Hot Tickets: What to watch this week in prep sports

Nearly 80 cross-country teams are set to compete in Saturday’s annual Twilight Invite in Marysville.

Five non-football high school sports events to keep an eye on this week:

Girls swimming and diving: Lake Stevens at Snohomish, 3:15 p.m. Thursday at Snohomish Aquatic Center. Snohomish ended Lake Stevens’ four-year reign atop the Wesco North last season, beating the Vikings in a season-opening dual meet that ultimately determined the conference title. Both teams are off to unbeaten starts in Wesco North competition this year, with Snohomish at 4-0 and Lake Stevens at 2-0.

Boys tennis: Edmonds-Woodway at Shorewood, 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Edmonds-Woodway beat Shorewood last year in a match that ultimately decided the Wesco 3A/2A South title, ending the Thunderbirds’ streak of four consecutive seasons with at least a share of the conference crown. The Wesco 3A/2A South could once again come down to this matchup, with both teams entering Monday at 3-0 in league play.

Girls soccer: Snohomish at Shorecrest, 7 p.m. Thursday at Shoreline Stadium. A pair of Class 3A state-playoff teams from last year square off in this Wesco 3A/2A clash. Snohomish is off to a 3-1-1 start in conference play, with a 20-5 goal differential in those five matches. Shorecrest is 3-1 in league action, having allowed just three goals in four conference matches.

Volleyball: Lake Stevens at Mount Vernon, 7 p.m. Thursday. The only two remaining unbeatens in Wesco 4A square off in this conference matchup, with both teams entering at 3-0 in league play. The Vikings, who earned a seventh-place trophy at last year’s 4A state tournament, have won 41 of their past 42 conference matches. Lake Stevens swept each of its first three matches this season.

Cross Country: Twilight Invitational, 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Cedarcrest Golf Course in Marysville. Nearly 80 teams are set to compete in the 13th annual Twilight Invitational, including numerous local schools, teams from across the state and squads from Oregon, Idaho, California, Texas and British Columbia. The varsity portion of the meet begins at 5:25 p.m. and includes four races: 1B-2A girls, 3A-4A girls, 1B-2A boys and 3A-4A boys.

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