Northeast 2B League Teams Preview -2015

Saint George’s School Dragons

Head Coach: Heidi Melville

2014 Record: 17-3-0

The offense will be one of the more explosive in the state. Michael Hamilton returns from a very solid season wherein he netted 20 goals. Collin Cremers can feature in the both offense and defense and will be a handful for any team to deal with. Stow Miller is back in the midfield to lead a group that may be the deepest and strongest in the state. The teams leader in Matt Arlt returns at defense . Talent is present on defense.

The season may have ended prematurely for the Dragons when they were eliminated by eventual state runner up Waitsburg/Prescott. That finished coupled with a huge and talented senior class places big expectations on the Dragons. The offense will score a ton of goals. But is the defense, which faltered down the stretch, going to be significantly improved. This team will go as far as their defense takes them.

Key Returners

Matt Arlt (Sr., D) – 2 goals, 2 assists

Stow Miller (Sr., MF) – 8 goals, 12 assists

Michael Hamilton (Sr., F) – 34 goals, 13 assists

Collin Cremers (Sr., MF) – 16 goals, 18 assists

Sam Niven (Jr., MF) – 6 goals, 7 assists

Caelen Angell (Jr., F) – 9 goals, 10 assists

Michael Thew (Jr., MF) – 6 goals, 5 assists

Blaise Osborne – 1 goal, 3 assists

Chris Caporicci – (Sr., GK) – 7 shutouts

Northwest Christian Crusaders

Head Coach: Mica Lamb

2014 Record: 12-8-0

Replacing 11 seniors and 8 starters will be a challenge, but the returners are good offensive players which will keep the Crusaders competitive in matches. The entire defense and goalkeeping unit needs to be replaced which presents the greatest area of concern. There is light in the program, as the incoming freshmen appear to be as solid as the group that won the whole thing in 2012. Cameron Weller will be a dominant high school player, but this year Rolf Veenstra will feature as the goal scorer.

Northwest Christian will likely have a winning season and be able to compete with nearly every opponent. The course that this team is on will lead them to success down the road. Rebuilding the depth will be important and that may be a work in progress as the year goes on. In 2015, the Crusaders will need to overcome their lack of experience in defense and count on a proven scorer in Veenstra.

Key Returners

Rolf Veenstra (Jr. F) – 11 goals, 12 assists

Eli Breithaupt (Jr., MF) – 1 goal, 1 goal

Alex Ramsey (Sr., MF) – 4 goals

Micah Henry (Jr., MF) – 2 assists

SeaTac League Preview – 2015

Crosspoint Academy Warriors

The Warriors can always score goals and did that in 2014. Look for high scoring to continue. The defense remains the question. It remains to be seen if the defense can hold opposing offenses in check. The Warriors win when they limit their opponents goal production, which has proved their undoing in recent years in the playoffs. The Warriors should shoot their way to a winning record, despite having a new coach, but the defense must come together quickly for the Warriors to be a serious playoff threat.

Evergreen Lutheran Eagles 

Head Coach: Tony Natalie

Th Eagles had a nice 2014 season, moving within one game of returning to state tournament. This years squad looks to be better, deeper and more stable with key players being a year older. Look for Lucas Rodmyre and Blake Frankland to feature prominently in the attack, while goalkeeper Eli Weimer returns as one of the more experienced goalkeepers in the state. The Eagles are favorites to win the SeaTac League and start out as a likely state tournament team. Whether this team can crash the party that has been held by the Northwest District on the west side remains to be seen, but Evergreen Lutheran’s position in the SeaTac League should allow them to contend for a state trip.

Key Returners

Lucas Rodmyre (Sr, MF) – 13 goals, 6 assists.

Blake Frankland (Sr., MF) – 8 goals, 6 assists

Phillip Schmeichel – 2 goals, 1 assist

Eli Weimer (GK) – 1 shutout

Mount Rainier Lutheran Hawks

Unlike last season, there is no talk of winning the SeaTac League championship or a state tournament trip. The focus for the Hawks as they replace almost all of their starters will be to focus on fundamentals and competition. That usually means it might be a difficult year for a team when that is the focus, but SeaTac League is not exceptionally strong in 2015. If the Hawks can contend in their division, they will remain in contention to win the league tournament in October.

Northeast 1B League Preview 2015

Valley Christian Panthers

Coming off a season where the Panthers were blown out a few times, VCS should rebound in 2015. With increased depth, a defense that will likely be better and quicker, and a quiet star in James Segalla, the Panthers won’t be learning as they go as was the case in 2014. Valley Christian could good enough to challenge in the first District Tournament game, but the quality of the top end on the East is too much for them at this point.

Northport Mustangs

Northport enjoyed relative success last year, finishing 3rd in their league and being competitive in many matches. They return players on defense and some talent on the offense. All of that optimism must be tempered by the fact that Northport will still need to field inexperienced players due to their size. The development of these new players is the key to the season. If new players in the midfield grow up, the Mustangs should be a lock for 3rd in the Northeast in 2015.

SeaTac League East Team Previews 201co

Christian Faith Eagles

Head Coach: Rich Lusink

2014 Record: 8-8-0

Position Rankings: Offense – 12th (State) – 2nd (League) – 11th (State) – 3rd (League)

Christian Faith made great strides last season, as they were within a game of qualifying for the Tri-District Tournament. Inconsistent play hurt them on offense, when they were frequently held to under 2 goals, but then could explode for three or four the next game.

Losing key seniors like CJ Cabiles will make improvement difficult for CF in 2015. The Eagles ball control will be strong enough to play with the SeaTac League opponents and they will be tough to beat at home. That will keep playoff hopes in the picture, but the coaching staff will need to have young players ready right from the start.

Rainier Christian Mustangs

Rainier Christian has been making progress as a young program under Coach Geoff Ellis. The Mustangs only won a couple of games in 2014 but competitive performance in many matches means an additional year of experience may equate to more victories. Repeating the success with the loss of some key exchange students may be tricky. The Mustangs have a reasonable opportunity to compete for the East Division Championship and earn a playoff trip in the process, marking a very successful season.

Shorewood Christian Lions

Shorewood Christian failed to earn a win in 2014. They return players with playoff experience in basketball and expectations should be appropriately weighted. How less experienced players are brought in will be key. Also, questions abound over whether a consistent goalscorer will emerge. Overall, the Lions have a challenge in front of them. Several players will need to step up and make big strides for this young program. But they have demonstrated their capability in basketball.

SeaTac League East Preview 2015

SeaTac League East Preview

Predicted Order of Finish

  1. Auburn Adventist Academy
  2. Puget Sound Adventist Academy
  3. Christian Faith
  4. Rainier Christian
  5. Shorewood Christian

2015 Projections

Christian Faith – State Quarterfinals

2015 Position Rankings

Forwards

  1. Auburn Adventist Academy
  2. Puget Sound Adventist Academy
  3. Rainier Christian
  4. Christian Faith
  5. Shorewood Christian

Midfielders

  1. Auburn Adventist Academy
  2. Puget Sound Adventist
  3. Christian Faith
  4. Rainier Christian
  5. Shorewood Christian

Defense

  1. Puget Sound Adventist Academy
  2. Auburn Adventist Academy
  3. Christian Faith
  4. Rainier Christian
  5. Shorewood Christian

Players to Watch

Jimmy Archer – Rainier Christian

Ross DeGuzman – Christian Faith

Stan Domingo – Shorewood Christian

Hunter Franzen – Rainier Christian

Justin Ha – Christian Faith

Austin Johnson – Christian Faith

Joshua Ko – Christian Faith

Braeden Krall – Auburn Adventist Academy

Maurius Kritzinger – Jr – Auburn Adventist Academy

Christian Manley – Sr- Puget Sound Adventist Academy

Alex Murcia – Puget Sound Adventist Academy

Edwin Salvador – Jr – Auburn Adventist Academy

Jeffrey Solis – Auburn Adventist Academy

Aaron Taylor – Auburn Adventist Academy

Jonathan Tejel – Sr- Auburn Adventist Academy

JJ Young – Shorewood Christian

Northwest 2B League Team Previews – 2015

Shoreline Christian Chargers

The Chargers managed to finish last season with four wins. Moving forward to 2015, questions abound. Who will score goals with Young Kim graduated? Will the midfield be bigger and better? How will defensive starters who graduated be replaced makes this a tough team to forecast. They will be resilient to say the least. They made slow and steady progress and 2014 and should in 2015 as well.

Orcas Island Vikings

Head Coach: Matt Stolmeier

2014 Record: 5-11-0

2014 Rankings: Offense – 16th (State) – 4th (League) – Defense – 18th (State) – 3rd (League)

Offensive midfield control and efficiency will be focus for the Vikings on offense, who will be led by All-League personnel in Wylie Kau and Javier Orantes. They will get a boost in 2015 by fielding an experienced offense that returns all starters from 2014. The defense in 2014 gave up a lot of goals and will miss the play of the underrated William Coe. To improve on 5-11 the defense will need to improve as well. The good news is that like with the offense, key players return who have starting experienced. The depth returning is significant. Three goalkeepers also return with starting experience.

If Coach Matt Stolmeier can get the defense to make improvement from week to week, the offense may be good enough to push the Vikings to at least 10 wins. But if Orcas Island doesn’t find a consistent goalkeeper or get defensive help from the defense, the team may struggle to make a huge leap this year.

Mount Vernon Christian Hurricanes

Head Coach: Joel Adeline

2014 Record: 22-0-0

2014 Rankings: Offense – 1st (State) – 1st (League) – Defense – 1st (State) – 1st (League)

The Hurricanes move the ball and score on offense. The Hurricanes should be explosive once again as they return three goalscorers in Dalton McIlrath, Jack Hammingh and Bryson Smith. They also return speedster Caleb Twedt who will look to be a threat on offense. The loss of the likes of James Hurd, Tyler Houtsma and Jayson Withers will undoubtedly be felt but talent that supported this trio returns to take the reins. The Hurricane defense was impenetrable last season, allowing 7 goals over 22 games. Key starters return in Tim Cummings and Riley Hood in goal. Hood is a major presence in goal and should be considered a Player of the Year candidate. The midfielders are capable of playing defense as well.

Last season the Hurricanes steamrolled their way to a State Championship and undefeated season in the process, bringing their defense to another level during their run with 16 shutouts. With five starters returning, three with All-State resumes, talent in all areas and a Championship in their pocket, the Hurricanes face the biggest challenge of maintaining their edge.

Key Players (Career Stats)

Dalton McIlrath – Sr – MF – 5 goals, 15 assists

Tim Cummings – Sr – D – 3 goals, 6 assists

Bryson Smith – Jr – F – 6 goals, 10 assists

Jack Hammingh – Jr – MF – 16 goals, 12 assists

Riley Hood – Sr – GK – 21 shutouts

Cedar Park Christian Lions

Life was not easy for Cedar Park Christian last season, winning 2 games while giving up 88 goals in 16 matches. The Lions ave a long way to go before they can compete with the best of the Northwest District. Improving on their record will depend upon whether the coaching staff can find offense to make up for a defense that will struggle against elite competition once again.

La Conner Braves

A solid number of midfielders return, but four important offensive pieces in Reinstra, Crawford, Gregory and Ebersole need to be replaced. Riley and Preston Stewart return which will help. The defense loses two all-league pieces and will be unproven until the season starts rolling. Matt Semrau will need to be strong in goal until the defense solidifies. La Conner has been consistent over the past few years in racking up between 7 to 10 wins. More of the same is likely for 2015.

Friday Harbor Wolverines

Head Coach: Andy Duke

2014 Record: 15-7-0

2014 Rankings: Offense – 5th (State) – 2nd (League) – Defense – 8th (State) – 2nd (League)

The offense which ran an impressive style in 2014 has been left relatively bare by the graduation of key seniors. Gone is Junior of the Year Arno Issanjou. Will Christison will be looked to to score goals for Friday Harbor. His speed and stgrength will be a concern for opposing defenses. Nick Armstrong is an experienced midfielder as is Joe Stewart in the defensive midfield position. Competition for playing time will be stiff. Success will depend upon the play of the midfield. The defense loses all four starters and their starting goalkeeper from the best finish in school history. Depth will be a concern. Zach Porter is a key defensive returner.

Friday Harbor soccer has high standards. They begin a transition season. The schedule is challenging for all Northwest District teams, but the Wolverines are a lock for at least 10 wins, even in a transition year. This team has the potential to again press far into the postseason and with their intensity and passion, coupled with an improved defense over the season, a semifinal trip is not unreasonable.

Key Returners (2013 & 2014 stats)

Will Christison – Sr – F – 11 goals, 5 assists

Nick Armstrong – Sr – MF – 4 goals, 1 assist

Joe Stewart – Jr – MF – 2 goals, 2 assists

Northwest 2B League Preview – 2015

Northwest 2B League Preview

Predicted Order of Finish

  1. Mount Vernon Christian
  2. Friday Harbor
  3. Orcas Island
  4. La Conner
  5. Shoreline Christian
  6. Cedar Park Christian

2014 Results

Mount Vernon Christian – State Champions (2-1 W v Waitsburg/Prescott)

Friday Harbor – State 3rd Place (0-0 SO W v Grace Academy)

2015 Predictions

Mount Vernon Christian – State Semifinals

Friday Harbor – State Semifinals

2015 Positional Rankings

Forwards

  1. Mount Vernon Christian
  2. Friday Harbor
  3. Orcas Island
  4. Shoreline Christian
  5. Cedar Park Christian
  6. La Conner

Midfielders

  1. Mount Vernon Christian
  2. Orcas Island
  3. Friday Harbor
  4. La Conner
  5. Shoreline Christian
  6. Cedar Park Christian

Defenders and Goalkeepers

  1. Mount Vernon Christian
  2. Orcas Island
  3. Friday Harbor
  4. La Conner
  5. Cedar Park Christian
  6. Shoreline Christian

Players to Watch

Nick Armstrong – MF – Friday Harbor

Jack Bender – D – Jr – Mount Vernon Christian

Tyrell Bonner – MF – Sr – Shoreline Christian

Will Christison – F – Sr – Friday Harbor

Tim Cummings – MF/D – Sr – Mount Vernon Christian

Blake Griffin – MF/F – So – Shoreline Christian

Jack Hammingh – MF – Jr – Mount Vernon Christian

Riley Hood – GK – Sr – Mount Vernon Christian

Wylie Kau – MF – Sr – Orcas Island

Dalton McIlrath – MF – Sr – Mount Vernon Christian

Javier Orantes – MF – Sr – Orcas Island

Zach Porter – MF – So – Friday Harbor

Aaron Redd – Cedar Park Christian

Matt Semrau – GK – Sr – La Conner

Bryson Smith – F – Jr – Mount Vernon Christian

Danil Sonjaya – MF – Sr – Friday Harbor

Joe Stewart – MF – Jr – Friday Harbor

Riley Stewart – MF – Sr – La Conner