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The roof-top sign for Climate Pledge Arena is shown next to the Space Needle, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, ahead of the NHL hockey Seattle Kraken's home opener Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks in Seattle. The historic angled roof of the former KeyArena was preserved, but everything else inside the venue, which will also host concerts and be the home of the WNBA Seattle Storm basketball team, is brand new. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Silvertips, Thunderbirds to meet at Climate Pledge Arena

The WHL U.S. Division rivals will play on Feb. 26 at the home of the NHL’s Seattle Kraken.

The roof-top sign for Climate Pledge Arena is shown next to the Space Needle, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, ahead of the NHL hockey Seattle Kraken's home opener Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks in Seattle. The historic angled roof of the former KeyArena was preserved, but everything else inside the venue, which will also host concerts and be the home of the WNBA Seattle Storm basketball team, is brand new. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker of USA perform in the ice dance free dance skating program during the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Rostelecom Cup in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Olympic bid on the line for Edmonds native Baker

Jean-Luc Baker and partner Kaitlin Hawayek are set to compete at the U.S. Figure Skating Championship Friday and Saturday.

Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker of USA perform in the ice dance free dance skating program during the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Rostelecom Cup in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Everett's Niko Huuhtanen works a rebound with Portland's Dante Glannuzzi defending Saturday evening at the Angel of the Winds Arena on January 1, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Silvertips nearing full strength after abrupt end to World Juniors

Defensemen Olen Zellweger and Ronan Seeley, center Michal Gut and coach Dennis Williams are all back for Everett.

Everett's Niko Huuhtanen works a rebound with Portland's Dante Glannuzzi defending Saturday evening at the Angel of the Winds Arena on January 1, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf, right, makes a catch for a touchdown in front of Detroit Lions cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu, left, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

Grading the Seattle Seahawks’ 51-29 win over the Detroit Lions

Seattle’s offense was excellent, and the defense played strong for just over a half.

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf, right, makes a catch for a touchdown in front of Detroit Lions cornerback Ifeatu Melifonwu, left, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Top left: Kraken fans line up for the team's exhibition game in Everett on Oct. 1. Top right: Lake Stevens resident Austin Johnson stretches while preparing for a 24-hour run to bring awareness to suicide prevention on Feb. 20. Bottom left: Edmonds native and Gonzaga star Corey Kispert celebrates during an NCAA Tournament game on April 3. Bottom right: Lake Stevens defenders tackle an Eastlake ball-carrier during a playoff game on Nov. 27. (Herald file)

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Looking back at a year that saw that return of high school sports and a number of locals making big news.

Top left: Kraken fans line up for the team's exhibition game in Everett on Oct. 1. Top right: Lake Stevens resident Austin Johnson stretches while preparing for a 24-hour run to bring awareness to suicide prevention on Feb. 20. Bottom left: Edmonds native and Gonzaga star Corey Kispert celebrates during an NCAA Tournament game on April 3. Bottom right: Lake Stevens defenders tackle an Eastlake ball-carrier during a playoff game on Nov. 27. (Herald file)
NWAC basketball.

NWAC delays start of regional basketball play due to virus

The league also announces the basketball championship held in Everett will be pushed back two weeks.

NWAC basketball.
Canada's Olen Zellweger (3) is checked by Czech Republic's Michal Hradek (22) during third-period IIHF world junior hockey championship game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

World Junior Hockey Championships canceled due to COVID

The Silvertips will likely be getting participants back earlier than expected after Wednesday’s announcement.

Canada's Olen Zellweger (3) is checked by Czech Republic's Michal Hradek (22) during third-period IIHF world junior hockey championship game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Max Gray during a game with the Calanda Broncos of the Swiss Nationalliga A. (Sergio Brunetti / Stockpix.it)

Community sports: Arlington’s Gray re-signs with Swiss pro football team

Also, Kamiak grad Donte Hamilton nominated for prestigious award, Steelheads soccer and more.

Max Gray during a game with the Calanda Broncos of the Swiss Nationalliga A. (Sergio Brunetti / Stockpix.it)
Everett's Aidan Sutter, left, and Portland's Marcus Nguyen cross stick for the puck in the second period Friday night at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett on October 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Short-handed Tips hanging on to division lead as WHL starts 2nd half

Everett was prolific on offense during a hot start but has cooled off while missing key players.

Everett's Aidan Sutter, left, and Portland's Marcus Nguyen cross stick for the puck in the second period Friday night at the Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett on October 8, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery, bottom, scores a touchdown on a carry against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Grading the Seattle Seahawks’ 25-24 loss to the Chicago Bears

Seattle collapses late; coach Pete Carroll calls the game “about as disappointing a loss as we’ve had.”

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery, bottom, scores a touchdown on a carry against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Stanford swimmer Jon Cook, a Jackson High School graduate, competes during a meet against Utah in 2018 at the Avery Aquatic Center in Stanford, Calif. (John Todd / ISI Photos)

Community roundup: Jackson grad competes on world stage

Plus, Kamiak alum Hamilton named an All-American, Murphy alum Sullivan set to play for a national football title and more

Stanford swimmer Jon Cook, a Jackson High School graduate, competes during a meet against Utah in 2018 at the Avery Aquatic Center in Stanford, Calif. (John Todd / ISI Photos)
Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) stops a pass intended to Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) during an NFL football game Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Grading the Seattle Seahawks’ 20-10 loss to the L.A. Rams

Solid defense can’t make up for another shoddy offensive performance in Seattle’s COVID-delayed defeat.

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey (5) stops a pass intended to Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) during an NFL football game Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
Niko Huuhtanen

Short-handed Silvertips enter break on high note

Playing without 6 of its top 7 scorers, Everett snapped a 4-game losing streak with wins over Seattle and Spokane.

Niko Huuhtanen
Western Washington's Gabby Gunterman faces SFU during an NCAA Tournament game on Dec. 2, 2021. (Western Washington photo)

Lake Stevens alum learned to be ‘unapologetically me’ in All-American season

Gabby Gunterman let go and let her emotions show while leading Western Washington to the national semifinals.

Western Washington's Gabby Gunterman faces SFU during an NCAA Tournament game on Dec. 2, 2021. (Western Washington photo)
Montana State guard RaeQuan Battle, a Marysville Pilchuck graduate. (Andrew Pedersen/Montana State Athletics)

MP alum Battle happy with transfer to Montana State

After two up-and-seasons at UW, the young guard is beginning to find a rhythm with the Bobcats.

Montana State guard RaeQuan Battle, a Marysville Pilchuck graduate. (Andrew Pedersen/Montana State Athletics)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach Orlondo Steinauer arrives for practice in Hamilton, Ontario, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. Tiger-Cats tak on the  Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 108th CFL Grey Cup football game on Sunday. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

Community roundup: Lynnwood grad joining UW football staff?

Hamilton Tiger-Cats coach Orlondo Steinauer responds to rumors he will become the Huskies’ defensive coordinator.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach Orlondo Steinauer arrives for practice in Hamilton, Ontario, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. Tiger-Cats tak on the  Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 108th CFL Grey Cup football game on Sunday. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)
Silvertips’ Olen Zellweger takes a shot during the game against the Tri-City Americans on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Trio of Silvertips heading to World Juniors

Everett is tasked with navigating its upcoming slate without Olen Zellweger, Ronan Seeley and Michal Gut.

Silvertips’ Olen Zellweger takes a shot during the game against the Tri-City Americans on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny (20) carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Patterson)

Grading the Seattle Seahawks 33-13 win over the Houston Texans

Seattle’s offense was at its best and the defense delivered a strong performance after a slow start.

Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny (20) carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Patterson)
Defenseman Tarin Smith of the Saskatoon Blazers U18 team was selected by the Everett Silvertips in the first round of the WHL draft on Thursday. (Photo provided by Everett Silvertips)

Silvertips build for the future in pair of drafts

Capsules of Everett’s picks from this week’s U.S. priority and WHL drafts.

Defenseman Tarin Smith of the Saskatoon Blazers U18 team was selected by the Everett Silvertips in the first round of the WHL draft on Thursday. (Photo provided by Everett Silvertips)
Western Washington pin hitter Gabby Gunterman, a Lake Stevens graduate. (Western Washington University photo)

Community sports: Gunterman leads WWU volleyball to final 8

Plus, former local standouts earn athlete of the week honors and Edmonds College posts coaching openings.

Western Washington pin hitter Gabby Gunterman, a Lake Stevens graduate. (Western Washington University photo)