The Everett AquaSox are once again getting a warm-up game, and this time it’s Everett Community College that’s getting a chance to see how it stacks up against the pros.
The AquaSox will be playing an exhibition game in advance of their 2023 Northwest League season as they take on the Everett Community College Trojans at 7:05 p.m. on April 5 at Funko Field.
In the past, when the Sox were a Short Season-A team that began its season in June, they annually contested the Everett Cup against the Pacific International League’s Everett Merchants, who are a summer collegiate team. The purpose of the game was to get the AquaSox players accustomed to Funko Field before the season began, as well as provide a test run for the Sox’s game operations. However, the Everett Cup came to an end when the Northwest League was elevated to High-A in 2021, with the season beginning in April, which is before the Merchants have assembled their team.
Now the Sox, who are an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, are getting their test run back. The game against Everett Community College, which is one of the strongest programs in the Northwest Athletic Conference, comes two days before the Sox’s season begins with a home game against the Eugene Emeralds.
“It will be a fun game for the community,” AquaSox general manager Danny Tetzlaff said in a press release. “It allows our players and staff to get ready for the regular season and it’s also a great experience for the local college players to compete against professionals.”
Gaskin re-signs with NFL’s Dolphins
Lynnwood native Myles Gaskin has re-signed with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.
Gaskin, who starred as a running back at O’Dea High School and the University of Washington, signed a one-year deal reportedly worth $1.232 million. This was after his rookie four-year contract expired this offseason.
Gaskin was Miami’s leading rusher in 2021, but he fell down the depth chart last season and appeared in just four games, carrying 10 times for 26 yards and catching four passes for 28 yards.
Arlington’s Schepple helps Lane win NWAC hoops title
Arlington High School graduate Sierra Schepple, now a sophomore on the Lane Community College women’s basketball team, played a key role as the Titans claimed the Northwest Athletic Conference championship.
Schepple, a sharp-shooting guard, scored a game-high 18 points in the championship game as Lane defeated Green River 72-52 Sunday in Pasco. She added five rebounds for the Titans, who finished the season 32-1.
Schepple averaged 16.0 points in Lane’s four NWAC tournament games and was named second-team all-tournament.
Everett’s Taggart picks up another NWAC weekly honor
Everett High School graduate Casen Taggart, now a sophomore first baseman/catcher on the Centralia College baseball team, was named the Northwest Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for March 6-12. It was the second time in three weeks that Taggart received the honor.
Taggart batted 8-for-14 in four games, including two home runs and seven runs scored as Centralia went 3-1. For the season Taggart is batting .368 in 16 games and he leads NWAC in both homers (five) and RBI (23).
Fly Casting Fair in Mountlake Terrace
The Washington State Council of Fly Fishers International will be holding a Fly Casting Fair on April 29 in Mountlake Terrace. The event, which includes classes in fly casting for anglers of all abilities, takes place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Ballinger Park. Fees vary from free to $53 depending on the level of the class. For more information or to register, visit the Washington Fly Fishers International Fly Casting Fair’s Ticket Tailor website.
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