Here are four local prep events to keep an eye on this week:
1. Boys swimming and diving: Shorewood at Jackson, 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. These two teams enter the meet with unblemished records. The 200-yard individual medley race could be intriguing; Thunderbirds sophomore Cole Nouwens is an up-and-comer who qualified for the Class 3A state meet last winter. How close can he come to Jackson’s Jon Cook, the two-time defending 4A state champion?
2. Boys basketball: Marysville Pilchuck at Shorecrest, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. The Scots are in first place in Wesco 3A with a 4-0 record (9-2 overall), while the Tomahawks are right behind at 3-0 (9-2), so this game could be a determining factor in the jumbled race for the top spot. This game features a superlative individual matchup: Marysville Pilchuck’s RaeQuan Battle vs. Shorecrest’s Philip Pepple.
3. Girls basketball: Snohomish at Edmonds-Woodway, Friday. The Warriors could bring an 11-game winning streak into this game. Last week they knocked off Stanwood, one of Wesco 3A’s top teams, and now they get a chance to do the same to another conference front-runner. Edmonds-Woodway’s run has been spurred by defense. The Warriors allow an average of 39.7 points per game, a figure that’s second in Wesco 3A behind … Snohomish’s 34.3. In other words, don’t expect a ton of points in this one.
4. Wrestling: MP Premier Tournament, Saturday. This is always one of the area’s best annual wrestling tournaments. Local teams scheduled to compete include Cascade, Granite Falls, Glacier Peak, Jackson, Stanwood and host Marysville Pilchuck. Wrestler to watch: Glacier Peak junior Parker Hardy, who’s ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 4A at 120 pounds by washingtonwrestlingreport.com.