Community roundup: Lakewood alum places 17th at Paralympics

Plus, the Steelheads join a new soccer league, local youth golfers fare well at regionals, and more.

McKenna Geer, a Lakewood High School graduate, placed 17th in the R9 Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH2 competition at the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games. (Provided photo)

McKenna Geer, a Lakewood High School graduate, placed 17th in the R9 Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH2 competition at the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games. (Provided photo)

McKenna (Dahl) Geer’s newest event proved to be her best at this year’s Paralympics.

The Lakewood High School graduate placed 17th in the R9 Mixed 50m Rifle Prone SH2 competition at the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games, which concluded Sunday in Tokyo. The Games were delayed a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Geer, who now resides in Fountain, Colorado, competed in three shooting events in Tokyo, two of which she also competed in at the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games in Rio. But it was her new event, the 50-meter outdoor competition, where she placed best.

Geer also placed 21st in R4 Mixed 10m Air Rifle Standing SH2 and 34th in R5 Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2. Those 10-meter indoor events are the ones she competed in at the Rio Games, when she took bronze in the Prone competition to become the first U.S. woman ever to medal in shooting at the Paralympics.

“The experience as a whole is more than these past two weeks, it’s been the past year, really ever since the delay was announced,” Geer told a Team USA representative. “It’s been a hard year, but I’m really proud of all the work that I put in and the experience that I’ve had on and off the range.”

Steelheads part of new soccer league

The Snohomish County FC Steelheads men’s elite soccer team will be joining the new Cascadia Premier League as a founding member for the 2022 outdoor season.

The Cascadia Premier League (CPL) is the next step in the evolution of the Western Washington Premier League (WWPL), which the Steelheads joined in 2019. The CPL will be an affiliate league of the National Independent Soccer Association, which is building a national network of leagues that will eventually include the promotion and relegation of teams.

The Steelheads won the WWPL title in their inaugural season. The team is currently in third place in the 2021 league standings with two games remaining.

Snohomish-based 17U golfers place fourth at Regional

The Echo Falls 17U All-Stars, who are based in Snohomish, placed fourth at the PGA Jr. League Regional held Friday through Sunday at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton.

Echo Falls finished fourth in stroke play, then was beaten by Glenmoor Legends in match play for third place.

The Echo Falls team is comprised of Kyrell Choi (Brier), Connor Kim (Bothell), Derek Lowry (Woodinville), Hayden Ramberg (Woodinville), Benny Williams (Snohomish) and Chris Witkowski (Bothell). It is captained by Greg Morris, an assistant pro at Echo Falls Golf Club.

EvCC’s Stewart named Athlete of the Week

Everett Community College’s River Stewart was named the Northwest Athletic Conference’s Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for Aug. 23-29. Stewart, a freshman forward from Meadowdale High School, had five goals and one assist as the Trojans won both their games at the NWAC Friendlies in Tukwila, beating Treasure Valley 5-0 on Aug. 25 and Wenatchee Valley 3-1 on Aug. 26.

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