By JOHN McDONALD
The Lake Stevens volleyball team, which missed the Northwest District playoffs by one game last year, can take steps to rectify that situation this week.
The Vikings, who are unbeaten in their first three Western Conference 3A matches, finished a game behind Stanwood in a tie with Jackson last season. They play at Stanwood (3-0) today and at Jackson (3-1) Thursday.
A pair of victories would leave Lake Stevens as the only remaining unbeaten team in the league, while putting some distance between the Vikings and a couple of their closest rivals.
Meanwhile, the Wesco 4A begins conference play tonight. Sehome and Kamiak both were 4-0 in non-league play and clash tonight at Kamiak.
In the Northwest A League, Coupeville (3-1, 4-2), which is tied for second place with Orcas Island, plays at first-place Darrington (4-0, 5-3) Thursday.
South Whidbey hosts its annual invitational tournament Saturday.
Wesco 3A leader Meadowdale (3-0, 3-2) faces two challengers this week. The Mavericks host second-place Stanwood (2-0-1, 3-1-1) at 7:30 tonight at Edmonds Stadium. They play at third-place Arlington (2-1, 3-2) Thursday.
The Wesco 4A opens league play Tuesday. Snohomish is the defending league champion. Shorewood is the defending state champion.
Two-time defending state champion Snohomish (3-0) swims at Kamiak (2-0) today in a meet between unbeaten Wesco 4A teams.
The Northwest District will conduct the first of two Class 4A state qualifying meets for divers at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Marysville-Pilchuck pool.
The first Thursday night games in the Wesco 3A and 4A take place this week. In the 3A, Meadowdale (0-1, 0-3), which took Lake Stevens into overtime before losing Friday, visits Everett Memorial Stadium for a 7 p.m. game against Jackson (1-0, 2-1). In the 4A, winless Shorecrest (0-2, 0-3) travels to Bellingham Civic Stadium to play unbeaten Sehome (3-0).
All Kingco 4A games will be played on Thursday this week, including the Bothell (2-1) vs. Franklin (0-3) game at 7 p.m. at Seattle Memorial Stadium.
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