Stanwood High School

Arlington’s Samara Morrow looks to cut to the basket against Stanwood on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, at Arlington High School in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Arlington girls rally past rival Stanwood in key league showdown

Standout senior Jenna Villa pours in 29 points and the Eagles ride a third-quarter surge to victory.

Arlington’s Samara Morrow looks to cut to the basket against Stanwood on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, at Arlington High School in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
126 Arlington’s Beau Gudde and Stanwood’s Bryan Roodzant during the match on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Stanwood outlasts Arlington to secure Wesco 3A North title

The Spartans prevail over the rival Eagles 45-28 in one of the most highly anticipated Wesco duals of the season.

126 Arlington’s Beau Gudde and Stanwood’s Bryan Roodzant during the match on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Stanwood’s Chloe Santeford spins away from a defender before shooting the ball against Snohomish on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, at Snohomish High School in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Stanwood girls top Snohomish in Wesco 3A/2A play

Vivienne Berrett scores 28 points and the Spartans ride a big second quarter to victory.

Stanwood’s Chloe Santeford spins away from a defender before shooting the ball against Snohomish on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, at Snohomish High School in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Cascade’s Aidan Kopra and Stanwood’s Gary Grisham wrestle for a loose ball during a game Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, at Cascade High School in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Cascade’s Aidan Kopra and Stanwood’s Gary Grisham wrestle for a loose ball during a game Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, at Cascade High School in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Stanwood’s Ryder Bumgarner is tackled while running the ball during the 3A quarterfinal game against Odea on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Stanwood’s playoff run ends with loss to O’Dea in quarterfinals

Star running back Jason Brown scores five touchdowns as the powerhouse Fighting Irish fend off the Spartans 42-21.

Stanwood’s Ryder Bumgarner is tackled while running the ball during the 3A quarterfinal game against Odea on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Arlington’s Leyton Martin is tackled by multiple Stanwood players during the Stilly Cup on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Without fanfare, Stanwood’s defense has been rock solid

The Spartans’ potent offense may grab the headlines, but the defense has been stout and has come up big in crucial moments.

Arlington’s Leyton Martin is tackled by multiple Stanwood players during the Stilly Cup on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Stanwood’s Carson Beckt sheds one of a few would-be tackles on his way to a 52-yard touchdown against Ferndale Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

3A state quarterfinal preview: Stanwood vs. O’Dea

The upstart Spartans travel south to take on perennial state powerhouse O’Dea.

Stanwood’s Carson Beckt sheds one of a few would-be tackles on his way to a 52-yard touchdown against Ferndale Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Stanwood’s Carson Beckt signals for a first down after holding onto a pass through hard contact against Lakes High School on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington. Targeting was called on the play, resulting in extra yards for Stanwood. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Stanwood beats Mt. Spokane for 1st state win since 1996

The Spartans use ball control and timely defensive stops for a 24-14 win and a trip to the Class 3A state quarterfinals.

Stanwood’s Carson Beckt signals for a first down after holding onto a pass through hard contact against Lakes High School on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington. Targeting was called on the play, resulting in extra yards for Stanwood. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Monroe sophomore Aiden Boldt celebrates after Monroe recovers a Liberty fumble on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 at Monroe High School in Monroe, Washington. (Katie Webber / The Herald)

A look at local prep football first-round state playoff games

Lake Stevens, Stanwood and Monroe are the final three teams left representing Snohomish County.

Monroe sophomore Aiden Boldt celebrates after Monroe recovers a Liberty fumble on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 at Monroe High School in Monroe, Washington. (Katie Webber / The Herald)
Stanwood is one of three Snohomish County prep football teams that advanced to their respective state playoffs. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Brackets released for high school football state playoffs

Lake Stevens receives the No. 2 seed in 4A, while Stanwood and Monroe will hit the road for 3A first-round matchups.

Stanwood is one of three Snohomish County prep football teams that advanced to their respective state playoffs. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Stanwood senior running back Ryder Bumgarner celebrates after taking a handoff in for a touchdown during the first half against Lakes High School on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Stanwood tops Lakes, earns 2nd consecutive trip to state

The Spartans secure their program’s 1st-ever back-to-back state berths with a 28-20 win in the 3A Week 10 playoffs.

Stanwood senior running back Ryder Bumgarner celebrates after taking a handoff in for a touchdown during the first half against Lakes High School on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lake Stevens’ Jayden Limar runs the ball during the game against Eastlake on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens’ Jayden Limar runs the ball during the game against Eastlake on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Monroe’s Kody Edelbrock runs the ball during the 3A West South title game against Snohomish on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Monroe’s Kody Edelbrock runs the ball during the 3A West South title game against Snohomish on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Stanwood’s Carson Beckt fights for extra yards as the rain comes down against Ferndale Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Post-Week 8 prep football takeaways from across Snohomish County

Stanwood ran into a matchup nightmare, Monroe’s offense showed its balance, and more.

Stanwood’s Carson Beckt fights for extra yards as the rain comes down against Ferndale Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Ferndale’s Zach Nielson celebrates after scoring a first quarter touchdown against Stanwood Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Stanwood’s bid for Wesco 3A North title falls short against Ferndale

The 3A sixth-ranked Spartans suffer their first loss in a de facto league championship game.

Ferndale’s Zach Nielson celebrates after scoring a first quarter touchdown against Stanwood Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at Stanwood High School in Stanwood, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lake Stevens’ Steven Lee reacts to getting a stop on a drive during the game against Eastlake on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens’ Steven Lee reacts to getting a stop on a drive during the game against Eastlake on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Stanwood’s Otto Wiedmann runs the ball during the Stilly Cup against Arlington on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Post-Week 5 prep football takeaways from across Snohomish County

Stanwood achieves another milestone in its rapid rise, Cascade clears a big hurdle in its postseason quest, and more.

Stanwood’s Otto Wiedmann runs the ball during the Stilly Cup against Arlington on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Stanwood’s Ryder Bumgarner and teammates yell in celebration after winning the Stilly Cup for the first time in 13 years on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Stanwood rolls past Arlington, wins 1st Stilly Cup since 2009

Ryder Bumgarner runs for 246 yards and the unbeaten Spartans defeat their archrival for the 1st time in 13 years.

Stanwood’s Ryder Bumgarner and teammates yell in celebration after winning the Stilly Cup for the first time in 13 years on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Stanwood’s Michael Mascotti tries a deep ball against Lakewood on Friday, Sep. 2, 2022, at Lakewood High School in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Stanwood steamrolls Lakewood in season opener

The Spartans score on their first six drives on the way to a 42-0 victory.

Stanwood’s Michael Mascotti tries a deep ball against Lakewood on Friday, Sep. 2, 2022, at Lakewood High School in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Stanwood’s Ryder Bumgarner runs the ball during football practice on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022 in Stanwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Coming off milestone season, upstart Stanwood in exciting new position

The senior-laden Spartans aim to tackle more milestones after reaching the state playoffs for the first time in 25 years.

Stanwood’s Ryder Bumgarner runs the ball during football practice on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022 in Stanwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)