Evan Wiederspohn

An athlete approaches the final stretch of the Men’s Elite 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)

Over 5,100 athletes turn out for 40th Hole in the Wall Invitational

Stanwood’s Mary Andelin finishes first in the women’s gold race. The Arlington girls placed first as team in same division.

An athlete approaches the final stretch of the Men’s Elite 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)
Arlington’s Jeremy Fleming comes down with the ball, but barely out of bounds, against Marysville Pilchuck on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, at Arlington High School in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Arlington’s Jeremy Fleming comes down with the ball, but barely out of bounds, against Marysville Pilchuck on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, at Arlington High School in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lynnwood players and head coach Annalise Mudaliar celebrate during a volleyball game between Lynnwood and Shorecrest at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, Washington on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023. Lynnwood took the win. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Lynnwood volleyball sweeps Shorecrest in battle of Wesco 3A/2A unbeatens

The Royals complete their 10th straight sweep; Sammy Holmer delivers 12 kills in a top-tier league showdown.

Lynnwood players and head coach Annalise Mudaliar celebrate during a volleyball game between Lynnwood and Shorecrest at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, Washington on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023. Lynnwood took the win. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Marysville Pilchuck’s Dominik Kendrick (9) runs with the ball during a football game between Marysville Pilchuck and Stanwood at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023. Marysville Pilchuck takes the win, 36-7. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Marysville Pilchuck proud of 4-0 start, but has loftier goals

The Tomahawks aren’t listening to the outside noise, including a No. 1 WIAA RPI ranking, as a tough stretch lies ahead.

Marysville Pilchuck’s Dominik Kendrick (9) runs with the ball during a football game between Marysville Pilchuck and Stanwood at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023. Marysville Pilchuck takes the win, 36-7. (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)

Arlington steamrolls Ferndale in 3A Wesco North showdown

The Eagles light up offense in the first half, finish business to earn a 46-14 win.

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)
Lynnwood teammates mob senior Abbie Orr (4) after her impressive dig led to a point against Jackson during a volleyball match Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, at Lynnwood High School in Bothell, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Lynnwood volleyball team continues rise to prominence

After ending a 20-year state drought last season, the Royals are surging again and have vaulted to No. 3 in Class 3A in the new WSVCA poll.

Lynnwood teammates mob senior Abbie Orr (4) after her impressive dig led to a point against Jackson during a volleyball match Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, at Lynnwood High School in Bothell, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Arlington junior quarterback Leyton Martin throws a short pass during the second quarter of the season opener against Kamiak on Friday, Sep. 1, 2023, at Arlington High School in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

3 games to watch in Week 4 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 4.

Arlington junior quarterback Leyton Martin throws a short pass during the second quarter of the season opener against Kamiak on Friday, Sep. 1, 2023, at Arlington High School in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Marysville Pilchuck running back Kenai Sinaphet waltzes into the end zone for a first half touchdown against Marysville Getchell during the Berry Bowl on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, at Quil Ceda Stadium in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Marysville Pilchuck running back Kenai Sinaphet waltzes into the end zone for a first half touchdown against Marysville Getchell during the Berry Bowl on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, at Quil Ceda Stadium in Marysville, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lake Stevens' Laura Eichert (3) spikes past Graham-Kapowsin's Grace Peterson (4) during the WIAA state volleyball championship on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at the Yakima Valley SunDome in Yakima, Wash. Graham-Kapowsin defeated Lake Stevens 3-0 to win the state championship 25-21, 25-18 and 25-22. (TJ Mullinax/for The Herald)

Prep volleyball season preview: Teams and players to watch

A look at the area’s top squads and athletes on the volleyball court this fall.

Lake Stevens' Laura Eichert (3) spikes past Graham-Kapowsin's Grace Peterson (4) during the WIAA state volleyball championship on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at the Yakima Valley SunDome in Yakima, Wash. Graham-Kapowsin defeated Lake Stevens 3-0 to win the state championship 25-21, 25-18 and 25-22. (TJ Mullinax/for The Herald)
Snohomish junior Mary Clarke takes the victory in the 100 yard backstroke during an early season meet between Snohomish and Lake Stevens on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, at the Snohomish Aquatic Center in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Prep girls swimming preview: Swimmers, divers and teams to watch

With the swim and dive season just underway, here’s what to keep an eye on this fall.

Snohomish junior Mary Clarke takes the victory in the 100 yard backstroke during an early season meet between Snohomish and Lake Stevens on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, at the Snohomish Aquatic Center in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Mountlake Terrace’s Zaveon Jones sheds a defender after taking a handoff against Snohomish on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, at Edmonds Stadium in Edmonds, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Terrace holds off late rally, downs Snohomish in Wesco 3A South bout

Zaveon Jones rushes for 252 yards and 3 TDs, Owen Boswell adds clutch INT as Hawks claim 35-21 win.

Mountlake Terrace’s Zaveon Jones sheds a defender after taking a handoff against Snohomish on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, at Edmonds Stadium in Edmonds, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Arlington starting quarterback Leyton Martin runs onto the field during introductions before the season opener against Kamiak on Friday, Sep. 1, 2023, at Arlington High School in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Arlington rides dominant opening half, routs Kamiak on opening night

The Eagles deal out 39 first-half points, force four turnovers to shut down Knights in a 46-8 win.

Arlington starting quarterback Leyton Martin runs onto the field during introductions before the season opener against Kamiak on Friday, Sep. 1, 2023, at Arlington High School in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Stanwood’s Canyon Bumgarner reaches the ball in to the end zone looking for a touchdown during the Stilly Cup against Arlington on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Wesco 3A North preview: Team capsules, coaches poll and more

The league figures to be stacked at the top with Arlington, Ferndale and Stanwood. Can another school break through?

Stanwood’s Canyon Bumgarner reaches the ball in to the end zone looking for a touchdown during the Stilly Cup against Arlington on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Archbishop Murphy football players run through warm ups during practice on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Young Archbishop Murphy team looks to begin turnaround

New head coach Joe Cronin is tasked with getting the Wildcats back on track in the tough-as-nails Northwest Conference.

Archbishop Murphy football players run through warm ups during practice on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Monroe’s Blake Springer scrambles to look for an open teammate to pass to during the game against Ferndale on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Wesco 3A South preview: Team capsules, coaches poll and more

Monroe appears to be the class of the league, but Edmonds-Woodway and Mountlake Terrace have the weapons to make waves.

Monroe’s Blake Springer scrambles to look for an open teammate to pass to during the game against Ferndale on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Jacoby Falor smiles while throwing the ball during practice at Arlington High School on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Do-it-all weapon Jacoby Falor has Arlington primed for big season

With playmakers on both sides of the ball, the Eagles believe they have what it takes to make a deep postseason run.

Jacoby Falor smiles while throwing the ball during practice at Arlington High School on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Stanwood's Silas Turpin runs the ball during drills at practice on Friday, Aug. 18, 2023 in Stanwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

New group hopes to keep rising Stanwood a force

After the exodus of many key seniors, the Spartans sport a strong junior class with hopes of a third straight state berth.

Stanwood's Silas Turpin runs the ball during drills at practice on Friday, Aug. 18, 2023 in Stanwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens players run through conditioning drills during the Vikings’ first practice of the year Wednesday, August 16, 2023, in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Defending 4A state champion Lake Stevens ready to ‘start all over again’

After winning it all last year, a youthful, new-look Vikings squad is hungry to make its mark.

Lake Stevens players run through conditioning drills during the Vikings’ first practice of the year Wednesday, August 16, 2023, in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The Granite Falls marching band perform during a soft opening for the new track and field at Granite Falls High School in Granite Falls, Washington on Monday, Aug. 14, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Granite Falls football field, track receive renovations

The 15-year-old turf field was in need of replacing. There’s hope the new upgrades will attract district and state events.

The Granite Falls marching band perform during a soft opening for the new track and field at Granite Falls High School in Granite Falls, Washington on Monday, Aug. 14, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Kevin Judkins poses for a photo at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Washington on Thursday, Aug. 03, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Local high school sports pillar, Glacier Peak AD Judkins retires

The Hall of Fame wrestling coach and athletic director has spent over 40 years involved in Snohomish County sports.

Kevin Judkins poses for a photo at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Washington on Thursday, Aug. 03, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)