Prep sports: SHS’s Wolves rack up postseason honors

With four undefeated teams earning league titles (boys track, boys golf, boys soccer and girls tennis) and each team seeing its squad or an athlete earn a spot at the district postseason level or higher, Sequim High had one impressive spring season.

Coaches around the league took note.

The Wolves garnered a bevy of All-Olympic League honors following spring sports postseason meetings in recent days. Here’s a breakdown of SHS’s all-league honors:

Softball

Infielder Isabelle Dennis garnered her second consecutive all-league first team honor. The senior second baseman hit shared pitching duties this season with LeeAnn Raney and Kylynn Stringer.

Earning her first all-league first team accolade was sophomore outfielder Kiana Robideau.

A half-dozen Wolves were named to the All-Olympic League second team, including senior shortstop Bobbi Sparks, senior first baseman Latisha Robideau, freshmen outfielders LeeAnn Raney and Lily Fili, sophomore outfielder Jayla Julmist and freshman utility player Christy Grubb.

Sequim’s eight players were the most all-league selections from one team.

Four Port Angeles players — Jada Cargo, Ella Holland, Madilyn Roening and Peyton Rudd — were named first team all-leaguers, with another three — Kiana Watson, Zoe Smithson and Hope O’Connor — named to the second team.

Olympic junior shortstop Molly Gates was named Most Valuable Player while Kingston’s Buccaneers were awarded the league’s 2019 Sportsmanship Award.

Sequim tied Port Angeles for second place in the Olympic League with a 9-3 mark and finished 16-8 overall. The Wolves went 3-1 in district play and earned a state 2A tourney berth — their eighth state appearance in the past nine seasons.

Boys soccer

Following an undefeated season and league title, six Wolves — three on the first team, three on the second — were named to the All-Olympic League list.

Exchange student Mathys Tanche, senior Sean Weber and junior Adrian Funston were named to the first team. Tanche led the Wolves with 18 goals and nine assists while Funston had nine goals and eight assists. Weber added three goals and four assists from his midfielder position.

Named to the all-league second team were juniors Ryan Tolberd and Mike McAleer and sophomore Eli Gish. Tolberd had 16 goals and five assists, and McAleer added five goals and seven assists. Gish had three goals and three assists on the season.

Port Angeles senior midfielder Andrew St. George was named the league’s MVP. Fellow Port Angeles Roughriders Hollund Bailey and Stuart Methner joined St. George on the first team, while PA’s Anton Kathol and Andrew Methner were named to the second team.

North Kitsap was bestowed the Sportsmanship Award.

Baseball

Sequim High senior Johnnie Young was the lone Wolf named to the All-Olympic League first team. The senior who split time at first and third base when not pitching led the team in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.472), hits (25), doubles (five), home runs (two), RBIs (24), runs scored (21), on-base percentage (.565) and slugging (.755), during the regular season.

Sequim sophomore infielder Michael Grubb and junior outfielder Silas Thomas were named to the all-league second team. Grubb was third on the team in RBIs (11) and doubles (three) and Thomas was second on the ssquad in RBIs (18) and third in batting (.333). Grubb and Thomas tied for third on the team in hits (17) and runs scored (16).

Port Angeles junior pitcher/first baseman Brody Merritt was named the league’s MVP. He’s joined by fellow Roughriders Milo Whitman, Lucas Jamagin and Ethan Floodstrom on the first team. PA’s Wyatt Hall, Tyler Bowen, Hayden Woods, Jason Seibel and Seth Scofield were named to the second team, as the league champion ‘Riders put nine players on the all-league list.

North Mason was awarded the league’s Sportsmanship Award.

Sequim was 7-5 in league play and 14-9 overall, going 2-2 in the West Central District tourney.

Golf

After Blake Wiker earned the Olympic League MVP crown in 2017 and Paul Jacobson claimed the title in 2018, the Sequim teammates shared MVP honors this spring.

Jacobson led the Wolves in low score five times this season and Wiker twice heading into the postseason, where the pair tied for medalist honors at the league tourney (Wiker won in a playoff).

Teammate Ben Sweet, a freshman was named to the all-league first team, while Sequim teammates Liam Payne, a senior, Garrett Hoesel, a sophomore, and Dom Riccobene, a freshman, were named to the second team.

Jacobson, Payne, Sweet and Wiker each qualified for the state 2A tournament, where the Wolves — for the second consecutive season — placed second overall, tied for the best finish in program history.

Sequim’s boys finished 9-0 and won the league title — their fourth consecutive undefeated, league title-winning campaign.

On the girls’ side, Sequim’s two state 2A tourney qualifiers, seniors Brittany Gale and Yana Hoesel, were named to the All-Olympic League second team.

Hoesel led the Wolves in low score five times this season, including an eighth-place finish at the league tourney, while Gale recorded the feat four times, including a second place finish at the West Central District tourney.

Gale placed 60th at the state tourney and Hoesel was named a state tourney alternate.

Klahowya’s Emi Brown was named league MVP.

Sequim’s girls went 7-2 and placed third in the league behind league champ Klahowya and Olympic.

Girls tennis

By virtue of their West Central District tournament berth, doubles partners Jessica Dietzman and Kalli Wiker earned all-Olympic League honors.

Dietzman and Wiker were simply dominant this spring. The pair went 22-0 and knocked off Katrina Kuntz and Nina Vongsaly of Sammamish in the state 2A championship match. The win also secured a state 2A team title (shared with Columbia River), Sequim High’s second state girls tennis title (2007).

Track & Field

Murray Bingham earned All-Olympic League honors in the 800 and 1600 after posting times of 1:57 and 4:32 at the league finals.

Darren Salazar was selected all-league for the 200-meter dash (22.47) and Alec Shingleton took all-league for the 400 meters (50.30).

Also selected for all-league honors were SHS seniors Liam Byrne in the pole vault (13-0) and Riley Cowan in the javelin (167-8).

Sequim’s 4×400 relay team was also named to the all-league list.

On the girls’ side, freshman Riley Pyeatt was picked for all-league honors in the 400-meter dash (58.41).

Sequim’s boys track team went 8-0 in league meets and won the Olympic League, West Central District and state 2A titles this spring. Sequim’s girls were 6-2 in league meets, placed third at the league finals and 10th at districts.

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