People gather in front of the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame display case during the 2022 Hall of Fame banquet on Sep. 28, 2022, at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center in Everett. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

People gather in front of the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame display case during the 2022 Hall of Fame banquet on Sep. 28, 2022, at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center in Everett. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Community roundup: Nominations open for county Hall of Fame

Plus, Jacob Eason signs a futures deal with Carolina, UW’s Sami Reynolds gets a preseason honor and more.

Nominations are now being accepted for the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame 2023 induction class.

The Snohomish County Sports Commission announced Thursday that nominations will be accepted between now and March 4 for the county’s top sporting honor. Individuals can be nominated for the athlete, coach or contributor categories, and there is also a team category.

To qualify for nomination, an individual must have been a resident of Snohomish County prior to or during the time she or he gained recognition, including living in Snohomish County for a minimum of five years. Athletes and teams are eligible for consideration five years following their last competition, while coaches are eligible three years after their last coaching date. Contributors do not need to be retired.

Nomination forms are available online at the Snohomish County Sports Commission website. The 2023 class will be honored at a banquet on Sept. 27 at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett.

Eason signs futures contract with NFL’s Panthers

Former Lake Stevens High School star quarterback Jacob Eason signed a reserve/future contract with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, returning to the franchise where he spent part of the 2022 season.

Eason, who’s been in the NFL since being drafted in 2020, is coming off a 2022 season that saw him bounce around the league. He spent the offseason with the Seattle Seahawks, but was waived before the season began. He spent time on both the Panthers’ practice squad and 53-man roster and appeared in one game before being released in November. He later joined the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad before being released just before the regular season ended.

Signing a reserve/future contract means Eason is not a part of the Panthers’ 53-man roster, but is a part of the team’s 90-man offseason roster.

Reynolds on Softball America’s preseason rankings

Snohomish High School graduate Sami Reynolds, now a fifth-year outfielder on the University of Washington softball team, was ranked 67th in Softball America’s preseason list of the top 100 college players in the country.

Reynolds, a three-time All-Pac-12 selection, is coming off a season in which she batted. 325 with 44 runs, five home runs and 23 RBI in 49 games for a Huskies team that went 38-17 and reached the NCAA Regionals.

Washington’s 2023 season opens Feb. 9 against Duke in Irvine, California.

Sutter named Silvertips alternate captain

Everett Silvertips defenseman Aidan Sutter has been added to the team’s leadership group as he was given an “A” as an alternate captain.

Sutter, a 20-year-old from Kamloops, B.C., is in his fourth season with the Tips. This season he has three goals and 18 assists in 37 games.

A spot opened up for an alternate after defenseman Olen Zellweger and center Ryan Hofer, who were both wearing “A”s, were traded to Kamloops at the trade deadline. Sutter joins forwards Ben Hemmerling and Austin Roest as alternates behind captain Jackson Berezowski.

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