The class is highlighted by WPFC Alumnus Darwin Jones
Seattle University Midfielder/Defender
Kelly Beck is a physical midfielder/defender and four-year varsity starter hailing from Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, Wash. She competed with Washington Premier FC from 2004 to 2012, serving as team captain since 2005. At Bellarmine Prep, she was All-Narrows Honorable Mention (freshman and sophomore years), All-Narrows First-Team (junior and senior years), All-Area Honorable Mention (senior year), All-State Honorable Mention (senior year), Defensive Player of the Year (sophomore year), Team MVP (junior year), and Most Inspirational (senior year). She also helped lead her team to state all four seasons, where the team finished second during her senior season. Academically, Beck was an ASB Athletic Activities Representative, a National Honor Society member, received the Archdiocese of Seattle Student Award for Leadership in Community Building and Service, won the Graduate at Graduation Scholarship, and was voted by her class to be one of two recipients of the 110% Award during her sophomore and junior years.
Western Washington University Midfielder/Forward
First-team Tacoma News Tribune All-Area and South Puget Sound League 3A all-star as junior at Bonney Lake High School ... Helped Panthers to 16-2-1 record, SPSL title and first round of Class 3A state playoffs, losing 3-2 on penalty kicks to Lakeside that snapped 12-game win streak ... Had 15 goals and led league with 15 assists ... Named school’s Male Athlete of the Year ... One letter ... Also lettered one year in football ... Transfer from Ponderosa High School in Parker, Colorado ... Did not play as sophomore because of torn ACL ... Honorable mention all-Continental League all-star as freshman ... Played one year with Seattle Sounders FC Academy and another with Washington Premier FC Academy. Austin will be joining fellow WPFC Alumnus Bryan Hall and Andrew Weishaar currently rostered with the Vikings.
Dominique Dismuke University of Washington, Forward
Out of Decatur HS in Federal Way, Wash., Dismuke was ranked the No. 7 player in the west by TopDrawerSoccer.com. He played club ball with the Seattle Sounders and earned all-conference honors the last three years and all-city for two seasons. He scored nine goals in the USSDA in 2009 and in 2010 at DHS he led them to an 8-5-3 record with 14 goals, five assists and four multi-goal games. He was a part of the SUM U-17 Cup Sounders Academy Team that had a good summer. Dismuke currently leads the Sounders 18s team and ranks first in the Northwest Academy Division in scoring with 11 goals.
"In our opinion, Dom is the best senior forward in the state," Clark said. "He has the ability to stretch defenses with his pace, but also has very good feet and has a nose for goal. He is one of the top scorers in the academy league at the half way point in the season and I’m sure he will continue to find the net for the rest of this season and in seasons to come."
Ian Grissom Seattle Pacific University, Forward
Ian is a talented striker and three year varsity starter from Gig Harbor HS in Gig Harbor, Wash. A WCDA All-Star and vital piece of the WPFC ’93 Black 2012 USYS Washington State Championship squad. Grissom is Gig Harbor's active leading scorer with 31 goals the past three years. This past winter Ian helped lead WPFC registering 28 goals during the season. Ian joins fellow WPFC Alumnus Evan Robicheau, who is a sophomore for the falcons.
Western Washington University, Forward/Midfielder
First-team Class 4A all-state pick as senior at Bellarmine Prep ... Tacoma News Tribune All-Area Player of the Year and All-City selection ... Narrows League MVP for second consecutive season and first-team Narrows League all-star for fourth straight year ... Twice Tacoma Athletic Commission Student-Athlete of the Year ... Led Lions to 17-2-1 record, league title and final of Class 4A state playoffs ... Had 21 goals and had 12 assists ... Team captain, Team MVP for second time and Offensive MVP for fourth time ... Honorable mention all-state as junior ... Helped squad to 17-1-2 record, league championship, and state quarterfinals ... Sophomore ... Also played on state quarterfinal teams as sophomore and freshman ... Started and lettered four years ... Also earned two letters in track. Stephanie will fellow WPFC Alumnae Taylor Abrass, Kelly Cates, Brianna Jones, Katherine Miccile, and Kayla Russ who are currently rostered for the Vikings
M. ’Keaton’ House
Colorado State University-Pueblo Midfielder
The CSU-Pueblo men’s soccer program has announced that Washington product Mark ’Keaton’ House has signed a letter of intent to play soccer with the ThunderWolves. House, a 5-foot-9 midfielder, was a team captain on the Washington Premier FC ’93 Black squad that won the U18 Washington state championship in 2012. A native of Federal Way, Wash., he attends Todd Beamer High School. "Keaton fits into our system very well," Pack coach Roy Stanley said. "He’s a great passer and works hard in every possible way. He’s a quality person and player, and we’re excited to have him join us."House is the fifth signee to the ’Class of 2012
University of Washington Forward
Jones graduated from Mt. Rainier High School in 2011 before spending the past year playing for Highline Community College. At Highline, he scored 15 goals with 10 assists and was named Team MVP. Jones is also an alumni of WPFC and the Seattle Sounders Academy where he led the team in goals scored in 2011.
Clark on Jones: "In my opinion, Darwin is likely the best attacking player entering college soccer next year. He has electric pace and great feet, which makes him a very tough matchup defender. He had a great season with Highline CC last year and before that was a standout for the Seattle Sounders Academy. He has big shoes to fill with the departure of Brent Richards, but I believe he’s ready to make a big impact."
Jasmin Jones Florida International University, Defender
Jasmin didn’t play for the Tides’ soccer program the past two seasons, opting to focus her energy on the high-level settings of Washington Premier FC and the state’s Olympic Development Program. Her skills and versatility — she can play outside or central defender — got her noticed by many schools, but she chose FIU last June.
“Just the energy of Miami was kind of what pulled me in,” Jones said. “And it was just such a different environment than it is here. Obviously, it’s warmer, but going down there and meeting all the players, and walking around the school, it just felt right.” When she spoke with Golden Panthers coach Thomas Chestnutt, she learned she’d have the opportunity to play immediately. “That’s really nice to hear, that I wouldn’t be sitting on the bench for the first two years, and I’d actually be getting on the field,” Jones said.
Ian Lange University of Washington, Defender
Lange, a strong physical defender, is on the U18 Seattle Sounders Academy team with fellow Husky signee Michael Gallagher. In high school he lettered in his first three seasons and looks to become one of the leaders on the team as a senior.
"Ian is a powerful defender that has already played with the Seattle Sounders reserve team," Clark said. "His ability to attack balls in the air is unmatched by any youth player I have seen this year. His toughness and intensity makes him a tough defender, but he also has a great range of passing and can help start the attack. His improvement over the last year has been incredible and if it continues, he has a huge playing future ahead."
Western washington Defender/Midfielder
Second-team Narrows League all-star for third straight year as junior at Bellarmine Prep ... Named team’s Most Improved award winner ... Helped Lions to second straight league title and to first round of Class 4A state tournament for third time... Scored 10 goals and had 12 assists ... Team MVP as junior and Most Improved as freshman ... Started and lettered three years ... Played two years for Seattle Sounders FC Academy and one year for Washington Premier FC Academy ... Also played on Federal Way Storm club team, helping it to three straight state tournament appearances from 2007 to 2009, reaching quarterfinals in 2009. Kurtis will be joining fellow WPFC Alumnus Bryan Hall and Andrew Weishaar currently rostered with the Vikings.
Cassidy Richmond Boise State University, Forward
Boise State women’s soccer head coach Steve Lucas announced, Thursday, Cassidy Richmond of Maple Valley, Wash., signed a letter of intent to join the Broncos. Richmond was a senior forward at Tahoma High School last fall. "Cassidy has speed and can score goals," Lucas said. "She has played on competitive clubs so she will be used to competing. We are excited about her joining us up front with her athleticism and the speed that she brings." Richmond was a four-year starter for Tahoma under head coach Jason Johnson. She helped the Bears to a second-place finish in 2010 as a junior and a third-place finish in 2011. The Bronco commit was a two time South Puget Sound League honoree during her final two interscholastic seasons.
In addition to playing soccer, Richmond was a four-year letter winner in track, winning a state title in the 4x100 relay in 2010. She was captain of both the soccer and track team her senior season. Cassidy will be joining fellow WPFC Alumnae Ali Clarkson, KT Clayton, and Avery Salisbury who are currently rostered for the Broncos.
Seattle University, Midfielder
Austin was one of 14 players on the Seattle Sounders FC 18-under Academy Team to sign to play college soccer this February. Sweeney is the consummate set-up man. The central midfielder has put together a stellar career at Beamer. As a junior, he totaled eight goals and seven assists and took a bulk of the Titans’ corner and free kicks.
Western Washington University, Defender
First-team Western Conference South Division all-star for second straight year as senior at Edmonds-Woodway High School ... Team captain and team MVP ... Scored six goals in helping Warriors to fourth consecutive district playoff appearances ... Played in WesCo North vs. South All-Star game as junior and senior ... All-league honorable mention as freshman ... Started and lettered four years ... Played three years in US Soccer Development Academy system, two with Washington Premier Academy and one with Sounders Academy. Jeremy will be joining fellow WPFC Alumnus Bryan Hall and Andrew Weishaar currently rostered with the Vikings.
Shelby Vaver University of Portland, Defender
Vander committed to the University of Portland women’s soccer program, announced head coach Garrett Smith. Vaver will join the Pilots as a freshman in the fall, and the Pilots expect to add three more recruits to the 2012 class. “Shelby is a quick, tenacious defender,” said Smith. “Seeing her late in the process was definitely a surprise, but we’re excited to have her here because she will fit in well with us.” “I am extremely excited,” Vaver said. “Playing soccer at a Division I school has been a goal of mine my entire life.” Vaver is a 5-4 defender for the Curtis High School Vikings. As a senior last fall, Vaver was named to the All-SPSL 4A First Team and to the Tacoma Weekly All-City Team. Vaver, Curtis’ Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, was also named the Tacoma Athletic Commission Curtis Girls Soccer Athlete of the Year in 2011. She helped the Vikings advance to the WIAA State Playoffs three times.
Kelsey Witker Boise State University, Defender
Boise State women’s soccer head coach Steve Lucas announced, Thursday, Kelsey Witker of Tacoma, Wash., signed a letter of intent to join the Broncos. Witker was a senior defender at Bellarmine Prepatory School. "Kelsey is a back that has experience in big games on a regular basis playing for the ECNL," Lucas said. "She’s a back-line kid and that’s where we lost a couple people this year so it will be an interesting battle in the preseason to see who gets the back-line spots." Witker was a four-year letter winner at Bellarmine Prep under head coach Joe Waters. The Lions won the Narrows League (4A) each of the four years she was there. Witker was a three-time All-Narrows First-Team selection at three different positions, starting at forward and moving back to defender by her senior season.
Outside of high school, Witker has played eight years with Washington Premiere FC. Kelsey will be joining fellow WPFC Alumnae Ali Clarkson, KT Clayton, and Avery Salisbury who are currently rostered for the Broncos.
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