Soccer headlines 2014
By Kurtis J. Wood
Editors note – This is a list of the top Quincy High School sports teams and individuals from 2014.
1. Jackrabbits win 1A State Soccer Championship
The 2014 Boys soccer team won the WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires 1A State Soccer Championship.
It was the first soccer team title for a program which has consistently been one of the better small school teams in the state. First-year head coach Arturo Guerrero took over for Tom Turner, who was forced to resign after being diagnosed with brain cancer.
The Jacks opened their season with a 1-0 loss to Basin-rival Ephrata, but learned, adapted and moved forward under the guidance of Guerrero. They ended up tied for second in the CTL with Brewster and Okanogan. In postseason play, Quincy dominated Manson 6-0 as Francisco Alejandrez scored a trio of goals. Quincy advanced and lost to Brewster 4-3, but rebounded with a 7-0 win over Okanogan (13-6). Alejandrez scored a hat trick against Brewster and the Jacks had seven players who scored against the Bulldogs. The last win put them into the state tournament.
Quincy opened with a 1-nil win over Granger (15-4). The lone goal came from Alejandrez with the assist going to Daniel Contreras. The Jacks travelled to Everett to play South Whidbey and won 3-2 in overtime. All three goals came from Alejandrez.
“We win as a team and lose as a team and it worked out today,” Alejandrez said, who had assists from Salvador Lopez and Armando Ortega.
The Jacks advanced to the semifinals and dispatched CTL foe Chelan by a score of 2-1. The goals were scored by Freddy Ruiz and Contreras. This put Quincy in the title match against the Pumas. The Jacks outshot University Prep 10-1 and finally in the 46th minute a header by Ortega turned into an assist after Alejandrez scored his final goal of the season for the 1-0 win.
The Jacks’ defense stood their ground in the postseason and brought home just the second team title in school history.
“We pressure hard and we don’t like to be shot on,” said defender and four-year letterman Pedro Reyes. “We play physical.
“What helped us was we played together on youth teams.”
After the celebrations the Jacks boarded the bus, headed back over the mountains and brought the championship trophy to Turner’s house. It was a team gesture that let the longtime coach know how much he has done for the program.
“It was by far one of the biggest motivations, because without him we wouldn’t have had a soccer program,” said Reyes. “We are really thankful for what he’s done for us. We owe him much more than a visit.”
2. Wrestlers dominate CTL, place four at state
The Jackrabbits dominated the CTL and had a solid run in the 1A ranks over the past two seasons. Last season they were Caribou Trail League Champions and District 6 Champions, placing second at regionals and 10th at state. They were led by Antonio Melendez, who won the 160 1A State championship. Melendez, aka “Tonio” defeated wrestlers from Blaine, Eatonville, Montesano and Chewelah at the Mat Classic XXVI. He had a 30-3 record on the season.
He had one goal for the season and he achieved that goal with a 3-1 win over Jon Stewart of Blaine. He even wrote his goal on the white board in the Quincy wrestling room before leaving the Tacoma Dome.
“It’s more of a belief,” Melendez said. “Just knowing I’m capable of pushing my body in ways I can’t imagine. Today is when I figured that out.”
He was not alone at the Dome. 145-pound Isias Jiminez capped his senior year with a second-place finish and a 26-6 overall record. John Lindquist placed sixth at 138 pounds and capped his year with a 20-4 record. 106-pound Victor Salgado was seventh and had a 24-11 campaign.
Others at state: 113-pound Raul Barajas (15-12); 170-pound Stephen Gomez (26-7); 195-pound Cade Wallace (14-10) and 220-pound Austin Morris (16-9).
3. Track sends 16 to state meet, best in CTL
The track team had solid numbers and good athletes when they stormed through the Caribou Trail League in 2014. They ended up sending a whopping 16 student-athletes to the state meet.
The boys won the CTL title over Cashmere by the slimmest of margins – 133-132. The girls were co-champions with Chelan, both scoring 99 points. The next week, the boys won the District 6 title 129-127.5 over Cashmere and the girls edged out Chelan 99-98.5.
At the Bi-District 6/7 Track & Field Championships Quincy did not fair as well as a team, but advanced 16 athletes to the WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires 1A State Track Championships. Valerie Tobin qualified in four events. She qualified for state in the 100, 200, and 400-meter sprints and the 4×200 meter relay. She was joined by teammates Danya Mercado, Heidi Bishop and Sam Kleyn. Kleyn also qualified in the 300-hurdles and high jump. On the boys’ side, Scott Tobin qualified in the 100, 400 relay and high jump. He was joined in the relay by teammates Carlos Sanchez, Carter Bushman and Luis Camacho.
A. Antonio Melendez wins 160-pound title
The man they call Tonio ended his high school wrestling career with a 160-pound 1A state championship. He had a 30-3 overall record as a senior.
B. Fregoso and Ronish place seventh at state
The two Jackrabbit tennis players had one goal all season – to qualify for the WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires 1A Boys Tennis Championships. They achieved their goal as teammates by defeating Omak’s number one doubles team of Morgan O’Dell and Gabe Holtz 6-3, 6-4. It was their first win over the duo in three attempts last season. They ended up placing second in the Tri-District tournament and parlayed that into a seventh-place finish at state.
Fregoso and Ronish defeated a team from Chewelah in their first match 6-3, 6-4, but lost in the next round to a team from Seattle Academy 6-2, 6-2. They bounced back with a win over O’Dell and Holtz 6-4, 6-1, but lost their final match in split sets to a team from LaSalle 6-7, 6-4, 6-2.
C. Beaumont backs into 8th
Riley Beaumont placed eighth in the 100-backstroke at the WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires 2A Boys Swim Championships. He had a personal best time of 57.11 seconds. He also swam the 100-butterfly in a personal best time of 56.22 and took 10th.
D. Elmore, Salgado reach state meet, again
The two seniors made a habit of heading to Pasco at the tail end of the cross country season. This year the the two runners ran their final high school races with personal bests. Elmore ran the WIAA/Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires 1A Boys Cross Country Championships in a time of 16 minutes, 29 seconds and placed 26th. Salgado had a time of 16:39 and was 41st.
E. Alejandrez scores 40+ goals
The Jackrabbit boys soccer team was, by all accounts, a formidable defensive team in 2014. But they relied heavily on sophomore Fransisco Alejandrez more than a few times to score. He put up 41 goals this past season, had numerous hat tricks and had five of the team’s seven goals in the state tournament.
“That’s my job – to score,” Alejandrez said.
“We never give up,” he added. “You just know to try every play and never give up.”
F. Ladies earn Academic State Championship
The Lady Jackrabbit wrestling team won the Academic State Championship with a 3.23 grade point average.
Pictured: Victoria Carrizales, Julissa Garcia, Rosa Gudino, Zahlee Stephens, Kateri Rowell and coaches Tanya Medrano and Troy Stephens.
-Kurtis J. Woodemail@example.com