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Marysville youth gymnasts excel at regionals

Four gymnasts from AGAMarysville Gymnastics Academy took home Region 2 awards.

Washington Wolfpack kicker Melissa Strother became the first female to score a point in Arena Football League history, but the Wolfpack fell 34-21 to the West Texas Desert Hawks on Sunday at Angel of the Winds Arena (Photo courtesy of Jim Matson, Inside Arena)

Wolfpack make history, but fall 34-21 to West Texas

Washington kicker Melissa Strother became the first woman to score a point in AFL history.

Washington Wolfpack kicker Melissa Strother became the first female to score a point in Arena Football League history, but the Wolfpack fell 34-21 to the West Texas Desert Hawks on Sunday at Angel of the Winds Arena (Photo courtesy of Jim Matson, Inside Arena)
Forward Mirco Dufour was selected by the Everett Silvertips 19th overall in the first round of Thursday’s WHL prospects draft. (Photo courtesy of the WHL)

Capsules: Everett Silvertips draft picks at a glance

The Tips selected 10 players in the WHL prospects draft and two in the U.S. prioirity draft.

Forward Mirco Dufour was selected by the Everett Silvertips 19th overall in the first round of Thursday’s WHL prospects draft. (Photo courtesy of the WHL)
Defenseman Landon DuPont, who the Everett Silvertips selected first overall in Thursday’s WHL prospects draft, is considered a generational talent. (Photo courtesy of the WHL)

Patterson: Tips fans, get ready for the Landon DuPont show

Everett is getting a generational talent who will make nights at Angel of the Winds Arena must-see viewing.

Defenseman Landon DuPont, who the Everett Silvertips selected first overall in Thursday’s WHL prospects draft, is considered a generational talent. (Photo courtesy of the WHL)
Jay Franco has been named the head coach of the Everett Community College women’s basketball team. (Photo courtesy of Everett Community College)

Jay Franco hired as new EvCC women’s basketball coach

Franco, who served as an assistant the past three seasons, takes over for Jeannie Thompson.

Jay Franco has been named the head coach of the Everett Community College women’s basketball team. (Photo courtesy of Everett Community College)
Quarterback Jacob Ta’ase gets tackled during the Washington Wolfpack’s inaugural home opener against Billings on Sunday, May 5, 2024, a Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

No howls yet: Arena football returns, but Wolfpack fall

In the first indoor football game in Everett since 2012, Washington loses 49-12 to Billings.

Quarterback Jacob Ta’ase gets tackled during the Washington Wolfpack’s inaugural home opener against Billings on Sunday, May 5, 2024, a Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The Mukilteo-based Blue Royals Volleyball Academy’s U13 team qualified for nationals for the second straight year. (Photo courtesy of Dale Raymond)

Mukilteo-based youth volleyball team qualifies for nationals

The Blue Royals Volleyball Academy’s U13 team advanced to nationals for the second straight year.

The Mukilteo-based Blue Royals Volleyball Academy’s U13 team qualified for nationals for the second straight year. (Photo courtesy of Dale Raymond)
Five Star General won the 2023 Longacres Mile. (Photo courtesy of Emerald Downs)

Emerald Downs opens its 2024 horse racing season Saturday

The Auburn racetrack’s opening coincides with the running of the Kentucky Derby.

Five Star General won the 2023 Longacres Mile. (Photo courtesy of Emerald Downs)
Washington Wolfpack coach JR Wells watches play during the Wolfpack’s 47-40 loss to the Oregon Blackbears on Saturday in Salem, Ore. (Photo courtesy of the Washington Wolfpack)

Wolfpack drop inaugural game to Blackbears

Washington, the new Everett-based Arena Football League team, falls 47-40 to Oregon in its opener.

Washington Wolfpack coach JR Wells watches play during the Wolfpack’s 47-40 loss to the Oregon Blackbears on Saturday in Salem, Ore. (Photo courtesy of the Washington Wolfpack)
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Silvertips swept out of playoffs by Portland

Everett’s season comes to an end with a 5-0 loss in Game 4; big changes are ahead in the offseason.

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Everett Silvertips forward Caden Brown tries to get the puck to the net against the Vancouver Giants during Game 1 of their playoff series on March 29 at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everrett. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Silvertips prevail in playoff series against Vancouver

Everett advances to face Portland in round two; DuPont given exceptional status by the WHL.

Everett Silvertips forward Caden Brown tries to get the puck to the net against the Vancouver Giants during Game 1 of their playoff series on March 29 at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everrett. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The Everett AquaSox practice Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at Funko Field in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

“Scrappy” AquaSox ready to start their season

Everett begins its 2024 campaign Friday at Hillsboro without any big-name prospects.

The Everett AquaSox practice Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at Funko Field in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

AquaSox, Wolfpack begin preparations this week

Both the NWL Sox and AFL Wolfpack hold their first practices in advance of the 2024 season Tuesday.

Everett Silvertips head coach and GM Dennis Williams stands on the bench while directing his team during the 2024 playoff opener against the Vancouver Giants on Friday, March 29, 2024, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everrett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Patterson: Silvertips’ “Last Dance” off to a slow start

With coach Dennis Williams departing after the playoffs, Everett drops Game 1 versus Vancouver.

Everett Silvertips head coach and GM Dennis Williams stands on the bench while directing his team during the 2024 playoff opener against the Vancouver Giants on Friday, March 29, 2024, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everrett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Silvertips’ Andrew Petruk (26) fights for the puck during a game between the Everett Silvertips and the Tri-City Americans at the Angel of the Winds Arena on Sunday, March 24, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Breaking down the Silvertips’ 1st-round playoff series vs. the Giants

Everett is searching for a revenge after a shocking playoff exit against Vancouver two years ago.

Silvertips’ Andrew Petruk (26) fights for the puck during a game between the Everett Silvertips and the Tri-City Americans at the Angel of the Winds Arena on Sunday, March 24, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Silvertips players celebrate during a game between the Everett Silvertips and Tri-City Americans at the Angel of the Winds Arena on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024. The Silvertips won, 5-3. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Silvertips land No. 1 pick, chance to draft generational talent

Landon DuPont is the consensus top pick in next WHL prospects draft. Everett chief operating officer Zoran Rajcic said the team intends to select him.

Silvertips players celebrate during a game between the Everett Silvertips and Tri-City Americans at the Angel of the Winds Arena on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024. The Silvertips won, 5-3. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Dennis Williams, head coach and GM of the Everett Silvertips, shakes hands with an assistant coach at the end of a season opening victory over the Vancouver Giants on Saturday, Sep. 24, 2022, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Coach, GM Williams leaving Silvertips for Bowling Green State

After seven successful season leading Everett, Dennis Williams is heading back to his alma mater. He’ll stay with the Tips through the WHL playoffs.

Dennis Williams, head coach and GM of the Everett Silvertips, shakes hands with an assistant coach at the end of a season opening victory over the Vancouver Giants on Saturday, Sep. 24, 2022, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Silvertips’ Kaden Hammell (47) enters the rink during a game between the Everett Silvertips and the Tri-City Americans at the Angel of the Winds Arena on Sunday, March 24, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Patterson: Overachieving Silvertips had season worth celebrating

In a season when some thought the team’s playoff streak could end, Everett put together one of its greatest campaigns.

Silvertips’ Kaden Hammell (47) enters the rink during a game between the Everett Silvertips and the Tri-City Americans at the Angel of the Winds Arena on Sunday, March 24, 2024 in Everett, Washington. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Silvertips’ Tarin Smith (24) moves with the puck during a game between the Everett Silvertips and Victoria Royals at the Angel of the Winds Arena on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023. The Silvertips won, 5-3. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

Silvertips announce season-end team awards

Top scorer Ben Hemmerling nets the team’s Most Valuable Player honor.

Silvertips’ Tarin Smith (24) moves with the puck during a game between the Everett Silvertips and Victoria Royals at the Angel of the Winds Arena on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023. The Silvertips won, 5-3. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
AMA EnduroCross is bringing its championship finale to Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett on Nov. 16. (AMA EnduroCross)

Community roundup: AMA EnduroCross championship coming to Everett

Plus, three college athletes with local ties earn weekly awards, including a Monroe High School grad who’s on a softball tear.

AMA EnduroCross is bringing its championship finale to Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett on Nov. 16. (AMA EnduroCross)