Community sports: Local women’s football players recognized

Plus, an Evergreen Speedway veteran wins the Galloway Shootout, disc golf results and more.

Seattle Spartans

Marysville’s Katrina Rooks leads a group of 10 players who were selected from the Everett-based Seattle Spartans women’s football team to participate in the Women’s Football Alliance’s All-American Game, which takes place July 24 in Canton, Ohio.

Rooks, who plays center, was the Spartans’ lone first-team All-American selection.

The Spartans’ second-team All-Americans were offensive linewoman Ines Cuevas from Warden, offensive linewoman Kelly Wicker from Arlington and strong safety Sabrina McDonald from Granite Falls.

Third-team selections included linebacker Brandi Cavanaugh from Sequim, free safety Della Joc Sartor from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, cornerback Ashley Gearardo from Arlington, defensive tackle Sam Sutton from Auburn, running back Nikki Pelham from Bothell and linebacker Phaedra Keaton from Everett.

The Spartans are currently holding fundraisers to help pay for travel expenses. Donations can be made on the Spartans’ WeFund4U website.

Lang claims Galloway Shootout

Track veteran Naima Lang claimed first place in the main event at the Mark Galloway Shootout on Saturday at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe. The main event was a 100-lap race for Pro Late Models on Evergreen’s 5/8-mile track, after the Super Late Models portion of the race had to be canceled because of a tire shortage.

Lang, a five-time Super Late Models track champion at Evergreen and the current points leader in Pro Late Models, finished 1.578 seconds ahead of Haeden Plybon in second. Dawson Cox took third.

Waugh captures Kayak Point Open

Orting’s Bhrahsten Waugh braved the heat to capture first place in the Open division of the Kayak Point Open professional disc golf tournament, held over the weekend at the Kayak Point Disc Golf Resort in Stanwood.

Waugh shot a 1-over par 61 on the Gold course during Sunday’s final round to finish with a two-round score of 12-under at the event, which is part of the PackEx Cup and sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association. He took home $700 for the win. Yakima’s Joshua Joiner finished second, also with a score of 12-under, while Chattaroy’s Jace Foster took third at 11-under.

Marysville’s Anthony Cooley was the top local finisher, placing fourth at 10-under.

EvCC baseball coach Howie steps down

Everett Community College baseball coach JoJo Howie has stepped down after four years to become the head coach at national junior college powerhouse Central Arizona College.

Howie, who was a pitcher on Everett’s Northwest Athletic Conference championship team in 2013 before succeeding longtime Trojans coach Levi Lacey in 2017, compiled a 99-44 record during his three full seasons in charge. He guided Everett to North Region titles in 2019 and 2021 and a runner-up finish at the 2019 NWAC tournament.

Everett athletic director Garet Studer said in a press release that he hopes to have a new coach named in the next couple weeks.

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