GP, Snohomish girls cheer each other on at Hardwood Classic

The rival programs made their rooting interests known in a showing of citywide support.

TACOMA — The Glacier Peak and Snohomish girls basketball teams are bringing home a pair of fourth-place state trophies to the city of Snohomish.

And as the two teams earned back-to-back victories during the Hardwood Classic trophy round Saturday in the Tacoma Dome, the Grizzlies and Panthers cheered each other on in a show of citywide support.

“They were awesome for us,” Glacier Peak coach Brian Hill said of the Snohomish team, which made its rooting interest known during the Grizzlies’ comeback win over Central Valley. “They were chanting behind us, getting us pumped up, getting us going. They never lost faith.”

Hill was an assistant under Snohomish coach Ken Roberts for three seasons before taking over the Glacier Peak program when the school opened in 2008.

“Ken Roberts was the biggest cheerleader,” Hill said. “I could hear him over everybody back there. It was awesome.”

During halftime of Snohomish’s win over West Seattle, the Grizzlies formed a tunnel for the Panthers as they ran back onto the court for the second half.

Then after the ensuing Glacier Peak victory, the two teams posed together for a celebratory photo.

“It’s a great rivalry to be a part of, because there’s no animosity,” Hill said. “It’s just a lot of good, hard, team competitiveness. We appreciate each other … and we like each other.

“It’s a great day to be (from) Snohomish,” he added.

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