The best in spring high-school sports are honored on the 2015 Seattle Times’ Star Times all-area teams. 33 players and three coaches are honored in baseball, softball and boys soccer. Star Times began in the 1970s — named as a nod to the movie “Star Wars.”
Ian Oxnevad, Shorewood, pitcher, senior
A polished left-hander with a dazzling slider, Oxnevad allowed six runs in 602 / 3 innings (0.69 ERA) while striking out 87 and walking just 13. The Oregon State commit is thought to be a top-five round MLB draft pick.
Justin Marsden, Auburn Mountainview, pitcher, senior
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Marsden helped Auburn Mountainview into the state semifinals with an 11-strikeout performance in the round of 16. The tall right-hander has 109 strikeouts this season in 592 / 3 innings. The senior, who will play at Central Arizona next season, tossed a no-hitter earlier in the year, despite having recently received stitches on a finger on his pitching hand.
Chantz Justice, Edmonds-Woodway, utility, senior
Primarily an outfielder, Justice hit .433 with 13 doubles and 14 RBI. Justice also led the Warriors with a 5-1 record in six starts, striking out 30 in 28 innings.
Morgan McCullough, West Seattle, infielder, junior
A two-time Star Times member, McCullough hit .552 with four triples and four home runs. The junior was also a menace on the basepaths, scoring 21 runs in 19 games and stealing seven bases in as many attempts. With extremely quick hands and great range at shortstop, McCullough is a well-rounded player.
Jacob Westerman, Ballard, infielder, senior
The New Mexico signee hit .373 with seven doubles, three home runs and 21 RBI for Ballard, which finished first in the Metro Coast Division. Westerman, the consummate team leader, also scored 25 runs and stole 11 bases.
Todd Reese, Newport, infielder, senior
Reese led Newport to the regional round with a .404 average and 24 RBI. The KingCo 4A MVP is an intimidating presence in the middle of the Newport lineup, helping the Knights win both the regular-season and KingCo tournament title. Will play at Lower Columbia College next season.
Ben Arata, Beamer, infielder, senior
Arata supplied plenty of power for Beamer, as he hit three home runs and seven doubles to go along with a .354 batting average and .978 slugging percentage. The senior led Beamer to a 10-2 league record and the SPSL Northwest title.
Eli Wilson, Garfield, catcher, junior
Wilson hit .356 with five doubles, three triples, a home run and 18 RBI, but it is his ability behind the plate that separates him. The junior is tremendous at blocking and receiving the ball and possesses a great arm.
Harrison Jacobs, Shorewood, outfielder, junior
A strong right fielder for the Wesco 3A champions, Jacobs took a .419 average and 23 RBI into the regional round. He added nine doubles and five triples, and is already getting plenty of college looks as a junior. Jacobs helped Shorewood make it to the Class 3A state semifinals.
Jesse Franklin, Seattle Prep, outfielder, sophomore
Franklin led Seattle Prep to the round of 16 with a .532 batting average, 1.467 OPS and 30 RBI. His play also helped the Panthers claim the Metro Coast Division title. The sophomore shined on the big stage with a pair of hits in the regional round, but it wasn’t enough to lead Seattle Prep to the Class 3A state quarterfinals.
Rex Stephan, O’Dea, outfielder, senior
One of the fastest players in the state with 22 runs, O’Dea coach Mike Doyle calls the senior the best hitter in the state. Never outmatched at the plate and always a tough out, Stephan is signed to play at Washington next season.
Coach of the year:
George Monica, Bishop Blanchet
The Bishop Blanchet coach announced his retirement after the season and finished his 36 years with the Braves 534-264. Monica won 11 league titles, had 18 state playoff appearances and won one championship. He was inducted into the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004.
– Josh Liebeskind
Quinn Breidenbach, Enumclaw, pitcher, junior
Breidenbach brings the heat in the circle and at the plate for an Enumclaw team considered among the favorites in this weekend’s 3A state tournament. The Massachusetts signee carries a team-best .535 average with 26 RBI and is 15-1 with a 0.64 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 88 innings.
Sydney Taggart, Everett, pitcher, junior
The most dominant player in the WesCo 3A North, Taggart keyed Everett’s run to the Northwest District championship and return to state, tossing a two-hitter in the title game to raise her record to 13-0 with two saves. She has a 1.84 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 87 innings.
Kayla Ellis, Jackson, catcher, senior
Ellis is a rock behind the plate and tough to steal on with a great arm. A four-year starter and one of only two seniors on a team that captured the Northwest 4A District title to land a state berth, she is versatile enough to fill in around the infield when needed. She is batting .510 with 18 extra-base hits, including seven homers with 31 RBI.
Alyssa O’Farrell, Woodinville, infielder, senior
The clear MVP in KingCo 4A this season, O’Farrell is a four-year starter at first base who hopes to lead the Falcons back to the top this weekend in Spokane. In 22 games (21 wins), she has a whopping 51 RBI, 37 runs scored and is batting .550.
Riley Gregoire, Bainbridge, infielder, senior
Gregoire gobbles up everything at shortstop for a team that returns to the 3A state tournament. She was voted the overall MVP in the Metro League and has the speed to beat out most infield grounders. The Oregon State signee hits with power, too, with eight home runs, turning that .525 batting average into a 1.018 slugging percentage.
Maddie Morgan, Lynnwood, infielder, sophomore
Morgan, a third-baseman, made a name for herself at a young age — enough so to earn a scholarship offer from mighty Alabama, which she accepted. She makes the tough defensive plays look routine and was a terror at the plate. Morgan batted .657 with 21 extra-base hits, 33 runs scored and 27 RBI this season.
Maggie Gallagher, Kennedy Catholic, infielder, junior
After batting .695 as a sophomore to earn Star Times honors, this UW commit was an even tougher out this season and finished with a .719 average as the Lancers fell short of the 3A state tournament. With nearly twice as many extra-base hits (27) as singles (14), her slugging percentage was an off-the-charts 1.632.
Jourdin Hering, Beamer, outfielder, junior
With great range, a strong arm and clutch bat, Hering was voted MVP in the SPSL 4A North and is considered among the top outfielders in Washington. The Stony Brook commit leads the Titans back to state for the third year in a row with a .506 average (including 17 extra-base hits), 27 runs scored and 25 RBI while playing flawless defense.
Nicole Shavlik, Woodinville, outfielder, senior
Shavlik has her share of highlight-reel catches and is a magnet in center field for the 21-1 Falcons, who are gunning for the 4A state title this weekend. She is a tough out in the leadoff position with the ability to bunt, slap or hit away and carries a .478 average with 41 runs scored and 21 RBI. Signed with the University of Maryland.
Carley Nance, Tahoma, outfielder, junior
Nance is athletic enough to play just about anywhere for the Bears and saw time in the outfield this season as they went through the regular season unbeaten. The left-hander is also an all-league pitcher and brings a 13-2 season record into the 4A state tournament, where she also likely will play some first base. Her .463 batting average includes 8 HRs with 35 RBI.
Hannah Walker, Lake Washington, utility, junior
Game after game, Walker winds up in the highlight box with multiple hits for the Kangaroos. She is batting .532 with 23 extra-base hits, including 9 HRs (1.104 slugging percentage). Walker, this year’s KingCo 3A/2A MVP who helped LW win the 2A title last season, played some infield, but primarily catches.
Coach of the year:
Traci tawney, Lake Washington
She guided the Kangaroos to the 2A state championship in 2014 and has them riding a 22-game win streak into this year’s 3A state tournament, building her career record to 58-6.
– Sandy Ringer
Boys soccer all-stars:
Logan Wood, Tahoma, forward, senior
The third-year starter became the Bears’ big finisher this season as the team put together a 16-0-0 regular season. Wood provided leadership in addition to his 19 goals and 12 assists in 2015 — in just 14 matches — as Tahoma took the top spot in the SPSL Northeast (13-0-0). He finished the season with 21 goals and 13 assists as Tahoma reached the 4A state quarterfinals.
Ryan Hill, Mercer Island, forward, senior
A dedicated and tireless worker on the pitch, Hill tallied 22 goals and five assists this season. The relentless forward was a big reason MI (13-5-2) won its first KingCo 3A/2A regular-season crown since 2012. It was the league’s first unbeaten champion since the Islanders’ 2009 team swept its schedule.
Burke Fahling, Inglemoor, forward, junior
With speed and precision moves, the Vikings’ talented breakaway threat is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. The attention Fahling draws makes his team better. He helped Inglemoor (12-2-3) win the KingCo 4A tournament championship last Monday with a 2-0 triumph over regular-season titlist Mount Si. Has 15 goals and two assists this season.
Jason Rodriguez, Interlake, forward, senior
The Saints’ main offensive threat puts pressure on KingCo 3A/2A defenses and helped Interlake win the conference tournament title and reach the state semifinals for the first time since 1984. Rodriguez supplied 21 goals and six assists as Interlake (15-2-1) turned the tables on regular-season champion Mercer Island with a 2-1 win in Monday’s KingCo 3A/2A title match.
Riley Prescott, Glacier Peak, midfielder, senior
The Grizzlies’ playmaker helped his squad to a second-place finish in WesCo 3A/2A and a 10-1-1 record. He has 14 goals and nine assists this season for Glacier Peak (16-4-1), which compiled a 13-match unbeaten streak to reach the state quarterfinals. Prescott is signed to play at NAIA Carroll College.
Wyatt Paul, Lakeside, midfielder, senior
Lions’ coach Mark Szabo uses the adjectives “dynamic, creative, a great shot” to describe Paul, the offensive leader of the defending Class 3A state champions. Paul, who plans to walk on at USC as a football kicker, led Lakeside (17-3-0) with 17 goals and five assists during the team’s run to the 3A state quarterfinals.
Brady Henderson, Archbishop Murphy, midfielder, junior
He makes the Wildcats’ offense click and leads the way with 49 points on 15 goals and 19 assists. Henderson kept the squad glued together for an unbeaten 14-0-0 run through the Cascade Conference. He has four goals and an assist in five postseason matches to help the Wildcats (19-1-1) reach their fifth Final Four.
Nick Morgan, Skyline, defender, senior
The KingCo 4A Defensive MVP was a key figure for the Spartans (9-3-4) as they took third in the always tough KingCo 4A. Morgan, the team’s center back, also found time to move forward for five goals and two assists. He will play at Western Washington next fall.
Blake Crutchfield, Snohomish, defender, senior
He does a lot of things for the Panthers (14-2-1), including providing a dangerous long throw-in ability. Crutchfield can stay back and defend or push forward — he has four goals and 11 assists this season. Played both defender and center midfielder this season, moving to the latter for a late-season push that carried Snohomish to its eighth Final Four.
Mercer Island, defender, senior
Agile and savvy, Sims has been key to the Islanders’ defense during a banner season in which his team outscored foes 51-13 before the playoffs. He owns a 3.95 grade-point average and is a winner on the field as well. The defense posted eight shutouts and it was clear the Islanders were better with Sims in the lineup after he returned from a spring break band trip.
Wallis Lapsley, Lakeside, goalkeeper, senior
The UC Davis commit played all 1,750 minutes in goal this season, posting 13 shutouts and owned a 0.45 goals-against average. He was named the 2014-2015 Gatorade Player of the Year for Washington state and helped the Lions reach the 3A state quarterfinals.
Coach of the year:
Jason Johnson, Tahoma
Guided this year’s squad to what is believed to be the school’s first undefeated regular season (16-0-0). Johnson, in his eighth season, has the Bears back in the Class 4A state tournament for the first time since 2012.
– Matt Massey