Feb. 6, 2004
Washington State soccer coach Matt Potter announced the signing of 10 student-athletes to national letters of intent Friday.
"We had originally set out to recruit a class of four to six players," Potter said. "The way our recruiting progressed, we are delighted to have signed such a quality class.
"I'm very excited about the versatility of the group. The modern game dictates that players need to be multi functional. We have a class that can cover all positions across the field. They all have the ability to succeed in various positions."
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., Jessica Martinez of Sammamish, Wash., Anna Miller of Corvallis, Ore., and Allison Scurich of Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Molly Alexander is 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.
"Molly is a tireless midfield player who has the ability to play both centrally and wide," Potter said. "Through her dedication and hard work she has worked her way into the U19 Canadian National Pool, after being a part of the U16 and U17 teams. Molly brings good technical ability and we are excited to watch what she can bring to the team."
Brooke Bemis is 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.
"Brooke is a strong powerful forward that will give us more depth at the position. She has an eye for the goal, and her drive and determination is infectious to others around her," Potter said. "Her successes are not just limited to soccer. She has been an academic and basketball standout in her time at Lake City High School."
Brynn Bemis, twin sister of Brooke, is 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.
"Brynn is an athletic goalkeeper who commands her box with poise and confidence," Potter said. "She has great potential and we are excited to have her at Washington State. She should make our goalkeeping situation very competitive. Like her twin, Brooke has also been an academic and basketball standout."
Kim Bonnes is 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.
"Kim is a player with versatility. She can play wide or forward and has good place and a tenacious edge to her game," Potter said. "She will provide us with depth in these positions and comes from a team (F.C. Royals) with a winning tradition both in and out of the state of Washington."
Christy 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.
"Christy is a Washington player who has competed and been successful both in club and high school," Potter said. " She has represented the state at ODP camp and has a great presence about her. She is a good attacking minded midfield player and will add depth to the position, making competition for a spot tough."
Natalie Elkind is a four-year letterwinner in soccer, cross country and track at La Costa Canyon High School in Encinitas, Calif., and will be 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.
"Natalie comes from the San Diego Surf club team steeped in a winning tradition. She has captained her team to many successes and leads with her tireless energy and enthusiasm for the game," Potter said. " A midfield player that can attack and defend, Natalie is also a successful student and highly decorated athlete."
Shaye Harrel is a 2003 NSCAA Scholar Athlete All-American recipient who has 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.
"Shaye is a tough tackling, good technical player out of Scottsdale, Ariz., she is equally comfortable in midfield or at the back," Potter said. "She possesses good leadership qualities and has had equal success in the classroom as well as on the field. Shaye will be a great addition to the team."
Jessica Martinez is a two-sport athlete from Eastlake High at 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.
"Jessica is a sound defender with good pace and ability going forward," Potter said. " She is comfortable playing anywhere across the back. She will be a great addition to the squad and again comes from a winning program and team (F.C. Royals)."
Anna Miller is 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.
"Anna is a very technically gifted player, with both feet. She can play anywhere across the midfield and is a good passer of the ball," Potter said. " Anna is another competent student and comes from a successful club team."
Allison Scurich is 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.
"Allison is an accomplished athlete. She has competed successfully in soccer and basketball and her athleticism and ability to read the game is second to none," Potter said. " Allison is very composed and technically sound. She can play across the back or in the midfield and has captained her club team, West Coast Premier. Her versatility makes her another great addition for our team.
"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 added. "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."