An impressive fall season saw five Sequim High teams see postseason action and four of those earn team or individual berths to state tourneys.
Coaches across the Olympic League have made their all-league selections, with a pack of Wolves among them.
Taig Wiker was named the Olympic League offensive MVP, Michael Young was named to the first-team offense and defense, and the Wolves had six other representations on the Olympic League all-league first and second teams for the 2019 season.
In his first season as the Wolves’ quarterback, Wiker threw for 1,155 yards with 13 touchdowns, and ran for 440 yards and another 13 touchdowns. He missed two full games and most of another to injury.
Young, who made the first team offense as a receiver and the first team defense as a cornerback despite playing just seven games, caught 23 passes for 432 yards and six touchdowns, and ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns.
Wide receiver/defensive back Garrett Hoesel made the second team on both offense and defense. He led the team with 462 receiving yards on 22 catches, including four TDs. He also totaled 28 tackles and three interceptions defensively.
Linebacker Isaiah Cowan, who was called out repeatedly this season by SHS head coach Erik Wiker for his improvement at inside linebacker, and lineman Austin Newton were named to the first-team defense.
Cowan led the Wolves in tackles with 72, along with two sacks and had two interceptions.
SHS running back Walker Ward made the second-team offense, finishing with 1,209 yards and nine touchdowns rushing, with 12 catches for 125 yards and a score.
Despite having a dominant offensive and defensive line for much of the season, the Wolves had just one other representative on the all-league team, with Brandon Barnett being named to the second-team offensive line and the second-team long snapper.
Head coach Erik Wiker was pleased for his players honored, but did not seem happy about the overall selection process.
“There’s a lot of political stuff in this,” Wiker said when asked about the all-league teams.
“Our defense shut (everyone) down, but we only get four guys there while (North Kitsap) gets seven, and they weren’t the dominant defense they used to be.”
Wiker seemed particularly frustrated with his offensive and defensive lines having minimal representation, saying that their successes were what made the rest of the Wolves’ season possible.
“Without (Barnett) and Caleb (Pozernick) and everyone else on that line, Taig isn’t the offensive MVP and Walker doesn’t run for a thousand yards,” he said. “And our defense stuffed everybody.”
Sequim’s league Sportsmanship Award (each team is awarded a sportsmanship honor) went to junior receiver Truman Nestor.
North Kitsap quarterback/linebacker/kicker Colton Bower, a sophomore, was named league MVP. Viking senior teammate Boaz Adams was named the league’s defensive MVP.
Bremerton coach Paul Theriault, who led the Knights to a 3-3 league mark, was named Olympic League Coach of the Year.
Linebacker Derek Bowechop and defensive back Tyler Bowen were Port Angeles’ all-league first team selections.
Leading the Wolves to their second state tournament in as many seasons — and first two state berths in program history — were first team All-League selection Hope Glasser and second team pick Olivia Hare.
Glasser, a senior forward, tied for the team lead with eight goals to pace the Sequim offense.
Hare, a junior, headed a defense that proved to be stingy as the season wore on — including a 10-game stretch through districts where the Wolves allowed one or zero goals.
Earning Sequim’s Sportsmanship Award was senior midfielder Alexis Smith.
Sequim finished 11-7-1.
League champ Port Angeles dominated Olympic’s 2A all-league selections, with junior forward Millie Long named league MVP among the Roughriders’ seven all-league selections. Selected for the all-league first team were Rider seniors Lucah Folden and Delaney Wenzl and sophomore Bailee Larson, and second team selections included senior Madi Roening, junior Hannah Reetz and freshman Anna Petty.
The league’s Coach of the Year was Lance McCoy of Bremerton, a long-time coach who led the Knights to five wins — the team’s third consecutive season with an improved league record — and retired at the end of the season.
Junior setter/team captain Kalli Wiker was named to the all-Olympic League second team following a season that saw the Wolves struggle with a 3-9 league record.
Wiker paced the Wolves with 267 assists and a 94-percent serving percentage. She was also second on the team in aces (29) and block (10) and third with 100 digs.
Wiker also took home Sequim’s league Sportsmanship Award.
Port Angeles also had one second team all-league selection: freshman libero Lily Halberg.
North Mason swept the top individual awards after finishing second in the league behind North Kitsap. Bulldog senior Hannah Fredrickson, an outside hitter and defensive specialist, was named Most Valuable Player while North Mason senior libero Rebekah Fredrickson was named Defensive Player of the Year.