What does it mean to be “All-Tribune?” At the Tribune, it means to be an athlete who stands out amongst other tribal members across the map.
This past 2019/2020 winter sports season, sports editor Shane Moses selected 61 tribal members and descendants for this winter sports season All-Tribune Team.
He believes each one deserves further recognition for their play this past season, as he saw a majority of them participate in their respective sport in person. Statistics, team record, state placement, All-League awards and more played into his decision-making behind this winter season selections. Four MVP’s were named, each in all three winter sports.
- Rylee Desautel– Inchelium – MVP
Colville Tribal member Rylee Desautel was the heart of the Inchelium girls basketball team. Desautel capped off her remarkable high school sports career with a state championship, and it doesn’t get much sweeter than that.
Desautel helped lead Inchelium to their best season ever, helping the Lady Hornets beat Oakesdale 46-34 in this year’s WIAA 1B girls state tournament. In the title game she had eight points, nine rebounds and three assists.
Lets not forget, Desautel recorded a triple-double against Wellpinit in the quarterfinals of the 1B girls state tournament. She scored 10 points, had 13 rebounds, finished with 11 assists and five steals to help the Lady Hornets get to the semifinals after beating Wellpinit 74-63.
She scored a total of 42 points in three state games, averaging 14 points per game, March 5-7, helping Inchelium to a 25-2 overall record and a ring.
- Mia Pakootas – Inchelium – MVP
Colville Tribal member Mia Pakootas was a key factor for Inchelium and their title run. Pakootas, who stands at 6-foot-2, would in some cases dominate opposing teams. She was a force to be reckoned with and most teams couldn’t match Pakootas’s height and skill set.
Pakootas came up big in the biggest game of the year, scoring 15 points, tallying 12 rebounds, making four blocks and garnering three steals against Oakesdale in this year’s WIAA 1B girls state championship game - a game Pakootas led the Lady Hornets to win, 46-34.
Pakootas scored a team high 53 points in three state games, averaging 17.6 points per game, March 5-7. She helped Inchelium to a 25-2 overall record and a ring.
2019/2020 All-Tribune Team Winter Edition – Girls basketball
· Erika Romero– Inchelium (1B)
· Zalissa Finley– Inchelium (1B)
· Annmarie Simpson– Inchelium (1B)
· Chenoa Erickson– Inchelium (1B)
· Summer Finley – Inchelium (1B)
· Kaylee Seymour– Inchelium (1B)
· Torrence Finley– Inchelium (1B)
· Grace Kohler – Inchelium (1B)
· Lachelle Boyd – Wellpinit (1B)
· Ashlynn Hill – Wellpinit (1B)
· Ivory Flett – Wellpinit (1B)
· Aaliyah Marchand – Omak (1A)
· Trinity Fjellman – Omak (1A)
· Paris Marchand – Omak (1A)
· Daniele Sparks – Okanogan (1A)
· Almeta Desautel – Lake Roosevelt (2B)
· Kyona Edmo – Lake Roosevelt (2B)
· Allison Nomee – Lake Roosevelt (2B)
· Aleeka Smith-Miller – Pateros (1B)
· Kayla Tonasket – Republic (1B)
- Soarin Marchand – Lake Roosevelt – MVP
A year after the Raiders lost leading scorer Trevor McCraigie to graduation, Lake Roosevelt needed someone to step up and fill that void.
Colville Tribal member Soarin Marchand stepped up big time, helping lead the Raiders back to state for a second consecutive year. Marchand helped his team for a second straight year bring home the hardware as Lake Roosevelt placed fourth this year in the WIAA 2B boys state tournament.
He also made the game winning 3-point shot against Wahwiakum in the opening round of the state tournament, helping the Raiders to a 62-59 win and keeping their season alive.
He averaged 9.5 points in the four state games this past March 4-7, scoring 38 total points and also made the cut in KREM 2 News. He made their top five moments from the high school basketball state tournaments with his game winning 3-point shot.
2019/2020 All-Tribune Team Winter Edition – Boys basketball
· Jayce Pakootas – West Valley (2A)
· Tre Marchand – Omak (1A)
· Tanner Hall – Omak (1A)
· Jarren Boyd – Omak (1A)
· Aaron Black – Omak (1A)
· Cameron St. Pierre – Lake Roosevelt (2B)
· Sam Wapato– Lake Roosevelt (2B)
· Tyler Jordan– Lake Roosevelt (2B)
· Adam George– Lake Roosevelt (2B)
· Kyle Edmo– Lake Roosevelt (2B)
· William Dick IV – Wellpinit (1B)
· Dakari Pakootas – West Valley (2A)
· Colton Seymour – Cusick (1B)
· Aiden Hall – Pateros (1B)
· Lonnie Simpson Jr. – Inchelium (1B)
- Kyler Romero – Toppenish [MVP]
What more can be said about Colville tribal member Kyler Romero. He’s a three time state champion at the 2A classification. Enough said.
Romero has wrestled in four state championship matches, winning three of them. The only state championship he lost was his freshman year. That’s pretty darn impressive.
This year Romero ‘the comeback kid’ rallied in the final 20 seconds of this year’s 2A state title match to beat Thor Michaelson of Bremerton (2-1) for the 138-pound state championship and concluding his career at Toppenish High School.
Kyler is an exceptional competitor with a great attitude; I’ll bet that’s what the coaches at Toppenish would say.
During Romero’s four years, he brought home three individual state championships, helped Toppenish to winning three team state titles and left his mark, joining the 3-time state champions list.
Below is an account of his last match for the past four seasons;
2020 – Beat Thor Michaelson of Bremerton (2-1) in 2A 138-pound title match
2019 – Won by Tech fall over Hunter Behnke of Orting (18-3) in 2A 132-pound title match
2018 – Beat Jacob Flores of Orting (6-0) in 2A 126-pound title match
2017 – Lost to Jesus Rodriguez Jr. of Wapato (6-2) in 2A 106-pound title match
2019/2020 All-Tribune Team – Winter Wrestling Edition
· Rocco Clark – Toppenish (2A)
· Justin Finley – Colville (1A)
· Kjessler Fjellman – Omak (1A)
· Tameron Hall – Omak (1A)
· Kayden Cate – Omak (1A)
· Jermain Watkins-Clark – Omak (1A)
· James Smith – Okanogan (1A)
· Joseph Cate – Okanogan (1A)
· Trevon Johnson – Lake Roosevelt (2B)
· Myka Boyd – Lake Roosevelt (2B)
· Kaiden Palmer – Lake Roosevelt (2B)
· Tyler Palmer – Lake Roosevelt (2B)
· Joey Tynan – Lake Roosevelt (2B)
· Colton Jackson – Lake Roosevelt (2B)
· Teyton Flores – Lake Roosevelt (2B)
· Landon Krohn – Lake Roosevelt (2B)
· Sergio Galacia – Lake Roosevelt (2B)
· Julien Lopez – Lake Roosevelt (2B)
· Spencer Ferguson – Inchelium (1B)
· Jon Avery Atkins – Wilbur-Creston-Keller (2B)