Evan Wiederspohn

Shorewood freshman Ashley Anderson serves during a Wesco 3A District volleyball matchup against Meadowdale on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Shorewood rallies, tops Meadowdale to clinch state berth

The Stormrays use a pivotal push in the 3rd set and move on the Class 3A District 1 title game.

Shorewood freshman Ashley Anderson serves during a Wesco 3A District volleyball matchup against Meadowdale 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)

Lynnwood sweeps Shorecrest in district semis, secures state berth

The unbeaten Royals use a balanced effort to move on to the Class 3A District 1 title match.

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)
Laura Eichert (22) and Katelyn Eichert (2) pose for a photo at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Lake Stevens volleyball sisters ‘elevating each other’s game’

Katelyn and Laura Eichert are crushing the Vikings’ record books as a lethal setter-hitter combo.

Laura Eichert (22) and Katelyn Eichert (2) pose for a photo at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Snohomish senior Mary Clarke heads to the final turn in the 100 yard freestyle during the Wesco 3A Division 1 Girls Swim and Dive Finals on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, at the Snohomish Aquatic Center in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

State girls swim preview: Top local swimmers, divers, teams to watch

A look at the top local contenders in the high school girls swim and dive state championships.

Snohomish senior Mary Clarke heads to the final turn in the 100 yard freestyle during the Wesco 3A Division 1 Girls Swim and Dive Finals on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, at the Snohomish Aquatic Center in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Edmonds-Woodway junior Simone Bennett swims in the 100 yard butterfly during the Wesco 3A Division 1 Girls Swim and Dive Finals on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, at the Snohomish Aquatic Center in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Shorecrest rolls to 3A district swim title

Mary Clarke defends her 100 freestyle title and helps Snohomish to a relay win, and more from the 3A district meet.

Edmonds-Woodway junior Simone Bennett swims in the 100 yard butterfly during the Wesco 3A Division 1 Girls Swim and Dive Finals on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, at the Snohomish Aquatic Center in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Jackson’s Elissa Anderson takes second and qualifies for state in the 100 yard butterfly during the Wesco 4A Girls Swim and Dive Finals on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, at the Snohomish Aquatic Center in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Jackson races to 2nd straight 4A District 1 title

The Timberwolves claim 1st in 7 of 12 events; Glacier Peak’s Addison Farman shatters the district diving record.

Jackson’s Elissa Anderson takes second and qualifies for state in the 100 yard butterfly during the Wesco 4A Girls Swim and Dive Finals on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, at the Snohomish Aquatic Center in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Arlington junior Kaid Hunter runs into the end zone for a second quarter score against Ballard during a playoff matchup Friday, Nov. 3, 2023, at Arlington High School in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Arlington lights up Ballard en route to 3A state playoff berth

Caleb Reed piles up 190 yards and Leyton Martin throws for 5 TDs in a winner-to-state rout.

Arlington junior Kaid Hunter runs into the end zone for a second quarter score against Ballard during a playoff matchup Friday, Nov. 3, 2023, at Arlington High School in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Mountlake Terrace’s Natalie Cardin gets pushed to the ground while trying to get to the ball during a district playoff matchup against Ferndale on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Terrace’s bid for state berth ends in PKs against Ferndale

The Hawks fall one win shy of the state tournament in a heartbreaking loss.

Mountlake Terrace’s Natalie Cardin gets pushed to the ground while trying to get to the ball during a district playoff matchup against Ferndale on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Everett’s Avery Marsall tries to fend off a defender during a district playoff matchup against Oak Harbor on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Everett’s late-season surge falls one win shy of state

The Seagulls’ recent run of success ends in a 1-0 loss to Oak Harbor in a winner-to-state, loser-out district tournament game.

Everett’s Avery Marsall tries to fend off a defender during a district playoff matchup against Oak Harbor on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Stanwood runner Mary Andelin enters the final stretch while she cruises to a first place finish in the Women’s Varsity Gold run during the Hole in the Wall Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, at Lakewood High School in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

State cross country preview: Top local runners, teams to watch

A look at some of the top local runners and teams heading to Pasco for Saturday’s state championships.

Stanwood runner Mary Andelin enters the final stretch while she cruises to a first place finish in the Women’s Varsity Gold run during the Hole in the Wall Cross Country Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, at Lakewood High School in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lake Stevens’ Talha Rai (18) moves with the ball during a game between Glacier Peak and Lake Stevens at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish, Washington on Friday, Oct. 27, 2023. Lake Stevens won, 42-7. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Lake Stevens routs Glacier Peak for 10th straight Wesco 4A title

Kolton Matson eclipses 2,000 passing yards on the season and Jayshon Limar piles up 108 yards and 2 TDs rushing in a 42-7 win.

Lake Stevens’ Talha Rai (18) moves with the ball during a game between Glacier Peak and Lake Stevens at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish, Washington on Friday, Oct. 27, 2023. Lake Stevens won, 42-7. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Record holder Snohomish swimmer Mary Clark poses for a photo at the Snohomish Aquatic Center in Snohomish, Washington on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Record-holder Clarke leads Snohomish with talent, dedication

Panthers senior Mary Clarke is ready for the final postseason run of her decorated prep career.

Record holder Snohomish swimmer Mary Clark poses for a photo at the Snohomish Aquatic Center in Snohomish, Washington on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Monroe’s Nicholas Mouser escapes a tackle by Edmonds-Woodway's Krys Piechocinski during the game on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

6 games to watch during Week 9 of the prep football season

An in-depth look at all 5 Wesco 3A crossovers and the de facto Wesco 4A title game between Glacier Peak and Lake Stevens.

Monroe’s Nicholas Mouser escapes a tackle by Edmonds-Woodway's Krys Piechocinski during the game on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens players react to a goal during a game between Lake Stevens and Kamiak at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023. Lake Stevens won, 4-2. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Lake Stevens players react to a goal during a game between Lake Stevens and Kamiak at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington on Monday, Oct. 23, 2023. Lake Stevens won, 4-2. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Edmonds-Woodway’s Rashaad Gerona-Chatters (29) moves with the ball during a game between Edmonds-Woodway and Mountlake Terrace at Edmonds-Woodway Stadium in Edmonds, Washington on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023. Edmonds-Woodway won, 13-10. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Edmonds-Woodway’s Rashaad Gerona-Chatters (29) moves with the ball during a game between Edmonds-Woodway and Mountlake Terrace at Edmonds-Woodway Stadium in Edmonds, Washington on Friday, Oct. 20, 2023. Edmonds-Woodway won, 13-10. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Shorewood’s Mia Ehdaie (7) boxes a corner flag after scoring a goal during a soccer game between Shorewood and Mountlake Terrace at Shorewood Stadium in Shoreline, Washington on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023. Shorewood won, 4-0. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Shorewood’s Mia Ehdaie (7) boxes a corner flag after scoring a goal during a soccer game between Shorewood and Mountlake Terrace at Shorewood Stadium in Shoreline, Washington on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023. Shorewood won, 4-0. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Edmonds-Woodway's Rashad Gerona-Chatters runs the ball during the game against Monroe on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

4 games to watch during Week 8 of the prep football season

An in-depth look at the best games the area has to offer this week.

Edmonds-Woodway's Rashad Gerona-Chatters runs the ball during the game against Monroe on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Marysville-Getchell’s Shawn Etheridge (2) runs to catch the ball during a game between Marysville-Getchell and Stanwood at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023. Marysville-Getchell won, 21-20. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Marysville-Getchell’s Shawn Etheridge (2) runs to catch the ball during a game between Marysville-Getchell and Stanwood at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023. Marysville-Getchell won, 21-20. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Senior quarterback Kaden LaPlaunt (8) poses for a portrait between practicing drills at Granite Falls High School in Grantie Falls, Washington on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

QB Kaden LaPlaunt brings invaluable leadership to Granite Falls

The senior is taking the Tigers to new heights since returning to his hometown school.

Senior quarterback Kaden LaPlaunt (8) poses for a portrait between practicing drills at Granite Falls High School in Grantie Falls, Washington on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Monroe senior quarterback Blake Springer slings a first half touchdown against Mountlake Terrace on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, at Monroe High School in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

3 games to watch in Week 7 of the prep football season

An in-depth look at the best games the area has to offer, plus a full schedule of the local action in Week 7.

Monroe senior quarterback Blake Springer slings a first half touchdown against Mountlake Terrace on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, at Monroe High School in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)