After a stellar high school sports career, Mountlake Terrace’s Maddy Kristjanson isn’t resting upon her past accomplishments. While the MTHS senior looks fondly on her playing days as a Hawk, there were no tears after her Terrace softball team was eliminated last week from 2014 postseason play and her prep playing days ended. Instead, Kristjanson had her mind set on her future – specifically her upcoming years playing softball for the Redhawks of Seattle University.
Kristjanson was a four-year performer for the Mountlake Terrace Hawks softball team, and a captain of the 2014 squad. After a couple of victories in the 3A NW District 1 Softball Tournament last week in Everett, the Hawks were defeated in the district third-place game, leaving them out of the WIAA 3A State Softball Championships.
The team had qualified for the state tourney in 2013, so not returning to state was a disappointment for Kristjanson and her teammates. But for Kristjanson, the letdown was tempered with knowing that the Redhawks are waiting for her arrival this coming fall.
“I feel that it would be a lot worst if I wasn’t going on to college to play,” Kristjanson said.
Not only did Terrace go to state last year, Kristjanson played on the squad that qualified for the state championships during her freshman year. “It would have been awesome to be able to go three times, but I’m still proud of everything we accomplished this year as a team,” Kristjanson said. “We still made it to districts – we made it to the second day and fought hard; we played two games (on the second day), so I’m proud of everything that happened.”
Kristjanson is heading to Seattle University on a softball scholarship, but her athletic abilities weren’t limited to the diamond during her playing days at MTHS. In addition to softball, Kristjanson also played four years of soccer and basketball for Terrace – something that she will have to give up when she heads south to become a Redhawk.
“I think after graduation and when high school starts up again next year and I go on to college, it will be like, wow, ‘I’m not playing soccer or basketball or softball for high school anymore,’” Kristjanson said. “I think that part kind of sucks. But I’m still happy to be going on to play one of those sports next year.”
When looking back at her high school athletic career ,Kristjanson couldn’t narrow down her favorite moment, but instead highlighted each of the teams that she was a part of this school year. “I think my senior year was pretty awesome,” she stated with a smile.
“For soccer we were one game away from going to state; basketball, we made it to state and were one game away from going to the (Tacoma) Dome,” she explained, adding that the softball team was also one win away from qualifying from state tourney play. “I’m really proud of all my teammates and all the teams and sports I’ve played this year, and how hard we fought. We didn’t give up. Now that I look back at it, I think those are the biggest moments for me.”
“It was nice to go out senior year like that,” she added.
Kristjanson will receive her diploma from Mountlake Terrace High School, along with the entire Class of 2014, on June 12. She moves into her dorm at Seattle University a week before classes start there Sept. 24; she will begin workouts with the Redhawk softball program right away. Kristjanson plans on majoring in elementary education, and hopes to provide some infield help to a Redhawk squad that struggled in 2014, going 18-34.
“It will be tough, but it will be fun,” Kristjanson said.
— Story and photos by Doug Petrowski