The Bullpup girls soccer team gave Gonzaga Prep fandom a thrilling ride this season!
The well-balanced team made a strong run at the state title after steamrolling the Greater Spokane League and riding a 12-game win streak into the playoffs. They added to the wins by sweeping through districts and the early rounds of the state tourney before coming up just short of the title game. The Bullpups brought home a 3rd place trophy with 2-1 win over Inglemoor last weekend. And while notching the wins on the field, the team also excelled in the classroom, named WIAA Academic State Champs for their cumulative team GPA of 3.91.
“This team is just the most well-rounded team I’ve ever coached at any level,” head coach Billy Barmes told the Pup Sports Podcast. “Our team defense improved steadily throughout the season. ”
The All-GSL girls soccer teams were loaded with Bullpups: Offensive MVP: Chelsea Le. First Team: Campbell Seibold, Maddy Szacik, Alaina O’Connell and Eden Elliot. Second Team: Kyah Le, Maria Strasser. Honorable Mention: Grace Batkoff.
A young Bullpup football team found its legs after a St. Ignatius Prep setback and won the Greater Spokane League title before a second-round exit in the state playoffs. Read a complete analysis from Nathan Alford `11, producer of the Pup Sports Podcast.
In Cross Country, our runners found both team and individual successes. Boys placed second as a team at the Bellarmine Invitational where senior Jonas Bears took first place and Sam Anderson finished 9th. Sophomore Noelani Krauss finished 7th for varsity girls. At season’s end, Bears and Anderson both qualified for and competed at state: Bears ran a personal best of 15:21, earning a 5th place finish and a spot on the medals stand. Anderson finished 27th in the field of 165.
On a team with just 3 seniors, Bullpups volleyball played several rounds into the GSL/MCC district playoffs, falling short of a state berth. In mid-October, the team nearly beat eventual 3A state champs Mt. Spokane, taking them to 5 sets. Junior Jacyn Bamis earned 1st team All-GSL honors and senior Hannah Wood was named to All-GSL 2nd team.
Girls softball notched 5 wins in its first season under head coach John Dressler. Pitcher Callie Babbin earned a first-team All-GSL selection.