PREP NOTEBOOK: Local teams honored for classroom success

Many of the area’s top teams hope to compete for a spring sports state title later this month. But nearly a dozen squads already clinched championships in the classroom.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced its Academic State Champions for spring sports on Thursday and these 11 local teams earned top honors:

Class 4A: Edmonds-Woodway baseball (3.562 grade-point average; coach: Dan Somoza); Stanwood boys track and field (3.610 GPA; coach: Jordan Sneva).

Class 2A: Archbishop Murphy boys golf (3.635 GPA; coach: Jack Serwold); Archbishop Murphy softball (3.762 GPA; coach: Stephanie Arland); South Whidbey boys track and field (3.622 GPA; coach: Doug Fulton).

Class 1A: King’s boys track and field (3.632 GPA; coach: Daunte Gouge); King’s girls golf (3.742 GPA; coach: Gerry Lumansoc); King’s girls track and field (3.769 GPA; coach: Daunte Gouge)

Class 1B: Grace Academy boys golf (3.740 GPA; coach Don Voges); Grace Academy boys track and field (3.710 GPA; coach: Fred Howard); North Sound Christian girls track and field (3.820 GPA; coach: Roger Gray)

Did you notice that four of the state’s six boys track and field academic state-champion teams (Stanwood, South Whidbey, King’s, Grace Academy) are from this area? And private schools Archbishop Murphy of Everett, King’s of Shoreline, Grace Academy of Marysville and North Sound Christian of Mountlake Terrace combined to win eight academic state titles.

Check out the complete WIAA spring academic state champions list at

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Terrace boys earn rare meet win

The Mountlake Terrace boys track and field team won the Edmonds District Meet on Friday. It was the Hawks’ second victory in the annual meet since 1971, Terrace coach Russ Vincent said; they also won in 2006. Terrace scored 177 points, finishing well ahead of second-place Edmonds-Woodway (132 points). Meadowdale (102) was third, Lynnwood fourth (100). Alex Martin (javelin), Josh Ursino (300-meter hurdles) and Hunter Rook (pole vault) won events for Terrace. Ursino was also a member of the Hawks’ first-place 400 relay, placed second in the long jump and took third in the triple jump.

Chemistry fuels Jackson softball

After senior pitcher Dani Jackman helped the Jackson softball team beat Glacier Peak and stay unbeaten on Friday, Jackman explained what propels the Timberwolves. “The team’s camaraderie is the most amazing that it’s ever been, and that’s the difference this year,” said Jackman. Jackson players — seniors, juniors and sophomores — grew closer by bonding at lots of team dinners, she said. It helped the tight-knit T-wolves win their sixth straight division title.

Snohomish High sports physicals

Athletic physicals will be offered from 4-7 p.m. on June 1 in Snohomish High’s New Gym. The cost is $25. To make an appointment, call 360-563-4085.

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