokane League

It was no surprise that Chelsea Le took home the Offensive MVP award. Despite finishing sixth in the league in scoring, the Bullpup guided Gonzaga Prep to the league championship as the leader of the squad, finishing with eight tallies, which was fourth in goals. She was joined by four other players on the First Team, including goalkeeper Eden Elliott, who finished with the league's best GAA at 0.65. Gonzaga Prep went on to a fantastic run in the playoffs, reaching the Final Four in the state tournament and finishing third.

Dori Ames was named the Defensive MVP for leading Central Valley defense, which was one of three teams tied for second in goals allowed on the season at 10 behind the small tally of six the Bullpups gave up.

After leading Mt Spokane to a surprise fourth place finish ahead of three of the 4A programs, Wildcats coach Shannon Stiles was recognized as the GSL Coach of the Year. In addition to sweeping their 3A peers, the Wildcats went 2-2-2 (1-1 in shootouts) against 4A squads during the campaign to finish 6-3 in league play. They were one of the three teams to finish tied for second in defense with just 10 goals allowed.

Great Northern League

The Cheney Blackhawks squeaked out the regular season league championship by one game, finishing 11-1 on the season ahead of West Valley in the two-horse race. The Cheney duo of Makenna Benson and Megan Little swept the Offensive and Defensive MVP awards for the season. West Valley's CC Collins, meanwhile, earned the Coach of the Year award.

Benson was the leading scorer on the season in the league with 17 goals and four assists (38 points) with Emma Price of West Valley second at 11 goals and an assist (23 points). West Valley's Baylee Trejo finished atop the assist table with nine on the campaign.

The two teams, not surprisingly considering their records, were the top two defensively. Little helped lead the Blackhawks to a league low 12 goals allowed in as many games. They also had three shutouts. West Valley finished with four shutouts and 14 goals allowed. Sydney Reagan was the top keeper with a 0.84 GAA with West Valley's Madison Moloney, who earned the First Team goalkeeper honor, second at 1.27.

Northeast A League

All three of the top sides finished as champions... fittingly. After it was all said and done Freeman and Deer Park finished in a stalemate atop the regular season table at 11-1 and 33 points, each handing the other their lone loss (see table above with breakout of top three). Lakeside was swept in all four matches against the duo, but exacted some revenge in the postseason by claiming the district title. Freeman would win the crossover contest against Cashmere to join Lakeside in the state tournament with both reaching the quarterfinals. Lakeside would ultimately finish fourth at state.

Deer Park's Hannah Hodgson was named Defensive MVP with her teammate Livvy Moore earned co-Offensive MVP honors with Peyton Brewer of Freeman. Dave Ellis was honored as Coach of the Year for leading Freeman to a share of the league title.  [stat leaders not available as a few teams did not submit missing stats]

Mid Columbia Conference

Ruthie Edrington was named Player of the Year after leading the Chiawana Riverhawks to the league title.

Across the Border - Inland Empire League & Intermountain League  

Here is a look at the award winners across the border in North Idaho. The state has already announced it's All-State awards as well with several players from the region picking up honors (noted below).

In addition to being named Inland Empire League 5A MVP Maddy Lasher of Lake City was named to the All-State First Team with her teammate Mady Smith receiving Second Team honors.  5A Idaho Bracket [+]

All four Sandpoint All-League players Jordie Breeden, Hattie Larson, Emma Theilbahr and Kiley Webster were named All-State First Team players after the program's championship run in the state tournament. They were joined by Piper Frank and Kendall Rubright. Hannah Eddy was the league MVP for the IEL 4A contingent.  4A Idaho Bracket [+]

Coeur d'Alene Charter also claimed the state championship, winning the 3A title. Sarah Hines swept the Intermountain League MVP and State Player of the Year awards and was joined by teammates Riley Anderson, Danika Nowak and Isabella Lucky (also a IML All-League selection) in earning state honors with the trio named to the First Team.  3A Idaho Bracket [+]

Lake City finished fourth in the state tournament with a pair of players earning State Honorable Mention honors. Jackson Henkle and Cooper Proctor were recognized after the tournament by the state with Jacob Janzen having earned the IEL 5A Boys MVP honor.  5A Idaho Bracket [+]

Evan Odberg added to his IEL 4A MVP honor with a State First Team selection after helping lead Moscow to fourth in the state tournament.  4A Idaho Bracket [+]

Ron Rojas of Timberlake was named the IML MVP for the season. Bonners Ferry and Coeur d'Alene Charter both were knocked out in the early stages of the state tournament.  3A Idaho Bracket [+]