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Published September 28, 2016

GLACIER PEAK VOLLEYBALL

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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.

GLACIER PEAK VS. JACKSON FOOTBALL

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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.

MONROE VS. CASCADE FOOTBALL

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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.

SNOHOMISH SWIM/DIVE

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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

 

SoccerSNOHOMISH VERSUS SHORECREST SOCCER

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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.

footballGLACIER PEAK VERSUS CASCADE FOOTBALL

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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

SNOHOMISH VERSUS GLACIER PEAK FOOTBALL

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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.”


Published August 31, 2016

EVERETT AQUASOX

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Everett AquaSox first baseman Eric Filia reaches for the ball to put out the Vancouver Canadians’ D.J. McKnight (8) during the first inning of the Sox’s 8-6 loss to the Canadians on Sunday, Aug. 28. Despite the loss on Sunday, the Sox took the first two games from the Canadians, while clinching a playoff berth in the three-game weekend series at Everett Memorial Stadium. The Sox are presently on the road playing in Boise, and will return home for the final three games of the regular season against the Spokane Indians beginning Saturday, Sept. 3. The season continues for the Sox next week as they will host the Indians at Everett Memorial Stadium for the first of three games in the Northwest League’s Northern Division Championship on Wednesday, Sept. 7. The best-of-three game championship moves to Spokane for the final two games.

 

Published August 10, 2016

EVERETT AQUASOX

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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, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

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

SVVC CLUB VOLLEYBALL

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

SNOHOMISH BOYS SOCCER IN STATE PLAYOFFS

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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.


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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

Sorry, no sports report this week

 

Published May 25, 2016

SNOHOMISH VERSUS JACKSON SOFTBALL

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.

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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.

 

 

MONROE VERSUS KAMIAK SOFTBALL

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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.

GLACIER PEAK GRIZZLIES BASEBALL

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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.

SNOHOMISH VERSUS JACKSON SOFTBALL

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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.

SNOHOMISH VERSUS CASCADE BASEBALL

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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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