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A gang of Lake Stevens defenders stop Xe'Ree Alexander against Kennedy Catholic in the WIAA 4A State Football Championship game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at Mount Tahoma Stadium in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Notebook: Defense shines in Lake Stevens’ championship game victory

The Vikings set the tone with an early interception and seal the game with key defensive stands.

 

Lake Stevens’ Jayden Limar beats the defense for a 55-yard touchdown run during the 4A semifinal against Graham-Kapowsin on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022, at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Lake Stevens tops Graham-Kapowsin to reach state title game

Jayden Limar accounts for 6 TDs as the Vikings beat the defending champs 42-28 and avenge last year’s title game loss.

 

Kamiak’s Claire Smith prepares to start the 100 yard backstroke final during the WIAA 4A Girls State Swim & Dive Championships on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

4A state swim and dive: Wesco divers shine; Jackson, Kamiak place top-8

Wesco accounts for 4 of the 8 diving state medalists, while Jackson and Kamiak each earn top-8 team finishes.

 

Snohomish junior Mary Clarke swims in the 100 yard freestyle final during the WIAA 3A Girls State Swim and Dive Championships on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

3A state swim and dive: Snohomish standout claims 2 more top-2 medals

Snohomish junior Mary Clarke places 2nd in both freestyle sprints, including another oh-so-close finish in the 100 freestyle.

Snohomish junior Mary Clarke swims in the 100 yard freestyle final during the WIAA 3A Girls State Swim and Dive Championships on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Lake Stevens’ Jayden Limar takes a carry up the sideline for a long gain against Gonzaga Prep on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Lake Stevens rolls past Gonzaga Prep, advances to state semis

Jayden Limar piles up 284 total yards and 5 TDs as the Vikings rout the Bullpups in a 4A state quarterfinal rematch.

Lake Stevens’ Jayden Limar takes a carry up the sideline for a long gain against Gonzaga Prep on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Monroe’s Eli Miller stiff arms a defender while being pushed out of bounds during a playoff matchup against Lincoln High on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at the Lincoln Bowl in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Monroe’s season ends with state loss to talented Lincoln

The Bearcats struggle to contain star Abes quarterback Gabarri Johnson in a 49-16 loss in the opening round.

Monroe’s Eli Miller stiff arms a defender while being pushed out of bounds during a playoff matchup against Lincoln High on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at the Lincoln Bowl in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Meadowdale junior Lataya Mitchell (10) celebrates with her team after the Mavericks' win over Monroe in a 3A District 1 Tournament semifinal match on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, at Marysville Pilchuck High School. (Katie Webber / For The Herald)

Meadowdale volleyball sweeps Monroe for 1st state berth since 2013

The Mavericks avenge an early-season loss and dominate the Bearcats in the 3A District 1 semifinals.

Meadowdale junior Lataya Mitchell (10) celebrates with her team after the Mavericks' win over Monroe in a 3A District 1 Tournament semifinal match on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, at Marysville Pilchuck High School. (Katie Webber / For The Herald)
Snohomish senior Ayla Grant celebrates after winning a point against Ferndale during a 3A District 1 Tournament semifinal match on Nov. 10, 2022, at Marysville Pilchuck High School. (Katie Webber / For The Herald)

Snohomish volleyball outlasts Ferndale, clinches 5th consecutive state berth

The Panthers finally get past their district nemesis with a tense 5-set win in the 3A District 1 semifinals.

Snohomish senior Ayla Grant celebrates after winning a point against Ferndale during a 3A District 1 Tournament semifinal match on Nov. 10, 2022, at Marysville Pilchuck High School. (Katie Webber / For The Herald)
The Lake Stevens' bench rushes onto the court to celebrate their team's win over Bothell during a 4A District 1/2 Tournament game on Nov. 8, 2022, in Lake Stevens. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)

Lake Stevens volleyball clinches 6th consecutive state berth

The Vikings sweep Bothell in a 4A District 1/2 semifinal and secure another trip to Yakima for the state tournament.

The Lake Stevens' bench rushes onto the court to celebrate their team's win over Bothell during a 4A District 1/2 Tournament game on Nov. 8, 2022, in Lake Stevens. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)
Glacier Peak’s Alena Lehmann tries to hold off the competition in the 500 yard freestyle during the Class 4A District 1 swim meet Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at Snohomish Aquatic Center in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Jackson races to 4A district girls swim and dive title

The Timberwolves win six of 12 events to claim their third 4A district title in their past four tries.

Glacier Peak’s Alena Lehmann tries to hold off the competition in the 500 yard freestyle during the Class 4A District 1 swim meet Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at Snohomish Aquatic Center in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Shorewood’s Diana Tuilevuka maneuvers around Monroe defender Faith Gunter to shoot and score during game on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 in Shoreline, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Shorecrest, Shorewood girls soccer teams clinch state berths

The Scots and Stormrays win their district semifinal matches to secure state spots and advance to the district championship.

Shorewood’s Diana Tuilevuka maneuvers around Monroe defender Faith Gunter to shoot and score during game on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 in Shoreline, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens’ Jayden Limar changes direction on a run to the outside against Glacier Peak on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Lake Stevens routs Glacier Peak for 9th consecutive Wesco 4A title

The third-ranked Vikings pull away in the 2nd half and pummel the top-ranked Grizzlies 57-17 in a showdown of 4A top-5 teams.

Lake Stevens’ Jayden Limar changes direction on a run to the outside against Glacier Peak on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at Lake Stevens High School in Lake Stevens, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Snohomish’s Paige Gerrard leads halfway through the 3A Girls District Cross Country championship race on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Gerrard leads Snohomish to 3A district cross country title

The standout wins the 3A girls race and Shorecrest’s Luke Schmidt wins the 3A boys race in the final tuneups before state.

Snohomish’s Paige Gerrard leads halfway through the 3A Girls District Cross Country championship race on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Edmonds-Woodway Russell Anderson, right, waits for the next volley from bother Steven Anderson during the 3A district singles championship match on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

E-W’s Russell Anderson tops brother for 3A district tennis title

Russell Anderson beats Steven Anderson for the singles crown. Shorewood’s Blake Gettmann/Murray Falkin win the doubles title.

Edmonds-Woodway Russell Anderson, right, waits for the next volley from bother Steven Anderson during the 3A district singles championship match on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Shorecrest’s Esmerelda Fogg sends a ball away while being pressured against Shorewood on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Shorecrest draws with Shorewood, clinches Wesco 3A/2A soccer title

Taylor Christensen nets a 2nd-half equalizer and the Scots earn a hard-fought 1-1 draw to secure the league crown.

Shorecrest’s Esmerelda Fogg sends a ball away while being pressured against Shorewood on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022, at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Monroe’s Beau Pruett runs the ball during the 3A West South title game against Snohomish on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Unbeaten Monroe races past Snohomish for Wesco 3A South crown

The Bearcats cap their dominant run through the Wesco 3A South by routing the Panthers 49-7 in a de facto league title game.

Monroe’s Beau Pruett runs the ball during the 3A West South title game against Snohomish on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022 in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Jackson High sophomore Ben Lee hits a tweener back over the net against senior teammate Austen Lim during the 4A District 1 Singles Championship Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Jackson’s star trio dominates 4A boys district tennis tourney

Ben Lee cruises to the singles title, while Henry Park and David Song roll to the doubles crown.

Jackson High sophomore Ben Lee hits a tweener back over the net against senior teammate Austen Lim during the 4A District 1 Singles Championship Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Lake Stevens bounces back, rolls past Eastlake in 4A top-10 clash

Jayden Limar runs for 5 TDs and the Vikings get back on track with a 41-16 win over the Wolves in a state semifinal rematch.

at the Hole In The Wall Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Nearly 5,000 runners race in largest-ever Hole in the Wall Invite

The annual cross country extravaganza at Lakewood H.S. drew more than 150 teams from all over the West Coast and beyond.

at the Hole In The Wall Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 8, 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)