Kami­akin girls soc­cer gear­ing up for play­off run

Tri-City Herald - - Sports - BY JEFF MOR­ROW Spe­cial to the Her­ald

It seems like every year, this re­gion al­ways has a re­ally good high school girls soc­cer team.

Not try­ing to jinx any­one here, but this year it looks like the Kami­akin Braves.

They beat Penin­sula 5-0 in the first round of the 3A state tour­na­ment on Tues­day, on the strength of four goals by se­nior for­ward Mad­die Mor­gan.

The Braves play host to Shore­wood at 3 p.m. Satur­day at Lamp­son in the state quar­ter­fi­nals. If Kami­akin can win, it heads to the fi­nal four for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

The Braves also dom­i­nated the All-Mid-Columbia Con­fer­ence soc­cer team last week.

Mor­gan was named the Player of the Year by the MCC coaches.

Her coach, Chris Erik­son, led the Braves to a 15-1-1 reg­u­larsea­son record. But she shared Coach of the Year hon­ors with Rich­land’s Justin Almquist and Kennewick’s Ryan Ollero – mean­ing that each coach likely re­ceived 3 votes each in the vot­ing.

Erik­son likes this Braves team, a lot.

“It’s an in­ter­est­ing group,” she said. “Prob­a­bly eight of them have played to­gether in club ball since they were young, and they play very well to­gether. Ath­let­i­cally, we’ve had as good teams or bet­ter. They just didn’t play to­gether like this team does.”

Mor­gan seems to be lean­ing to­ward play­ing next year at East­ern Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity, while Brit­ney Don­ais is headed to North­ern Colorado. Other team mem­bers will be mak­ing de­ci­sions in the com­ing weeks.

But first, there is the task at hand: beat­ing Shore­wood to get back to the semi­fi­nals.

“The girls just have to do what they do well, which is at­tack,” said Erik­son. “We had to fo­cus at mid-sea­son when we seemed to want to pos­sess the ball. We have to be pa­tient de­fen­sively and man­age the game well.”

Erik­son is wary of Shore­wood. “Any team that makes it to the state tour­na­ment needs to be re­spected,” she said.

For a look at the All-MCC girls soc­cer team, see the Score­board.

SWIM­MING

The WIAA girls state swim meet is this week­end too, at the King County Aquatic Cen­ter in Fed­eral Way.

Class 3A holds pre­lim­i­nar­ies at 2 p.m. Fri­day, while 4A pre­lims start at 6:30 p.m.

Satur­day fi­nals be­gin at 2:10 p.m. for 3A, while 4A fi­nals start at 7 p.m.

Look­ing at the psych sheets, the Mid-Columbia’s best chance at a ti­tle might come in 3A 1me­ter div­ing, where Kami­akin se­nior Abby Win­stead is ranked third, and Kami­akin se­nior Piper Polanik is ranked sixth.

Kami­akin se­nior Lilly Thurber is ranked fifth go­ing into the 3A

100 breast­stroke, and Southridge se­nior Hilary Pe­tersen is ranked sixth go­ing into the 50 freestyle, and sev­enth go­ing into the 100 but­ter­fly.

In the Class 4A meet, Han­ford sopho­more Re­gan Geld­macher has the fourth-best speed in the 500 freestyle. Han­ford’s 200 freestyle re­lay is ranked sixth go­ing into the week­end, while Walla Walla sopho­more Lau­rel Sko­rina is ranked eighth head­ing into the

200 freestyle.

ALL-CON­FER­ENCE TEAMS

Prosser’s Kord Tut­tle was

● the stand­out of this year’s 2018 CWAC South All-league Foot­ball team.

The se­nior, who played run­ning back, was named co-Of­fen­sive Player of the Year with Se­lah run­ning back Jake We­ber.

But Tut­tle, a line­backer too, was also named the South’s De­fen­sive MVP.

Top­pen­ish’s Ja­son Smith, who coached the Wild­cats to a sec­ond-place fin­ish, was named Coach of the Year.

Prosser, which won the CWAC South ti­tle and won the CEWAC cham­pi­onship, was named the Sports­man­ship award win­ner.

For the en­tire team, see Score­board.

As ex­pected, the Royal

Knights dom­i­nated the 1A SCAC East foot­ball team.

Quar­ter­back Sawyer Jenks was named Of­fen­sive Player of the Year, while line­backer Alonso Her­nan­dez is the De­fen­sive Player of the Year.

Royal coach Wi­ley Allred was named the Coach of the Year.

The Knights had seven play­ers on the of­fen­sive first unit, and an­other eight on the de­fen­sive first unit.

For en­tire team, see Score­board.

Lib­erty Chris­tian quar­ter

● back Cur­tis Mor­gan was named the Of­fen­sive Player of the Year by East­ern Wash­ing­ton Ath­letic Con­fer­ence 2B foot­ball coaches re­cently.

Tri-Cities Prep line­backer Colton Tin­nin and Columbi­aBur­bank de­fen­sive line­man Hay­den McEachen were named co-De­fen­sive Play­ers of the Year.

TCP’s Dan Whit­sett and Mabton’s Pa­tri­cio Zavala are coCoaches of the Year.

For en­tire team, see Score­board.

THIS ’N’ THAT

Rich­land will meet Chi­awana at 7:30 p.m. Fri­day for the Dis­trict 8 vol­ley­ball ti­tle game. Both teams are al­ready qual­i­fied for next week’s 4A state tour­na­ment in the Yakima Val­ley SunDome, but the last time these

two teams met (a 3-2 Chi­awana win) it was pretty ex­cit­ing. The two teams have seven of the nine play­ers listed on the MCC’s first unit all-con­fer­ence team. … Kennewick’s Jo­han Cor­rea and Royal’s Alonso Her­nan­dez were named WIAA ath­letes of the week this week. Cor­rea won the 3A boys in­di­vid­ual ti­tle at the state cross coun­try meet in Pasco last Satur­day. Her­nan­dez rushed for over 100 yards in Royal’s blowout re­gional win over Naches Val­ley. … Talked to Novie McCabe of Lib­erty Bell last Satur­day after she won her sec­ond con­sec­u­tive girls 1B/2B state cross coun­try ti­tle with ease. Asked the ju­nior if she had plans to run col­le­giately. She said no, she does cross coun­try for fun. Fun! She’s ac­tu­ally an up-and-com­ing cross coun­try skier who trav­els the coun­try and to Europe to com­pete. Her mother is U.S. Olympian cross coun­try skier Laura McCabe. …

The Tri-City Amer­i­cans are in Saskatchewan as they be­gin their east­ern road swing. They’re not home again un­til Nov. 23, the day after Thanks- giv­ing. The Ams, at 10-4

0-0, are start­ing to get some at­ten­tion in the weekly CHL Top 10 poll by re­ceiv­ing honor­able men­tion points. … Looks like the WSU men’s bas­ket­ball team will play next month at the Toy­ota Cen­ter. The Cougars are sched­uled to host Mon­tana State at 4 p.m. On Dec.

9. Tick­ets are avail­able at the Toy­ota Cen­ter box of­fice.

COL­LEGE UP­DATE

Hay­ley Thomas (Southridge) made the All-Big Sky Con­fer­ence sec­ond team last week for We­ber State, while Sadie New­som (Han­ford) was an honor­able men­tion choice. … Emily Rus­sell (Southridge) scored the game’s lone goal to lead the CWU women’s soc­cer team over West­ern Ore­gon 1-0 on Oct. 27. … Lexi McQueary as­sisted on the game’s only goal Oct. 27, lead­ing Cor­ban’s women’s soc­cer team over Warner Pa­cific 1-0. … The Col­lege of Idaho foot­ball team beat East­ern Ore­gon 4824 on Oct. 27.

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