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Douglas girls named to All Sierra League

by Chuck Smock, Record-Courier sports editor

Douglas senior goalkeeper Ashley Sulprizio and junior midfielder Kali Schmidt have been selected to the all-Sierra League first team in voting conducted by league coaches.

Sulprizio posted three shutouts in the playoffs to help the Tigers win their first 4A Northern Nevada Region title last week. She was also named Co-Defensive Player of the Year along with Carson’s Allison Kop.

Schmidt scored both goals in her team’s 2-0 win over Reed High in the Region championship game.

Douglas’ Tracey Hawks was voted Midfielder of the Year.

Douglas juniors Amber Gwinn and Jessica Girdner each received second-team recognition.

Gwinn was honored for her play at forward. She scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Elko in the first round of the playoffs and had the game-winning assists in the semifinals and the finals.

Girdner picked up second-team honors at midfield.

Tigers seniors Abby Aldrich (forward) and Kelsey Newell (stopper) and junior Kristie Gearty (sweeper) received honorable mention recognition.

“I’m really happy for Ashley and Kali,” Douglas coach Fred Schmidt said of the Tigers’ first-team selections. “I thought they really deserved it. They were impact players for us and I think other coaches realized that.

“I was a little disappointed Kristie Gearty and Amber Gwinn didn’t get a little more recognition. But it was nice to nice to see two kids get first team, and two get second team and three get honorable mention. That shows the depth we had.”

Voting for the all-league team was conducted before the Region tournament. Coaches were allowed to nominate two players from their own team at forward, two at midfield, two at defender and one at goalkeeper. Coaches were restricted on the number of their own players they could vote for.

“The way the voting is done, there’s almost a certainty that one or two players from each team get in,” Coach Schmidt said. “Maybe that’s good for the players on the teams that aren’t as successful, but it also means that other players who deserve recognition don’t get it.”

SIERRA LEAGUE

Offensive player of the Year

Erin Steiber, Carson

Midfielder of the Year

Tracey Hawks, Douglas

Co-Defensive players of the year

Ashley Sulprizio, Douglas

Allison Kop, Carson

Coach of the Year

Patti Stoddard, Hug

First team

Forwards

Kylie Miller, Wooster

Jen Galea, S. Tahoe

Lindsay Carlin, Reno

Midfielders

Kali Schmidt, Douglas

Danyel Gish, Wooster

Jamie Martino, Hug

Erin Steiber, Carson

Defenders

Jackie Lippman, Hug

Allison Kop, Carson

Jessica Perasso, S. Tahoe

Goalkeeper

Ashley Sulprizio, Douglas

Second team

Forwards

Patty Lippman, Hug

Reggie Braun, S. Tahoe

Amber Gwinn, Douglas

Midfielders

Jessica Girdner, Douglas

Erika Slingland, Hug

Brenda Shaylor, Wooster

Allison Williamson, Carson

Defenders

Lidia Cruz, Wooster

Rachel Schuster, Reno

Roxana Moran, Wooster

Goalkeeper

Krissy Rose, Carson

Honorable mention (Douglas only)

Abby Aldrich, Douglas

Kelsey Newell, Douglas

Kristie Gearty, Douglas

HIGH DESERT LEAGUE

Co-Offensive Player of the Year

Amy Jackson, Galena

Sherika Hardaway, Reed

Midfielder of the Year

Patricia Garrik, Galena

Defensive Player of the Year

Sierra Malan, Reed

Coach of the Year

Sean Canty, Galena

First team

Forwards

Sherika Hardaway, Reed

Amy Jackson, Galena

Annie Baxter, Galena

Midfielders

Sierra Malan, Reed

Julie Viette, Sparks

Patricia Garrik, Galena

Brandi Hooiman, Elko

Defenders

Tiffini Thomas, Galena

Sarah Sydenham, Reed

Shannon Keller, Elko

Goalkeeper

Jen Mavis, Reed

Second team

Forwards

Mandy Herald, Reed

Amy Porath, Sparks

Jessica Tsu, Elko

Midfielders

Lisa Basl, McQueen

Erin Galio, Reed

Tiffany Lee, Elko

Megan Baumbach, Galena

Defenders

Kristen Viette, Sparks

Nicole McManus, Reed

Jillian Cromwell, Fallon

Goalkeepers

Ryanne Vance, Elko