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: Trio awarded for fast starts in NWAC play

Plus, Marysville Pilchuck alum Jake Luton finds a new NFL home, Evergreen Speedway prepares for championship races and more.

The Everett Community College soccer teams are off to a fast start, and last week members of those teams were recognized by the Northwest Athletic Conference.

Trojans men’s team member River Stewart, a sophomore forward from Meadowdale High School, was named the Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for Aug. 22-28. Stewart scored two goals in Everett’s 4-1 victory over Portland and two more in the Trojans’ 4-0 victory over Tacoma. For the season he has an NWAC-leading five goals in three games as Everett started the campaign 3-0.

Everett women’s team member Yaritza Pelayo, a sophomore goalkeeper from Cascade High School, was named the Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for Aug. 22-28. Pelayo made nine saves over the course of two games as the Trojans beat Tacoma 4-1 and Treasure Valley 10-0. Everett started the season 3-1.

In addition, Glacier Peak High School graduate Meg Perry, now a sophomore right-side hitter for the Bellevue College volleyball team, was named the NWAC Volleyball Player of the Week for Aug. 22-28. Perry had 45 kills and 11 blocks in four matches as the Bulldogs went 2-2.

Luton joins Saints’ practice squad

Marysville Pilchuck High School graduate Jake Luton has been signed to the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad.

Luton, a quarterback in his third season in the NFL, spent the offseason with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who originally drafted him in the sixth round of the NFL draft. He was cut, re-signed, and cut again by the Jaguars during the preseason.

The Saints are Luton’s fourth NFL organization as he’s also spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins.

Evergreen Speedway championships on tap

Evergreen Speedway’s top class headlines the action during the first of the Monroe racetrack’s two Championship Nights, which takes place Saturday.

The Pro Late Models will determine their 2022 points champion in Saturday’s feature race. The competition boils down to a head-to-head battle between Thomas Stanford and Naima Lang. Stanford leads Lang, the reigning points champion, by a single point heading into the final race. Lang has three wins this season, while Stanford won the past two races.

Other classes determining champions Saturday are Street Stocks, Mini Stocks and Legends. Championship Night No. 2, which takes place Sept. 17, will determine champs in Winged Sprint Cars, Outlaw Figure 8s, Super Stock Figure 8s, Stinger 8s and Hornets.

Friendship walk/run set for Arlington

The 15th annual Friendship Walk & 5K Run will take place on Sept. 24 in Arlington. The event, which has a superhero theme, begins and ends at Legion Memorial Park. Proceeds benefit Voices of the Village, a member-based ensemble band affiliated with Village Community Services and created for people living with disabilities. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page or contact Village Community Services executive director Michelle Dietz at 360-653-7752.

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