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Julio Rodriguez runs the bases Saturday afternoon during practice at Funko Field in Everett on May 1, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

J-Rod drives in deciding run for D.R. in Olympic qualifier

AquaSox star Julio Rodriguez finishes 11-for-24 with the Dominican Republic in the qualifier event.

Julio Rodriguez runs the bases Saturday afternoon during practice at Funko Field in Everett on May 1, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Everett's Dustin Wolf stops a shot at goal against Seattle Sunday evening at ShoWare Center in Kent on March 8, 2020. The Silvertips won 3-2. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Trio of Silvertips receive U.S. Division awards

Dustin Wolf, Cole Fonstad and Gage Goncalves are rewarded after their division championship season.

Everett's Dustin Wolf stops a shot at goal against Seattle Sunday evening at ShoWare Center in Kent on March 8, 2020. The Silvertips won 3-2. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Mariners’ Alexis Slater, junior, posted a 0.71 ERA in 89 1/3 innings pitched, with a whopping 190 strikeouts. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The Herald’s 2021 Softball Player of the Year: Alexis Slater

The star pitcher was a strikeout machine and led long-struggling Mariner to a breakthrough season.

Mariners’ Alexis Slater, junior, posted a 0.71 ERA in 89 1/3 innings pitched, with a whopping 190 strikeouts. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Aquasox's Jack Larsen throws the ball over teammate Julio Rodriguez.  The Everett Aquasox beat the Tri-City Dust Devils in a home opening game at Funko Field on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

AquaSox notebook: Larsen named High-A West player of the month

Also, AquaSox phenom Julio Rodriguez blasted 2 massive homers Wednesday in an Olympic qualifier.

Aquasox's Jack Larsen throws the ball over teammate Julio Rodriguez.  The Everett Aquasox beat the Tri-City Dust Devils in a home opening game at Funko Field on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Aquasox's Kaden Polcovich keeps an eye on the ball and makes a double play as the Everett Aquasox beat the Tri-City Dust Devils in a home opening game at Funko Field on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

AquaSox weekly update: Williamson shines, Sox split series

Brandon Williamson had a spectacular start, J-Rod is playing in an Olympic qualifier, and more.

Aquasox's Kaden Polcovich keeps an eye on the ball and makes a double play as the Everett Aquasox beat the Tri-City Dust Devils in a home opening game at Funko Field on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Former Lynnwood softball star homers, helps Alabama reach WCWS

Maddie Morgan blasts a 2-run homer to help Alabama advance to the Women’s College World Series.

Jackson junior Dominic Hellman, a University of Oregon commit, is The Herald's 2021 Baseball Player of the Year.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

The Herald’s 2021 Baseball Player of the Year: Dominic Hellman

The University of Oregon commit compiled the best prep season Jackson’s longtime coach has ever seen.

Jackson junior Dominic Hellman, a University of Oregon commit, is The Herald's 2021 Baseball Player of the Year.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Aquasox's Julio Rodriguez hits a two run homer as the Everett Aquasox beat the Tri-City Dust Devils in a home opening game at Funko Field on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

AquaSox update: J-Rod, Everett cool off in Spokane

After a torrid stretch, Julio Rodriguez and the AquaSox fell back down to earth this past week.

Aquasox's Julio Rodriguez hits a two run homer as the Everett Aquasox beat the Tri-City Dust Devils in a home opening game at Funko Field on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 in Everett, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson in his office at Angel of the Winds Arena on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Silvertips announce they won’t extend GM’s contract

The Silvertips won 5 division titles during Garry Davidson’s 9-plus seasons as general manager.

Silvertips general manager Garry Davidson in his office at Angel of the Winds Arena on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
AquaSox's Julio Rodriguez runs the bases after hitting his  fifth home run in six games during the game against the Dust Devils on Sunday, May 16, 2021 in Everett, Wash.

AquaSox update: J-Rod, plenty others shine in 6-game sweep

Julio Rodriguez blasted 5 home runs in the series and Everett dominated Tri-City to improve to 10-2.

AquaSox's Julio Rodriguez runs the bases after hitting his  fifth home run in six games during the game against the Dust Devils on Sunday, May 16, 2021 in Everett, Wash.
Julio Rodriguez during warm ups Saturday afternoon during practice at Funko Field in Everett on May 1, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

AquaSox phenom Rodriguez driven to bring M’s World Series title

The 20-year-old, who is regarded as baseball’s No. 3 prospect, is a central piece to Seattle’s future.

Julio Rodriguez during warm ups Saturday afternoon during practice at Funko Field in Everett on May 1, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
AquaSox outfielder Julio Rodriguez hits a double during the first inning of a game against the Dust Devils on May 11, 2021, at Funko Field in Everett. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Van Til: Eyes of baseball world on talent-laden AquaSox

Local fans will have a rare, and perhaps short, opportunity to view these potential future M’s stars.

AquaSox outfielder Julio Rodriguez hits a double during the first inning of a game against the Dust Devils on May 11, 2021, at Funko Field in Everett. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Julio Rodriguez runs the bases Saturday afternoon during practice at Funko Field in Everett on May 1, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

AquaSox update: A look back at the Sox’s season-opening series

Rodriguez, Hancock and others made their AquaSox debuts as Everett took 4 of 6 from Hillsboro.

Julio Rodriguez runs the bases Saturday afternoon during practice at Funko Field in Everett on May 1, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Emerson Hancock warms up Saturday afternoon during practice at Funko Field in Everett on May 1, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

AquaSox preview: It’s prospects galore as Sox begin a new era

The AquaSox are loaded with talent as they enter their 1st season at the minor leagues’ High-A level.

Emerson Hancock warms up Saturday afternoon during practice at Funko Field in Everett on May 1, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
This is a 2020 photo of Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners baseball team. This image reflects the Mariners active roster as of Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, when this image was taken.

Big-time Mariners prospect Julio Rodriguez headed to Everett

The No. 3 overall prospect in baseball will start the minor league season with the High-A AquaSox.

This is a 2020 photo of Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners baseball team. This image reflects the Mariners active roster as of Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, when this image was taken.
Outside hitter Mac Whyte, a senior volleyball player for Snohomish High, on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

The Herald’s Volleyball Player of the Year: Mac Whyte

The versatile Snohomish senior and four-year starter capped her accomplished prep career in style.

Outside hitter Mac Whyte, a senior volleyball player for Snohomish High, on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Glacier Peak senior Ryan Black totaled 994 yards from scrimmage, 13 touchdowns as a  running back and a standout on defense for the Grizzlies. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The Herald’s Football Player of the Year: Ryan Black

The Glacier Peak senior running back totaled 994 yards from scrimmage and 13 TDs in just five games.

Glacier Peak senior Ryan Black totaled 994 yards from scrimmage, 13 touchdowns as a  running back and a standout on defense for the Grizzlies. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Silvertips' Cole Fonstad races for a rebound with Chiefs' Jordan Chudley and Chiefs' Adam Beckman giving chase Saturday night at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett on March 20, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Midseason update: A look at the first-place Silvertips

An update on key players and other notable tidbits from the first half of Everett’s abbreviated season.

Silvertips' Cole Fonstad races for a rebound with Chiefs' Jordan Chudley and Chiefs' Adam Beckman giving chase Saturday night at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett on March 20, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Washington's Lauren Sanders, center, spikes the ball against Dayton's Lexie Almodovar, left, and Lindsey Winner, right, in the third set during an NCAA volleyball tournament in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Glacier Peak grad Sanders climbs UW volleyball record books

The senior middle blocker has made an impact on and off the court for the Sweet 16-bound Huskies.

Washington's Lauren Sanders, center, spikes the ball against Dayton's Lexie Almodovar, left, and Lindsey Winner, right, in the third set during an NCAA volleyball tournament in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald via AP)
Robert Polk (Contributed photo)

Everett School District creates scholarship to honor Polk

The Robert C. Polk Memorial Athletic Scholarship honors the late activities and athletics director.

Robert Polk (Contributed photo)