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Jackson senior slugger Dominic Hellman has committed to University of Oregon. Hellman finished the season with a batting average of .562 and eight home runs. Photographed in Mill Creek, Washington on June 17, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The Herald’s Baseball Player of the Year: Dominic Hellman

Jackson’s slugging shortstop and potential MLB draft pick hit .562 and blasted 8 homers in another spectacular season.

 

All-Area softball player of the year is Monroe shortstop River Mahler. Mahler, a Stanford University signee, excelled at the plate and in the field while leading the Bearcats to a fifth-place finish in the 3A state tournament. Photographed on June 13, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The Herald’s Softball Player of the Year: River Mahler

The do-it-all Stanford-bound senior shortstop broke school records and led Monroe to a 5th-place state finish.

 

State tennis.

State tennis roundup: Jackson boys capture 4A state team title

Henry Park takes 2nd in singles and Ben Lee places 5th to put the Timberwolves atop the 4A boys team standings.

 

Roosevelt celebrates the change over and the chance to win against Snohomish during 3A quarter-final game Friday evening in Lacey, Washington on May 27, 2022.  The Panthers lost 14-13 in 8 innings. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

3A state softball: Snohomish loses heartbreaker in quarterfinals

The Panthers blow a big lead and fall on a walkoff in extras. None of the 5 local teams in the tourney reach the semifinals.

Roosevelt celebrates the change over and the chance to win against Snohomish during 3A quarter-final game Friday evening in Lacey, Washington on May 27, 2022.  The Panthers lost 14-13 in 8 innings. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Monroe’s Diego Perez-Diaz, left, and Tanner Summers celebrate their win over Shorewood Saturday afternoon at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline, Washington on May 14, 2022. The Bearcats won 2-0. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

State boys soccer preview: A look at the 3A state final four

Monroe will make its second state semifinal appearance in program history on Friday afternoon.

Monroe’s Diego Perez-Diaz, left, and Tanner Summers celebrate their win over Shorewood Saturday afternoon at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline, Washington on May 14, 2022. The Bearcats won 2-0. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Edmonds-Woodway’s junior Paige Oliver serves the ball during the 3A District championship match against Shorewood’s Rylie Gettmann on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

State tennis preview: A look at the area’s state-bound competitors

Local high school tennis players are headed to the Tri-Cities for this weekend’s state tournaments.

Edmonds-Woodway’s junior Paige Oliver serves the ball during the 3A District championship match against Shorewood’s Rylie Gettmann on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Cascade's Ashlyee Bloch attempts to tag out Snohomish's Camryn Sage Thursday evening at Phil Johnson Ball Field in Everett, Washington on May 19, 2022. The Bruins defeated the Panthers 14-7 to claim the NW District 1 3A Championship title. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Cascade's Ashlyee Bloch attempts to tag out Snohomish's Camryn Sage Thursday evening at Phil Johnson Ball Field in Everett, Washington on May 19, 2022. The Bruins defeated the Panthers 14-7 to claim the NW District 1 3A Championship title. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Jackson players surround the plate to congratulate teammate Kaila Zellmer for hitting a home run during the game against Glacier Peak on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Jackson softball seeks both historic 3-peat, ‘new legacy’

The T-wolves are looking to make history with a 3rd straight 4A state title, but this year’s team features a whole new cast.

Jackson players surround the plate to congratulate teammate Kaila Zellmer for hitting a home run during the game against Glacier Peak on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Shorewood’s Ben Borgida lines up his putt during the Tom Dolan Memorial Invitational at the Everett Golf & Country Club on Monday, April 11, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

State golf preview: Local qualifiers and top area golfers to watch

The high school state golf tournaments are Tuesday and Wednesday at various courses across the state.

Shorewood’s Ben Borgida lines up his putt during the Tom Dolan Memorial Invitational at the Everett Golf & Country Club on Monday, April 11, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lynnwood baseball’s strong season comes to rough end at state

The district champion Royals suffer an 11-1 mercy-rule loss to Mt. Spokane in a 3A state regional.

Lake Washington rallies to eliminate Ed.-Woodway baseball from state

The Kangaroos pull ahead with 3 runs in the 6th and hand the Warriors a season-ending 3-1 loss in a 3A state regional.

Lynnwood’s Jace Hampson yells in celebration after winning the district semifinal game against Meadowdale to send them to state at Funko Field on May 10 in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lynnwood’s Jace Hampson yells in celebration after winning the district semifinal game against Meadowdale to send them to state at Funko Field on May 10 in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Edmonds-Woodway’s Gibby Marshall-Inman, left, and Jacob Gabler make up the Warriors pitching core. Photographed in Edmonds, Washington on May 19, 2022.(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Golden arms: Edmonds-Woodway pitching duo is a lethal one-two punch

Senior aces Gibby Marshall-Inman and Jacob Gabler enter the state regionals having allowed just 7 earned runs over 102 innings.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Gibby Marshall-Inman, left, and Jacob Gabler make up the Warriors pitching core. Photographed in Edmonds, Washington on May 19, 2022.(Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Marysville-Getchell celebrates their 8-1 victory over Everett High School at Phil Johnson Ball Field in Everett, Washington on May 19, 2022.(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

3A district softball: M. Getchell, Arlington, Monroe advance to state

Marysville Getchell earns its 1st state berth in program history. Arlington and Monroe also punch their tickets.

Marysville-Getchell celebrates their 8-1 victory over Everett High School at Phil Johnson Ball Field in Everett, Washington on May 19, 2022.(Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Cascade's Katelyn Pryor holds the championship trophy Thursday evening at Phil Johnson Ball Field in Everett, Washington on May 19, 2022. The Bruins defeated the Panthers 14-7 to claim the NW District 1 3A Championship title. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Another milestone: Cascade softball rolls past Snohomish for district crown

The Bruins continue their breakthrough season and blast 7 homers to beat the Panthers 14-7 in the 3A District 1 title game.

Cascade's Katelyn Pryor holds the championship trophy Thursday evening at Phil Johnson Ball Field in Everett, Washington on May 19, 2022. The Bruins defeated the Panthers 14-7 to claim the NW District 1 3A Championship title. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Skyline’s Ryan Grace is swarmed by teammates after striking out a batter to complete a 10-inning complete game win against Jackson Wednesday, May 18, 2022, during a Class 4A matchup at the Phil Johnson Ballfields in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Jackson softball falls to Skyline in 10-inning bi-district marathon

The T-wolves lose a 3-2 extra-inning heartbreaker in the 4A District 1/2 semis, but still have 2 more chances to reach state.

Skyline’s Ryan Grace is swarmed by teammates after striking out a batter to complete a 10-inning complete game win against Jackson Wednesday, May 18, 2022, during a Class 4A matchup at the Phil Johnson Ballfields in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Edmonds-Woodway celebrates their win to advance in the state tournament against Gig Harbor Tuesday afternoon at Edmonds-Wooday High School in Edmonds, Washington on May 17, 2022. The Warriors won 2-1 in 8 innings. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Edmonds-Woodway baseball walks off in extras, advances to state regionals

The Warriors win on a walkoff sacrifice fly in the 8th inning to beat Gig Harbor 2-1 in a 3A state play-in round game.

Edmonds-Woodway celebrates their win to advance in the state tournament against Gig Harbor Tuesday afternoon at Edmonds-Wooday High School in Edmonds, Washington on May 17, 2022. The Warriors won 2-1 in 8 innings. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Monroe’s Jessi Mahler, top left clockwise, River Mahler, Emma Nagy, Scarlett Nagy, Annie Oylear and Hadley Oylear are members of the Bearcats starting lineup going into the playoffs. Photographed in Monroe, Washington on May 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘Sisterly bond’: Monroe softball team features 3 pairs of sisters

The Mahler, Nagy and Oylear sisters make up two-thirds of the state-hopeful Bearcats’ starting lineup.

Monroe’s Jessi Mahler, top left clockwise, River Mahler, Emma Nagy, Scarlett Nagy, Annie Oylear and Hadley Oylear are members of the Bearcats starting lineup going into the playoffs. Photographed in Monroe, Washington on May 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Glacier Peak’s Katherine Streissgut competes in the pole vault during Eason Invitational track and field meet on Saturday, April 23, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

3 local spring sports teams claim academic state championships

The Glacier Peak girls track, Shorewood girls track and Kamiak boys soccer teams won academic state titles.

Glacier Peak’s Katherine Streissgut competes in the pole vault during Eason Invitational track and field meet on Saturday, April 23, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Arlington's Tyler Howe, left, and Edmonds-Woodway's Ryan Hanby vie for control of the ball Saturday afternoon at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline, Washington on May 14, 2022.  The Warriors won 4-2. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Arlington's Tyler Howe, left, and Edmonds-Woodway's Ryan Hanby vie for control of the ball Saturday afternoon at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline, Washington on May 14, 2022.  The Warriors won 4-2. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)