I know the year just got started, but there’s already a couple of bright spots in 2017.
I’m not talking about the Blackhawk wrestling team’s recent success – though that’s pretty cool. What I’m referring to has to do with a couple of athletes on Cheney’s volleyball team: Rylie Pease and Taylor Gould.
Both Pease and Gould recently committed to different colleges. Pease committed to compete in track and field for Princeton while Gould signed to play for the Community Colleges of Spokane in volleyball.
I don’t cover track and field, so I can’t say much about Pease when it comes to that. She’s certainly got the accolades – two-time defending District 7 champion in the javelin, regional champion in 2016 and second and third place finishes at 2A state in 2015 and 2016 – and the overall athletic ability to make a splash in Princeton.
From a volleyball standpoint, Pease was one of the staples when it came to Cheney’s offense, but was also a good setter when she needed to step into that sport and a great leader. She was a first-team selection (2015 and 2016) and an honorable mention on the Eli Sports Network’s 2A state volleyball all-tournament team.
Gould was another rockstar on Cheney’s volleyball team, lighting up both offense and defense. Like Pease, Gould was a first-team selection the last two years.
Seeing Gould commit to CCS is special for me because I got my AA degree from Spokane Falls Community College – which is kind of the home base for CCS’ volleyball program. Although I’m a proud Eastern Washington Eagle, I’m a loyal Sasquatch.
But really, I just want to give props to both athletes for getting the opportunity to advance in their athletic careers.