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: Mukilteo’s Beard nominated for youth award

Plus, locals receive D-I softball honors, Edmonds-Woodway alum Ali Gaye invited to NFL combine, and more.

Kim Beard is being recognized for her accomplishments as a hammer thrower.

The Mukilteo resident, who’s a first year at King’s High School, was nominated to be one of the USATF Pacific Northwest Association’s Youth Athletes of the Year.

Beard was one of three athletes nominated in the Female Field Athlete of the Year category after winning the national championship in the girls ages 15-16 hammer throw at the USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships last July in Sacramento, California. Beard’s throw of 154 feet, 6 inches was a new meet record.

The winner will be announced during the Pacific Northwest Association’s banquet on Feb. 18 in Tukwila.

Beard was also one of two locals who were ranked in the top 20 in their events in the nation among high school athletes. Beard and Edmonds’ Adrianna Coleman, who is a senior at King’s, are both ranked in the hammer throw, with Beard ranking sixth with her mark of 154-6 and Coleman ranking ninth at 149-4.

Locals receive preseason NCAA D-I softball honors

A handful of Snohomish County products who play NCAA Division I softball have been named to their conferences’ preseason all-conference teams.

Snohomish High School graduate Sami Reynolds, now a fifth-year outfielder at the University of Washington, was one of 20 players selected to the All-Pac-12 team. Reynolds is coming off a season in which she batted .325 with 44 runs, five home runs and 23 RBI in 49 games while earning second-team All-Pac-12 honors.

Jackson High School graduate Iyanla De Jesus, now a senior designated player at Coastal Carolina, was one of 15 players sleeted to the All-Sun Belt team. De Jesus is coming off a season in which she batted .340 with nine homers and 33 RBI in 49 games en route to earning second-team All-Sun Belt accolades.

Snohomish High School graduate Bailey Greenlee, now a senior pitcher at Alabama State, was named to the Scenic West Athletic Conference’s second team. Greenlee is coming off a season in which she went 14-14 with a 3.72 ERA, striking out 131 in 191.0 innings.

Gaye invited to NFL combine

Edmonds-Woodway High School graduate Ali Gaye, who just completed his fifth-year senior season as a defensive end for the LSU football team, was one of 319 players who were invited to the 2023 NFL scouting combine, which takes place Feb. 28-March 6 in Indianapolis.

The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Gaye had 36 tackles, including six for loss, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups in 13 games with the Tigers this season.

The draft is April 27-29 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Snohomish reaches quarters at NFL FLAG Bowl

The Snohomish Boys and Girls Club went 3-2 and reached the quarterfinals in the 12-under Rec Division at the NFL FLAG Bowl last Friday and Saturday at the Pro Bowl in Las Vegas.

Snohomish, competing at the FLAG Bowl for the second straight year after finishing first at the L.A. Rams Regional in November, was one of 16 teams competing in the 12-under Rec Division.

Snohomish finished 2-1 in preliminary games Friday, beating Dayton’s Bluff (from the Minnesota Vikings Regional) 32-0, losing 18-0 to Spring Hill Elite (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and beating Pittsburgh NFL League (Washington Commanders) 20-16. Then in Saturday’s knockout bracket, Snohomish beat the Wolfpack (Denver Broncos) 20-0 before being eliminated by the Leominster Blue Devils (New England Patriots) 26-6.

EdC moves up in men’s hoops poll

The Edmonds College men’s basketball team moved up a spot to No.3 in the latest Northwest Athletic Conference coaches poll.

The Tritons, who knocked off rival Everett in a heavyweight bout since the previous poll was released, are 6-1 in North Region play and 16-3 overall.

Meanwhile, Everett fell from No. 3 to No. 6. The Trojans (4-3, 17-5) lost three straight going into Wednesday night’s game at Skagit Valley.

Edmonds-Woodway football fundraiser on April 15

The Grapes 2 Gridiron Gala to benefit Edmonds-Woodway High School football takes place on April 15 at the Edmonds Yacht Club. The event consists of a winemaker dinner featuring John Patterson of Patterson Cellars, a silent/live auction and live music from Nikki & the Fast Times. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online at fundraiser.support/Grapes2Gridiron.

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