Team to watch
No school has won more Class 4A state boys soccer titles than Jefferson (seven) – and the Raiders are loaded for a run at No. 8. Their entire front line returns, but they also get back premier goal-scorer Isidro Prado-Huerta and goalkeeper McKay Owsley. With their firepower, the reigning SPSL champions will likely see opponents play them with 8-9 players behind the ball.
SPSL North – Jefferson. SPSL South – Federal Way. Narrows 4A – Stadium. SPSL 3A – Bonney Lake. Narrows 3A – North Thurston. SPSL 2A – Fife. Evergreen Conference – Aberdeen. Nisqually 1A – Seattle Christian.
Player to watch
Jefferson’s Isidro Prado-Huerta left after two seasons with the Seattle Sounders Academy to get his grades up – and has decided to turn out for the high school team as a senior. The goal-scoring machine is powerful with quick feet, and will see lots of attention near the penalty box.
Other top players
Class 4A – MF Drew Barker, Bellarmine Prep, Jr.; MF Jacob Beardemphl, Stadium, Sr.; D Garrett Brewer, Federal Way, Jr.; F Bjorn Brynestad, Gig Harbor, Sr.; F Mac Henderson, Tahoma, Sr.; F Alex Lewis, Federal Way, Sr.; F Branden Madsen, Jefferson, Sr.; MF Spencer Nakamura, Rogers, Sr.; F Luis Alvaro Osornio, Jefferson, Sr.; GK McKay Owsley, Jefferson, Sr.; D Connor Thompson, Bellarmine Prep, So.; D Isak Visser, Puyallup, Sr.
Class 3A – D Jordan Geissinger, Timberline, Jr.; D Caleb Gwerder, Enumclaw, Sr.; MF Kenny Heo, North Thurston, Sr.; D Matt Meyers, Peninsula, Sr.; MF Dalton Ogden, Bonney Lake, Sr.; MF Evan Pichette, Wilson, So.; D Sam Shea, Peninsula, Sr.; D Spencer Smith, Decatur, Sr.
Class 2A - F Edgar Garcia, Fife, Jr.; F Zak Morris, White River, Sr.; J.J. Schmeck, Orting, Sr.
Class 1A – MF Gubidxa Gutierrez-Seymour, Charles Wright Academy, Jr.