More than eight months have passed since the 2020 Washington state girls basketball championships — the last high school sports event to take place before the COVID-19 shutdown.
While high school sports remain on hold in Washington, many of last year’s seniors are preparing to compete on a bigger stage in college.
Where are last year’s all-state seniors now? Let’s take a look:
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Aaliyah Alexander, Beamer
COLLEGE: Alexander is playing college basketball for Eastern Washington University.
Keeli Burton-Oliver, Eastlake
COLLEGE: Burton-Oliver is playing Pac-12 college basketball for Arizona State University.
Mason Oberg, Union
COLLEGE: Oberg is playing college basketball for NCAA Division II Western Washington University.
Jayda Noble, Mount Spokane (Player of the Year)
COLLEGE: Noble is playing Pac-12 college basketball at the University of Washington.
The 2019-20 Greater Spokane League player of the year is the consummate do-everything contributor – on both ends of the floor. Now enrolled at the UW, Noble will get an opportunity to contribute right away after the team lost junior guard Missy Peterson for the upcoming season with a serious knee injury.
Tiarra Brown, Bethel
COLLEGE: Brown is playing NCAA Division I college basketball for Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dalayah Daniels, Garfield
COLLEGE: Daniels is playing Pac-12 college basketball at the University of California Berkeley.
Meghan Fiso, Garfield
COLLEGE: Fiso is playing Big Ten college basketball at the University of Michigan.
Keylie Hershey, Lynden
COLLEGE: Hershey is playing college basketball at Wenatchee Valley Community College.
Hailey Marlow, West Valley of Spokane
COLLEGE: Marlow is playing college basketball at NCAA Division II Seattle Pacific University.
Hailey Van Lith, Cashmere (Player of the Year)
COLLEGE: Van Lith is playing college basketball at the University of Louisville.
After sweeping state player of the year honors for every media outlet — and leaving as Washington’s all-time leading scorer (2,994 points) — Van Lith was on an airplane to Kentucky (and videotaped her adventure on social media). Even with a group of talented playmakers in the fold, including reigning ACC player of the year Dana Evans, Van Lith is expected to be a contributor right away at Louisville as a true freshman.
Riley Dykstra, Lynden Christian
COLLEGE: Dykstra is playing college basketball at NCAA Division II Western Washington University.
Grace Erdmann, Cashmere
COLLEGE: Erdmann is playing college basketball at Wenatchee Valley Community College.
Maisie Burnham, Liberty of Spangle (Player of the Year)
COLLEGE: Burnham is playing college basketball at Eastern Washington University.
The talented guard, who also was SBLive WA’s 2B athlete of the year, is enrolled at the college down the road in Cheney. And the Eagles have big plans for Burnham – in a variety of roles. “Maisie is a jack of all trades on the court and embodies the toughness we want to play with. She will bring not only a great basketball skillset, but she is also a phenomenal student and leader,” EWU women’s coach Wendy Schuller said.
Justine Benson, La Conner
COLLEGE: Benson is playing college volleyball at Bellevue College.
Kal Schaplow, Toledo
COLLEGE: Schaplow is playing college basketball at Eastern Washington University.
Maddy Dixon, Pomeroy (Player of the Year)
COLLEGE: Dixon is playing college basketball at NAIA University of Providence in Montana.
The 1B standout who lists another small-school great (Reardan’s Kelsey Moos) as her favorite player will now get a chance to tear up the NAIA ranks. She comes into Providence as the only incoming post player in the 2020 recruiting class. Dixon was selected as SBLive WA’s 1B athlete of the year, too.
Korin Baker, Curlew
COLLEGE: Baker is playing college basketball at NCAA Division III Whitman College.
Rylee Desautel, Inchelium
COLLEGE: Desautel is playing college softball at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.
Josie Droog, Mount Vernon Christian
COLLEGE: Droog is playing college basketball at NAIA Dordt University in Iowa.
Mia Pakootas, Inchelium
COLLEGE: Pakootas is playing college volleyball at Spokane Falls Community College.
Lizzy Perry, Oakesdale
COLLEGE: Perry is playing college basketball at Spokane Falls Community College.