(Pictured: Hess, Parks, Wolz, Beall)
SEATTLE – Camas High School’s Jack Beall, Wenatchee High School’s Mitchell Parks, Lake Stevens High School’s Meaghan Hess and Sammamish High School’s Sophie Wolz were named by US Lacrosse as Washington High School Players of the Week for the week of March 21 - 27.
Beall plays for King’s Way High School in Vancouver, Wash, Parks plays for Wenatchee Valley Lacrosse, Hess plays for Snohomish and Wolz plays for Bellevue East, all programs that draw from high schools within their communities.
The US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week in Boys and Girls Division I and II is selected based on exceptional performance and sportsmanship on the field of play by the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association and the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association. The award is presented weekly by the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse and the Washington Stealth.
The players of the week will be honored by the Washington Stealth at the Saturday, April 9 home game with the Minnesota Swarm. The game gets underway at 7:30 p.m. at Everett’s Comcast Arena. To learn more about US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week visit www.StealthLAX.com .
Boys Division I
Camas, Wash. – Sophomore, Attack, Camas High School (King’s Way)
Camas High School sophomore attackman Jack Beall, the second leading scorer in boys Division I, contributed 22 points in King’s Way’s wins over Puyallup and Lake Tapps. The 6-1, 165 pounder’s 15 goals and 7 assists combined with 8 ground balls helped the Knights complete the week outscoring their opponents 33 – 9. Beall’s 8 goals and 4 assists in a 15 – 3 win over Puyallup and 7 goals and 3 assists in an 18 – 6 win over Lake Tapps, helped the Knights advanced to a perfect 4-0-0 record to start the Boys Division I high school lacrosse season.
Beall maintains a 3.90 GPA and is a highly skilled crossover athlete at Camas. As a freshman, while playing for King’s Way, Beall led the state in lacrosse assists with 42 and finished 10th overall in scoring with 53 points. That summer, he led all scorers on the Lake Oswego team that took a silver medal at the Under 16 World Lacrosse Championships in Manchester, England. In football, Beall earned a letter as a sophomore wide receiver helping the Papermakers advance to this fall’s semifinal round of the state 3A tournament.
Boys Division II
Wenatchee, Wash. – Junior, Midfield, Wenatchee High School (Wenatchee Valley)
Wenatchee High School, junior midfielder Mitchell Parks, contributed 15 points in Wenatchee’s wins over Roosevelt and Garfield High Schools. Parks, the fourth leading scorer in boys Division II, netted 10 goals and 5 assists and scooped up 16 ground balls to help Wenatchee outscore its opponents 27 – 11 during the week. His 6 goals and 1 assist fuelled a 16 – 2 win over the Roughriders and 4 goals and 4 assists powered an 11 – 9 win over the Bulldogs.
Parks was one of the original youth to embrace lacrosse in the Wenatchee Valley, starting play in 2006 as a 6th grader. A starter for Wenatchee Valley Lacrosse as a sophomore and junior, the 5-8, 130 pound Parks was named First Team All-State in Division II high school lacrosse as a sophomore and was named team MVP Salisbury University’s All-World Lacrosse Camp. In 2009, as a freshman he was the only eastern Washington player selected to the Washington Under 15 team that played at the U-15 National Championships in Baltimore.
In the classroom, Parks maintains a 3.71 GPA while taking a full load of advanced placement and honors classes. When he’s not hitting the books, Parks studies classical guitar, plays alto sax in the school band and participates in Earth Club, a group of Wenatchee High students focused on environmental stewardship in the Wenatchee Valley. He is also involved in Upper Valley Connections, which helps mentally-challenged youth and young adults participate in sports, Salvation Army Christmas gift distribution, Wenatchee Valley’s Make a Difference Day and through his involvement in the Wenatchee High School French Club, visited 7 eastern and western European countries in 2007.
Girls Division I
Lake Stevens, Wash. – Senior, Attack, Lake Stevens High School (Snohomish)
Lake Stevens High School, senior attack Meaghan Hess, contributed 13 points in Snohomish’s win over Seattle Prep and tie with Issaquah. In Snohomish’s 19 – 5 defeat of Seattle Prep, the four-year starter and three-year captain netted 7 goals and 2 assists and later netted 4 goals to help salvage a 16 – 16 tie with Issaquah. Her on-field success helped lift Snohomish to an 8-0-1 overall record including a perfect 6-0-0 pre-season tournament record against Utah, California, Nevada and Arizona high schools. Hess, who has played lacrosse since taking up a stick as a New York second grader, was named All-State as both a sophomore and a junior and received All-American honorable mention honors as a junior, where she helped her team advance to the semifinals in the state tournament. Hess has signed a national letter of intent to play for Monmouth University in New Jersey.
In the classroom, Hess maintains a 3.87 GPA and has been a member of the National Honor Society since her junior year. In the community, she is involved in Relay for Life, coaches 3rd and 4th grade youth lacrosse players and has taken an active role with her younger brother Patrick, who is living with Down Syndrome. This past year, along with volunteering with Washington Special Olympics, Hess organized a dozen of her Snohomish teammates to participate in the National Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk, raising over $1,000 in the name of her brother Patrick.
Girls Division II
Bellevue, Wash. – Junior, Attack, Sammamish High School (Bellevue East)
Sammamish High School junior attack, Sophie Wolz, contributed 25 points in Bellevue East’s two wins over Forest Ridge School and Ballard High School. Wolz netted 5 goals and 8 assists in an 18 – 14 win over Forest Ridge. The following day, she netted 7 goals and 5 assists to down Ballard 21 – 16. Bellevue East, which draws students from Interlake, Newport and Sammamish High Schools along with the Bellevue Christian School, is now 5-0-0 to start the Girls Division II high school season.
Since first grabbing a lacrosse stick in the 7th grade, Wolz has become a three-year starter and was a first team All-State selection as a sophomore in the highly successful Bellevue East program. At Sammamish High School, Wolz maintains a 3.71 GPA and earned varsity basketball letters in 2008 and 2009. She is also a 3-year player on the Mustangs’ soccer team where she was named captain of the JV squad this fall. When she’s not putting up points at Sammamish High School she practices Shit?-ry? karate where she wears a purple belt and is working toward her black belt.
In the community, Wolz volunteers with the Bellevue Farmer’s Market and participates in the Panera Bread “Doughnation” program delivering baked goods to area food banks. This past summer, she spent two weeks on a service mission in Africa, serving Rwanda’s Center for Champions – a school for street-youth and victims of genocide in the central African country.
About the US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week
The US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week in Boys and Girls Division I and II is selected based on exceptional performance and sportsmanship on the field of play by the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association and the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association. The award is presented weekly by the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse and the Washington Stealth. To learn more about US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week visit www.StealthLAX.com
About High School Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the US and in Washington state has experienced double-digit annual growth throughout the past decade. With a 33-year local history, more than 4,000 students attending over 100 WIAA schools now make up 154 individual boys and girls Varsity and JV teams across eastern and western Washington. Governed by the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association and the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association, the sport is played during a nine-week spring season capped by annual boys and girls state championships in late May. To learn more about lacrosse in Washington or to receive daily high school results, visit USLAX-WA.org or become a fan on facebook . To learn more about the history, traditions and values of lacrosse, college opportunities available to students, and the 21 US states now sanctioning high school lacrosse, visit USLacrosse.org.