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Prep notebook: Two Snohomish pitchers sign NCAA letters of intent

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By Mike Cane
Herald Writer
Two Snohomish High School pitchers recently accepted opportunities to play college ball in Washington.
During the NCAA National Letter of Intent signing period earlier this month, Snohomish baseball pitcher Grant Gunning signed with the Seattle University men’s baseball team and Snohomish softball pitcher Janelle Kasch signed with Western Washington University’s softball team.
Gunning, a 6-foot-3 right-hander, received All-Wesco North honorable mention last season. Kasch is a two-year Snohomish captain and the Panthers’ clear team leader, according to Snohomish softball coach Lou Kennedy. In 2008, Kasch received All-Wesco North honorable mention.
The NCAA initial signing period for many sports — including baseball, softball, basketball and volleyball — ended on Nov. 17. Send any other previously unreported local signings and verbal commitments to
Looking ahead, the regular signing period for football, soccer, track and field, and cross country begins on Feb. 2, 2011.
Local runners help Washington prevail in BorderClash 12
Coupeville High senior Tyler King and Glacier Peak High sophomore Amy-Eloise Neale were the top local finishers in the boys and girls races, respectively, during Sunday’s annual Nike BorderClash Washington vs. Oregon cross country competition at the Nike World Campus in Beaverton, Ore.
Running in frigid, icy conditions on the 4.4-kilometer course, King, the Class 1A state champion, finished 10th in the boys race in a time of 14 minutes, 12.82 seconds. He was one of nine runners who placed among the top 10 individuals for Washington, which dominated Oregon by a score of 16-47.
Neale, the two-time 3A state champ, placed third in the girls race (16:16.37) behind Washington teammates Maddie Meyers (16:10.59) and Katie Knight (16:13.19). Their 1-2-3 finish was a key part of Washington’s 17-46 win over Oregon.
See complete BorderClash 12 results at
Poll results: Boys basketball is most exciting winter sport
In a recent reader poll, people answered the question: Which winter-season high school sport are you most excited to watch? The runaway winner was boys basketball, which received nearly 47 percent of the votes. Girls basketball (nearly 28 percent) received the second-most votes. Check out complete poll results at
By the way, hoops fans: The Herald’s 2010-2011 boys and girls basketball season previews are scheduled for publication in The Herald on Friday, in print and online.
Lakewood sweeps league coach-of-the-year awards
The Cascade Conference fall all-league teams were announced on Monday and all three Coach of the Year awards went to Lakewood High coaches: Dan Teeter (football), Jeremiah Wohlgemuth (girls soccer) and Tasha Kryger (volleyball).
The Cascade Conference all-league teams are in today’s print edition of The Herald and are also posted at
Still time to sign up for Candy Cane Dash
The 15th Annual Candy Cane Dash, a 5-kilometer run/walk, starts at 9 a.m. on Dec. 4 at Shoreline Stadium. The entry fee is $20 for those who pre-register by Nov. 24 and $25 for day-of-race registrants. Proceeds benefit the Shorecrest High cross country team and the school’s Senior Project Fund. Get more info and register online at
Mike Cane: Check out the prep sports blog Double Team at and follow Cane on Twitter at MikeCaneHerald.

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