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Leete, Powers receive OHHS Athlete of the Year honor

Joanna Leete, who won the league and district golf titles and placed sixth at state this season, earned female Athlete of the Year Award. - Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times
Joanna Leete, who won the league and district golf titles and placed sixth at state this season, earned female Athlete of the Year Award.
— image credit: Jim Waller / Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor High School seniors Joanna Leete and Caley Powers combined to win 21 varsity letters and 14 first-team, all-Western Conference awards. It's easy to see why they were selected the school's Athletes of the Year for 2013-14.

OHHS volleyball coach Kerri Molitor was named the Coach of the Year.

Leete lettered four times in golf and basketball and twice in soccer.

She was a four-time first-team selection in golf and qualified for state all four years, including placing sixth this spring and ninth as a junior.

The past two years, she was league and district champion.

Leete set a school record in average round score (80.14), which she cited as her greatest athletic achievement. She also holds the school record for the lowest single round (70), and she was named the team's MVP four times. As a freshman, she was selected Rookie of the Year.

Coach Andy Wesley said, "Annie has set the bar a little higher on the Oak Harbor girls golf team. She will leave her name on the wall of records at the high school as evidence of her hard work and dedication to the sport."

Leete said her parents, Dennis and Juli Leete, and Wesley played a key role in her success.

"My parents encouraged me to play golf and press on to reach my goals," she said. "They encouraged me to work through my slumps and supported me financially."

"Coach Wesley went above and beyond what most coaches do for their teams," she said. "He spent many hours after practice helping me work on my game.

"It was also nice to have the support of the community and the golf club. They always showed interest in me and my game."

Leete, who graduated with a 3.4 GPA, will play golf for Eastern Washington University next year.

In basketball, she scored 901 points in her career, sixth best all-time for OHHS, including the fourth-best single game high of 32.

She was a second-team, all-league choice one year and honorable mention twice.

Leete was named the OHHS Most Valuable Offensive Player twice and Captain and Most Improved once.

Powers received four letters in soccer and swimming and three in cross country.

In soccer, he was first-team all-Wesco this spring and second team in 2013.

OHHS coach Brian Thompson said Powers played every position during his four years: "Having a player who is capable of doing this is a great asset to our team. When we needed a goal keeper, he was there saying, 'I can do that.' Caley is the type of player who is willing to conform to the needs of the team."

Powers, who owns a 3.9 GPA, will continue his soccer career at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix next year and major in physical therapy.

He credits much of his success to Bellingham club coach Jason Conway.

"He has greatly influenced me in my soccer career and really molded me into the player I am today," Powers said.

In swimming, Powers amassed first-team honors in nine events during his career, earned a district championship in two events and qualified for state all four years, placing 16th in the 100 butterfly and 17th in the 50 free this winter.

He was the team MVP and Captain this winter and Rookie of the Year in 2011.

As a freshman, he was Rookie of the Year in cross country, qualified for the state meet and earned all-league honorable mention.

In regard to winning the Athlete of the Year Award, Powers said he was "a little surprised."

"Right now it just feels like any old athletic award," he added. "Come Monday when I walk (in the graduation ceremony) and realize I won't be coming back to campus, that's when it'll probably hit me of what a great honor it is to have won."

Powers said the career accomplishment he is most proud of is overcoming a broken femur his sophomore year to win the district 100 butterfly in swimming.

Molitor has coached volleyball at Oak Harbor High School since 2000. This fall, after the Wildcats struggled through the regular season, she helped her club put together an impressive postseason run, placing second in district and sixth at state.

Molitor, an OHHS grad, played on the first three Wildcat volleyball teams that qualified for the state tournament.

(First-team all-Wesco soccer player and swimmer Caley Powers was selected as Oak Harbor High School's male Athlete of the Year. Photo by Jim Waller.)

 

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