Everett’s River Stewart grimaces from being punched in the stomach while jumping up for a header during the game against Whatcom on Sunday in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Everett’s River Stewart grimaces from being punched in the stomach while jumping up for a header during the game against Whatcom on Sunday in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Community roundup: EvCC men’s soccer set for key NWAC showdown

Plus, Kamiak grad Jean-Luc Baker earns silver at Skate America, Port Gardner named Golf Club of the Year, and more.

It doesn’t get much bigger than this for the Everett Community College men’s soccer team.

The Trojans’ postseason fate is likely in the balance when Everett faces Skagit Valley at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday at Lincoln Field in Everett.

Everett is in the midst of one of it’s best seasons in recent memory, and the Trojans were at one point ranked at the national level. However, the strength of the Northwest Athletic Conference is in the North Region this year, with the region’s top four teams all ranked among the top five in the latest NWAC coaches poll. With the region receiving just three postseason berths, one of the four is going to miss out.

With two games remaining in the regular season, Everett (9-3-3 league, 10-3-3 overall) finds itself tied for third in the region with Skagit Valley (9-3-3, 10-4-3) with 30 points. Peninsula is in first with 35 points and Whatcom is in second with 34, so no team has clinched a postseason berth yet, though Peninsula and Whatcom would need disasters not to advance.

Everett, which is essentially a Wesco all-star team, is led by sophomore forward River Stewart, a Meadowdale High School graduate who leads NWAC in goals with 22, as well as freshman midfielder Emmanuel Escalante, an Arlington High School grad who’s tied for the NWAC lead in assists with 12. Everett and Skagit Valley tied 1-1 when the teams met on Oct. 1 at Skagit.

Should it come down to Saturday’s season finales, Everett has the advantage as the Trojans finish at home against Pierce, which is winless in region play, while Skagit Valley finishes at Peninsula.

Baker earns silver at Skate America

Kamiak High School graduate Jean-Luc Baker and his partner Kaitlin Hawayek claimed the silver medal in ice dancing at Skate America, which took place Friday through Sunday in Norwood, Massachusetts.

Representing the U.S. in the first ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating event of the season, Hawayek and Baker finished with a score of 202.07, which was just 0.73 points behind winners Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the U.S., who are the reigning World Championships bronze medalists. Hawayek and Baker won the free dance, which was the first time in 45 head-to-head meetings that they outscored Chock and Bates in a free dance.

Hawayek’s and Baker’s other Grand Prix entry is the Grand Prix of Espoo in Finland on Nov. 25-27. The duo is hoping to accrue enough points to qualify for the Grand Prix Final on Dec. 8-11 in Turin, Italy. Hawayek and Baker have qualified for one other Grand Prix Final, placing sixth in 2018.

Port Gardner named Golf Club of the Year

The Port Gardner Senior Men’s Club has been named the 2022 Washington Golf Club of the Year, as selected by Washington Golf.

The club, which plays at Legion Memorial Golf Course in Everett and is led by president Gary Ordway, was selected from approximately 500 clubs statewide. Port Gardner was recognized for hosting 25 Monday events that draw more than 150 players from the 300-member club; for the match-play event it hosts with the Olympic View Men’s Club from Walter Hall Golf Course; and its annual contributions to the Joe Richer Junior Golf Club and The First Tee.

Silvertips sign prospect goalie

The Everett Silvertips received a commitment from prospect goaltender Corbin Sanderman when the 15-year-old signed a WHL standard player agreement with the team, Everett announced Monday.

Sanderman, a native of Three Hills, Alberta, was a fourth-round pick in the 2022 WHL prospects draft. The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder is playing for the OHL Edmonton U17 team this season, with which he is 1-2 with a 2.68 goals against average and .920 save percentage.

As a 15-year-old Sanderman is not eligible to join the Tips full time until next season. He is the third member of Everett’s 2022 draft class to sign with the team, joining forward Julien Maze (first round) and defenseman Ethan Makokis (fifth round). They were Everett’s first three selections in the draft.

Meanwhile, two Everett players were among the 43 WHLers listed by NHL Central Scouting on its preliminary players to watch list for the 2023 NHL draft. Center Austin Roest and goaltender Tim Metzger were both listed as “C” prospects, which rates them as late-round candidates.

EdC’s Collins earns weekly NWAC award

Edmonds College’s Devun Collins was named the Northwest Athletic Conference’s Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 10-16. Collins, a freshman goalkeeper from Stansbury Park, Utah, made 10 saves over the course of victories against Pierce and Everett. Collins and the Tritons are 5-8-2 in league and 6-9-2 overall this season.

Locals to participate at Skagit pickleball event

Several Snohomish County players are expected to take part in the inaugural Skagit Valley Harvest pickleball tournament, which takes place Friday through Sunday at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon. About 300 pickleball players from throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada are scheduled to participate. Men’s doubles takes place Friday, mixed doubles on Saturday and women’s doubles on Sunday, with action beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day.

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