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WaHi Athletics in Post Season Competition - May 17 Update

It is an exciting week for the Walla Walla Blue Devil baseball, softball, track and tennis teams.   The baseball team is headed to Bellevue for the first round of the state  3A tournament, while the softball, track and tennis teams are competing in Spokane for trips to their respective state championships.  

The Blue Devil baseball team won the district 8 MCC/GSL championship last Saturday with a 4-3 win over the MCC regular season champion Kennewick Lions.  On their way to the championship, the Blue Devils defeated the GSL regular season champion, University Titans.  Seeded #8 in the state baseball championship bracket, the team faces #9 Bonney Lake, Saturday, May 21st at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm.  If the Devils advance past Bonney Lake, they will play the winner of #1 West Seattle and a team to be determined.  Game time will be approximately one hour after the Devils matchup with Bonney Lake.  

Walla Walla High School is sending 10 athletes to Spokane in tennis for the district 8 MCC/GSL regional tournament beginning at 1:00 Friday, May 20th at Ferris High School (girls) and Hart Park (boys).  The girls team is sending one doubles team, while the boys team is sending two singles, and three doubles teams after clinching the MCC district championship by a 40 point margin.

After a regular season MCC championship, seeded #2 in the district 8 MCC/GSL tournament, the Blue Devil fastpitch softball team hosts  #3 seed Mt. Spokane at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, May 18th at Murr Field.  Ticket prices are $7 for adults and $5 for students.  The winner is an automatic qualifier for the state softball tournament to be played May 27th and 28th in Lacey, WA.  The Blue Devils will play in Spokane, at an opponent,  site and time to be determined on Saturday, May 21st.

After clinching the MCC District girls and boys track and field championships in Hermiston on May 14th, the Big Blue Train sends 46 athletes to Central Valley High School in Spokane on Friday, May 20th and Saturday, May 21st to compete in the Region 8 track and field championships.  Three spots to the state track meet at Mt Tahoma High School, May 26th-28th, are on the line in each event. 

WaHi Athletics Spring 2022 Post-Season Wrap Up - June 1, 2022

Spring 2022 has been one of the more successful seasons in recent history for Walla Walla High School athletic teams. Thanks to the coaches and student-athletes for shining at state and representing the entire school, district, and community of Walla Walla in a positive manner.

The Boys Track & Field team won a second consecutive state championship at Mt. Tahoma High School, May 26, 27, and 28.  Led by MCC boy’s coach of the year, Eric Hisaw, the Blue Devils accumulated 66 points to outpace the second place team by 9 points.  The following athletes earned individual medals at the meet on their way to the championship.

  • Brody Hartley – State 2nd place in 800m run, 4th place in the 1600m run,  and 3rd place in 3200 run
  • Dash Sirmon – State 1st place in javelin, 1st place in long jump and 2nd place 4X100 relay
  • Logan Ashbeck – 3rd place in javelin
  • Dane Gardea – 1st place in high jump and 2nd place 4X100 relay
  • 4X100 Relay Team – 2nd place (Aaren Lindsey, Caleb Morehead, Diego Jaques, Isaiah Roberson, Dash Sirmon, Dane Gardea)

In addition, the WaHi Girls Track & Field team had the following student-athletes earn medals at the state track meet also at Mt. Tahoma High School.

Individual State Honors:

  • 3rd place 4X200 relay (Carly Martin, Jailyn Davenport, Ava Nelson, Ashlyn Nielsen, Talia Billingsley, Cami Martin)
  • Lucy Kelly – 3rd place in javelin

After clinching a Region 8 Championship, the Girls Fastpitch Softball team earned the number one seed into the State 3A Softball championships.  Led by MCC coach of the year, Arch McHie, the Blue Devils battled the rain, wind, and four very good opponents to advance to the championship where they earned the 2nd place trophy.   

Blue Devil golf sent a handful of both boys and girls golfers to the District 8 Championships in Spokane, Washington.  Junior Emerson Shulke and senior Sam Lastoskie each made the cut at the District 8 Championships to advance to the state championships also in Spokane.  Although Emerson and Sam failed to move on to the second day, the experience and opportunity were well earned.

The Blue Devil Baseball team advanced to the round of 16 for the 3A State Baseball tournament at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Washington.  After a stellar performance in shutting out Bonney Lake HS, 3-0, the Blue Devils dropped a heartbreaker to the number one seeded team from West Seattle HS.  

After clinching the Mid-Columbia Conference 3A tennis tournament in the Tri-Cities, the boys tennis team sent two singles and three doubles teams to the District 8 Regional Tournament in Spokane, Washington.  The girls tennis team sent one doubles team on to Spokane.  For the seniors, it was a rewarding experience while for the younger athletes a valuable learning experience.  

In addition, the MCC named the following student-athletes to All-Conference teams for the Spring 2022 season.  Congratulations to our student-athletes and their coaches for an outstanding season on the field of competition.


Kaitline Chapman - SR - 1st Team, 1st Base
Sidney McCauley - JR - 1st Team, 3rd Base
Lauryn Bergevin - JR, 1st Team, Shortstop
Sara Justice - SO, 1st Team, Outfield
Alizaeya Salcedo - SR, 1st Team, Designated Hitter
Tallulah Sickels - SR, 1st Team, Pitcher
Raquel Justice - JR, 1st Team, Catcher
Anna Delarosa - FR - 2nd Team, Outfield
Kylie Kemp - SR - Honorable Mention, 2nd Base
Tallulah Sickels - MCC Player of the Year
Arch McHie - MCC Coach of the Year

Boys Soccer

Rueben Ornelas - JR, Honorable Mention, Midfield
Owen Parker - JR, Honorable Mention, Defender

Boys Tennis

Ken Higgins - SO, 2nd Team
Ethan Kelnhofer - SR, 2nd Team
Micah Case - JR, Honorable Mention


Carson Jones - SR, 2nd Team, Pitcher
Will Kytola - SR, 2nd Team, 1st Base
Brixen Betzler - JR, 2nd Team, Outfield
Andrew Hall - SR, Honorable Mention, Pitcher and 3rd Base
Hayden Lomeli - SR, Honorable Mention, Designated Hitter

Girls Track and Field

Sariah Hepworth - SR, 2nd Team - 800m, 2nd Team - 4x400m relay, HM - 1600m
Carly Martin - SO, 2nd Team - 4x400 m relay, HM - 400m, HM - 800m
Jaylin Davenport - FR, 2nd Team - 4x400m relay, HM - 4x100m relay
Ava Nelson - JR, 2nd Team - 4x400m relay
Lucy Kelly - SR, 2nd Team - Javelin
Ashlyn Nielsen - SO, Honorable Mention - 100m, HM - 4x100m relay
Jennifer Huntsman - SR, Honorable Mention, 300m hurdles, HM - 4x100m relay, HM - Long Jump
Cami Martin - SO, HM - 4x100m relay, HM - High Jump, HM - Triple Jump

Boys Track and Field

Dash Sirmon -SR, 1st Team - Javelin, 1st Team - Long Jump, 2nd Team - Discus
Caleb Moorehead - JR,  2nd Team - 400m, 2nd Team - 4x100m relay
Brody Hartley - JR, 2nd Team - 800m, Honorable Mention - 1600m, Honorable Mention - 3200m
Dane Gardea - SO, 2nd Team - 4x100m relay, 2nd Team - High Jump
Isiah Roberson - JR, 2nd Team - 4x100m relay
Diego Jaques - SR, 2nd Team - 4x100m relay, 2nd Team - Long Jump
Christopher Norris - JR, 2nd Team - Javelin
Jake Hisaw - JR, Honorable Mention- 110m Hurdles
Logan Ashbeck - SR, Honorable Mention - Javelin
Andrew Thomas - SO, Honorable Mention - Pole Vault

Dash Sirmon - MCC Field Athlete of the Year
Eric Hisaw - MCC Boys Track Coach of the Year


The Mid-Columbia Conference has finally announced all-conference teams for Spring 2022. Junior Carson Hutchinson and senior Sam Lastoskie were chosen to the Honorable Mention team for boys golf.

Post Season Awards, Seniors Awards, and WIAA Leadership - June 14, 2022 - By Athletic Director Chris Ferenz

The Mid-Columbia Conference has finally announced all-conference teams for Spring 2022. Junior Carson Hutchinson and senior Sam Lastoskie were chosen to the Honorable Mention team for boys golf.

Post Season Awards, Seniors Awards, and WIAA Leadership
- June 14, 2022 - By Athletic Director Chris Ferenz

Senior Athletic Department Awards

The following awards were earned by senior athletes in the class of 2022 and announced at the commencement ceremony on June 10.

12 Season Award
The 12 Season Award was introduced in 1999 and it recognizes those athletes who actively participate in 3 sports a year for 4 years. This year there are four seniors who earned the 12 Season Award:
• Participating in Football, Basketball and Track - Logan Ashbeck
• Participating in Soccer, Basketball, and Track - Talia Billingsley
• Participating in Soccer, Bowling, and Track - Jennifer Huntsman
• Participating in Slowpitch Softball, Wrestling, and Fastpitch Softball - Kylie Kemp

Brown Trophy
The Brown Trophy is presented to the Senior boy who has participated in the athletic program and has been outstanding in sportsmanship, school citizenship, and the spirit in which he trains. It is voted on by the head coaches of all boys’ sports, the Principal, and the Athletic Director.

This year’s Brown Trophy winner is Dash Sirmon. Dash has participated in Football, Basketball, and Track. Throwing the javelin as a freshman he placed 6th in the state track meet and was the U-16 national champion. As a junior, he was MCC champion and first team in both the pole vault and javelin. This spring he was named MCC field athlete of the year, earned league and district championships in the javelin and long jump, two events in which he set a school record. At the state track meet, he led the Boy’s track team to the state championship while winning the long jump and javelin, and placing 6th in the discus.

Lawrence Jacky Award
The Lawrence Jacky Award is presented to the senior who has contributed to the development of athletics at Wa-Hi while showing outstanding citizenship and sportsmanship in all phases of school life.
Selection is made by a vote of the faculty here at Wa-Hi.

The winner of this year’s Lawrence Jacky Award is Tallulah Sickles. Talullah has participated in slowpitch and fastpitch softball. In slowpitch softball she was first team MCC as an outfielder and helped the team to their first state tournament in school history. She is a two-time conference player of the year in MCC fastpitch softball while leading the team consecutive conference championships. She is also a two-time, first-team pitcher who led the Blue Devils to a second place finish at the 3A state softball tournament this Spring. She will attend Lewis and Clark College in Portland to continue her career.

Lehnen Trophy
The Lehnen Trophy is presented to the Senior Girl who has participated in the athletic program and has been outstanding in sportsmanship, school citizenship, and the spirit in which she trains. It is voted on by the head coaches of all girls’ sports, the Principal, and the Athletic Director.

This year’s winner of the Lehnen Trophy is Kylie Kemp. Kylie has earned 12 varsity letters in her four years as a Blue Devil. She has excelled in wrestling and slowpitch and fastpitch softball. She has received 7 all-Mid-Columbia Conference awards for her efforts. Two on the wrestling mat and five on the softball diamond. She earned at least one first team award in each of her three sports. As a senior she propelled her teams to three state tournaments which included a 2nd place finish in fastpitch softball and a the first appearance for WWHS in the state slow-pitch tournament.

Additional Spring Athletic Awards for Seniors

IBEW Spring Male Athlete of the Year
• Dash Sirmon

IBEW Spring Female Athlete of the Year
• Tallulah Sickles

MCC Scholar-Athlete Scholarship
• Lauren Adams

Les Schwab 3A Team of the Month for May
• Boy’s Track Team

Wa-Hi Junior selected to WIAA Leadership Team
Soon to be Junior Turner Van Slyke has been chosen to the Leadership through Education, Activities, and Personal Development (LEAP) committee for the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. LEAP is a student group organized by the WIAA and is involved with WIAA events, meetings, and community projects. LEAP committee members serve to be the voice of over 225,000 student-participants supported by the WIAA. Turner was one of 8 students selected across the state in the class of 2024 to serve a two-year term. He was chosen based on his application, letters of recommendation, written questionnaires, and video profile. Congratulations to Turner.


The cadets of the Walla Walla High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps held their annual review and end of year pass in review parade May 25 at the soccer field off Reser Road.

The battalion change of command highlighted the day's events. Newly-promoted cadet Lt. Col. Kaden Kerr was installed as the battalion commander, effective immediately. He received the Blue Devil Battalion colors from Command Sgt. Maj. Tony Marrero, Senior Army Instructor. The outgoing BC, c/Lt. Col. Maxwell Wooster has been selected for an Army ROTC scholarship and will be a cadet at the University of Idaho in Moscow.

The assembled battalion was reviewed by retired Army CSM Terry Atchison. The cadets then held a formal "pass in review" in a final parade led by the 2022 graduating class.

In addition to Wednesday’s ceremonies, a plaque honoring Master Sgt. Gerald W. Taylor, former WWHS JROTC Army Instructor, was presented by JROTC Booster Club President Gene Gossett to current rifle team captain, c/Maj. Cassidy Hanson. It will be mounted in the hallway outside the JROTC marksmanship range. Taylor coached the Wa-Hi rifle team for more than 20 years and trained numerous regional and national champions.

Many team and individual awards were presented during the concluding ceremonies. Among the presenters was Wa-Hi Principal Ron Higgins, who is retiring from public education at the end of this academic year. He has been a longtime champion for the program which molds future leaders and helps cadets learn to be better citizens.

On Saturday, May 21st the Walla Walla High School JROTC hosted it's 103rd Annual Military Ball at the Frenchtown Recreation Club in Lowden, WA. Over 140 cadets, parents and honored guests attended the event that included a catered dinner, awards ceremony, and presentation of graduating seniors. 

Student leaders from across campus met at the District Transportation training room to participate in an Envolve Schools Training with Scott Backovich. Students learned about building trust among the student body in order to plan inclusive activities. Scott emphasizes “Giving more than we Ask” of students to create a strong Community. Adviser Shayna Hutchens says “It was wonderful to see students from all segments of our student body working with our elected ASB leaders to plan activities for next year.”

The 2022-2023 ASB Officers were sworn in at the ASB Banquet Monday, May 23 in the High School Commons. Rachel Clark, outgoing ASB President reflected on the importance of teamwork during her time leading this group through a challenging year. "Even though this year was again different due to COVID, we were able to hold lots of successful events throughout the year! Thank you to everyone in ASB for having a positive attitude and for all of your hard work this year!"

Paige Harvey, director of this year's Conspiracy of Hope Talent Show, presented the donations from this event to Hope Street Recovery Homes Founder and Director Karen Carmen. Karen thanked the ASB for the $1200. She was grateful to have received such support from the Wa-Hi Community.

Incoming ASB President Joseph Segovia identified "Family" as the theme for his administration. "The story behind the idea of family is to create a place for students to feel loved, involved, and accepted. Families are able to come together through thick and thin regardless of the differences each family member may have." Joining Joseph on the Executive Council will be Vice-President Jack Wanichek, Secretary Marlee Boyd and Treasurer Claire Laville.

Class officers were also sworn in, taking oaths of office and then turning on light-up blue devil horns. Senior Class Officers are: President Lauryn Bergevin, Vice President Paige Harvey and Secretary/Treasurer Emerson Schulke. Junior Class Officers are: President Finley Reed, Vice President Jorge Garcia, Secretary Analia Avalos- McBain and Treasurer Scarlett Barton. Sophomore Class Officers are: President Lucy Forest, Vice President Ruah Havens, Secretary Alli Snider and Treasurer Leonel Moreno Salazar. Freshman Representatives will be: from Garrison Eva Maxwell and Alisson Rojas; and from Pioneer Seth Anderson and Miranda Barcenas.

Spring musical: Cinderella

May 12-14 & 19-21 @ 7PM
May 14 & 21 @ 2PM
Admission is free

We are excited to bring musical productions back to Wa-Hi theatre with Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella! While most have seen the Disney portrayal, I think everyone will be delighted with this version because there is more singing, more dancing and much more character development, for roles like the step-sisters, the prince and the fairy godmother! Our fantastic director Kristin Hessler and vocal director Colleen Hatch have assembled an outstanding cast that will perform once again with live orchestra, under the direction of Julia Woods. We are also working in collaboration with a talented choreographer, Caleb Leitch.
After 2 years of streaming everything imaginable at home, join us for a family fun filled night of whimsical magic!
Follow us on Instagram  and Facebook (@wahidramaproductions) as we post our behind the scenes journey, thorough closing night.

Photo Gallery view here

Program view here 

Jocelyn Parker, a senior at Wa-Hi and a three-year member of FBLA, was recognized for her outstanding work as a Washington FBLA State Officer during the 2021-2022 school year at this year state conference. Throughout the year, she worked with a team of other officers around the state to plan conferences, prepare resources, connect with members and advisors, work with chapters on ways to increase membership and engagement and finally plan and run the State Business Leadership Conference in Spokane.

At SBLC she was awarded the “Who’s Who in FBLA” award which is given to students who show the most dedication and work both at the local, state and national level in their time in FBLA. She was also awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for over 350 hours worked during her term. Lastly, Jocelyn brought home first place in Networking Infrastructures and fifth in Political Science and will be representing WaHi at this year’s Nationals in Chicago from June 27-July 3! Although her time as a state officer has ended, the hard work and dedication she has put into FBLA both at WaHi and at the state level will forever benefit the organization.