Prep notebook: 5 area volleyball players earn All-State nods

The WIAA’s first set of RPI rankings for boys and girls basketball were released.

Five area prep volleyball players were named to the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association’s All-State teams released last week.

Glacier Peak senior middle blocker Sydney Petersen, a University of Nevada signee, received Class 4A first-team honors. She averaged 1.0 block, 2.4 kills, 0.5 digs and 0.5 aces per set this season while leading the Grizzlies within one win of the 4A state tournament.

Stanwood senior outside hitter Devon Martinka, The Herald’s Volleyball Player of the Year, was a 3A second-team selection. She averaged 5.4 kills, 3.9 digs, 0.4 blocks and 0.6 aces per set while leading the Spartans to the 3A state tournament. She twice broke her own school record for most kills in a match and shattered the school’s career kills mark.

The King’s trio of senior outside hitter Dominique Kirton, junior outside hitter Alli Hansen and junior setter Ava Mason each received 1A second-team honors. They led the Knights to a third-place finish in the 1A state tournament. Kirton, a Biola University signee, averaged 3.7 kills and 2.4 digs per set during the Knights’ postseason run.

The following area players received all-state honorable mention: Samaya Morin, soph., OH, Lake Stevens; Tatum McGovern, sr., S, Monroe; Riley Monan, sr., OH, Lynnwood; Ashley Anderson, sr., S, Lynnwood; Kiana Pel, sr., L, Lynnwood; Natalie Stern, sr., OH, Snohomish; Veaya Carter, sr., L, Stanwood; Claire Doud, sr., OH, Archbishop Murphy; Baily McCutchen, sr., OH, King’s; Noelle Alberda, soph., MB, King’s; Jorjah Johnson, jr., OH, Darrington; Alyvia Wright, fr., S, Darrington.

Basketball RPI rankings released

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association released its Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings for boys and girls basketball last Friday.

The rankings will be continuously updated on the WIAA’s website through Feb. 17. At that point, the final rankings will be used to seed teams for the state regional round. Teams still must qualify for the regionals through their respective district tournaments.

This is the third season the WIAA has used RPI rankings to seed the regionals. The RPI Committee made two notable changes this season from the previous two years.

The committee changed the formula used to calculate RPI from a 25-50-25 ratio to a 40-40-20 ratio. This means the formula factors winning percentage at 40 percent, opponents’ winning percentage at 40 percent and the winning percentage of opponents’ opponents at 20 percent.

Also, the committee created criteria for adjusting seeds 9-16 to avoid teams from the same league playing each other in the loser-out regional matchups.

Local athletes earn WIAA honors

Arlington boys basketball player Anthony Whitis and Darrington boys basketball player Caleb Rivera received WIAA Athlete of the Week honors for the week of Dec. 3-8.

Whitis, a senior, totaled 32 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a 62-54 victory over Monroe on Dec. 7.

Rivera, a sophomore, scored a combined 58 points in three games that week, including a 29-point performance in an overtime win over Neah Bay on Dec. 7.

Lynnwood girls basketball player Amayah Kirkman received Athlete of the Week honors for the week of Nov. 26- Dec. 1. In victories over Kamiak and Bothell, the junior guard combined for 61 points, 18 rebounds, 10 steals and nine assists.

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