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Published March 8, 2017

Sports published this week was on page 8.

 

Published March 1, 2017

SVVC FUSION VOLLEYBALL

Volley BallContributed photo

Fusion finishes President’s Day Tournament with high rankings: All seven of the Snohomish Valley Volleyball Club (SVVC) Fusion’s teams were active over the President’s Day weekend participating in the President’s Day Tournament.  This three-day tournament carries teams from Oregon, Idaho, Puget Sound and Eastern Washington with each division carrying from 32 to 44 teams.  
The club reports that the final rankings are as follows:  Fusion U16’s: 4th in silver in 16 open, Fusion U15’s:  6th in silver in 15 open, Fusion U14 Dan:  2nd in Gold in 14 open, Fusion U14 Nicole:  Championship Flight One in 14 open, Fusion U13 Tammie: 3rd in Gold in 14 club, Fusion U13 Jamie:  8th in silver in 14 club, Fusion 12’s:  3rd in bronze in 12 club.

LACROSSE SEASON OPENS SOON

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The Snohomish High School Lacrosse season opens March 14 against Woodinville. Snohomish is fielding its largest team in several years, and it will have a full Varsity and JV schedule. It’s also worth noting that Glacier Peak Lacrosse is now a fully-independent youth and high school program for spring 2017.
To find out more, visit www.snolax.com for Snohomish or www.gplax.net for Glacier Peak. The teams are run by nonprofit organizations.

 

Published February 22, 2017

Grizzlies and Panthers heading to State

Glacier Peak boys, girls going to 4A; Snohomish girls heading to 3A basketball tourneys

GP Boys BasketballDoug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

Glacier Peak senior Bobby Martin (left) and Monroe Bearcat junior Spencer Davidson battle for a rebound during action in the 4A District 1 championship game on Thursday, Feb. 16 at Everett Community College.

After just missing the State tournament last season, the Grizzlies were able to advance to State this year with the 56-45 win Thursday to take the district title. The Grizzlies took an early lead to start the game, but the Bearcats rallied in the second quarter to lower the deficit to four points by the half. While the Bearcats kept it close during the second-half, the Grizzlies defense was able to keep them in check and the Bearcats could not take the lead. Martin led the Grizzlies with 17 points while junior Colby Kyle led the Bearcats with a game-high 18 points. The Bearcats’ leading scorer during the season, Trent Newhouse (21.5-point average), was held to a season-low six points in Thursday’s game.

GLACIER PEAK GIRLS BASKETBALL

GP Girls BasketballDoug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

Glacier Peak Grizzly senior Paisley Johnson (center) tries to drive through Lake Stevens Vikings Marissa Walton (left) and Kylee Griffen (right) during action in the Grizzlies’ 60-41 win of the 4A District 1 Championship at Everett Community College on Thursday, Feb. 16.
Up by just three points to start the second-quarter, the Grizzlies went on a 20-6 scoring drive to lead by 17 at the half. Johnson led the Grizzlies with a game-high 23 points. The Vikings were led by Griffen who scored 18 points. While the win puts the Grizzlies into State tournament play later this week, the Vikings lost to the Kamiak
Knights 47-44 on Saturday in a winner-to-state/loser-out game which brought Lake Stevens’ season to an end.

SNOHOMISH GIRLS BASKETBALL

Sno Girls BasketballDoug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

Snohomish Panther sophomore Maya DuChesne (left) drives around Lynnwood Royals’ Reilly Walsh in the first-half of the Panthers’ 53-55 loss in the 3A District 1 championship at Jackson High School on Friday, Feb. 17. While the loss kept the Panthers from winning the district title, they will still advance to the State Tournament in Tacoma next week. With the new WIAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), the Panthers are assured a spot in the tournament whether they win or lose the state regional game against Lincoln High School of Seattle in Puyallup this Friday.

SNOHOMISH BOYS WRESTLING AT STATE

Sno Boys WrestlingGene Meyer photo

This year, the Snohomish School District had eight wrestlers compete at the 2017 XXIX Mat Classic State Wrestling Tournament. Glacier Peak High School had five participants: Four
boy wrestlers and one girl. The Grizzly boys were: sophomore 113-pound Parker Hardy,
junior 145-pound Tim Mandzyuk, senior 152-pound Ricky Kranz and junior 182 pound Josh Ering. Freshman 140-pound Kiley Hubby represented the girls. Kranz placed 6th and Hubby placed third. Hardy placed 4th. Snohomish High School had three wrestlers compete: the boys were senior 120-pound Dillan Meyer and junior 170 -pound Ben Kloes. Junior 135-pound Joessie Gonzales represented the girls. Meyer placed fifth and Gonzales placed fourth.

Who is heading to State?

The county has plenty of prep teams and players heading to the State tournaments for their sports.

Both Glacier Peak Grizzly basketball teams will head off to State as will the Snohomish girls. With a new format established this season, the top eight seeded teams after the regular season automatically qualify to advance to the tournament in Tacoma next week regardless of whether they win or lose their State Regional game this week. However, seeds 9-16 must win the regional game to proceed to Tacoma. The Snohomish Panther girls finished sixth in the new format.

The Panther girls will play the Lincoln Abes from Seattle in Puyallup at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Both Grizzly teams also finished in the top eight and will be heading to Tacoma regardless of their regional games this week. The boys will take on Gonzaga Prep in Spokane on Friday, while the girls face Bellarmine Prep at Jackson High School in Mill Creek on Saturday night.

The Monroe Bearcat boys are out after losing to the Kamiak Knights 60-69 for the final District 1 spot to state. The Everett Seagull boys also saw their season come to a close after losing to Squalicum.


In swim and dive
Snohomish Panther Zachary Thomas, and Glacier Peak Grizzly Connor May (dive) and Everett Seagull Ethan Ahrendt
(swim) are in State. The county has plenty of prep teams and players heading to the State tournaments for their sports.
Both Glacier Peak Grizzly basketball teams will head off to State as will the Snohomish girls. With a new format established this season, the top eight seeded teams after the regular season automatically qualify to advance to the tournament in Tacoma next week regardless of whether they win or lose their State Regional game this week. However, seeds 9-16 must
win the regional game to proceed to Tacoma. The Snohomish Panther girls finished sixth in the new format.
The Panther girls will play the Lincoln Abes from
Seattle in Puyallup at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Both Grizzly teams also finished in the top eight and will be heading to Tacoma regardless of their regional games this week. The boys will take on Gonzaga Prep in Spokane on Friday, while the girls face Bellarmine Prep at Jackson High School in Mill Creek on Saturday night.
The Monroe Bearcat boys are out after losing to the Kamiak Knights 60-69 for the final District 1 spot to state. The Everett Seagull boys also saw their season come to a close after losing to Squalicum.
In swim and dive
Snohomish Panther Zachary Thomas, and Glacier Peak Grizzly Connor May (dive) and Everett Seagull Ethan Ahrendt (swim) are in State.

 

 

Published February 15, 2017

GLACIER PEAK BOYS BASKETBALL

GP Boys BasketballDoug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

Glacier Peak Grizzly junior Bobby Martin (right) outreaches Lake Stevens Viking senior Marquel McFerrin for a rebound during action in the 4A District 1 semifinal game at Snohomish High School on Saturday, Feb. 11. The Grizzlies, who had a bye during the first round of district play, defeated the Vikings 57-32 and move on to the district championship against the Monroe Bearcats on Thursday, Feb. 16 at Everett Community College. The Bearcats beat Cascade 74-71 in first round play and then defeated Kamiak 65-62 on Saturday to reach the championship game.
In 4A girls play, the Glacier Peak Grizzlies beat Jackson 66-36 in their semifinal game on Saturday and will play Lake Stevens in the championship Thursday, Feb. 16 at EVCC.

SNOHOMISH GIRLS BASKETBALL

Snohomish Girls BasketballDoug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

Snohomish Panther senior Katie Brandvold (left) and sophomore Maya DuChesne (right) battle with Marysville-Getchell Chargers’ Oshinaye Taylor for a rebound in the first-half of the Panthers’38-30 win in opening round action of the 3A District 1 tournament at Snohomish High School on Friday, Feb. 10. The win put the Panthers into the semi-finals against Edmonds-Woodway on Tuesday, Feb. 14 (after press time).
The Panther boys lost to Meadowdale 54-66 during their play-in game on Friday and end their season at 5-16.

SWIM AND DIVE DISTRICT PRELIMINARIES

BrenchleyMelanie Russell photo

Snohomish junior Colin Brenchley swims the butterfly portion of his 200 yard Individual Medley (I.M.) race in the District 3A prelims Friday, Feb. 10. The I.M. is where swimmers execute all four strokes, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle, 50 yards each for the 200 yard race.

The WESCO North Swim & Dive District Championships took place throughout the weekend at the Snohomish Aquatic Center, with the State swim & dive meet to take place this upcoming weekend at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

BoydenMelanie Russell photo

Snohomish Panthers senior Hayne Boyden takes a quick breath while swimming the 50 yard freestyle in the District 3A prelims Friday, Feb. 10.

 

AhrendtMelanie Russell photo

Everett Seagulls sophomore Ethan Ahrendt waits for the ‘go’ buzzer on the starting blocks for his 50 yard
freestyle race in the District 3A prelims Friday, Feb. 10.
Ahrendt qualified for State based on his performance in the 500 freestyle with a 5:08.48 time.

Swim and dive results

3A District 1 Meet at Snohomish Aquatic Center
Team scores—Shorewood 481, Shorecrest 383, Edmonds-Woodway 215, Meadowdale 205, Stanwood 201, Oak Harbor 168, Snohomish 144, Squalicum 136, Marysville Getchell 115, Everett 101, Marysville Pilchuck 53, Lynnwood 33, Ferndale 17.

 

Published February 8, 2017

Glacier Peak boys and girls both take 4A division titles

GP 4A TitlesDoug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

Peak Grizzly junior Bobby Martin (30) goes to the basket while being defended against by Kamiak Knight junior Carson Tuttle (3) during first-half play of the Grizzlies’ 62-48 win over the Kamiak Knights at Glacier Peak High School on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

The Grizzlies, who are ranked eighth in the state 4A prep boys poll, needed the win to stay in first place ahead of the Knights who were just one game back of the Grizzlies. Martin, along with three other Grizzlies, finished the night in double figure scoring. Martin sank 16 points while senior Justin Purcell had 15. Senior Seiver Southard finished with 14, and sophomore Evan Mannes had 12 points. While the win put the Grizzlies two games up on the Knights, it also clinched them the Wesco 4A title. While the Grizzlies (16-3, 11-2 league at press time) lost to the Monroe Bearcats 63-70 on Friday, the Knights also lost on Friday, 65-67 to Mount Vernon, sealing the Grizzlies’ title, as both teams had just one game left in the regular season that were played after press time. The Grizzlies will have a bye during the first round of the district tournament, and will next play at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Snohomish High School matched up against an opponent to be determined through tournament play after press time. If they prevail in that Feb. 11 game, the Grizzlies will move to the district championship game at Everett Community College at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Doug’s sports update

While almost every team had one game remaining in the regular season prior to press time, the district playoff picture was still a little open as to who will place where in the seeding.
Both Glacier Peak Grizzly teams look to finish with the top seeds in the Wesco 4A. The boys as of press time were 16-3 and had clinched the Wesco 4A title.
The girls also clinched their title having won 17 straight while holding a two-game lead over second place Lake Stevens. The Grizzly girls have cumulatively out-scored their opponents by more than 500
points, averaging 70 points per game. Senior Kayla Watkins has led the Grizzlies through the season averaging 17.1 points per game. Senior Samantha Fatkin followed with a 14.6 point average per game.
Meanwhile, the Snohomish Panther girls (14-5, 9-2 league) have won four of their last five games at press time and were sitting in a two-way tie for second place in the Wesco 3A with the Shorewood Thunderbirds. The Panthers were scheduled to play the Thunderbirds in a regular season final game after press time, which determined their tournament placement. Sophomore Kyra Beckman leads the Panthers this season averaging 15 points per game.
The Everett High Seagull boys look to have qualified for the district tournament having won four of their last five games putting them at 11-9, 6-6 league. The Seagull girls still have a chance to get into the district tournament.
In Monroe, the Bearcat boys (14-5, 9-4 league) have won 4 of their past five games including a 70-63 win on Friday, Feb. 3 over the Glacier Peak Grizzlies. Senior Trent Newhouse leads the Bearcats this season averaging 21.5 points per game, while six-foot-seven junior Colby Kyle leads the team in rebounds with 16 per game.

 

SNOHOMISH GIRLS BASKETBALL

Snohomish Girls BasketballDoug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

The Panthers began last week with three crucial games remaining in the regular season. The team needed to win all three to keep a hold of one of the top seeds for the upcoming District tournament. First was a match with the Shorecrest Scots, which the Panthers were tied with for second place in the Wesco 3A on Wednesday, Feb. 1. While the lead bounced between the two teams for much of the first half, the Panthers extended out a lead in the second-half and even though the Scots closed the gap in the final minutes of the game, the Panthers were able to hold on to a 52-43 win. The Panthers then beat Mountlake Terrace 50-35 on Friday to remain in second place tied with Shorewood, who they would face on Monday, Feb. 6 after press time. Above, Panther sophomore Kyra Beckman (left) and Shorecrest’s Sheridan Stephenson take to the floor during the game to pull in a loose ball.

EVERETT GIRLS BASKETBALL

Everett Girls BasketballDoug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

Everett Seagull junior Kate Pohland (right) leaps up over Lynnwood Royals’ Kelsey Rogers for a shot at the basket during first-half action in the Wesco 3A game between the two teams on Friday, Feb. 3 in Everett. The Gulls were able to keep pace with the first-place Royals (15-4) for much of the first-half, but lost momentum in the final half to take a 36-61 loss in their final game of the regular season.
The Gulls (4-16, 3-9 league) have won three of their final five games to keep alive a chance for spot in the District 1 tournament that starts this week.

 

Published February 1, 2017

MONROE VERSUS KAMIAK GIRLS BASKETBALL

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.

SNOHOMISH BOYS BASKETBALL

boys baskegballDoug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

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.

SNOHOMISH BOYS WRESTLING

WrestlingDoug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

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

GLACIER PEAK VERSUS LAKE STEVENS BOYS BASKETBALL

Boys BasketballDoug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

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.

GLACIER PEAK VERSUS CASCADE GIRLS

Girls BasketballDoug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

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.

MONROE VERSUS JACKSON BOYS BASKETBALL

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.

EVERETT SEAGULLS GIRLS BASKETBALL

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.

SVVC FUSION VOLLEYBALL

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

EVERETT VS. M’VILLE-GETCHELL BOYS BASKETBALL

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.

SNOHOMISH BOYS WRESTLING MATCH

Boys BasketballDoug Ramsay photo,
dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

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.

GLACIER PEAK VERSUS MONROE GIRLS BASKETBALL

girls BasketballDoug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

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

SNOHOMISH VS. EVERETT BOYS BASKETBALL

basketballDoug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

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.

SNOHOMISH VS. EVERETT GIRLS BASKETBALL

basketballDoug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

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.

MONROE VS. MARINER BOYS BASKETBALL

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, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

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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