Kamiak closes out tough season | Lacrosse

By David Pan | May 09, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Kamiak’s Justin Walberg-Smith looks to pass the ball against Glacier Peak Tuesday, April 24, at Kamiak High School. The Knights lost 6-3.

A season that started with much promise ended on a somewhat disappointing note.

The Knights wrapped up the season with a 7-6 loss to Monroe on Friday, May 4, at Monroe High School. Kamiak missed the playoffs, finishing with a 2-9 record in the Wesco 4A and a 3-13 overall mark.

Coach Bryan McClure noted that the team began the year with a roster of 23 players, a significant increase from the previous season.

Unfortunately injuries and other conflicts eventually began to have an impact on the team.

The Knights settled on a starting lineup that featured five upperclassmen and five underclassmen.

“It was just hard every night as a coach,” McClure said. “At practices, we had different groups of guys showing up. It was hard to build any traction when we were dealing with that issue.”

The younger players saw significant playing time, which bodes well for the future, but McClure said that the high pressure of varsity action might have been a little much for some of the freshmen at times.

“They were thrown into the fire,” McClure said. “I was very impressed with how they finished the season given the circumstances. We played a lot of close games.”

The month of April wasn’t kind to the Knights as they lost 10-9 to non-league opponent Camas, 12-11 in overtime to non-league opponent Mount Si, 6-3 to Glacier Peak and 7-5 to Cascade.

“Given what we had I think we did pretty well,” McClure said.

Two freshman – Ayden Nelson of Mariner and Carson Doyle of Kamiak – ended up being the only two Knights to play in every game this season.

McClure added that Kamiak’s two best players were seniors Ben Barton and Joe Prikhodko

“Both were standout players on the team,” McClure said. “Those two will be missed.”

Prikhodko plans to continue his lacrosse career at Hartford College in Connecticut.

Kamiak should be in good shape next season with the return of the majority of the roster, except for a looming decision by the state governing board that may force Kamiak to split into two teams – Kamiak and Mariner.

The Knights only had three players from Mariner High School with all the rest from Kamiak. One player is home schooled. Given the resources in the area, McClure said he has his doubts about whether Mariner would be able to attract enough players to form a new team. A final decision would be made later in the year, McClure said.

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