Community roundup: Lake Stevens grad Buckmiller earns Pan Am medals

Plus, local baseball team plays in World Series, the Silvertips make a trade and tickets go on sale for county hall of fame banquet.

Grant Buckmiller (Alex Quetzali / Photo courtesy of Buckmiller family)

Grant Buckmiller (Alex Quetzali / Photo courtesy of Buckmiller family)

Recent Lake Stevens High School graduate Grant Buckmiller earned a shot to compete against the best in his age group across the Western Hemisphere, and the local track standout is coming home with some hardware to show for it.

Buckmiller, representing the United States, placed third in the men’s 400 meters and helped the U.S. 4×400 relay team to a first-place finish at the 2023 Pan American U20 Championships on Aug. 4-6 in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

Buckmiller clocked a personal-best 46.58-second run to secure his bronze medal in the 400. Canada’s Will Floyd placed first at 45.62 seconds. Buckmiller, George Garcia, Jacob Andrews and Jace McGavock teamed up to win gold with a time of 3 minutes, 5.98 seconds in the 4×400. The U.S. finished over 3 seconds in front of second-place Jamaica.

Buckmiller was selected to compete in the men’s 400 meters after placing sixth at the USATF U20 National Championships.

Local select team takes 2nd in Babe Ruth World Series Diamond Bracket

The Stilly Venom 14U baseball team traveled across country for the Babe Ruth World Series on Aug. 3-15 in Stafford, Virginia.

The Venom, a select club based out of Arlington, finished 1-3 in pool play and were one of six teams placed in the tournament’s Diamond Bracket. They beat Australia 8-3 and Mexico 6-4 before falling 5-4 to Aruba in the bracket’s championship game.

The team secured its spot in the Babe Ruth World Series by winning the Babe Ruth Pacific Northwest Regional tournament in July.

The Venom are composed of players from Arlington, Stanwood, Everett and Mill Creek. The roster includes Brayden Wammack (C), Dylan Durfee (2B, 3B, P), Trevyn Avery (LF, 2B, P), Xander Carroll (SS), Peyton Bouma (CF, P), Easton Aalbu (RF, 1B, P), Eli Belcher (RF, 2B, P), Cy Bradley (OF, P), Kenny Rasmussen (C, 1B, P), Ian Smith (C, 3B, P), Landon Gillihan (RF, LF) and Caden Ho (1B). The head coach of the team is JJ Durfee.

Silvertips acquire winger in deal with Prince George

The Everett Silvertips and Prince George Cougars agreed to deal that sent 2005-born forward Caden Brown to Everett in exchange for 2004-born forward Oren Shtrom, a second-round WHL draft pick in 2024 and a fifth-round pick in 2026, the Silvertips announced Wednesday.

Brown, a Prince George, B.C. native, notched 33 points (18 goals, 15 assists) over 66 regular-season games last season and added three goals and four assists in 10 playoff games. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound right winger was selected by Prince George with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2020 WHL draft.

“We’re excited to add a player of Caden’s skill level to our program,” Silvertips general manager and head coach Dennis Williams said in a release. “His work ethic and his commitment to the game will fit great with our team. We feel Caden can contribute not only offensively, but dependably away from the puck as well. We look forward to working with him in camp and helping him develop into a professional player.”

Shtrom had two goals and five assists over 17 contests for Everett last season.

Tickets on sale for SnoCo Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet

Tickets are now available for the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame’s class of 2023 induction banquet.

Dinner tickets are $100 per person or $900 for a table of ten. The ceremony is Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Angel Of The Winds Arena. The banquet opens at 4:30 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction. Dinner and the awards program start at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at

The 2023 induction class features Snohomish High School graduate Jon Brockman (basketball), Mountlake Terrace High School alumnus Seamus Boxley (basketball), Lake Stevens High School grad Gina Carbonnato (softball), Edmonds High School alum Erika Klein (cross country and track), Monroe High School grad Kylin Munoz (volleyball), Snohomish High School grad Jim Ollom (baseball), Everett native Rick Anderson (baseball), Edmonds High School alumnus John Casebeer (wrestling), Everett Community College’s Rich Haldi (contributor) and the 1987 Cascade High School boys soccer team.

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