The Skagit Island Volleyball Academy 15-under South team (from left to right): Front row: Addison Bowie, Tatum Swapp, Ruby Hudson, and Kinsley Neal. Back row: Emme Shaffer, Harper Neyens, Audrey Marsh, Cambrielle Brown, Regan Hunt and coach Joseph Amaral. (Provided photo)

The Skagit Island Volleyball Academy 15-under South team (from left to right): Front row: Addison Bowie, Tatum Swapp, Ruby Hudson, and Kinsley Neal. Back row: Emme Shaffer, Harper Neyens, Audrey Marsh, Cambrielle Brown, Regan Hunt and coach Joseph Amaral. (Provided photo)

Community roundup: Youth volleyball players win national title

Plus, a trio of Snohomish County products earn Division I basketball all-conference honors and much more.

Four youth volleyball players from Snohomish County were part of making history.

Stanwood’s Addison Bowie and Cambrielle Brown and Arlington’s Audrey Marsh and Emme Shaffer were members of the Skagit Island Volleyball Academy (SIVA) 15-under South team that won the championship in its division at the 37th annual Las Vegas Classic, which took place Feb. 18-20 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. It is believed to be the first time a team featuring Snohomish County players has won a championship at the prestigious national tournament.

Competing in the 15-year-old division, SIVA entered the tournament ranked 100th out of the 113 entrants. However, SIVA won six consecutive matches against teams from California, Arizona, Alaska and Canada to earn a spot in the championship bracket.

Then on the final day SIVA went 5-0 to claim the title, including closing out the tournament with victories over the top four seeds, topping NNJ 1 from northern Nevada, SD Beach Premier from San Diego, Synergy 15 Titanium from Philadelphia and DartFrog 15 from Bakersfield, California.

“It was an incredible weekend that felt like it was going to be a memorable experience from the beginning,” SIVA head coach Joseph Amaral said following the trophy presentation. “Our team’s energy and composure were unmatched, which helped us come out on top in multiple close matches. It was pure joy and excitement to watch these kids play for each other.”

The other team members are Ruby Hudson (Sedro-Woolley), Regan Hunt (Anacortes), Kinsley Neal (Meridian), Harper Neyens (Conway), Rian Stephan (Lynden) and Tatum Swapp (Anacortes). It is coached by Amaral and Faith Baar.

Battle, Fatkin, Collins receive all-conference nods

A trio of local products earned NCAA Division I all-conference basketball honors.

Marysville-Pilchuck High School graduate RaeQuan Battle, now a junior guard on the Montana State men’s team, was named first-team All-Big Sky. Battle is in the midst of a breakout season as he’s averaging a team-leading 17.4 points for a Bobcats team that earned a berth to the NCAA tournament. Battle was named the Most Valuable Player of the Big Sky tournament.

Glacier Peak High School graduate Sammy Fatkin, now a fifth-year guard on the Montana women’s team, was named second-team All-Big Sky. Fatkin averaged 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds this season.

Glacier Peak grad Aaliyah Collins, now a sophomore guard on the Grand Canyon women’s team, was named to the All-Western Athletic Conference Defensive Team. Collins was among the national leaders in steals with 2.8 per game.

Coleman takes third at nationals

Edmonds resident Adrianna Coleman placed third in the girls weight throw at the Nike Indoor Nationals high school track and field meet, which took place over the weekend in New York City.

Coleman, a senior at King’s High School, recorded a mark of 56 feet, 10.25 inches. That distance was a new Washington State record, and it was just a half-inch away from second.

Locals Cortes, Potts take home GNAC honors

Snohomish County natives Isaac Cortes and Katie Potts were named Great Northwest Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week for March 5-12.

Cortes, a graduate of Granite Falls High School who is now a sophomore at Saint Martin’s University, was named the Men’s Track Athlete of the Week, Cortes won the 800 meters at the PLU Open on Saturday in a time of 1 minute, 56.26 seconds, which was the fastest time in GNAC this season.

Potts, a graduate of Glacier Peak High School who’s now a sophomore at Western Washington University, was named the Women’s Field Athlete of the Week. Potts won the discus at the PLU Open with a distance of 130 feet, 4 inches, which was the fifth-best mark in NCAA Division II so far this season.

Webber records shutout string

Jackson High School graduate Jackson Webber, now a senior on the Vanguard University baseball team, opened the season with 22 scoreless innings for the Lions, who are ranked No. 9 nationally in NAIA coaches poll. Webber, who recently allowed his first runs of the season, ranks 12th in NAIA in ERA at 1.07, compiling a 5-0 record with one save in 25.1 innings pitched.

EvCC, EdC players named all-region

Seven players from the Everett Community College and Edmonds College men’s basketball teams were among the Northwest Athletic Conference’s All-North Region selections.

Named to the first team were Edmonds freshman forward and Edmonds native Elyon Zevenbergen, as well as Everett sophomore forward Leon Sayers. Named to the second team were Edmonds sophomore guards Bryson Echiverri and Chris Lee, as well as Everett freshman guard Jadin Penigar. Everett freshman forward and Glacier Peak High School graduate Tucker Molina and sophomore guard Colton Spencer were both named to the All-Defensive Team.

On the women’s side, Glacier Peak grad Kailyn Allison, who is a sophomore at Skagit Valley, was named to the first team.

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