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Bulldog boys put 5 players on All-State team

by Daily Inter Lake
| November 23, 2023 8:06 AM

Five members of Whitefish’s 15-0 boys soccer team — which won the program’s 10th soccer title in October — all All-State for Class A.

Seniors Rye Duffy, Ryder Elliott, Adam Healy and Jackson Dorvall, along with sophomore Kyler Johnson, were among the top eight vote-getters from the Northwest A coaches, who chose an 11-man first team.

Elliott scored 12 goals with 10 assists and Johnson had 13 goals and four helpers for the Bulldogs. Junior Preston McPherson, who scored the goal in Whitefish’s 1-0 championship win over Billings Central, was a second-team pick.

Columbia Falls’ Kai Golan and River Wolford were All-State as well. Golan scored a Class A-best 23 goals and his 52 points also led the state. 

Polson’s Anthony Lichtenberg was also All-State, while teammate Maddox Bird, Libby’s Aldric Martineau and Bigfork’s Caleb Riedesel were all-Northwest A.

All-Northwest A Boys

First Team

Rye Duffy, sr.*    Whitefish

Ryder Elliott, sr.*    Whitefish

Kai Golan, sr.*    Columbia Falls

Adam Healy, sr.*    Whitefish

Kyler Johnson, so.*    Whitefish

Anthony Lichtenberg, sr.*    Polson

River Wolford, jr.*    Columbia Falls

Jackson Dorvall, sr.*    Whitefish

Caleb Riedesel, sr.    Bigfork

Alderic Martineau, jr.    Libby

Maddox Bird, so.    Polson

*-denotes All-State selection

Second team

Bigfork — Quinn Kerr, fr.

Columbia Falls — Max Everett, jr.; Traic Fainter, sr.; Ethan Henjum, jr.

Polson — Tate Barentsen, sr.; Cruz Lies, so. 

Whitefish — Elijah Adams-Griffin, jr.; Griffin Gunlikson, jr.; Charlie Hyatt, sr.; Collin Lyman, sr.; Preston McPherson, jr.

Honorable Mention

Corban Benson, jr., Bigfork; Colby Iliff, so., Libby; Nolan Morris, so., Libby; Ashten Nelson, sr., Polson; Rafe Rusche, jr., Columbia Falls.

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