Aug. 16, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State soccer team's 2004 recruiting class is ranked 47th out of 306 Division I teams and 12th in the Western Region by Soccer Buzz Magazine. The incoming class consisting of 11 freshmen and one sophomore is second-year head coach Matt Potter's first recruiting class. "This group of players gives us the platform to move forward. They will complement the returning players and immediately look to compete for a position and playing time," Potter said. "I am excited at the direction our program is heading. Competition will be tough, but it is that competitive environment that will help us reach new heights in our development as a program." The incoming class consists of sophomore Sasha Baines of Everett, Wash., and freshmen Molly Alexander of Vancouver, B.C., Brooke and Brynn Bemis of Coeur `d Alene, Idaho, Kim Bonnes of Longview, Wash., Christy Crudo of Tacoma, Wash., Natalie Elkind of Encinitas, Calif., Shaye Harrel of Scottsdale, Ariz., Brie Kuhne of San Diego, Calif., Jessica Martinez of Sammamish, Wash., Anna Miller of Corvallis, Ore., and Allison Scurich of Laguna Niguel, Calif. Baines is a two-time letterwinner at Cascade High School under coach Jamie Gay. The Everett, Wash., graduate was a member of the Emerald City F.C. `84 team that took State in 1999, 2000 and 2001 and placed third at Regionals in 2000. Baines attended Washington State for the 2003-04 scholastic year, but did not play for the Cougars. Alexander was a versatile athlete at Handsworth Senior Secondary in North Vancouver, B.C., where she played volleyball, field hockey, basketball and soccer, and maintained a 3.25 grade point average. She was identified as a Canadian National player at age 14 and has played on the U16 and U17 National Teams for three years. Alexander's Metro club teams have won the Provincial Championship three times and the Western Nike championship once. Alexander was selected as British Columbia's Soccer Player of the Year in 2003 and inducted into the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame. Brooke Bemis was a three-sport athlete at Lake City High in Coeur `d Alene, Idaho, lettering four times under coach Matt Ruchti in soccer and earning three letters in both basketball and track. Bemis was named to the first team All-Inland Empire League and first team All-North Idaho as a junior and senior. Her senior season she helped the Timberwolves to a third place finish in state, while earning her team's best offensive player award after scoring 36 goals and tallying 17 assists. Bemis has a 3.7 GPA. Brynn Bemis, twin sister of Brooke, was also a three-sport student-athlete at Lake City High School, earning four varsity letters in soccer and basketball and one letter in track while maintaining a 3.85 GPA. As a sophomore she was named IEL Newcomer of the Year in soccer and IEL Most Disruptive Defensive Player and IEL Best Playmaker in basketball. Her junior season she was the IEL Most Valuable Defensive player, her teams' MVP as a goalkeeper and was nominated for the North Idaho Sports Hall of Fame. She earned All-North Idaho first team honors and IEL first team accolades her junior and senior seasons as well as earning the same honors in basketball as a junior. Bonnes was a four-year varsity starter for John Anderson at Mark Morris High School in Longview, Wash. She has been a 3A Greater St. Helens All-league player since her freshman year. Bonnes senior season was marked with co-captain, co-MVP and coaches award honors, and she was named to the All-State first team. Her club team, F.C. Royals, were the 2003 state champions and were Region IV quarterfinalists. She is a member of the Washington ODP district and state teams. Bonnes also lettered once in track and cheerleading. Crudo is a four-year letterwinner and honor roll recipient at Bellarmine Prep at Tacoma, Wash., carrying a 3.62 GPA while taking honors and AP classes. Crudo was a first team All-Narrows League pick as a sophomore, junior and senior and earned second team All-State accolades her junior season. Her senior season she helped the Lions to a 22-1 record and a 4A state championship appearance. Crudo was a four-year starter for the Washington State ODP team. Elkind is a four-year letterwinner in soccer, cross country and track at La Costa Canyon High School in Encinitas, Calif., and is the first student-athlete at La Costa Canyon to earn 12 varsity letters. Elkind has been an All-Avocado League selection in cross country for four years and in soccer as a sophomore and junior. A seven-time scholar athlete, Elkind carries a 4.03 GPA in the honors program. She captains her U18 San Diego Surf club team who are the 2003 Southern California State Champions and are ranked No. 1 in South California, No. 2 in Region Four, No. 4 in the nation and hope to make a run at the national U18 Championships in 2004. Harrel is a 2003 NSCAA Scholar Athlete All-American recipient who maintained a 4.61 GPA at Horizon High School at Scottsdale, Ariz. The four-time letterwinner helped lead the Huskies to two 5A State Championships her freshman and junior years and a runner-up finish as a sophomore. Harrel is a four-time Desert Valley Region first team honoree and All-State award recipient as a freshman, sophomore and junior. She was a member of the `84 and `86 Arizona ODP teams. Kuhne was a four-time letterwinner in soccer at Helix Charte High School in San Diego, Calif., and a member of the 2004 National runners-up San Diego Surf club team. She was a three-time first team Grossmount South All-League and two-time All-CIF first team selection. Her senior season Kuhne was honored with Coca-Cola's Golden Girl High School Athlete of the Year award. Kuhne graduated with a 4.0 honors prep GPA. Martinez was a two-sport athlete at Eastlake High in Sammamish, Wash., who lettered four times under coach Debbie Goodeve in soccer. The three-time Scholar Athlete helped lead her school to its first State high school championship in any girls sport when they took the 4A State Championship her junior year. Martinez earned first team All-KingCo and first team All-Eastside honors as a junior and senior and was her team's captain and MVP in her last season. She has played for four years with the F.C. Royals who took state in 2002 and 2003, and made it to the quarterfinals of the 2002 Region IV Tournament. Miller was a three-sport standout at Corvallis High at Corvallis, Ore., lettering four times in both soccer and track and twice in basketball while maintaining a 3.75 GPA. She was a four-time Valley League selection, being named to the first team as a junior and senior as well as serving as a co-captain both years. In her senior year she was named to the All-State second team after leading the Spartans to the state quarterfinals. Miller has been on the Oregon ODP team since 1999 and has competed in the Region IV quarterfinals in 1998 and 2002 with her club team, the F.C. Willamette Posh. Scurich was a seven-time letterwinner at Aliso Niguel High School at Laguna Niguel, Calif., earning three letters in soccer and four in basketball. A Sea View League selection in basketball and soccer since her freshman year, Scurich was also named most valuable offensive player as a junior after leading the Wolverines to a Sea View League Championship. Scurich has a 3.5 GPA and has been a member of the Calif. ODP team since 2000. She also captains her club team, West Coast Premier.