Year in review: Glencoe softball leads the way
Ever heard of Morgan DeBord?
If you're a sports fan familiar with high school sports, then you've likely encountered the now-Loyola Marymount freshman on the volleyball or basketball court, softball field or track. But while DeBord did her damage, earning high-level decoration on the hardwood (Pac Conference Player of the Year) and diamond in 2019, it was her good friend Jensen Becker who took the heavy hardware on the softball field, earning Pacific Conference Player of the Year for a Tide team that went undefeated in conference play and made it to the state quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Sheldon, 4-2.
Glencoe tallied a 23-6 overall record, and in addition to Becker, had six first team all-league selections, one second teamer and four honorable mentions.
Becker obviously was pleased with the award, but also was quick to point to her team and their success as her favorite part of 2019.
"I was completely surprised and honored," Becker said. "It was even more special since we were also undefeated league champions and all nine of our starters also received league awards. I'm very proud of how well our young team did this year. It made my senior year very special."
In addition to Becker's player of the year honor, Dana Butterfield earned pitcher of the year, while now-former head coach Jason Eastman earned coach of the year honors.
On the wrestling mat, the Glencoe boys were paced by state qualifier Sutton Yazzolino, a junior, who finished fourth in the 152-pound division, losing in the quarterfinals before stringing together two straight wins before a 4-1 defeat to Roseburg's Austin David in the third place match.
The Tide girls were led by Elbereth Ragsdale, who placed third at 135 pounds.
Not to be outdone, the Crimson Tide boys lacrosse team also garnered a league crown, defeating Liberty in the regular season finale to win the league.
"These boys will play harder for a league championship than anything," Glencoe head coach Kyle Tolzman said. "I'm so proud tonight. This team has come a long way."
Glencoe was led for the bulk of the season by the dynamic duo of brothers Thomas and Nathaniel Takle, who combined for 80 goals and 21 assists. Both were first-team All-League selections, Thomas as an attacker and Nathaniel in the midfield.
Thomas Takle, a senior, was the leading point-getter at Attack and finished with 51 goals and nine assists.
"Thomas has come a long way this year," Tolzman said. "He used to only be a scoring threat, but this year he was able to dish out plenty of assists to his teammates and made our offense click."
On the track, Glencoe's Madison McGlasson placed second in the 100 hurdles at the state track and field meet, running a personal best (14.87) despite the sloppy, wet conditions.
"I'm happy," McGlasson said. "I set a personal record and that's what I was looking for. The weather might have been a bit of a factor, but I ran well so I don't think it was much of one."
She wasn't the only Crimson Tide athlete to place, either. Sophomore Jayda Lee finished ninth in the discus (119-09) and 14th in the high jump (5-00); Sydney Larrison was eighth in the javelin (123-03); Gabriella Justen was 12th in the pole vault (11-00); Jenna Gaskin was 11th in the discus (107-10); and sophomore Elbereth Ragsdale was 17th in the long jump (14-10). On the boys side, senior Justin Lazenby placed eighth in the high jump (6-02) and 12th in the pole vault (13-00).
Not to be forgotten, Glencoe boys soccer followed up last year's undefeated league season and conference crown with another undefeated league campaign, going 3-0-3 and earning a trip to the state playoffs before dropping a 4-3 contest to Central Catholic in the opening round.
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