Below are KING’s nominees for Girls Team of The Year. We picked the teams, but we’re leaving the voting up to you! Vote once per day for one of the seven nominees and be sure to check back on Tuesday, June 16 to see who the winner is.
Auburn Riverside volleyball. After a near-perfect season – Riverside was undefeated and dropped just two sets all season – the Ravens won the school’s first volleyball state title. The team had star power in Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year Carson Heilborn, but the real power came from the enthusiastic bench, which coach Chris Leverenz called the best in the state.
Jackson girls soccer. Jackson scored three goals in the final seven minutes of state semifinals to beat Skyline 3-2 and earn a spot in the title match. It was the Timberwolves second time playing for the championship, which they lost to defending state champion Central Valley.
Edmonds-Woodway girls soccer. After falling short in the 4A state tournament last year, the Warriors came back to take the 3A state crown. It was the school’s first ever athletic championship.
Lakeside girls swimming. Lakeside unseated five-time defending state champions Mercer Island and took home the Lions first state swimming title.
Juanita softball. The Rebels were the team no one expected to take it all. They didn’t win their league or district tournament, and their pitcher Lisa Nelson had to push past some tough personal challenges. But Nelson came through, throwing 26 scoreless innings to capture the 3A state title.
Lynnwood girls basketball. Behind powerhouses Mikayla Pivec and Jordyn Edwards, Lynnwood took down two-time defending state champ Cleveland to win the school’s first state title in a team sport. The Royals had a lot of people they were playing for, including Brandon Doyle, a Lynnwood senior who had recently been killed in a car crash.
West Seattle girls basketball. The Wildcats saw the culmination of one of the season’s best turnarounds. With a squad led by junior center Lydia Giomi, West Seattle made it to state for the first time in 40 years and placed sixth.