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High school athletes of the year

Notable high school athletes of 2009-2010 school year


Daniel Davis

Chief Sealth

Class: Senior | Height: 6-2 | Weight: 210

Sports: Football, basketball, baseball

Football rewind: The four-time letter-winner played quarterback for the Seahawks from West Seattle. He completed better than 50 percent of his passes, throwing for 977 yards and eight touchdowns.

Basketball rewind: Averaged almost seven points for a Chief Sealth squad that played in its first Metro League title game since 2001. In addition to getting his fourth varsity letter, he coached the freshman team to an undefeated record.

Baseball rewind: Second-team All-Metro selection as a utility player played first base for the Seahawks, lettering for the fourth year and batting .372 with a home run and more than 20 RBI.

Quotable: "No regrets, because I feel like every day, whether it was at practice or not, I made sure I put in the work. I made sure I worked the hardest and I made sure I set the example for all the underclassmen."

Family ties: Father, Larry; mother, Mary; sister, Jordan.

Favorite moment: "My football one would be our win over Lakeside and just how well we played. Basketball, I would say Senior Night. I think Senior Night was one of my better games. Baseball as a whole, just because of how I was able to influence guys."

Worst sport: "I would have to say soccer, because I haven't played in so long. You have to have extremely good footwork and extremely good balance and, playing goalie, I didn't have to work on it that much."


The future: Davis will play quarterback at Bethel University, a Division III school in St. Paul, Minn., where he plans to work on a degree in broadcasting.

Next vacation: Moving to Minnesota for school, or a trip to a friend's summer beach house in Crescent Bar.

One day I "Want to be coaching collegiate football, or working for a major sports organization, either college or professional, or ESPN."

Guilty pleasure: My dad's cooking.

iPad or Kindle: iPad.

Would play me in a movie: "Will Ferrell or Sinbad."

I can't live without my Family.

Reality show I would definitely win: "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" or "Last Comic Standing."

Anna Dailey


Class: Senior | Height: 5-7

Sports: Cross country, track and field

Cross country rewind: The 4.0 student posted the fastest time for any classification at the state cross-country meet — 17 minutes, 58 seconds — to win the Class 4A championship by 19 seconds.

Track rewind: Despite running with a sore hamstring, Dailey won the 3,200 meters at the 4A state meet in 10:28.91, beating her top time in the event by 15 seconds. She also took second in the 1,600 (4:54.75).

Quotable: "I finally set goals and I managed to get all of them. All the hard work actually paid off. It was really fun. I think fun was the main thing. I had more fun this year. I was more confident in my racing. I used to hate races and I used to crumble before, with the pressure and everything. This year I kind of got over myself."

Family ties: Father, Pat; mother, Mary Curiel; brother, Chris, is a freshman at Garfield, and Dailey's already got him running.

Favorite moment: "The time before races when you get to talk to people, talk to your competitors and kind of joke around. Getting to know people has been my favorite thing."

Worst sport: "Probably basketball. Actually, I didn't try basketball. It's like the one thing I didn't do. I didn't like using my hands."

The future: Also a talented musician (violin), artist (painting and drawing) and philanthropist, side interests get her through any rough patches in running. Dailey will attend Stanford next year and will compete on the track and cross country teams.

Next vacation: Gunnison, Colo., to visit her aunt and participate in a cross-country camp.

One day I "would like to be fluent in Spanish."

Guilty pleasure: Chocolate.

iPad or Kindle: Kindle, for sure.

Would play me in a movie: "An unknown. Somebody small who has never been heard of."

I can't live without my paint brush.

Reality show I would definitely win: "Survivor."


Kasen Williams


Class: Junior | Height: 6-2 | Weight: 200

Sports: Football, basketball, track and field

Football rewind: The top-tier recruit put together another big season with 1,209 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns, leading the Spartans to their third straight state championship.

Basketball rewind: Showing a flair for the fantastic above the rim, Williams helped the Spartans to their first KingCo 4A basketball championship and an eighth-place finish in the state tournament.

Track rewind: Williams put together another strong showing at the state meet, winning the triple jump (47 feet, 6 inches), taking second in the high jump (6-10) and long jump (24-1-¼) and helping Skyline's 1,600 relay take third (3:19.98).

Quotable: "After last season, I've got to come back now and everyone's expecting me to do even more than I did last year. I've got to come back and live up to the expectations."

Family ties: Father, Aaron, was a receiver at Washington, while his mother, Rhonda, ran track in high school. His sister, Kiara, just finished her freshman year at Arizona State and plays on the soccer team.

Favorite moment: "I think my favorite moment would be at the end of the state game, not being a nail-biter and not having to worry about the last two minutes of the game, having to finish it out and get that win."

Worst sport: "I'm going to go with golf. I feel like you have to be real steady and real precise with your angles and measure the wind and all of that kind of stuff. I'm more the type of guy to just go out, run, work hard. Golf is just nice and easy. I don't think I'd be able to get used to that."

The future: Before the end of the summer Williams will decide which university is getting his vast talents on the football field. In addition to attempting to help the Spartans to another football title, he wants to help the basketball team better its eighth-place state finish and improve on his already impressive track marks.

Next vacation: "I want to go to Miami, because I've never been there before."

One day I "I'll take a trip to all 50 states."

Guilty pleasure: "I'm addicted to Facebook."

iPad or Kindle: iPad.

Would play me in a movie: "I've got to go Denzel (Washington)."

I can't live without my Phone.

Reality show I would definitely win: "So You Think You Can Dance."

Ali Forde


Class: Sophomore | Height: 6-1

Sports: Volleyball, basketball, track and field

Volleyball rewind: Forde made an impact in her first season on varsity. The outside hitter helped the Falcons get back to the Class 4A state tournament.

Basketball rewind: A force at the forward position, Forde had 21 double-doubles in 23 games. She averaged close to 16 points, led the team in steals and blocks and was second in assists.

Track rewind: Qualified for state in the shot put, made it to district in the high jump and competed in an assortment of other events throughout the season.

Quotable: "(My sophomore year) it was fun. I just like playing sports and doing good at them. It was my life. I feel like it's just been like that. I play sports, try to succeed. That's just how it works."

Family ties: Mother, Tracey; father, Brian, was a standout linebacker at Washington State who played in the NFL. Forde's brother, Maxx, is also a well-rounded athlete. He is wrapping up his senior year at Woodinville and will play defensive end at Idaho.

Favorite moment: "I liked going to state for volleyball. I thought it was cool because it was my sophomore year. It was interesting to get a feel for what that was like, going to state."

Worst sport: "I'm terrible at soccer. I can't play soccer to save my life. Working with my feet doesn't work."

The future: After a successful start to her high-school career, Forde would like to help her teams get to the next level. She wants to get back to state in volleyball and lead the basketball team there. She's not sure if she will participate in track and field next year.

Next vacation: Florida for a volleyball tournament.

One day I will go to college, be a college athlete and get an architecture degree.

Guilty pleasure: Sleep.

iPad or Kindle: iPad.

Would play me in a movie: Beyoncé.

I can't live without my iPhone.

Reality show I would definitely win: "True Beauty."


Riley Carel


Class: Senior | Height: 6-2 | Weight: 180

Sports: Football, basketball, baseball

Football rewind: Starting quarterback on team that reached preliminary playoffs and finished 7-3. Completed 102 of 200 passes during the regular season with 16 touchdowns and was an All-SPSL 3A second-team choice.

Basketball rewind: Third-year starter led Hornets to the 3A state championship game, averaging 12.8 points, 7 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals. Named 3A state co-player of the year.

Baseball rewind: Normally a rodeo competitor in the spring, Carel turned out for baseball for the first time and provided leadership in the dugout. Had a few pitching and pinch-running appearances.

Quotable: "My whole life, I've been going from sport to sport to sport. It will be really fun to just focus on basketball (in college). I'm excited to see how much better I'll get."

Family ties: Mom, Jackie, is Enumclaw's head volleyball coach. Father, Rick, is head girls tennis coach and assistant volleyball coach. Sister, Richelle, is a 6-foot junior at Enumclaw who plays volleyball.

Favorite moment: Beating Bellevue in the second round of the state basketball tournament. "The whole town was there. It was a lot of fun."

Worst sport: "I'm dreadful at soccer."

The future: Has a basketball scholarship to Seattle Pacific.

Next vacation: "We're way too busy to go on a family vacation." Closest thing would be going to Eastern Washington and Oregon a couple of weekends this summer for some roping competitions.

One day I "will hopefully be playing professional basketball overseas."

Guilty pleasure: "Definitely (TV series) 'The Hills.' It's addicting."

iPad or Kindle: "iPad, definitely."

Would play me in a movie: "Jim Carrey. He's always crazy and going nuts. Might as well go for it."

I can't live without my "PlayStation 3. When I'm at home with nothing to do, I'm devoted to my PlayStation 3."

Reality show I would definitely win: "Survivor." For that much money, they're not going to kill you, so you might as well do it."

Alexi Morton

Auburn Mountainview

Class: Senior | Height: 5-8

Sports: Volleyball, gymnastics, track and field

Volleyball rewind: Although she didn't play volleyball until her freshman year at Mountainview, Morton was a quick learner and evolved into a three-year starter who earned first-team All-SPSL 3A honors at middle hitter. Missed most of her junior season after tearing her ACL in an early match. Played in this year's All-State Series.

Gymnastics rewind: A former club gymnast, Morton bounced back from knee surgery to lead the Lions to the 3A state title — the school's first state championship in any sport. Individually, she placed seventh in the all-around competition, third on uneven parallel bars and sixth on bars. Had six other top-10 finishes at state as a freshman and sophomore.

Track and field rewind: Won the 100 hurdles at the state meet (15.05) and was part of Mountainview's winning 400 relay. Placed second in the open 100 (12.79) and in the long jump (17 feet, 5-¼). Recently won the state girls heptathlon championship.

Quotable: "I'm definitely the most competitive in volleyball. If we're behind, I feel a cheesy inspirational speech coming on."

Family ties: Lives with mom, Margaret; older sister, Tennetje (22), resides in Florida.

Favorite moment: Attending her first volleyball camp with Mountainview teammates at Gonzaga the summer before her sophomore year. "It was scary, but it was so much fun."

Worst sport: "Soccer. I was horrible."

The future: Hopes to receive a track-and-field scholarship from Washington State or Boise State and ultimately plans to teach literature and creative writing in high school.

Next vacation: "I might go on a road trip with my friends, somewhere warm." The family is forgoing an annual vacation in Mexico and saving for a future trip to Europe.

One day I "will be happily married with a Great Dane and a poodle."

Guilty pleasure: "Reading romance novels in a bubble bath listening to 106.9. The whole experience is very relaxing."

iPad or Kindle: "I totally use Kindle, but the iPad is awesome."

Would play me in a movie: "Katherine Heigl. I don't look anything like her, but I think she's hilarious and would portray me well."

I can't live without my "friends. I'd be bored without them. They keep me busy."

Reality show I would definitely win: "If I could do it with my sister, the 'Amazing Race'. She'd make sure we won."


Kale Schmidt


Class: Senior | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 175

Sports: Football, basketball and track and field

Football rewind: Earned second-team All-Wesco North honors as a wide receiver his senior season.

Basketball rewind: Shooting guard averaged 17.8 points and made 75 three-pointers as a senior. At the 4A state tournament, he averaged 26 points, including 39 against Auburn.

Track rewind: Took fourth in the long jump (22-5 ¼) at the state meet as a senior. Holds school records in long jump (22-8 ½) and 1,600 relay.

Quotable: "He has the same sense of calm at each meet, whether it's the state finals, a Thursday varsity meet or a Saturday invitational," Stanwood track coach Jordan Sneva said.

Family ties: Parents Tim and Connie Schmidt both teach at Port Susan Middle School and have had all three of their sons in class. Connie teaches science and health, Tim computer science.

Favorite moment: "After the Auburn game, I went walking into the locker room and had no idea I had 39 points. My coach looked at me and said, 'Here comes the 39-point scorer.' I didn't know he was talking about me."

Worst sport: "I'd probably say hockey. Ice skating doesn't work for me."

The future: Kale is headed to Washington on a track scholarship. He will compete in the decathlon.

Next vacation: "I am planning on going to Hawaii with my girlfriend."

One day I "would like to run in the Olympic Trials."

Guilty pleasure: "I like to eat a lot."

iPad or Kindle: "I'd have to say iPad."

Would play me in a movie: "Goofy or Jim Carrey."

I can't live without my "family and friends."

Reality show I would definitely win: "Maybe 'Fear Factor'. I'm not really grossed out by eating bugs or doing something with bugs."

Amy-Eloise Neale

Glacier Peak

Class: Freshman | Height: 5-10

Sports: Cross country, track and field

Cross-country rewind: Although she doesn't turn 15 until August, Amy-Eloise was named Gatorade state cross-country runner of the year after winning the Class 3A state championship in 18 minutes, 8 seconds in Pasco.

Track rewind: Set a state-meet record in the 3,200 (10:31.75) and also won the 1,600 (4:54.82) and was part of a 1,600 relay that took sixth.

Quotable: "I think she's just driven to achieve goals. Self-motivation, I think. She's built confidence with the success she has had," said Elizabeth Neale, Amy-Eloise's mother.

Family ties: Amy-Eloise was born in England, where she lived until she was 4. Her mother was a high-school sprinter in England.

Favorite moment: "It was either at the state cross-country meet or the BorderClash (in Beaverton, Ore.). Our school was only 2 years old, and it was our first school championship. I was the first person (from Glacier Peak) who'd won also at BorderClash. That was a really prestigious meet. It was kind of like a second state meet except with Oregon as well."

Worst sport: "I've never really tried any other sports really. Ever since I was little, I just liked to run. I wasn't interested in many other sports."

The future: "For high school, one of my big goals is to win state and repeat what I did this year (win cross country and two distance track titles). Even though I know it would be tough, I want to push myself to do it again. I thought it would be cool to do that all four years. It's a hard goal, but I'm going to try to go for it."

Next vacation: "I'm going to England in August."

One day I "would like to go to the Olympics. I guess you never know what can happen."

Guilty pleasure: "Chocolate and ice cream."

iPad or Kindle: "I probably would say the iPad. It's not like I have either one."

Would play me in a movie: "That's a hard one. I don't have much time to watch much TV, so I'm not sure. I don't know. Sorry."

I can't live without my "running shoes and books."

Reality show I would definitely win: "I don't really watch much TV, so I don't know really."

Boys athlete of the year

Kasen Williams wasn't satisfied with his sophomore success. He went into his junior year with lofty goals and raised his game to meet them. From helping Skyline win its third straight state football title, to becoming an integral part of the basketball team's surprise run, he only solidified his place as the state's top athlete.

While he was catching touchdown passes and throwing down tip-dunks, he was also working toward making the most difficult decision he has faced, choosing where to play college football.

He has been meticulous, slowly ruling out some of the top schools in the nation, based on criteria like his relationship with the coaching staffs and the ability to also compete on the track team. As one of the top recruits in the nation, Williams' list of suitors is long and distinguished and, with the help of his family, he's worked diligently to make the right choice.

"I didn't make any decisions about a school until I saw what they were all about," Williams said. "That took a lot of time because I'm busy with three sports and I'm always doing something."

He understands this decision not only impacts his four years in college, but the rest of his life. Williams plans to visit a few more universities — Notre Dame, Arkansas and Louisiana State — but has narrowed his list to 10 schools as he continues working through the process.

Mason Kelley

Girls athlete of the year

Alexi Morton lost nearly a year of athletics, but never her sense of humor. And her comeback from a serious knee injury has been nothing short of spectacular.

Morton spent most of her junior year at Auburn Mountainview recovering from a torn ACL in her right knee, suffered in an early volleyball match. She rebounded with a remarkable senior campaign that included state appearances in volleyball, gymnastics and track and field.

"Lexi is the most gifted female athlete I have ever seen," said Mountainview volleyball coach Momi Bowles. Morton is only 5 feet 8, but has a vertical jump of about 30 inches. She was a club gymnast for several years, but quit before her freshman year.

"I've always had a love/hate relationship with gymnastics," Morton said.

She took up volleyball and track and field and competed in high-school gymnastics, leading the Lions to a state title last winter.

Morton missed many recruiting opportunities while sidelined as a junior, but is receiving interest from track-and-field coaches at Washington State and Boise State. She buoyed her chances by winning the high-school state heptathlon last weekend.

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