Cornell senior Connor Drought, a Kamiak High School alum, competes during a match against Dartmouth on Oct. 29, 2022, in Ithaca, New York. (Eldon Lindsey / Cornell Athletics)

Cornell senior Connor Drought, a Kamiak High School alum, competes during a match against Dartmouth on Oct. 29, 2022, in Ithaca, New York. (Eldon Lindsey / Cornell Athletics)

Kamiak grad helps Cornell men’s soccer to Sweet 16

Plus, Lake Stevens alum Taylor Roe again earns All-American status, a host of locals earn NWAC volleyball honors and more.

Outside defenders don’t often put up big offensive numbers on the soccer field. But Connor Drought proved to be the exception to that rule, and both he and the Cornell Big Red have been beneficiaries.

Drought, a Kamiak High School graduate who’s now a senior left back on the Cornell University men’s soccer team, was named first-team All-Ivy League after a huge season. Drought produced three goals and eight assists in 17 games as the Big Red went 5-1-1 in league play and are 14-3-1 overall. The eight assists are tied for the team lead.

And Cornell isn’t done yet. The Big Red, who were seeded No. 14 to the NCAA Division I tournament, defeated Maryland 2-1 in the second round last Sunday in Ithaca, New York. Drought played the full game as Cornell won its first NCAA Tournament game since 1977.

Next up for Drought and Cornell is a game against third-seeded Syracuse at 11 a.m. Saturday in Syracuse, N.Y. The winner of that game advances to the elite eight.

Roe has another All-American run

Lake Stevens High School graduate Taylor Roe, now a senior on the Oklahoma State University women’s cross country team, earned another All-American honor as she finished 13th at the NCAA National Championship last Saturday in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Roe completed the 6-kilometer race in a time of 19 minutes, 56.4 seconds, which was 29 seconds behind the winner, North Carolina State’s Katelyn Tuohy. She helped the Cowgirls finish fourth in the team competition, which was the best finish in school history.

It was the third straight time Roe earned All-American status in cross country by finishing in the top 40 at nationals. Roe also has two first-team All-American honors in indoor track and field and one in outdoor track and field.

Two other Snohomish County natives competed in the race. Lynnwood High School graduate Malia Pivec, now a senior at Oregon, placed 132rd in 20:48.7, and Woodway native and King’s High School graduate Naomi Smith, now a sophomore at Washington, placed 158th in 20:58.9.

Johnston receives football all-conference honor

Snohomish High School graduate Josh Johnston, now a senior on the Colorado School of Mines football team, was named first-team All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference for the second consecutive season.

Johnston has 59 catches for 1,110 yards and eight touchdowns for an Orediggers team that is 10-2 and has reached the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. The Orediggers host Minnesota State on Saturday.

Locals named NWAC volleyball all-stars

Individuals with Snohomish County ties were littered across the Northwest Athletic Conference’s North Region volleyball all-star selections.

Leading the way on the first team were a pair of Glacier Peak High School graduates who helped Bellevue place third last Sunday at the NWAC Championship: sophomore right-sided hitter Meg Perry and sophomore defensive specialist Kate Hansen. Everett first-year outside hitter Malia Shepard (Arlington High School) and Edmonds first-year outside hitter Hailey Dreier were also first-teamers.

The second team included Everett sophomore outside hitter Erin Ingram (Jackson) and Edmonds first-year outside hitter Tara Murphy. Honorable mentions were Everett sophomore middle blocker Sarah Campfield (Snohomish) and Edmonds first-year libero Madison Ogawa.

Everett’s Whitney Williams was named the North Region’s Coach of the Year.

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