It’s time to kick off a new fall season of action for Mountlake Terrace Hawk student athletes. Football, volleyball, girls soccer, girls swim and dive, boys tennis and cross country all begin competition over the next two weeks; here’s a preview of the Hawk squads in each of the 2016 fall sports.
Coach: Kelly Dougan (second year)
2015 record: 3-3 in Wesco League play, 5-5 overall
First 2016 game: Friday, Sept. 2, versus Sehome at Edmonds Stadium, 8:00 p.m. (game can also be streamed live on the Sound Live Sports Network)
Key players: Nick Fisher (senior running back, safety); Anthony Gomez (senior running back, linebacker); Austin Bach (senior wide receiver, linebacker), Garrett McDowell (quarterback)
Hawk outlook: Last year’s squad stumbled during the second half of the season, partly due to injuries suffered by key starters. If this year’s team can stay healthy they will certainly improve on last year’s .500 mark. The Hawks have a reputation of being physical and that should continue this year – and be a big advantage once they reach the postseason and face exclusively 2A schools.
2016 schedule: click http://www.wescoathletics.com/index.php?league=3&page_name=team_schedule&pid=0.3.40.1.321&school=40&sport=1
Coach: Rene Noeun (second year)
2015 record: 0-12 in Wesco League play, 0-14 overall
First 2016 match: Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Squalicum (Bellingham), 6:00 p.m.
Key players: Emilie Roldan (senior), Sophie Parsons (junior), Gabby Calhoun (senior), Alicia Wagoner (senior)
Hawk outlook: This year’s team will undoubtedly be better than last year’s young squad who found it difficult to keep up with the taller and more experienced competition in the Wesco League. Wins may still be hard to come by, but Coach Noeun has seen more girls at this year’s tryouts and enthusiasm is high.
2016 schedule: click http://www.wescoathletics.com/index.php?league=3&page_name=team_schedule&pid=0.3.40.10.321&school=40&sport=10
Coach: Alvin Little (first year)
2015 record: 3-9-0 in Wesco League, 5-10-0 overall
First 2016 match: Tuesday, Sept. 6, versus Kingston at Lynnwood High School, 7:30 p.m.
Key players: Madi Sadler (senior goalkeeper), Julia Hart (junior midfielder/forward), Isabel Kembel ((junior forward), Donnya Kvinge (junior defender)
Hawk outlook: Although it’s his first year coaching at the high school level, new head coach Alvin Little has a long history leading club soccer in the area. Coach Little stresses defense and has strength on that end of the field (Sadler, Kvinge) to build upon. The Terrace squad will also give opposing defenses fits with the speed of Hart and Kembel on the offensive attack.
2016 schedule: click http://www.wescoathletics.com/index.php?league=3&page_name=team_schedule&pid=0.3.40.11.321&school=40&sport=11
Coach: Alberto Ramirez (tenth season)
2015 record: 5-7 in Wesco League play, 7-7 overall
First 2016 match: Tuesday, Sept. 6, versus Marysville-Pilchuck at Totem Middle School in Marysville, 3:30 p.m.
Key players: Jeremy Ansdell, Adam Lorraine
Hawk outlook: With nine seniors on the team, Coach Ramirez is calling the 2016 boys’ squad the strongest in his 10 years at the school. Ansdell has qualified for the state tournament two-years-in-a-row, placing eighth in singles’ competition last year; the senior is looking to cap off his prep career with a return trip to state. Multi-sport athlete Adam Lorraine is expected to be a team leader in his senior year of net play this season also.
2016 schedule: click http://www.wescoathletics.com/index.php?league=3&page_name=team_schedule&pid=0.3.40.17.321&school=40&sport=17
Coach: Todd Weber (ninth year)
2015 record: Hawk girls team placed sixth at 3A state championship meet, third in the 3A District 1 championship meet; the Hawk boys team placed sixth at 3A District 1 championship meet
First 2016 meet: Thursday, Sept. 15, versus Marysville-Getchell, Lake Stevens and Mariner at Strawberry Fields Athletic Complex in Marysville, 3:45 p.m.
Key players: Katherine Walter, Jessica Ong, Braeden Sims, Nick Leidig
Hawk outlook: The Hawk girls squad lost just two runners to graduation from the 2015 team that placed sixth at the 3A state meet and is filling those spots with track standout Sandra Hart and some strong freshmen newcomers. The team will contend for another trip to state (2A this time around) and won’t have to compete in the postseason against Edmonds-Woodway (second at the 3A state meet last year) nor 3A state champion Glacier Peak (who has moved up to 4A this year).
2016 schedule: http://www.wescoathletics.com/index.php?league=3&page_name=team_schedule&pid=0.3.40.2.321&school=40&sport=2 and http://www.wescoathletics.com/index.php?league=3&page_name=team_schedule&pid=0.3.40.19.321&school=40&sport=19
Girls Swim and Dive
Coach: Amber Armstrong (first year)
First 2016 meet: Tuesday, Sept. 13, versus Meadowdale and Edmonds-Woodway at Lynnwood Pool, 2:45 p.m.
Hawk outlook: Coach Armstrong, who has been an assistant coach in the Hawk swimming program, moves up to lead the team this fall. She’ll be hard pressed though to send a swimmer or diver to the state meet in November. Winning a dual meet or two during the regular season is a more achievable goal for the young Hawks.
2016 schedule: click http://www.wescoathletics.com/index.php?league=3&page_name=team_schedule&pid=0.3.40.13.321&school=40&sport=13