Community roundup: Youth football team invited to regionals

The Marysville Pilchuck Tomahawk Red 89ers are headed for the big stage. 

The Marysville-based youth football team will face some of the best competition in the country as it has been selected to play in the Bay Area Regional of the National Youth Football Championships on Dec. 1-3 in Santa Rosa, California.

The Marysville team, comprised of 23 players ages 8-9, finished 8-0 in the North Sound Junior Football League, outscoring its opponents 268-6. It was one of four teams from the region selected to play at the event. It is the first Marysville team, as well as the first NSJFL 89er team, to be invited. The regional winner advances to nationals, which are Dec. 15-17 in Canton, Ohio.

The team is holding a fund-raiser to help pay its travel expenses. Donations can be made on the team’s GoFundMe page at

Neale finishes third at Pac-12 championships

Glacier Peak High School graduate Amy-Eloise Neale, a senior on the University of Washington women’s cross country team, placed third at the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships last Friday in Springfield, Oregon. Neale, attempting to become Washington’s first ever repeat Pac-12 champion, finished the 6-kilometer race in a time of 18 minutes, 58.7 seconds, which was just 1.4 seconds behind the winner, Colorado’s defending national champion, Dani Jones. Neale will next attempt to defend her West Regional championship on Nov. 10 in Seattle.

Charleson takes second at GNACs

Jackson High School graduate Mary Charleson, a senior on the Seattle Pacific University women’s cross country team, placed second at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championships on Oct. 21 in Bellingham. Charleson, racing for just the second time this season because of injuries, completed the 6-kilometer course in a time of 21:45.99. Next up for Charleson is the NCAA Division II West Regionals on Saturday in Monmouth, Oregon.

Another record for CWU’s Nolte

Marysville Pilchuck graduate Mackenzie Nolte, a senior on the Central Washington University women’s soccer team, became the school’s all-time leading goal scorer when she found the net in the Wildcats’ 6-1 loss at Concordia last Thursday. The goal was Nolte’s 28th of her career, surpassing the previous record of 27 set by Judy Koenigs from 1996-98. Nolte broke Koenigs’ career points record the previous week.

Cromwell earns weekly honors

Kamiak High School graduate Georgie Cromwell, a freshman on Worcester Polytechnic Institute women’s soccer team, shared WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week honors for the week ending Oct. 22. Cromwell was part of a back four that allowed just one goal in two games. The Engineers finished the regular season 10-6-2 and advanced to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference tournament.

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