Top Forward Units
1. Waitsburg/Prescott – Coach Mark Grimm enters 2015 with proven goal scorers ready to lead the Tigers from the outset. There is no need to look further than the dynamic goal scoring threat of Ivan Figueroa who netted 21 goals in 2014 as just a sophomore. Figueroa’s playoff goals and heroics were a big reason why Waitsburg/Prescott surged into the state championship game. He is among the state’s leaders for Player of the Year.
2. Saint George’s School – After losing many offensive weapons after 2013, SGS revamped its offense under Coach Heidi Melville. The results were huge for the Dragons, as Michael Hamilton led an offense that scored over 50 goals. Hamilton scored over 20 goals and had at least 5 assists. The senior is among the favorite to win Player of the Year honors in 2014.
3. Mount Vernon Christian – The Hurricanes are losing several key players from last year’s 22-0 State Championship winning team, but the return of Jack Hammingh and Bryson Smith should keep Mount Vernon Christian in contention in a brutal Northwest District. En route to All-State Honors and Co-Tournament MVP, Hammingh scored 16 goals and tallied 12 assists. Smith recorded 4 goals and 9 assists after moving from defense to offense halfway through the season.
4. Trout Lake – Diego Cortez has a breakout 2014 season under coach Jeff Baker with the Mustangs. Cortez scored 17 goals as a freshman. He earned freshman of the year honors. He is one of the top returning forwards but must make more of an impact against ranked and playoff teams for Trout Lake to challenge for a State Tournament spot. He did not register a goal against a team that reached the quarterfinals.
5. Northwest Christian – Rolf Veenstra may not score goals on the same level as the other forwards in contention for all-state honors, but the junior forward is ready to lead the Crusaders. Veenstra had a balanced scoring line with 8 goals and 9 assists. These numbers should only improve as he is looked to as the go-to offensive leader for the Crusaders.
6. Valley Christian
7. Life Christian Academy
8. Friday Harbor
9. Providence Classical Christian
10. Grace Academy