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Jackson's Amanda Wingert connects with a pitch during a game against Everett on Thursday afternoon at Henry M. Jackson High School in Mill Creek on April 8, 2021. The Timberwolves won 14-0. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Return of spring sports brings excitement, challenges

Teams in Wesco played their first games since 2019 this week after last season was canceled.

 

Snohomish's Kendall Bensen competes in the 100 yard back stroke finishing sixth Saturday evening during the 3A Girls Swim & Dive Championship at King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way on November 16, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Local girls swimmers, divers earn All-Wesco marks

The league held a virtual meet to honor athletes from its Class 4A, 3A North and 3A South divisions.

 

Lake Stevens High host Snohomish High Thursday night in Lake Stevens on March 25, 2021. The Vikings won in straight sets 25-20, 25-22 and 25-20. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Top girls soccer, volleyball teams in area this season

These teams stood out the most during the abbreviated fall sports season.

 

Washington forward RaeQuan Battle (21) brings the ball up court as Utah guard Rylan Jones (15) defends in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Former MP hoops star Battle enters NCAA transfer portal

The Tulalip native struggled to get on the court during his sophomore season at UW.

Washington forward RaeQuan Battle (21) brings the ball up court as Utah guard Rylan Jones (15) defends in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Shorecrest’s Mia Sanchez, top, and Elle Howson take off from the blocks as the girls swim team practices at a four-lane outdoor pool at Sheridan Beach Community Club on Tuesday in Lake Forest Park . The Shoreline Pool closed down when COVID hit and left the Shoreline School District without an indoor facility to practice at. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Area girls swimmers and divers persevere through obstacles

The student-athletes have stayed positive despite numerous changes brought on by the pandemic.

Shorecrest’s Mia Sanchez, top, and Elle Howson take off from the blocks as the girls swim team practices at a four-lane outdoor pool at Sheridan Beach Community Club on Tuesday in Lake Forest Park . The Shoreline Pool closed down when COVID hit and left the Shoreline School District without an indoor facility to practice at. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Michelle Fast, left, Ellie Behn wave to incoming cars Saturday morning at Lundeen Park in Lake Stevens on March 6, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Princesses, superheroes unite to aid a Lake Stevens family

The community came together for Bethany, Jon and Madelynn Erickson, “a family that needed love and support.”

Michelle Fast, left, Ellie Behn wave to incoming cars Saturday morning at Lundeen Park in Lake Stevens on March 6, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Snohomish fans cheer Friday evening at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish on October 25, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Local high school ADs, Silvertips still evaluating attendance

While new spectator guidelines were announced, local schools and organizations still have work to do.

Snohomish fans cheer Friday evening at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish on October 25, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Lake Stevens Ethan Hoglund Tuesday afternoon at Cavalero Mid-High School on March 2, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Prep boys tennis preview: Pair not fretting missed opportunity

Lake Stevens’ Ethan Hoglund and GP’s Dario Ristovski have had their state-title chance taken away twice.

Lake Stevens Ethan Hoglund Tuesday afternoon at Cavalero Mid-High School on March 2, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Volleyball players in Wesco took the court for competition this week for the first time in the over 15 months. (Herald file photos)

Prep volleyball season preview

Local teams, players and games to watch this season.

Volleyball players in Wesco took the court for competition this week for the first time in the over 15 months. (Herald file photos)
High School football teams across Snohomish County are closing in on their first game in over a year. (Herald file photos)

Prep football: Key games and the area’s complete schedule

The first H.S. football game in the county in over a year is set to take place this coming Friday.

High School football teams across Snohomish County are closing in on their first game in over a year. (Herald file photos)
Sophomore Cavan Campbell celebrates after making a defensive stop against Meadowdale on Friday, Oct. 11 at Everett Memorial Stadium. (Katie Webber / The Herald)

Wesco athletic directors approve return of high school sports

The move, which was made official Wednesday, will allow practices for tradition fall sports to begin Feb. 22.

Sophomore Cavan Campbell celebrates after making a defensive stop against Meadowdale on Friday, Oct. 11 at Everett Memorial Stadium. (Katie Webber / The Herald)
Kamiak's Ben Farrara and Jackson's Jack Barclay grab each others facemasks during the game on Nov. 1, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Snohomish County prep sports league leaders signal return

The league is set to make an official decision at a meeting Wednesday.

Kamiak's Ben Farrara and Jackson's Jack Barclay grab each others facemasks during the game on Nov. 1, 2019 in Everett, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Arlington's Jack Sheward is hit in the leg as O'Dea's David Sessoms slides in for the tying run as Arlington lost 7-6 to O'Dea in a 3A baseball state regional game at Sherman Anderson Field on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Mount Vernon, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

WIAA releases more season plans, local schedules to differ

The WIAA announced dates for Seasons 2 and 3. Wesco, Emerald Sound and others have their own plans.

Arlington's Jack Sheward is hit in the leg as O'Dea's David Sessoms slides in for the tying run as Arlington lost 7-6 to O'Dea in a 3A baseball state regional game at Sherman Anderson Field on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Mount Vernon, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Lakewood's Landen Pruitt runs the ball during the 2A State playoff game against Sequim on Friday, Nov. 15, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

WIAA announces another change to prep sports schedule

The announcement comes after new plans from the governor. Wesco is still submitting its own proposal.

Lakewood's Landen Pruitt runs the ball during the 2A State playoff game against Sequim on Friday, Nov. 15, 2018 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Everett football team plays a 1914 game at Athletic Field in Everett. (Everett Public Library Northwest History Room)

They were the kings of prep football 100 years ago

Everett High School won a national championship on New Year’s Day 1921, capping a dominant decade.

The Everett football team plays a 1914 game at Athletic Field in Everett. (Everett Public Library Northwest History Room)
Arlington’s Cade Younger is tackled by Marysville-Pilchuck’s Kyle Nyblod during the game on Oct. 25, 2019 in Arlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Wesco athletic directors unveil new plan for prep sports

The new proposal includes a three-season, Wesco-only schedule with competitions beginning March 1.

Arlington’s Cade Younger is tackled by Marysville-Pilchuck’s Kyle Nyblod during the game on Oct. 25, 2019 in Arlington, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Josh McCarron, junior at Archbishop Murphy High is The Herald Defensive Player of the Year.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Murphy’s McCarron will have ‘dream come true’ on signing day

The standout senior is set to sign his National Letter of Intent with Virigina football Wednesday.

Josh McCarron, junior at Archbishop Murphy High is The Herald Defensive Player of the Year.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Edmonds-Woodway’s Maddie McMahon attempts a layup during the game against Bethel at the 3A Girls Hardwood Classic on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 in Tacoma, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

WIAA makes no decision on start, will meet again in January

Jan. 4, 11 and 18 will serve as the three checkpoint dates to update the status of a return to play.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Maddie McMahon attempts a layup during the game against Bethel at the 3A Girls Hardwood Classic on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 in Tacoma, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Malakhi Knight rounds third base during a game. (Photo courtesy of Malakhi Knight)

Marysville Getchell’s Knight switches commitment to UCLA

The state’s top-ranked baseball player for the class of 2021 originally committed to Oregon State.

Malakhi Knight rounds third base during a game. (Photo courtesy of Malakhi Knight)
Marysville-Getchell's Malakhi Knight leads a fast break against Wilson Wednesday morning at the Tacoma Dome on March 4, 2020. Marysville-Gethchell lost to Wilson 73-52. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

WIAA pushes back return to play for prep sports

Season 2 now begins Feb. 1 and seasons have been shortened to seven weeks each.

Marysville-Getchell's Malakhi Knight leads a fast break against Wilson Wednesday morning at the Tacoma Dome on March 4, 2020. Marysville-Gethchell lost to Wilson 73-52. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)