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Published August 10, 2016


aqua soxDoug Ramsay photo,

Everett AquaSox’s David Greer (50) is greeted with smiles from teammates Kristian Brito (center) and Eric Filia after hitting a solo home run in the third inning of the Sox’ 4-3 win over the Hillsboro Hops at Everett Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 6. It was Greer’s first home run as a professional as he returned to the lineup after being sidelined for a month with an injury. The Sox finished the first half of the season 18-20, and opened the second half with six straight wins before losing three in a row. Saturdays win snapped the losing streak, however the Sox lost the following day to the Hops 9-7. The Sox (6-4, second-half record) are at press time in the top spot of the Northwest League’s North division, holding a one game lead over the Spokane Indians. The team played the Vancouver Canadians earlier this week and
will return to home soil to take on the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in a five-game series starting on Friday, Aug. 12.


Published July 13, 2016

King Felix pitches in Everett

Aquasox King FelixDoug Ramsay photo,

Wearing yellow “Kings Court” shirts, AquaSox fans hold up yellow “K” cards in hopes of another strike out as Felix Hernandez pitches from the mound at Everett Memorial Stadium on Sunday, July 10. The Seattle Mariners pitcher made a rehabilitative start on the mound for the Sox as over 5,000 fans packed the stadium. The Sox beat the Spokane Indians 7-6.
“King Felix” was placed on the disabled list by the Mariners in June with a strained calf muscle. Sunday’s rehab-start was his first time back playing since May 27. It was not Hernandez’s first appearance in Everett, as the ace pitcher began his professional career with the AquaSox in 2003. He plans to return to the Mariner rotation on July 20 against the Chicago White Sox. During almost four innings of pitching at the July 10 game, Hernandez allowed three runs on six hits, while walking two and striking out six. Trailing by one in the bottom of the ninth, the AquaSox rallied and scored two runs to take the win. The Sox are 13-11 on the season lead in the Northwest League’s North Division. While the team is on the road in Oregon this week, they return to Everett for a three-game home stand against the Tri-City Dust Devils beginning July 18.


Published June 29, 2016

Everett AquaSox start season

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Everett AquaSox’s Eric Filia is tagged out at home plate by Boise Hawks catcher Will Haynie in the second inning of the Sox’ 9-2 win over the Hawks during their home opener on Thursday, June 23. The Sox opened this year’s season on the road winning three of six games in Tri-Cities and Vancouver before coming home and defeating the Hawks in the first three games of a five game series. The team took to the road again during the first part of this week, and will return home to take on the Eugene Emeralds in a five-game series beginning Monday, July 4 and then continue with the homestand with a three-game series against the Spokane Indians.


Published June 22, 2016

Sorry, no sports published this week


Published June 15, 2016


Several Snohomish Valley Volleyball Club Fusion teams spent Memorial Day weekend in the Emerald City Classic at the University of Washington.
The Fusion’s U16s came fifth in the Gold Division for U16 Club which had 32 teams from all areas of the Northwest attending. Joining them in the Gold Bracket were SVVC Fusion U13s in the 14-open and SVVC Fusion U15s in the 15-open. All divisions had 32 teams participating and Fusion placed in the top 8 in each one. 
volleyballAt left is the SVVC Fusion U16 team.
Back row, from left to right: Madi Bergeson, Anna Saack, Carlie Neatherlin, Isabelle Strehle, Keelyn Johnson, Olivia Espinoza
Front row, from left to right: Lisa Campfield, Maria Jurvakainen




Published June 8, 2016


soccerGene Meyer photo

Brennan Judy (center, heading the ball) gave his best effort in the State semifinal soccer game against Tahoma High School on Friday, May 27. Despite the players’ determination and diligent effort, the Panthers lost 2 to 4 to the Tahoma Bears at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. This was the fourth consecutive year the Panthers have made it to the State playoffs. The Panthers were beaten 1 to 4 by a Spokane-area team in a consolation prize game held Saturday, May 28.

softballDoug Ramsay photo,

Snohomish sophomore Joy Winston (center) celebrates after the Panthers captured the Wesco 4A title by beating Jackson in the final game of regular season on May 10. Jackson would go on to beat the Panthers in the 4A District 1 championship and finish fourth at State. During Memorial Day Weekend the Panthers triumphed at State.

Third try at State finds success for softball team

Win marked team’s first 4A state championship, and its last as team moves to 3A next year


They are the champions.
Snohomish High’s varsity fastpitch softball team won the 4A State championship and will once again be sending seniors off to play at the collegiate level.
Still strutting on sunshine from their victory Memorial Day weekend, a few players and head coach Lou Kennedy spoke last week about the team’s year.
“The biggest key for this year’s lineup was consistency,” Kennedy said. “From top to bottom, we didn’t have a single weakness and every player did her part.”
Four girls from the champion team spoke on how the Panthers were able to dominate the state tournament and keep the momentum going. This was the team’s third appearance in a row in the State tournament, coming close in 2014 and 2015.
“I think the team chemistry was really great this year,” said senior Allison Baker, 17. “I’ve never played with a group of girls that was really trying to play for each other, not just for themselves. We’re just one. So winning State, it was magic.”
The team chemistry was evident as they put together a 17-2 record during the regular season. The Panthers lost only to the Monroe Bearcats and Woodinville Falcons, which in the tournament the Falcons were the team which Snohomish came to beat 8 to 6 in the final game of the tournament to win the title.
The girls basked in this poetic justice last week.
“I feel like we had a sense of calmness and focused on playing like we know how to,” said junior Natalie Campbell, 17. “And it just happened. I love that we beat the same two teams we lost to in the regular season.” The other girls agreed. “Yeah, but really we just decided to take it one game at a time,” said senior Alyssa Simons, 18. “And yes, play like we know how to play.”
“Well, the last two years we lost out (by the second game in State) and winning the second game this year boosted our confidence and we were able to go back to the hotel and relax,” said junior Ame Bridgman, 17.
“I think it was a ‘movie-perfect’ ending,” Baker said. “For the season, for my softball career, for my senior year…. I don’t think it could get any better or could I ever ask for a better team.”
This fall, Baker is going on to attend Gonzaga University in Spokane, while Simons is going on to attend the University of Washington. Simons will be playing softball for the Huskies and had committed in her junior year.
“Aly (Simons) has tremendous range, she’s fast and she’s afraid of nothing,” Kennedy said. “She’s the sweetest kid in the world when the game is done, but when she tows the rubber, she’s a fierce competitor.”
Kennedy said Simons, Baker, Bridgman and Campbell were all great team leaders to the up-and-coming sophomore talent such as Sami Reynolds and Joy Winston. Both these sophomore girls made big plays at the State tourney that helped the team win.
Kennedy said Reynolds stole home to score the only run in the game against Puyallup at the bottom of the last inning.
“That was such a good game, because it was 0-0 the whole time, until Sami (Reynolds) ran it in,” he said.
softballWinston, described as the team’s designated hitter, hit two big home runs in the tourney series, one of which was against Woodinville in the final championship game while two runners were already on base. That home run sealed the deal.
Kennedy also attributed pitching and defense to the girl’s battles in the tourney.
“We had effective defense. Every team is good and will get hits,” Kennedy said. “We just had to play clean and that was our biggest goal. Play clean, consistent ball. When we beat Woodinville and won (the State championship), it was definitely an emotional moment.”
It was the school’s first 4A softball State championship. Kennedy has been coaching SHS softball for 12 seasons, and coaching altogether for 35 years. He said he enjoys developing player skills and talents and plans to be back next year.
Next year, Snohomish High School will be a 3A school, while Glacier Peak High School is bumping up to 4A. The new 3A status will mean new teams and new competition for the girls to face.
“In high school, you have what you have as far as player development,” Kennedy said. “A lot of these girls play Select Softball (year-round club teams) and ideally, what we try not to do is make big changes so that we can all stay on the same page. This year’s team was good with
that, and it’ll be great to see what happens next season.”
The state champs didn’t arrive home on a parade float, but the school celebrated the girls Monday, June 6 at an assembly. After years of fighting hard, plus reconfiguring each season with different players, the team finally had a champion combination.
“The hearts of these girls, the focus, the fearlessness – that’s what makes a good athlete, I’m very proud of them and I love ‘em to death,” Kennedy said.
champsContributed photo

The 2016 State 4A Softball Championship team is:
Alyssa Simons, Sami Reynolds, Ruby Sugayan, Natalie Campbell, Joy
Winston, Carmen Morrison, Ruby Butler, Rylie Wales,
Ame Bridgman, Bailey Greenlee, Taylor Khorrami, Brianna Seek, Delaney Kaysner, Kirsa Gross, Elle Everett, Izzy Hanson and Allison Baker.



Published June 1, 2016

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Published May 25, 2016


For a second year in a row on Friday, May 20 the Snohomish Panthers and the Jackson Timberwolves faced off in the 4A District 1 Championship with the same result, with Jackson taking the title in a 3-2 win. The game started a day earlier, but was suspended after one inning of play because of rain and resumed on Friday. The Panthers were able to come back on Saturday with a win over the Monroe Bearcats to advance to the State Tournament for the third year in a row.

SoftballDoug Ramsay photo,

Panther catcher Natalie Campbell reaches out to put the tag onto Jackson Timberwolves Shayla Hendrickson during action in the title game at Sky River Park in Monroe.




softballDoug Ramsay photo,

Monroe Bearcat Morgan
Allen lines the ball up the middle for a double in the Bearcats 10-0 win over the Kamiak Knights in the 4A District 1 tournament at Sky River Park in Monroe on Friday, May 20. McKenzie Schulz and Sarah Reeves combined to pitch a no hitter against the Knights. While the win kept the Bearcats
(20-6) in the running for a trip to State alive, their season ended with a 2-0 loss to Snohomish the next day.


Doug Ramsay photo,

Grizzly senior catcher Nate Sanders makes a tag on Lakeside’s Corbin Carroll who was caught in a run-down.

For the third time in the last four years the Glacier Peak Grizzlies reached the State tournament where they came up short and lost 6-0 to the Lakeside Lions in the opening round game on Sunday, May 22 at Sherman Anderson Field in Mount Vernon. The Grizzlies, who finished the season 16-8, committed six errors in the game while collecting just three hits.


Published May 18, 2016

Panthers, Grizzlies among teams going to State

Doug’s sports update

Post-season play was in full swing last week as many of the local high school teams participated in district tournaments.

In boys soccer, the Snohomish Panthers were looking to take the District title for the sixth consecutive year. After a 3-2 win over the Cascade Bruins on Tuesday, May 10, the Panthers advanced to the title game where their streak of titles ended in a 3-1 loss to the Mariner Marauders (14-2-2) on Thursday, May 12. As the two-time defending 4A state champions, the Panthers (14-1-4) were able to regain a return trip to the state tournament by beating the Bruins 2-1 on Saturday, May 14. The Cascade Bruins (9-10-1), who were 2-2 in the tournament, saw their season come to a close with the loss to Snohomish.

In the 3A District 1 tournament the Glacier Peak Grizzlies beat
Marysville-Getchell and Shorewood to reach the District Title game on Saturday, May 14. While the Grizzlies (15-4-0) finished the regular season undefeated in league play, they were
not as fortunate losing the champion-ship 2-0 to Edmonds-Woodway.The Snohomish Panthers will face the Camas Papermakers at Camas in first round play of the 4A state tournament on Wednesday, May 18. The Grizzles opened State play against the Capital Cougars on Tuesday, May 17, after press time.

In the 3A District 1 baseball tournament the Glacier Peak
Grizzlies and Lynnwood Royals were scheduled to play in the Champion-ship game on Saturday, May 14, however the game was rained-out and rescheduled for Monday, May 16, after press time.


Sno SoftballDoug Ramsay photo,

For the fourth consecutive year the Snohomish Panthers captured the Wesco 4A softball title with a 4-0 win over the Jackson Timberwolves on Tuesday, May 10. The two teams entered the game tied for first place. The Panthers handed the Timberwolves their first shutout loss of the season as senior pitcher Alyssa Simons held the Timberwolves hitless through the first five innings of the game, Simons, seen winding up for a pitch, allowed just four hits and struck out seven during her final game at the Snohomish field. The win gives the Panthers (17-2, 13-1 league) a first round bye in this week’s 4A District 1 tournament that started on Tuesday.


BaseballDoug Ramsay photo,

Thursday, May 12 was a big night for Snohomish Panther fans as both the boys soccer and baseball teams were playing for the 4A District title. While things were not as happy on the soccer field against Mariner, cross-town at Everett Memorial Stadium the Panther baseball team took the District crown for the second consecutive year with a 4-1 win over the Cascade Bruins. The win advances the Panthers into the state 4A tournament where they will take on the Emerald Ridge Jaguars in Tacoma on Saturday, May 21. The Bruins advanced to the State Tournament with a win over Mount Vernon on Saturday, May 14. They will take on the Puyallup Vikings to open state action also on Saturday. Above, the Panthers’ Kyle Sandifer looks to the umpire for a call as he tags Cascade’s Drew Swartz out as Swartz tried to steal second base.

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