With league play winding down and the postseason revving up, this is one of the busiest times of the year for prep sports.
Here’s a look back at some of the highlights from an action-packed last week:
Monroe baseball walks off once again
The Monroe baseball team sure has a flair for the dramatic.
Andrew Haight’s walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Bearcats a 3-2 extra-inning win over Eastlake in Saturday’s Class 4A Wes-King Bi-District quarterfinal.
It was the third walkoff victory in 18 days for Monroe, which had back-to-back walkoff wins over Cascade and Jackson last month.
The Bearcats’ latest walkoff triumph advanced them to Tuesday’s bi-district semifinal against Skyline. With a win, Monroe would secure its first state berth since 1996.
A pair of other local baseball teams also are on the verge of milestone state appearances.
Everett picked up its first postseason win in nine years Saturday, beating Meadowdale 8-4 to advance to the 3A Northwest District semifinals. With a win over Edmonds-Woodway on Tuesday, the Seagulls would secure their first state berth since 1995.
King’s can earn its first-ever state berth by beating University Place in a 1A Northwest/Sea-King Bi-District loser-out contest Saturday. The Knights revived their baseball program in 2015 after several decades without a team.
Meadowdale boys soccer wins in PKs
The Meadowdale boys soccer team beat Snohomish in penalty kicks to move within one win of the program’s first state berth since 2005.
Tied 1-1 after 80 minutes of regulation and 10 minutes of overtime, the Mavericks and Panthers needed a penalty-kick shootout to decide Saturday’s 3A Northwest District quarterfinal.
Meadowdale made its first three penalty kicks and goalkeeper Kyle Houk kept Snohomish out of the net on all three attempts to clinch the victory, which advanced the Mavericks to Tuesday’s winner-to-state district semifinal against Edmonds-Woodway.
The other three 3A district quarterfinal matches also were tightly contested. Shorecrest beat Squalicum 4-3 in overtime, Edmonds-Woodway beat Shorewood 1-0 and top-seeded Marysville Pilchuck beat Arlington 1-0.
2nd Lakewood freshman sinks hole-in-1
The Lakewood girls golf team now has two freshmen with holes-in-one this season.
Lakewood freshman Mandy Harrison hit a hole-in-one on the par-3 No. 11 hole at Rope Rider Golf Course in Cle Elum last Tuesday during the Suncadia Invitational.
Earlier this spring in the first Northwest Conference match of her career, freshman teammate Malia Schroeder made a hole-in-one on the par-3 third hole at Semiahmoo Golf Course in Blaine.
Snohomish girls tennis finishes unbeaten again
The Snohomish girls tennis team completed its third consecutive undefeated season in dual-match competition.
The Panthers finished 14-0 overall and extended their dual-match win streak to 51, dating back to April 2016. Snohomish went 6-0 in league play to claim its third consecutive Wesco 3A North title since moving down from the 4A classification.
Shorecrest claimed its second consecutive Wesco 3A/2A South crown, finishing 6-0 in league play. The Scots have won 17 straight league dual matches.
Lake Stevens finished 7-0 in conference play to capture the Wesco 4A title.
South Whidbey and King’s split the North Sound Conference crown with 7-1 league records.