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Two Cedarcrest coaches receive league honors
Two Cedarcrest High School coaches learned two weeks ago
that their KingCo 3A peers had accorded them high honors.
On Monday, Nov. 1, first year girls' soccer coach Kerrie Gould _
a PE instructor at the school in Duvall _ learned she'd been named the
league's soccer coach of the year. Two days later, volleyball coach
Christine Stefani-Hillstead received similar notification in recognition of her
leadership of the Red Wolf volleyball program.
Gould _in her second year as head of the Red Wolf kickers - took a
team that had won a grand total of two league games in two years and
turned them into a tight-knit, explosive unit which won seven games in KingCo
The team stumbled at the end, losing four consecutive games as well
as senior ace Sarah Young (broken fibula and tibia) and goalkeeper
Jennie Harder (dislocated shoulder, cracked vertebra in the neck) during
last month's clash with Sammamish. However, despite the adversity,
Cedarcrest managed to qualify for their first-ever league playoff series. Gould rated
the squad's improvement as "incredible."
"I think the biggest improvement this year is that we learned to play
together," she stated last Monday. "Last year we had a lot of skill but it
was through a lot of individual effort.
"They are a very positive group of girls; they are very supportive of
each other. It made for a very exciting time."
This year's Red Wolf soccer squad also placed two on the KingCo
3A second-team roster, senior Young and junior midfielder Dana Elwell.
Four others _ seniors Cassie Pepper and Heather Sherfey and juniors
Renee Remedios and Sarah Gustat - received honorable mention awards.
Concerning Young's recovery, Gould commented, "She's still
on crutches. She's had her surgery and is doing well, considering."
In volleyball, Coach Hillstead also took over a program that had
faced adversity and turned it into a powerhouse, ultimately qualifying for
the state championship series. The team ultimately finished eighth among
all 3A programs in Washington.
The first-year varsity coach _ who herself graduated from Cedarcrest
in 1995 and had previously served as an assistant - stressed the laurels
belong to her players.
"I think there was a combination of things that happened," she said.
"A lot of these girls have played for three head coaches. I was an assistant;
I coached them one time last year in a critical situation, so the transition
"They're good players. Having a small community really helps
because they work hard, play hard and they do everything together. They all trust
each other and trust what I do, and they all know I won't tell them to do
something for no reason. It's made it easier for me as a coach."
Adding to the celebration, three Cedarcrest players were also
awarded all-league honors.
"Katie Power was named first team all-league, Erin Townsend
second team, and Julie Henry was given an honorable mention," Hillstead
"In some ways coaching is hard for me, because I'm only four years
older than some of the girls. But they see me as a player too."
Cedarcrest athletic director Josh Garcia agreed the players helped
make the coaches in both sports.
"We have great coaches, but we also have great kids," he
commented. "The success of the coaches
definitely comes from the work of the kids. Being named coaches of the year
reflects well on their respective programs."