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Published February 1, 2017


Girls BasketballAdrian Johnson photo

Kamiak’s Kate Huguenin (21) attempts to block Monroe’s Monique Fierke’s shot during action Friday, Jan. 27 at Monroe.
Kamiak’s 4th quarter surge secured the win for the Knights over Monroe. With the score tied at 40 and six minutes left in the fourth quarter Kamiak outscored the Bearcats 20 to 9 to lock down the win. Sarah Payne led the Knights with 16 points and Jamie Beirne contributed 12 points of
her own in the victory. Monroe junior Monique Fierke netted 19 points for the Bearcats, while Jadynn Alexander finished with
13 points in the Bearcat loss.
The final score was Kamiak 60, Monroe 49.
Kamiak (11-6, 8-3 league) sits in 3rd place in Wesco 4A. Monroe’s record is 5-12, 3-8 league.
Glacier Peak leads the Wesco 4A with a 16-1 season record as of press time.


boys baskegballDoug Ramsay photo,

Snohomish Panther senior Seth Cavin (right) reaches for the basket as he is defended by Stanwood Spartans Matt Vail (left) and Bryson Kelley (behind Cavin) during first-half
action of the Panthers’ 80-52 loss to the Spartans in Snohomish on Wednesday, Jan. 25. The loss was the Panthers’ (4-13, 2-7 league) sixth in a row as the team continues to struggle with just three games left in the regular season.
The Panther girls (12-5, 7-2 league) also lost to Stanwood last week, but remain in second place in the Wesco 3A standings tied with Shorecrest and Marysville-Getchell.


WrestlingDoug Ramsay photo,

Snohomish Panthers Kyler Carlson (left) grabs ahold of Marysville-Getchell wrestler Trey Padgett to flip Padgett to the mat during the 145-pound match at the Tuesday, Jan. 24 meet in Snohomish.
Carlson would go on to win by decision. In other matches, Snohomish Panthers Preston Smith went up against Marysville-Getchell’s Michael Stewart during the 152-pound match, but was pinned by Stewart in their match. Overall, the Panthers beat the Chargers 56-17 in the wrestling meetup. The win was short-lived as the Panthers (4-7, 3-3 league) lost to the Everett Seagulls (9-3, 4-2 league) 43-13 in Everett on Thursday, Jan. 26.


Published January 25, 2017


Boys BasketballDoug Ramsay photo,

With a two-game lead over the second-place Kamiak Knights, the Glacier Peak Grizzly boys beat the Cascade Bruins and the Lake Stevens Vikings last week to remain in first place of the Wesco 4A.
At 14-1, 9-0 in league play, the Grizzlies have won six straight after falling to Camas in a holiday tournament game on Dec. 21. Above, Grizzly junior Bo Burns (right) battles with Lake Stevens Viking senior Trey Pauitt (center) and Viking junior Ryder Kavanagh for a rebound under the basket in the first half of the Grizzlies’ 69-58 win at home on Friday, Jan. 20.
The top four in the boys’ Wesco 4A conference standings, as of Monday, Jan. 23, are: Glacier Peak (9-0), Kamiak (7-2), Monroe (6-3) and Jackson and Lake Stevens are tied for fourth at 4 wins, 5 losses for each team.


Girls BasketballDoug Ramsay photo,

In their first season of moving up from 3A play, the Glacier Peak Grizzly girls have taken control of Wesco 4A.
The Grizzlies opened the season back in November with an 76-81 loss in a non-league game against Stanwood. That was the last time the team came up short as they have won 14 straight games and hold first place with a two-game lead over second-place Lake Stevens. The Grizzlies (14-1, 9-0 league) beat the Cascade Bruins 62-14 on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at home in the Grizzly Cave, then beat Lake Stevens for a second time this year, as they took a 68-55 win in Lake Stevens on Saturday.
Above, Grizzly senior Kayla Watkins (12) looks to go to the hoop as Cascade Bruin sophomore Kharial Clark tries to defend from behind during first-half action in Wednesday’s game.


BasketballAdrian Johnson photo

With Monroe Center Colby Kyle riding the bench having picked up two fouls early in the game, Monroe guard Trenton Newhouse scored 19 of his 29 points in the first half of action to lead the Bearcats to a 70 -58 victory. In the third quarter of play Kyle came off the bench and led the Bearcats to a 48-37 lead by the start of the fourth quarter. Monroe guard Isaiah Cole added 14 points of his own in the Jan. 20 game at Monroe High.
Above, Monroe guard Trenton Newhouse drives past Jackson defenders Jordan Brajcich and Parker Manalo during action Friday night in Monroe.


Girls BasketballKaitlyn Price photo

Coming off their first win of the season against the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 43-39, the Seagulls raised their conference record to 1-7. They went on again to battle the Tomahawks on Thursday in which they put up a great fight but lost 44-53. Ferndale came to Everett’s territory on Saturday, Jan. 21 with a strong offensive team and was battling neck and neck the entire game. Only
in the fourth quarter did Everett lose it 33-39. Above, Seagull Senior Alexis Rutter battles around Ferndale’s defense players including sophomore Emma Hindes in the photo. This one-on-one challenge was in the second quarter before Rutter made a pass.


VolleyballContributed photo

The SVVC Fusion club’s U14 group started off its season by winning against older kids in the U16 Division of the local MLK volleyball tournament. This has been the third year in a row where they have won the MLK. Prior championships were in the U12, U14 and now U16 age division as a U14 team.
From left to right, back row: Head Coach Dan Morin, Camryn Woodworth, Samaya Morin, Maddie Iseminger, Assistant Coach Gene Smith, Adriana Kimpton, Assistant Coach Scott Kimpton
From left to right, front row: Tatum Smith, Piper Smith, Danica Pel, Kiana Hinckley, Michelle Fast. Not pictured is player Noelle Alberda


Published January 18, 2017


Boys BasketballKaitlyn Price photo

Junior Travis Barnes (2) goes for a lay up against the Marysville-Getchell Chargers with one defender at his back attempting to block the shot, here in the fourth quarter he is adding two points in order to contribute to the final 70-43 point win.
After a tough loss against Snohomish on Tuesday Jan. 3, the Everett boys basketball team got hyped up to come and play with a home court advantage against Shorewood on Friday, Jan. 6. They were able to secure a dominant 78-34 point win. The Seagulls were soaring with pride. With this added confidence they raised their league record to 5-6 before playing Marysville-Getchell on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Everett was ready to spark a winning streak due to the fact that they have won two of the last three games this season. From winning this game against the Marysville - Getchell Chargers, Everett finally tied up their conference record to 6-6.

In other basketball news, the Glacier Peak Grizzly boys basketball have won five straight as they remain undefeated in league play and hold a strong lead in the Wesco 4A. Across the valley at Snohomish High School the Panther boys continue to struggle as they have lost three straight and are 4-10 (2-4 league) for the season. The record is just the opposite with the Panther girls basketball team as they remain just a half game behind the second-place Lynnwood Royals in the Wesco 3A with a record of 10-4 (5-1 league). The Panther girls lost 44-52 to the Royals on Wednesday, Jan. 11 but rebounded with a 59-52 win over the
Edmonds-Woodway Warriors on Friday.


Boys BasketballDoug Ramsay photo,

Snohomish Panther senior Matthew Doran (bottom) works to break free from the hold of the Arlington Eagles’ Brendan Connelly during the 120-pound match of the Panthers’ 24-53 loss in Snohomish on Tuesday, Jan. 10. Doran was able to escape the hold and took the win by pinning Connelly. The loss put the Panthers at 2-5 (1-1 league) on the season.
In other wrestling news,
the Monroe Bearcats scored 57-18 over the Cascade Bruins; Kamiak Knights scored 47-35 over the Jackson Timberwolves; and the Glacier Peak Grizzles scored 53-18 over Mariner.


girls BasketballDoug Ramsay photo,

Glacier Peak Grizzly junior Abbie Juozapaitis (33) drives around Monroe Bearcat senior Amber Westmoreland (20) in the Grizzlies’ 82-39 win in Monroe on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The Grizzlies, standing at 12-1 (7-0 league), continue to dominate the Wesco 4A standings. Monroe’s loss to the Grizzlies was the sixth in a row for the Bearcats, however they broke the string of losses by beating both Cascade (4-9) and Mariner (6-7) late last week to improve their record to 4-8
(3-4 league).


Published January 11, 2017


basketballDoug Ramsay photo,

Having lost their first five games of the season, the Snohomish Panthers are now starting to see some light from within the tunnel as they have won three of their last five games. After wins over the Mariner Marauders and Kelowna, B.C. over the holiday break, the Panthers (4-8, 2-2 league) split the two games last week as they beat the Everett Seagulls in Snohomish 57-55 on Tuesday, Jan. 3, and then lost to the Meadowdale Mavericks 69-75 on Thursday. The Seagulls (5-6, 1-3 league) have won three of their last five games with a 78-34 league win over the Shorewood Thunderbirds and non-league wins over The Juanita Rebels and Lambrick Park, B.C. over the holiday break.
Above, Snohomish Panther junior Darius Johnson (white jersey) tries to drive around Everett Seagull senior Desmond Burton in first-half play of the game in Snohomish on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
In other boys basketball news, the Glacier Peak Grizzlies dominate the Wesco 4A as they sit atop of the league with a record of 10-1 and are undefeated in league action at 5-0. The Cascade Bruins continue their struggle as they lost two in a row last week to Jackson and Lake Stevens to fall to 4-7, 2-3 league.


basketballDoug Ramsay photo,

Snohomish Panther junior Kyra Beckman (left) tries to get a shot up while being defended by an Everett Seagull during first-half action of the Panthers’
47-20 win at Everett High School on Wednesday, Jan. 4. With the victory in
Everett, and a win over the Meadowdale Mavericks on Friday, Jan. 6, the Panthers (9-3 overall) remain undefeated in league play and share the first-place spot in the Wesco 3A with Stanwood and Shorecrest with all three at 4-0 league. The Gulls (1-10) have lost 10 in a row since their season opening win over Meadowdale on Nov. 29.
In other Girls basketball news, the Glacier Peak Grizzlies (10-1) continue to maintain the top spot of the Wesco 4A as they are undefeated (5-0) in league play with a decisive 81-35 win over the Kamiak Knights on Friday, Jan. 6.


BasketballAdrian Johnson photo

Monroe’s Trenton Newhouse is fouled by Mariner guard Dwan Mallett during Wesco 4A action Saturday, Jan. 7 at Mariner High School. The score was 78-54 in Monroe’s favor, with Monroe improving their overall record to 8-3 (3-2 league) with the
win over the Mauraders, who as of that game stand at the bottom of the standings at 2-10 (0-5 league).
Monroe guard Trenton Newhouse led all scorers with 42 points. Mariner guard Drake Cardoza scored 22 points for the Marauders.



Published January 4, 2017

Monroe High’s lone girl diver looks to see program grow

Doug Ramsay photo,

Payton Leidholm of Monroe performs a dive during a practice
session at the Snohomish Aquatic Center in early December.

MONROE — Payton Leid-holm was the only diver who competed last season on the Monroe High School Swim & Dive Team, and she hopes to see that change.
The aquatics team does not have a diver roster, or a diving coach. 
Leidholm has been traveling to the Snohomish Aquatic Center two times a week to practice at the diving well, or deep end of the competition pool. With just a fraction of dive-time the other divers Leidholm competed against this past season had, she managed to place in Districts and qualify for the State meet in November.
Leidholm, 16, took up diving earlier this year after being a gymnast. Her mom, Shannon Leidholm, encouraged her to try diving since she knew her daughter had a love for the water and acrobatics — diving could be the perfect combination.
“I’ve always loved the water and was interested in diving because I liked gymnastics,” Leidholm said. “I think my years in gymnastics transferred over really well and I’m trying to convince other (former gymnasts) to try diving and make a bigger team.”
The school district doesn’t have a coaching position because of the lack of numbers. Leidholm does not think that is fair.
“Most divers, with a coach and access to a diving well, get to practice five days a week or several hours,” said Shannon Leidholm. “She had about 80 percent less practice than other divers and still made it (to Districts, State). If it wasn’t for the support from the swim coach Haley (Graham) and her private lessons, she couldn’t have made it that far.”
Shannon says the code requires it.
“I just hope the school district, the athletic department gets behind this,” Shannon Leidholm said. “She got to the state meet without a full-time coach, and the athletics code says if a child wants to compete in a sport, they’ll give them a coach. They haven’t done that yet, and I hope by her senior year, she — and more divers — will have one. How can you tell a senior who may get to the next level you won’t give her a coach, a chance?”
Monroe school district athletics director Mark Henderson said he was work-ing on it and hopes to pitch a dive coach position during the school board’s series of spring meetings. Henderson said he was working on the athletics budget and hoped to help out any potential dive team athletes with a coach,but he wouldn’t know until this summer if it will happen.
Another diver, a freshman boy named Benson Boone, has joined the Monroe dive team and will begin the new swim and dive season later this month.
The boys swim and dive teams compete in the spring, while the girls compete in the fall.
Leidholm has a strong work ethic and a willing-ness to learn.
During the regular swim and dive season, which wrapped up in November, Leidholm befriended other divers from other school teams such as Lake Stevens, Snohomish and Glacier Peak.
“The other divers, they were so nice to me and they’re all so talented,” Leidholm said. “I learned a lot from them and they were supportive of me since, well, I was all alone. I really liked meeting the other teams and getting to know them, and that makes me want to keep on doing this sport.”
Shannon Leidholm agreed, saying the whole of the swim and dive community is different from any other sport she has been involved
in as a parent.
“Swimming and diving are hard sports because they’re competitive, but the camaraderie I see among the athletes and parents is just amazing,” Shannon Leidholm said. “We really like that sense of community and we want to see other divers join the Monroe team.”
Until next season, which will be her senior year, Leidholm is continuing to go to the Snohomish Aquatic Center to practice her diving technique each week. She hopes to return to the State meet and place better, and in the future hopes to secure a spot on a college dive team.
“I’m not at college level —yet,” Leidholm said with a shy smile. “I’m willing to put in the work to get there,
though and the swim coach and my private lessons coach seem to think I can. And my mom thinks I can, too. I wouldn’t be in this sport without her.”
Shannon Leidholm nodded along, watching her daughter. She remarked her daughter has certainly come a long way from learning to swim in the Mediterranean Sea as a child, when the family lived in Turkey and Italy because of her husband’s work.




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