11 QHS athletes bring home all-league honors
With another fall sports season now closed, a host of student athletes were singled out across the league.
Coaches in the Central Washington Athletic Conference voted six QHS football players, three volleyball players, a soccer player and a cross-country runner to the all-league teams.
In all, it was a good showing for the green-and-gold athletes.
Senior Alberto Tafoya averaged 13 tackles a game from this inside linebacker position. He played a major part on the Quincy Jackrabbits defense this season. The 6-foot, 215-pounder had 130 tackles and three sacks on the season, landing him on the Central Washington Athletic Conference All-League football team – second team.
Keeping with the defense, junior Rey Rubio was named second team defensive tackle. The 6-foot, 290-pounder had 69 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
The third Jackrabbit to make the list on defense was senior Jorge Ruiz, who was named honorable mention outside linebacker. He had 70 tackles, two sacks, four caused fumbles and one fumble recovery.
On special teams senior Johan Farias was named second team punter. The senior averaged 34 yards a punt with a long of 75 yards.
The QHS offense also was recognized by the other coaches in the league. Tafoya was named honorable mention offensive tackle and a pair of running backs also made the list.
Senior Ulysses Ramirez and junior Travis Harris were both named to the honorable mention team. The two players were near polar opposites on the way they run the ball. They were the Jacks thunder-and-lightning combination.
Ramirez was the thunder with his downhill power running. The 5-foot, 9-inch, 190-pound running back averaged 5.6 yards a carry. He had 124 carries for 689 yards. He had five touchdowns in the season and in four games had more than 100 yards rushing.
Harris is the lightning back with his jitterbug ability and speed. The 5-foot, 6-inch, 140-pounder led the team in all-purpose yards, catches and touchdowns. Harris averaged 7.6 yards out of the backfield. He had 78 carries for 592 yards, with six touchdowns and two 100-yard games. He also had 22 catches for 365 yards and three touchdowns.
Its first winning season in 13 years, the Lady Jacks volleyball team was led by a core of seniors who are not only all around good athletes but also, and perhaps more importantly, solid volleyball players. Two of those seniors, joined by a junior, were honored as all-league players.
Natalie Thomsen, a junior, was named to the second team as an outside hitter. Thomsen was the team’s leading hitter with 92 kills. She also had 182 digs and 28 aces.
Seniors Sam Kleyn and Kaitlin Ramsey took home honorable mentions. Kleyn was named as a setter and right-side hitter, while Ramsey was named as a libero/defensive specialist. Kleyn had 214 assists, 117 digs, 13 aces and 77 kills for the season. Ramsey led the teams with 249 digs.
The QHS girls soccer team shared with the Wapato Lady Wolves the Sportsmanship Award, an honor that shows just what kind of student athletes are in Quincy.
The team also garnered an all-league selection in Gabby Flores. The senior was selected as an honorable mention forward after scoring five goals this season.
“The thing that the coaches liked was the fact that she scored 1/3 of the teams’ (goals). They were also impressed by the fact that she switched to forward following the loss of senior, Alex Toevs,” coach Eric Nelson said. “Being able to move from a midfield role to forward is not an easy thing to do, and to net five goals on top of that is quite an accomplishment. Gabby had a great year for us and she will most definitely be missed along with the rest of our seniors.”
This season the Jackrabbit harriers had one selection to the all-league team in Dezarae Westra. The senior made the honorable mention list after a huge improvement in her final year of running at QHS. Her most notable accomplishment was her one-week turn-around at Leesburg’s Rotary Park. At the league meet, she ran the 5,000-meter course in 22 minutes, 57 seconds. But at the regional meet, on the same course and in rain, wind and mud, she ran the course in a career best of 21:49.
“Dezarae was obviously our top girls runner,” said coach Greg Martinez. “On a couple occasions she saved the team from being shut out. This led the other teams to notice that she could be up with their top runners.”
— By Kurtis J. Wood, firstname.lastname@example.org