US Lacrosse Washington High School Players of the Week (April 25 – May 1): Skyline, Wenatchee, Lake Stevens, Overlake players named

US Lacrosse Washington High School Players of the Week (April 25 – May 1): Skyline, Wenatchee, Lake Stevens, Overlake players named

SEATTLE – Skyline sophomore Cannon Gardner, Wenatchee sophomore Connor Christensen, Lake Stevens senior Meaghan Hess and Overlake freshman Katie Hill were named by US Lacrosse as Washington High School Players of the Week for the week of April 25 – May 1.

The US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week in Boys and Girls Division I and II is selected based on exceptional performance and sportsmanship on the field of play by the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association and the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association. The award is presented weekly by the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse and the Washington Stealth.

The players of the week are jointly honored by US Lacrosse and the Washington Stealth professional lacrosse franchise in Everett. To learn more about the US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week visit www.StealthLAX.com.

Boys Division I

Cannon Gardner
Sammamish, Wash. – Sophomore, Attack, Skyline High School

Skyline High School sophomore Cannon Gardner delivered 13 points including 11 goals and 5 assists as Skyline outscored its opponents 32 – 7 with wins over Lakeside and Stadium during the week. In the Spartans’ 19 – 1 win over Lakeside, Gardner netted 7 goals an assist and 3 ground balls. In Skyline’s 13 – 6 win over Stadium, the 6-3, 170-pound attackman scored 4 goals, an assist and grabbed 6 ground balls as the Spartans downed Stadium 13 – 7.

A lacrosse player since he was 11 years old, the sophomore attackman has scored 42 goals, made 7 assists and grabbed 20 ground balls while helping lead the Spartans to a 10-7-0 record this season. Prior to the high school level, Gardner won several awards with Issaquah Youth Lacrosse including being named IYL Most Valuable Player and being named to its All Star Team.

At Skyline, Gardner plays on the Spartans’ JV basketball squad, while maintaining a 3.70 GPA in honors level course work.

In the community, Gardner has achieved his Eagle Scout designation through the Boy Scouts of America, coaches youth lacrosse and referees youth basketball. Following graduation, he plans to attend Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in preparation for either medical or dental school.

Boys Division II

Connor Christensen
Wenatchee, Wash. – Sophomore, Attack, Wenatchee High School (Wenatchee Valley)

Wenatchee High School sophomore Connor Christensen delivered 22 points including 11 goals and 11 assists as Wenatchee outscored its opponents 49 – 4 with wins over Selah, Franklin and Ballard during the week. In Wenatchee’s 15 – 2 win over eastern Washington rival Selah, the 5-11, 160-pound attackman netted 3 goals, 2 assists and 2 ground balls. In the 15 – 0 shutout of Franklin, Christensen scored 2 goals, dished out 5 assists and grabbed 4 ground balls. The following day in Wenatchee’s 19 – 2 win over Ballard, Christensen scored 6 goals and delivered 4 assists and 5 ground balls.

Along with playing lacrosse since the 7th grade, Christensen also plays football and wrestles at Wenatchee High School. On the lacrosse field, Christensen has scored 36 goals and contributed 21 assists to rank as the number six scorer in Division II play. His efforts on the field have helped lift Wenatchee into the lead of the Eastern Conference with a 13-2-0 record.

In the classroom, Christensen maintains a 3.60 GPA and following graduation hopes to play lacrosse at the NCAA level.

In the community, Christensen is working toward his Eagle Scout designation where his scouting community service work has raised over $6,000 for a variety of activities including the Boy Scout Rummage Sale and attendance at scouting’s National Jamboree in Washington D.C. Through Scouting volunteerism he has been instrumental in refurbishing a local neighborhood park, helping local low-income residents to replace their house numbers and building trail head signs and repairing a local wildlife area. He is also a community volunteer with the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival.

Christensen is the third US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week recipient from Wenatchee and fourth from eastern Washington this season. Christensen’s sister Taylor, a senior at Wenatchee, won the girls Division II award for the week of April 18 – 24. Wenatchee High School junior Mitchell Parks won the boys Division II award for the weeks of March 21 – 27 and March 28 – April 3 and Three Rivers (Tri Cities) goaltender Daniel Hart, a sophomore at Richland High School, won the boys Division II award for the week of March 14 – 20.

Girls Division I

Meaghan Hess
Lake Stevens, Wash. – Senior, Attack, Lake Stevens High School (Snohomish)

Lake Stevens High School senior attack Meaghan Hess was named girls Division I player of the week for the second time this season.

In Snohomish’s two wins during the week, Hess contributed 13 points as Snohomish outscored its opponents 47 – 13 in two wins during the week. In a 21 – 4 win over Tacoma, the Lake Stevens High School senior scored 9 goals and grabbed 4 ground balls. In Snohomish’s 26 – 9 defeat of Bellevue, Hess again was stellar, netting 6 goals and an assist while contributing 3 ground balls and 2 draw controls. This season, Hess has amassed 61 goals and 5 assists ranking her as the number two scorer in girls Division I play. With her success on the field, Hess has helped guide Snohomish to second place in the girls Division I play with an overall 9-1-1 record this season. Hess was previously named girls Division I Player of the Week for the week of March 21 – 27.

Hess, who has played lacrosse since taking up a stick as a New York second grader, was named All-State as both a sophomore and a junior and received All-American honorable mention honors as a junior, where she helped her team advance to the semifinals in the state tournament. Hess has signed a national letter of intent to play for Monmouth University in New Jersey.

In the classroom, Hess maintains a 3.87 GPA and has been a member of the National Honor Society since her junior year. In the community, she is involved in Relay for Life, coaches 3rd and 4th grade youth lacrosse players and has taken an active role with her younger brother Patrick, who is living with Down Syndrome. This past year, along with volunteering with Washington Special Olympics, Hess organized a dozen of her Snohomish teammates to participate in the National Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk, raising over $1,000 in the name of her brother Patrick.

Girls Division II

Katie Hill
Redmond, Wash. – Freshman, Midfield, The Overlake School

Overlake School freshman Katie Hill delivered 10 points including 7 goals and 3 assists as the Owls put up 38 points in its wins over Kennedy and Bellevue East. In Overlake’s 20 – 8 win over the Lancers, Hill delivered 5 goals, 2 assists and grabbed 11 ground balls. In Overlake’s 18 – 17 defeat of Bellevue East, Hill netted 2 goals, 1 assist and grabbed 6 ground balls.

A lacrosse athlete since the 4th grade, Hill began playing for the Overlake program in the 8th grade. Hill is the fourth leading scorer on the Overlake lacrosse team where she has scored 30 goals and handed out 12 assists to help guide the Owls to a Northeast Conference leading 11-1-0 record. For her efforts, Hill earned a berth on the 2011 Under 15 Washington regional team that will compete in Florida this July.

A talented and versatile athlete, Hill also plays point guard on the Owls varsity basketball team and as a soccer midfielder helped guide the Owls to the WIAA 1A state championship game in 2010.

As an Overlake freshman, Hill has established a 3.88 GPA while participating in the Junior Statesman of America Program and being selected for the first time to the school’s Chamber Choir, a select Overlake signing group that is preparing for a 2012 trip to perform in Italy. She is also involved in Redmond’s St. Jude Parish Sole Purpose Choir and volunteers as a page with the Washington State Senate in Olympia.

About the US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week
The US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week in Boys and Girls Division I and II is selected based on exceptional performance and sportsmanship on the field of play by the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association and the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association. The award is presented weekly by the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse and the Washington Stealth. To learn more about US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week visit www.StealthLAX.com

About High School Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the US and in Washington state has experienced double-digit annual growth throughout the past decade. With a 33-year local history, more than 4,000 students attending over 100 WIAA schools now make up 154 individual boys and girls Varsity and JV teams across eastern and western Washington. Governed by the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association and the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association, the sport is played during a nine-week spring season capped by annual boys and girls state championships in late May. To learn more about lacrosse in Washington or to receive daily high school results, visit USLAX-WA.org or become a fan on facebook . To learn more about the history, traditions and values of lacrosse, college opportunities available to students, and the 21 US states now sanctioning high school lacrosse, visit USLacrosse.org.

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