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Published 032515

SoftballDoug Ramsay photo,

Panther freshman second baseman Joy Winston completes a double-play throw after putting out Grizzly senior Madalyn Ferrard (8). Following the win, the Panthers beat the Redmond Mustangs on the road 10-0 two days later to complete the perfect opening week.

Returning to the field after clinching last year’s 4A District title the Snohomish Panthers’ softball team are showing that they still have the stuff to win as they are undefeated (3-0) to open this year’s season. After a 5-1 win over Skyline High School in Sammamish on Monday, March 16, the Panthers faced cross-district Glacier Peak at home on Wednesday, March 18 with an 11-0 win.
With senior Morgan Greenlee behind the plate catching, her freshman sister Bailey took charge of the game from the pitching circle by putting out the first three Grizzly batters. One of seven freshmen on this year’s Panther roster, Greenlee was credited with her second win of the season. She struck out three while giving up just one hit in four innings of work.

The Grizzlies traveled to Mount Vernon the following day and beat the Bulldogs 20-7. The Grizzlies will host the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors on Wednesday March 25 in their home opener. It will be the team’s first chance of playing on their home field since arson fires in late February destroyed both dugouts and damaged the bleachers at Glacier Peak’s softball field.

soccerGrizzly sophomore Cage Roberg (left) and Panther junior Thomas McKeown take to the air for a header, while Grizzly senior Alex Bergstrom (center) watches during first-half action. The Panthers stay undefeated at 2-0 while the Grizzlies are 1-1-0 to open the season.

After wins by the Snohomish Panther softball and baseball teams over their cross-district rivals the Glacier Peak Grizzlies earlier in the week, the Panther boys’ soccer team completed a clean sweep with a 4-2 win on Friday, March 20. The Panthers netted the game’s first goal, however the Grizzlies rallied with two late first-half goals to take a 2-1 lead into the half. Down but not out, the Panthers, who are the State 4A defending champions, regrouped and mounted their own rally scoring three goals in the second-half to take the win. Senior Blake Crutchfield scored the Panthers lone first-half goal and assisted in two of the second-half goals.

Published 031815

LacrosseDoug Ramsay photo,

Snohomish’s Helen Bouchard, a junior at Glacier Peak High School, breaks past Wenatchee Valley’s Kirsten Walker during second-half action of Snohomish Lacrosse’s 16-2 win over Wenatchee Valley on Tuesday, March 10.

Hannah Graves, a junior at Glacier Peak, and Jackie Shaff, a senior at Glacier Peak, combined for seven goals to lead Snohomish in the season opening game. While lacrosse is not a WIAA-sanctioned high school prep sport, the Snohomish team is made up with players from Snohomish, Glacier Peak, Monroe, Lake Stevens and Archbishop Murphy high schools. County-wide, all of the spring sports teams begin their seasons this week.

Lady Panthers tennis team a tight-knit powerhouse

TennisSNOHOMISH — The Snohomish High School girls’ tennis team has had a banner few seasons. The team only lost one match in the past two years. 
This season, with 10 seniors part of the varsity and junior varsity team of 30, head coach Dick Jansen said last week that his girls are more than ready. 
The Lady Panthers’ tennis season kicked off Monday, March 16 with a game against Edmonds-Woodway.
At a practice last week, Jansen had the girls start out with running a few laps around the courts and doing tennis drills. With their rackets and neon yellow balls fresh from the can, the girls naturally went to work. The 10 seniors volleyed against the underclassmen and Jansen paced behind a few court baselines to call out critiques and encouragements.
The balls bounced furiously between flashes of rackets and arms, and that’s by design. 
“We subscribe to an ultra-aggressive doubles play at the net,” Jansen said. “Other (high school team) coaches have complimented that style. We work, and we drill at it.”
Jansen looked over his small legion of girls and said he was proud of the program he’s developed, but said it’s really working with the kids and keeping up their good attitudes is what drives him. 
The seniors, for their part, said they’d keep up the camaraderie that they experienced as freshmen and sophomores.
“The seniors would make pancakes or we’d have team huddles — get each other fired up,” senior Katie Doucette, 18, said. “They were great role models to us and we plan to be the same.”
The girls shared that during their undefeated season last season, their then-team captain, Caroline Dreher, would give her younger teammates a card with one word on it for them to focus on and think about in order to concentrate their mindset for their matches. 
“Tennis involves a lot of focus,” Doucette said. “But if you overthink it while you’re playing a match, that could mess you up. You’ve just got to focus on maybe that one word or your form and play.”
Dreher, today a freshman at Pacific Lutheran University, now plays as the No.1 seed singles player within her team, which is uncommon for a freshman.
Team captains are yet to be the decided, but the team leadership roles will be shared by all of the seniors, according to the senior girls.
“I love the team, I always have,” senior Michaela Flitsch, 17, said. “Tennis (season) is just at that time of year where the sun starts coming out, everyone is happy. This year we’re going to have fun.”
Jansen gives all his players fun nicknames and for Doucette and Flitsch, they are called ‘Douce’ and ‘Mick.’ The girls in turn call their beloved coach a nickname: ‘J-Money.’
This is Jansen’s 46th season coaching the Snohomish tennis teams. 
“He really is an awesome coach and has so much knowledge of the sport,” ‘Douce’ and ‘Mick’ said of ‘J-Money.’ “He is great to play for.”
Jansen came to Snohomish in 1968 as a history teacher when he was approached by the then-tennis coach of the team. 
“I didn’t know a thing about tennis when I first came here,” Jansen said. “I had a baseball background. But I did a few coaches clinics and learned the sport, and just fell in love with the game. These are great students, they’re all bright
kids – why wouldn’t you want to be involved?!”
Jansen hinted that some people have asked him when he’ll hand over the coach’s whistle and retire, but he quickly rebutted that he’s still enjoying coaching.
Focusing on his 10 senior girls this season, Jansen implied that having the majority of the talent be upperclassmen could be
scary, but not in his case. 
“This year, with 10 senior girls, some would say it’s not good to have a senior-heavy program,” he said. “But, they’ve come through the system since freshman year, they’ve stuck with it and these girls have worked hard and deserve to be here. And, they’re good for the underclassmen.”
This year, the Lady Panthers will fight on to keep up their already stunning matches record. 
Jansen said he expects their hardest opponents this season will be the Kamiak, Lake Stevens
and Jackson high school tennis teams. 


Published 031115

Doug Ramsay photo,

Snohomish Panther senior Ben Dmochowsky hits the ball while taking batting practice in the hitting cage last week. All of the school’s spring sports teams began practicing on Monday, March 2, with the season starting for many of the teams on March 17. The Panthers open their season at home against Mountlake Terrace on March 18 before traveling up the hill to Glacier Peak for the annual cross-district game against the Grizzlies the following day. The Panthers will begin league play on April 1st and 3rd with a two game series against the Monroe Bearcats.

Doug Ramsay photo,

Having lost just one match in the past two seasons, the Snohomish Panther girls tennis team will be a dominating presence in the Wesco 4A again this year as they open their season on March 16 against Edmonds-Woodway at home. Above left, senior Melinda Groenewegen returns a serve during team practice on Friday, March 6. The Snohomish Panther boy’s soccer team will be the first to open the spring sports season with a game against the Skyline Spartans this Saturday, March 14 in Sammamish and will take on the always tough Glacier Peak Grizzlies March 20 at Glacier Peak.

Doug Ramsay photo,

Freshman Natalie Ream reaches down to snag a grounder during an infield drill last week as the Snohomish Panthers gear up for the upcoming season in which they will be defending the District Title that they won last season. The Panthers open the season on March 16 against the Skyline Spartans in Sammamish and will face Glacier Peak in the cross-district rivalry at home on March 18. The Panthers first league game will be March 25 when they take on the Monoe Bearcats.

Little LeagueDoug Ramsay photo,

Spring comes early with the start of Little League
Abe Affholter, 12, of Everett swings at a pitch during batting drills at the team’s first of the season practice on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Garfield Park.


little leageDoug Ramsay photo,

Colin Stout, 11, of Everett prepares to catch the ball during infield drills at Garfield Park.

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Published 030415

Fairhurst wins his division in wrestling state championship

wrestlingPhoto courtesy Gene Meyer

Snohomish High School senior Alex Fairhurst won the 220-pound division heavyweight Mat Classic XXVII state championship on Saturday, Feb. 21.
Fairhurst defeated the tournament’s favored wrestler, junior Dallas Goodpaster from Evergreen High School of Vancouver, Wash., in a 4-2 decision. Goodpaster is considered one of the best wrestlers of the region. Fairhurst is the first Panther to win a state wrestling division championship since 2009.

Published 022515


• Glacier Peak Grizzlies Boys & Girls Basketball
• Snohomish Panthers Wrestlers
• Snohomish Panther Swimmers
• Glacier Peak Grizzlies Wrestlers
• Glacier Peak Grizzlies Swimmers

GPHS Wrestlers:
Mosese Fifita, Marcus Becerra, Griffin Thomas

SHS Wrestlers:
Joessie Gonzales – first female state qualifier for SHS!,
Alex Fairhurst, Wyatt Butler, Joseph Proffit, Noah Bomar, Peder Morrill

GPHS Swimmers:
Camden Wunderlich, Nick Lavigne, Patrick McDowell, Jared Eagley, Andre Shigetomi, Blake Oliva, Andrew Meneses, Cole Johnson

SHS Swimmers:
Jacob Rudolph, Brandon Fairhurst, Zach Thomas

gp basketballBailey Vassalli photo

Glacier Peak Grizzly senior Grant Peltier dribbles the ball down the court as Marysville Pilchuck senior Michael Painter follows closely behind during action of the Grizzlies 56-55 win over MP in the District 3A tournament at Jackson High School on Wednesday, Feb. 18. The Grizzlies went on to the District title game where they lost to Stanwood 68-65 to take the district’s second seed into the State tournament against the Garfield Bulldogs of Seattle. The Grizzly girls also lost in the District championship game, 48-42 to Lynnwood, and will also enter the State Tournament to face the defending state 3A champion Cleveland Eagles of Seattle.

snohomish basketballDoug Ramsay photo,

The Snohomish Panther girls pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season as they beat the highly ranked Lake Stevens Vikings 57-35 in the District 1 4A championship game at Everett Community College on Thursday, Feb. 19. The Panthers opened the game with a 10-0 run before the Vikings were able to shrink the defecate to four by the end of the first quarter. However, the Panthers regained their momentum as they cruised to the District title. Junior Madison Pollock led the Panthers with 16 points, while fellow junior Madeline Smith added with 15. Above, Panther senior Bernadette Beeman (in red) is swarmed by Vikings Hailey Wilson, Alex Briggs and Kylee Griffen as she goes to the basket. The Panthers will move on to play Bothell in the regional round of the State tournament with date and time not determined at press time.

monroe basketballDoug Ramsay photo,

Having beaten Mariner and Snohomish in the first two rounds of the District 1 tournament, the Monroe Bearcat boys found themselves in the District 1 4A Championship game against the Jackson Timberwolves on Thursday, Feb. 19 at Everett Community College. From the very start the Bearcats found themselves in trouble as the Timberwolves took control of the game from the opening tip off. Jackson won their fifth consecutive District title, downing the Bearcats 64-32. Above left, Bearcat senior Andrew Chartrand (5) drives around Jackson’s Sam Saufferer and fellow senior Bearcat Tristan Witham to the basket during first-half action. A loss to Cascade two days later in the District runner-up game ended the Bearcats’ season. The Bearcat girls were more successful as they beat Lake Stevens in the runner-up game 46-45 to take the Districts second seed into the State Tournament. They will take on Inglemoor, date and time to be determined at press time.

Wesco 4A District Tournament

monroe basketballDoug Ramsay photo,

Monroe Bearcat junior Katie Piland (left) has her layup tipped away by Snohomish Panther junior Madison Pollock during action at the Wesco 4A District Tournament at Everett Community College on Saturday, Feb. 14.

The Bearcats took charge of the game early and held a 15 point lead going into the half but things turned. The Bearcats second-leading scorer, sophomore Jadynn Alexander, injured her ankle late in the first half which sidelined her for the remainder of the game. With Alexander out and several players in foul trouble in the second half, the Panthers were able to hold the Bearcats to just 7 points in the half and came from behind to take the win 42-35. The Panthers finished the regular season with the number two seed into the district tournament and had a bye for the first round of tournament play. The Bearcats entered tournament play with the No. 3 seed and beat Mount Vernon 58-16 in first round action on Thursday, Feb. 12. The Panthers will move on to play Lake Stevens in the District Championship game on Thursday, Feb. 19. The Bearcats took on Kamiak in a loser-out game on Tuesday, Feb .17, after press time.

While the Panther girls were able to hold off the Bearcats in their game, the Panther boys were not as lucky. The Bearcat boys came back from a three point deficit at halftime to beat the Panthers 38-34 at Everett Community College after the girls’ game on Saturday, Feb. 14. The Panther boys also finished the regular season with the second seed and a first round bye. The Bearcat boys finished with the number three seed where they beat Mariner 41-37 in first round action on Thursday, Feb. 12.

boys basketballDoug Ramsay photo,

Panther sophomore Kole Bride, Bearcat senior Alex Spahman, Panther senior Danny McGregor and Bearcat Tyler Koontz battle for a rebound in second-half action.

The Bearcats will move on to face Jackson in the District championship game on Thursday, Feb. 19 at Everett Community College while the Panthers faced Kamiak in a loser-out game on Tuesday, Feb. 17, after press time.

Published 021115


Having already qualified for the Wesco 4A District tournament, which starts at Everett Community College this week, the Snohomish Panther girls showed their might on Friday, Feb. 6 by beating the Wesco 4A-leading Lake Stevens Vikings 45-38 in Snohomish. Junior Madison Pollock led the Panthers with 17 points with all but two points coming from the three-point range.

Doug Ramsay photo,

Junior Madeline Smith (30) and Viking junior Hailey Wilson battle for a loose ball during the second-half. Smith finished the night with 13 points while the Vikings were led by freshman Kylee Griffen’s 12 points. With one game remaining in the regular season (played after press time), the Panthers are 11-8 (10-3 league).

In other prep sports news: The Snohomish boys basketball team defeated the Lake Stevens Vikings in Lake Stevens 62-49 on Friday, Feb. 6 to keep hold of second place in Wesco 4A at 13-6 (11-2 league). With only one game remaining in the regular season (played after press time), the Panthers will head into the district tournament at Everett Community College later this week. Both of the Monroe basketball teams will be heading to the district tournaments as the girls are 14-5 (10-3 league) and the boys 11-8 (9-4 league) at press time.
The Snohomish Panther wrestlers wrapped up their subregional tournament this past weekend at Cavalero Mid-HS in Lake Stevens and finished second overall behind Lake Stevens. Snohomish will host the regional tournament this weekend.


Glacier Peak Basketball

Doug Ramsay photo,

Glacier Peak Grizzly senior Sadie Mensing (11) powers past Lynnwood sophomore Reilly Walsh (2). Mensing scored a total of 12 points in the Grizzlies 61-49 win in Snohomish on Friday, Feb.6.

The win signified a comeback from the Grizzlies who had lost their first game against the Royals 58-33 on Jan. 14. Sophomore Kayla Watkins led the Grizzlies with 16 points, while junior Natalie Rasmussen added with 13. The Grizzlies finish up the regular season this week and will head off to the 3A regional tournament at Jackson High School starting this upcoming weekend.

Game recap below.
In other news,
the Glacier Peak boys team clinched the Wesco 3A South title, having won four of their last six games. At press time the Grizzlies were 15-4 with one game remaining in the regular season and will be heading into postseason play.

Game Recap

“A second chance for Glacier Peak Lady Grizzlies”

After a hard midseason loss in their first game against the Lynnwood Royals, the Glacier Peak Lady Grizzlies, ranked fifth, came back with nothing short of a fight when they faced the No. 1 ranked Royals for a second time Feb. 6. The girls fought for the lead the entire first half, keeping the difference in score within single digits. As the half approached, Glacier Peak was down by 3 points 26-29. With less than 30 seconds left on the clock Glacier Peak sophomore Kayla Watkins made a crucial three-pointer bringing the Grizzlies up to 29 points to end the first half with a tie.
Lynnwood junior Mikayla Pivec came back from the half and brought the Royals to a 2 point lead, but it was quickly answered with a basket by Watkins. Glacier Peak came back from the half ready to win, scoring a total of 13 points in the third quarter, where Lynnwood had scored only 11. The scores were close coming into the fourth quarter with the score at 42-39 Grizzlies. The tables turned when Glacier Peak sophomore Paisley Johnson increased the Grizzlies’ lead with her three-pointer, bringing the score to 45-39. Lynnwood failed to fight their way back to the top, scoring only seven points in the last quarter compared to Glacier Peak’s 19 points. The Grizzlies took home the 61-49 lead, bringing them one step closer to qualifying for postseason.

Ex-Seahawk to coach Bearcats

Former Seattle Seahawk Michael Bumpus was announced head coach for the Monroe Bearcats football team. He replaces Brett Jay, who arrived as Bearcats head coach last fall. Jay resigned from the position to head back to coach a team in Eastern Washington.
Bumpus lives in Monroe with his wife, a Monroe High alumni, and their three children. He owns a local personal fitness business. “I’ve met many of the students already and will be spending time now building a relationship with the others,” he said. He was selected by a hiring team including students, parents, school staff and community members.

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