Lake Stevens High School

Lake Stevens’ Jackson Balmer attempts to flip Glacier Peak’s Spencer Dhondt to his back during their match at the 4A sub-regional wrestling meet at Henry M. Jackson High School on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lake Stevens wrestlers look to send legendary coach out in style

The retiring Brent Barnes enters his final Mat Classic with a talented and highly motivated team.

Lake Stevens’ Jackson Balmer attempts to flip Glacier Peak’s Spencer Dhondt to his back during their match at the 4A sub-regional wrestling meet at Henry M. Jackson High School on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens' Baylor Thomas (14) with drives to the basket with Eastlake's Kaylia Jackson defending during a Class 4A Wes-King Bi-District semifinal game Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)

Lake Stevens clinches 4A state berth in tense win over Eastlake

Nisa Ellis hits a go-ahead jumper to lift the short-handed Vikings to a 48-46 bi-district semifinal win.

Lake Stevens' Baylor Thomas (14) with drives to the basket with Eastlake's Kaylia Jackson defending during a Class 4A Wes-King Bi-District semifinal game Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)
BYU's Paisley (Johnson) Harding drives with the ball during a game against Utah on Dec. 4, 2021, at Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Harding, a Glacier Peak graduate, was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week for Jan. 24-30.  (BYU Photo)

Community roundup: GP grad Harding named WCC Player of the Week

Also, Glacier Peak alumna wins fifth weekly award, Lake Stevens earns academic recognition, and more.

BYU's Paisley (Johnson) Harding drives with the ball during a game against Utah on Dec. 4, 2021, at Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Harding, a Glacier Peak graduate, was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Week for Jan. 24-30.  (BYU Photo)
Lake Stevens' Cori Wilcox looks to shoot with Jackson's Arielle Leavens defending Saturday evening at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington, January 22, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Talented Lake Stevens girls ready for deep postseason run

Led by a standout senior quartet, the seventh-ranked Vikings have “one goal” — a trip to the Tacoma Dome.

Lake Stevens' Cori Wilcox looks to shoot with Jackson's Arielle Leavens defending Saturday evening at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington, January 22, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Lake Stevens' DJ Trout takes a final breath before finishing the 100 Yard Freestyle during the swim meet again Glacier Peak and Snohomish on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Lake Stevens sails past GP, Snohomish to claim Wesco North crown

The Vikings’ seniors have been through plenty during their careers. They capped their final regular season together in style.

Lake Stevens' DJ Trout takes a final breath before finishing the 100 Yard Freestyle during the swim meet again Glacier Peak and Snohomish on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens' Tyler Fouts lifts Glacier Peak's Gil Mossburg during wrestling on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens' Tyler Fouts lifts Glacier Peak's Gil Mossburg during wrestling on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Western Washington's Gabby Gunterman faces SFU during an NCAA Tournament game on Dec. 2, 2021. (Western Washington photo)

Lake Stevens alum learned to be ‘unapologetically me’ in All-American season

Gabby Gunterman let go and let her emotions show while leading Western Washington to the national semifinals.

Western Washington's Gabby Gunterman faces SFU during an NCAA Tournament game on Dec. 2, 2021. (Western Washington photo)
Western Washington pin hitter Gabby Gunterman, a Lake Stevens graduate. (Western Washington University photo)

Community sports: Gunterman leads WWU volleyball to final 8

Plus, former local standouts earn athlete of the week honors and Edmonds College posts coaching openings.

Western Washington pin hitter Gabby Gunterman, a Lake Stevens graduate. (Western Washington University photo)
Lake Stevens' Kolton Matson halts his scramble with Graham Kapowsin's Jalen Davenport closing during the 4A State Championship game Saturday evening at Mt.Tahoma High School in Tacoma on December 4, 2021. The Viking lost 44-7. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Patterson: Future is bright for Lake Stevens despite title game loss

The Vikings suffered a humbling loss, but many players will be back from their talented squad.

Lake Stevens' Kolton Matson halts his scramble with Graham Kapowsin's Jalen Davenport closing during the 4A State Championship game Saturday evening at Mt.Tahoma High School in Tacoma on December 4, 2021. The Viking lost 44-7. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Lake Stevens' TK Perkins makes his way to the sideline during the 4A State Championship game Saturday evening at Mt.Tahoma High School in Tacoma on December 4, 2021. The Viking lost 44-7. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lake Stevens falls to Graham-Kapowsin in 4A state title game

The Murren-less Vikings run into a “buzzsaw” and finish as state runners-up after a 44-7 loss to G-K.

Lake Stevens' TK Perkins makes his way to the sideline during the 4A State Championship game Saturday evening at Mt.Tahoma High School in Tacoma on December 4, 2021. The Viking lost 44-7. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Lake Stevens running back Jayden Limar (left) and Graham-Kapowsin's Vega Ioane (far right) and Michael Toa.

4A state title game preview: Lake Stevens vs. Graham-Kapowsin

Get ready for the state championship game with an in-depth look at both teams and how they match up.

Lake Stevens running back Jayden Limar (left) and Graham-Kapowsin's Vega Ioane (far right) and Michael Toa.
Lake Stevens' Trayce Hanks eludes defenders during a 4A state quarterfinal game against Gonzaga Prep on Nov. 20, 2021, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)

Championship central: Lake Stevens’ run to the title game

Get ready for Saturday’s 4A state championship game with stories from the Vikings’ success-filled season.

Lake Stevens' Trayce Hanks eludes defenders during a 4A state quarterfinal game against Gonzaga Prep on Nov. 20, 2021, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)
Lake Stevens' Micah Avery, left-right, Ashten Hendrickson, Grant Lynch, Dylan Slezak and Bryce Slezak are the starting offensive linemen for Lake Stevens state championship run. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Unsung O-line plays key role in Lake Stevens’ run to title game

Smaller and less experienced than usual, the Vikings’ offensive line has still found ways to excel.

Lake Stevens' Micah Avery, left-right, Ashten Hendrickson, Grant Lynch, Dylan Slezak and Bryce Slezak are the starting offensive linemen for Lake Stevens state championship run. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
From left: Archbishop Murphy’s Anfernee Gurley, Lake Stevens’ Gavin Steidle and Glacier Peak’s Aaliyah Collins. (Olivia Vanni and Kevin Clark / The Herald)

91-6: When is a high school sports blowout over the line?

Lopsided matchups happen in every sport. But when the athletes are kids, how do parents and coaches navigate it?

From left: Archbishop Murphy’s Anfernee Gurley, Lake Stevens’ Gavin Steidle and Glacier Peak’s Aaliyah Collins. (Olivia Vanni and Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Lake Stevens' Drew Carter holds up the ball after scoring a touchdown to secure the win as Lake Stevens beat Eastlake 45-28 in a 4A state semi-final football game at Pop Keeney Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 in Bothell, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Lake Stevens downs Eastlake to reach 4A state title game

The Vikings win 45-28 and will face Graham-Kapowsin for the state championship next weekend.

Lake Stevens' Drew Carter holds up the ball after scoring a touchdown to secure the win as Lake Stevens beat Eastlake 45-28 in a 4A state semi-final football game at Pop Keeney Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 in Bothell, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Lake Stevens' Trayce Hanks eludes defenders during a 4A state quarterfinal game against Gonzaga Prep on Nov. 20, 2021, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)

4A state semifinal preview: Lake Stevens vs. Eastlake

After their Week 1 matchup was canceled, the Vikings and Wolves meet in a semifinal clash of unbeatens.

Lake Stevens' Trayce Hanks eludes defenders during a 4A state quarterfinal game against Gonzaga Prep on Nov. 20, 2021, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)
Lake Stevens' Grayson Murren competes against O'Dea High School in Seattle on September 17, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lake Stevens standout QB ‘so glad’ to be back from injury

After an injury threatened to end his senior season, Grayson Murren is leading the Vikings’ offense again.

Lake Stevens' Grayson Murren competes against O'Dea High School in Seattle on September 17, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Lake Stevens' Jayden Limar leaps for a catch over a Gonzaga Prep defender during a 4A state quarterfinal game on Nov. 20, 2021, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner / Pro Action Images)

Lake Stevens shuts down Gonzaga Prep to reach 4A state semis

Jayden Limar runs for four TDs and the Vikings silence the Bullpups 35-14 in the state quarterfinals.

Lake Stevens' Jayden Limar leaps for a catch over a Gonzaga Prep defender during a 4A state quarterfinal game on Nov. 20, 2021, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner / Pro Action Images)
Stanwood's Mischa Kessler is blocked by Monroe's Campbell Barrow as Stanwood took on Monroe in a volleyball game on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 in Stanwood, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Stanwood's Mischa Kessler is blocked by Monroe's Campbell Barrow as Stanwood took on Monroe in a volleyball game on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 in Stanwood, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Lake Stevens running back Jayden Limar carries the ball during a 4A state playoff game against Richland on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 in Lake Stevens. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)

4A state quarterfinal preview: Lake Stevens vs. Gonzaga Prep

The Vikings host Gonzaga Prep in a 4A quarterfinal showdown of unbeaten state title contenders.

Lake Stevens running back Jayden Limar carries the ball during a 4A state playoff game against Richland on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 in Lake Stevens. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)