Reid VanScoter and Ryan Scott took home the big prizes, while four other members of the Everett AquaSox were honored when the Northwest League announced its awards Wednesday.
VanScoter, Everett’s ace pitcher, was named the Pitcher of the Year. The 24-year-old left-hander, who was the Seattle Mariners’ fifth-round pick in the 2022 draft, went 10-6 with a 3.27 ERA, walking 35 and striking out 157 in 143.1 innings. He led the league in both wins and strikeouts, and topped the league in ERA among qualifiers.
Scott, in his first year as a pro manager and just 28 years old, was named the Manager of the Year. Scott guided the Sox to a 74-58 record, which included a second-half championship, as Everett reached the postseason for the first time since 2016.
Four other Everett players in addition to VanScoter were named All-Stars. They were catcher Harry Ford (.257, 15 homers, 67 RBI, 103 walks, 24 stolen bases), first baseman Tyler Locklear (.305, 12 homers, 44 RBI, .971 OPS), outfielder Alberto Rodriguez (.306, 11 homers, 58 RBI, .973 OPS) and designated hitter Hogan Windish (.270, league-leading 22 homers and 84 RBI, .878 OPS).
King named to national swim team for second time
Glacier Peak High School graduate Matt King has been named to USA Swimming’s national team roster for 2023-24. It is the second straight year King has been named to the team.
A total of 94 swimmers between the men’s and women’s sides were selected for the team. The top six swimmers in each individual event are eligible for the national team, based on times recorded between Jan. 1 and Sept. 9. King made the team in both the 50-meter freestyle (21.80 seconds) and the 100 freestyle (47.93), as he ranked fourth in both events.
Being selected for the national team gives athletes access to funding, insurance and travel assistance, as well as access to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. King, who earned three medals as part of U.S. relays at the World Aquatics Championships this summer in Fukuoka, Japan, is taking the year off from the University of Virginia to focus on training to make the U.S. team for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Five more champions crowned at Evergreen Speedway
Evergreen Speedway in Monroe held its Championship Night 2 on Saturday, with points champions being determined in five more classes.
Cameron Neisinger won a crowded race for the Winged Sprints championship, with his performance Saturday moving him up into first place. Saturday’s other champions were Ricky Dietz in Outlaw Figure 8s, John Carlson in Super Stock Figure 8s, Jackson Beckel in Stinger 8s and Zach Bristol in Hornets.
Arias released by NFL’s Cardinals
Jackson High School graduate Daniel Arias, now an NFL wide receiver, was waived from the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad.
Arias, a rookie undrafted free agent out of the University of Colorado, made Arizona’s initial 53-man roster before being waived and signed to the practice squad. He was released Tuesday as the Cardinals, in need of defensive line depth, signed Jacob Slade to their practice squad. Arias is now available to be signed to any team’s roster or practice squad.
Two EvCC athletes receive weekly NWAC honors
Two athletes from Everett Community College were named Northwest Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week for Sept. 4-10.
Muhammed Darboe was named the Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week. The sophomore forward and Mariner High School graduate scored the tying and go-ahead goals three minutes apart in the second half of the Trojans’ 3-2 road victory over perennial power Peninsula. Darboe has helped Everett start the season 2-0-1 in North Region play and 7-0-1 overall, as the Trojans maintained their spot at No. 2 in this week’s NWAC coaches poll.
Camille Clark was named the Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week for the second straight week. Clark, a sophomore Libero from North Salt Lake, Utah, had 65 digs as Everett went 2-2. Everett is 15-5 and held its position at No. 5 in this week’s NWAC coaches poll.
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