Cedarcrest spring sports athletes recognized by Cascade Conference as all-league

A number of top Cedarcrest High School spring sports athletes were recognized by league coaches around the Cascade Conference, being named to the conference’s postseason awards lists for various spring sports. Here’s a rundown of each Red Wolve team and who won what. Note that league coaches voted on all awards at postseason league coaches’ meetings.

Baseball: Cedarcrest’s baseball program had another solid season this spring and league coaches noticed. They named Red Wolve ace senior pitcher Aaron Davenport as the conference’s player of the year, after he amassed a 4-3 record on the mound this spring with a lights-out 0.28 earned run average and 107 strikeouts in just over 50 innings. The Hawaii-bound pitcher also hit .345 this season for Cedarcrest, which finished 12-7 and was bounced out of the playoffs in the Northwest District’s first round against Liberty. Those numbers had Davenport courted by several major league teams as a possible draft choice in this week’s MLB amateur draft, but he did not get selected.

Also making the postseason all-league rosters as first team selections were senior catcher Jon Bell, junior outfielder Tyler Gray and senior utilityman Luke Mallory. Junior outfielder Chris Busch was the Red Wolves’ lone second-team selection.

Softball: Junior Michaela Carter had a remarkable season – both with the bat and with the arm – in leading CHS to a 19-4 finish, a conference title and a near-trip to state, just missing that at the Northwest 2A District Tournament. Carter hit better than .600 this spring with two homers and 35 RBI’s, and that earned her conference offensive player of the year honors and a second-team All-Area designation from the Everett Herald. The Washington Ladyhawks select player also went 9-1 in the circle with a serviceable 3.16 earned run average with 93 strikeouts in almost 70 innings of work. Carter and her Puyallup-based ‘Hawk mates are in Sacramento this weekend for a Premier Girls’ Fastpitch national qualifier tournament as the lone Washington state team in the field against a large group of California teams. Carter and crew open play tonight against the winner of a game going on right now as of this writing between a pair of those Golden State squads and will need to win two in a row this weekend to advance to the national tournament in August. We’ll have full coverage of that for you here throughout the weekend.

Three Red Wolves earned first team recognition – senior infielders Elaine Townley and Sydney Beckett and pitcher Cassidy Derieg. Townley’s recognition was only part of the recognition the Hillsdale College-bound player has picked up following the season. She was named the school’s Female Athlete of the Year and received several other awards at the recent CHS senior award ceremony, both athletically and academically, so she definitely has a bright future ahead of her at college this fall. She hit almost .500 this season for CHS. Derieg won 10 games in the circle with a similar ERA to Carter’s and Beckett – she hit .469 and drove in almost 30 runs for the Red Wolves. Senior Karlie Fox, junior Taeler Gerde and freshman Jessi Polacek earned all-league second-team recognition.

Boys’ Soccer: CHS’ boys’ soccer team looked poised for a trip to state but stumbled in the district playoffs, missing out on that state appearance. Still, though, the Red Wolves had a great season, and several players earned recognition. Junior midfielder Caleb Chung was the lone CHS first-team selection, with three of his teammates – senior defenders Jake Fowler and Derek Spani and midfielder Bailey White – earning second-team honors.

Golf: Three Red Wolve boys’ golfers and two girls made the all-league postseason rosters. First teamers for the boys were senior Blake Berquist and sophomore Hayden Whetten, and the boys’ lone second-teamer was senior Dylan Hardwick. The two girls who earned first-team honors were seniors Casey Spurr and Kaitelyn Sayamuongbo. Of these five, all made districts but only Spurr made state and finished with a solid top-20 finish at the 2A state tournament in the Tri-Cities a couple of weeks ago.

Track: The Red Wolve track and field program had several honorees. Leading the first-team list was boys’ senior distance runner Grant Van Valkenburg, who earned first-team recognition in both the 1600m and 3200m events. Additionally, boys’ senior Justin Young made the first-team list in the 800m event, the Red Wolve girls’ 4×200 and 4×400 relay crews of freshman Jaylin Yowell, senior Kate Vergillo, junior Lauren Krause, freshman Grace McKenzie (4×200) and junior Elsie Dombek (4×400) and girls’ sprinter McKenzie herself (100m) earned first team recognition, and a pair of throwers – senior Grant Soule (shot put) and junior Daniel Enciso Navarro (javelin) – earned second-team recognition from the boys. Girls’ second-ream recognition went to McKenzie in the 200m, Krause in the 400m and triple jump, Vergillo in the 800m, and senior Sophie Paradis in the pole vault.

A congratulations from us to all the athletes named.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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