High school sports

Jackson senior slugger Dominic Hellman has committed to University of Oregon. Hellman finished the season with a batting average of .562 and eight home runs. Photographed in Mill Creek, Washington on June 17, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The Herald’s Baseball Player of the Year: Dominic Hellman

Jackson’s slugging shortstop and potential MLB draft pick hit .562 and blasted 8 homers in another spectacular season.

Jackson senior slugger Dominic Hellman has committed to University of Oregon. Hellman finished the season with a batting average of .562 and eight home runs. Photographed in Mill Creek, Washington on June 17, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Jackson’s Yanina Sherwood winds up while pitching against Skyline Wednesday, May 18, 2022, during a Class 4A matchup at the Phil Johnson Ballfields in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

The Herald’s 2022 All-Area high school softball teams

A look at the top prep softball players in the area this spring.

Jackson’s Yanina Sherwood winds up while pitching against Skyline Wednesday, May 18, 2022, during a Class 4A matchup at the Phil Johnson Ballfields in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
All-Area softball player of the year is Monroe shortstop River Mahler. Mahler, a Stanford University signee, excelled at the plate and in the field while leading the Bearcats to a fifth-place finish in the 3A state tournament. Photographed on June 13, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The Herald’s Softball Player of the Year: River Mahler

The do-it-all Stanford-bound senior shortstop broke school records and led Monroe to a 5th-place state finish.

All-Area softball player of the year is Monroe shortstop River Mahler. Mahler, a Stanford University signee, excelled at the plate and in the field while leading the Bearcats to a fifth-place finish in the 3A state tournament. Photographed on June 13, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Locals named all-league by Northwest, Emerald Sound, NW 2B/1B conferences

Student-athletes from Lakewood, Granite Falls, Sultan and Darrington earn honors.

Dwayne Lane Athlete of the Year Scholarship candidates Jackson's Kate Russell (top left to right), Everett's Lillian Thompson, Cascade's Laura Alcantar Soto, Jackson's Dominic Hellman (bottom left to right), Everett's Joey Hudson and Cascade's Ronan McKague at the Everett School District Athletic Awards Banquet on Thursday, June 2, 2022.

Everett School District student-athletes receive scholarship awards

Jackson’s Dominic Hellman, Everett’s Lillian Thompson, Everett’s Jemyre Reed and Cascade’s Mariana Oliva-Jauregui win scholarships.

Dwayne Lane Athlete of the Year Scholarship candidates Jackson's Kate Russell (top left to right), Everett's Lillian Thompson, Cascade's Laura Alcantar Soto, Jackson's Dominic Hellman (bottom left to right), Everett's Joey Hudson and Cascade's Ronan McKague at the Everett School District Athletic Awards Banquet on Thursday, June 2, 2022.
Kamiak’s Daniel Kim tees off at the Tom Dolan Memorial Invitational at the Everett Golf & Country Club on Monday, April 11, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Spring 2022 All-Wesco teams

Athletes honored in baseball, boys soccer, golf, girls tennis, softball and track and field.

Kamiak’s Daniel Kim tees off at the Tom Dolan Memorial Invitational at the Everett Golf & Country Club on Monday, April 11, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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The Lake Stevens boys 4x400 relay team huddle up after finishing first in their race, securing an overall state title Saturday, May 28, 2022, at the 2022 WIAA State Track & Field Championships at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Lake Stevens captures 4A boys track and field state title

Led by sweeps in the two relay races, the Vikings finish atop the team standings to claim the state championship.

The Lake Stevens boys 4x400 relay team huddle up after finishing first in their race, securing an overall state title Saturday, May 28, 2022, at the 2022 WIAA State Track & Field Championships at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Arlington’s Parker Duskin throws up a hand after defeating the competition in the 3A boys 300 hurdles Saturday, May 28, 2022, at the 2022 WIAA State Track & Field Championships at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

State track notebook: Arlington boys take 2nd; local individuals win titles

Arlington places 2nd in the 3A boys team standings and a handful of local athletes claim individual state championships.

Arlington’s Parker Duskin throws up a hand after defeating the competition in the 3A boys 300 hurdles Saturday, May 28, 2022, at the 2022 WIAA State Track & Field Championships at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
State tennis.

State tennis roundup: Jackson boys capture 4A state team title

Henry Park takes 2nd in singles and Ben Lee places 5th to put the Timberwolves atop the 4A boys team standings.

State tennis.
State soccer.

State soccer: Monroe boys bounce back to claim 3rd place

The Bearcats rebound from a tough semifinals loss to rout O’Dea 6-0.

State soccer.
State softball.

State softball roundup: Jackson loses 4A semifinal heartbreaker to Skyview

Skyview scores 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th to rally for a 4-3 walkoff win, denying the Timberwolves a shot at a 3-peat.

State softball.
Roosevelt celebrates the change over and the chance to win against Snohomish during 3A quarter-final game Friday evening in Lacey, Washington on May 27, 2022.  The Panthers lost 14-13 in 8 innings. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

3A state softball: Snohomish loses heartbreaker in quarterfinals

The Panthers blow a big lead and fall on a walkoff in extras. None of the 5 local teams in the tourney reach the semifinals.

Roosevelt celebrates the change over and the chance to win against Snohomish during 3A quarter-final game Friday evening in Lacey, Washington on May 27, 2022.  The Panthers lost 14-13 in 8 innings. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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State roundup: Jackson, Lakewood softball reach semis

Rounding up action from the state softball and state boys and girls tennis tournaments.

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Lake Stevens’ Sean Martelles dives across the finish line at the end of the 4A 110 Meter Hurdles during the state track and field championships on Friday, May 27, 2022 in Tacoma, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

State track and field: Day 2 notebook

A trio of local hurdlers earn second-place medals

Lake Stevens’ Sean Martelles dives across the finish line at the end of the 4A 110 Meter Hurdles during the state track and field championships on Friday, May 27, 2022 in Tacoma, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Arlington’s Aiden Emerson, center, finishes second behind Bishop Blanchet’s William Schneider in the 3A 1600 Thursday evening at Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma, Washington on May 26, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

State track and field: Day 1 notebook

A trio of locals finish with high marks in their respective events and classifications.

Arlington’s Aiden Emerson, center, finishes second behind Bishop Blanchet’s William Schneider in the 3A 1600 Thursday evening at Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma, Washington on May 26, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Monroe’s Owen Skurdal is slide tackled by Mercer Island’s Edward Brown during the 3A boys state semifinal on Friday, May 27, 2022 in Puyallup, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Monroe suffers heartbreaker in 3A state soccer semifinals

The Bearcats allow two extra-time goals and lose to Mercer Island 3-2.

Monroe’s Owen Skurdal is slide tackled by Mercer Island’s Edward Brown during the 3A boys state semifinal on Friday, May 27, 2022 in Puyallup, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Monroe’s Diego Perez-Diaz, left, and Tanner Summers celebrate their win over Shorewood Saturday afternoon at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline, Washington on May 14, 2022. The Bearcats won 2-0. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

State boys soccer preview: A look at the 3A state final four

Monroe will make its second state semifinal appearance in program history on Friday afternoon.

Monroe’s Diego Perez-Diaz, left, and Tanner Summers celebrate their win over Shorewood Saturday afternoon at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline, Washington on May 14, 2022. The Bearcats won 2-0. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Lake Stevens' Jayden Limar rushes with Glacier Peak's Hunter Morrison Thursday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish on April 1, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lake Stevens RB Jayden Limar commits to Notre Dame

The standout junior and four-star recruit announces he will join the Fighting Irish.

Lake Stevens' Jayden Limar rushes with Glacier Peak's Hunter Morrison Thursday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish on April 1, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Edmonds-Woodway’s junior Paige Oliver serves the ball during the 3A District championship match against Shorewood’s Rylie Gettmann on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

State tennis preview: A look at the area’s state-bound competitors

Local high school tennis players are headed to the Tri-Cities for this weekend’s state tournaments.

Edmonds-Woodway’s junior Paige Oliver serves the ball during the 3A District championship match against Shorewood’s Rylie Gettmann on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)