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Holm selected as NWL player of the year


Pirate, coach lauded by league coaches

Alaina Holm has had a busy year.

She’s been the Homecoming Queen at Neah-Kah-Nie High School.

On Saturday, the senior added another crown – the Northwest League’s player of the year title.

Alaina Holm, the Northwest League player of the year, drives past a Vernonia defender Saturday in the NWL tournament championship game in Dayton.
Alaina Holm, the Northwest League player of the year, drives past a Vernonia defender Saturday in the NWL tournament championship game in Dayton.

 

It came after she had finished with just six points in a tough battle with the undefeated league champions, Vernonia. She also spent almost half the game on the bench with foul trouble.

But it was the league coaches who recognized the impact the senior had in the league race.

“That’s an awesome honor for her. She has worked her tail off,” coach Corey Douma.

Neah-Kah-Nie coach Corey Douma was named as the Northwest League's coach of the year Saturday after the title game in the NWL tournament at Dayton High School. It was the second time in the last three years he earned the honor from all the coaches in the league.
Neah-Kah-Nie coach Corey Douma was named as the Northwest League’s coach of the year Saturday after the title game in the NWL tournament at Dayton High School. It was the second time in the last three years he earned the honor from all the coaches in the league.

 

Douma also picked up an honor, being named the league’s coach of the year for the second time. He previously picked up the COY award after the 2014 season.

The coach said that it was the work by the team and his assistant coaches who were really responsible for the honor after an 11-3 league season where they finished second to an undefeated Vernonia (14-0).

“I won it because of them,” he said. “It was the work by Jenna Archibald and Corky Corwin. They were outstandings.”

Romig makes first team

Neah-Kah-Nie senior Annie Romig selected to the league’s first team by coaches, while Vernonia and Faith Bible each placed two players on the five-person squad. Vernonia had Leire Valladores and Paige Smith make the squad, while Faith Bible placed both Malia Masters and Jessica Irving.

Honorable mention

Neah-Kah-Nie senior Jamey Sherman was selected to the honorable mention list and was joined by three Gaston players (Julia Clark, Madi Watkins and Taylor Bassel. City Christian put two players on the squad, Jennifer Cruz-Rodriguez and McKayla Belefski.