Fall and Winter Sports Highlights
The girls cross country team advanced to the 2B State meet, finishing sixth. The girls were led by sophomore Bridget Daugherty, who finished 30th overall. All-league first team honors were awarded to senior Joy Twentyman and sophomores Daugherty and Annalise Hastings. The girls cross country team also earned the Academic State Championship in the WIAA Scholastic Cup competition. Coach David Miller was named the girls cross country Sea-Tac 2B League Coach of the Year. From the boys team, sophomore David Broaddus and junior Dylan Kern both qualified individually for State and earned all-league first team and second team honors respectively.
The girls soccer team carried its storybook season all the way to the State Championship game and won! The team started the year with a new head coach and a very short roster, but overcame these challenges to win the district championship by defeating league rival Crosspoint Academy (2-1) and then Napavine in a shootout (1-0) for the State Championship. The team finished the season with an overall record of 13-5-2 (5-1 in league). Seniors Morgan Rial and Danielle Isbell, as well as sophomores Brittany DiGenova and Caroline Bridgwater, were awarded all-league first team honors. Freshman Whitney Isbell received an honorable mention. The Washington State Soccer Coaches Association named Rial and the Isbell sisters to the all-state first team, while DiGenova and Bridgwater received all-state second team recognition.
The boys soccer team had a great regular season and made a valiant run in the State tournament where the Grizzlies placed fourth. The team finished with an overall record of 15-3-1 (11-1 in league). All-league first team honors were earned by three seniors: Mark Phillips, who scored 40 goals this season, midfielder Nima Abtahi, who made 13 assists this season, and defensive marking back Lucas Fernandez. The Washington State Soccer Coaches Association named Phillips the 2B/1B boys soccer all-state MVP and Abtahi was named to the all-state second team. Additionally, senior Drew Gasiewicz, junior Gabe Rongve, and sophomore Luke Blankenbeckler were awarded all-league second team honors. This season the boys soccer program passed the 100-win mark with a record of 107-43-9 over the last nine seasons, including 63 shutouts.
The varsity volleyball team earned its second consecutive league championship and finished second at the district tournament, its highest finish ever. The team then advanced to the 2B State tournament for the third year in a row, returning with a fifth place trophy and finishing the year with an overall record of 27-3 (12-0 in league). Setter Michele Brown, junior, earned league MVP honors. Additionally, all-league first team honors were awarded to three seniors, middle hitter Elizabeth Fernandez, and outside hitters Nikki Peterson and Bethan Meyer, and another junior, Makena Schoene. Coach Sherrie Brown was named girls volleyball Sea-Tac 2B League Coach of the Year.
The WIAA moved the boys tennis season from the spring to the fall this year, and the boys had quite a year. Individually, seniors Jake Imam and Gimin Moon, junior Chris Finkelson, and freshmen Tristan Hyon, Adam Worley, and Chris Yang all qualified for the Emerald City League tournament. Imam and Hyon won the league doubles championship and advanced to the district tournament where they triumphed, bringing home another championship. These Grizzlies qualified to compete in May 2012 for a State Championship at the Yakima Tennis Club.
The boys basketball team finished the season with a 21-3 record (12-0 in league). The Grizzlies win over South Kitsap during the Bellevue College Holiday Tournament marked the first time in WIAA history that a 2B school has defeated a 4A school during the regular basketball season. The Grizzlies won their third consecutive Sea-Tac 2B League Championship, as well as their third straight Bi-District Championship. Despite this hugely successful season, it all ended one week too early when the Grizzlies dropped their State Regional game to Wahkiakum (46-47), which prevented the team from advancing to the final 8 in Spokane. Seniors Lucas Fernandez and Erik Domas, along with sophomore Luke Blankenbeckler were named to the Sea-Tac 2B all-league first team. Sophomore Collin Feight received second team honors. Fernandez and Domas were also nominated by the Washington Basketball Interscholastic Coaches Association to play in the 2B/1B all-state basketball game on March 10, 2012.
The Lady Grizzlies finished their best-ever season by capturing a second straight Sea-Tac 2B League Championship to go along with their first-ever Bi-District Championship. The girls capped off the season with a win in the State Regional round, defeating Toutle Lake (47-45) which earned them a trip to the Hardwood Classic in Spokane where they dropped a couple of hard fought games. The Lady Grizzlies finished the season with a 18-7 record (11-1 in league) to go with their top-8 finish. Seniors Kendall Engelstone and Madelyn Magee earned Sea-Tac 2B all-league first team honors. Sophomore Catherine Fernandez received second team recognition. Engelstone and Magee were also nominated to participate in the 16th annual Washington/North Idaho All State Girls Basketball games which will be held June 23, 2012.