Community sports roundup: Bennett wins at Evergreen Speedway

Travis Bennett claimed the fouth leg of the Bud Crown Series, winning the Central Welding Supply 125 on Saturday at Monroe’s Evergreen Speedway.

Bennett led for almost the entirety of the race, which was the fourth of six in the Bud Crown Series for Super Late Models, the racetrack’s premier series.

He twice briefly surrendered his lead to Tyler Tanner, but regained his lead both times on his way to taking the checkered flag. Tanner finished second, while Jeff Knight took third.

Clifford, Ethell take wakeboard titles

Favorites Harley Clifford and Meagan Ethell took the titles at the 2018 Nautique World Wake Association Wakeboard National Championships on Saturday on Lake Tye in Monroe. Clifford claimed the title in the Men’s Professional division by recording a score of 98.00 out of 100 to edge Cory Teunissen (96.00). Ethell won the Women’s Professional division with a score of 92.33, beating out Zahra Kell (87.00). Both successfully defended their championships from last year.

Peterson to play at softball worlds

Cascade High School gradaute Aubrey Peterson, who plays collegiately at the University of Utah, will be part of Great Britain’s team at the 2018 Women’s Softball World Championships, which begin Thursday in Chiba, Japan. Peterson helped Great Britain qualify for the tournament by finishing third at the 2017 European Championships in Bollate, Italy. Peterson is eligible to play for Great Britain because her mother was born there before moving to the United States when she was 12, meaning Peterson has dual citizenship.

King’s alumna Edgar named rowing All-American

King’s High School graduate Gillian Edgar, who just completed her sophomore season on Seattle Pacific University women’s rowing team, was named a second-team Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-American. Edgar was the only All-America honoree from a team that did not qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Three locals to join Western softball

Three players with local ties are joining the Western Washington University softball team for the upcoming school year. Pitcher/infielder Seli Aholelei was an NCFA All-American and the Northwest Athletic Conference North Region Pitcher of the Year at Edmonds Community College. Catcher Sam Mutolo was a four-year starter at Jackson High School, helping the Timberwolves win this year’s 4A state title. Infielder Ciara Ortiz was a two-time first-team All-Wesco 3A South selection at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Two locals earn academic All-America honors

Seattle Pacific University’s Mary Charleson and Western Washington University’s Kyler Sager were among those named 2018 NCAA Division II U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Assocaition academic All-Americans. Receipients must have compiled a 3.25 cumultive GPA or higher, as well as reach a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships. Charleson, a senior distance runner and Jackson High School alumna, competed at nationals in the women’s 1,500 meters and graduated with a 3.79 GPA in psychology. Sager, a junior distance runner and Snohomish High School alumnus, earned regional honors in the women’s 800 and carries a 3.70 GPA in accounting.

Ober named WCL Player of the Week

Glacier Peak High School grad Ryan Ober was named the West Coast League Player of the Week for July 16-22. Ober, a rising sophomore on the Oregon State baseball team, is spending the summer with the Victoria HarbourCats. During that week he went 7-for-17 with five runs, three home runs and eight RBI.

Snohomish County Steelheads to join WWPL

The Snohomish County FC Steelheads elite men’s soccer team has been accepted into the Western Washington Premier League for the 2019 season. The WWPL began play this year with seven teams, with the championship won by Kirkland FC. The Steelheads formed in 2017 and played two years of friendlies against college teams and teams from the WWPL and Evergreen Preimer League. The team will announce WWPL open tryout dates in the spring.

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