College sports

EC’s Damajio Merritt (20) fights for the ball during a men’s game between the Everett Community College Trojans and Edmonds College Tritons at Seaview Gymnasium at Edmonds College in Lynnwood, Washington on Wednesday Jan. 25, 2023. The Tritons won, 91-84. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

EvCC, EdC men ready for NWAC tournament play

A capsule look at both teams heading into the NWAC basketball championships.

EC’s Damajio Merritt (20) fights for the ball during a men’s game between the Everett Community College Trojans and Edmonds College Tritons at Seaview Gymnasium at Edmonds College in Lynnwood, Washington on Wednesday Jan. 25, 2023. The Tritons won, 91-84. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Washington State basketball no art.

WSU wins 7th straight, knocks out Cal in Pac-12 Tournament

The Cougars win 69-52 and advance to the quarterfinals to face Oregon on Thursday.

Washington State basketball no art.
The Everett Elite Flag Football 14-under team practices Sunday morning at Harbour Pointe Middle School in Mukilteo, Washington on January 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Community roundup: Local trio biking to raise funds for YMCA

Plus, coaching legend Mike Price is inducted into the PNW Football HoF, Mikayla Pivec gets another shot in the WNBA and more.

The Everett Elite Flag Football 14-under team practices Sunday morning at Harbour Pointe Middle School in Mukilteo, Washington on January 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Everett graduate Jayden White (left) and Mukilteo resident Kimberly Beard hold up their awards from USATF Pacific Northwest Association's 2022 banquet on Feb. 18 in Tukwila. (Provided photo)
Everett graduate Jayden White (left) and Mukilteo resident Kimberly Beard hold up their awards from USATF Pacific Northwest Association's 2022 banquet on Feb. 18 in Tukwila. (Provided photo)
Washington players including guard guard Elle Ladine, far left, forward Lauren Schwartz, second from left, and forward Haley Van Dyke, second from right, celebrate after an NCAA college basketball game against Stanford, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Seattle. Washington won 72-67. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

Recent big wins show UW’s women’s program is on the rise

The Huskies, who went 2-12 in the Pac-12 last season, have beaten Oregon and Stanford in the past two weeks.

Washington players including guard guard Elle Ladine, far left, forward Lauren Schwartz, second from left, and forward Haley Van Dyke, second from right, celebrate after an NCAA college basketball game against Stanford, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Seattle. Washington won 72-67. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
The Everett Elite Flag Football 14-under team practices Sunday morning at Harbour Pointe Middle School in Mukilteo, Washington on January 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Community roundup: Mukilteo’s Beard nominated for youth award

Plus, locals receive D-I softball honors, Edmonds-Woodway alum Ali Gaye invited to NFL combine, and more.

The Everett Elite Flag Football 14-under team practices Sunday morning at Harbour Pointe Middle School in Mukilteo, Washington on January 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Kaitlin Hawayek, left, and Jean-Luc Baker, of the United States, perform during the Ice Dance Free Dance program at the Grand Prix Skate America Series, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Norwood, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Community roundup: Baker selected for figure skating worlds

Plus, Everett Community College hires Lance Giles as its new men’s and women’s track and field coach.

Kaitlin Hawayek, left, and Jean-Luc Baker, of the United States, perform during the Ice Dance Free Dance program at the Grand Prix Skate America Series, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Norwood, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
EC’s Damajio Merritt (20) fights for the ball during a men’s game between the Everett Community College Trojans and Edmonds College Tritons at Seaview Gymnasium at Edmonds College in Lynnwood, Washington on Wednesday Jan. 25, 2023. The Tritons won, 91-84. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Tritons top Trojans in heavyweight NWAC hoops battle

Edmonds uses a 14-0 run to start the second half to take control of a game between top men’s teams.

EC’s Damajio Merritt (20) fights for the ball during a men’s game between the Everett Community College Trojans and Edmonds College Tritons at Seaview Gymnasium at Edmonds College in Lynnwood, Washington on Wednesday Jan. 25, 2023. The Tritons won, 91-84. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
People gather in front of the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame display case during the 2022 Hall of Fame banquet Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2022, at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Community roundup: Nominations open for county Hall of Fame

Plus, Jacob Eason signs a futures deal with Carolina, UW’s Sami Reynolds gets a preseason honor and more.

People gather in front of the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame display case during the 2022 Hall of Fame banquet Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2022, at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Loyola Marymount guards Chance Stephens, right, and Kwane Marble celebrate the team's 68-67 win against Gonzaga after an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Spokane, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Loyola Marymount ends No. 6 Gonzaga’s 75-game home streak

The Lions hadn’t won in Spokane since 1991 and had lost 25 straight overall to the Zags.

Loyola Marymount guards Chance Stephens, right, and Kwane Marble celebrate the team's 68-67 win against Gonzaga after an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Spokane, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze (1) runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington won 51-33. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Star WR Odunze returning to UW for 2023 season

The first-team All-Pac-12 selection led the Huskies with 75 catches and 1,145 yards receiving this past season.

Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze (1) runs for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, in Pullman, Wash. Washington won 51-33. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
The Everett Elite Flag Football 14-under team practices Sunday morning at Harbour Pointe Middle School in Mukilteo, Washington on January 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Community roundup: Johnston named D-II football All-American

Plus, MP grad Jake Luton signs a futures contract with the NFL’s Saints, Edmonds College names a women’s soccer coach and more.

The Everett Elite Flag Football 14-under team practices Sunday morning at Harbour Pointe Middle School in Mukilteo, Washington on January 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Washington quarterbacks Sam Huard (7) during an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

UW backup QB Sam Huard entering transfer portal

The former 5-star recruit and son of ex-Huskies QB Damon Huard was relegated to a No. 3 role this past season.

Washington quarterbacks Sam Huard (7) during an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Everett Community College forward Tucker Molina. (EvCC photo)

Molina powers EvCC men with superb all-around skill-set

The standout forward and Glacier Peak graduate has the Trojans in contention entering league play.

Everett Community College forward Tucker Molina. (EvCC photo)
NWAC basketball.

Local NWAC basketball teams | At a glance

Capsules of Snohomish County’s Northwest Athletic Conference basketball teams as North Region play begins Wednesday.

NWAC basketball.
The Everett Elite Flag Football 14-under team practices Sunday morning at Harbour Pointe Middle School in Mukilteo, Washington on January 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Community roundup: Monroe alum Rybar named D-III All-American

Plus, Edmonds-Woodway graduate Ali Gaye decalares for the NFL draft, Jackson alum Jon Cook competes at the swim world championships and more.

The Everett Elite Flag Football 14-under team practices Sunday morning at Harbour Pointe Middle School in Mukilteo, Washington on January 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Washington players celebrate their win over Texas in the Alamo Bowl NCAA college football game in San Antonio, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Commentary: UW’s season worth celebrating, future looks even brighter

With many of its key players coming back, the Huskies appear primed for a huge 2023. But fans should take a minute to celebrate a stellar 2022 season.

Washington players celebrate their win over Texas in the Alamo Bowl NCAA college football game in San Antonio, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Washington wide receiver Jalen McMillan (11) fails to make a catch in front of Texas defensive back Ryan Watts (6) during the first half of the Alamo Bowl NCAA college football game in San Antonio, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

No. 12 UW holds off No. 21 Texas in Alamo Bowl

Michael Penix Jr. threw two TD passes and the Huskies finished the season on a seven-game win streak.

Washington wide receiver Jalen McMillan (11) fails to make a catch in front of Texas defensive back Ryan Watts (6) during the first half of the Alamo Bowl NCAA college football game in San Antonio, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
FILE - Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. looks to pass against Colorado during an NCAA college football game Nov. 19, 2022, in Seattle. Penix has opted to put off the NFL for another year and college football's leading passer leads the No. 12 Huskies against No. 21 Texas in the Alamo Bowl. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)

Penix, Ewers highlight Alamo Bowl between UW, Texas

The quarterbacks square off Thursday in the Alamo Bowl.

FILE - Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. looks to pass against Colorado during an NCAA college football game Nov. 19, 2022, in Seattle. Penix has opted to put off the NFL for another year and college football's leading passer leads the No. 12 Huskies against No. 21 Texas in the Alamo Bowl. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)
Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) passes against Oregon during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Andy Nelson)

UW football stars return to finish what they started

Unfinished business is a big reason why many Washington football players have decided to return next season.

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) passes against Oregon during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Andy Nelson)