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Stanwood’s Ryder Bumgarner is tackled while running the ball during the 3A quarterfinal game against Odea on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Stanwood’s playoff run ends with loss to O’Dea in quarterfinals

Star running back Jason Brown scores five touchdowns as the powerhouse Fighting Irish fend off the Spartans 42-21.

 

Arlington’s Leyton Martin is tackled by multiple Stanwood players during the Stilly Cup on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Without fanfare, Stanwood’s defense has been rock solid

The Spartans’ potent offense may grab the headlines, but the defense has been stout and has come up big in crucial moments.

 

Stanwood’s Carson Beckt sheds one of a few would-be tackles on his way to a 52-yard touchdown against Ferndale Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

3A state quarterfinal preview: Stanwood vs. O’Dea

The upstart Spartans travel south to take on perennial state powerhouse O’Dea.

 

Snohomish senior Liviya Harrison celebrates a point in the fifth set of the Panthers' win over Ferndale in a 3A District 1 Tournament semifinal match on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, at Marysville Pilchuck High School. (Katie Webber / For The Herald)

A look at local teams competing at state volleyball tournaments this week

Lake Stevens, Jackson, Snohomish, Meadowdale, Lynnwood and Monroe open tournament play this week.

Snohomish senior Liviya Harrison celebrates a point in the fifth set of the Panthers' win over Ferndale in a 3A District 1 Tournament semifinal match on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, at Marysville Pilchuck High School. (Katie Webber / For The Herald)
Monroe’s Eli Miller stiff arms a defender while being pushed out of bounds during a playoff matchup against Lincoln High on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at the Lincoln Bowl in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Monroe’s season ends with state loss to talented Lincoln

The Bearcats struggle to contain star Abes quarterback Gabarri Johnson in a 49-16 loss in the opening round.

Monroe’s Eli Miller stiff arms a defender while being pushed out of bounds during a playoff matchup against Lincoln High on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at the Lincoln Bowl in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Monroe sophomore Aiden Boldt celebrates after Monroe recovers a Liberty fumble on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 at Monroe High School in Monroe, Washington. (Katie Webber / The Herald)

A look at local prep football first-round state playoff games

Lake Stevens, Stanwood and Monroe are the final three teams left representing Snohomish County.

Monroe sophomore Aiden Boldt celebrates after Monroe recovers a Liberty fumble on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 at Monroe High School in Monroe, Washington. (Katie Webber / The Herald)
The South Whidbey swim relay team practice their relay handoffs on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

South Whidbey swimmers overcome long days to reach state meet

The quartet endures almost daily ferry rides after school, and sometimes before, to compete with Kamiak in a co-op program.

The South Whidbey swim relay team practice their relay handoffs on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Arlington’s Kaleb Adams reaches out for a pass during the Stilly Cup against Stanwood on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A look at local prep football Week 10 winner-to-state games

It’s win-or-go-home time for high school squads across the state.

Arlington’s Kaleb Adams reaches out for a pass during the Stilly Cup against Stanwood on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens wideout Cassidy Bolong-Banks turns upfield on his way to a long score against Glacier Peak on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Prep football Week 10 playoff games announced

Seeding committees released the matchups for Class 4A and 3A schools Sunday.

Lake Stevens wideout Cassidy Bolong-Banks turns upfield on his way to a long score against Glacier Peak on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Monroe’s Jack Irwin escapes is tackled by multiple Ferndale players during the game on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Monroe falls to Ferndale in Wesco 3A title game

The sixth-ranked Bearcats turn the ball over five times in a 34-28 loss to the 10th-ranked Golden Eagles.

Monroe’s Jack Irwin escapes is tackled by multiple Ferndale players during the game on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 in Monroe, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Monroe’s Kody Edelbrock runs the ball during the 3A West South title game against Snohomish on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Monroe’s Kody Edelbrock runs the ball during the 3A West South title game against Snohomish on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Ferndale’s Zach Nielson celebrates after scoring a first quarter touchdown against Stanwood Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Stanwood’s bid for Wesco 3A North title falls short against Ferndale

The 3A sixth-ranked Spartans suffer their first loss in a de facto league championship game.

Ferndale’s Zach Nielson celebrates after scoring a first quarter touchdown against Stanwood Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Stanwood’s Otto Wiedmann reacts out to block a tackle during the Stilly Cup against Arlington on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

A look at the week’s top local high school football matchups

Two league championships are on the line, and unbeaten independent squads look to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Stanwood’s Otto Wiedmann reacts out to block a tackle during the Stilly Cup against Arlington on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Monroe’s Blake Springer drops back and surveys the field against Edmonds-Woodway on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at Edmonds School District Stadium in Edmonds, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Unbeaten Monroe survives scare from Edmonds-Woodway

The Class 3A No. 6 Bearcats overcome a sloppy performance and inch closer to a Wesco 3A South title.

Monroe’s Blake Springer drops back and surveys the field against Edmonds-Woodway on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at Edmonds School District Stadium in Edmonds, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Edmonds-Woodway’s Jesse Hart gets taken down behind the line of scrimmage against Snohomish on Friday, Sep. 23, 2022, at Snohomish High School in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

A look at this week’s top local high school football matchups

League play heats up as teams near the end of their regular seasons.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Jesse Hart gets taken down behind the line of scrimmage against Snohomish on Friday, Sep. 23, 2022, at Snohomish High School in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Edmonds-Woodway's Moses Martin lines up before a play against Marysville Pilchuck on Sept. 2 at Marysville Pilchuck High School. (Aaron Benson)

Edmonds-Woodway senior tackles fundraising for local veterans

Moses Martin has dedicated his senior football season to raising money for Heroes’ Cafe, a local veteran outreach organization.

Edmonds-Woodway's Moses Martin lines up before a play against Marysville Pilchuck on Sept. 2 at Marysville Pilchuck High School. (Aaron Benson)
Cascade running back Julian Thomas takes a long run to the house for an early score during the Battle of Broadway against Everett on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, at Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Unbeaten Cascade blows past rival Everett in Battle of Broadway

The Bruins continue their winning ways and avenge last season’s loss to the Seagulls.

Cascade running back Julian Thomas takes a long run to the house for an early score during the Battle of Broadway against Everett on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, at Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Jackson rallies before the start of meet against Kamiak Thursday afternoon at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington on October 6, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Jackson races past Kamiak in battle of girls swim powers

The Timberwolves win 106-77 in a matchup of two teams that have combined to win at least a share of every Wesco 4A conference title since 2015.

Jackson rallies before the start of meet against Kamiak Thursday afternoon at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington on October 6, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Mountlake Terrace Hawks rally before the match against Archbishop Murphy Thursday night at Lynnwood High School in Lynnwood, Washington on September 22, 2022. The Hawks and Wildcats finished the match with 1-1 tie. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

After years of struggles, unbeaten Terrace girls thriving in Wesco 3A/2A

The Hawks won just one game during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The rising program hasn’t lost yet this fall.

The Mountlake Terrace Hawks rally before the match against Archbishop Murphy Thursday night at Lynnwood High School in Lynnwood, Washington on September 22, 2022. The Hawks and Wildcats finished the match with 1-1 tie. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)