From all-league stars to state champions to what was voted the top soccer moment in the state, Sequim and the surrounding Olympic Peninsula had its share of memorable sports feats in 2013.
Rising to the top? It’s hard to look past Peninsula College’s soccer champs, who for the first time in NWAACC history won back-to-back titles. Both teams dominated nearly every step of the way, earning spots on their respective national junior college soccer polls and garnering ubiquitous accolades.
Led by sophomore scoring star Alex Martinez, Peninsula’s men capped a 21-0-2 season with a 1-0 win against Clark in the NWAACC championship game on Nov. 17, getting the winning score from — who else? — Martinez, who was later named NWAACC men’s soccer Player of the Year.
P.C.’s women finished 20-2-0 but had a decidedly tougher time in the title game, coming from behind to beat Edmonds, 2-1.
In Sequim, it was hard to find an individual athlete who had a bigger year — or a bigger smile — than then-Sequim High School senior Jayson Brocklesby. The 6-foot 5-inch track and hoops star started the year by helping led the Wolves to a sixth-place finish at the class 2A state tournament, Sequim’s best finish since 1988, and added a 2A state high jump title to his resume two months later.
Let’s take a brief look back at the year that was in Sequim-area sports:
In March, several hoops teams made strong pushes into the postseason. Brocklesby and Gabe Carter led the way for Sequim’s boys and wound up on several of SHS’s all-time leaders lists. Carter wound up his career No. 1 in assists and rebounds, No. 2 in blocks, No. 3 in steals and No. 4 in three-pointers; Brocklesby was No. 2 in scoring and steals, and No. 3 in rebounds.
Both of Peninsula College’s hoops squads qualified for the NWAACC tourney, but went a combined 1-4 once there. Not long after, P.C. men head coach Lance Von Vogt announced he’d be
leaving for the head coach job at William Jessup University, an NAIA Division II school in Rocklin, Calif. Peninsula hired as his successor Mitch Freeman, most recently an assistant at California State Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo.
P.C.’s Taylor Larson and Karli Brakes play their way into the Pirate record books, Larson for scoring and Brakes for assists.
Also in March, Sequim High sends seven swimmers and a pair of divers to state and Sequim High grad Anna LaBeaume sets a Linfield College record in the hammer throw.
In April, the Sequim Equestrian team won the District IV Small Team championship.
In May, Sequim High’s fastpitch team fell a bit short at state but teammates Rylleigh Zbaraschuk and Bailey Rhodefer were named co-MVPs of the Olympic League. SHS sent two girl golfers (Maddy Fisher and Elisa Sallee) and a girls double team (Hannah Gauthun and Anna Prorok) to state, but saw its boys soccer team fall one game short in a 1-0 loss to Franklin Pierce at districts; Wolf Mason Barrett was named to the all-league first team.
Fourteen Wolves qualified for the state 2A track and field meet. Brocklesby topped the field in the high jump, leaping his own height (6-5) for the title. Teammate Jasmine McMullin took third in the triple jump and ninth in the long jump.
In June, Brian Maher of Issaquah and Sarah Getty won their respective divisions at the North Olympic Discovery Marathon.
In July, Larry Hill was named to the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, and the Sequim’s 15-year-olds won their Babe Ruth district title.
In August, Sequim hosted the second Dungeness Cup soccer tourney that saw 47 teams compete. Sid Krumpe set a record at The Cedars at Dungeness Men’s Club Championship for his 17th title. Not to be outdone, Pat Harrop-Schumacher won her 22nd women’s club crown.
In September, Port Angeles for the second year hosted the U.S. National Sprint Boat championships, and Sequim High grad Stephanie Dinius won the Disney Half-Marathon with a time that nearly qualified her for the U.S. Olympic trials.
In October, Sequim High’s boys cross country team won the Olympic League championship, and a month later raced to a fifth-place finish, best in school history.
In November, SHS’s volleyball squad fell one match short of the state tourney but saw Hannah Hudson earn the Olympic League’s Defensive MVP award. Sequim High’s football squad suffered an 0-10 season but had several highlights: Brett Wright being named to the Associated Press’ 2A All-State First Team, an epic comeback against Bremerton and their first Salute to the Military game.