Congratulations to all of our spring sport athletes, coaches, and parents. This was a great year with many successes and a whole lot of fun. Read More........
After losing six seniors from last year’s squad, the Crusaders Baseball team had some big shoes to fill. Their inexperience was evident during the first month of the season, with a number of younger players developing their skills and learning the nuances of the game. As the season progressed, the improvement was notable. They lost 3 very close games to teams that made it to State, and ended up second in the league standings.
The Crusaders found themselves in a playoff game to advance to Districts. They beat Darrington, in a hard fought 10-9 battle, which ended on a “walk off”. At Districts, the team faced Concrete, and then LaConner, needing to win one of those two games to move on to State. In each game, the Crusaders hit the ball hard but struggled to produce runs. Everything they hit seemed to be right at a fielder. That, combined with one poor defensive inning in each game, ended the team’s chance to make it to State.
Overall, our players gained a lot of experience this year and the team will be better prepared to meet the challenge next season. The Crusaders are grateful for the contributions of our seniors: four-year player Tommie Brazile, along with James Smith, Sam Frisell, and Kavon Yazd, who played Crusader Baseball for the past two seasons.
Congratulations to your very own Lady Crusader Fastpitch team for a tremendous season! As you know, this was the first time a TBHS Fastpitch team has ever gone to the 2B State Playoffs. We qualified for State with the youngest starting lineup in the 2B tournament with three eighth graders, two freshman, seven sophomores, and one senior.
Our first game was against Toutle Lake, 2013 and 2014 State champions. The girls fought hard, but the experienced team from Toutle Lake won. That loss didn’t discourage your Lady Crusaders. After a short break, they came back to battle Kittitas in a do-or-die second game. Despite the valiant efforts of the pitching – catching duo of Jen Brooks and Becca Cerka, some phenomenal catches in center field by Cheyenne Riddle and solid plays by first baseman Tracey Porter, the girls lost 14-9. Both Becca Cerka and Brooklyn Pascua received sportsmanship awards for their excellent attitudes at the State competition. The girls represented Christ and their school very well in everything they did.
While we will miss our senior captain and catcher, Becca Cerka, we are excited to develop our young team into an even stronger contender next year. If you’re interested in playing, please see Coach Amy Hunter.
The track team finished up a great season this past weekend at Eastern Washington University at the State Championships!
Austin Lutterloh broke his own school record and won the 300 meter hurdles becoming the new state champion! He also took third in the 110 hurdles. McKenna Neufeld took second in both the 100 meters and 200 meters and ran her best time in the 100. Abram Jackson placed 5th in the 100 meters, 7th in the long jump and 13th in the 200 meters with a season’s best time. Ashley Brooks placed 5th in the 100 meter hurdles and 4th in the 300 meter hurdles, running a season’s best time. Rachel Van Liew took 9th in the 400 meters. Cassidy Sharrett placed 16th in the 800 meters. Jonathan Halstensen placed 11th in the javelin with a season’s best throw. Sara Zeitler took 16th in the shot put. Jessica VanAlstine took 5th, Rachel Van Liew took 12th (with her best jump of the season) and Ericka Sharrett took 15th in the high jump. Jane Cooksley took 9th in the long jump.
The relay teams did an outstanding job! The girls 4 x 200 team of Maddie Kitselman, Jane Cooksley, Ashley Brooks, and McKenna Neufeld won the race with a season best time to become the state champions! McKenna Neufeld has been a part of State Champion relay teams for the past four years in a row. Both Ashley and Jane ran on the winning team last year as well. These same girls placed 2nd in the 4 x 100 relay and ran their fastest time of the year. Felicia Jorden also qualified as a 4 x 100 relay alternate. The girls 4 x 400 team of Alvina Perekopsky, Rachel Van Liew, Carly Nolta, and Cassidy Sharrett ran their best time of the year finishing 13th.
The boys 4 x 100 relay team of Morgan Wood, Austin Lutterloh, Jonathan Halstenson, and Abram Jackson took 2nd and ran their best time of the year. The boys 4 x 400 relay team team of Abel Smith, Corbett Cruver, Alex Teobaldo, and Austin Lutterloh ran their fastest time of the year finishing 3rd. Carson Lutterloh and Dustin Lirazan also qualified for the state meet as relay alternates.
Special thanks to team captains Austin Lutterloh, Jonathan Halstensen, McKenna Neufeld, and Sara Zeitler for their leadership, team spirit and support. I’d also like to thank Josh Cline, for great coaching of the throws, and Ryan Lutterloh, who helped out with the distance runners during the last month of the season.