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April Student Spotlight
 4/29/2016

 
Isaiah Dowding-Albrecht
SEATTLE LUTHERAN HS

Isaiah Dowding-Albrecht is a junior at Seattle Lutheran High School. A three-sport athlete and leader on and off the field, Dowding-Albrecht is one of the WIAA’s Student Spotlights for the month of April.

In two appearances for the Saints’ baseball team, Dowding-Albrecht pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out 17 batters. He went 3-for-5 with three walks, three RBIs and three runs scored.

“He had a fantastic stretch for that week,” said Seattle Lutheran Head Coach David Sleighter. “What really makes him deserving of this honor is how dedicated he is to his teammates. He helps them out so much, not as a player that is better than them, but just wanting them to genuinely have fun and learn the game.”

Dowding-Albrecht, a captain for the Saints baseball team, earned SeaTac All-League First Team honors as a sophomore. Also a captain of Seattle Lutheran’s basketball team, he helped the Saints secure back-to-back State 1B Tournament appearances, placing third in 2014 and sixth in 2015.

“During basketball games, the gym is packed and it’s just cool to play in that environment,” Dowding-Albrecht said. “If there wasn’t such a community feel here at Seattle Lutheran and the fans didn’t care, I don’t know if I would have tried as hard. It’s great to play for my school and represent my community.”

He cited the first time his team stepped on the floor at Spokane Arena for the 2014 1B Hardwood Classic as his greatest sports memory.

“The first time walking onto the court, that was pretty amazing,” said Dowding-Albrecht. “The lights were super bright, it was crazy.”


Dowding-Albrecht is also a standout on the football field as a quarterback for the Saints. He earned all-league first team in 2015, and the Saints (8-3) advanced to the quarterfinals of the State Championships. This past season, he guided the Saints as they overcame adversity with the untimely passing of two of Seattle Lutheran’s assistant coaches, one of whom was Dowding-Albrecht’s grandfather.

“My sophomore year, we weren’t all that focused and it didn’t seem like we wanted to win and we only won one game,” said Dowding-Albrecht. “It seemed like once they were gone, our team was like, okay, we gotta do it for them. Everyone started showing up for weight training and lifting. You never want to not have aspirations to be the best, so reaching the State Championship next year is the goal.”

Dowding-Albrecht works as hard in the classroom as he does on the field, earning A’s and B’s and taking AP classes. He enjoys computers and would like to study software engineering.

Coach Sleighter sees another path for Dowding-Albrecht if computers don’t work out.

“He is like an extra coach,” said Coach Sleighter. “He teaches his teammates the finer details of the game. He has a lot of experience and he’s a fantastic player. I think that is his biggest value to our team.” 

 
Abigail Brown
MOUNT VERNON HS

Abigail Brown is a junior and three-sport athlete at Mount Vernon High School. A standout thrower on the track and field team and an exceptional student, Brown is one of the WIAA’s Student Spotlights for the month of April.

In the first four meets of the season, Brown set personal bests in the javelin, shotput and discus. She earned WIAA Athlete of the Week honors after winning all three events in the Bulldogs’ second meet of the season.

“When I threw 120’ in the javelin, I totally wasn’t expecting to throw that well,” Brown said. “When I threw, I felt a bad pull in my back and thought I hurt myself, but then I realized that’s what it feels like to get a really good throw. I pr’d by eight feet.”

After being unable to throw her freshman year due to a knee surgery on the second day of the season, Brown stepped up her junior year and placed 11th in the shotput (37-02.25) and 13th in the javelin (108-06) in the 2015 4A State Track and Field Championships. 

“She picked up the javelin last year for the first time and qualified for State,” said Head Coach Doug Nelson, who is in his 33rd year of coaching at Mount Vernon. “She is quite the athlete. You get a variety of kids every year, no year is the same. You hopefully get a kid for four years and are able to work with them like Abigail. This is my third year with her and she’s improved dramatically.”

Brown earned three varsity letters in basketball over the years for the Bulldogs and played soccer her freshman and sophomore years. This past fall, she went out for cross country and earned the coaches award for her work during the season.


“Cross country was a huge challenge for me,” Brown said. “I always looked at people who ran a lot and laughed and thought they’re crazy. Then I did it, and I was like, this is the most amazing thing. I grew so much through that challenge. Each of my sports have helped me develop as a person, especially cross country, I learned a lot about myself.”

In addition to a full sports schedule, Brown is a member of the National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America.

She also works a part-time job.
An exceptional student, she holds a 4.0 GPA at Mount Vernon and a 3.9 GPA in her full-time class schedule at Skagit Valley Community College. She has her sights set on furthering her education and possibly her track and field career in college, either in the Midwest or the Pacific Northwest. She plans to double major in Spanish and Computer Science and one day program for a company like Microsoft, Google or Apple.

Brown’s success in the classroom and on the field are not a surprise to Coach Nelson, who’s seen many great athletes through the years and finds they all share one thing in common.

“You see the kids that are the most successful on the playing field are the kids that are involved in their school and other aspects, not just athletics but also in student government, clubs, music, ASB, awards classes,” said Coach Nelson. “It is clear that being successful matters to them. It’s going to take them a long way when they go to college and further their careers.”


 
  
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