New signees include five Washington natives, including local player Tanya Baker
Eight student-athletes have signed letters of intent with the Eastern Washington University women’s soccer team, head coach George Hageage announced. The signees will join the team for the 2010 season.
Tanya Baker (Cheney, Wash., Cheney High School
George Hageage on Baker: “Tanya will definitely add depth to our back four and outside midfield positions. She has a great long serve, is physical and reads the game very well. We look forward to having her on the field next year.”
High School: Will graduate from Cheney High School in 2010. She is a four-year varsity letter winner. Baker helped her team finish second at the 2009 WIAA State 2A Championships and was named to the All-Great Northern League first team. In 2008, she helped her team to the WIAA State 2A quarterfinals and the district championship. She was named to the All-GNL second team. She was named scholar athlete all four years at CHS.
Siara Byers (Bremerton, Wash., North Kitsap HS
George Hageage on Byers: “Siara is an extremely dangerous player with the ball at her feet. She combines skill with speed and will make us more dangerous up front. Her abilities will help us relieve the pressure that defenses will place on Brittany Sparks next fall.”
High School: Will graduate from North Kitsap in 2010. She was named the Olympic League’s Most Valuable Player. She was the top scorer and led her team to the regular season league title.
Erin Bourguignon (Mercer Island, Wash., Mercer
Island HS ’10)
George Hageage on Bourguignon: “When it is all said and done, Erin could be the most important signing for us this year. She is fast and tenacious with excellent technical skill. She will add speed to our outside back position and outside midfield position, and brings a tremendous attitude both on and off the field.”
High School: Will graduate from Mercer Island in 2010. She was a four-year varsity starter and helped her team to the 3A KingCo Championship. She led Mercer Island in goals and assists during the state tournament with four goals and two assists. She was voted her team’s Most Valuable Player and Most Inspirational Player. She was named 3A All-KingCo first team and 3A first team All-State.
Megan Bolmes (Mill Creek, Wash., Jackson HS
George Hageage on Bolmes: “Megan’s vision and ability to attack defenders both off the dribble and with well-placed passes will help us continue to become better holding the ball as a team. She is solid at both defending and attacking in the midfield and could see some time on the outside or up front.”
High School: Will graduate from Jackson High School in 2010. She was a four-year varsity letter winner. She was a starting midfielder all four years. Helped her team to the WESCO South Championship in 2009 and was first team All-WESCO South, first team All-Area and second team All-State. In 2008, she was the third-leading goal scorer for her team with 12 goals and nine assists.
Torri Sitzman (Hockinson, Wash., Hockinson HS
George Hageage on Sitzman: “Torri is another player who holds the ball extremely well, plays with good pace and never stops working. She will help us along the midfield and may see time up top in situations when we move to a three front. Her work ethic and determination will make her one of the players who will push for a position immediately.”
High School: Will graduate from Hockinson High School in 2010. She was named first team all-league and second team All-State. In 2008, she was named the team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player. In her four years, her team was 38-1-1.
Brianna Brannan (Kennewick, Wash., Kamiakin HS
George Hageage on Brannan: “Brianna is a great addition to our back four. She can play both center back or outside back, and her size and speed will be a great asset for us.”
High School: Will graduate from Kamiakin High School in 2010. Helped her team to fourth place at the State Championships and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player. She was named Columbia Basin Big 9 first team as a defender and the Tri-City Herald All-Area first team. Her sister Whitney Brannon is currently a junior for the Eagles.
Melissa Bishop (Portland, Ore. Sunset HS
George Hageage on Bishop: “Melissa is very similar to Brianna Brannan in her athleticism, size and ability to win balls in the air. She should compete for an outside back position and has the ability to make us a little more athletic in the back.”
High School: Will graduate from Sunset High School in 2010. She is a four-year varsity letter winner. Was named captain her senior season and named first team all-league. Was voted her team’s Most Valuable Player and helped her team make it to the second round of the playoffs.
Dashia Huff (Kennewick, Wash., Southridge HS
’08 & Walla Walla CC)
George Hageage on Huff: “Dashia is a great addition for us. She has two years under her belt at Walla Walla and can play both in the center and on the outside in the back. Her athleticism and ability to read the game, along with her maturity as a player, will give us a number of options for how we want to line up next fall.”
Walla Walla Community College: Helped her team finish 21-1 in the 2009 season, winning the NWAACC Championship. They were regular season champions with a 15-0 record. In 2008, she was invited and played in the 2008 NWAACC All-Star Showcase and earned NWAACC All-Star honors as a defender.
High School: She was named as a second team All-State performer and well as a first team all-conference defender.