Community sports roundup: EvCC men win another Region title

Former Meadowdale standout Ciaran Ball will compete for a NCAA Division II wrestling championship.

Last Wednesday turned out to be a heck of a day for the Everett Community College men’s basketball team.

It began with an honor. It was followed by a ranking. Then it concluded with a history-making championship.

The Trojans clinched the Northwest Athletic Conference’s North Region championship last Wednesday when they defeated the Olympic Rangers 95-89 at the Walt Price Student Fitness Center. The title gave Everett region championships in back-to-back years for the first time in school history — the Trojans’ other region titles came in 1948, 1967 and 1979.

Earlier that day Everett’s Magnus Jesperson was named the NWAC Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week for Feb. 11-17. The freshman forward from Denmark averaged 15.5 points and 23.5 rebounds in victories over Shoreline and Edmonds.

The Trojans also continued to chug up the NWAC coaches poll. Everett advanced two more spots in the latest poll to No. 2, trailing only defending NWAC champion North Idaho. The Trojans maintained their spot at the top of the RPI rankings.

Everett (12-0 league, 20-7 overall) was in the midst of a 12-game winning streak going into Monday night’s penultimate regular season game at Whatcom.

Meanwhile, Edmonds also had a good week. The Tritons clinched a berth in the NWAC Basketball Championships with their 79-74 victory at Skagit Valley on Saturday. Edmonds (8-4, 17-9) was ranked No. 7 in the latest NWAC coaches poll and No. 7 in the latest RPI rankings.

Ball qualifies for wrestling nationals

Meadowdale High School graduate Ciaran Ball, now a senior with the Simon Fraser University wrestling team, earned a spot at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championship for the second straight year.

Ball, who wrestles at 285 pounds, qualified by finishing second at the Super Regional VI competition Saturday in Kearney, Nebraska. He narrowly lost the region title by a 3-1 decision to Sammy Deseriere of Western Colorado.

Nationals are March 8-9 in Cleveland. Ball went two-and-out at last year’s nationals.

Violette, U.S. place fifth at curling worlds

Lake Stevens High School graduate Luc Violette and the United States team placed fifth at the World Junior Curling Championships held last week in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. The U.S. finished 5-4 in round-robin play, just missing out on a berth in the semifinals. Violette shot third and was the vice skip for the U.S. team, which was skipped by Andrew Stopera.

Steelheads soccer holding open tryouts

The Snohomish County FC Steelheads, an elite men’s soccer team that’s beginning play in the Western Washington Premier League this season, is holding open tryouts on March 10 at Lakewood High School. The tryout is open to players 18 and older and the tryout fee is $35. For more information or to register online, visit the Steelheads’ website.

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