Three Sparts earn all-league honors

10 Bainbridge players are named to the All-Metro team.

It was a season of ups and downs for the Bainbridge girls soccer team.

They started the season off with a 4-0 win over their rival North Kitsap, but were plagued by inconsistent scoring throughout most of the season.

The Spartans turned it around at the end, allowing just two goals in their last eight games, including the playoffs, but couldn’t make it out of the Metro League tournament.

For their efforts, 10 Spartans were named to the All-Metro team. Jackie Danzig was a first team selection, while Zena Hemmen, Allie Picha, Maureen Callahan and Lindsey Montoya were second team selections and Callie Tift and Molly Oshin were honorable mentions.

Three Spartans also made this year’s Kitsap News Group All-Kitsap team, as voted on by the sportswriters from the Bainbridge Review, the North Kitsap Herald, the Central Kitsap Reporter, the Bremerton Patriot and the Port Orchard Independent.

The starters:

Forward – Brandi Hamre, Central Kitsap – Arguably the Narrows League’s best offensive player, the sophomore led the county with 17 goals and 14 assists, totaling 48 points for the Cougars.

Forward – Cassie Brown, South Kitsap – Led the Wolves in scoring with 11 goals and seven assists. The speedy captain can move the ball around nicely and can be tough when she needs to. Already signed with Southeast Missouri State.

Forward – Shannon White, Olympic – While she didn’t pack the same scoring punch as teammate Liz Curry, White still scored seven goals while adding four assists, including a pair of goals after she experienced some knee problems.

Midfielder – Alissa Russell, Central Kitsap – Russell was a key part of the CK attack, selflessly helping create more opportunities for her teammates than for herself. That’s not to say she didn’t find the back of the net plenty this year. Russell, using crafty footwork and precision passing, scored 11 goals and dished out 11 assists for 33 points.

Midfielder – Erin Carpenter, South Kitsap – In the middle of everything, the senior was solid and consistent, scoring eight goals while adding five assists for 21 total points. Her physical style of play opened the way for others to score.

Midfielder – Stephanie Skelley, North Kitsap – North’s fast and feisty field general, Skelley served as the holding midfielder for the Vikings until she was lost midway through the season due to an injury.

Defender – Santerra Holler, South Kitsap – The defensive captain of the Bridge Division’s best defense. Her vocal presence and physical play along with her leadership propelled the Wolves to the top of the division. Notched eight points offensively.

Defender – Alana MacWhorter, Bainbridge – An All-Metro first team selection, the senior co-captain and emotional leader of the team was one of the keys in a defense that allowed an average of just one goal per game.

Defender – Amanda Clark, Klahowya – The junior captain was instrumental in helping the Eagles through a playoff stretch that saw them win several one-goal games when it counted most as they finish ed 8-7-1 in the Nisqually League.

Defender – Kayleigh Westermann, South Kitsap – Tough defender who played wherever she was needed. Also an offensive threat, scoring four goals with five assists for 13 total points. With a tall and lanky body, she is tough to get around.

Goalkeeper – CJ Balstad, South Kitsap – Her numbers say it all: five goals allowed in 16 regular season games. The junior recorded 11 shutouts while no league or division opponent scored more than a single goal on her.

Coach – Eric Bergeson, South Kitsap – In what would turn out to be his final season as the Wolves’ coach, Bergeson took a team with just five seniors and produced an undefeated regular season and the Bridge Division title. Under his leadership, South made its fifth-straight trip to the state playoffs as well.

Honorable Mentions:

Pepper Fanua, Olympic – The sophomore goalkeeper helped lead the Trojans back to the playoffs, allowing 23 goals in 17 games. Fanua is a strong all-around athlete and will play a key role in the Trojans’ future.

Kelsey Penn, South Kitsap – Very quick off the first step, she outruns opponents to the ball and knows what to do with it once she’s there. Penn scored six goals and dished out five assists as a junior.

Chanel Williams, Central Kitsap – Williams came through in the clutch both offensively and defensively down the stretch for CK, using her speed and toughness to help see the Cougars into the playoffs yet again.

Naomi Abad, Bremerton – The Knights’ leading scorer with six goals and three assists, Abad was the most consistent player on the Bremerton squad and provided much-needed leadership on a young squad as a sophomore.

Kelsey Krasas, North Kitsap –While sharing time with fellow goalie Laural Patton, Krasas racked up numerous impressive saves. She stood solid, preserving five shutouts on the year.

Talia Speer, Klahowya – A talented forward who is not afraid to get physical, Speer also proved a valuable defender down the stretch.

Lizzie Seligmann, Bainbridge – Solid defender that was key in shutting down the opponent’s top scorer. This senior was an All-Metro first team selection as well.

Kylie Balstad, South Kitsap – Scrappy midfielder who found a way to score when it was needed most. Tallied three goals and five assists as a sophomore and plays solid defense.

Meredith Johnson, King’s West –The Warriors’ second-best goal scorer held an important leadership role in getting King’s West to a second-place SeaTac League finish.

Liz Curry, Olympic – Among the league-leaders in scoring yet again, Curry racked up nine goals and eight assists for 26 points this season. And the Trojan forward is just a sophomore.

Sheree Kuehl, Klahowya – A junior, Kuehl is part of a youth movement that should see Klahowya through continued improvement. One of the squad’s captains, Kuehl will be back in the middle for the Eagles next season.

Carlye Rice, Central Kitsap – One of the Cougars’ most consistent defensive performers, Rice doesn’t do anything too flashy, but always gets the job done. She isn’t afraid to get physical and helped anchor one of the division’s better defenses.

Brenna Lander, North Kitsap –Lander took on the role of North Kitsap’s spark plug for the second half of the season, stepping up in the place of injured leaders. A junior, she scored 10 goals and hooked up eight assists.

Ashley Waplinger, Bainbridge Island – This sophomore was part of a Spartan defense that clamped on to opposing players, shutting out some of the best goal scorers in the state down the stretch. She was an All-Metro first team selection as well.

Jennifer Smalley, Bremerton – Smalley was instrumental in the turnaround of a previously lackluster Bremerton defense. The Knights surrendered just 35 goals this season compared to an average of 98 in the past two years.

Erin Ferderer, King’s West – Second on the team in scoring as a defender, Ferderer helped lead the Warriors to a berth in the quad-district tournament and performed well against players from 4A and 3A schools in the non-conference season.

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