King’s Way receives state D2 lacrosse sportsmanship award, Holler named coach of the year

SEATTLE – The Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association (WHSBLA) has named second-year lacrosse program King’s Way High School in Vancouver, Wash. as its Division Il recipient of the Evert Smith Team Sportsmanship Award and Knights’ coach Dave Holler as Coach of the Year.

The annual sportsmanship award, named for the late Northwest lacrosse pioneer Evert Smith, recognizes a high school boys team in each of the two WHSBLA divisions that exemplifies the highest level of sportsmanship during the season. Eastlake Lacrosse, which draws students from Eastlake High School and other high schools in the Lake Washington School District, is the Division I recipient of the award.

Smith, who in 2006 was a posthumously enshrined in the Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame, worked tirelessly in the 1970s and 80s to organize and promote the sport of the lacrosse in Washington state.

The Coach of the Year award recognizes a coach who exemplifies sportsmanship, rapport with officials, other coaches and his own players. In just his second season at the helm, Holler led the Knights to a perfect 12 – 0 – 0 record in league play (13 – 4 – 0 overall) to win the Division II Olympic Conference outright. In the playoffs, King’s Way advanced to the state semi-finals before falling to Redmond’s Overlake School.

Other WHSBLA award recipients include longtime Issaquah assistant Jordan Bayly who was named Assistant Coach of the Year. Dr. Kevin Martin, Division II Lake Tapps Board President and member of the WHSBLA Board of Directors was named the league’s Person of the Year.

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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