Arlington and Shorecrest are expected to be among the teams vying for the top spot in Wesco 3A/2A girls basketball. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Arlington and Shorecrest are expected to be among the teams vying for the top spot in Wesco 3A/2A girls basketball. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Prep sports recap: Highlights, storylines from the past week

The intriguing Wesco 3A/2A girls basketball race, a signature win for Mariner boys hoops, and more.

It’s still awfully early in league play, but Wesco 3A/2A girls basketball is shaping up to have potentially the most intriguing conference-title race among all of the local high school hoops leagues.

Defending Wesco 3A/2A co-champion Arlington entered the season as the odds-on favorite, garnering nine of 10 first-place votes in the league’s preseason coaches poll after returning a slew of talent from last year’s team. But two-and-a-half weeks ago, the Eagles suffered a surprising 15-point loss to Shorecrest. Highlighted by that victory, Shorecrest entered January at 7-0 and as perhaps the new team to beat in Wesco 3A/2A.

But the Scots’ unblemished record didn’t last long after that, as Snohomish handed Shorecrest a 17-point defeat Friday night. Snohomish had started the season 2-7 while facing a challenging non-league slate, but that double-digit win over the Scots served as a reminder to the rest of Wesco 3A/2A that the perennial power Panthers once again figure to be a major factor.

It also signaled that the Wesco 3A/2A race could be particularly interesting over the next five weeks.

None of the league’s 15 teams have played more than four conference games, and yet just two teams — Edmonds-Woodway and Archbishop Murphy — remain unbeaten in Wesco 3A/2A play. And that could change soon, with Arlington and Snohomish both coming up on the Warriors’ and Wildcats’ schedules.

GP races past Lake Stevens in Wesco 4A girls hoops showdown

Glacier Peak and Lake Stevens have dominated Wesco 4A girls basketball over the past three seasons. And with both teams once again seemingly a cut above the rest of the league, their two head-to-head matchups figure to be paramount in determining the conference crown.

In the rivals’ first regular-season clash Saturday night, Glacier Peak used a 15-0 third-quarter run to surge past Lake Stevens for a 66-52 road win. The victory gave the Grizzlies a leg up in the Wesco 4A title race heading into the teams’ Jan. 28 rematch at Glacier Peak.

Mariner boys basketball beats Jackson for signature win

After a success-filled campaign last year that included the program’s first winning season and first state berth since 2009, the Mariner boys basketball team accomplished another milestone Friday night.

The Marauders earned a signature 68-52 victory over defending Wesco 4A champion Jackson, which marked their first win over the perennial area power Timberwolves since 2009. The victory improved Mariner to 8-1 and validated the Marauders as a serious contender for the Wesco 4A crown.

Everett boys wrestling wins its own tournament

The Everett boys wrestling team took first place out of 22 teams Saturday at the Everett Classic. The host Seagulls had four individual champions: Jonah Palabrica (106 pounds), Fernie Vasquez (126), Christian de Guzman (152) and Sam Smith (285).

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