Friday, October 6, 2017
Quite a few Spokane Sounders players are off to great starts so far this season for their high schools in the area leagues. Here's a quick look around the GSL, GNL and NEA.
The Central Valley Bears are off to a great start midway through the Greater Spokane League campaign at 5-0 thanks to a squad loaded with Spokane Sounders players. Leading the way are seniors Kaelyn Barnes and Anna Hilbert along with juniors Kailyn LaBrosse and AJ Crooks. LaBrosse is among the league leaders in scoring with five goals thus far while Barnes has contributed three and an assist and Hilbert two goals and an assist. Crooks has a pair of shutouts and split a pair of others with the Bears blanking four of their five opponents.
Mead is close behind at 4-1 this season with junior Sarah Frahm (junior) leading the way with three goals and three assists. The only loss for the Panthers came against CV. Olivia DeShazo has also contributed to the effort with two goals and an assist, but the defense guided by goalkeepers Ashlynn Eggleston (junior) and Brianna Krygier (senior) has played a key role with only four allowed in the four games other than their match-up with CV.
Mt Spokane is leading the trio of 3A teams that are showing well this season against 4A opposition, posting wins against Ferris and Gonzaga Prep in addition to a narrow losse rival Mead. The Wildcats are 2-2-0 against the 4A opposition and 3-2 overall, sitting fourth overall in the table in addition to first among the 3A contingent. Senior Emily Williams is among the leading scorers in the GSL with six tallies this season, but Payton Stiles (senior) and Amber Hickman (junior) have also played key roles. Stiles has two goals and three assists and Hickman has a pair of goals and an assist.
Other Spokane Sounders players doing well in the GSL so far this season include Yacine Bitibale (Ferris, So), Katie Uphus (Ferris, Sr), Chelsea Le (Gonzaga Prep, So), Carolyn Moravec (Lewis & Clark, Jr) and Paige Malm (LC, Sr). Bitibale has four of Ferris' eight goals while Uphus has scored one and set up three others. Le has a pair of goals and three assists for the Bullpups. Moravec has been a driving force for the Tigers with six of the team's 10 tallies and Malm has two goals and two assists.
The East Valley Knights started off the Great Northern League hot with four wins before the opposition reeled them in. Kaitlyn Harvey (sophomore) has two goals for the Knights. After a slow start, one of the teams climbing back in the race is West Valley, who came out on top this week 5-4 in the showdown of the rivals. Chelsea Koker (junior) is among the top scorers in the region with six goals and three assists, a tally that is tops in the GNL. Frankie Schade (junior) has also been key with five goals.
Freeman kicked off their Northeast A League season with five wins before suffering their first defeat this week. Freshman Peyton Brewer has a pair of goals and two assists and Amanda Flory (freshman) has one of the teams three shutouts. In an up-and-down start so far for Deer Park, junior Emmy Moore has seven goals and five assists, which is among the leaders in the region. Medical Lake is also still in the picture thanks in part to the exploits of juniors Nicole Wetherell and Jaxyn Farmen (junior). Wetherell has three goals and four assists while Farmen has two goals and five assists.
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