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November 19, 2014

Doug’s prep sports update

The fall sports season came to a close this past week for the Snohomish girl’s soccer and volleyball teams as they were both eliminated during opening rounds of the state tournament.
After three overtime matches during the District playoff tournament, the Panthers soccer team qualified for the state tournament. The team opened the state tournament against the Central Valley Bears in Spokane on Tuesday, Nov. 11 where they lost 6-1. Junior Holly Rothering scored the Panthers’ lone goal in the game as Snohomish finished the season with a record of 13-6-1. Sophomore Quinn Otteson led the Panthers this season netting nine goals while assisting on three. Senior Kaytlin Willis and junior Madison Pollock each finished the season with eight goals and three assists. Otteson’s older sister Ellie – a senior – scored seven goals for the season.
Both of the Panthers goal keepers had shutouts this season with junior Niki Denk recording four and senior Taylor Knapinski two.
Having taken the district title for a second straight year, the Panther volleyball team headed to the state tournament in Lacey this past weekend where they also had their hands full of Bears: Both the Tahoma Bears of Tacoma and the Central Valley Bears of Spokane Valley defeated the Panthers in back to back games. Losing the first set in game one against Tahoma, the Panthers rallied to take a win in set two and then came up short in the final two sets for the 3-1 loss. Against Central Valley the Panthers were down 2-0 to take the third set, but again lost the final set for a season ending 3-1 loss. The Panther finished the season 15-3.
The football season also came to a close for the Lake Stevens Vikings as they lost to the Newport Knights 43-40 in the opening round of the state tournament in Lake Stevens on Saturday, Nov. 16. — Doug Ramsay


silvertipsWith back to back wins at home over the past weekend, the Everett Silvertips continue to maintain the top spot in the Western Hockey League’s U.S. Division. The Tips (14-5) opened the weekend against the Portland Winterhawks with a 4-3 comeback win in an overtime shootout on Friday, Nov. 14. The following night the Tips again needed to go into an overtime shootout where they beat the Kamloops Blazers 3-2. Above, Tips center Brayden Low misses as he tries to sneak the puck past Winterhawks goaltender Brendan Burke during second period action. The Tips take to the road this week as Disney On Ice performs at Xfinity Arena this weekend. The team returns home for five games starting Nov. 26 against Kamloops.

GPHS tennis team are champions

tennis champsThe Glacier Peak boys tennis team recently won the 2014 Wesco District South 3A division championship. Pictured in this photo are Scott Wilson (tied for 4th in singles) and team captains Ethan Jones, Patrick Rulangrath and Tucker Davis.

Contributed photo by Alberta Jones


November 12, 2014

Doug's football update

The quad-district football playoffs, which are a prelude to the state tournament, began last week with four area schools competing in the playoffs.

The Monroe Bearcats finished the regular season with a 7-2 record qualifying them as the district’s third seed. To open the playoffs on Friday, Nov. 7 the Bearcats traveled to Graham where they faced the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles who finished their season at 9-1. Down 21-10 at the half, the Bearcats were able to muster just one touchdown in the second half for a 42-17 loss bringing their season to a close.

After defeating the Snohomish Panthers a week before, the Mariner Marauders entered the playoffs as the district’s fourth seed where they faced the Federal Way Eagles (8-2). The Marauders outcome was similar as they lost 46-14 ending their season at 6-4.

The Glacier Peak Grizzlies faced the Auburn Mountainview Lions (10-1) in Auburn in the 3A quad-district playoffs with a similar fate losing 45-22. The Grizzlies finished the season 6-4.

The lone area school to come out with a victory last weekend was the Lake Stevens Vikings (9-1) who easily defeated the Timberline Blazers (5-5) 51-14 in Lake Stevens to advance to the state tournament.

The Snohomish Panthers will be heading to the state tournament but they had to take the long road to get there. Finishing the regular season 11-4-1, the Panthers entered the district tournament hosting the Kamiak Knights on Tuesday, Nov. 4 where Snohomish lost 3-2 in overtime. The loss dropped the Panthers into two loser-out games where they needed to win overtime shootouts in both. On Thursday, Nov. 6 they beat Mount Vernon 3-1 at Mariner’s Frank Goddard Stadium and then took revenge on Kamiak, beating the Knights 2-1 at John C. Larson Stadium in Arlington on Saturday, Nov. 8. The Panthers will take on the Central Valley Bears of Spokane (16-2-0) in Puyallup in a game with a date not yet determined at press time. Meanwhile, the Monroe Bearcats (6-10-1) ended their season with a 1-0 loss in first-round district tournament action on Nov. 1. The Glacier Peak Grizzlies entered the 3A district tournament as the seventh seed and lost to the Arlington Eagles 3-1 on Nov. 1 and then to Stanwood 1-0 on Nov. 4 bring their season to a close.


SoccerSnohomish junior Holly Rothering (20) battles with Kamiak’s Alexie Morris (right) for the ball while Kamiak’s Anne Ferguson (left) looks on during action of the Nov. 4 game in Snohomish.



For the second straight year in a row, the Snohomish Panthers (15-1) took the 4A District 1 title by defeating the Kamiak Knights 3-1 at Mountlake Terrace High School on Thursday, Nov. 6. After the Knights took the first set 25-23, the Panthers rebounded and won the final three sets with scores of 25-20, 25-21 and 25-20 to take the title and head to the state tournament in Lacey, where they will open against the Tahoma Bears on Friday Nov. 14.


Snohomish senior Mackenzie Harris (4) goes up to spike the ball past Kamiak’s Katie Petterson during the Nov. 6 game.



In other volleyball news, The Monroe Bearcats (9-10) had their season come to a close as they lost 3-2 to Kamiak in the winner-to-state game at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Saturday, Nov. 8. The Bearcats opened the district playoffs with a 3-1 win against Jackson only to take a 3-1 loss to Kamiak in the second round. Wins against Cascade and Jackson on Nov. 8 placed the Bearcats in the winner-to-state game.
After finishing the regular season with a 7-7 record, the Glacier Peak Grizzlies qualified for the 3A district tournament were they won one of three games finishing their season with a 3-2 loss to Ferndale on Thursday Nov. 6 in Marysville.


November 5, 2014

Doug’s football update

At left: On a rare Saturday afternoon game, the Snohomish Panthers found their season come to a close Nov. 1 after the Panthers’ late game rally fell short against the Mariner Marauders at Frank Goddard Stadium in Everett. Trailing 28-14 at half time, the Panthers scored 19 points in the fourth quarter. However, a poorly completed handoff from junior quarterback Kobe McDaniel to senior Boomer Vuori was fumbled on a two point conversion and recovered by a Mariner player with just over a minute to play. The change in field direction allowed the Marauders to hold on with a 41-40 win. The game dashed the Panthers’ (4-5) hopes of reaching the 4A state playoffs for the first time in a number of years.

In other football news: The Glacier Peak Grizzlies (6-3) advance to 3A State playoffs after defeating the Arlington Eagles 27-6 on Saturday, Nov. 1. The Grizzlies will travel to Auburn to face Auburn-Riverside on Friday, Nov. 7. The Monroe Bearcats (7-2, 5-2 league) finished the regular season with a third place seed in District 1 4A and will travel to Graham to take on the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles in first round action. The Everett Seagulls finished their season with their first win beating the Shorewood T-Birds 27-16 in Everett on Thursday, Oct. 30. After what looked like a prosperous season, the Cascade Bruins (2-7) were hindered by a number of season ending injuries of starting players and lost six games in a row including a 44-7 loss to Kamiak on Friday, Oct. 31.
­— by Doug Ramsay

footballLeft, Vuori (center) finds a hole in the line to dash into the end zone for the Panthers’ first touchdown in the first quarter.





Prep sports update

Soccer: Needing to win their final two games of the season to secure a first round bye in the 4A district tournament, the Snohomish Panthers girls’ soccer team accomplished this with a 3-1 win over the Jackson Timberwolves on Monday, Oct. 27 and a 1-0 win over Mount Vernon two nights later. The Panthers finished the regular with an 11-4-1, (11-3-0 league) record and landed the second seed in the tournament.

soccerPanther senior Ellie Otteson (center) fights off Timberwolves’ freshman Bryn Matheson (9) and senior Lynnae George (12) during first half action on Oct. 27.

In other soccer news, the Glacier Peak Grizzlies girls’ soccer team (6-10-1, 5-6-1 league) qualified for the 3A district tournament with the seventh seed. The Grizzlies opened the tournament against No. 2 seed Arlington Eagles where they lost 3-1. They faced Stanwood in a loser out game after press time. Meanwhile, the Monroe Bearcats were knocked out of contention by Mount Vernon last week. The 0-1 loss ended the Bearcats’ season at 6-10-1.

In volleyball news: The Snohomish Panthers finished the regular season with the Wesco 4A title and headed into the 4A district tournament as the No. 1 seed for their district game Tuesday, Nov. 4 after press time. The Cascade Bruins (7-8) will play in a loser out game this week against an opponent that is yet to be determined at press time. The Monroe Bearcats (7-8) beat Jackson 3-1 in first round play and advanced to take on No. 2 seed Kamiak after press time. The Glacier Peak Grizzlies (7-8) fell to Edmonds-Woodway 3-1 in first round 3A tournament action and faced Lynnwood in a loser out game on Tuesday, Nov. 4 after press time. — by Doug Ramsay


October 29, 2014

Doug’s football update

After the tragic shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School October 24 (in which, as of press time, three students have died, including the freshman shooter,) the Snohomish School District decided to postpone all sports activities over the past weekend. The Snohomish Panthers (2-5) were to host the Jackson Timberwolves (1-6) at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium on Friday, Oct. 24 but the game was rescheduled to be played on Monday, Oct. 27 after press time. The Panthers will travel to Mariner on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. to play the Marauders for their final regular season game. The Glacier Peak Grizzlies’ (4-3) game against Edmonds-Woodway at Edmonds District Stadium was also rescheduled for Monday, Oct. 27 after press time. The season continues to spiral downward for the Cascade Bruins (2-6) as they are were shutout for the a second straight week in a row losing to the Mount Vernon Bulldogs 28-0 in Mount Vernon. The Everett Seagulls (0-8) lost to the Arlington Eagles in Arlington 57-14.


sportsEverett Silvertip right winger Carson Stadnyk (left) tries to fend off Seattle Thunderbird defenseman Jared Hauf during second period action in the Tips' 2-1 overtime win at Xfinity Arena in Everett on Oct. 25. The night was also the Tips' sixth annual “Pink the Rink” night as they honored breast cancer survivors. The Tips have been on a roll to open this season having won eight of their first 12 games putting them in second place in their conference. The next home game is Saturday, Nov. 1.

sportsSophomore quarterback Zach Zimmerman (4) looks for a hole in the line as he rushes on a quarterback keeper in the fourth quarter of the game. The game started with a moment of silence honoring Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

Needing a win to clinch a playoff berth, the Monroe Bearcats used a combination of air and ground attack to beat the Mariner Marauders 28-16 on a rainy night in Monroe on Friday, Oct. 24.

sportsSnohomish Panther junior Kyla Mellick (13) slams the ball past Kamiak Knight senior Tiffany Nielson during the Panthers 3-1 win in Snohomish on Tuesday, Oct 21.

The win clinched a playoff berth for the Panthers in the district tournament that starts on November 1. Senior Mackenzie Harris led the Panthers with 18 kills.

With just two games remaining in the regular season, the Panthers remain in first place with a record of 11-1.



October 22, 2014

SoccerSnohomish Panther sophomore Quinn Otteson (10) and Monroe Bearcat sophomore Cierra Mattern tussle over possession of the ball during first-half action at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Snohomish on Thursday, Oct. 16.

Sophomore Madison Bradley scored the game’s lone goal off of corner kick by Mattern to give the Bearcats a 1-0 win. The loss dropped the Panthers (7-4-1, 7-3-0 conference) into a three-way tie for second place in the Wesco 4A with Kamiak and Mount Vernon. The Bearcats (5-7-0, 5-5-0 conference) continue to hold the third place spot with less than two weeks left in the regular season.

cascade footballCascade Bruin sophomore Jacob Elenbaas (30) uses a block from senior lineman Luis Pomar (52) to gain extra rushing yards during the first-half of the Bruins 42-0 loss in Monroe on Friday, Oct. 17.

football Monroe Bearcat sophomore quarterback Zach Zimmerman (4) rushes up field during the first-half in the Bearcats 42-0 shutout of the Cascade Bruins on homecoming night in Monroe on Friday, Oct. 17.


Doug's football update

It was a night of blowouts as football games throughout Wesco were decided by lopsided scores in week seven of the season on Friday, Oct. 17. With nine of their starters sidelined with injuries, the Cascade Bruins have seen their season slide farther away with a fourth straight loss. In the rain on homecoming night in Monroe, the Bearcats shutout the Bruins 42-0. Senior Shanden Mixayphone scored two of the Bearcats’ touchdowns as did Jacob Jerome. The Bearcats (5-2, 3-2 conference) are tied for second place in the Wesco 4A with Mariner, who they will face this week in Monroe. The Snohomish Panthers weren’t able to keep their winning streak going as they lost to the Kamiak Knights in Everett 62-38. Freshman running back Keegan Stitch (393 yards for season) ran for 89 yards for the Panthers who are 2-5 (2-3 conference). The Glacier Peak Grizzlies (4-3, 3-2 conference) shutout Shorecrest 41-0 at Shoreline Stadium. The Everett Seagulls (0-7) lost to Marysville-Getchell 35-26 at Everett Memorial Stadium. —


October 15, 2014

In what was once one of the biggest rivalries in Wesco football, The Snohomish Panthers and the Cascade Bruins faced each other for the first time in a number of years at Snohomish Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday, Oct. 10. In years past the Panthers and the Bruins would battle each other every year for the Wesco title, but as the conference grew the two were separated into the north (Snohomish) and south (Cascade) divisions. With restructuring of Wesco this year, the two were able face each other again, as the Panthers held the Bruin offence scoreless in a 34-2 win. Cascade’s only points were on a safety late in the third quarter. The loss was the Bruins’ third in a row. Freshman running back Keegan Stitch led the Panthers rushing for two touchdowns including a 25 yard run in the fourth quarter. Both teams have a record of 2-4 for the season.
In other football news, The Glacier Peak Grizzlies led 22-0 at the half but could not hold the Mountlake Terrace Hawks in the second half as the Hawks rallied with 33 points to beat the Grizzlies 33-23 at Edmonds District Stadium. The loss drops the Grizzlies into third place of the Wesco 3A south division.
The Monroe Bearcats were bombed by the Lake Stevens Vikings’ aerial attack losing 63-14 in Lake Stevens. The Vikings threw for 316 yards and scored six times from the air.
The Mariner Marauders won for the third straight time as they rushed for 290 yards to beat Mount Vernon 20-10 in Everett.
The Everett Seagulls continue to search for their first win of the year as they lost to Marysville-Pilchuck 56-14 at Everett Memorial Stadium.

footballPanther senior defensive back Boomer Vuori (29) returns a fumble recovery 32 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.


footballCascade Bruin senior Nick Lovest (15) tries to elude a tackle from Panther senior defender Jonas Skalsky during the first-half.


October 8, 2014

The Glacier Peak Grizzlies lost their second game in a row as they were blanked 30-0 by No. 1 ranked Bellevue.

The Monroe Bearcats lost their first game of the season to Kamiak 27-23 in Everett.

The Cascade Bruins were swamped on their homecoming night, losing to Lake Stevens 52-0. The Everett Seagulls lost their game on 29-7 to Stanwood.

The Snohomish Panthers celebrated both homecoming and their first win of the season as they defeated the Mount Vernon Bulldogs 23-17 in an overtime win in Snohomish on Friday, Oct. 3. Freshman running back Keegan Stich led the Panthers' ground-dominating attack with 88 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

footballSenior running back Connor Browne (21) tries to jump over two Mount Vernon defenders in the first half.

volleyballSnohomish Panther junior outside hitter Kyla Mellick (13) reaches to slam the ball as Cascade Bruin junior Vy Nguyen goes up to block during the second set of the Panthers 3-0 win in Snohomish on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

A followup win by Snohomish two nights later allowed the Panthers to retain first place along in the Wesco 4A tied with Kamiak. The Bruins are tied for second place in the rankings.


October 1, 2014

The Glacier Peak Grizzlies found the Meadowdale Mavericks’ rushing offense a challenge as Glacier Peak was handed its first loss of the year. Down 23-5 at the half, the Grizzlies were able to corral the Maverick offense in the second half, but could only muster two touchdowns to take a 30-19 loss at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Snohomish. The Grizzlies (3-1, 2-1 league) travel to Bellevue on Oct. 3 to take on indomitable No. 1-ranked Wolverines, the reigning Wesco 3A title holders the past six years.

footballGrizzly junior Justin Guffey (dark jersey) tightly clutches the ball as he is hit by Meadowdale’s Malik Braxton (left) and Blake Jackson.

In other football news: The Snohomish Panthers remain winless as they were beat 41-31 by the Wesco 4A leaders Lake Stevens. The Monroe Bearcats blew out the Jackson Timberwolves 62-20 in Monroe to remain undefeated.

SoccerSnohomish Panther junior Holley Rothering (20) and Monroe Bearcat sophomore Cierra Mattern compete for the ball in the first-half of the Panthers’ 1-0 win in Monroe on Monday, Sept. 22. Rothering scored the game’s lone goal.

The Panthers (4-1-1, 4-0 league) beat Mariner 13-0 the following game to stay in a two-way tie for first place with Jackson.

The Bearcats (2-4-0) were shut out again in a following game against Jackson.



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