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A new start: Cedarcrest spring sports photo preview | Gallery
From Darian Pendergraft, a promising sophomore on the soccer squad, to senior thrower Melissa Collinwood and the Red Wolf softball team's rounded junior group, athlete leaders in Cedarcrest High School spring sports are honing their competitive edge. Spring sports are underway now, so look for these players to make an impact in the Cascade Conference.
A new start
Starting the year at a newly constructed field, the Cedarcrest boys baseball team will be led by a senior class that includes Collin Hall, Nick Cardon, Martin Vakamoce, Tanner Marty, Tyler Reeves, Nick Gagner, Jordan Gross and Alex Hueter.
All up to me, and us
Above, Austin Koons; Below, Hanna GIbson, Melissa Collinwood
The dichotomy of track and field—a team endeavor that depends on the willpower of the individual—is clear to the Red Wolf track team’s senior leaders.
Teamwork makes track a lot of fun, says Austin Koons, Cedarcrest’s main 400-meter runner (and ASB president) who went to state on the 4x400 relay team as a 10th grader.
“It’s a very social sport,” Koons said. “Even though, at the same time, it’s individual. You have to be able to push yourself.”
“It’s a personal sport,” said throwing leader Melissa Collingwood. “You’re trying to improve, get better.”
Collingwood has been a competitive thrower for six years, and throws shot, discus and javelin. Fellow senior Hanna Gibson, with two years experience, is solely a jav launcher.
Gibson loves to throw, saying the sport gets her off the couch and active.
Technique has a lot to do with success—both girls agreed that the secret is in the legs, rather than the arms.
A very good year
Now that the question of where to play is resolved, Taylor Fields, captain of the Red Wolves boys golf team, is looking forward to a good year of strong play.
“This year, we have a very solid team,” the senior said, calling out several promising freshmen, such as Ryan Johnson.
“He could be our number-one golfer this year,” Fields said.
The rest of the team has worked very hard in the off-season to improve on what Fields felt were inconsistent performances last year. In particular, Fields said junior Taylor Templin could have a great season.
“He just keeps improving. He’ll be right up there in the top four,” Fields said.
The Cedarcrest team’s home golf course in Carnation closed last year, leaving the team searching for a new home (Snohomish Golf Course), as well as practice areas. They practice at two Fall City courses, but practice space is limited to 12 players.
Like the 35-mph winds and downpours they have been practicing in, cuts are just another obstacle the team will play through.
“It was rough, but we play,” Fields said. “I know a couple of us are looking forward to doing a little better than we did last year at districts, maybe move on to state. We’ll see.”
Young, but hungry
Kaily Campbell, Jerrica Kjorsvik, Bethany Hall, Taylor Turner, Karly Gidloff, Maddy Harris.
The Red Wolf fastpitch team will be led in 2012 by its junior class, a tight-knit six-girl group.
It may be a young team, but Kaily Campbell said the incoming players bring a lot of select team experience.
“I’d like to see us improve,” said junior Jerrica Kjorsvik. “The freshmen last year, coming back as sophomores, will definitely do well.”
Playing for a reason
Sophomore Darian Pendergraft expects good things ahead for the Cedarcrest boys soccer team. A club player since 6th grade, he’s also expected to bring big things as a center midfielder.
Pendergraft plays on the nationally competitive Eastside FC B94 team, and loves the sport, his chief focus.
“It helps me relax, keeps me out of trouble,” he said. This spring, he hopes to “get to know my teammates better and get to state.
“We all love the game,” Pendergraft added. “We play not just to win, but to have a good time.”