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Wolverines reap harvest of spring post-season awards | Prep sports
Once the dust finally settled on the 2012 spring season, the Wolverines had another two league championships in the bag, a sixth-place finish in the women's golf division at State, two State Track & Field appearances, a third consecutive berth in the Tri-District tennis tournament and an academic champion to round out those on-the-field accomplishments.
But that's not all. For the second year in a row, the Friday Harbor softball team snared the Northwest 1A/2B League's top award, as junior Jean Melborne was named the league's Most Valuable Player. She joins Elle Guard, who was awarded the top league award in 2011.
Over the course of the 2012 rain-marred season, Melborne struck out 78 would-be hitters and walked only 19, and notched a 11-1 record in league in leading the Wolverines to a second-straight league championship. Just getting the ball in play was the key, Melborne said.
"I'm the one person who has the ball but I knew if I could get them to hit it to my teammates they would take care of it," she said. "We all worked so hard together and we wanted it. I think we peaked at the right time."
In her debut season, Coach Nickie Davis, who guided Friday Harbor to its second straight championship, was named league Coach of the Year. Emily Guard, Kaylen Meeker and senior Liz Taylor earned league First Team honors; Ashleigh Brown and Sierra Truesdale were named to the Second Team, and sophomore Isabel Place earned Honorable Mention.
Four Friday Harbor baseball players earned First Team honors; Austin and Brandon Lambright, Amer Melic and Otis Cooper-West; Gavin Guard and Gabe Lawson were named to the Second Team and senior Hayden Place earned Honorable Mention.
On the tennis court, senior Rebecca Leff qualified for a third consecutive appearance at the Tri-District tournament, while sophomore golfer Kendra Meeker, netted a second straight appearance at State. Junior Aaron Prager and freshman Willie Blackmon notched an appearances at State in track.
In addition to individual honors for achievement on the field, the Friday Harbor boys soccer team, which had a collective GPA of 3.67, was named a State Academic Champion.
The girls track team and the girls tennis team earned Outstanding Recognition for their classroom achievements, 3.57 GPA and 3.53 GPA, respectively. The boys track team, the softball team and the baseball team garnered Distinguished Recognition, as each finished the season with a collective GPA of more than 3.0.