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Published January 18, 2017


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.


Boys BasketballDoug Ramsay photo,

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.


girls BasketballDoug Ramsay photo,

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


basketballDoug Ramsay photo,

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.


basketballDoug Ramsay photo,

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.


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,

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.


Published December 28


snohomish bballDoug Ramsay photo,

Glacier Peak Grizzly senior Paisley Johnson (center) drives her way through a pack of Snohomish Panthers as she tries to go to the basket in the Grizzlies’ 71-55 win over their cross-valley rivals on Tuesday, Dec. 20. The Grizzlies took control of the game quickly and held a 13-point lead at the half. Senior Kayla Watkins led the Grizzlies with a game-high 22 points while Johnson added another 16. Sophomore Maya DuChesne led the Panthers as she sank 20 points. The non-league win improved the Grizzlies to 5-1 on the season, while the loss was the Panthers’ first this year, putting them at 6-1.
In other basketball news, the Glacier Peak boys lost their first of the season as they were beaten by Union High School 45-54 last week, ending their seven-game winning streak. The Snohomish Panther boys’ season continues to be rough as they lost to Ferndale 58-69, dropping them to 1-6. Both of the Monroe Bearcat teams had last
week off. The Bearcat girls hold a 2-3 record and the boys at 4-1. After four straight losses, the Everett Seagull boys (3-5) beat visiting Lambrick Park, British Columbia 44-64 last week.
The Gull girls (1-5) lost their fifth straight game as they were beaten by Redmond 39-64 last week.


Published December 21, 2016


basketballDoug Ramsay photo,

Snohomish Panther junior Darius Johnson (right) is fouled by Oak Harbor Wildcat Ozell Jackson (12) as Johnson goes for a lay-up at Snohomish High School on Friday, Dec. 16. The Panthers, who have lost five straight to open the season including a 31-69 loss to cross-valley Glacier Peak, beat the Wildcats 62-33 for their first win of the season. The Panthers took control of the game early by going on a 13-0 run from the start and led the Wildcats (1-6) by 15 at the half. Panther senior Kyle Sandifer sank a game high 16 points for the night.


basketballDoug Ramsay photo,

Glacier Peak Grizzly junior Bobby Martin (30) reaches for the basket as he is defended by Cascade Bruin seniors Charles Coleman (44) and Muhammed Kolly (24) during first-half action in the Grizzlies 76-53 win at Glacier Peak High School on Thursday, Dec. 15. With the win over the Bruins and a 64-41 win over Jackson the following night, the Grizzlies remain undefeated going into the holiday break. The Bruins (2-5, 2-1 league) opened the season with four straight losses, but with wins over Kamiak and Mount Vernon last week, they have been able to move up to second place tied with Mount Vernon in the Wesco 4A standings below the Grizzlies.



Published Dec 14, 2016

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Published December 7, 2016


basketballDoug Ramsay photo,

Panther senior Quinn Otteson (left) drives around Bearcat junior Emily Toycen as Otteson goes to the hoop in the rivalry game between Snohomish and Monroe on Wednesday, Nov. 30. The rivalry between the Snohomish Panthers and the Monroe Bearcats has been strong over the years as the two teams often battled each other for the first-place spot in the Wesco 4A. With the Panthers moving to the 3A, this year’s game became a non-league matchup, and while it was meaningless to the standings, it was still a physical and competitive game. The Panthers won the game 57-38.


basketballDoug Ramsay photo,

Everett Seagull junior Wes Erickson (1) reaches for the basket while being defended by Cascade Bruin senior Muhammed Kolly (left) and Bruin junior Alex Stewart (right) during first-half play in the Gulls 66-59 win in the annual “Bru-Gull Fest” game between the cross-town schools on Friday, Dec. 2 at Everett Community College. The Gulls opened the season last week with a 55-36 win over Newport but then lost to Squalicum High School of Bellingham before rebounding with the win over the Bruins. The Bruins have yet to win this season. After opening with a 57-58 loss to Arlington, followed by the loss to the Gulls, the Bruins lost to Bothell on Saturday, Dec. 3 with a score of 48-69.



Published November 23, 2016

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Published November 16, 2016


soccerDoug Ramsay photo,

Snohomish Panther senior Anna Montemor (left) and Lakeside Lions Arryn Owens battle for a loose ball during first-half action of the Panthers’ 2-0 loss in the opening-round game of the 3A State tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 8 in Snohomish. The freshman-and underclassman-heavy Panthers surprised many as they cruised through the District tournament with three upsetting wins and a trip to the state tournament for the fourth time in seven-years. The Lions (16-4-1) of Seattle dominated most of the game allowing the Panthers few chances at scoring. The loss ended the Panthers season with a record of 11-9-1.


footballAdrian Johnson photo

The last time Monroe made a state playoff appearance was in 1991. Facing No. 2-ranked Sumner on Friday, Nov. 11 at Sumner High School, the Bearcats appeared to be on the verge of an upset, putting up two scores after halftime to take a 35 to 23 lead. But the victory was not to be, as Sumner responded by capitalizing on several Monroe turnovers to best the Bearcats and stop their advance to the state quarter finals. Monroe fell to Sumner 58 to 42 in first round of 4A state playoffs, and Monroe finished the season with a 9-2 record.
Monroe receiver Isaiah Cole (13) scores on an 85 yard kickoff return, giving Monroe a 7 – 3 lead early in the first quarter Friday night at Sumner. Cole also had 97 yards receiving and two touchdown catches. Monroe’s JJ Jerome scored three touchdowns and carried the ball for 133 yards in the loss. Jerome ended the season with 24 touchdowns and 2,026 yards rushing.


Published November 9, 2016


Melanie Russell photo

Snohomish senior Maddie Donohue was all smiles after her District 3A Championship Saturday finals race in the 50 yard freestyle despite placing third overall with a state-qualifying time of 25.05, beating her seeded time of 25.10. Donohue also qualified for state in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 55.27. Donohue said post-race she had not tapered yet and “was saving [her] everything for the state meet next weekend.” Donohue qualified for the Wesco 3A State Championship Swim Meet, which happens this upcoming weekend at the King County Aquatic Center. Girls varsity swim teams from 3A and 4A swam in the prelims and finals throughout the weekend at the Snohomish Aquatic Center.
At the meet, in 4A districts, the scores were: Kamiak 399, Jackson 398, Glacier Peak 328, Lake Stevens 322, Mount Vernon 192, Cascade 188, Monroe 100, Mariner 80.
For 3A, the top five team scores were: Squalicum (of Bellingham) 320, Shorecrest 314, Snohomish 263, Oak Harbor 255, Meadowdale 194.


soccerDoug Ramsay photo,

Glacier Peak Grizzly sophomore Haley Grambo (far right) battles Lake Stevens Viking senior Makenna Reoh (center) and Viking junior Adele Gordon (13) for the ball in a 4A District 1 tournament game at Everett Memorial Stadium on Thursday, Nov. 3. The Grizzlies opened tournament play with a 3-1 win over Mount Vernon on Oct. 29. However, a 3-0 loss to the Jackson Timberwolves on Tuesday, Nov. 1 knocked the Grizzlies out of the District championship game and into the loser-out game with Lake Stevens which the Grizzlies won 1-0. The victory was short-lived as the Grizzlies fell to the Kamiak Knights 3-0 on Saturday, Nov. 5 to bring their season to a close at 9-9-2.


footballDoug Ramsay photo,

Snohomish Panther sophomore receiver Tyler Massena dives into the end-zone after being tripped up by the Arlington Eagle’s Jake Hubbard in the first-half of the Panthers’37-33 win in the District 1 3A playoff berth game at Snohomish’s Veterans Memorial Field on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Despite the gallant dive for the end-zone, Hubbard had stepped out of bounds on the one-yard line, and the Panthers needed another play to complete the touchdown. The win put the Panthers into the Quad-district playoffs where they took on, and lost to the undefeated and top-ranked O’Dea Fighting Irish 57-20 at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on Saturday, Nov. 5. The Panthers finished the season 7-4.

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