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: Local trio biking to raise funds for YMCA

Plus, coaching legend Mike Price is inducted into the PNW Football HoF, Mikayla Pivec gets another shot in the WNBA and more.

A local trio is about to hop onto their stationary bikes and pedal for a long time, all in the name of a good cause.

Gael Gebow, Amy Lewandowski and Misty Johnson will be riding for 12 hours straight on March 21 in the lobby of the Everett Family YMCA. Gebow, Lewandowski and Johnson will be on their bikes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. as part of Pedaling for Dollars, which is an annual fundraiser to benefit the YMCA of Snohomish County’s 2023 annual campaign.

Pedaling for Dollars was started 10 years ago by Gebow, who is the Everett Family YMCA director of healthy living and membership advancement, as a fundraiser for the annual campaign, which works to ensure access for all to the YMCA of Snohomish County’s programs and services, regardless of their ability to pay. This year is the first time the ride has spanned 12 hours.

Others are encouraged to join the ride for whatever length of time they desire. The goal is to raise $15,000. Donations can be made at the YMCA of Snohomish County website.

Price inducted into PNW Football Hall of Fame

Everett High School graduate and college football coaching legend Mike Price was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Football Hall of Fame when the class of 2023 was officially enshrined on Feb. 28 during the Seattle Sports Commission’s Seattle Sports Star of the Year Awards Show.

Price, who graduated from Everett in 1964, spent 32 years as a college football head coach from 1981-2017, compiling a 176-190 record. His best years were at Washington State from 1989-2002, when he went 83-78 and took the Cougars to the Rose Bowl for the first time in 67 years when WSU went in 1997.

Price was enshrined alongside former Seattle Seahawks stars Kam Chancellor and Michael Jackson and former University of Oregon standout Mel Renfro.

Pivec getting another WNBA shot

Lynnwood High School graduate Mikayla Pivec is getting another shot at the WNBA as she signed a training camp contract with the Atlanta Dream.

Pivec was originally selected by the Dream in the third round of the 2020 WNBA draft out of Oregon State University, where the 5-foot-10 guard was an All-American. She chose not to play the coronavirus-affected 2020 season, then was unsuccessful in a tryout with the Minnesota Lynx in 2021. She has since played in various leagues overseas, most recently with Bursa Uludag in Turkey, with whom she’s averaging 5.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

WNBA training camps begin on April 30.

Locals named GNAC Player of the Week

Snohomish County products Harlee Carpenter and Lizzy Daugherty were named Great Northwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week selections for Feb. 27-March 5.

Carpenter, a Glacier Peak High School graduate who is now a senior infielder on the Central Washington University softball team, was named the Softball Player of the Week. In six games Carpenter batted .545 with eight runs and seven RBI as the Wildcats went 5-1. Carpenter is batting .340 in 15 games for the 8-7 Wildcats.

Daugherty, a Lake Stevens High School graduate who’s now a junior on the Seattle Pacific University women’s track and field team, was named the Women’s Field Athlete of the Week. Daugherty won the pole vault at the Ed Boitano Invitational in Tacoma with a height of 11 feet, 9.75 inches. The mark ranks second in the nation NCAA Division II.

Everett grad Taggart earns NWAC honor

Everett High School graduate Casen Taggart, now a sophomore first baseman/catcher on the Centralia College baseball team, was named the Northwest Athletic Conference Baseball Hitter of the Week for Feb. 20-26. Taggart was 7-for-21 with two triples, two home runs and 11 RBI as the Blazers went 2-3.

For the season Taggart is batting .324 with two homers and 15 RBI in 10 games for the 7-5 Blazers.

Top wrestlers holding camp in Marysville

Some of the top wrestlers in the nation will be in Marysville for the Iridium Summer Camp taking place April 14-16 at Marysville Pilchuck High School.

Among those who will be featured are Olympic gold medalist David Taylor, as well as collegiate All-Americans Kyle Parco and Stephen Buchanan.

The registration fee for the camp is $150. To register, visit the Iridium Wrestling website.

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