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It was a mighty fine year to be a Trojan athlete

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It was a highly successful year for Fife High School athletics in 2014. From a state champion to state trophies and medals, the Trojans performed at high levels all across the board this year.

After earning state runner-up for two straight seasons, Kendall Gray captured the girls’ state 2A golf championship in the spring. Gray has since taken her exceptional golf skills to the University of Idaho.

Two wrestlers came awfully close to capturing state crowns at the Tacoma Dome. Both Glenn Robertson and Monike Sarte were stopped short in the title match for their weight class and had to settle for second place. That wasn’t the end of it as Spencer Pedroni won the third-place medal, Brad Reddaway the fourth-place medal and Zach Volk a fifth-place medal.

The boys’ basketball team advanced all the way to the regional final and fell just one win shy of a state tournament berth and a trip to Yakima. Head coach Mark Schelbert’s squad ended the season with an impressive 20-7 record for the 2013-14 season and are looking very strong again this year.

Head coach Michelle Nixon’s Trojan fastpitch team was juggernaut last spring on their way to a West Central District championship and a 25-3 record. The fantastic season was finally tripped-up in the state 2A quarterfinals.

Not to be outdone, the Trojan baseball team also had an excellent season finishing 16-8 on their way to a state tournament berth. Fife was edged by Archbishop Murphy 3-2 in the first round.

The boys’ soccer team looked like a favorite to compete for the state championship as the Trojans blazed through the regular season and districts and a 14-3 record. Like several area teams last spring, Fife fell victim to the upset bug and lost to Hockinson 2-1 in the first round of the state 2A tournament.

Several athletes placed at the 2A state track and field meet last spring. Jonah Mathews brought home two fourth-place finishes in the 100 and 200 meter sprints, as well as running a leg on the sixth-place 4x100 relay team. The Fife girls were also well represented with a fourth-place finish in the girls’ 4x100 relay, as well as a sixth-place finish by Brook March in the pole vault and a seventh-place finish by Courtney Morton in the Discus.

With a veteran bunch leading the way, girls’ swimming head coach Jo Bushnell saw her team come home with a sixth-place team finish at the 2A state swim meet.

What began as a bit of a rebuilding year turned into a success for the Trojan girls’ soccer team. Head coach Tony Crudo’s club finished the season 13-5 and travelled to Ephrata for a first round 2A state tournament match in frigid temperatures. Fife’s hot season finally cooled off as Ephrata took the win 3-1.

As head coach, Katy Ferguson just really wanted her girls volleyball team to bring home a state trophy this year. She got her wish as her team finished in sixth place with a 17-5 record. Trojan superstar Eva Linden would later sign a letter of intent to play volleyball for Portland State next year.

The Trojan football team served up some exciting games this season and surprised a lot of teams. After earning a berth into the district round of the playoffs, Fife had to travel north to play 10th-ranked Liberty and shocked the 2A field with a 21-0 thumping of the home team. Fife eventually fell to state powerhouse Tumwater in the first round of the state playoffs on the road.

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