Arlington’s Anthony Whitis (left) is one of the nominees for the The Herald’s 2019 Boys Athlete of the Year. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Arlington’s Anthony Whitis (left) is one of the nominees for the The Herald’s 2019 Boys Athlete of the Year. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Vote for The Herald’s 2019 Boys Athlete of the Year

Seniors from 27 high schools are nominated for the award.

Here are the seniors nominated for The Herald’s 2019 Boys Athlete of the Year. You can vote for your choice at the bottom of this page.

The Herald’s 2019 high school Athletes of the Year, selected by the Sports staff, will be announced later this month. The winners of the online voting will be announced at that time.

The athletes were nominated by their schools.

Voting closes at midnight on Monday, June 17.

Devin Moore, Archbishop Murphy (wrestling, lacrosse)

Moore was captain of both the wrestling and lacrosse teams. As a wrestler, he qualified for Mat Classic XXXI in the 195-pound weight class. He finished with a 3.43 grade-point average and was involved with DECA. He also provided community service during his senior year, which included helping schools in Mexico. He has been accepted into preparatory school for the U.S. Naval Academy.

Anthony Whitis, Arlington (football, basketball)

Whitis was a first-team Herald All-Area selection in basketball, as well as a first-team All-Wesco 3A/2A pick. As the Eagles’ point guard, he averaged 17.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists while leading Arlington to the Class 3A state regionals. Whitis also was a first-team All-Wesco 3A North selection at quarterback, where he totaled more than 2,700 yards and 31 touchdowns as a dual-threat signal caller.

Max Nelson, Cascade (football, swimming, track and field)

Nelson, who finished his career with 11 varsity letters, was a three-sport captain in football, swimming and track and field. He won the Class 4A Northwest District title in the 300-meter hurdles and qualified for state in the event. He also qualified for state in the 100 meters and was part of a state-qualifying 4×400 relay team. He received the Bruins’ most inspirational player award in football, where he was a first-team All-Wesco 4A linebacker and second-team running back. Nelson also maintained a 3.73 GPA and was named Dwayne Lane’s Boys Athlete of the Year in the Everett School District. He was the founding chairman of Young Americans for Freedom and he served as a student senate member, a middle-school youth group leader and a volunteer at middle-school track meets. He plans to attend Central Washington University.

Tyler Gray, Cedarcrest (football, baseball)

Gray received first-team All-Northwest 2A Lake Division football honors at both running back and defensive back, and was selected to play in this month’s all-state game. He also was a first-team All-Wesco 3A/2A South outfielder in baseball. He plans to attend Central Washington University and walk on to the football team.

Dawson Drews, Cedar Park Christian (football, basketball, track and field)

Drews was named the North Sound Conference’s Defensive Most Valuable Player in football and was a second-team Herald All-Area linebacker. The three-sport athlete also played basketball and was a thrower in track and field. He graduated with a 3.8 GPA and will attend Baylor University.

Danny Conlisk, Coupeville (cross country, track & field)

Conlisk won Class 1A state track and field titles in both the 200 and 400 meters and was the state runner-up in the 100 meters. He holds school records in all three events and also helped Coupeville’s 4×100 relay team claim a 1A Northwest/Sea-King bi-district title. In addition to captaining the Wolves’ track and field and cross country squads, Conlisk helped run a sports clinic for Coupeville’s elementary school as a member of the Captain’s Panel, which promotes leadership and service. He maintained a 3.03 GPA and has a scholarship to run track at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Andrew Olson, Everett (football, basketball, golf)

Olson helped the Seagulls’ golf team to a third-place finish at the Class 3A state tournament and finished tied for 14th individually. He was a captain for the basketball team and also participated in football. Olson maintained a 3.6 GPA and volunteered at the St. Vincent DePaul Food Bank, the Salvation Army and at school-sponsored events. He will attend Boise State University.

Noah Forman, Glacier Peak (basketball, track and field)

Forman was a second-team All-Wesco 4A selection in basketball, averaging 10 points and nine rebounds per game while helping the Grizzlies to the Class 4A Hardwood Classic. In track and field, he won the 4A Northwest District javelin title and qualified for state in the event. He maintained a 3.1 GPA and was an ASB officer. He will attend Western Washington University.

Caleb Sanders, Grace Academy (soccer, track & field)

Sanders earned a pair of medals at the Class 1B state track and field meet, placing third in the long jump and eighth in javelin. He also qualified for state in the shot put and 100 meters, and placed 17th in the state decathlon. He finished his track and field career with school records in both the long jump and pole vault. Sanders also led the Eagles’ soccer team in scoring and received first-team honors. He was a member of the school’s Student Leadership Council and is heavily involved in his church.

Jack Gresli, Granite Falls (football, basketball, baseball)

Gresli was a three-sport athlete for the Tigers. He was a first-team All-North Sound Conference catcher in baseball and a second-team all-conference linebacker in football, as well as a team captain. He also played on Granite Falls’ basketball team.

Ben Olesen, Jackson (football, basketball)

Olesen played quarterback on the Timberwolves’ football team and point guard on the basketball team, where he received first-team All-Wesco 4A and second-team Herald All-Area honors. He averaged 10 points, four assists and four rebounds per game in basketball, leading Jackson to a Wesco 4A title and a Class 4A Hardwood Classic appearance. Olesen also maintained a 3.5 GPA while taking multiple advanced placement and honors classes and participating in DECA. He was a Special Olympics volunteer, a Wolfpack mentor, a youth basketball referee and a volunteer coach. He will attend Washington State University.

Zach Stancik, Kamiak (cross country, track & field)

Stancik was a captain of the Knights’ cross country and track and field teams, and is a student representative on the school board. He is involved in advanced placement classes and referees club soccer games. He will attend Whitworth University.

Pierce Papke, King’s (cross country, track)

Papke placed second in the 300-meter hurdles at the Class 1A state track and field meet and helped the Knights’ 4×400 relay team to a state title. He also qualified for the 1A state cross country meet and was the school’s ASB president.

Chase Winkler, Lake Stevens (football, track and field)

Winkler was a three-year letter winner in both football and track and field. He qualified for the Class 4A state meet in both the 110-meter hurdles and 300 hurdles and placed 10th in the state decathlon. He also was a tight end and defensive back on the Vikings’ state runner-up football team. Winkler maintained a 3.95 GPA and received the school’s Bert Cronin Memorial Scholarship and Cliff Gillies Award. He will attend Washington State University.

Spencer Neiffer, Lakewood (football, basketball, track and field)

Neiffer was a first-team All-Northwest 2A Sky Division selection as a linebacker for the Cougars’ football team and also competed in basketball and track and field for Lakewood. In addition to his high school diploma, the senior will graduate with an associate degree from Everett Community College.

Alex Nguyen, Lynnwood (tennis, swim & dive, track and field)

Nguyen was a three-sport athlete who competed in tennis, swim and dive, and track and field. He placed sixth in the 100 meters and seventh in the 200 meters at the Class 3A state track and field championships. He also won a 3A Northwest District title in the 100 meters and helped the Royals’ state-qualifying 4×100 relay team claim a district crown. He maintained a 3.72 GPA and will attend the University of Washington to study aerospace engineering.

Zach Graham, Mariner (swim & dive, baseball)

Graham participated on the Marauders’ baseball and swim dive teams. He earned seven varsity letters and will continue his baseball career at Grays Harbor Community College.

Ryan King, Marysville Getchell (football, basketball, baseball)

King was a three-sport athlete for the Chargers in football, basketball and baseball. He was a second-team All-Wesco 3A North wide receiver in football and helped the Chargers’ basketball team to a program-record 11 wins. He maintained a 3.76 GPA and will graduate with an associate degree from Everett Community College.

Cade Tucker, Marysville Pilchuck (football, track & field)

Tucker received first-team Herald All-Area and first-team All-Wesco 3A North honors as an offensive lineman in football. He also won a Class 3A Northwest District title in the shot put and placed sixth in the event at the 3A state meet. He carries a 3.63 GPA.

Luke Klein, Monroe (tennis, baseball)

Klein was a four-year letter winner in both baseball and tennis. As a first-team All-Wesco 4A outfielder and a captain on the baseball team, he hit .325 and helped the Bearcats to their first state appearance since 1996. He also was named a second-team all-area outfielder by The Herald and was selected to play in the All-State Baseball Series. He maintained a 3.68 GPA and will attend Washington State University.

Trevor Leen, Mountlake Terrace (cross country, basketball, track and field)

Leen is a three-sport athlete and a member of the Hawks’ band program. He earned Eagle Scout honors for his work with Boy Scout Troop 60 of Mountlake Terrace. Leen carries a 3.84 GPA and plans to study industrial design.

David Rivera, Shorecrest (football, wrestling, track and field)

Rivera was a three-sport athlete for the Scots. As a wrestler, he qualified for Mat Classic XXXI in the 285-pound weight class. He also was an offensive and defensive lineman on the football team, and was a thrower in track and field. He maintained a 3.4 GPA and was a peer tutor.

Kaiden Graves, Shorewood (football, baseball)

Graves was a captain on the football team, where he received first-team all-area and first-team All-Wesco 3A/2A South honors at linebacker. He totaled four sacks, 12 tackles for loss and two interceptions, helping the Thunderbirds to their best season in years. He also was a second-team All-Wesco 3A/2A South infielder who helped Shorewood’s baseball team reach the 3A state tournament.

Tyler Massena, Snohomish (football, lacrosse, track and field)

Massena earned first-team All-Wesco 3A South honors as a running back, linebacker and kick returner while helping the Panthers’ football team to a conference title and its first state appearance since 2008. He also was a first-team Herald All-Area selection at running back after totaling nearly 2,000 yards from scrimmage and 30 offensive touchdowns, as well as two kick-return scores. In addition, Massena holds the track and field school record in the 200 meters and also participated on the Snohomish lacrosse team. The three-sport athlete will attend the Naval Academy on a track scholarship and plans to join the football team as an invited walk-on.

Kody Newman, South Whidbey (football, basketball, baseball)

Newman was a 12-time letter winner who played five different sports during his high school career. He was named the North Sound Conference’s most valuable player in basketball and earned first-team Class 1A all-state honors after averaging 23 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals per game. After playing on the Falcons’ tennis team for the previous three years, he played on the football team for the first time last fall and received first-team All-NSC honors at defensive back and second-team honors at quarterback. He also earned first-team all-conference recognition in baseball as a shortstop. Newman referees youth basketball games and was a student mentor for a gym class for special-needs students. He carried a 3.32 GPA and plans to play junior-college basketball.

Wyatt Tayon, Stanwood (football, wrestling, track & field)

Tayon was a first-team All-Wesco 3A North offensive lineman in football and qualified for Mat Classic XXXI as a wrestler in the 285-pound weight class. He also claimed fourth place in the shot put at the Class 3A state track and field meet and was a state qualifier in the discus. Tayon maintained a 3.93 GPA and will attend Pacific Lutheran University, where he will join the football and track and field teams.

Luke Weaver, Sultan (wrestling)

Weaver earned a third-place Class 1A state finish at 126 pounds in Mat Classic XXXI and finished his high school career as a four-time state wrestling participant, including a state title at 120 pounds in 2018. He carried a 3.52 GPA and earned the Sultan Education Foundation Scholarship and the Sultan Schoolmates Reunion Scholarship.


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