Here are four local prep events to keep an eye on this week:
1. Girls basketball: Stanwood at Snohomish, 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. This game will have major ramifications for the Wesco 3A championship picture, of course, but it’s also intriguing on a statewide level as both teams are fighting to return to the 3A Hardwood Classic. Snohomish (14-2, overall, 8-0 conference) has moved up to fifth in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Ratings Percentage Index 3A girls rankings, while the Spartans (10-4, 6-1) are 15th.
2. Boys swimming and diving: Jackson at Kamiak, 3:15 p.m. Thursday. Once again, the Timberwolves and Knights are two of the best, if not the two best, teams in Wesco. They’ll resume their rivalry in this dual meet. Swimmer to watch: Knights freshman Vlad Gilszmer, who’s posted 4A state-qualifying times in the 200-yard freestyle, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
3. Boys basketball: Stanwood at Arlington, 7:15 p.m. Friday. The Spartans (10-5 overall, 6-1 Wesco 3A) were up and down during the first month of the season, but have found their footing lately, winning five straight games to jump into third place in the conference standings. They’ve been led by a new core group that includes Mitch Jones, Matt Vail and Trygve DeBoer.
4. Boys wrestling: Glacier Peak at Snohomish, 7 p.m. Friday. This non-conference, intracity-rivalry match will receive the “Friday Night Light” treatment. Both squads are having solid campaigns so far. The Grizzlies have been led by Parker Hardy and Josh Erling, while the Panthers are receiving standout campaigns from Matt Currier and Josh Ren.