Wildcats, Wolves receive all-league honors

Eight athletes from Oak Harbor High School and three from Coupeville received first-team, all-league honors from their respective leagues this fall.

In addition, Coupeville volleyball coach Cory Whitmore earned Coach of the Year honors in the North Sound Conference.

The Western Conference volleyball and soccer teams included athletes from all 12 3A schools; the other sports divided league honors by North and Sound divisions.

The Oak Harbor volleyball team placed three on the first team: senior outside hitter Leielle Salinger, junior outside hitter Morgan Pease and junior setter Annie Salinger, Leielle’s sister.

Junior libero Gredina DeGuzman and sophomore middle blocker Payton Parks received honorable mention.

In tennis, Oak Harbor seniors Micah Franklin and Nick Krantz were all-league, first team in doubles, while Franklin’s sophomore brother, Ezra Franklin, earned first team in singles.

Wildcat senior Mikhaela Cortez was a first-team defender in soccer. Senior Peyton Rhyne (midfielder) was second team, and senior Gracie Hiteshew (defender), junior Cassie Stady (midfielder) and sophomore Tiana Jackson (goalkeeper) were honorable mention.

Oak Harbor senior Dallas Riddle-Stevens was a first team selection in boys cross country; sophomore Cooper Billiter was second team.

In girls cross country, Wildcat freshman Adrienne Root was named to the second team.

In football, Oak Harbor junior Matt Kelley was a second-team receiver, and senior Michael Gomez, juniors Nathan Hummel and Brenden Andersen, and sophomores John Leete and Jackson Higman were honorable mention.

Earning North Sound Conference honors in volleyball along with Whitmore were Coupeville senior Maya Toomey-Stout as a first-team outside hitter, senior Scout Smith as a second-team setter and senior Hannah Davidson as a second-team middle blocker.

Coupeville senior midfielder Mallory Kortuem was named to the first team in soccer, while senior defender Tia Wurzrainer was a second-team defender.

In cross country, junior Catherine Lhamon, sophomore Alana Mihill and sophomore Claire Mayne all received second-team honors for the girls, as did freshman Mitchell Hall for the boys.

In a classy move by the North Sound Conference football coaches, two Coupeville players were named to the all-league team even though the Wolves played an independent schedule this fall and didn’t compete in the conference.

Senior Sean Toomey-Stout, who was all-league, first-team in three positions as a junior, was placed on the first-team as a return specialist and the second team as a defensive back this year. Senior Andrew Martin was second team as a running back and linebacker.

Recognition for the all-state team comes through the conferences, and this gives the Wolves an opportunity to be selected.

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