No football this fall for Navigators

mwochnick@theolympian.comJuly 3, 2012 

Northwest Christian High School has canceled its 2012 football season because of a lack of player interest.

Only three Northwest Christian students attended a meeting for interested players in May, said former Navigators coach Pete Fulton, who still teaches calculus and history at the school.

The decision not to have football this fall was made soon after that meeting, Fulton said.

The news that the season would be canceled was especially tough for Fulton, who founded the program in 2006 and was the team’s coach until he resigned after the 2010 season. The future of the program beyond this fall is uncertain.

“I think it’s over,” Fulton said. “I don’t see any hope for the future.”

Attempts to reach coach Ben Briggs and athletic director Jeanette Lindstrom for comment were unsuccessful. The Navigators were scheduled to open the season Aug. 31 against Chief Leschi at Rainier High School.

The Northwest Christian football has had a decline in participation since 44 players turned out for its inaugural 2006 season.

Last fall, the team had 18 players, and more than half of them were new to organized football. The team finished 0-10.

In 2010, with a senior-laden team, the Navigators advanced to the 2B District IV playoffs for the first time. They finished 5-5.

This is the third time in two years that a sport has been canceled at NWC. The past two springs, fastpitch was canceled because of a lack of player interest. In 2010, the Navigators won the Pacific 2B League fastpitch title.

COACHING MOVES

Black Hills has promoted assistant girls basketball coach Tanya Greenfield to head coach. Greenfield, from Bellingham and former Saint Martin’s University player, replaces Robin Johnson, who stepped down after five seasons. … Centralia graduate Rex Ashmore has been named baseball coach at his alma mater. Ashmore was the coach at Adna for the past 15 years and twice led the Pirates to the 2B state semifinals.

ALL-STATE HONORS

Nine area soccer players won all-state recognition from the Washington State Soccer Coaches Association. In Class 3A, Capital forward Bryce Joling earned second-team honors. At Tumwater, forward Kevin Weyand and midfielder Nathaniel Gundersen were first-team 2A picks. Teammates Austin Snyder (forward), Connor Sigmon (forward), Andrew Saavedra (defender) and Devon Dieckman (goalkeeper) won second-team honors, as did Centralia defender Jonny Gundersen. In 1A, Rochester midfielder Ricky Zamudio was a second-team pick. All nine were members of The Olympian’s all-area boys soccer team.

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