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By PAUL DELANEY
Staff Reporter 

Medical Lake 2017 Spring All NEA

 

Medical Lake had a bountiful spring in landing 19 athletes on All Northeast A League teams. Their accolades also included a repeat individual state 1A title in the 100 and 200 meter dash by Lexi Rolan.

Baseball

Kyle Thompson, senior – 1st team pitcher

"Kyle is a perfect example of hard work and having a great attitude," his coach, Kerry Kelly said. Thompson had to work hard without much reward his junior year, but patience paid off with a strong senior year on the mound.

Dylan Vercoe, senior – 2nd team shortstop

"Dylan is a great kid," Kelly said. He was able to make the difficult transition from third base to shortstop. "Anybody who had played the game understands the added responsibility not only physically but mentally," Kelly added.

Ben Evans, junior – 2nd team first base

Evans truly surprised everybody this year. With no varsity experience he was able to learn on the go and was playing at a high level at seasons end. "Ben was rewarded by his epic home runs," Kelly said. In true Medical Lake tradition he played catcher, pitcher, first, third and the outfield.

Golf:

Brendan Petro, senior – 1st team

The senior ended up being the team MVP. In four years, "He just got better and better and worked hard at his game," his coach Jim Mason said.

Logan Dianda, sophomore – 1st team

"Logan Dianda is probably the hardest working kid I've had in golf," Mason said. "He has a mental attitude where he is able to forget that last hole and move on to the next." That's what it takes to be a good golfer, his coach said.

Soccer:

Ty Masteller, senior – 1st team defense

Masteller was a four-year varsity starter, team captain and most inspirational this year. "He's a strong leader on the team and extremely competitive," his coach, Zane Higgins said.

Nick Rosenbeck, junior, 1st team forward

Rosenbeck was voted team captain and team overall NEA MVP. He had a school season record 22 goals this year and 59 career goals, also a school record in just three years. He also broke the school record for career points (141). Points are determined by adding two points for goals and one for assists.

Steven Robo, junior – 1st team midfield

Robo was voted team defensive MVP and is a three-year starter. He was also one of the team captains this year. Robo is a "Very strong all-around player," Higgins said. "His technical skills are outstanding."

Softball

Sarah Mayer, senior – 1st team

Mayer has been ML's first baseman for the last 2 1/2 years. "Sarah is a very versatile player," her coach, Tim Blakely said. "I enjoyed watching Sarah develop into a great softball player throughout her years in our program," he added.

Taylor Pavao, senior– 1st team

Pavao has played centerfield for the past three seasons. "Her hard work and dedication to detail earned her all league status," Blakely said. Pavao also worked hard in the classroom earning her second team all academic award with a 3.66 GPA.

Hailey Hosttetter, senior  – 2nd team

Hosttetter played third base for the last two years. "She was very disciplined and a hard worker for our program," Blakely said. She was also a two-time all-academic team nominee with a 3.90 GPA and earned enough money through scholarships to attend a local college.

Allison Duncan, freshman – 2nd team

Duncan played shortstop and has developed solid skills while just a freshman. "She is a great kid to have in our program," Blakely said. Duncan earned second team all league academic status with a 3.6 GPA.

Tennis

Folke Schroeder-FryKhammer, senior – 1st team

"He really came up big in some matches for us," co-head coach Jake Wesselman said. If Wesselman was able to award a Most-Improved Player honor it would go to the exchange student from Sweden. "He had a heart for tennis," Wesselman added, wishing he had four years to make Schroeder-FryKhammer a state caliber player.

Trevor Nilles, senior – 1st team

"Trevor put every ounce of effort he had into his tennis career," Wesselman said. Starting as a freshman, he was surrounded by great tennis players that helped him progress quicker than most. "What stood out the most was his passion for winning," Wesselman said. "It's great to see a high school athlete with that."

Noah Ray, junior – 1st team

Ray is described as an "All around coaches' player," Wesselman said. "He is always willing to help younger players reach their potential on the court." Ray's desire to get better is something every player should have. "He is a solid leader and has big upside for the future," Wesselman added.

Track

Olijawan Smith, senior – 1st team

Smith ran exceptionally well in the 110 hurdles at All League. "He is also really easy to coach and he has a tremendous personality, works hard and competes well," his coach, Gene Blankenship said.

Keyhon Ross, senior – 1st and 2nd team

"Keyhon Ross is the fastest sprinter that I've ever had," Blankenship said. "David McNeill brought him along well, and Keyhon was the champion in the 100 meters, runner-up in the 200, and anchored our relay team at state.

Lexi Rolan, senior – 1st team

"I can't say enough good things about Lexi Rolan," Blankenship said. Being the state champion in both the 100 and 200 meters two years in a row is a tremendous accomplishment.

Jaxyn Farmen, sophomore – 1st team

"Farmen is my one returner among the ML state qualifiers," Blankenship said. "Jaxyn should compete well next year in both the long and triple jumps and the javelin."

Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress.com.

 

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