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Sultan’s Julio Vargas takes the opening kickoff against Granite Falls on Friday, Sep. 30, 2022, at Sultan High School in Sultan, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Four Snohomish County schools on the move in next classification cycle

Arlington and Cascade are joining Class 4A. Marysville Pilchuck and Sultan are moving into 2A.

Sultan’s Julio Vargas takes the opening kickoff against Granite Falls on Friday, Sep. 30, 2022, at Sultan High School in Sultan, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Cedarcrest’s Adam Rawlings holds up a three after recording an assist against Marysville Getchell on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Cedarcrest boys top Marysville Getchell in Wesco 3A/2A league bout

Jack Leblanc scores 27 points as Red Wolves control the boards en route to 71-57 win.

Cedarcrest’s Adam Rawlings holds up a three after recording an assist against Marysville Getchell on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2024, at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Jackson senior forward Ryan Mcferran comes away with a contested rebound against Glacier Peak on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Jackson boys top unbeaten Glacier Peak in Wesco 4A showdown

The Timberwolves use a smothering defensive effort to build an early lead and hold on for a 58-49 win.

Jackson senior forward Ryan Mcferran comes away with a contested rebound against Glacier Peak on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Jackson junior Ethan Georgiev races to a 4th-place finish in the 200 yard freestyle final at the 4A WIAA Boys High School Swim and Dive Championships on Friday, Feb. 18, 2023, at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Snohomish County prep boys swim and dive: Athletes and teams to watch

A look at the area’s top returning high school boys swimmers, divers and teams this winter.

Jackson junior Ethan Georgiev races to a 4th-place finish in the 200 yard freestyle final at the 4A WIAA Boys High School Swim and Dive Championships on Friday, Feb. 18, 2023, at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Shorewood senior midfielder Amelia Severn is photographed on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023, at Shorewood High School in Shoreline, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

The Herald’s 2023 Girls Soccer Player of the Year: Amelia Severn

The University of Gonzaga-bound senior netted 24 goals and 23 assists for 3A district champion Shorewood.

Shorewood senior midfielder Amelia Severn is photographed on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023, at Shorewood High School in Shoreline, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lake Stevens libero Alyss Kelly returns a serve against Glacier Peak on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

The Herald’s 2023 All-Area high school volleyball teams

A look at the top prep volleyball players in the area this fall.

Lake Stevens libero Alyss Kelly returns a serve against Glacier Peak on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lynnwood senior middle blocker Hannah Johnson is The Herald’s Volleyball Player of the Year. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

The Herald’s 2023 Volleyball Player of the Year: Hannah Johnson

The Lynnwood senior’s on-court production and determined leadership help key a historic season for the Royals.

Lynnwood senior middle blocker Hannah Johnson is The Herald’s Volleyball Player of the Year. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Kolton Matson (12) poses for a photo at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

The Herald’s 2023 Football Player of the Year: Kolton Matson

The junior quarterback racked up a program-record 49 TD passes while leading Lake Stevens to a second straight state title.

Kolton Matson (12) poses for a photo at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Mountlake’s Zaveon Jones looks for an open teammate during the 3A quarterfinal game against O’Dea on Thursday, March 2, 2023 in Tacoma, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Snohomish County prep boys basketball: 2023-24 season preview

Coaches polls, favorites, contenders and storylines to watch for the local high school boys basketball leagues this season.

Mountlake’s Zaveon Jones looks for an open teammate during the 3A quarterfinal game against O’Dea on Thursday, March 2, 2023 in Tacoma, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Marysville Getchell’s Wyatt Harris (4) moves witht the ball during a boys basketball game between Mountlake Terrace and Marysville-Getchell at Mountlake Terrace High School in Mountlake Terrace, Washington on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023. Mountlake Terrace won, 58-56. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Marysville Getchell’s Wyatt Harris (4) moves witht the ball during a boys basketball game between Mountlake Terrace and Marysville-Getchell at Mountlake Terrace High School in Mountlake Terrace, Washington on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023. Mountlake Terrace won, 58-56. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Lake Stevens players celebrate Jesse Lewis’ second-half touchdown against Graham-Kapowsin during the WIAA 4A Football State Championship on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Back to back!: Lake Stevens wins 4A state football title

The Vikings beat Graham-Kapowsin 31-6 for their second straight Class 4A state championship.

Lake Stevens players celebrate Jesse Lewis’ second-half touchdown against Graham-Kapowsin during the WIAA 4A Football State Championship on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lake Stevens’ Jaxson Lewis (8) runs with the ball during a Class 4A state semifinal game between Lake Stevens and Kamiakan at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023. Lake Stevens won, 48-7. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Another state title well within reach for surging Lake Stevens

The Vikings head into Saturday’s championship clash riding a string of dominant performances.

Lake Stevens’ Jaxson Lewis (8) runs with the ball during a Class 4A state semifinal game between Lake Stevens and Kamiakan at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023. Lake Stevens won, 48-7. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Lake Stevens’ Keagan Howard (80) scores during a Class 4A state semifinal game between Lake Stevens and Kamiakan at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023. Lake Stevens won, 48-7. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Lake Stevens advances to 4A state title game with rout of Kamiakin

The Vikings cruise past another playoff opponent en route to Husky Stadium.

Lake Stevens’ Keagan Howard (80) scores during a Class 4A state semifinal game between Lake Stevens and Kamiakan at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023. Lake Stevens won, 48-7. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Lake Stevens’ Kolton Matson (12) moves with the ball during a game between Lake Stevens and Kennedy Catholic at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023. Lake Stevens won, 44-21. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Lake Stevens not looking past Kamiakin in state semifinals

The path through the playoffs has been quite different for the Vikings and their challenger.

Lake Stevens’ Kolton Matson (12) moves with the ball during a game between Lake Stevens and Kennedy Catholic at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington on Friday, Nov. 17, 2023. Lake Stevens won, 44-21. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Shorecrest’s Bailey Matthew (2) fights for the ball during the Shorecrest and Roosevelt Class 3A girls soccer state championship game at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup, Washington on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023. Shorecrest lost, 4-1. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Shorecrest falls to Roosevelt in 3A state title match

The Scots’ run as the No. 9 seed falls one win short in a 4-1 loss.

Shorecrest’s Bailey Matthew (2) fights for the ball during the Shorecrest and Roosevelt Class 3A girls soccer state championship game at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup, Washington on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023. Shorecrest lost, 4-1. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Arlington’s defense stuffs Ferndale running back Talan Bungard on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, at Arlington High School in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Stout Arlington defense ready for challenge against Bellevue

The shutdown unit believes its past experiences against the Wing-T will be a benefit against the Wolverines.

Arlington’s defense stuffs Ferndale running back Talan Bungard on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, at Arlington High School in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Tayvi Khann (8) moves with the ball during a Shorecrest girls soccer team practice at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline, Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

‘Underdog’ Shorecrest seeks to extend run in 3A state tournament

After upsetting top-seeded Bellevue, the Scots are a win away from the 3A state title game. They face Lakeside (Seattle) in the semifinals Friday.

Tayvi Khann (8) moves with the ball during a Shorecrest girls soccer team practice at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline, Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Lynnwood’s Ady Martin, right, celebrates with her teammates during a Wesco 3A District volleyball matchup against Shorecrest on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lynnwood’s Ady Martin, right, celebrates with her teammates during a Wesco 3A District volleyball matchup against Shorecrest on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Snohomish’s Mary Clarke recieves a medal for winning heat two of the 100 yard freestyle during the 3A girls state swim and dive championships at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

3A state swim: Snohomish’s Clarke captures freestyle title

Mary Clarke gets her ‘redemption race’ in the 100 freestyle and places second in the 200 freestyle.

Snohomish’s Mary Clarke recieves a medal for winning heat two of the 100 yard freestyle during the 3A girls state swim and dive championships at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Kamiak’s Claire Smith swims in heat two of the 100 yard butterfly during the 4A girls state swim and dive championships at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

4A state swim: Kamiak’s Smith claims second state title

Also, Jackson places second in the team standings and Glacier Peak divers lead seventh-place team finish.

Kamiak’s Claire Smith swims in heat two of the 100 yard butterfly during the 4A girls state swim and dive championships at King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)