Community sports roundup: Edmonds skater wins national medal

Everett CC men’s hoops cracks NWAC poll and Edmonds CC women’s basketball team gets new coach.

Jean-Luc Baker finally has his medal from nationals.

Baker, an Edmonds native and Kamiak High School graduate, and his partner Kaitlin Hawayek made the medal breakthrough by taking the bronze in ice dancing at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Saturday in Detroit.

Baker and Hawayek finished either fourth or fifth at nationals each of the past four years. However, this year they finished with a score of 196.95 to place third and share the podium with gold medalists Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (215.88) and silver medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates (211.52).

Baker and Hawayek, in the midst of their best-ever season, were subsequently selected to represent the U.S. at both the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships on Feb. 5-10 in Anaheim, California, and the ISU World Figure Skating Championships on March 18-24 in Saitama, Japan. Last year Baker and Hawayek won the Four Continents and placed 10th at Worlds.

Everett CC men’s basketball cracks poll

The Everett Community College men’s basketball team has entered the Northwest Athletic Conference’s coaches poll, coming in at No. 7 in the latest edition. The Trojans are 6-0 in North Region play and 14-7 overall, and Everett sat atop the league’s most recent RPI rankings.

Edmonds (4-2, 13-7) didn’t crack the top eight, but was one of three schools that also received votes.

Edmonds CC women’s hoops undergoes coaching change

The Edmonds Community College women’s basketball team has undergone a coaching change, with head coach Eric Ensign stepping down and assistant Kristen Thompson becoming interim head coach. Ensign stepped down because he was unable to balance coaching with being the athletic director at Ballard High School. Thompson is a former star at Monroe High School. The Tritons are 2-4 in North Region play and 7-7 overall.

Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame accepting nominations

The Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the 2019 induction class. Candidates must have been residents of Snohomish County, either prior or during the time she or he gained recognition, for a minimum of five years. Athletes and teams are eligible for consideration five years following their last competition, coaches are eligible three years after retirement, and contributors are eligible based on service to the community and do not need to be retired.

Nominations forms are available on the Snohomish County Sports Commission website and are due by March 2. For more information, contact Tammy Dunn at 425-309-2744 or tammy@snohomish.org.

Competitive cornhole coming to Everett

The professional American Cornhole Organization is holding its first major in the Pacific Northwest when it comes to the Everett Soccer Arena on Feb. 8-9. Cornhole is a bean bag toss sport, and the event will feature singles, doubles, women’s, men’s, junior and senior divisions. Individuals may register for the event on the American Cornhole Organization website.

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