Leading a Hanford High School defense that allowed one goal in its final seven regular-season matches, senior goalkeeper Kelsee Winston was named the Mid-Columbia Conference’s Player of the Year.
Winston — who is also the first team All-MCC goalkeeper for the second consecutive year — is joined on the all-league team by her older sister Kaylie, who shares the Coach of the Year honors with Southridge’s Greg Sambrano.
Southridge and Hanford were co-MCC champs, with both teams going 12-2 in conference play. The Suns won the first meeting between the two teams, 2-0 on Sept. 17 at Hanford, but the Falcons returned the favor toward the end of the season with a 1-0 victory at Southridge.
Four Falcons joined Kelsee Winston on the first team list — midfielders Sadie Newsom and Dani Mendoza, defender Blake Danna and forward Taylor Matheny. Southridge senior and last year’s co-Player of the Year Haley Thomas made the squad as a first team defender — she played forward last season — and is joined by fellow defender Emily Russell, midfielder Savannah Brown and forward McKaley Goffard.
Player of the Year: Kelsee Winston, Sr., GK, Hanford. Coaches: Greg Sambrano, Southridge; Kaylie Winston, Hanford.
Goalkeeper: Kelsee Winston, Sr., Hanford.
Defenders: Haley Thomas, Sr., Southridge; Blake Danna, Jr., Hanford; Rylie Clark, So., Kamiakin.; Emily Russell, Sr., Southridge.
Midfielders: Savannah Brown, Sr., Southridge; Sadie Newsom, Sr., Hanford; Dani Mendoza, Jr., Hanford; Kaeri Ward, So., Kamiakin; Macey Morales, So., Chiawana.
Forwards: Summer Yates, Jr., Chiawana; McKaley Goffard, Sr., Southridge; Taylor Matheny, Sr., Hanford.
Goalkeeper: Grace Wilbur, Jr., Kamiakin.
Defenders: Emma Schutt, Sr., Southridge; Kendall Pope, Sr., Southridge; Kylee Alvarez, Fr., Chiawana; Eden Snider, Sr., Pasco.
Midfielders: Josie Corbin, Jr., Richland; Aaliyah Valladares, Jr., Kamiakin; Abigail Escalante, Jr., Walla Walla; Jessica Maher, Jr., Hanford; Lyndsey Ellingson, So., Chiawana.
Forwards: Lorena Ramirez, So., Walla Walla; Maddie Morgan, So., Kamiakin; Morgan Nelson, So., Southridge.
Goalkeeper: Olivia Blank, Sr., Kennewick.
Defenders: Katarina Heck, So., Richland; Kailey Leavens, Sr., Chiawana; Fany Cossio, Jr., Hanford; Melissa Alvarado, Jr., Walla Walla.
Midfielders: Jasmine McCarter, Sr., Pasco; Amber Gama, Jr., Chiawana.
Forwards: Kayleen Sambrano, Sr., Southridge; Sophia Mendoza, Jr., Richland; Megan Wilkinson, Jr., Pasco.