The Everett Elite Flag Football 14-under team practices Sunday morning at Harbour Pointe Middle School in Mukilteo, Washington on January 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Community roundup: Johnston named D-II football All-American

Plus, MP grad Jake Luton signs a futures contract with the NFL’s Saints, Edmonds College names a women’s soccer coach and more.

Josh Johnston’s fabulous senior season with the Colorado School of Mines football team had one more accolade, and it was a big one.

The Snohomish High School graduate, who was a star receiver for an Orediggers team that finished as the NCAA Division II national runner-up, was named a second-team NCAA Division II All-American by the Don Hansen Football Committee.

Johnston caught 77 passes for 1,373 yards and 13 touchdowns, including a TD grab in the national championship game, which was won 41-14 by Ferris State. He finished his Orediggers career second in career touchdown receptions (40) and fourth in career receiving yards (2,939).

The honor was Johnston’s first career All-American nod.

Luton signs futures contract, Eason waived

Snohomish County’s two NFL quarterbacks saw differing fates as the regular season came to its conclusion.

Luton, a graduate of Marysville Pilchuck High School, was retained by the New Orleans Saints as he was signed to a reserve/futures contract. Luton spent most of this season as a member of New Orleans’ practice squad.

Eason, a graduate of Lake Stevens High School, was waived from the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad. Eason, who spent time with the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers and 49ers this season, remains a free agent.

EdC’s Lee named Player of the Week

Edmonds College’s Chris Lee was named the Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for Dec. 26-Jan. 1.

Lee, a freshman point guard from South East, Alaska, averaged 21.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.7 steals as the Tritons went a perfect 3-0 at the Clackamas Crossover. He was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Lee is averaging 14.1 points and 2.0 steals per game for an Edmonds team that was 10-2 heading into North Region play.

EvCC, EdC men ranked in top five

The Everett Community College and Edmonds College men’s basketball teams were both ranked among the top five teams in the most recent Northwest Athletic Conference coaches poll.

Everett, which was 13-2 heading into North Region play, moved up two spots to No. 3 in the rankings. Edmonds, which wasn’t ranked previously, rode an eight-game winning streak into being ranked No. 5.

North Region play began Wednesday.

Arellano named EdC women’s soccer coach

Nico Arellano was hired by Edmonds College as the school’s new women’s soccer coach.

Arellano, who’s a California native, spent the past five years as a coach with the the Seattle United club program, being named the Seattle Youth Soccer Association Competitive Girls Coach of the Year in 2020. He also serves as the West Region Goalkeepers Director and head coach.

Arellano takes over a program that did not compete this school year because of a lack of players.

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