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Grand Lake Area Players to Watch, Unsung Heroes & Underclassmen to Watch – presented by Welch State Bank

Players to Watch

Baseball

Alex Oliver – Grove

Alex is an outstanding baseball player that has signed to play at Coffeyville Community College next season. He will start in the outfield and also be a big arm on the mound for the Ridgerunners.

Wilson Rife – Vinita

Rife is a junior that can swing the bat very well. Has a good arm and the team looks to get innings out of him after a shoulder injury sidelined him from playing defense in 2021.

Boys Soccer

Roger Hernandez – Commerce

Roger has been a part of the Commerce soccer program for all four years. He has dedicated his time and effort to perfecting the art of soccer as well as his leadership skills. He is a great addition to the team and will strive to make this season remarkable.

Tyler Helton – Grove

Having Helton on the field is like having a coach out there. He is a smart and dependable player. 

Damen Dillingham, Jordy Andres, and Shane Douthit – Miami

The three seniors on this year’s squad, they are all three outstanding players that will have a big impact on the team’s success this season.

Girls Soccer

Jovana Moreno – Commerce

Jovana is a three-year returning starter that has consistently demonstrated a high skill level at every position. Her relentless effort and exceptional skill help to set the tone for the team and effectively raises the level of play for all those around her.

Megan Gibbs – Grove

Megan is a talented player, capable of playing anywhere on the field. She led the team in scoring as a freshman in 2019, before moving back into the midfield in 2021. Megan is a high IQ soccer player who makes all of her teammates better. She is dominant in the air, while also being able to thread the final ball or finish off an attacking move herself. She is a vocal leader who helps her teammates out on and off the field.

Underclassmen to Watch

Baseball

Brady Robinson – Afton

Brady is the type of kid that truly loves baseball. His work ethic is second to none. As a freshman, Brady will see a lot of meaningful innings on the mound and hit in an early slot in the lineup.

Caden Gain – Grove

Caden is a skilled athlete that works hard and always tries to be his best.

Hunter Todd – Vinita

Entering this season, Hunter is looking to make an impact on the team.

Boys Soccer

Cesar Carrillo – Commerce

A hard worker, Cesar is one that gives it his maximum effort every time he steps on the field. 

Christopher Johnson – Grove

Johnson is a strong competitor that has put in a lot of time and effort to get where he is today.

GIrls Soccer

Shannon Barnstead – Commerce

Barnstead is an all-around great kid and she brings a lot of excitement to the team.

Madelyn Kitchen – Grove

She excels on the field and in the classroom. She is also a great teammate that cares about her team.

Unsung Heroes

Baseball

Hayden Chandler – Grove

He is a terrific kid that is always willing to do whatever he can to help his teammates.

Paul Glasscock – Vinita

Paul loves the game of baseball, and you can see that every time he steps on the field. 

Boys Soccer

Gabe Martinez – Commerce

Gabe is an outstanding team player and all of his contributions to the team do not show up on the stat sheet.

Jordan Helsel – Grove

When Helsel is on the field, he gives it everything he has and works as hard as he can.

GIrls Soccer

Joy Fuentes – Commerce

Joy is a fun kid that works hard and is always ready to compete. 

Anna Bacon – Grove

On and off the field, Anna is a great teammate and is coachable.

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