Skykomish perseveres with tiny student body

Herald staff

Tiny Skykomish has always had difficulty fielding varsity sports teams.

This school year there are only 20 students in the high school and 65 K-12 in the entire district.

“We’re not a (Class) B school. We’re more like a D plus,” quipped boys basketball coach Dale MacLean.

The Rockets are fielding a varsity boys team in the Northwest B League. But its not comprised solely of boys, nor of high school students.

MacLean said his roster contains three high school boys, one of whom is a German exchange student who has not played basketball before; one high school girl, starting forward Angie Coryell, and four 8th graders, starters Blaine Brown and Josh Nelson and reserves Wes Farmer and Josh Valentine.

  • Lynnwood football coach resigns: Lynnwood coach Jim McKinnon has resigned after 14 seasons as the Royals’ head football coach.

    “He gave a lot of years,” Edmonds School District Athletic Director Terri McMahan said. “He had a lot of good years.”

    Lynnwood finished the 2000 season with an 0-9 record. The Royals were 5-4 in 1999, but lack of depth in the football program hurt them in 2000. No replacement for the departing McKinnon has been named.

  • Everett player to return from scare: Everett boys basketball coach Darrell Olson said he expects sophomore guard Jamie Lee to return soon to the Seagulls’ varsity team. It’s good news for Lee, who was believed to be out for the season when he suffered an irregular heartbeat during a preseason practice.

    Doctors were mystified until they became aware that Lee had used a prescription nasal decongestant, which triggered an allergic reaction. Lee’s heart passed a series of tests, and Olson said that the 6-foot-1 Lee may play Friday.

    “We’re just very relieved,” Olson said. “We’re glad to have him back and glad he’s OK.”

    Lee, who started for Everett last year as a freshman, made his return to the court last week with the junior varsity team.

  • Pass happy: Stanwood’s Ryan Appleby has recorded double-digit assists in three of his first five games to help the Spartans to a 5-0 start. The sophomore guard set a school-record with 14 assists Nov. 28 against Anacortes. The 6-foot-3 point guard had 11 against Lynden Dec. 8 and 12 against Everett on Tuesday. Appleby also likes to score once in a while. He averages 16.8 points per game.

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