Photo: Team players
The Washington East Soccer Club and Seely Soccer Academy’s boys U-14 team placed third in the nation at the U.S. Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup, in Sacramento, Calif., July 11-14. Washington East advanced through state and regional competitions in May and June to represent Washington and the Western United States at the national competition. The team was also awarded the Presidents Cup Sportsmanship Award. Washington East competed for the title of national champion against teams from Indiana, Georgia and New Jersey. Team members are, back row, from left: Assistant Coach Thomas Gresch; Noah Whitman, of Spokane Valley; Tristin Payne, of Spokane Valley; Ethan Arpin, of Spokane Valley; Josh Ilenstine, of Greenacres; Austin Garitone, of Rathdrum, Idaho; Tristan Gresch, of Otis Orchards; Tor Saunders, of Snohomish, Wash.; Alex Foust, of Mead; Tyler Smith, of Mead; Eric Hollenbaugh, of Spokane; Justen Sather, of Spokane Valley; and Coach Timothy Seely. Front row: Joseph Gresch, of Otis Orchards; Kelby Holland, of Cheney; Chase Howat, of Spokane Valley; Chris Lucas, of Spokane Valley; Braiden Coston, of Spokane; Noah Prophet, of Cheney; and Cole Anderson, of Cheney. Not pictured, manager Cassandra Lucas.