By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– As Sprague Volleyball Head Coach Anne Olson spoke about her three signees of Morgan Doll (Fairfield University-commit), Emily West (Western Oregon University-commit) and Madison Marlett (Lane Community College-Commit), she mentioned how important they were to help the Olympians to get past powerhouse Central Catholic in five sets.
Down 14-9 in the decisive fifth set, Sprague answered with a big rally to take the fifth set 21-19 as the Olys went on to finish second in 6A this past Fall, it was still a topic of disbelief even to this day as Sprague advanced to the semi-final round and West was on the ground crying after pushing herself to her absolute brink of exhausted.
“It was amazing. My Junior year we lost in the first round of the State Championships Tournament so this year being able to beat Central Catholic who’s been in the State Championship game for a long time,” said West. “Normally they’re one of the top teams, they are the top team in Oregon so it was really amazing.”
There was a sense of pride being the lone squad from the City of Salem to be battling as one of the final eight teams and getting to the Big Game before falling to Jesuit in the Championship Game for these Seniors to leave their mark entering their next journey.
For Doll, who mentioned how surreal that CC game was, mentioned how going to the Connecitcut school can help her become more independent and breakout from her shell as she moves from Outside Hitter to Libero with the excitement that her incoming class can do to help the school.
“I think I can improve defensively and as a leader,” starts Doll. “I’m excited too because I get to take on a new role as Libero instead of Outside as I’ve played in High School. It’ll broaden my horizons where I can go and how often I can lead but by a different position.”
Talking about leadership, wrestlers Landon Davis and Daniel McClung each left their mark.
Davis, who’s going to Menlo College in the San Francisco Bay Area, did so through his Perseverance, mental toughness and humility as he collected 123 Varsity Wins and won a State Championship won the 160 pound Championship. McClung was a leader in the sport as the grappler collected 140 wins and 76 pins over his four-year Varsity career as McClung committed to wrestle at Oregon State University in the Winter.
“It was just more of accomplishing a goal,” said Davis, who suffered a bulging disc and torn MCL during his Senior Year. “The path may have changed due to injury on how we get to our goal but the goal is what matters and that’s what Coach (Nolan) Harris and Coach (Jay) Minyard kept telling us that we just accomplish what our dreams were and nothing is going to stop it.”
Quincy Beyrouty and Elise Abbott each had their own unique challenges over the years to prepare them for the next level.
Abbott, who saw Summit come her way this season as a Senior, stepped up her running game against the National Champion Storm as Abbott qualified for the State Meet in Cross Country (finished 33rd in the State). The University of Idaho-commit was third (1,500 meter run) and fourth (800 meter run) in Track and Field this Spring for Sprague.
“I went up against some really tough competition, but it showed me that I can still accomplish things,” said Abbott, who owns Top 10 times in the 800, 1500 and 3,000 meter runs. “So going off to college, it’s a big deal to see how me running at NCAA’s now is a realistic goal now for me to achieve.”
Beyrouty, who also went up against some strong competition from the Bend schools this season, had to go up against the likes of South Salem grad’s Ellie Slama and Ashley Zhu to help mold the George Fox-commit on what is to come ahead. Slama is at Oregon State University while Zhu is at Oregon Institute of Technology.
“I think it prepared me, especially the level they’re playing at now. Seeing that they can compete, it’s really reassuring that I was able to experience that and I get to compete at the next level too. I feel like a step ahead because I got to play with them.,” said Beyrouty. “I thought this day would never come, it’s a huge blessing for me and my family. It’s going to be a great opportunity next year at George Fox.”
Beyrouty shot a four-under 68 at Creekside Golf Course during her Senior season.
Ian Schultz, a Denver University-commit in Swimming, worked at his craft and expanding his horizons in the pool with two-a-day practices in Corvallis and competed in the 50-meter Freestyle (fourth-place finish), 100-meter breaststroke (second-place finish), 200 meter medley relay (sixth-place finish) and 400 meter relays (sixth-place finish).
Sudha Basu, a four-year letterman for the Olympian Girls Soccer tea and two-year start, committed to Earlham College.