Community roundup: Glacier Peak wrestler wins another title

The Grizzlies’ Kiley Hubby added to her incredible year by winning a championship at the Reno Worlds.

Kiley Hubby’s year of wrestling excellence just continues.

The sophomore at Glacier Peak High School added yet another accolade as she won her bracket at the prestigious World of Wrestling Reno World Championships for the second straight year.

Hubby, representing the Snohomish-based Bad Draw Wrestling Club, won the girls ages 15-under 155-pound division at Reno Worlds, which took place April 5-8 in Reno, Nevada, pinning her opponent in the championship match. It was a successful follow-up to last year, when she was the surprise winner in the 15-under 142-pound bracket.

The title at Reno Worlds was just the latest in a series of victories at major competitions for Hubby. She also won her division at the Women’s West Coast Tournament of Champions in December, won a high school state title at Mat Classic in February, and won two titles at the U.S. Marine Corps Junior Folkstyle Nationals in March.

Hubby was one of three Bad Draw wrestlers to place in the top four. Her younger brother Jake took third in the boys ages 12-under 96-pound division, and Alycia Pidgeon took fourth competing in the same bracket as Hubby.

Beard excelling in hammer throw

Kamiak High School graduate Tim Beard, a sophomore on the Eastern Washington University men’s track and field team, won the hammer throw at the WAR XI meet held April 7 at Spokane Falls Community College. Beard threw the hammer a distance of 186 feet, 9 inches, which won the event by more than seven feet.

Beard is currently ranked third in the Big Sky Conference with a season-best throw of 189-9.

Locals receive All-Academic honors

Several college track and field athletes who graduated from Snohomish County high schools were honored for their academic achievements.

Three members of the Eastern Washington University team were named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for the winter quarter for maintaining a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 or better while participating in at least half of the team’s meets. Those athletes were Beard, senior Paris Flenoy of Cascade High School and junior Justean Landis of Arlington High School.

Meanwhile, Glacier Peak High School grad Amy-Eloise Neale, a senior on the University of Washington track and field team, was honored by the Mountain Pacific Sports Foundation for maintaining a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or better while participating in at least half of her team’s meets.

Edmonds CC baseball remains at top of poll

The Edmonds Community College baseball team remained in the No.1 spot in the Northwest Athletic Conference coaches’ poll released last week. Edmonds, which is 4-1 in the North Region and 23-3 overall, received seven of the eight first-place votes. Everett (6-3, 18-8) dropped two spots to No. 5.

The Edmonds softball team moved up one spot to No. 2 in the softball coaches poll. The Tritons (15-1, 25-4) received two of the nine first-place votes.

Essig wins Hot Plug Derby

James Essig claimed the top prize at the 31st annual Bill Hayes Hot Plug Derby blackmouth fishing competition, which took place March 24 off the coast of Camano Island.

Essig, who had never fished in a derby before, pulled in a fish that weighed 16.9 pounds to take home the $3,525 first prize. His fish was more than three pounds heavier than the next largest caught among the event’s 141 entrants.

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