Spartan track, soccer and lacrosse aim high | 2016 Spring Sports Previews

The Sumner track and field team will once again be a force in the South Puget Sound League and at the state meet. Last season the boys took 10th at state and the girls 14th.

Sumner High School senior Kolby Nikolaisen shines in a variety of events for the Spartans

Returnees anchor strong track and field program

The Sumner track and field team will once again be a force in the South Puget Sound League and at the state meet.

Last season the boys took 10th at state and the girls 14th.

The Spartans have a strong team of returning and new athletes.

A few to watch for include senior Emma Bakke in sprints, junior Rhaven Dean in javelin and other events, sophomore distance runner Emma Sjolund, Jordan Thompson in sprints and jumping events, sophomore sprinter Samantha Larberg and Kinsey Saiz a senior jumper.

Soccer team aims for place in 3A state tournament

The Spartan boys soccer team opens the season at 7 p.m. on its home turf today, Wednesday, against Bellevue.

Sumner will be looking to move up to the state tournament this season after missing last season.

The Spartans finished fifth in the district tournament in 2015. The top four moved to state out of the district matches.

Sumner won 12 last year and expectations will be high for the team this year.

Tennis girls looking to improve on six-win season

The Spartans girls tennis team is ready to start the season, although the weather has been less than nice to the girls.

Sumner will be building off a six-win season last year.

Once the weather begins acting like spring the girls will have a shot to move to the district and advance to state.

The Spartans will host Enumclaw 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Lacrosse crew after even more during second season

The Sumner lacrosse team is planning for a big time second season with good reason.

The team made the semi-final round of Division II in 2015.

Coach Dan Lancaster wrote in an email, “Based on our strong finish in our inaugural year we were moved up to Division I in Washington state lacrosse and we feel we will be competitive with our new challenge.”

Returning players that the coach expects to be key contributors are Henry Echternkamp, Dawson Cutright and Quinault Mackey.

Lancaster is entering his 13th year on the sidelines and second year coaching lacrosse in Sumner.

Sumner hosts Union at 3 p.m. Saturday.

 

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