Double Decade Domination

2002 A Banner Year for Prep Athletics


Audrey Cromett, Staff Writer

Twenty years ago, Seattle Prep was unbeatable. Over 40 Panthers were crowned state champions while even more basked in the glory of winning Metro League and District titles.

Girls’ Volleyball, led by senior Jenica Leonard and coach Eagan, went 6-1 throughout the regular season and continued to dominate throughout the metro, district, and state tournaments. They capped off their season with a win against Columbia River, keeping the trophy at home after successfully defending their State win the year prior.

The Panther’s success on the court didn’t stop there. On their own court, the tennis team served their way to victory. They not only won state, but metros and districts as well. Their undefeated season ended with a 7-4 victory, and to make it even sweeter, they defeated heavy rivals Lakeside. Brett Blasingame, Ryan Slemons, Lauren Cook, and Caitlyn Coakley were all a part of the 2001 tennis team as well, getting to experience not only one but two state titles. Yes, they went back-to-back!

During the fall, the girls’ basketball team was crowned metro league winners as well as making a deep run into the state tournament. They fell short in a bitter defeat; however they kept their heads up high and managed to secure the silver medal, 2nd place. They were not the only girls’ team to win either. During the spring, the golf team, led by Sarah Miller, won the Metro League too. Miller played a huge role for the Panther’s throughout the season and was rightly named Metro League individual champion.

To add to the slew of trophies won during the 2002 season, boys lacrosse took the state title while boys baseball won the Metro League championship. Unfortunately, last year’s athletic season was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the Panther’s didn’t let this stop them! Both boys’ and girls’ basketball as well as girls’ soccer and cross country won their respective Metro League titles! That leaves you asking that question; what could have happened if the Panther’s were able to compete throughout the full year?