North Carolina’s Mason Phillips (top), a Stanwood High School alum, claimed the 149-pound championship at the Wolfpack Wrestling Club Open held Nov. 14 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Blake Clifton/UNC Athletics)

North Carolina’s Mason Phillips (top), a Stanwood High School alum, claimed the 149-pound championship at the Wolfpack Wrestling Club Open held Nov. 14 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Blake Clifton/UNC Athletics)

Community roundup: Stanwood grad wins title at Wolfpack Open

Plus, volleyball standouts earn all-conference nods, a former area girls hoops star helps end a long losing skid and more.

Mason Phillips’ 2021-22 college wrestling season is off to a good start.

The Stanwood High School graduate, who’s now a sophomore on the University of North Carolina men’s wrestling team, claimed the 149-pound championship at the Wolfpack Wrestling Club Open held Nov. 14 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

In a tournament featuring wrestlers from 13 different colleges, including nationally-ranked North Carolina State and Virginia Tech, Phillips won his first three matches by fall. Then in the championship match he defeated Campbell’s Justin Rivera 6-2 to claim the title.

Phillips, who did not compete last season, has a 9-2 record so far this season.

Hayward, Sanders receive all-conference nods

Archbishop Murphy High School graduate Natalie Hayward and Glacier Peak High School graduate Lauren Sanders were each named all-conference in NCAA Division I Power Five conferences.

Hayward, a senior setter at Tennessee, was one of 18 players named All-Southeast Conference. Hayward, who was named SEC Setter of the Week three times, is averaging 10.58 assists per set.

Sanders, a senior middle blocker at Washington, was named an All-Pac-12 honorable mention. Sanders is averaging 1.29 blocks per set and ranks second all-time in school history with 642 career blocks.

Both Hayward’s Lady Vols and Sanders’ Huskies were selected to the NCAA tournament, which begins Friday.

Collins helps end long losing streak, earns honor

Glacier Peak High School graduate Aaliyah Collins, now a first-year on the Chicago State women’s basketball team, was named the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Week for Nov. 22-28. Collins averaged 21.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.3 steals across three games. She scored 25 in the Cougars’ 71-63 overtime victory over Wisconsin on Nov. 22, which snapped a 27-game losing streak dating back to January of 2020.

It was the second straight week being named the WAC Freshman of the Week for Collins, who leads Chicago State in scoring at 15.6 points per game.

Baker places fifth at ice dance Grand Prix event

Kamiak High School graduate Jean-Luc Baker and his partner Kaitlin Hawayek placed fifth in ice dancing at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating’s Rostelecom Cup last Friday through Sunday in Sochi, Russia. Baker and Hawayek, competing for the first time this season after Hawayek recovered from a concussion, finished with a score of 187.62. Russia’s Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov won with a score of 211.72.

Baker and Hawayek are in contention to be one of the the United States’ three entries to the 2022 Winter Olympics, which take place February in Beijing.

Lowe headed to World University Games

Monroe High School graduate Teegan Lowe, now a sophomore on the Saint Michael’s women’s alpine skiing team, was one of eight women selected to represent the United States in alpine skiing at the 2021 World University Games on Dec. 11-21 in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Lowe was selected by a committee from a pool of college athletes who rank in the top 500 by the International Ski Federation and top 100 among Americans in a single event. Lowe will be competing in Super G and individual parallel slalom.

Sherwood playing for Peruvian U-18 softball team

Jackson High School sophomore Yanina Sherwood will be playing for Peru’s under-18 national softball team at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation Women’s Softball World Cup, which begins Monday and runs through Dec. 12 in Lima, Peru. Host Peru is one of eight participating teams, including the second-ranked United States. Sherwood was a first-team All-Area pitcher last season as a first year.

Johnston receives All-RMAC recognition

Snohomish High School graduate Josh Johnston, now a senior receiver on the Colorado School of Mines football team, was named first-team All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Johnston has 43 receptions for 434 yards and 11 touchdowns for the 11-1 Orediggers, who advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs by beating Bemidji State 55-6 last Saturday — Johnston caught a 48-yard touchdown pass in the contest. The Orediggers host Angelo State this Saturday in Golden, Colorado, for a trip to the final four.

Try Lacrosse clinic taking place Saturday in Everett

The Everett Lacrosse Club is hosting a Try Lacrosse clinic Saturday at Everett Soccer Arena. The event is open to new players in grades K-12, with boys needing to reside in the Everett School District and girls needing to reside in the Everett, Mukilteo or Marysville School Districts. The clinic takes place from 10-11:30 a.m. and the fee is $10. Equipment will be provided. To register, visit the Everett Lacrosse Club’s website.

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