Josie Hampton

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Peninsula High School

November Athlete of the Month Josie Hampton says one of the things she enjoys most about playing volleyball is how mentally tough you have to be to play the game. “Hardly anyone scores a point in volleyball without someone else making a mistake, and a lot of the time you’re the one making the mistake,” she explained. “You have to be able to shake off things you do wrong in order to win.”


This was something that was a challenge to Josie when she first picked up the sport she has since g...

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Nolan Casey

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Now a senior starter on the Peninsula High School football team, it almost didn’t happen for Nolan Casey. During his sophomore year, Nolan recalls the challenges of playing against competitors much bigger than him. It was such a grind that he nearly gave up. “I thought of quitting, but my coach talked to me and convinced me that quitting would be a mistake. Let’s just say, coach was right,” he said.


Nolan’s junior year he became a starter at inside linebacker and is doing so again his senior season. H...

Kailey Bass

Peninsula High School

Kailey Bass is entering her junior year at Peninsula High School and has already made her mark for the Peninsula High School golf team. She was first team all-league and was also named MVP for her high school team.

And it is not just on the golf course where Kailey succeeds. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her high school career thus far.

Kailey shares that her biggest challenge when it comes to golf is performing under the pressure of others’ expectations. “I’ve always been a people pleaser to an extent, s...

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Gabe Krishnadasan

Gabe Krishnadasan, 17, has learned to not allow what others think stand in the way of success. What many believed would be a transition year for the Peninsula High School soccer team turned into a successful year, especially considering they had many players graduate last year.

“The whole season our team motto was, ‘Show them who we are,’ and we did! We finished second in league and made it to the first round of state,” said Gabe, who has been on the varsity team since his freshman year.

Gabe also served as t...

Hannah Carroll

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Gig Harbor High School

As senior Hannah Carroll graduates from Gig Harbor High School, she can look back with pride on what she has accomplished both athletically and academically over the last four years.

Hanna received a varsity letter in basketball her freshman year and lettered in soccer four years and in track for three. She was the captain of the high school soccer team and was all-league MVP, first team all-league for three years and all-state first team one year for soccer.

“I was a member on the soccer s...

Gig Harbor High School

Anna Stewart

A three-sport athlete, senior Anna Stewart says she has learned a great deal from being involved in soccer, basketball and softball. In particular, she has taken her experiences from each sport and applied them to other things she is doing.

“It’s taught me that trying new things really helps you to grow in each respective one, and that having diverse interests can only help for the future,” said Anna.

She has played soccer and softball all four years and played basketball her freshman through junior years, and ha...

Nate Jones

Gig Harbor High School

Nate Jones, a 17-year-old junior at Gig Harbor High School, is passionate about the game of soccer. His hard work and dedication have certainly paid off as he has been named All-League, All-County and All-State over the course of the past two years. In addition, he holds a 3.7 GPA.

He said one of the biggest challenges he has had to overcome when it comes to playing soccer is to not overthink things.

Nate shares that what he loves about the game of soccer is the family aspect of the team and camaraderie. “With my c...

Jake Flynn

Gig Harbor High School

A senior at Gig Harbor High School, Jake Flynn has been on the school’s football team throughout high school and joined the wrestling team this year. “I began wrestling in third grade and continued through eighth grade but did not wrestle in high school up until this year,” said the 18-year-old. “I finally decided to come out for the team this year, and it definitely was a great decision.”

Jake placed high at several tournaments and qualified for state where he finished fifth in the 195 pound bracket of 32 people....

Ethan Olson

Peninsula High School

Seventeen-year-old Ethan Olson comes from a family of divers and is carrying on the tradition of success when it comes to the sport.

Ethan, who is captain of the dive team, recently qualified for a trip to state in February, scoring a personal best of  375.30 points (to qualify for state a score of 330 is required) and was the undefeated league champion this year.

Ethan, who has a 3.88 GPA, plans to attend Brigham Young University - Idaho to complete his general studies before transferring to BYU - Hawaii, where he...

Isabella Filkins

Peninsula High School

Balancing school with a part-time job, homework and sports is a challenge for anyone. But for Peninsula High School senior Isabella Filkins, it is a challenge she meets with grace and success. The senior has been the varsity cheerleading captain for two years, has a 3.93 GPA, takes honors classes and is also part of the National Honors Society.

“I rarely get days off with my busy schedule,” said Isabella.

Looking ahead, Isabella plans to attend Washington State University in the fall and looks forward to the n...

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