Edmonds Coho Derby top four finishers (from left to right) Mike Vandermeulen, Kevin Gibson, Gary Salvati and Renier Britz pose with their top catches on Sept. 9, 2023, in Edmonds. (Photo by Ron Garner)

Edmonds Coho Derby top four finishers (from left to right) Mike Vandermeulen, Kevin Gibson, Gary Salvati and Renier Britz pose with their top catches on Sept. 9, 2023, in Edmonds. (Photo by Ron Garner)

Community roundup: 834 anglers take part in Edmonds Coho Derby

Plus, Lang wins another Evergreen Speedway title, Hayward heads to Sweden to play pro volleyball, and much more.

Mike Vandermeulen landed the big one.

The Pasco resident hauled in the winning fish at the 2023 Edmonds Coho Salmon Derby, held Saturday on Puget Sound off the coast of Edmonds.

In a field of 834 participants, Vandermeulen caught a fish weighing 10.67 pounds. That was enough to top second-place Kevin Gibson of Edmonds (10.49 pounds) and third-place Gary Salvati of Lynnwood (10.19 pounds) to take home the $5,000 first-place prize.

In the Youth Division (under-14), Seattle’s Roland Nixon caught the winning fish, which weighed 8.29 pounds. He took home a $1,00o prize. Seattle’s Alena Ferreira was second (7.94 pounds) and Seattle’s Bennett Jones was third (7.88 pounds)

Lang wins another Evergreen Speedway championship

Naima Lang continued his domination of the top weekly class at Evergreen Speedway, as he was crowned the Pro Late Models points champion during Saturday’s Championship Night 1 at the Monroe racetrack.

Lang finished the season with 467 points, which was comfortably ahead of Haley Constance and Kaden Holm, who tied for second with 409. It was the Snohomish driver’s third straight Pro Late Models championship, and his eighth points championship overall in Evergreen’s top class.

Other points champions crowned Saturday were Mark Hubbard in Pro Street Stocks, Lindon Smith in Mini Stocks, Gabe Sessler in Legends and Pete Brady in Pro 4 Trucks.

Championship Night 2 is this Saturday, when champions will be determined in Winged Sprints, Outlaw Figure 8s, Super Stocks Figure 8s, Hornets and Stinger 8s.

Hayward to play pro volleyball in Sweden

Archbishop Murphy High School graduate Natalie Hayward has signed to play professionally with Orebro VBS in the Elitserien, which is the top women’s volleyball league in Sweden.

Hayward, a setter, enjoyed a standout collegiate career, spending her final three seasons at Tennessee, where she was named first-team All-Southeast Conference in 2021. She spent the previous season playing professionally for Valencianas de Juncos in Puerto Rico.

Bibby receives all-tournament volleyball honors

Arlington High School graduate Arianna Bibby, now a junior outside hitter on the Seattle University volleyball team, was named to the all-tournament team at the Vandal Volleyball Invitational, held Aug. 25-26 in Moscow, Idaho.

Bibby posted 37 kills, 24 digs and five blocks across three matches as the Redhawks went 2-1. Bibby leads Seattle in kills (122) and points (13.5) through eight matches, as the Redhawks are 3-5.

Locals reach semis of PGA Jr. League regional

The 13-under Seattle Metro All Stars, who include five players from Everett Golf & Country Club on their eight-player team, reached the semifinals of the PGA Jr. League’s Region 11 Championship, which took place last weekend at Canyon Springs Golf Course in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Seattle placed third among the eight qualifiers in stroke play to earn a spot in the semifinals. Seattle then lost to T-Pt Underdawgs 13U AS in the semifinals 8.5-3.5.

The Everett Golf & Country Club members of the team are Maverick Stocker, Jackson Dammann, Nash Echelbarger, Sarah Dyer and John Schmidt.

Brachvogel, Cortes earn GNAC weekly honors

Two local products earned Great Northwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week honors for Sep. 4-10.

Kamiak High School graduate Sarah Brachvogel, now a senior outside hitter on the Seattle Pacific University volleyball team, was named the Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week. Brachvogel was named the Most Valuable Player of the Cougar Classic, which took place Friday and Saturday in San Marcos, California. She recorded 59 kills, 34 digs, seven blocks and three aces as the Falcons were the only team at the tournament to finish a perfect 4-0.

Granite Falls High School graduate Isaac Cortes, now a junior on the Saint Martin’s men’s cross country team, was named the Male Runner of the Week. Cortes was the conference’s top finisher at the Ash Creek Collegiate Meet on Friday in Monmouth, Oregon. Cortes completed the 6-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 16.6 seconds to place ninth among the 87 entrants.

EvCC’s Clark named NWAC player of the week

Everett Community College’s Camille Clark was named the Northwest Athletic Conference’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week for Aug. 23-Sept. 3. Clark, a sophomore libero from North Salt Lake, Utah, had 143 digs, including 44 in a five-set victory over Lower Columbia, as the Trojans went 6-0 during the week.

Everett, which is 11-3, was ranked fifth in this week’s NWAC coaches poll, moving up from 10th in the preseason poll. Edmonds (9-6), which was not ranked in the preseason poll, came in at No. 10.

Meanwhile, Everett moved up from No. 6 to No. 2 in the NWAC men’s soccer coaches poll. The Trojans, who are 1-0 in North Region play and 6-0 overall, received three of the eight first-place votes and trail only top-ranked Columbia Basin.

Steelheads holding men’s indoor tryouts

The Snohomish County FC Steelheads are holding tryouts for their men’s indoor team for the upcoming 2023-24 season.

Tryouts are at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2 and 9 at Arena Sports in Mill Creek. Players are required to attend both sessions. The registration fee is $45 and players can register on the Steelheads’ website.

The Steelheads compete in the Western Indoor Soccer League. The 2023-24 schedule is yet to be released, but the season typically runs from October to March.

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