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December Student Spotlight

Dallas Isaak

Dallas Isaak is a senior at Almira Coulee Hartline High School in Coulee City. A true leader and active participant in three sports and numerous clubs, Isaak is one of the WIAA’s Activities Matter Student Spotlights for the month of December.

Isaak led the Almira Coulee Hartline Warriors to the 2015 1B State Football Championship over Lummi Nation, winning 46-42. He scored two touchdowns, rushed for 185 yards, and led the team in tackles (12.5). The Warriors’ State Title comes after two losing seasons in 2013 and 2014.

“The only way we could go was up,” said Isaak about the 2014 season, in which the Warriors only won two games. The State Championship was especially sweet for Isaak, a three-year captain.

“Dallas is the only kid in his class who has played football all four years,” said Head Coach Brandon Walsh. “To have a kid like him, who stuck it out through those tough years, put in the great effort and was a leader, for him to have his career finish the way it did as a senior was pretty special.”

Isaak’s efforts on the gridiron this past year earned him all-league honors, as well as KREM News All-Area Offensive MVP. In basketball he was named to the all-league team the past two years. For baseball, he was recognized on the all-league team since he was a freshman. Isaak is a three-year team captain for basketball and baseball, as well.

“I think it is important to be involved, especially in such a small school,” said Isaak, who also participates in FBLA, Knowledge Bowl, math team and drama. “It’s fun and you get to find out what you like and what you don’t like.”

Coach Walsh agrees on the importance of activities for high school students.

“For me as a teacher and a coach, I see extracurricular activities as an extension of the classroom,” Walsh said. “There are so many life lessons that can be learned on the playing field, whether its athletics or activities in general. Even for me today as a coach, I still learn from those experiences now. It’s an opportunity for me to be a part of that for kids.”

A 3.98 GPA student, Isaak is interested in pursuing a Business degree from either the University of Washington or Whitworth University. His two older brothers, who he’s looked up to since he was young, attend those schools, one playing basketball at Whitworth.

College is still months away, so for now Isaak will focus on the basketball season. The Warriors return all five starters and are off to a 6-0 start.

Jill Townsend

Jill Townsend is a junior and three-sport athlete at Okanogan High School. An exceptional all-around student-athlete with two State Championships to her name, Townsend is one of the WIAA’s Activities Matter Student Spotlights for the month of December. 

Townsend guided Okanogan to the 2B Girls Soccer State Title this fall, scoring a hat-trick in a 3-0 victory over Crosspoint Academy. She displayed her all-around athleticism in the semifinal game when she went from scoring goals to saving them as the goalkeeper in the penalty kick shootout win against then undefeated Adna.

“In the Adna game, she had three pretty amazing saves,” Okanogan Coach Dean Klepec said. “The second save, as soon as the girl kicked it, everyone in the stadium thought it was going in except for Jill. She somehow got a hand on it. That was a pretty special moment for everyone on our team.”

“No one expected us to go and win State Soccer, but we thought we could, we believed we could, we worked like we could, and we did,” said Townsend, a firm believer in the power of hard work, who goes by the motto “Luck is for suckers.”

Townsend’s 35 goals and 24 assists on the season earned her Central Washington League MVP, first-team all-league, State All-Tournament MVP and WSSCA All-State Class 2B-1B MVP.

On the basketball court, Townsend is equally as impressive. She led the Bulldogs to the 2B State Title in 2015, her sophomore year. She was named Central Washington League MVP and Washington State 2B Player of the Year. Townsend is also a standout on the softball diamond, as well, earning league MVP in 2015.

Townsend knows growing up playing sports has shaped who she is today.

“It’s something that I’ve always done,” she said. “Sports have always held me accountable. In the summer I’m always in the weight room lifting or working on basketball. It’s helped me develop a good work ethic and character too. You gotta lose, but it’s what you do with it.”

When she is not competing or training for one of her three sports, Townsend helps out on her family’s ranch. Townsend is also a standout student, with a 4.0 GPA and an interest in advanced biology and anatomy. She plans to continue her basketball career in college, but has her sights set on a few more State titles for Okanogan before then.

“By winning those Championships, I want to leave a legacy of hard work and where it can get you,” she said discussing her junior and senior campaigns. “It wasn’t handed to us, it took day-in and day-out of practice, off season lifting and working hard. I want people to believe that if they do that, they can win too.”



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