Athletes of the week

The junior fullback had bookend 100-yard games last week. He rushed 23 times for 126 yards Monday in a 30-20 victory over the Mariner sophomores and carried 17 times for 119 yards Saturday in a 28-18 victory over LaSalle of Yakima.

Archbishop Murphy coach Terry Ennis said the two games were breakout performances for the first-year player.

“He has made steady progress,” Ennis said. “He’s gaining confidence. The last couple of games the defenses have dictated that the fullback was going to get the ball a lot and he really responded well.”

Ennis said the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder is starting to grasp some football concepts he didn’t quite understand early in the season.

“He’s starting to utilize his blockers as the plays are designed,” Ennis said.

Other top football performers: Nolan Perkl, Lake Stevens; Matt Williams, Lake Stevens; Justin Washington, Kamiak; Josh Rodland, Snohomish; Tim Lockhart, Snohomish; Joe Plucker, Snohomish; Tony Hall, Oak Harbor; Josh Carswell, Monroe; Julian Bomar, Stanwood; Tyler Breum, Stanwood; Jason Morris, Jackson; Craig Chambers, Jackson; Ian Barron, Coupeville; Jer Roesler, Sultan; Drew Davison, Sultan.

The senior hitter came up big in M-P’s biggest game of the season. She had 26 kills and four blocks as the Tomahawks handed Kamiak its first defeat of the season, 3-1 Thursday, and took over first place in the Western Conference 4A standings. She also had 15 kills in a 3-0 victory over Edmonds-Woodway on Tuesday.

“She was a major contributor Thursday,” said M-P coach Shelly Johnson. “That was one of her best matches of the year.”

Johnson said Isaksen has been M-P’s “go-to” player all season.

“I told our setter, ‘If we need a knockout, get it to her.’ We set her 61 times,” Johnson said. “She tried to put away every chance she had and the other team was really keeping tabs on her. You could hear them calling out where she was and where to go to block her.”

Johnson said the 6-footer is left-handed, which presents defenses with a different look.

“And she’s really good at reading the court, looking for a hole and putting it where there’s no one defending,” Johnson said.

Other top volleyball performers: Uchechi Acholonu, Shorecrest; Sarah Ingram, Lynnwood; Liz Holton, Cascade; LuAnn Anderson, Cascade; Rachel Schmidt, Meadowdale; Becky Werten, Lynnwood; Jenna Huston, Lynnwood; Erin Hussey, South Whidbey; Ashley Quinn, Granite Falls; Casey West, Darrington; Michelle Meece, Darrington.

  • Boys cross country runner of the week: Braden Giswold, South Whidbey.

  • Girls cross country runner of the week: Amber Simkins, Marysville-Pilchuck.

  • Girls soccer player of the week: Shannon Skouras, South Whidbey.

    Other top girls soccer performers: Tara Darrow, Meadowdale; Ashley, Nelson, Monroe; Krista Graybill, Edmonds-Woodway.

  • Boys soccer player of the week: Soo Lee, Snohomish County Christian.

    Other top boys soccer performers: Marc Medema, Mount Vernon Christian;; Peter Voges, Grace Academy.

  • Girls swimmer of the week: Lauren Johnson, Meadowdale.

  • Boys tennis players of the week: Bryan Bryant and Mike Carlson, Stanwood.

    Other top boys tennis performers: Jamie Stoner, Sehome; Todd Jones, Shorewood; Divakar Gupta, Shorewood.

    Talk to us

    > Give us your news tips.

    > Send us a letter to the editor.

    > More Herald contact information.

  • More in Sports

    Glacier Peak High School graduate Matt King was selected to the U.S. Olympic team in men’s swimming. King was selected as a member of the 400 freestyle relay team. (Matt Riley / University of Virginia athletic communications)
    Glacier Peak grad Matt King headed to the Olympics

    King was selected in men’s swimming as a member of the 400-meter freestyle relay team.

    Logan Gilbert of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at LoanDepot park on Saturday, June 22, 2024, in Miami. (Megan Briggs / Getty Images)
    Gilbert fantastic again, but first-place Mariners falter

    Seattle loses two of three against Miami, sees its lead in the AL West drop to six games.

    Roe places eighth in women’s 5,000 meters at Olympic trials

    The Lake Stevens High School graduate is expected to race again Saturday in the 10,000.

    X
    Silvertips announce preseason schedule

    Everett will play four exhibition games, all at Angel of the Winds Arena.

    Last-second TD lifts Wolfpack to first road win

    Diondre Borel throws five TD passes, including the game winner, as Washington tops Southwest Kansas.

    Amy Yang holds steady to win KPMG Women’s PGA Championship

    The South Korean claims the prize at the major tournament played at Sammamish’s Sahalee Country Club.

    Glacier Peak’s Karsten Sweum (10) poses for a portrait as The Herald's All-Area Baseball Player of the Year at Glacier Peak High School on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 in Snohomish, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
    2024 Baseball Player of the Year: Glacier Peak’s Karsten Sweum

    The smoke-throwing senior left-handed pitcher struck out more than two batters per inning.

    Lake Stevens’ Trey Nance deals early in the game during a playoff loss to Bothell on Saturday, May 4, 2024, in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
    The Herald’s 2024 All-Area baseball team

    Editor’s note: The Player of the Year and All-Area teams were chosen… Continue reading

    Glacier Peak grad King comes up just short in Olympic bid

    King placed third in the men’s 50 freestyle at U.S. Olympic trials, but still could qualify in a relay.

    Shorewood senior Isaak Abraham poses for a portrait as The Herald's Boys Soccer Player of the Year at Shorewood High School on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 in Shoreline, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
    2024 Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Shorewood’s Isaak Abraham

    The Stormrays senior forward led Shorewood to Wesco 3A/2A and Class 3A District 1 titles.

    Everett’s J’aiden Cranwell-Meneses leaves a Monroe defender in the dirt while advancing the ball during a 3A District soccer match on Thursday, May 2, 2024, at Monroe High School in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
    The Herald’s 2024 All-Area boys soccer team

    Editor’s note: The Player of the Year and All-Area teams were chosen… Continue reading

    Soccer legends to be part of local Copa America watch party

    Pete Fewing, Marcus Hahnemann will be on hand at Angel of the Winds Arena for next Thursday’s U.S. game.

    Support local journalism

    If you value local news, make a gift now to support the trusted journalism you get in The Daily Herald. Donations processed in this system are not tax deductible.