Athletes of the Week

The senior fullback shook off a shoulder injury to lead the Wildcats past Adna, 47-6, in the first round of the Class 1A state football playoffs on Saturday.

Archbishop Murphy coach Terry Ennis had hoped to hold Butler out on Saturday, but decided to utilize him late in the first quarter after backup fullback Ben Waiss suffered a concussion.

Butler responded with 132 yards and four touchdowns in less than two quarters of work.

“We’ve lost a couple of running backs, so we were really thin,” Ennis said. “It was kind of a combination of him wanting to play and us wanting to see him go in there. We thought we were real fortunate that he’s not going to be any worse off then when he started.”

Butler took his first handoff on the first play of the second quarter. His third and fourth carries were 15- and 30-yard TD runs. His final carry – a 15-yard TD burst – gave the Wildcats a 40-6 lead with 3:29 remaining in the third quarter.

Other top football performers: Johnie Kirton, Jackson; Blake Ward, Oak Harbor; Justin Lucero, Meadowdale; Jefff Rodland, Snohomish; John Lobbestael, Oak Harbor; Sinna Srei, Mariner; Bart Ward, Bothell; Tony Gardiner, Bothell; Stan Smith, Archbishop Murphy.

The junior swimmer broke the oldest state record Friday in the Class 4A state meet prelims when she swam the 100-yard breaststroke in 1 minute, 2.82 seconds, eclipsing the 1981 mark of 1:02.96 set by Lake Washington’s Kathy Smith. She came back the next day and broke her own record with a time of 1:02.39.

“It’s really awesome to break a record that’s been standing for 22 years, but to go back and do it the next night and have it be my own record, it’s 10 times better,” McIntyre said.

McIntyre also successfully defended her state championship in the 50 freestyle, winning the race in 23.36 seconds, and anchored Oak Harbor’s 200 freestyle relay team that placed seventh.

“I went into (the 100 breaststroke) and I was just like, ‘All right, two swims under me, I’m kind of tired, I want to go home,’ but I definitely wanted to finish with a big bang,” McIntyre said. “So I went in and I was just like, ‘Beat myself, beat myself.’

“I wasn’t expecting a 1:02 when I touched the wall,” McIntyre added. “I thought it would be a 1:03, hopefully mid. I was expecting to do that in finals, not in prelims.”

McIntyre’s time was nearly two seconds ahead of second-place qualifier Jesika Heidloff of Rogers (1:04.50), who herself was more than a second under the automatic All-American time.

“That was the best swim I’ve ever seen,” Oak Harbor coach Emilie Sullivan said of McIntyre’s performance. “I knew she had it in her, I just wasn’t sure when it was going to make its appearance.”

Other top girls swimming performers: Rikka Brunner, Kamiak; Samantha Young, Shorecrest; Ashley Best, Kamiak; Emily Martens, Kamiak; Anna Millar, Snohomish; Kirsten Behla, Snohomish; Kelsey Randolf, Snohomish; Amber Pleasant, Jackson; Emily Rogers, Jackson; Brittany Berg, Marysville-Pilchuck; Leanne Dull, Shorewood; Brittney Thompson, Cascade.

Girls soccer player of the week: Allyson Riggs, South Whidbey.

Other top girls soccer performers: Tricia McMillin, Meadowdale; Devon Shulock, Oak Harbor.

Volleyball player of the week: Molly Hunsinger, Lynnwood.

Other top volleyball performers: Britt Thoreson, Lynnwood; Julie Nguyen, Lynnwood; Kelsey Ayers, Lynnwood; Courtney Schneider, Snohomish; Melissa Thompson, Marysville-Pilchuck; Korissa Clevish, Marysville-Pilchuck; Natanya Parsons, Marysville-Pilchuck; Morgan Zamora, Marysville-Pilchuck; Micaela Parker, Marysville-Pilchuck.

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