WASILLA — A former Wasilla Warriors girls’ soccer standout has made a quick impact at the next level.
Alexis Friesen, a 2019 graduate of Mat-Su Career and Technical High School, scored the game-winning goal during the University of Nevada-Reno’s 2-1 victory over Pacific Aug. 25. Friesen, a freshman, scored in the 70th minute her first career college goal in just her second career game for the Division I program.
Friesen was a four-year starter for the Warriors, and was named the 2019 Railbelt Conference Player of the Year. As a junior, Friesen helped the Warriors advance to a girls’ state soccer final for the first time in school history.
A former Colony High School standout has been recognized before her sophomore season of college volleyball has started. UAA standout Eve Stephens has been named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Preseason All-Conference Team.
Stephens, a 6-foot-1 right-side hitter and 2018 graduate of Colony High, enjoyed a stellar start to her Division II volleyball career. Stephens was named the GNAC Freshman of the Year and grabbed first-team all-conference honors following her freshman season. She was sixth in the conference with a .330 attack percentage, and eighth with an average of 3.18 kills per game.
During her time at Colony High, Stephens was named the Northern Lights Conference Player of the Year twice and was also the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman/Mat-Su Seahawkers Student-Athlete of the Year.
Stephens and the Seawolves open their season Sept. 5 against Regis University at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Valley Grown is a regular feature highlighting the work of Valley athletes at the next level. Contact Frontiersman managing editor Jeremiah Bartz at firstname.lastname@example.org.