Community sports roundup: Perkins wins ARCA race in Monroe

Plus, Miranda Granger’s fight is called off, a local track athlete is headed to EWU and more.

Blaine Perkins was the runaway winner at Evergreen Speedway’s first big event of 2020.

The ARCA Menards Series West, a touring series for super late models featuring some of the most promising drivers on the west coast, made its stop at Evergreen Speedway last Friday, and Perkins led from start to finish to claim the NAPA Auto Parts 100 held on the 5/8-mile track at the Monroe facility.

Perkins, a 20-year-old from Bakersfield, California, qualified on the pole, then led throughout to take the checkered flag. Trevor Huddleston finished second and Gio Scalzi took third.

The race was televised nationally Tuesday on NBC Sports. It was run without fans in the stands because of the limits on public gathering caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Opponent injury forces cancellation of Granger UFC bout

Miranda Granger’s attempt to bounce back from her first professional mixed martial arts loss had to be put on hold.

The UFC fighter from Snohomish, who fights out of Charlie’s Combat Club in Everett, was scheduled to face Nadia Kassem last Saturday as part of UFC Fight Night 174 in Las Vegas. However, the fight was canceled because of an injury sustained by Kassem.

Granger, who is 7-1 as a pro and ranked as the No. 32 women’s strawweight in the world by, is looking to rebound from a loss to Amanda Lemos in December.

Keyes joining EWU track and field

Edmonds-Woodway High School thrower and recent graduate Vatoria Keyes was one of six athletes announced as part of Eastern Washington University’s women’s track and field recruiting class for the 2020-21 season. Keyes placed fourth in the discus at the 2019 Class 3A state meet.

Keyes is joining her sister Vernice, who earned All-Big Sky Conference indoor track and field honors in the 20-pound weight throw the past school year.

Snohomish County FC teams joining indoor league

The Snohomish County FC soccer teams are joining the Western Indoor Soccer League.

Snohomish County FC has two teams that play elite adult soccer: The Steelheads are the men’s team, which is the reigning Western Washington Premier League champion, and the Silvers are the newly-formed women’s team. The teams will be based out of the Snohomish Sports Dome.

The men’s season is scheduled to begin in November, the women’s season will kick off in spring of 2021.

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