Sports Notebook: Spring sports brought honors for CV standouts
6/26/2014 1:16:56 PM
By Mike Vlahovich
The whole was the sum of its many parts when Central Valley's girls track team tied for eighth during State 4A track and field.
Eight girls combined for three relay medals during last month's meet and their league championship season.
But the literal anchor of the multi-faceted team was Liberty Lake resident Mariah Cunningham, who won the high jump at 5-foot-4, finished third in the long jump at 17-5 ¼ and ran the final legs of two relay placers that accounted for 23 of the Bears 25 points.
CV's 800-meter relay team placed fifth, the 400-relay team was sixth and 1,600 took seventh.
Savannah Hoekstra was a member of all three relay placers, joined by Anna Fomin on the 800 and 1,600 teams, soccer standout Kelsey Turnbow on both 800 and 400 finishers, Hailey Hawkins on the 400, and Brielle Crump, Briegan Bester and Hannah Reiman on this year's 1,600.
Cunningham and Hoekstra, a Liberty Lake resident who starred on CV's state championship soccer team, completed illustrious careers as Bears and will continue at Eastern Washington University next winter.
In the state boys meet, freshman Jakobe Ford finished fourth with a high jump of 6-6.
Geoff Arte was Greater Spokane League girls track coach of the year, and the aforementioned girls were all first-team designees in their events. Joining them was javelin thrower Liz Adams with a league best 131-1 throw, 10 feet farther than league runner-up and fellow Bear McKenna Stocker.
On the boys side, Ford was second team despite being the highest Greater Spokane League placer at state.
Most of the nine spring sports had CV representatives on their all-league teams:
Baseball - Colton Peha was first-team outfield.
Softball - Pitcher Carli Riordan was the league MVP, while catcher McKynzie Adams and infielder Shayla Vegas also made first team.
Golf - Jake Dringle and Michael Stansberry were both first-team selections.
Tennis - Jacob Conant for the boys and Kyra Harames of the unbeaten GSL champion girls team were first-team choices.
Soccer - The playoff qualifying Bears had two selections, Karl Ellingsen and Miguel Nave.