Prep sports: Wolves selected for all-Olympic League honors

For their efforts on the field and in the gym, a host of Wolves earned praise and postseason honors from coaches across the Olympic League in recent weeks.

Here’s a rundown of Sequim High’s all-Olympic League sections for the fall 2022 season:

Hastings nets key league honor

SHS senior Kendall Hastings was named the Olympic League Offensive Player of the Year after another stellar year at the net, one of five Wolves named to the all-Olympic League

The Wolves’ middle hitter led the Wolves in nearly all major statistic categories: 284 kills, 53 aces, a .966 serving percentage, 80 blocks and 144 digs. She also earned Sequim’s sportsmanship award.

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Sequim’s Kendall Hastings looks to block a hit by North Mason’s Taelor Schooler in the Wolves’ four-set home win over North Mason’s Bulldogs on Sept. 6. Hastings was named the Olympic League Offensive Player of the Year.

Michael Dashiell/Sequim Gazette Sequim’s Kendall Hastings looks to block a hit by North Mason’s Taelor Schooler in the Wolves’ four-set home win over North Mason’s Bulldogs on Sept. 6. Hastings was named the Olympic League Offensive Player of the Year.

Also named to the all-league team were junior Jolene Vaara and sophomore Arianna Stovall.

Vaara, who split time hitting and setting, led the Wolves with 209 assists and was second on the team in kills (98), blocks (27) and digs (129, tied).

Stovall was third on the team in kills (36) and blocks (21), and went on a serving tear at districts, going 35-of-36.

Earning all-league honorable mentions for the Wolves were seniors Angel Wagner and Sammie Bacon. Wagner was fourth on the team in kills (35) and had 64 digs and 20 aces, while Bacon chipped in 27 kills, 17 blocks and 30 digs.

North Kitsap setter Sophia Baugh was named Olympic League MVP while Bainbridge libero Emma Pendleton was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Sequim and North Kitsap tied for the most all-league selections (five).

The Wolves missed a state berth by one game, going 2-2 and taking North Kitsap — who wound up eighth at the state 2A tourney — to five sets in the consolation final.

Gockerell shines on gridiron

Sequim High senior Aiden Gockerell was named to the all-Olympic League first team on both sides of the ball, following announcement of the all-league teams on Nov. 22.

Gockerell earned first team spots for his play at running back and defensive back.

Also named to the all-league first team was junior offensive lineman Ayden Holland.

Sophomore Brayden White received Sequim’s sportsmanship award for the 2022 season.

North Kitsap, led by MVP Logan Sloman and defensive MVP Sofian Hammou, led the Olympic League with 18 total selections,followed by Bremerton and Olympic (13 each).

Sequim went 2-5 in Olympic League play and 2-7 overall, posting wins over Kingston and rival Port Angeles.

Johnson, Gomez picked for all-league soccer

SHS juniors Taryn Johnson and Jennyfer Gomez were selected by coaches for postseason kudos, as both were named to the all-Olympic league team last week.

Sequim’s Taryn Johnson, right, looks for an open teammate as the Wolves take on Kingston at home on Oct. 27. Sequim won the Olympic league match-up, 4-0.

Sequim’s Taryn Johnson, right, looks for an open teammate as the Wolves take on Kingston at home on Oct. 27. Sequim won the Olympic league match-up, 4-0.

Johnson, now the all-time leading scorer in program history, was named to the all-league first team after a campaign that saw the forward rack up a team-high 25 goals and six assists, second on the squad. She had three hat tricks, including two five-goal games.

Gomez, a midfielder, was second on the team with nine goals and tied for third with four assists.

Senior SHS midfielder Alliyah Weber earned the team’s sportsmanship award.

Sequim posted a 9-7 overall record and went 1-1 in the West Central District tourney.

Bremerton midfielder Claire Warthen was named the league MVP. Port Angeles’ Anna Petty and Saylah Commerton were named to the all-league first team.

Bainbridge and North Kitsap tied for the most all-league selections with six each.