2009 Washington boys lacrosse D2 All-Conference Teams named

SEATTLE – The Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association today announced its 2009 All-Conference Teams for Boys Division II varsity lacrosse. The All-Conference selections are made by coaches from each of the league’s Division II programs in eastern and western Washington.

Among the 56 student-athletes selected to the four All-Conference teams and who received Honorable Mention are 17 from east King County high schools, 12 from the Everett area, five from Wenatchee, Selah and the Tri-Cities in eastern Washington, four each from the Kitsap Peninsula and Vancouver, Wash, two from the Bellingham area and one from Friday Harbor.

Lynden High School senior Gunnar Groothuis is the only senior to be honored in three of four years. The 2009 All-Skagit Conference goaltender, who plays for the North County team in Lynden, received All-Conference honors in 2007 as a sophomore and Honorable Mention in 2006 as a freshman.

Groothius is among nine student-athletes to make the list for the second consecutive year. Redmond’s Tyler Dougherty and Sean Shewey, Bellarmine Prep’s Matt Hilger and Stadium’s Alex Lineweaver were honored for the second consecutive year. Overlake’s George Dolack, Eastside Catholic’s Robert Pfluger and Port Angeles’ Dustin Walsh, all Honorable Mentions in 2008, were named to All-Conference Teams in 2009. And Bellarmine Prep’s Andy Fuller, an All-Conference selection in 2008, received Honorable Mention in 2009.

In total, 27 seniors, 16 juniors and 12 sophomores and one freshman from 12 high schools in eastern and western Washington were named to the All-Conference Teams.

About High School Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and in Washington State the sport has seen double-digit growth in five of the last seven years. In 2009, over 2,370 high school students representing 75 boys and 49 girls varsity and junior varsity teams in Washington state will compete in a nine-week season March – May with the annual Washington State High School Championships taking place May 16 (girls) and May 30 (boys). Varsity boys lacrosse is contested in the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association (http://www.whsbla.org/) with 14 Division I and 28 Division II teams. Varsity girls lacrosse is contested in The Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association (http://www.wslax.org/) with 15 Division I and 16 Division II teams. Most of the teams represent high schools throughout the Puget Sound area.

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2009 Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Division II All-Conference Honors
(As selected by Division II coaches in eastern and western Washington)

All-Evergreen Conference

First Team — G, Thomas Bass, So., Wenatchee; G, Chap Grubb, Jr., Overlake; D, Matt Harper, Sr., Snohomish; D, Sean Shewey, Sr., Redmond; D, Jack Williams, Sr., Blanchet; D, Andy Schock, Jr., Wenatchee; M, Sky Tweedie-Yates, Jr., Overlake, M, Jake Bernstein, So., International Community School (Redmond); M, Nathan Wirtz, Jr., Glacier Peak (Snohomish); M, Justin Steranka, Sr., Snohomish; M, Harrison Valentine, Sr., Redmond; A, George Dolack, Sr., Overlake; A, Tyler Dougherty, Sr., Redmond; A, Devon Schmidt, Jr., Overlake.
Honorable Mention — D, Austin Remington, Jr., Overlake; D, Clement Signoretty, Jr., Redmond.
All-Olympic Conference

First Team — G, Drew Thomas, So., Stadium; G, Max Amondson, Sr., King’s Way; D, Eric Hoeffner, So., King’s Way; D, Kevin Park, So., Stadium; D, Tim Muth, Sr., Port Angeles; D, Beau Baldassin, Sr., Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma); M, Brock Beall , Jr., King’s Way; M, Danny Zimny, Sr., Klahowya; M, Dustin Walsh, Sr., Port Angeles; M, Carter Chaffey, Sr., Stadium; A, Jordan Goodspeed, Jr., King’s Way; A, Matt Hilger, Sr., Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma); A, Alex Lineweaver, Sr., Stadium; A, James West, Sr., Klahowya.

Honorable Mention — D, Andy Fuller, Sr., Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma).

All-Cascade Conference

First Team — G, Sam Marquis, Sr., Selah; D, Sam Chapman, So., Interlake (Sammamish); D, Emerson Folker, Sr., Bonney Lake High School (Lake Tapps); D, Robert Pfluger, So., Eastside Catholic; D, Nick Pizzitola, Sr., Eastside Catholic; M, David Carlton, Sr., Eastside Catholic, M, Jeremiah Davenport, So., Auburn Riverside (Lake Tapps); M, CJ Larson, Sr., Richland (Three Rivers); M, Weston Ritts, Sr., Selah; A, Kyle Decker, So., Eastside Catholic; A, Cory Carson, Sr, Auburn Riverside (Lake Tapps); A, Brian Headland, So., Sammamish.

Honorable Mention — M, Mike Rambaldini, So., Eastside Catholic.

All-Skagit Conference

First Team — G, Gunnar Groothuis, Sr., Lynden (North County); D, Joey Gray, Sr. , Aces (Mukilteo); D, Alex Zwaschka, Jr., Kamiak (Mukilteo); D, Jake Merrill, Sr., Sehome (Whatcom);
D, Jon Williams, Jr., Meadowdale (Lynwood); M, Riley Wanzer, Jr., Kamiak (Mukilteo); M, Nate Regan, Jr., Kamiak (Mukilteo); M, Jesse Aldapa, Jr., Stanwood; M, Trey Knowles, Jr., Shorecrest (Lynwood); A, Forest Dayton, Jr., Friday Harbor (San Juan); A, Cameron Girgus, So., Cedar Park Christian (Lynwood); A, Chas Stringfellow, Fr., Archbishop Murphy (Mukilteo).

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