Mount Vernon Christian Preview

MOUNT VERNON CHRISTIAN

HURRICANES

State Rank: 3 Northwest 2B Rank: 1

Head Coach: Joel Adeline

Career Record: 19-3-0 (1 season)

Mount Vernon, Washington

2013 Rankings

– Offense – 1st in League, 5th in State

– Defense –1st in League, 5th in State

2014 Outlook

Offense – The Hurricanes went 13-1 and 14-0 in the Northwest League the last two seasons, largely on the exploits of their strong offense of Tyler Houtsma, James Hurd and Jayson Withers, who have gone 31-0 when scoring 2 goals or more. Mount Vernon Christian can rack up goals with regularity, especially in the first half where they outscored opponents 47-3. Will this offense be as efficient, considering it needs to replace graduated playmaker Seth Parman? Houtmsa and Hurd are back to carry the day and they will be surrounded by players with game-changing ability. Dalton McIlrath will anchor the midfield, while Jayson Withers and Michael Hancock will provide stability. 

Defense – The defense will begin with the wily and tough midfielders. The defensive line lost leader Jonathan deHaan to graduation, but Joshua Twedt will take over in his place. Jack Hammingh has shown he has the tenacity and speed to standout as well. Riley Hood, a defending All-State goalkeeper returns in goal as a highly athletic and improved player. 

Final Evaluation – The Hurricanes have some roster spots to fill after last seasons quarterfinal run, but speed and athletic ability are present. The midfield has the potential to be dynamite, and Tyler Houtsma and James Hurd bring unique talents to the team. Given these components, MVC likely will compete for a spot in the State Tournament.

Key Returners (Career Stats):

Tyler Houtsma (Sr., F) – 50 goals, 47 assists

James Hurd (Sr., F/MF) – 45 goals, 24 assists

Jayson Withers (Sr., MF) – 14 goals, 17 assists

Michael Hancock (Sr., MF) – 3 goals, 7 assists

Dalton McIlrath (Jr., MF) – 3 goal, 6 assists

Timothy Cummings (Jr., D) – 3 goals, 2 assists, 1 shutout

Bryson Smith (So., D) – 2 goals, 1 assist

Joshua Twedt (Sr., D) – 1 goal

Isaiah Corp (Sr., D) – 1 goal, 1 assist

Jack Hammingh (So., D) 

Travis Ketcham (So., D) – 1 goal

Riley Hood (Jr., GK) – 5 shutouts

 

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