Fall Sports Begin 2015 Season With First Official Practice
RENTON, Wash. – The 2015 fall sports season begins Monday, August 24, with the first official practices for Cross Country, Girls and Boys 1B/2B Soccer, Girls Swimming and Diving, and Volleyball.
Teams throughout the state will hit the field, court, course and pool to begin their quests for a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) State Championship. During the 2014 season, more than 56,000 student-athletes participated in WIAA fall sports.
The WIAA wishes all schools, athletes, coaches, referees and fans good luck in their seasons. See you at State!
The 2015 Boys and Girls Cross Country State Championship will be held at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco on November 7. This will be the 27th consecutive year Sun Willows has hosted the State Cross Country meet.
During the regular-season, teams are allowed a total of ten races, plus a jamboree. Teams and individuals compete over a 5k course for the State Title. In 2014, 305 WIAA teams participated in Cross Country, with 11,209 student-athletes representing their schools and communities as members of their team.
The 2015 season will be an exciting one with only two returning individual State Champions. In the Wheelchair Division, Isaiah Rigo (Cheney) was only a freshman, winning the race in 7:52.90. The reigning 1A Girls Champion, Alexis Redfield, returns for her senior year at Zillah after capturing the 2014 race with a time of 18:42.80.
The 3A boys team from North Central will look to continue their State Meet dominance, going for an impressive 10-straight team title in 2015. In the 4A boys meet, Gig Harbor will try for their third State Title in a row. Sehome has won five 2A Championships in the past seven years and will be a contender again this year.
On the girls side, Northwest Christian (Lacey) will look to repeat as 1B/2B Champions. The Navigators have won the State Title every year since 2006. Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) will be a front-runner, looking to win a third-straight 1A team title while in 2A, Sehome will go for their fourth-straight State Championship. The Mariners have won eight out of the past nine State Meets.
The 2015 Girls Soccer State Championships will be held on November 20-21. The 1B/2B Championships will take place at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner. The 1A, 2A Championships will be at Shoreline Stadium and the 3A, 4A Championships will be held at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
The 2014 1B/2B State Champion was the Crosspoint Academy Warriors. The Warriors (16-2-1) beat the Liberty Bell Patriots (17-4), 5-1 to earn their second consecutive State Championship.
The Klahowya Eagles (20-2) won the 2014 1A State Championship. The Eagles beat King’s (20-2-1), 1-0 for their first 1A title. Klahowya last won a State Championship as a 2A school in 1999.
The Squalicum Storm (20-0-1) remained undefeated in the 2A Championship game, beating the Shorecrest Highlanders (18-5), 2-1. This was the first girls soccer State Title for Squalicum.
The 2014 3A Champion was the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors (19-3-1). The Warriors beat the Southridge Suns (19-5), 2-1 to take home their first State Title.
In the 4A State Championship game, the Central Valley Bears (20-2) bested the Jackson Timber Wolves (15-5-1), 5-2 for their first State Title.
Boys Soccer (1B/2B)
The 2015 1B/2B Boys Soccer State Championship will be held at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner along with the 1B/2B Girls State Tournament on November 20-21. Regular-season and the State Championships for 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A will be held on May 27-28, 2016.
The 1B/2B State Champion was Mount Vernon Christian (22-0). The Hurricanes beat the Waitsburg-Prescott Tigers (16-4), 2-1 to finish off their perfect season.
Girls Swimming and Diving
The 2015 Girls Swimming and Diving State Championships will be held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way November 13-14.
The 2014 2A Team Champion was Liberty (Issaquah). As a sophomore, Taylor McCoy (Pullman) won both the 200IM and the 100-Yard Backstroke. McCoy won both events as a freshman at the 2013 State Meet. Liberty (Issaquah) set two meet records last year in the 200-Yard Medley Relay (1:51.40) and the 400 Freestyle Relay (3:37.43). A member of Liberty’s 400 Free relay team, Mackenna Briggs, set a meet record of her own in the 100 Butterfly with a time of :55.65.
The 2014 3A Team Champion was Lakeside (Seattle). The Bellevue 200-Yard Medley Relay won their fourth-straight title. Cameron Smith (Seattle Prep) will look to win her third-straight 500-Yard Free title this year, having won last year’s event in a meet record time of 4:55.21. Lakeside (Seattle) will go for a third-consecutive 200-Yard Freestyle Relay Championship.
The 2014 4A Team Champions were Jackson and Richland (tie). Madison Pressler (Jackson) returns to the pool as a junior and will go for her third State 200-Yard Freestyle victory.
The 2015 Volleyball Championships will be held on November 13-14 for all classifications. The Yakima Valley SunDome will host the 1B, 2B and 1A State Championships. St. Martins University in Lacey will host the 2A State Tournament, while the 3A and 4A teams will compete for their respective Championships at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
The 2014 1B Champion was the Pomeroy Pirates (19-1). The Pirates defeated Almira Coulee Hartline (18-4) 3-0 (25-10, 25-6, 25-14) for the State Title. It was Pomeroy’s 15th appearance at the State Tournament and third Championship (first in the 1B classification).
The Colfax Bulldogs (30-2) captured their second-straight 2B State Championship in 2014. Colfax defeated Wahkiakum (15-4) 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-14). Colfax has won the 2B State Title four times in the past seven years and a total of nine times since 1982 with an impressive 31 State appearances.
The 1A State Championship title went to Lynden Christian (17-3). The Lyncs faced King’s (16-5) and won, 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-20). This was Lynden Christian’s first State Title.
The 2014 2A State Champion was Tumwater (16-4). The Thunderbirds beat North Kitsap (26-2), 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 25-11). 2014 was Tumwater’s first Volleyball State Championship in 20 State appearances (2A and 3A).
The 3A State Champion was Auburn Riverside (23-0). The Ravens finished a perfect season with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-20) win over Capital (18-4-2). It was the Ravens’ first Volleyball State Championship.
Bellarmine Prep (32-1-2) took home the 4A State Championship in 2014. The Lions beat Emerald Ridge (40-2-1) 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-18) for their third State Title in 16 appearances. The Championship win capped off an undefeated regular-season for Bellarmine Prep.