The Mead Panthers, after finishing 9-1 in the GSL and sharing the regular-season championship with Central Valley, edged Ferris 1-0 to capture the District 8 title. But coach Matt Stueckle’s team, after beating Wenatchee in the regional tournament, lost to Pasco in the first round of the State 4A tournament. Ferris, meanwhile, posted a 1-0 overtime win over Pasco in the second round the State 4A tournament and advanced to the semifinals, where the Saxons lost 1-0 to eventual state champion Stadium before going on to finish third.
First team: Alex Riel, Central Valley, sr., D; Jordan Etten, Mead, sr., MF; Matt LaPlante, Ferris, sr., MF; Jamal Angeli, Lewis and Clark, sr., MF; Devin Allen, Central Valley, sr., MF; Zach Allert, University, sr., F; Shane Schmidlkofer, Gonzaga Prep, sr. F.
Second team: Spencer Button, Mead, sr. D; Zack Hamer, Mead, sr., MF; C.B. Aunan, University, sr., MF; Matt Harper, University, sr., MF; Joseph Guerrinha, Central Valley, sr., F; Christian Foster, Lewis and Clark, sr., F; Ben Doggett, Mead, sr., F.
Don’t look for the pecking order to change much from what it has been the past couple of years. Ferris, which returns senior midfielder and first-team all-GSL pick Matt LaPlante – along with a rosterful of state-tournament tested veterans – should be in the thick of the title race once again, along with Mead, Central Valley and Gonzaga Prep.
Mead, returns a first-team all-league midfield of its own in senior Jordan Etten, and has a solid veteran goalkeeper in senior Curtis Hill. CV boasts, perhaps, the league’s top defender in senior Alex Riel, a first-team all-GSL returnee, and a big-time offensive threat in senior forward Joseph Guerrinha, who scored eight goals against league foes last year. And G-Prep’s first-team all-GSL senior forward Shane Schmidlkofer, after scoring 13 goals overall and eight in league play last spring, should once again challenge for the individual scoring title.
But look for the gap between the GSL’s elite and also-rans to close considerably, thanks to an abundance of seasoned upperclassmen at schools such as Lewis and Clark, University and North Central.
Mt. Spokane, Shadle Park and Rogers should also be greatly improved because of the experience gained by their younger players last fall.
|Predicted finish||4. Gonzaga Prep||8. Mt. Spokane|
|1. Ferris||5. Lewis and Clark||9. Shadle Park|
|2. Mead||6. University||10. Rogers|
|3. Central Valley||7. North Central|