Tualatin's Sarah Hanson named NWOC's top player
It's easy to say that the Tualatin High School girls lacrosse team dominated play in the Northwest Oregon Conference in the 2019 season.
So, it should come as no surprise that the Timberwolves are very well represented on the NWOC all-conference list.
Tualatin, which won the conference title at 8-0 (Newberg was second at 5-3), while going 15-4 on the season and reaching the quarterfinal round of state playoffs, had a total of six players earn all-conference recognition.
Leading the way for the Wolves on the all-conference list is senior midfielder Sarah Hanson, who was named the Northwest Conference Player of the Year.
Hanson, for the season, scored 48 goals while also having 24 assists. She also led the team, and the conference, with 67 ground balls.
Tualatin coach Christie Mitchell was also named the Northwest Oregon Conference Coach of the Year.
Joining Hanson on the all-conference first team from Tualatin were senior attacker Avery Gales, sophomore midfielder Sidney Dering and senior defender Alexis Atkinson.
Gales led Tualatin, and the NWOC, with 69 goals on the season, despite missing a pair of games. She also had 19 assists and 40 ground balls. Dering had a conference-best 29 assists to go with 59 goals and 25 ground balls. Atkinson had 60 ground balls, which put her behind only Hanson in the conference rankings.
Tualatin players named to the All-NWOC second team include senior midfielder Olivia Mans and senior defender Skylar Maddox.
For Sherwood, which finished third in the final NWOC standings at 4-4 (7-8 overall), sophomore midfielder Paige Thompson and senior defender Kendall Donovan were both first-team all-conference picks.
Thompson led the Lady Bowmen with 43 goals on the season. Donovan had a total of 29 ground balls.
Lady Bowmen earning second-team all-conference accolades include senior attacker Faith Buchanan, junior midfielder Kendra Miller, junior defender Cassidy Pfisthner and junior goalie Galena Clark.
Other NWOC all-conference first-team picks include Newberg junior attacker Isabella Osborn, Liberty freshman attacker Aviana Gonzales, Century senior midfielder Claire Rickis, Liberty freshman midfielder Olivia Casper, Century sophomore defender Mya Smith and Newberg junior goalie MaKenzie Thatch.
Other NWOC all-conference second-team selections include Liberty freshman attacker Aniesa McCullah, Newberg freshman attacker Naomi Rauch, Newberg senior midfielder Gracie Anderson, Newberg freshman midfielder Alli Stilp, Century senior midfielder Morgan Eichstadt and Century senior defender Amberli Morse.
In addition to their all-conference selections, Gales, Dering and Atkinson were all second-team picks on the Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association All-State team for the 2019 season.
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