2018-19 Athletes and Teams of the Month

Prairie Athlete of the Month Meri DunfordMeri Dunford is a junior who helped lead the PHS track team to a second place GSHL finish and was one of the 11 individual track athletes to qualify for state at Mt. Tahoma High School over Memorial Day weekend.  Dunford was a district and bi-district champion in the 1600 and 3200 meter races. At state, Dunford set new school records in the 1600 with a time of 4:54, good for a second place finish, as well as in the 3200, where her school record time of 10:52 was good for a third place finish. Meri has a 4.0 GPA and is a three sport athlete, as she also competes in cross country and basketball.

Prairie Athlete of the Month Hugh Foster


Hugh Foster is a junior on the Falcons golf team. Foster qualified for the State Golf Championships after playing two very good rounds of golf at the Bi-District golf tournament in Port Orchard, WA. Foster and his teammates qualified as a team by narrowly beating Stadium High School by one stroke. At the State Golf Championships, Foster’s score of 85 earned him a chance to play in the final round of the championship where he shot a 90 on a very difficult golf course.  Head golf coach Paul Shapard says Foster has a great sense of humor and is a pleasure to coach. Foster has a 3.77 G.P.A.


Prairie girls softball team

The girls fastpitch softball team finished the season 18-10 overall and 12-3 in league play. The Falcons finished second in the GSHL and won two games at state to place eighth. The team graduates five seniors and had an average GPA of 2.97. The varsity roster was: Chloe McDaniel, Alexis Pfau, Pravina Blunk, Allison Corral, Ashley Shelton, Carley Wentworth, Hannah Schiller, Olivia Meyers, Saskia Summerhill, Alysia Fraly, Mallory Williams, Samantha Nickel, & Madison Graham.

PHS student athlete Darius DancelDarius Dancel is a senior on the Falcons track team. Dancel currently has the best long jump score in the state, is ranked #5 in the state for 3A teams, and he runs the first leg of the 4×100 relay team that is ranked 6th in the state. Head coach Curtis Crebar says that Dancel brings a sense of fun and competitiveness to the track and field team at Prairie, and that Dancel is a major reason the team is currently undefeated in GSHL play. Dancel also excels academically, earning straight A’s this semester.

PHS student Alysia FraleyAlysia Fraly is a ninth grader on the girls fast pitch softball team. In the team’s first league game of the season, Fraly went 4-5 with two home runs (including a grand slam), and 7 RBI. Fraly has continued helping lead the team to an 8-3 league record, which has the team well-positioned for the bi-district playoffs in May. While Fraly is a first year player for the Falcons, she quickly earned a starting spot on the varsity squad and leads the team in hits, doubles, triples, and RBI. Fraly’s four home runs leads not only the PHS team, but the entire 3A GSHL. Fraly currently maintains a 3.0 GPA.

Prairie student Madison GrahamMadison Graham is a senior on the PHS fastpitch softball team that opened league play on March 26 with a 15-4 victory over Evergreen. Graham has been in the program all four years and played an invaluable role in leading the team to state last year. Through the team’s first four games, Graham leads the team with 13.2 innings pitched, striking out 7 batters while only allowing 3 earned runs. Graham has a 3.15 GPA.

Prairie student Taylor Lawhead


Taylor Lawhead is a senior on the PHS soccer team. Lawhead’s teammates voted the middle defender to be the team’s captain this year. Head Coach Michael Thyron said Taylor is an extremely hard worker who is blessed with speed and provides the backbone of the team’s defense. Lawhead looks out for his teammates and respects his coaches. Lawhead has been a major reason the team has jumped out to a 3-2-2 start to the season as the Falcons look to push for a playoff berth.

Prairie High School Dance TeamThree years ago, the PHS dance team consisted of just five girls. This year, the team had more than 40 total members and qualified for the state tournament in Yakima! Their cumulative team GPA is 3.1 and the following team members qualified for state: Captain Marissa Bowers, Captain Alexis Avery, Angelina Le, Ashley Leinenbach, Bailey Dees, Carissa Warnke, Chelsea Hoeflein, Delaney Shanahan, Erin Harrison, Haley Bowers, Isabella Martin, Jenny Drygas-Miller, Lily Nelson, Lizy Le, Lyla Heng, Miabelle Marinescu, Payton Bird, Rebekah Timm, Rian Brown, Rosee Green, Sam Nelson, Sarah Berg, Sierra Sibley, Shi-Anna Carter, Tirna Smith, Venus Nguyen, and Vivi Nguyen. The team was led by head coach Jessica Brown and assistant coach Kirstee Schumacher.

Prairie student Brayden SofianosBrayden Sofianos is a senior wrestler who was voted First Team All-GSHL in each of the last two seasons. Sofianos went 43-9 on the season, competing in the 145 pound weight class. This year, Sofianos tied Prairie’s single season record of 30 pins and is the school’s career leader with 123 wins. At the recent Mat Classic, Sofianos brought home the 2nd place state trophy. He has a 3.0 GPA and plans on enlisting in the United States Marine Corps after graduation this spring.

Prairie student Mallory Williams

Mallory Williams is a senior on the PHS girls basketball team that just claimed the school’s seventh 3A State Championship. Along the way, Williams helped lead the team to a 25-2 overall record, going 10-0 in league play and earning the team the top overall ranking in the state throughout the season. While capable of putting up bigger individual numbers, playing unselfish basketball has been a paramount reason for the team’s success.  Williams averages 7 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists per game. She has also earned All-League honors in each of her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. Williams also excels academically, maintaining a 3.78 GPA and plans on attending Boise State University.

Prairie student Cassidy GardnerCassidy Gardner is senior on the Prairie Falcons’ girls basketball team, which is the #1 ranked girls basketball team in the state. Gardner has helped lead the team to a 19-1 overall record, including an undefeated 10-0 in league play to clinch the team’s 22nd consecutive Greater St. Helens League title. Gardner averages 15 points, 2 steals, and nearly 3 assists per game. The bi-district playoffs began on February 6. Earlier this year, Gardner signed her Letter of Intent to play basketball at Portland State University.


Prairie student Aidan FralyAidan Fraly is a junior guard on the Prairie Falcons’ boys basketball team which is currently on a 10-game winning streak and in 2nd place in the Greater St. Helens League. Head Coach Kyle Brooks said Fraly has progressed as a basketball player and is a big part of the team’s success. Fraly averages 16 points per game.  His best game came against Fort Vancouver when he put up 25 points and pulled down 7 rebounds.  The bi-district playoffs began Wednesday, Feb. 6 and the Falcons are looking to return to the state tournament.


Prairie high school boys and girls basketball teams


The Prairie Basketball teams are a combined 32-8 on the season. The girl’s team is 19-1 on the season, undefeated in league, and they have won their 22nd consecutive 3A Greater St. Helens League title. They are also the #1 ranked girls basketball team in the state. The boys basketball team has won 10 games in a row, are in 2nd place in league, and are preparing to host the first round of the bi-district playoffs. Both teams look to return to the state playoffs and the Tacoma Dome this February. The senior girls are DaVanna Aho, Cassidy Gardner, Brooke Walling, and Mallory Williams. The senior boys are Kam Osborn, Tom Hapgood, and Bronson King.

Prairie student Jason WilcoxJason Wilcox is a sophomore on the PHS boys wrestling team. Wilcox is currently undefeated in the 138-pound weight class with an 8-0 record on the season. Wilcox won the John Birbeck Invitational at North Thurston High School as well as the Wilfong Classic held at Puyallup High School. Recently, the boys wrestling team won a double dual vs. Evergreen and Hudson’s Bay high schools and is looking to compete for this year’s GSHL 3A title. Over Christmas break, the team traveled to Pasco to participate in the Best of the West tournament as well as the Pacific Coast Wrestling Championship.


Prairie student Anna GatlinAnna Gatlin is a sophomore on the PHS girls bowling team where she has the led the Falcons to an early 9-2 record. The team is tied for first in the GSHL. Gatlin averages a score of 175, which is a 22-pin improvement from last year. Gatlin’s has carded scores over 200 four times this year, and her high score on the year is 232.  Gatlin also excels academically with a 3.8 GPA.

Prairie student Sydney WeberSydney Weber is a senior on the Prairie High School girls soccer team. Weber is a returning All-League player who played a huge role in leading the team to an undefeated league season, a GSHL 3A league title, and a fourth place finish in state. Coach Thyron said that Weber was the team’s most technical defender and was always a calming presence when the team was under siege. Weber was the team captain who helped lead the team with her abilities, work ethic, and a sound moral compass. Weber has a 3.5 GPA.


Prairie student Nolan Mickenham

Nolan Mickenham is a senior on the Prairie High School football team where he was a First Team All-League wide receiver and defensive back. On offense, Mickenham caught 27 passes for 435 yards and six touchdowns.  On the defensive side of the ball, Mickenham led the team with five interceptions. Mickenham played a huge role in leading the Falcons back to the playoffs for only the second time in the last decade. Mickenham has a 3.0 accumulative GPA.


Prairie High School girls soccer teamAfter beginning the non-league schedule 0-4-2, the Prairie girls soccer team completed an undefeated league schedule and sprinted to a top-four finish at the state tournament after winning eight games in a row. The team finished the season as GSHL 3A champions, finished second in the bi-district tournament, and fourth overall in the state. The roster includes Malaika Quigley, Savannah Harshbarger, Maya Davis, Sydney Weber, Paige Darley, Sophia Palena, Braeden Glaser, Macey Hall, Parker Shank, Anna Neal, Allison Corral, Olivia Witherspoon, Jennie Dollar, Alyssa Talkington, Grace Adams, Morgan Borwieck, Shelby Rebitzke, Trinity Perrin, Olivia Jones, Samantha Nickel, Mariah Fuller, and Nadia Bejar-Pantoja.

Prairie High School student Landon GunterLandon Gunter is a sophomore on the Cross Country team. Between last year and this year he has made huge strides in his personal results, which is a big contributor toward better overall results for the team. Currently, Landon runs in the second position on the team where he played a pivotal role in leading PHS Cross Country to a district championship in Kelso. The team competed in the regional tournament at Chambers Bay in Tacoma on November 3 where Landon finished with a time of 17:27. Landon has a 3.56 GPA.


Prairie student Savannah HarshbargerSavannah Harshbarger is a senior on the Prairie High School soccer team. She is a returning all-league player and has played a huge role in leading the team to an undefeated league season and their fourth consecutive GSHL title. Savannah has made a name for herself with her lethal free kicks. She also leads the team in goals scored with a total of ten. The team hosted the first round of the playoffs on October 30, defeating Timberline 5-1. Savannah has a 3.5 GPA and plans on playing soccer in college.

Prairie student Katie VromanKatie Vroman is a senior on the Prairie High School volleyball team and is a returning all-league outside hitter. This year, Vroman was named captain and the team is 6-0 overall, including victories over 4A GSHL teams Battle Ground, Union, and Camas. Katie had 21 kills and 3 blocks against Camas and 27 kills and 2 blocks against Battle Ground. Vroman also excels academically with a 3.88 GPA and plans on attending Southern Oregon University on a volleyball scholarship next year.

Prairie student Cam BeesonCam Beeson is a senior and a leader of the Prairie High School golf team that is currently undefeated in league play. Beeson is averaging a team-leading low score of 40 and has recorded the lowest scores in the last two league matches to earn his spot as the medalist. For the season, Beeson has been the medalist in four out of his seven matches. At the Prairie Invitational, Beeson carded a team low score of 80. Beeson has a 3.0 GPA.


Prairie High School volleyball teamThe Prairie High School volleyball team completed a perfect September, going 6-0 overall and 3-0 in GSHL 3A play. The non-league schedule included wins over Battle Ground, Union, and last year’s GSHL 4A champion, Camas. Additionally, the team participated in and won their division at the Kent Classic in late September at Kentwood High School. The team has five seniors; Molly Packer, Shelby Kocin, Katie Vroman, Lainne Wilkins, and Maddi Cederholm. Rounding out the rest of the varsity team are Alissa Feeney, Ashley McMurray, Jamie Packer, Catherine Harshaw, Taylor Judah, Amelia Renner and Sophia Carter.


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