Lake Stevens’ Kasen Kinchen dodges a tackle attempt during a game against Glacier Peak at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish on Oct. 11, 2019. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

Lake Stevens’ Kasen Kinchen dodges a tackle attempt during a game against Glacier Peak at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish on Oct. 11, 2019. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

Community sports roundup: Lake Stevens’ Kinchen transfers from UW to WSU

Plus, Silvertips sign top draft pick, local falls short in U.S. Open bid and tryouts open for baseball academy.

Kasen Kinchen has crossed the Apple Cup divide.

The Lake Stevens High School graduate, who spent the past two seasons as a defensive back on the University of Washington football team, announced via Twitter that he has transferred to Washington State.

Kinchen posted a video of himself putting on a Cougar uniform with the text, “Go Cougs!!” and the hashtag #Committed.

Kinchen, who’s listed at 5-foot-10 and 175 pounds, was a standout two-way player at Lake Stevens as a cornerback and wide receiver, being listed as a three-star recruit by 247Sports. He had multiple scholarship offers from FBS schools in the Pac-12 and Mountain West conferences, but chose to accept a preferred walk-on offer from Washington. He never appeared in a game during two seasons with the Huskies.

The Huskies have since undergone a coaching change, with Kalen DeBoer taking over this offseason following Jimmy Lake’s dismissal last November.

Silvertips sign top draft pick

The Everett Silvertips have signed forward Julien Maze, their first-round pick in the 2022 prospects draft, to a standard WHL player agreement, committing Maze’s future to the team.

Maze, selected 20th overall, hails from Edmonton, Alberta. The 5-foot-8, 130-pound Maze recorded 22 goals and 24 assists in 24 games with OHA Edmonton U-15 Prep last season.

Maze is the first member of Everett’s 2022 draft class to sign with the Tips. The 14-year-old is eligible to join the Tips full-time in the 2023-24 season.

Casto falls short in U.S. Open bid

Snohomish High School graduate Ethan Casto fell short in his attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open golf tournament.

Casto shot a two-round score of 11-over par 155 at the U.S. Open Final Qualifying tournament held Monday at Pronghorn Resort in Bend, Oregon. Three players from the qualifier advanced to the U.S. Open, with two finishing at 8-under and one at 6-under.

Casto earned a spot in final qualifying by tying for first at a local qualifier held last month at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Arizona.

Laces Baseball Academy holding tryouts

The Laces Baseball Academy is hosting tryouts for its select baseball teams for the 2022-23 season. The age groups range from 9-under to 15-under, and tryouts take place at various times from July 13-31 at Bill Quake Memorial Park in Arlington. For more information, visit the Laces Baseball Academy website.

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