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Chelan High School athletes deemed outstanding in their league

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CHELAN – Three of Chelan High School’s very own athletes and one CHS coach received honored titles in this year’s All-Caribou Trail League awards.

Each year league coaches nominate exceptional athletes and coaches to receive Player of the Year awards and Coach of the Year awards. They then meet to discuss those who show high aptitude and dedication and make their nominations. This year’s vote reflects the incredible athleticism of Chelan High School students and one former CHS student athlete-turned-coach.

In this year’s league vote, Maya Cowan, Brynn Hughbanks, and Lance Gogal were all named Player of the Year in their respective sports.

Gogal, a senior, was named Football Offensive Player of the Year as running back. Also an exceptional track athlete, he went to state last year in the 100 meter dash. Lance used to be a wrestler as well, and is considering wrestling this year, but is yet undecided.

Sophomore Cesar Padilla was also named to the Offense First Team, while seniors Landon Johnson and Ryan Rainville were named to Second Team. On the defensive side, junior Jacob Allen, senior Dominick Solorza and junior Angel Saucedo were named to the Second Team. Senior Isaac Wilson and sophomore Manny Cazarez received Honorable Mention.

Maya Cowan, Player of the Year for Girl’s Soccer is a senior this year, and aspires to play soccer after high school. She has pursued this through a few schools at this point, and intends to major in art. This is Maya’s second year in a row winning this title. Maya also played in the state title last year for tennis and tennis doubles. She received second in tennis doubles last year as a junior, and was Player of the year for soccer.

Seniors Madi Barker and Jailyn Reinhard were also named First Team All CTL, while classmate Arabelle Finch was named Honorable Mention.

Brynn Hughbanks, Co-Player of the Year in Volleyball is a sophomore who wants to continue on her path of playing beach volleyball. As a sophomore she is not allowed to receive recruitment offers yet from colleges, but, as a top prospective recruit in the country for beach volleyball, is likely to next year. Brynn also plays basketball and softball, and in the summer is active in beach volleyball and basketball team camp.

Junior Lydia Petersen joined Hughbanks on the First Team All CTL, while senior Josie Garfoot, junior Kenzie Avery, and sophomore Marley Williams earned spots on Second Team.

This is Chelan Middle School P.E. teacher Abby Lewellen’s second year in a row winning the title of Volleyball Coach of the Year. Abby is a former Goat, and prepared herself for great success playing volleyball for CHS. After high school she went on to play for Western Washington University, competing in the National Title game for WWU.

In Cross Country, senior Cray Silva and sophomore Sebastian Cisneros earned spots on the boys First Team, while sophomore Holden Alteio earned Honorable Mention. For the girls, freshman Indy Fielding earned a spot on the First Team, while sophomore Abby Ludwig landed on Second Team. Sophomores Lydia Ware and Finley Brandt were both named to the Honorable Mention list.

Chelan Athletics Director Evan Reister expressed great pride for the successes of CHS athletes stating, “Almost all of the kids that we nominated earned a position on one of these three teams, which is really cool to see as an athletic director and as an athletic department…our kids are getting recognized throughout the league.” 

Katie Lindert: 509-731-3211 or katie@ward.media

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