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Sports Beat | Gig Harbor wins another South Sound Conference All-Sports Championship

Posted on June 20th, 2024 By:

Gig Harbor High School won the South Sound Conference‘s 2023-24 All-Sports Championship for overall team success.

The All-Sports Championship recognizes the school that earned the most points — accumulated according to their final position in league standings — in 21 boys and girls sports sanctioned by the league. South Sound Conference teams included Timberline, Capital, River Ridge, Peninsula, Central Kitsap, Gig Harbor, Yelm and North Thurston.

South Sound Conference sports include football, boys and girls cross country, girls volleyball, boys tennis, girls soccer and girls swimming in the fall; boys and girls basketball, boys and girls wrestling, boys swimming, and girls bowling in the winter; and baseball, fastpitch softball, girls tennis, boys soccer, boys and girls golf, and boys and girls track and field in the spring.

Gig Harbor won the award every year since the conference’s inception in 2016. Only the COVID year of 2020-21 slowed the tide, because the award wasn’t given that year.

With the SSC realigning and adding several Tacoma teams next season, this championship concludes a dominant run in the original SSC for the Tides.

Credit to coaching

Gig Harbor athletic director Blair Suek, has overseen the Tide athletic department for the last two seasons and successfully carried the baton to victory after replacing longtime AD Bob Werner, who guided the Tides during the SSC’s inception.

“I think it’s very cool that Gig Harbor has won the award for so many years,” Suek said. “It’s nice to see all of our athletes’ accomplishments being recognized towards earning the award as a school.”

The consistency of winning the award over many years in a row also points to the fine coaches who have led their programs over the years.

“All of our coaches, at GHHS, feeder middle schools, community programs, and anyone who has worked with students here at GHHS have helped the school earn this award each year,” Suek said. “We are lucky to have such dedicated adults in the community, who want to pour effort and time into students to help them experience their chosen sports and activities.”

The All-Sports Championship doesn’t even include three of Gig Harbor’s recent state titles. The Tides’ H2Whoa dance team won two state titles in the past three years, while the Gig Harbor cheerleading squad won Class 3A state championships in 2023.

All-conference awards

Local athletes recognized on All-South Sound Conference teams during the spring sports season include:


First Team All-SSC

Malia Coit, Peninsula, senior

Dani Biehl, Gig Harbor, junior

Emma Vandervort, Gig Harbor, senior

Malia Coit of Peninsula earned first team All-South Sound Conference recognition. Bryce Carithers

Second Team All-SSC

Willow Bonnici, Gig Harbor, freshman

Abby Miller, Gig Harbor, junior

Ava Miranda, Peninsula, junior

Honorable Mention All-SSC

Mira Sonnen, Peninsula, junior

Sophia Hooper, Peninsula, senior

Gracie Carey, Gig Harbor, junior

Payton Cantrell, Gig Harbor, sophomore

Boys soccer

Tyler Dull of Gig Harbor was the South Sound Conference boys soccer Most Valuable Player. Photo by Bryce Carithers

Most Valuable Player

Tyler Dull, Gig Harbor, sr.

First Team All-SSC

Caleb Gilbert, Gig Harbor, senior

Ethan Schuette, Gig Harbor, senior

Henry Blake, Gig Harbor, sophomore

Jackson Ray, Peninsula, senior

Second Team All-SSC

Jack Learned, Gig Harbor, junior

Daniel Holt, Peninsula, junior

Honorable Mention All-SSC

Lucas Maharry, Gig Harbor, senior

Nolan Uffens, Peninsula, senior

Kyler Moffett, Peninsula, sophomore


First Team All-SSC

Riley Westfall, Gig Harbor, pitcher, senior

John Browand, Peninsula, pitcher, sophomore

Daniel Porras, Gig Harbor, INF/OF, junior

Pete Browand, Peninsula, INF, freshman

Matthew Saunders, Peninsula, OF, junior

Second Team All-SSC

Cooper McCutcheon, Gig Harbor, OF, senior

Matthew Sleeter, Peninsula, OF, junior

Honorable Mention All-SSC

Michael Tellez, Peninsula, IF, senior

Kaleb Copeland, Peninsula, IF, sophomore

Quentin Bockhorn, Gig Harbor, P, sophomore

Cole Flowers, Gig Harbor, P, senior

Ryland Heckman, Gig Harbor, IF, senior

Tristian Schaefer, Gig Harbor, OF, senior

Peninsula sophomore pitcher John Browand was named first-team All-South Sound Conference. Photo by Bryce Carithers

Track and Field

All-South Sound Conference

(Conference winners)

Elektra Higgins, Peninsula, junior

Anne Shipp, Peninsula, senior

Grace Holtzclaw, Peninsula, senior

Suri Sardinia, Peninsula, sophomore

Tyler Posey, Peninsula, senior

Ben Stevens, Gig Harbor, senior

Ayden Fink, Gig Harbor, senior

Jonathon Miles, Gig Harbor, senior

DJ Darling, Gig Harbor, sophomore

Matthew Ehler, Gig Harbor, senior

Preston Fradet, Gig Harbor, senior

Eisley Hering, Gig Harbor, freshman

Karin Heikkila, Gig Harbor, sophomore

Rylee Cox, Gig Harbor, junior

Girls Water Polo

First Team All-Puget Sound League

Frances Benson, Gig Harbor, senior

Second Team

Kiah Sawyer, Gig Harbor, senior

Alexis Tujo, Gig Harbor, senior

Honorable Mention

Bridget Oates, Gig Harbor, senior

Dominique Scholman, Peninsula, senior

Reis Every, Peninsula, junior


South Sound Conference MVP

Makenna Baurichter, Peninsula, sophomore

First Team All-SSC

Margaux Mayer, Peninsula, junior

Lindsay Kilcup, Peninsula, senior

Lauren Pitt, Gig Harbor, sophomore

Second Team All-SSC

Abbey Clark, Gig Harbor, senior

Avery Fowler, Gig Harbor, senior

Irene Segura, Peninsula, senior

Olivia Mercado, Peninsula, freshman

Peninsula sophomore tennis player Makenna Baurichter was the most valuable player in the South Sound Conference. Photo by Bryce Carithers