Here are this week’s US Lacrosse Washington Players of the Week:
SEATTLE – Bellarmine Prep junior Jacob Bolek, Lynden High School sophomore Treven Salminen, Lake Washington High School junior Allison Clements and Ballard High School senior Maddie Soukup were named by US Lacrosse as Washington High School Players of the Week for the week of May 2-8.
The US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week in Boys and Girls Division I and II is selected based on exceptional performance and sportsmanship on the field of play by the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association and the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association. The award is presented weekly by the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse and the Washington Stealth.
The players of the week are jointly honored by US Lacrosse and the Washington Stealth professional lacrosse franchise in Everett. To learn more about the US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week visit www.StealthLAX.com.
Boys Division I
University Place, Wash. – Junior, Attack, Bellarmine Preparatory School (Tacoma Lacrosse)
Bellarmine Prep junior Jacob Bolek tallied 15 points, including nine goals and six assists as his Tacoma lacrosse team finished the week 2-0. In Tacoma’s 11-10 win over Eastlake, the 6-2, 175-pound attackman scored four goals, three assists and grabbed three ground balls. In the 16-11 win over King’s Way, Bolek again led the way scoring five goals and delivering three assists.
At Bellarmine, Bolek maintains a 3.50 GPA. The junior began playing lacrosse with Tacoma Youth Lacrosse in the 5th grade and is a three-year starter on the Tacoma squad made up entirely of students from the Bellarmine Preparatory School. Before focusing exclusively on academics and lacrosse, Bolek suited up for the Bellarmine football team as a freshman.
In the community, Bolek is involved with Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life and most recently served as a junior class leader in the St. Xavier Plunge Retreat, which explores and instructs students about life on the streets of Tacoma. Following graduation he plans to pursue studies in architecture and graphic design.
Boys Division II
Lynden, Wash. – Sophomore, Midfield, Lynden High School (North County Lacrosse)
Lynden High School sophomore Treven Salminen is the first North County player to be honored as US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week in the history of the program. In North County’s two wins during the week, Salminen produced 11 points including nine goals and two assists as the Lynden squad scored a total of 24 goals against its opponents. But it was the 6-0, 150-pound midfielder’s work on defense, grabbing 17 ground balls that shined. In North County’s 10-9 win over Everett, Salminen netted six goals and grabbed seven ground balls. And later in the week, Salminen scored three goals, two assists and grabbed 10 ground balls in a 14-6 win over 2010 state Division II runner-up San Juan.
Salminen began playing lacrosse in the 7th grade on the inaugural North County team and is now in his second year playing at the high school level.
On the lacrosse field, Salminen is the North County faceoff specialist. In 2010, he won the program’s “Cavalier Award” as a freshman. The award is presented annually to the North County player who possesses intangible behaviors such as hustle, hard work, a winning attitude and sportsmanship.
Salminen also has played hockey for the past 11 years, skating as a defenseman with the Whatcom Warriors Youth Hockey Club. With Salminen patrolling the blue line, the Whatcom hockey club has earned three consecutive berths in the prestigious Canadian President’s Series and in 2011 brought home its league championship.
Following graduation Salminen hopes to play either lacrosse or hockey with an NCAA school.
Girls Division I
Redmond, Wash. – Junior, Attack, Lake Washington High School (Lake Sammamish Lacrosse)
Lake Washington High School junior Allison Clements tallied 12 points including three hat tricks and three assists as Lake Sammamish finished the week with a win, a tie and a loss. In Lake Sammamish’s 15-11 loss to powerful Snohomish, Clements tallied three goals, an assist, grabbed three ground balls and controlled two draws. In a 17-4 win over Holy Names, Clements again recorded a hat trick and grabbed three ground balls and commandeered six faceoffs. In a 13 -13 tie with five-time defending state champion Lakeside, Clements delivered another three goals, two assists, a ground ball and two draw controls.
Talented in the classroom and athletics, Clements maintains a 3.80 GPA at Lake Washington, where along with being a three-year starter on the Lake Sammamish lacrosse team, the junior is a two-year member of the Kangs volleyball team, played basketball as a freshman and is in her second year on the cheer squad.
This past summer, her cheer squad won the Herkie Team Award for spirit, unity and leadership, “Best Use of Jumps in Camp Routine”, “Best Use of Motions in Cheers/Chants” and was a three-time “Leadership Ribbon” winner all at Central Washington University’s summer Cheer Leadership Camp presented by the Association of Washington School Principals.
In the community, Clements is involved in her local church high school youth group and works part time at a local grocery store. Following graduation she plans to study business and is interested in public relations.
Girls Division II
Seattle, Wash. – Senior, Attack, Ballard High School
Ballard High School senior Maddie Soukup rang up 11 points including eight goals and three assists as the Beavers finished the week 2-0. In Ballard’s 13-12 win over Mukilteo, Soukup scored five goals, an assist, grabbed a ground ball, caused four turnovers and won a draw control. In the Beavers’ 16-9 win over Forest Ridge, Soukup again figured prominently, scoring three goals and two assists, while grabbing three ground balls and causing four turnovers.
An academically talented, multisport athlete at Ballard, Soukup maintains a 3.50 GPA while excelling at lacrosse and basketball. A lacrosse player since the fifth grade where she learned the game with Queen Anne’s Quick Stix youth program, Soukup is now in her third year playing lacrosse for the Beavers and was voted team captain as a senior. As a junior, she was named Second Team All-State as a midfielder and as a sophomore was named First Team All-State at attack.
On the Ballard High hardwood, Soukup has played basketball for four years, winning varsity letters as a sophomore, junior and senior. As a senior, she was the school’s recipient of the Kellen “Bobo” Jones Memorial Scholarship at Ballard High School. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student athlete who embodies the leadership, hard work and teamwork of a Ballard Beaver.
At Ballard, Soukup is a member of the school’s Scandinavian Club and in the community she volunteers as a youth basketball coach and beginning lacrosse instructor.
Following graduation, Soukup plans to enroll at New Jersey’s Drew University where she will play NCAA Division III collegiate lacrosse.