Top ’Cats honored

Marshall Lobbestael went to Friday’s Oak Harbor High School award ceremony thinking he was just there to watch — he had no clue he was going to be a part of it.

In fact, Lobbestael, a junior three-sport athlete, was shocked when his name was announced as 2006 OHHS male athlete of the year.

“As they were calling out stuff, I was trying to figure out who it was...,” he said. “I thought it was only for seniors, I was pretty surprised.”

With all the league honors he received the award wasn’t that surprising to others.

“The thing that separates Marshall from many other athletes is his work ethic,” OHHS baseball coach Jim Waller said. “It is difficult being a three sport athlete because there is very little time to work on the finer points of each sport...Marshall is willing to use that time to develop himself into an outstanding athlete.”

Lobbestael started at quarterback for the Wildcat football team for the second year in a row, helping OHHS to its first ever state playoff victory.

He said making a trip to the state quarterfinals, the deepest-ever OHHS run into the playoffs, was the highlight of his junior year.

“Going as far as we did...that was really fun,” Lobbestael said. “It was really cool having that many people support us and having that many people at our games and stuff.”

Lobbestael keyed the successful season with 96 completions for 1,351 yards and 12 TDs and was named second team All-Western Conference North.

Oak Harbor finished at 10-2 overall after losing to eventual 4A state champion Skyline, 49-21. The Wildcats made school history one game earlier, picking up the program’s first state victory, 28-14, over Gig Harbor.

Lobbestael also played a key role on the boys basketball team. He averaged five points, four rebounds and two assists per game.

Oak Harbor finished 2-18, two wins better than the previous season.

“It was actually surprising because when a team loses that many games there’s not very good team chemistry,” Lobbestael said. “ We had a lot of fun and we won two more games than last year.”

Lobbestael also shined on the baseball field where he was named a first team utility player and second team pitcher by the WesCo North. He was tied for second on the team in RBI (11), was third in runs (10) and third in batting average (.343). As a pitcher he had a 2.84 ERA and 31 strikeouts over 37 innings.

Although he had a successful individual season, Lobbestael was disappointed the Wildcats couldn’t get just one more victory and move into the district playoffs. Oak Harbor finished at 7-9 in league and one game behind Marysville-Pilchuck for the final playoff berth. They played the Tomahawks in the final two regular season games and needed just one win.

“That was really frustrating,” Lobbestael said. “Next year is another year, but it would have been nice to make it this year.”

Lobbestael also excelled in the classroom where he carried a 3.78 GPA.

Oak Harbor senior Krystal Rousselle was equally surprised when her name was announced as 2006 female athlete of the year.

“There were so many other girls that went to state and all that stuff,” Rousselle said. “I figured it would be really tough to get.”

Rousselle played two sports for the Wildcats, while maintaining a 3.34 GPA.

In the fall she played volleyball and led the Wildcats in kills with 175. She had 122 digs in eight league matches and added 53 aces, helping OHHS to a 4-4 league and 8-6 overall record — one game out of the district playoffs.

Oak Harbor head volleyball coach Kerri Molitor said Rousselle’s strengths lie on both sides of the net.

“As an offensive player, Krystal was extremely tough,” Molitor said. “Her attacking is fast, and she has multiple tools. She can hit hard, but also has great placement. As a defensive player, Krystal can frustrate teams by digging their best hitters.”

Rousselle also had an exceptional season on the basketball court. She averaged 10 points and six rebounds per game and was named an all-league honorable mention.

“There are so many good people in our league, it was a shocker,” said Rousselle, of the selection.

The Wildcats finished in fifth place in their league (7-9, 8-12), higher than many had them in the preseason.

“They didn’t really expect us to do well we lost Heidi (McNeill) and Keeley (Smollack),” Rousselle said. “So we showed them.”

Next year Rousselle will play volleyball at Skagit Valley Community College. After that, she has aspirations of continuing her volleyball career at Washington State University.

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