Everett-Stanwood boys tip off league games tonight

By JOHN McDONALD

Prep Editor

And so it begins.

League play starts tonight and Wednesday for basketball teams in the Western Conference 3A and it begins with a bang in both the boys and girls races.

Among tonight’s boys openers is a meeting between the two preseason favorites and the two teams that tied for the league title last season, Everett (3-1 overall) and Stanwood (4-0). The game also features four of the league’s best players going head-to-head. Everett will look to forward Reggie Limar and guard Josh Daniels to counter Stanwood forward Marcus Steele and guard Ryan Appleby. It should be a dandy.

The girls follow Wednesday with a meeting between unbeaten Lake Stevens (4-0) and defending state champion Meadowdale (2-1). The Mavericks were third in the league last season behind Arlington and Monroe. Lake Stevens was fifth behind fourth-place Stanwood. But both figure to challenge for the championship this season.

Other leagues beginning counting games this week include the Northwest 3A, Northwest A and Northwest B. Defending champions are: Mount Vernon (boys) and Burlington-Edison (girls) in the 3A league, Darrington (boys) and Archbishop Murphy (girls) in the A league and Shoreline Christian (boys and girls) in the B league.

League play began Friday in the Wesco 4A and continues Wednesday with more division crossover games. Two undefeated boys teams clash Wednesday. Edmonds-Woodway (2-0), which had a bye Friday, hosts Snohomish (1-0, 4-0). In girls play, the South Division was swept by the North Friday and will be looking for a winner Wednesday.

North Cascades teams will play their third round of league games tonight. The Lakewood boys (1-0, 2-1) are at Mount Baker (1-0, 2-1) in a game that will knock one team out of a tie for the league lead. Girls co-leaders Granite Falls (1-0, 1-2) and Nooksack Valley (2-0, 4-1) also play tonight.

Granite Falls (2-0, 3-0), which won its first two North Cascades dual meets last week, takes on fellow winners Mount Baker (2-0) and Nooksack Valley (2-0) in a double-dual Wednesday at Mount Baker.

The bulk of Wesco 3A teams will contest their first league dual meets tonight. Defending state champion Lake Stevens, which opened with a victory over Stanwood last week, hosts Meadowdale in its second league dual.

The Wesco 4A is already well into its dual-meet season. An attractive meet that was scheduled for tonight, however, has been postponed. Snohomish’s (2-0, 3-0) meet at Oak Harbor (3-0, 3-0) has been rescheduled for Jan. 16, Oak Harbor athletic director Jeff Stone said, to comply with Puget Sound Energy’s request for emergency power conservation.

Marysville-Pilchuck (2-0) swims its first Wesco 4A dual meet against Mountlake Terrace (1-0, 2-1) today. The Hawks also have a big meet Thursday against district rival Edmonds-Woodway (1-0, 4-0).

Wesco 3A teams are involved in non-league meets until the new year.

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