One reason for the success of the Lake Stevens wrestling program, the Vikings say, is their level of preparation. Lake Stevens will often turn out for an hour before school in addition to its usual after-school workout.
“It’s more of a mental thing,” Lake Stevens coach Brent Barnes said. “It’s usually just the varsity. We take an hour and focus on their needs.”
Barnes said the afternoon workouts are “short, but intense. We rarely go more than two hours. We like to get the kids home at a decent hour. As much as we travel, it’s important they spend time at home. But we keep it pretty snappy when we’re in here (the wrestling room).”
Players from both teams of Friday night’s Kamiak-Stanwood game often look mystified when the whistle blew. A Kamiak assistant coach received a warning from a referee when he questioned a foul. Two Kamiak players fouled out of the game, and Stanwood point guard Ryan Appleby had to sit for several minutes late in the third quarter after receiving his third foul. Stanwood’s Marcus Steele made 12 of 16 free throws in the Spartans’ 64-50 victory.
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