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Senior stories: Small schools and ‘second helpings’ from the GSL

UPDATED: Sat., May 23, 2020

Throughout our collection of “senior stories,” we received several nominations from small schools and a few “second helpings” from Greater Spokane League schools.

We’d like to give a little recognition to some additional senior athletes – with thanks to the people who nominated them.

Almira/Coulee-Hartline won the last two State 1B softball titles and would have featured two four-year starters. Kendel Correia played left field, second base and catcher. She was a career .354 hitter with 82 hits and a .450 OBP. Makenna Oliver started in center field since ninth grade. She hit .480 with 120 hits in three seasons and collected 45 extra-base hits and 109 RBIs. Oliver has been the No. 2 pitcher the past two seasons with a combined record of 13-0 and was slated to be the top starter this season. (Nominated by Brandon Walsh, ACH athletic director).

Jake Hallesy has run track in Spokane since he was in third grade. Hallesy, a four-year letter winner, was chosen as captain from sophomore year forward. He qualified for state all three years in the 400-meter dash, placing 11th, sixth and eighth. Hallesy ranks fifth in the 400 in the Lewis and Clark Hall of Fame, dating back 100 years. He has been class president each of his four years and maintained a 3.99 GPA (4.44 weighted). (Nominated by Kerry Hallesy, mother).

Ashley Rose ran 13:35 in the 3,200 as a ninth-grader at Mead. Her junior year she got down to 12:06. The summer before senior year, she ran 50-plus-mile weeks and topped the team’s all-time mark for their summer training “Fast Club.” She ran an 11:55 in the 3,200 during training in the fall. After an injury cut her cross country season short, she was expecting to be ready for spring. Jadyn Schulte is a jumper and hurdler for Mead. The day before school was canceled in March, she ran a 16-second 100 hurdles at Mead’s Blue and Gold meet. Schulte hoped to improve on a 10th-place finish in last year’s District 8 meet and a personal best 16 feet, 5 1/2 inches in the long jump. (Nominated by Dori Whitford, Mead girls track and cross country coach).

Lizzy Shaw of Riverside is headed to University of Nevada Reno on full athletic scholarship for track and cross country. She placed at state each of her seven varsity seasons – four cross country and three track – and is the school record-holder in all of Riverside’s distances in both sports. Her dad, Bill, ran at Portland State, and her brother, Ben, runs for Idaho. (Nominated by David Howard, Riverside track coach).

Twins Hannah and Megan Carver play singles for University girls tennis but play doubles at tournaments. They hoped to reach state and end their careers together. They were nominated last year for the Spokane Youth Sports Awards in the nonhigh school sport category as they are both nationally ranked racquetball players. (Nominated by Ken VanSickle, University athletic director).

Jack Davis was a four-year letter winner for Shadle Park boys soccer and was named team captain this spring. He hoped to guide Shadle Park further into postseason play this season than in recent history. Davis was SP’s GSL scholar-athlete recipient and active in student government. (Nominated by Bruce Hafferkamp, Shadle Park athletic director).

Perennial contender Northwest Christian softball had three seniors: Faith Iverson, Sydney Frampton and Jazlynn Johnson. Iverson is a four-year starter with a 3.56 GPA. She was the team’s cleanup hitter, batted .400 and was voted first-team all-league last season. Frampton is a four-year starter with a 4.0 GPA and hit .450 last season. She was a four-year letter winner in soccer as well. Iverson and Frampton have been on the same club team since 10U. Johnson, in her first year at NWC, was all-league for Okanogan since eighth grade. She carries a 3.96 GPA and lettered in soccer and basketball this season despite having never played either before. She will continue her softball career at Whitworth University. (Nominated by Renee Stewart, NWC softball coach).

Brayton Schafer and Chase Gerard have been part of three straight championship games for ACH baseball, helping the Warriors to a combined 47-1 record winning back-to-back state championships. Schafer was a two-year starter in left field and batted .578 last year. Gerard was a three-year starter at shortstop, earning all-state honors last season. He hit .415 last year from the leadoff spot. Schafer played football, basketball and baseball, while Gerard played basketball and baseball. (Nominated by Brandon Walsh, ACH football/wrestling coach).

Nathan Carter signed to run at University of Montana, but he’s been a hard-luck case throughout his career at North Central. Several times on the verge of breaking through, he got hurt or sick. He persevered and placed sixth at state cross country last fall, helping his team to the third-place trophy. (Nominated by Jon Knight, North Central track coach).

Amira Murawski is a foreign exchange student at Mt. Spokane from Germany. One of the things she wanted to experience while in the U.S. was playing a sport for the school. She had just cracked the varsity girls tennis lineup and was slated for No. 4 singles. (Nominated by Jacob Fry, Mt. Spokane girls tennis coach).

Maddie Murray has been a three-sport athlete since grade school and a four-year varsity athlete, participating in volleyball, basketball and track at ACH. In her 11 seasons, she went to state 10 times. She was league MVP and state 1B volleyball player of the year as a senior, and placed in the top five at state each of her four years. She was ASB president and class valedictorian and signed to play volleyball at Tacoma Community College. (Nominated by Danielle Murray, mother).

University had three four-year letter winners for boys soccer this season: Altyn Cader, a four-year starter who is undecided on where he will play college soccer; Cole Dobson, a four-year starter and first-team All-GSL pick who has signed with Pacific Lutheran; and Cole Stewart, who on top of his four years of soccer was also U-Hi’s salutatorian. (Nominated by Mitch Weller, U-Hi boys soccer coach).

Marli Krantz is a pole vaulter for Mt. Spokane with a personal best of 11-1, third on the Wildcats’ all-time list. Krantz placed 10th at state last year and was hoping for better this year. She was valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA and is going to Whitworth to study sports medicine. Allie Lafferty was on Mt. Spokane’s 4x400 relay that placed 11th at state last year and narrowly missed out on qualifying in the individual 800. She signed with University of San Diego for cross country and track despite not running cross country as a senior since she played soccer. (Nominated by Annette Heller, Mt. Spokane girls track coach).

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