Mill Creek Little League didn’t pull off a softball sweep, but it came close.
Mill Creek claimed three of the four District 1 tournament championships in softball, which took place June 19-July 2 at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett.
Mill Creek won the titles in the 10-year-old, Majors and Juniors brackets, with all three advancing to the Washington state tournament. Both the Majors and the Juniors ended up finishing second at state, which concluded over the weekend in Vancouver, thus falling short of qualifying for Western Regionals.
The one league that broke up Mill Creek’s district monopoly was Mukilteo Little League, which won the 11-year-old championship.
The 10-year-old state tournament begins Saturday in Woodinville and the 11-year-old state tournament starts July 22 in Montesano. There are no regional tournaments for those age groups.
Fitzpatrick claims Central Welding 125
Chad Fitzpatrick nearly led flag to flag to capture the Central Welding Supply 125 held Saturday at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe. The Central Welding Supply 125, which is raced on Evergreen’s 3/8-mile track, is one of the track’s premier events for Pro Late Models, which is the top weekly class at Evergreen.
Fitzpatrick, who’s had a difficult season by his standards as he came into the race ranked eighth in the Pro Late Models points standings, finished fifth in qualifying, which placed him on the pole. He grabbed the lead at the start, briefly lost the lead to Greg Bennett, but regained the lead and led the final 100 laps to take the checkered flag.
Kaden Holm finished second and Colton Price took third.
Silvertips sign Miettinen
The Everett Silvertips received a commitment from their pick in this year’s CHL import draft, as Finnish winger Julius Miettinen signed a WHL scholarship and development agreement with the team.
Miettinen, a 17-year-old winger, was selected in the first round (30th overall) of last week’s import draft. The 6-foot-3, 203-pound Miettinen spent last season with HIFK Helsinki’s U20 team, recording 10 goals and 12 assists in 38 games.
The signing means Everett will go with Miettinen and 19-year-old Czech winger Dominik Rymon as its two import players next season.
Coleman, Buckmiller place at U20 nationals
Edmonds’ Adrianna Coleman and Lake Stevens’ Grant Buckmiller both placed at the USATF U20 National Championships held over the weekend in Eugene, Oregon.
Coleman, who just graduated from King’s High School and will compete for the University of California next season, finished third in the women’s hammer throw with a distance of 177 feet. Her third-place finish earned her an alternate slot for the U.S. team to the U20 Pan American Games.
Buckmiller, who just graduated from Lake Stevens High School, finished sixth in the men’s 400 meters with a time of 46.60 seconds.
Several locals also won titles at the USATF Region 13 Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships held over the weekend in Tacoma. Mukilteo’s Kim Beard, who attends King’s, won three titles as she finished first in the age 15-16 girls discus (131-2), hammer (163-1) and javelin (109-0). Mukilteo’s Avery Goldwire, who attends Holy Names, won the 15-16 girls heptathlon (3,707 points), 400 hurdles (1:07.74) and was part of the winning 1,600 relay (4:08.49) alongside her sister Maya. Recent Lynnwood High School graduate Tresley Love won the 17-18 women’s 400 (56.90).
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