Heritage, Woodland, Kalama students honored as Positive Athletes in state
Three local high school athletes were selected as Positive Athletes in their sport for the state of Washington in the 2019-20 school year.
Adria Jones of Heritage (volleyball), Isaiah Flanagan of Woodland (boys soccer), Ruby Jackson of Kalama (girls soccer) were honored Friday by Positive Athlete, an organization devoted to promoting positive aspects among student-athletes in six different states. The program was developed by former NFL standout Hines Ward.
According to the group, the seven definitions of a positive athlete are having an optimistic attitude, having a heart for others, being an encouraging teammate, admitting imperfections, putting team first, embracing service and always giving 100 percent effort.
Heritage athletic director Erik Gonzalez said Jones was nominated for being a positive role model and showing “positive leadership within Heritage High School and our community.”
Woodland athletic Paul Huddleston said Flanagan “is a high character athlete — in addition to being high performing — and that is what this is award is all about. He definitely is deserving of this recognition.”
Kalama soccer coach Pat Shipley said: “Ruby is an amazing teammate and role model. I’ve had the opportunity to coach her in soccer and track, and she has all of the above (characteristics) and more.”
Jones and Flanagan were 2020 graduates. Jackson will begin her senior year at Kalama in the fall.
Positive Attitude honored 21 students in various sports and activities, as well as two multi-sport standouts, two coaches and one school.
Fife swimmer Ryan Moreno and Ferris swimmer Emma Breckon each won $2,500 scholarships for being honored as the top overall Positive Athletes in Washington for 2019-20.
Here is the list of other honorees:
- Football: Landen Bruce, Rainier Christian
- Softball: Ryleee Desautel, Inchelium
- Boys cross country: Koina Kabuu, Mt. Tahoma
- Girls cross country: Jenni Bissell, Central Valley
- Cheerleading: Madeline Brock, Shorewood
- Boys basketball: Aaron Boyea, Asotin
- Girls basketball: Sarah Mullen, Waterville
- Wrestling: Blade Gray, Spanaway Lake
- Boys swimming: Ryan Moreno, Fife
- Girls swimming: Emma Breckon, Ferris
- Boys tennis: Rolando Le, Cascade
- Girls tennis: Jamie Christiansen, Meadowdale
- Boys track and field: Kainoa Figueira, Mt. Spokane
- Girls track and field: Kirsten Miller, Waitsburg
- Boys golf: Ty Albrecht, Enumclaw
- Girls golf: Moriah Frisby, Meadowdale
- Baseball: Bashaun Williams, Darrington
- Alternative sports: Korin Baker, Lakewood
- Male multi-sport: Keanu Mailito, Auburn Mountainview
- Female multi-sport: Louellen Reed, Oakesdale
- Coach: Dan Teeter, Lakewood
- Coach: Cheryl Singer, Cle Elum-Roslyn
- School: Central Valley