High school sports: Wolves pepper prep all-league lists

Fall prep seasons are over, but Sequim high athletes are still getting attention after Olympic League coaches made their selection for 2017 football, volleyball and girls soccer campaigns.

Football

Sequim senior Gavin Velarde and junior quarterback Riley Cowan headlined area athletes on the Olympic League 2A football team.

Velarde capped a stellar career with the Wolves by catching a team-high 37 passes for 629 yards and nine touchdowns, and was selected for the all-league first team for three positions: wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner.

He set SHS standards in receiving with 140 catches for 2,361 yards and 28 TD receptions, and added 114 carries for 752 yards and 13 TDs.

Velarde also returned seven kickoffs, five interceptions and one punt for scores in his four seasons in purple and gold.

Cowan was selected first-team all-league quarterback for the second straight season after throwing for 1,452 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Johnnie Young earned two honors for Sequim — the junior was a first-team defense selection at linebacker and a second-team pick on the offensive line.

Wolves kicker Byron Rice also was a first-team pick. He connected on all three field goal tries he attempted with a long of 34 yards, and was 12-of-15 on extra points.

Sequim had two other players earned second-team defense honors: junior defensive lineman Ben Cowan and freshman linebacker Taig Wiker.

Sequim finished 6-4 overall, falling in a West Central District playoff game to Fife.

League champ North Kitsap swept the other major awards. NK senior Ryan Brooks was named Olympic League 2A most valuable player. A 6-foot-2, 240-pound offensive/defensive lineman, he led his team in tackles (80) and tackles for loss (23) and is second in sacks with four.

North Kitsap senior running back Dax Solis earned offensive MVP honors. He has rushed for a school-record 1,606 yards and has scored 30 total touchdowns. Defensive MVP honors went to North Kitsap senior middle linebacker Connor Westby, who has 74 tackles and a team-leading 9.5 sacks.

Volleyball

Sequim juniors Tayler Breckenridge and Brittany Gale were named to the all-Olympic League first team.

Breckenridge, a middle/outside hitter, led the team with 210 kills and a 93 percent serving percentage, and was second on the team in digs (226), blocks (21) and aces (31)

Gale, a setter, posted a team-best 44 aces to go along with a 91 percent serving mark, and had a team-high 215 assists. She also had 47 kills third-best in the team.

Sequim setter Kalli Wiker and libero Isabelle Dennis were honorable mentions. Wiker was second on the team with 204 assists and aces with 41, while Dennis led the team with 240 digs and added 23 aces.

Sequim went 10-9 this season, falling in the West Central District playoffs after finishing fourth in the Olympic League.

North Kitsap senior Rae Rosenquist was named the league’s MVP while NK teammate Eunice Moran was named Defensive MVP.

Girls soccer

Sequim goalkeeper Claire Henninger was the lone Wolf named to the all-Olympic League, earning first-team honors for the third consecutive season.

Henninger posted six shutouts and was credited with 56 saves, including 23 shots on goal. She also saved three penalty kicks. Sequim gave up just 1.12 goals per game this season, and 1.0 in league play.

Henninger also scored three goals.

Sequim went 6-6 in league play and 9-7 overall, just missing the postseason.

Olympic defender Troy Sydney was named league MVP while Bremerton took home the league’s sportsmanship award.

In addition …

Thanks to his top-10 finish at the Olympic League meet, junior Murray Bingham earned a spot on the Olympic League 2A cross country team.

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