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Emily Mekelburg, Arlington senior outside hitter,   is the . All-Area Volleyball Player of the Year. Mekelberg averaged 4.6 kills, 1.3 digs and 0.9 aces per set while helping lead the Eagles to a Wesco 3A/2A title and a sixth-place finish at the Class 3A state tournament.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The Herald’s Volleyball Player of the Year: Emily Mekelburg

The Arlington senior capped a stellar high school career by helping lead the Eagles to a sixth-place finish in state.

 

All-Area Offensive Player of the Year Dylan Carson ran for 2,671 yards (eighth in state history) and 46 touchdowns (third in state history) over 13 games this season. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

The Herald’s 2021 Football Player of the Year: Dylan Carson

The Marysville Pilchuck senior flirted with state records with 2,671 rushing yards and a staggering 46 touchdowns.

 

Shorecrest's Elijah Johnson drives to the hoop during the game against Arlington on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Prep boys basketball: 2021-22 season preview

Coaches polls, favorites, contenders and more for the 2021-22 boys basketball season.

 

Hockinson's Abby Dombrow, left, and Archbishop Murphy's Reeve Borseth vie for control Saturday evening during the 2A state championship at Shoreline Stadium on November 20, 2021. The Wildcats won 2-0. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

All-state girls soccer: Murphy’s Borseth named Class 2A POTY

A total of 15 athletes from Snohomish County were honored by the Washington State Coaches Association.

Hockinson's Abby Dombrow, left, and Archbishop Murphy's Reeve Borseth vie for control Saturday evening during the 2A state championship at Shoreline Stadium on November 20, 2021. The Wildcats won 2-0. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Marysville-Pilchuck's Brayden Rogers, left, and Dylan Carson take comfort after loosing to Bellevue High Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on November 27, 2021. The Tomahawks fell to the Wolverines 27-3 ending their playoff run. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Marysville Pilchuck’s state run ends with loss to Bellevue

The Wolverines hold the high-powered Tomahawks in check and pull away in the second half for a 27-3 win in the 3A semifinals.

Marysville-Pilchuck's Brayden Rogers, left, and Dylan Carson take comfort after loosing to Bellevue High Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on November 27, 2021. The Tomahawks fell to the Wolverines 27-3 ending their playoff run. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Arlington's Gage Price leaps over a Marysville-Pilchuck player during the game on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

MP’s ‘overlooked’ defense has been a dominant unit this season

The Tomahawks’ offense gets much of the attention, but the defense is nearly as good.

Arlington's Gage Price leaps over a Marysville-Pilchuck player during the game on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Marysville Pilchuck running back Dylan Carson slips through the tackle of Yelm defensive back Kyler Ronquillo during a 3A football state quarterfinal game on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Yelm High School. Marysville Pilchuck won the game 39-21. (Tony Overman / The Olympian)

Marysville Pilchuck steamrolls Yelm into state semifinals

Dylan Carson rushes for 427 yards and five touchdowns as the Tomahawks win 39-21.

Marysville Pilchuck running back Dylan Carson slips through the tackle of Yelm defensive back Kyler Ronquillo during a 3A football state quarterfinal game on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Yelm High School. Marysville Pilchuck won the game 39-21. (Tony Overman / The Olympian)
Arlington's Chloe Lewis, left to right, Emily Mekelburg, Malia Shepherd and Chloe Fochesato celebrate a point against Stanwood Thursday evening during the 3A District volleyball playoffs at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on November 11, 2021.            
(Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Capsules of local teams in the state volleyball tournaments

Lake Stevens, Jackson, Arlington, Snohomish and Stanwood open tournament play this week.

Arlington's Chloe Lewis, left to right, Emily Mekelburg, Malia Shepherd and Chloe Fochesato celebrate a point against Stanwood Thursday evening during the 3A District volleyball playoffs at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on November 11, 2021.            
(Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Lake Stevens cheer after a point in the first game as the Vikings beat Mount Si in five sets in a Class 4A Wes-King Bi-District tournament semifinal volleyball matchup on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

New-look Lake Stevens aims for another run at state title

COVID kept the Vikings from avenging their 2019 loss. But Lake Stevens has a reloaded with another talented group.

Lake Stevens cheer after a point in the first game as the Vikings beat Mount Si in five sets in a Class 4A Wes-King Bi-District tournament semifinal volleyball matchup on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Jakobus Seth runs through chute drills during practice at Lakewood High School on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

From orphanage to star recruit, Lakewood player finds a way

Jakobus Seth was adopted from Haiti at age 6. He has grown into a standout left tackle. Yale wanted him. He chose the Palouse.

Jakobus Seth runs through chute drills during practice at Lakewood High School on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Marysville Pilchuck football team beat Garfield 52-21 in a Class 3A first-round state playoff game on Saturday at Quil Ceda Stadium in Marysville. (Zac Hereth / The Herald)

MP rides dominant ground attack into state quarterfinals

The Tomahawks rush for 538 yards in a 52-21 win over Garfield in the 3A state tournament.

The Marysville Pilchuck football team beat Garfield 52-21 in a Class 3A first-round state playoff game on Saturday at Quil Ceda Stadium in Marysville. (Zac Hereth / The Herald)
Granite Falls' Riley Hoople celebrates his touchdown with his teammates during the game against South Whidbey on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Tight-knit Granite Falls hopes to extend banner season

Led by a close group of seniors, the Tigers are in the state playoffs for the first time since 1990.

Granite Falls' Riley Hoople celebrates his touchdown with his teammates during the game against South Whidbey on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens' Peri Hoshock sends the ball past Mount Si's Lauren Kremer in a Class 4A Wes-King Bi-District tournament semifinal volleyball matchup on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Lake Stevens clinches state volleyball berth after 5-set win

The undefeated Vikings get pushed by Mount Si in the bi-district semifinals, but find a way to win.

Lake Stevens' Peri Hoshock sends the ball past Mount Si's Lauren Kremer in a Class 4A Wes-King Bi-District tournament semifinal volleyball matchup on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Monroe's Mia Grove hugs Snohomish's Mary Clarke for breaking the meet record in the 100 yard freestyle during the 3A District Championships Saturday afternoon the at the Snohomish Aquatic Center on November 6, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Clarke stars, leads Snohomish to 3A district swim team title

The Panthers sophomore sets Class 3A District 1 meet records in the 100-yard and the 50 freestyle.

Monroe's Mia Grove hugs Snohomish's Mary Clarke for breaking the meet record in the 100 yard freestyle during the 3A District Championships Saturday afternoon the at the Snohomish Aquatic Center on November 6, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Glacier Peak's Lily Lao, left, and Alexa Sullivan celebrate a one two finish in the 200 yard freestyle Saturday afternoon during the 4A Girls District Championships at the Snohomish Aquatic Center on November 6, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Glacier Peak races to 4A District 1 girls swimming team title

The Grizzlies finish 101 points ahead of Jackson to capture their first district title since moving to 4A.

Glacier Peak's Lily Lao, left, and Alexa Sullivan celebrate a one two finish in the 200 yard freestyle Saturday afternoon during the 4A Girls District Championships at the Snohomish Aquatic Center on November 6, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Glacier Peak's Ashton Olson and Reggie Valmonte signal a turnover against Skyline Friday night at Veterans' Memorial Stadium in Snohomish on November 5, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Glacier Peak rolls to 4A state football tournament for 1st time

The Grizzlies score two defensive touchdowns and thump Skyline 49-21 to finally reach state as a 4A school.

Glacier Peak's Ashton Olson and Reggie Valmonte signal a turnover against Skyline Friday night at Veterans' Memorial Stadium in Snohomish on November 5, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Granite Falls' Gio Gonzalez grabs the face mask of South Whidbey's Prince Browne as he tries to escape a tackle during the game on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Granite Falls clinches first state football berth since 1990

The Tigers rally to beat South Whidbey 13-12 to secure the final state berth from the Emerald Sound Conference.

Granite Falls' Gio Gonzalez grabs the face mask of South Whidbey's Prince Browne as he tries to escape a tackle during the game on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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Kamiak claims 4A District 1 boys tennis team title

Rounding up the action from the 4A and 3A District 1 Boys Tennis Tournaments.

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Elyse Baker practices with the Lake Stevens High girls soccer team on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

September Athlete of the Month: Lake Stevens’ Elyse Baker

The standout senior is 4-year varsity player and key contributor for the Vikings.

Elyse Baker practices with the Lake Stevens High girls soccer team on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)