Prep notebook: Pair of local hoopsters honored by WIAA

Marysville Getchell’s Malakhi Knight and Grace Academy’s Ashley VanDam were named Athletes of the Week.

Marysville Getchell boys basketball player Malakhi Knight and Grace Academy girls basketball player Ashley VanDam were among the Athletes of the Week selected by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association for the week of Jan. 20-26.

Knight totaled a school-record 39 points and shot 15-of-22 from the field in the Chargers’ 65-58 win over Stanwood on Jan. 23. The sophomore standout also had eight rebounds, three assists, six steals and three blocks in the victory.

It marked the first win over the Spartans in the eight-year history of Marysville Getchell’s program, which lost its previous 11 matchups against Stanwood by an average margin of 29.2 points.

Knight then posted 22 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in a Jan. 25 loss to Marysville Pilchuck.

VanDam totaled 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals in Grace Academy’s win over Lopez on Jan. 24. The senior captain helped the Eagles to an unbeaten record in Northwest 1B League play and the program’s first-ever conference championship.

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