Eastlake senior, Klahowya coach honored by lacrosse community

Eastlake senior, Klahowya coach honored by lacrosse community

SEATTLE – Eastlake High School graduating senior Chandler Toliver and Klahowya Secondary School coach Rob Hawley have been honored by the sport of lacrosse for their leadership during the 2016 high school season.

Toliver, a two-time All-KingCo Conference midfielder and faceoff specialist for the Wolves, was named by US Lacrosse as the Washington state winner of its prestigious Bob Scott Award, which annually honors seniors across the country for exceptional service to their team, school and community.

Hawley, two-time Harvard All-American and Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame coach at Klahowya, was named as the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association 2016 Coach of the Year.


Eastlake’s Chandler Toliver (left) drives on Eastside Catholic’s Eric Prologo during Washington Lacrosse Boys State Tournament action in May. (Photo: Ken Goodman)

Chandler Toliver, Senior Eastlake High School
US Lacrosse Bob Scott Award Honoree
US Lacrosse Bob Scott Award honoree Toliver is a four-year letter winner and senior team captain at Eastlake High School on the Sammamish Plateau.  He graduated this spring with a 3.56 cumulative GPA along with a community service resume includes classroom projects and volunteer service as a youth coach in lacrosse and football.  This spring Toliver led Eastlake with 99 ground balls along with contributing 42 goals and 11 assists for 53 points as his Wolves squad advanced to the quarterfinals of the Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championship Tournament.

The award which annually recognizes a senior player in each of the 47 US Lacrosse “areas” across the country, honors the lifetime accomplishments of longtime Johns Hopkins All-American lacrosse midfielder and National Lacrosse Hall of Fame coach Bob Scott.  Scott is well known in the lacrosse community for playing on the Hopkins 1950 National Championship squad before later coaching the Blue Jays to seven national titles and a 158-55 record over a career spanning from 1955 to 1974.


Rob Hawley (Photo: Bremerton Patriot)

Rob Hawley, Coach, Klahowya Secondary School
Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year
Hawley was named by the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association as its Coach of the Year for the 2016 season for Klahowya’s state tournament run while nurturing his team through a difficult spring following the deaths of four current and past players.

The longtime Klahowya boys coach and teacher led the Eagles to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championship Tournament after winning the Division II Narrows/Olympic crown with a 14-1-0 record.

His success on the field came under the most trying conditions for an educator with the deaths of lacrosse players Keigen Langholff, Bailey Kallio, Gian King and Lucas Weaver.

Last June, Langholff, a 2014 Klahowya graduate was killed in a car accident, followed by the August death of Kallio, who would have been a Central Kitsap junior this past year and Weaver in a drowning incident in February.  King graduated in 2015 and died in November of the same year.

In a story earlier this spring, Hawley told the Kitsap Sun that the circumstances around the losses have given him a first-hand look at how his athletes respond to what is one of life’s worst moments.

“I’ve seen them be really resilient, really brave,” Hawley told the Sun in March. “They care for each other, they look out for each other as you would hope a team would do. Our community has been really remarkable too, supporting not just our team, but everybody; the families, the school, the other kids at school. So many groups that are close to this,” he said.

“I think everybody has felt that support and what I got from the boys day one of practice was, it was time for us to play.”

About Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse has over 100 years of history in Washington state with clubs playing in the early 1900s and high schools now in their fourth decade of state competition.  With Native American origins, lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports on the continent and today is considered the fastest growing sport in America.  In Washington state, 4,500 student-athletes attending over 200 high schools play prep lacrosse, while another 6,000 play lacrosse at the youth, adult and collegiate club levels throughout the state.  For more information on high school lacrosse in Washington state visit http://www.WashingtonHSLAX.com.


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