Love story: Shannon Baskett and Bryce Barker

When Shannon Baskett played soccer for Cascade High School, she followed the sport in the news. She read in The Herald about Bryce Barker and his achievements in soccer.

When the two met on a road trip to Spokane, they were freshmen at Edmonds Community College, still playing soccer. The men and women’s teams traveled together.

“He was extremely funny,” Shannon said.

The two became friends and played soccer for the next two years. During their last game, they spent another Spokane trip watching the games and riding the bus home together.

The season was at an end and Shannon and Bryce realized that they wanted to continue seeing each other.

“We became best friends and dating was natural,” Shannon said.

As they finished school, they stayed together, spending sunny days playing soccer and meeting each other’s families. The couple then went on to work together at Nike.

Shannon and Bryce talked about getting married. She got to choose the style of ring she wanted, and on June 18 they spent an evening in the home Bryce had bought. They were engaged.

The announcement to their delighted parents came next.

Shannon Marie Baskett of Silver Lake and Bryce Matthew Barker of Lakewood plan an April 4 wedding at Hidden Meadows in Snohomish.

Their parents are Rene and Debbie Baskett of Silver Lake and Steve and Robin Barker of Lakewood.

Shannon and Bryce live in Marysville. Both now work for Snohomish County government in Everett.

Of her future husband, Shannon says he is smart, very serious and very funny.

“As far as things in his life,” Shannon said. “His family and friends always come first.”

Not far after those comes soccer and the Seattle Seahawks, a team both Bryce and Shannon are very passionate about.

The couple has been renovating the home that Bryce bought a couple of years ago.

“We’ve been getting things done and figuring out how to do it,” Shannon said.

They have two Shih Tzu dogs named Minnie and Shaux.

Shannon is glad that she and Bryce had a strong friendship foundation to build their lives on. She feels blessed.

“I pretty much feel incredibly lucky,” Shannon said. “I’m going forward with my best friend and get to share every part of my life with him.”

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