Prep notebook: Arlington claims title at Reach the Peak tourney

Also, Everett girls hoops has a new coach, and Archbishop Murphy girls soccer is off to a roaring start.

The Arlington High School volleyball team won the Reach the Peak tournament at Glacier Peak High School on Sept. 25. (Arlington Volleyball)

The Arlington High School volleyball team won the Reach the Peak tournament at Glacier Peak High School on Sept. 25. (Arlington Volleyball)

The Arlington High School volleyball team has established itself as one of Snohomish County’s top programs over the past over the past five seasons.

The Eagles have a pair of state tournament appearances under their belts, including a program-best sixth-place finish in 2019, and two league titles.

This past weekend, the Eagles showed their ready to pick up where they left on in the last full-length season.

Arlington won all six of its matches on its way to claiming a championship at the Reach the Peak tournament at Glacier Peak High School, dropping only one set along the way.

The Eagles started Saturday’s tournament with victories over Juanita, Lynnwood and Newport in two-set pool play matches. Those victories moved Arlington into the championship bracket where they knocked off Sammamish and Glacier Peak in straight sets during best-of-three matches.

That set Arlington up for a best-of-three clash with rival Stanwood in the tournament’s title game. The Eagles prevailed 27-25, 21-25, 15-11 in a tightly contested battle between two of the early favorites in Wesco 3A/2A.

Arlington senior Emily Mekelburg was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

The Eagles (6-1, 5-0 league) are among four teams that have yet to lose a conference game in Wesco 3A/2A. The others are Stanwood (5-0), Snohomish (4-0) and Monroe (2-0).

Everett tabs new girls hoops coach

Former Lynnwood and Cascade boys basketball coach Darrell McNeal has been named the new head coach of the Everett girls basketball program, the school announced on Twitter last Tuesday.

McNeal led Lynnwood from 2008-12 and Cascade from 2016-18. He’s also spent time as an assistant for the Edmonds-Woodway, Mariner, Cascade and Lynnwood boys programs, and the Edmonds College men’s team.

McNeal, a 1988 Cascade grad who played at Edmonds College, takes over for Jeannie Thompson, who spent the past two seasons with the Seagulls before replacing longtime Everett Community College women’s coach Chet Hovde.

Murphy girls soccer off to dominant start

Archbishop Murphy has been nearly perfect on defense this season, allowing only one goal over seven games while the Wildcats have compiled a 7-0-0 record.

The Wildcats (6-0-0 Wesco 3A/2A) have outscored opponents by a whopping 4.9 goals per game and have scored six or more goals in five contests.

Archbishop Murphy currently holds a three-point lead over Shorewood (5-2-0, 5-1-0) in Wesco 3A/2A. The Wildcats and Thunderbirds square off Tuesday night at Shoreline Stadium.

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