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Published October 26, 2016


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Monroe quarterback Zach Zimmerman (left, foreground) runs for 55 yards and a touchdown in the second quarter of action on Friday, Oct. 21 on home turf against Jackson.
The Monroe Bearcats improved their record to 8 - 0, defeating the Jackson Timberwolves
54 - 14 on Friday, Oct. 21 in Monroe. Monroe quarterback Zach Zimmerman ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more in the victory. Monroe running back J.J. Jerome opened the scoring for the Bearcats with a 94-yard run from scrimmage. Jerome rushed for 218 yards and three touchdown. Monroe’s defense held the Timberwolves scoreless until late in the second quarter when Jackson’s Jordan Brajcich completed a 17-yard pass to Jonathan Navarro.
Jerome’s efforts gives him a Wesco-leading 1,642 rushing yards on the season.
The win sets up next week’s showdown of the two undefeated teams in the division, as the Bearcats travel to Lake Stevens to go up against the Vikings. One must fall as both teams are currently at the top of the Wesco 4A standings.


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Glacier Peak Grizzly senior Colton Bunt (left) crosses the goal line for a touchdown before Kamiak Knight defender Dakota Bueing could bring him down during first-half action in the Grizzlies’ 45-21 win during the school’s homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 21.
It was the Grizzlies first win in four weeks after the Grizzlies lost three straight games to Monroe, Lake Stevens and Mariner. Lake Stevens and Monroe are so far undefeated. With the Jackson Timberwolves losing to Monroe on Friday night, the Grizzlies (4-4, 3-3 conference) were able to move up into a tie with Jackson for the third place spot in the Wesco 4A with just one game left in the regular season.
In other football action, The Snohomish Panthers won decisively for a second straight week as they beat Shorewood 63-21 at Shoreline Stadium. Junior Keegan Stitch ran for 203 yards to add to his Wesco 3A leading 1,471 yards on the season. The win kept the Panthers (5-3, 4-2 conference) in playoff contention as the stay tied with Lynnwood for third place in the Wesco 3A South.


Published October 19, 2016


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Snohomish Panther junior Keegan Stich leaps over Mountlake Terrace’s Edgar Carbajal trying to avoid being tackled as he runs up field for big yardage in the first half of the Panthers’ 55-20 win over the Hawks in Snohomish on Friday, Oct. 14.
Stitch lead the Panthers (4-3, 3-2 conference) scoring five touchdowns while rushing for 184 yards. Also last week, the Glacier Peak Grizzlies fell to the Mariner Marauders 27-20 in Everett.


Published October 12, 2016


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Snohomish Panther junior Keegan Stich steps over Edmonds-Woodway defender Anthony Lindamood in an attempt to avoid being tackled as he runs up field for big yardage in the first half of the Friday, Oct. 7 game. Both teams kept even with each other, but a missed extra point by the Panthers in the fourth quarter and a failed two-point conversion in the final minutes doomed the Panthers to a 28-26 loss.


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Mariner Marauders Tyrone Jones (23) and Jordan Davis-Miller (54) try to take down Monroe’s J.J. Jerome (2) as he crosses the goal line Oct. 7 at Monroe. The so-far undefeated Bearcats won over Mariner 58-7. Jerome rushed for 363 yards, five touchdowns and one touchdown.


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Monroe Bearcat sophomore Sophia Barber (14) tries to slam the ball over the net and pass the outreached arms of a Kamiak Knight defender while Bearcat sophomore Tatum McGovern (10) watches during the second set of the Bearcats’ match against the Knights in Monroe on Thursday, Oct. 6. The Bearcats won the match 3-1 for a third straight victory as they improved to 5-3 and remain in second-place of the Wesco 4A behind undefeated Lake Stevens.


SwimmingVarsity girls team swimmers from Snohomish, Monroe, Glacier Peak and Kamiak ready for the starting buzzer at the Oct. 4 multi-dual meet in the Snohomish Aquatic Center. Overall, Kamiak dominated the meet with multiple counts of 100-plus points against its opponents, scoring mostly in the relay events.
Meet scores:
Snohomish 141, Monroe 33
Kamiak 103, Snohomish 77
Kamiak 142, Monroe 32
Glacier Peak 143, Monroe 38
Kamiak 108, Glacier Peak 77

SwimmingSnohomish senior Sedona Munguia comes up for air in the 100 yard butterfly event at the Oct. 4 dual meet between Snohomish, Glacier Peak, Monroe and Kamiak high schools in the Snohomish Aquatic Center. Munguia beat her seeded time of 1:12.63 with a 1:11.45 and took third place.

Oct. 11 swim meet coverage at Snohomish Aquatic Center in photos

SNOHOMISH — The Oct. 11 high school dual meet results held at the Snohomish Aquatic Center were as follows:
* Snohomish 111.5, Mount Vernon 68.5
* Glacier Peak 110, Mount Vernon 73
See photos covering the meet here...


Published October 5, 2016


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Snohomish Panther senior Taylor Dewing (right) leaps to head the ball above Mountlake Terrace Hawk Donnya Kvinge during first half action in the Panthers’ 4-2 win over the
Hawks at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Senior Anna Montemor netted two of the Panther goals while Dewing and freshman Kianna Campbell scored the other two. The win was short lived as the Panthers (5-4-0, 3-2-0 conference) lost 2-0 to Stanwood two-nights later.
In other soccer news, the Glacier Peak Grizzlies defeated Mariner and Cascade by the
identical score of 5-0 in games last week to improve GPHS’ record to 4-2-2, 3-1-2 conference. The Monroe Bearcats were also triumphant over Mariner (score of 9-0) and Cascade (3-1) to bring their record to 3-4-1, 2-3-1 conference.


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After a tough loss to the Lynnwood Royals a week earlier, the Snohomish Panthers
dominated with a solid ground game Friday, Sept. 30 as they beat Everett Seagulls at Everett Memorial Stadium 68-27.
Panther junior Keegan Stich rushed for 322 yards, including a 73-yard sprint for a touchdown in the first quarter. For the Seagulls, junior wide receiver Elijah Ross-Rutter scored on two of Everett’s four touchdowns. Everett lost for the first time this season. The Panthers (2-2) and the Gulls (3-1) remain tied (1-1 conference) for the third place spot in the Wesco 3A south. Above, Snohomish junior Jaden McClure fights off a flying tackle by Everett’s Derek Tran while being chased by a flock of Gulls during first half action.


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The Monroe Bearcats swamped Glacier Peak in the two teams’ first match up in 4A competition on Friday, Sept. 30 at Snohomish’s Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Bearcat offense was firing on all cylinders putting up 51 first half points against Glacier Peak.
“We expected this to be a grinder, and we stepped up to the challenge,” Monroe head coach Michael Bumpus said after the game.
In the photo, Monroe quarterback Zach Zimmerman (center) avoids Glacier Peak’s Ricky Kranz and scampers 62 yards for a touchdown. Zimmerman completed 14 of 20 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns. The defensive standouts for the Bearcats were Cody Schwindt, Josh Jerome and Mateo Rizo, who kept the Grizzlies’ offense in check all night.


Published September 28, 2016


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Glacier Peak Grizzly sophomore Sydney Petersen (right) tips the ball over the net toward the outreached arms of Lake Stevens Viking sophomore Anna Saack during the first set of the Grizzlies’ 3-1 loss to the Vikings at Glacier Peak on Tuesday, Sept. 20. The Grizzlies opened the season with two conference wins over Cascade and Mariner, but found themselves on the losing end to the Monroe Bearcats on Monday and then to the Vikings the following night.


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Glacier Peak Grizzly senior Colton Bunt (24) eludes a flying tackle from Jackson Timberwolf defender Clint Wagner as Bunt sprints up the far sideline for considerable yardage during first-half action in the Wesco 4A rivalry at Everett Memorial Stadium on Friday, Sept. 23. As the lead kept bouncing between both teams through the first half, the Timberwolves seemed to break it open in the fourth quarter only to see the Grizzlies come from behind with two touchdowns in the final four minutes to take a 37-31 win. The win moved the Grizzlies to 3-1 (2-0 Conference) and into a three-way tie for first place in the Wesco 4A with Monroe and Lake Stevens.


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With his brother Josh Jerome leading the way, Monroe’s JJ Jerome scores his fourth touchdown of the game to make it 28 - 0 against Cascade Friday, Sept. 23 at Everett Memorial Stadium. Monroe ended up defeating the Bruins 52-7, giving the Bearcats a 4-0 record. Monroe quarterback Zack Zimmerman added two scores of his own in the first half. The Bruins were scoreless until late in the fourth quarter when Brett Gillis got the ball to Terrance Bloss, who ran 33 yards to yield Cascade’s only touchdown in the game.


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Glacier Peak sophomore Riley Fidler fights the wake and time during the 50 yard freestyle event in the Snohomish-Glacier Peak dual meet against Cascade on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Fidler finished third in the heat, with a time of 26.21 while Snohomish senior Maddie Donohue finished first in the heat and first overall with a time of 25.95. Donohue was the only swimmer to finish under 26 seconds in the event.
The final overall meet scores were Snohomish - 118 points, Cascade, 62 points; and Glacier Peak - 117 points, Cascade - 68 points.


Published September 21, 2016



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Snohomish Panther senior Quinn Otteson (10, left) and Shorecrest Scot’s Shay Adams (5) battle for the ball as the Panthers beat the Scots 2-1 in the Panthers Wesco 3A opener at Snohomish’s Veterans Memorial Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 15. The Panthers won two of four non-conference games to open the season before starting league play last week. With nine freshmen and four sophomores this year, it is one of the youngest teams in the Panther’s history. However, with such young experience the Panthers are 3-3-0 to start the season.
In other soccer news, the Glacier Peak Grizzlies are 2-2-0 to start the year including a 2-1 win over the cross-valley Panthers in the season opener on Sept. 3. The Everett Seagulls are 2-2-1 starting out the season including a 1-0 loss to cross-town Cascade in a non-conference game on Sept. 8.


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Glacier Peak Grizzly senior Colton Bunt (left) sprints down the sideline returning a kick while Cascade Bruin juniors Gatlin Griffith (center), and Caymyn Coleman (right) give chase during first-half action in the Grizzlies’ 42-7 win over the Bruins (1-2, 0-1 league) in Snohomish on Friday, Sept. 16.
In other football action last week, the Snohomish Panthers beat the Shorecrest Scots 49-13 in Shoreline in their Wesco 3A South opener. The undefeated Monroe Bearcats trounced the Kamiak Knights 56-7 in Monroe. The Everett Seagulls lost 47-40 in overtime at Everett Memorial Stadium to the Meadowdale Mavericks.


Published September 14, 2016


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Glacier Peak Grizzly senior Sean Bad (right) reaches up to disrupt a pass to Snohomish Panther senior Josh Johnston during first-half action of the Grizzlies 47-35 win on Friday, Sept. 8 at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish. It was the sixth consecutive cross-valley meeting of the two Snohomish schools, and the Panthers have yet to win (however the outcome of this year’s game was much closer.) Grizzly sophomore quarterback Ayden Ziomas finished the night with 440 yards passing including seven passes for touchdowns. Panther junior running back Keegan Stich ran for 229 of the Panthers 269 rushing yards. After a 63-13 opening season win over Marysville-Pilchuck the week before, the Panthers are 1-1 on the season. The Grizzlies are also 1-1 having lost to Bothell 44-29 in the opening week.


Youth football is intense, but fun

Kids footballThey come together wearing seemingly miniature cleats and uniforms, and like the pros do, a few times each week they run drills, conditioning exercises and try to get to know the sport of football better.
The Snohomish Junior Football League has several different teams from age 6 to age 13. They have games each week during the fall, against other youth or junior teams such as Lake Stevens, Kamiak, Mariner, Everett and Glacier Peak.
All the teams sort of ‘feed’ into their respective high school programs, and all the players hope their team makes it in the junior league playoffs in November. Practices started in August.
Many of the young athletes on the Panther Junior Red team have played since they were six or seven years old and a few of them said they are still learning the sport.
“It’s fun and intense and you have to memorize a lot but I love playing because I’ve played different positions since I was little,” said Van Berman, 11. “I started at the line, then moved over to receiver and now I’m a kicker and quarterback. Some years, it’s really hard to know all the plays but this year I feel like it’s easier.”
Van is the kicker for the Junior Reds, and sometimes the quarterback. Each kid is still learning his place.
“I love it, I like the intensity and the fun in hitting people hard, and then kind of realizing because of all your work, you’re the biggest and baddest,” said Kaden Alexander, 11. “I mean, I’m not the biggest or baddest, but you get to feeling like that when you’re working hard and your team is working hard. Once you get older, you feel like that and that’s what I’m noticing this year so far.”
Kaden said he has been playing tackle football since he was seven years old. He hopes to try out for his future junior high and high school teams, likely in Snohomish.
“I want to work hard and try,” Kaden said of playing high school football or beyond.
Youth tackle football has exploded since the 1990s, with millions of athletes strapping on the standard gear of helmet, pads, cleats and accessories and looking like miniature versions of their hero professional football players and dreaming to someday be like them.
A lot of the Panther Junior Red players easily name off pro athletes such as Russell Wilson, Barry Sanders and Bobby Wagner as their favorites.
“This year is my fourth year to play tackle football and I like just going out there as a team, hitting people, being happy and just playing with your team,” said Mason Orgill, 12. “I play basketball too, but football is my favorite. It’s great.”
Mason is the Junior Red team’s quick-footed quarterback. He, too, hopes to someday play high school football.
“I’ll definitely try,” he said.
Teammate and wide receiver Jordon Olson, 12, agreed.
“Working hard, with your team, is actually fun,” Jordon said. “I like hanging out and playing, tackling and hitting other guys but working hard is probably what makes it a challenge and why I like to play. I’ve been playing for three years.”
Junior Red head coach Kale Alexander said the humility and work ethic seen among his athletes are just a few of the qualities he and the other coaches try to teach.
“It’s a great group of kids this year and I think it’s so important, at this age, to learn some of those values – humility, working hard, being a team member – because those are the things that prepare them for life and maybe the next level of football,” Alexander said. “We try to teach the same values that we know the high school level teaches, but a really important component in all this is, to the kids and the community, that we’re teaching them I hope to be good young men.”

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