BOYS' TEAM OF THE YEAR
With stars all over the gridiron, the Spartans showed their opponents no mercy
en route to a second straight undefeated season and Class 4A crown. Skyline finished
No. 13 in the ESPN RISE FAB 50 rankings. Offensively, the Spartans boasted
the trio of senior WR Gino Simone (14 receiving TDs), sophomore receiver
Kasen Williams (51 catches, 12 TDs) and senior QB Jake Heaps, who earned
Gatorade and Class 4A Player of the Year honors. Junior LB Anthony DeMatteo
anchored a stifling defense that held 11 opponents to single digits.
The Eagles placed a pair of runners in the Top 10 to claim the Class 1A title.
Senior Josh Alexander placed fourth — just four seconds out of second place —
while classmate Paul Lewis took ninth overall.
The Mariners blew the competition out the water, putting up a gaudy 142 points
— 80 points better than second-place Aberdeen — to win the Class 2A state
crown. Sehome took home five individual titles and three relays on the day.
Behind 20 points from junior John Gage, Vashon Island unequivocally clinched
the Class 1A crown with a 49-24 win over King's. Senior Thomas Timm-Skove
added 13 points for the Pirates, who celebrated their third state title.
GIRLS' TEAM OF THE YEAR
After falling short in three prior state final appearances, Kennedy won the Class
3A title, finishing the year unblemished at 28-0. The Lancers became the first
team since 1994 to win the Class 3A crown undefeated. The preseason favorites
were rarely tested in the winter, overpowering their foes throughout the season
and taking their first championship with a 50-43 defeat of Shadle Park. Junior
guard Yaz Fuller was selected as tourney MVP after scoring 20 points in the finals,
while sophomore Aminah Williams added 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Everett captured its first state title in dominating fashion, outscoring opponents
17-3 during the four-game playoff run. Senior Valerie Stahl headlined a
stingy defense, which recorded 10 shutouts on the season.
Led by sophomore Alysia Pohren, who won the crown at 125 pounds, the
Cubs racked up 109.5 points to take the Mat Classic XXI championship.
Sophomore Jalysse Garcia took third in the 140-pound weight class.
The Highlanders claimed their sixth state title — the first since 1993 — by
defeating Eastside Catholic in three games in November. Senior Amy Before
tallied a team-high 10 kills and 18 digs in the title game.