Top awards trail in season of success

Domenech named NW League MVP

A league championship. State academic honors. Two teams with a Final Four appearance in their respective state tournaments.

Fall 2014 turned out to be a blockbuster sports season for the Wolverines; the trophy case may need a new wing.

Madi KinkaidIn a season marked by a return to 2B/1B competition for the Wolverines, four of five Friday Harbor fall teams finished regular-season play with winning records, highlighted by a second straight league championship for girls soccer.

Senior Kaitlyn Domenech, a defensive standout and top scorer, was named league MVP. She is joined by seniors Rachel Porter and Samantha Hopkins, and sophomore goalkeeper Hayden Mayer, as first-team selections; Sophia Marinkovich and Alexa Mora earned second-team honors.

The Wolverines (11-1 league, 14-5 overall) clinched a first-ever state tournament victory for the program and faced Liberty Bell Friday, Nov. 21, with an appearance in the tournament title game on the line. (Results were unavailable prior to Friday’s holiday press deadline).

The girls soccer squad earned top state honors for their collective performance in the classroom as well, as did the boys soccer team, which, as of Friday, also had a shot at the state Division 2B title, in a semi-final showdown against Waitsburg Prescott.

The boys, at 11-5, finished fourth in league and 14-6 overall.

Sam StewardTeam captain Sam Stewart, a senior, and junior Arno Issanjou earned first-team all-league honors, and seniors Max Haenel and Michael Hoeller were named to second-team all-league.

On the gridiron, the Wolverines ended up one win shy of post-season play, at 5-3 in league and 6-4 overall in the first year of Richard Ledford’s second tour of duty as head coach. Senior Gabe Lawson earned first-team all-league honors on offense and on defense, and nominated by league coaches for All-State honors.

In addition to Lawson, senior Willie Blackmon and sophomore Luke Stromberg were named first-team all-league on offense, and seniors Jesse Kolowitz and Peter Holt earned first-team honors on defense. Four Wolverines were selected to the second team and four earned honorable mention.

In the gym, the volleyball team finished the season 5-2 in league, 12-7 overall, and in third place in the Northwest 2B/1B League standings, trailing league champion La Conner and runner-up Darrington, which both advanced to the state tournament. Juniors Allie Galt and Madi Kincaid earned all-league first-team awards, and fellow junior Taylor Turnbull was named second-team all-league.