Sequim High’s girls basketball squad advanced past the district tourney this season for the first time in more than a decade and a trio of Wolves received some accolades for their efforts, highlighting Sequim’s all-league entries for the winter season.
Sequim forwards Hoper Glasser and Jayla Julmist were named to the All-Olympic League 2A first team and teammate Kalli Wiker was named to the all-league second team, as voted on by league coaches last week.
Glasser, a junior, led the team with 12.3 points per game and added 8.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, both second on the team.
A sophomore, Julmist led the team in rebounding with 14.2 per contest and nearly averaged a double-double, scoring 9.9 points per game through districts. She also led the team with 2.4 steals and 1.7 blocks per game.
Wiker, also a sophomore, was second on the team in scoring with 11.7 points per game and paced the team with 41 percent shooting from 3-point range.
Sequim’s girls qualified for the state tournament for the first time since the 2016-2017 season.
Port Angeles’ Madison Cook, a sophomore, was named the Olympic League MVP. Fellow Roughriders Emilia Long and Jaida Wood were also named to the first team, along with North Kitsap’s Noey Barreith and Raelee Moore. PA’s Eve Burke was a second team selection.
SHS senior Nate Despain garnered All-Olympic League 2A First Team honors following a season where he helped lead the Wolves to a third place finish in league and a district tournament berth.
Despain averaged 18.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.8 steals per game — all team highs. He also sank 43 3-pointers, had 37 deflections and a 2.7 assists-to-turnovers ration, also team-bests. His 43 percent shooting from 3-point range was tops among all Wolves with at least 20 attempts.
North Kitsap junior Shaa Humphrey took home the league MVP award.
Four Port Angeles players took home all-league honors, including first-teamer Liam Clark and second team players Kyle Benedict, Garrett Edwards and Payton Schmidt.
Also named to the first team were Olympic’s Brandon Barron and Caleb Morgan, and NK’s Kobe McMillian.
In the SHS record books, Despain finishes second all-time in steals (164), fifth in free-throw shooting (75.46 percent), tied for fifth in 3-pointers made (103) and seventh in assists (193). Despain also holds the single-season record for steals (68) set as a junior in 2017-2018. (Editor’s note: Statistics from two of Despain’s senior season games are missing.)
Sequim had one entry on the All-Olympic League wrestling team: Aleah Chen, who went 14-4 this season. The sophomore qualified for the regional and state 2A tournament in the 145-pound weight class after placing third at a sub-regional tourney in early February.
North Kitsap senior Nouh Hammou was named MVP for the boys while Bremerton senior Haley Michaelson and NK junior Holly Beaudoin shared girls MVP honors. (Beaudoin and Michaelson both placed second at state while Hammou took fourth.)
North Mason had the most all-league boys selections with six. Port Angeles had two: Daniel Basden (120 pounds) and Riley Gale (170). Bremerton had six all-league girls selections, Port Angeles none.
Earning team sportsmanship awards were North Mason (boys) and North Kitsap (girls).