SEATTLE – Issaquah High School senior Kevin Powers, Everett High School junior Merrick Rutledge, Skyline High School sophomore Haley Mincin and Wenatchee High School senior Taylor Christensen were named by US Lacrosse as Washington High School Players of the Week for the week of April 18 - 24.
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 are jointly honored by US Lacrosse and the Washington Stealth professional lacrosse franchise in Everett. To learn more about the US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week visit www.StealthLAX.com.
Boys Division I
Issaquah, Wash. – Senior, Midfield, Issaquah High School
Issaquah High School senior Kevin Powers scored 9 goals and had 2 assists as Issaquah outscored its opponents 31 – 15 for two wins during the week. In Issaquah’s 14 – 8 win over Eastside Catholic, the 6-0, 185-pound midfielder netted 7 goals and grabbed 5 ground balls. Later in the week, Powers found the net for 2 goals and added 2 assists and 4 ground balls as Issaquah downed Vancouver’s King’s Way High School 17 – 7.
In his four year career at Issaquah, Powers has accumulated several remarkable accomplishments. As a junior, he was named to the Second Team All-State team and was a member of the Issaquah squads that won state titles in 2008 and 2009. In 2008 as a freshman, Powers was named the team’s rookie of the year.
A lacrosse player since the fifth grade where he was a member of the inaugural Issaquah Youth Lacrosse program in 2004, the dual US, Swedish citizen was selected this past summer to represent Sweden in the 2010 FIL World Lacrosse Championships in England. With competition consisting mainly of professional and collegiate lacrosse athletes, Powers gained valuable experience in the tournament where Sweden finished 10th of the 30 teams from around the globe. He had 16 goals and 4 assists to finish second in scoring for Team Sweden and 36th overall in the tournament.
In the classroom, Powers maintains a 3.30 GPA. He will play NCAA lacrosse at the Dominican University of California where he plans to pursue studies in marketing, public relations and sports management.
In the community, Powers is a math tutor for local youth, camp counselor at Vasa Camp and is an active Issaquah Schools volunteer through its annual phone-a-thon. Powers has also helped with several local park projects through the Issaquah Schools Foundation.
Powers is one of two Issaquah lacrosse players to receive US Lacrosse Washington Player of the Week honors for the Week of April 18 – 24. Skyline High School’s Haley Mincin also received the honor for her play in girls Division I.
Boys Division II
Lynnwood, Wash. – Junior, Goaltender, Everett High School
Everett High School junior Merrick Rutledge recorded 45 saves during the week including 25 in Everett’s first-ever win as a program. The 6-1, 145-pound stopper was critical in the win over San Juan as he compiled a 66 percent save percentage to defeat the 2010 Division II state championship runners-up on their home field in Friday Harbor. Earlier in the week, Rutledge logged a 71 percent save percentage in Everett’s loss to Whatcom. With his efficiency in goal for the week, the Division II state leader in shots received, ranks among the top eight goaltenders in save percentage in Division II play.
A talented and versatile athlete, Rutledge excels at lacrosse, swimming and cross country. A lacrosse player since the sixth grade, Rutledge first took up a stick and ball with the Mukilteo youth lacrosse program as a 12-year-old. With Everett lacrosse, Rutledge was elected by his team-mates as team captain both as a sophomore and junior. In swimming, Rutledge is a three-year letter winner at Everett, qualifying for districts in the 100m breaststroke and 200m IM. As a harrier, Rutledge is a three-year member of his school’s cross country team.
In the classroom, Rutledge carriers a 3.40 GPA where he is active in the Seagull’s debate club. Following graduation, Rutledge plans to study business and education. He is exploring several western colleges including Chapman and Grand Canyon Colleges, Whittier, Portland State and Washington and Washington State universities.
In the community, Rutledge is active as a Young Life student leader where he helps organize the global Christian ministry’s activities with Everett High School and with middle school youth throughout Snohomish County. This past summer, Rutledge attended Young Life’s Frontier Ranch in Buena Vista, Colorado where he was selected from youth around the country to participate in the camp’s “Pits” crew. This summer, Rutledge plans to serve at the program’s Malibu Club on Princess Louisa Inlet in British Columbia, Canada.
Girls Division I
Sammamish, Wash. – Sophomore, Midfield, Skyline High School (Issaquah Lacrosse)
Skyline High School sophomore Emily Mincin chalked-up 8 points including 6 goals and 2 assists to lead Issaquah’s lacrosse program to wins over Tacoma and rival Mercer Island. But it wasn’t just her scoring that helped Issaquah rack-up 37 goals during the week, it was Mincin’s success on faceoffs. In her two games, the 5-foot, 9-inch league leader in draw controls was formidable, commandeering 28 faceoffs during the week. In Issaquah’s 22 – 8 win over Tacoma, Mincin netted 3 goals an assist and won 17 face-offs. Two days later, she scored 2 goals and an assist and won an additional 11 draws.
Mincin is in her second year playing for the Issaquah lacrosse program, which draws students from Issaquah, Skyline and Eastlake High Schools. As a freshman, Mincin received Division II First Team All-State honors as a midfielder and led Division II in draw controls, finishing the season with 93. In 2011, she was selected to the Washington state regional lacrosse team.
In the classroom, Mincin maintains a 3.50 GPA and is active with her school’s DECA program.
Along with her sisters Katie and Haley, who also play lacrosse for Issaquah, Mincin raised over $4,500 for Invisible Children at Skyline High School benefitting the plight of Ugandan child soldiers. For their success, the Mincin sisters’ community service project earned a berth in the national DECA competition. Mincin is also a two-year participant in Relay for Life at Skyline, teaches lacrosse to youth in the Issaquah community and will travel to South Africa this summer as a part of the Washington Cultural Exchange Program.
Mincin is one of two Issaquah lacrosse players to receive US Lacrosse Washington Player of the Week honors for the Week of April 18 – 24. Issaquah High School’s Kevin Powers also received the honor for his play in boys Division I.
Girls Division II
Wenatchee, Wash. – Senior, Attack, Wenatchee High School (Wenatchee Valley Lacrosse)
Wenatchee High School senior Taylor Christensen logged 16 points including 12 goals and 4 assists and grabbed 10 ground balls as Wenatchee finished the week with a 2 – 1 record. In Wenatchee’s 15 – 11 defeat of Mercer Island, Christensen scored 6 goals and grabbed 3 ground balls. After scoring a goal and grabbing 4 ground balls in a 10 – 7 loss to Forest Ridge, Christensen rebounded to fire home 5 goals and contribute 3 assists in a 19 – 2 win over Tahoma.
Christensen is a multi-sport athlete in the Wenatchee community competing in lacrosse and swimming. In lacrosse, the 5-foot, 7-inch Christensen, only took up the sport as a sophomore and has excelled ever since. Earning the respect of her teammates and coaches, she was elected team captain for her senior season.
A star swimmer, Christensen owns four letters at Wenatchee High and was elected team captain as senior. During her career she helped the Panthers to district team championship titles as a freshman, junior and senior. As a junior and senior she reached the state finals in the 400m free relay and 200m free relay. For her success, as junior she was named Honorable Mention All-Conference as a junior and senior in the 200m IM Relay. First Team All-Conference as a junior and senior in the 400m Freestyle Relay.
In the classroom, Christensen maintains a 3.92 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars. She is involved in Wenatchee High’s Academic Challenge, Freshman Ignite, Future Business Leaders of America, Christmas Basket Project and is a Panther Triathlon participant.
In the community, she traveled to Mexico as a volunteer to build houses in Ensenada as a part of a First Presbyterian Church of Wenatchee mission. Christensen has also volunteered her time with the local Mothers of Mali Interact Club where she helped raise more than $11,000 to build a women’s clinic and clean restrooms in West African Gouana. She is also a Washington Special Olympics volunteer and participates with the local Humane Society, Salmon Festival, Bruce Hotel Canned Food Drive and is a “Math is Cool” proctor.
Christensen is the second Wenatchee High School student to receive US Lacrosse Washington Player of the Week honors during the 2011 season. Wenatchee’s Mitchell Parks is a two-time recipient of the award this season.
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.