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February 2017

Female Athlete of the Month

Jozie Tangeman is a senior guard on Prairie’s basketball team. Averaging 12 points a game, Jozie was the second leading scorer on the team, was team captain, and was named the GSHL MVP. Jozie led her team to their 20th straight league title as well as a state tournament appearance, all while maintaining a 3.9 G.P.A. While Jozie is currently undecided on a college, she has multiple collegiate offers to play basketball.   

Male Athlete of the Month

Braiden Broadbent is a junior forward on the Prairie High School boys basketball team. He averaged 12 points a game on the season and was instrumental in the team’s undefeated league run and 19-win season. Braiden earned 2nd Team All-League honors. In PHS’ three playoff games, Braiden scored 14, 15, and 15 points, respectively. The future appears to be bright for the Falcons as Braiden is one of nine players expected to return to the team next season. Braiden excels academically, maintaining a 3.95 G.P.A.  

January 2017

Female Athlete of the Month

Allison Day is a sophomore gymnast. She competes in four events; bars, beam, floor, and vault.  This past Friday she won the Mountain View Invitational and has placed in the top 10 in every competition this year. Last season, Allison made it to state in the vault as a freshmen. This year she hopes to return to state in multiple events. She has a 3.5 G.P.A., plans on entering the running start program her senior year, and one day wants to be a veterinarian.

Male Athlete of the Month

Bryan Person is a four-year varsity starter and team captain. This year, as a senior, he has led the wrestling team to a second place finish in the GSHL. He is 27-4 on the season, is currently ranked fourth in his weight class of 220, and won his division at the Clark County Invitational.  Last year, Person earned all-league honors and placed eighth at the Tacoma Dome. The postseason begins on Saturday, February 4 as the district tournament kicks off in Kelso.

Team of the Month

The girls basketball team finished 20-5 and recorded their 20th consecutive undefeated league season as they rolled to yet another GSHL title. They defeated North Thurston, Timberline, and Lincoln as they took 2nd in the bi-district tournament while qualifying for the state round of sixteen. Jozie Tangeman was named the GSHL MVP. Cassidy Gardner, Grace Prom, and Brooke Walling earned First Team all league honors.  Team members include Sarina Martinez, Allison Corral, Kazz Parks, Jozie Tangeman, Mallory Williams, Grace Prom, Sydney Weber, Maliaka Quigley, Haley Reed, Lauren Vreekan, Cassidy Gardner, and Brooke Walling.   

December 2016


Female Athlete of the Month

Brooke Walling is a sophomore forward on the girls basketball team. In her first year at Prairie, she has quickly asserted herself. The team is 6-2 on the season and debuted at 2nd in the Seattle Times state rankings. Over Christmas break, Prairie was invited to a tournament in California which included multiple nationally-ranked teams. Brooke averaged a double-double (14 points and 10 rebounds per game) to earn all-tournament honors. In addition to excelling on the basketball court, Brooke also has a 4.0 cumulative G.P.A.

Male Athlete of the Month

Seth Hall is a three-year starter on the boys basketball team. Last year, Seth was named 1st Team All-League and named by his peers the Offensive Player of the Year. This year, he has played a pivotal role in the team’s 7-1 record and seventh place state ranking. Over Christmas break, Seth scored 21 points against the sixth-ranked 4A power Davis High School. Seth is averaging 18 points a game for the season, has a 3.2 cumulative G.P.A., and is a Running Start student.   

November 2016

Female Athlete of the Month

Amber Sparks is a returner from the 2015-16 bowling team that finished third in the state. This year, she and her teammates are off to a hot start as they are currently 5-1. Amber averages a 178 and her best game came against Kelso where she bowled a 201. She has been described by her coach as an inspirational leader and has aspirations of leading her team to yet another state appearance. Amber maintains a cumulative 3.3 G.P.A.

Male Athlete of the Month

Kevin Aguirre is a three-year varsity starter and this year’s quarterback. While the season was filled with many ups and downs for the team, Kevin’s performance consistently improved. Against league champion Mountain View, he ran for 140 yards and scored 2 touchdowns. Versus Fort Vancouver, he passed for 126 yards and threw 3 touchdowns. Kevin maintains a cumulative 3.0 G.P.A.

Team of the Month

The Prairie volleyball team went 12-2 overall, an undefeated 10-0 in league matchups, and are GSHL champions! They won 30 consecutive sets and did not drop a league set all season. Tessa Doerfler was a senior co-captain libero and led the team in digs, aces and passing.  Megan Hess was the other senior co-captain setter who led the team in assists. Megan Hammes was solid in the back court and Zoe McBride was the team leader in kills. Katie Vroman, Molly Packer, Lainne Wilkins also played key roles in the team’s success.

October 2016 

Student Zoe McBride

Female Athlete of the Month

Zoe McBride is a junior 6-rotation outside hitter on the girls’ varsity volleyball team. She was a first team All-GSHL selection as a sophomore. This year, Zoe leads the Falcons in kills per set with 146 in league play. She has a .311 hitting percentage, and is second on the team in digs. Zoe has played in every set and helped lead the team to a 10-0 league record and GSHL Championship. Zoe is currently being recruited by multiple collegiate volleyball programs and maintains a 2.8 GPA.

Student Kevin Oleksiyenko
Male Athlete of the Month

Kevin Oleksiyenko is a sophomore who earned his second varsity letter, finished second in singles at the district tournament, and advanced to play in the regional tournament. Kevin is a great competitor and positive ambassador for the tennis program. Additionally, he is skilled in American Sign Language and maintains a 3.75 GPA.

Team of the Month
The Prairie Volleyball team is 12-2, 10-0 in league, and GSHL Champions! They have won 30 consecutive sets and have not dropped a league set all season. Tessa Doerfler is a senior co-captain libero and leads the team in digs, aces and passing. Megan Hess is the other senior co-captain setter who leads the team in assists. Megan Hammes is solid in the back court and Zoe McBride leads the team in kills. Katie Vroman, Molly Packer, Lainne Wilkins have also played key roles in the team’s success.  

PHS Girls Volleyball Team Photo

September 2016

Photo of student Aimee Kurfurst
Female Athlete of the Month

Aimee Kurfurst is a senior, a team captain, and four-year starter on the girls’ varsity soccer team.  As a junior, Kurfurst was unanimously named first team All-GSHL. Additionally, she led the first place Falcons in scoring. This season, she has already netted three goals and has led Prairie to a 2-0 league start. Kurfurst maintains a 3.8 GPA and will be attending Westminster College in Salt Lake City next year.

Photo of student Jacob Abrahamson

Male Athlete of the Month

Jacob Abrahamson is a three-year varsity golfer. While he played an instrumental role on last year’s league championship squad, this season he is ranked number one overall with a 38.9 scoring average. With only two league matches left to play, Jacob has Prairie golf ready to repeat as GSHL champions as well as achieve a team-record 28 consecutive winning seasons. Jacob’s goal is to qualify for the State Golf Championship in the Tri-Cities. He is still deciding which college he will attend, but maintains a 3.9 GPA at PHS.

Team photo of Prairie High School's girls soccer teamTeam of the Month

The Prairie girls’ soccer team is currently 4-0 in league play, 6-3 overall and sitting all alone in first place for the 3A GSHL. Top returning players are Megan Sawyer (senior goal keeper), Kendal Spencer, (junior defender), Aimee Kurfurst (senior midfielder), and Kaylin Sperley (junior forward).  Notable newcomers are Haley Reed (freshman defender), Maya Davis (freshman midfielder), and Macey Hall (freshman forward).  The team has set lofty goals for themselves: They want to repeat as league champions and improve upon last year’s top-16 finish in the state playoffs.