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Published 030415

Fairhurst wins his division in wrestling state championship

wrestlingPhoto courtesy Gene Meyer

Snohomish High School senior Alex Fairhurst won the 220-pound division heavyweight Mat Classic XXVII state championship on Saturday, Feb. 21.
Fairhurst defeated the tournament’s favored wrestler, junior Dallas Goodpaster from Evergreen High School of Vancouver, Wash., in a 4-2 decision. Goodpaster is considered one of the best wrestlers of the region. Fairhurst is the first Panther to win a state wrestling division championship since 2009.

Published 022515

Congratulations

• Glacier Peak Grizzlies Boys & Girls Basketball
• Snohomish Panthers Wrestlers
• Snohomish Panther Swimmers
• Glacier Peak Grizzlies Wrestlers
• Glacier Peak Grizzlies Swimmers

Wrestling
GPHS Wrestlers:
Mosese Fifita, Marcus Becerra, Griffin Thomas

SHS Wrestlers:
Joessie Gonzales – first female state qualifier for SHS!,
Alex Fairhurst, Wyatt Butler, Joseph Proffit, Noah Bomar, Peder Morrill

Swimming
GPHS Swimmers:
Camden Wunderlich, Nick Lavigne, Patrick McDowell, Jared Eagley, Andre Shigetomi, Blake Oliva, Andrew Meneses, Cole Johnson

SHS Swimmers:
Jacob Rudolph, Brandon Fairhurst, Zach Thomas

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GLACIER PEAK BASKETBALL
Glacier Peak Grizzly senior Grant Peltier dribbles the ball down the court as Marysville Pilchuck senior Michael Painter follows closely behind during action of the Grizzlies 56-55 win over MP in the District 3A tournament at Jackson High School on Wednesday, Feb. 18. The Grizzlies went on to the District title game where they lost to Stanwood 68-65 to take the district’s second seed into the State tournament against the Garfield Bulldogs of Seattle. The Grizzly girls also lost in the District championship game, 48-42 to Lynnwood, and will also enter the State Tournament to face the defending state 3A champion Cleveland Eagles of Seattle.

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SNOHOMISH BASKETBALL
The Snohomish Panther girls pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season as they beat the highly ranked Lake Stevens Vikings 57-35 in the District 1 4A championship game at Everett Community College on Thursday, Feb. 19. The Panthers opened the game with a 10-0 run before the Vikings were able to shrink the defecate to four by the end of the first quarter. However, the Panthers regained their momentum as they cruised to the District title. Junior Madison Pollock led the Panthers with 16 points, while fellow junior Madeline Smith added with 15. Above, Panther senior Bernadette Beeman (in red) is swarmed by Vikings Hailey Wilson, Alex Briggs and Kylee Griffen as she goes to the basket. The Panthers will move on to play Bothell in the regional round of the State tournament with date and time not determined at press time.

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MONROE BASKETBALL
Having beaten Mariner and Snohomish in the first two rounds of the District 1 tournament, the Monroe Bearcat boys found themselves in the District 1 4A Championship game against the Jackson Timberwolves on Thursday, Feb. 19 at Everett Community College. From the very start the Bearcats found themselves in trouble as the Timberwolves took control of the game from the opening tip off. Jackson won their fifth consecutive District title, downing the Bearcats 64-32. Above left, Bearcat senior Andrew Chartrand (5) drives around Jackson’s Sam Saufferer and fellow senior Bearcat Tristan Witham to the basket during first-half action. A loss to Cascade two days later in the District runner-up game ended the Bearcats’ season. The Bearcat girls were more successful as they beat Lake Stevens in the runner-up game 46-45 to take the Districts second seed into the State Tournament. They will take on Inglemoor, date and time to be determined at press time.

Wesco 4A District Tournament

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Monroe Bearcat junior Katie Piland (left) has her layup tipped away by Snohomish Panther junior Madison Pollock during action at the Wesco 4A District Tournament at Everett Community College on Saturday, Feb. 14.

The Bearcats took charge of the game early and held a 15 point lead going into the half but things turned. The Bearcats second-leading scorer, sophomore Jadynn Alexander, injured her ankle late in the first half which sidelined her for the remainder of the game. With Alexander out and several players in foul trouble in the second half, the Panthers were able to hold the Bearcats to just 7 points in the half and came from behind to take the win 42-35. The Panthers finished the regular season with the number two seed into the district tournament and had a bye for the first round of tournament play. The Bearcats entered tournament play with the No. 3 seed and beat Mount Vernon 58-16 in first round action on Thursday, Feb. 12. The Panthers will move on to play Lake Stevens in the District Championship game on Thursday, Feb. 19. The Bearcats took on Kamiak in a loser-out game on Tuesday, Feb .17, after press time.

While the Panther girls were able to hold off the Bearcats in their game, the Panther boys were not as lucky. The Bearcat boys came back from a three point deficit at halftime to beat the Panthers 38-34 at Everett Community College after the girls’ game on Saturday, Feb. 14. The Panther boys also finished the regular season with the second seed and a first round bye. The Bearcat boys finished with the number three seed where they beat Mariner 41-37 in first round action on Thursday, Feb. 12.

boys basketballDoug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

Panther sophomore Kole Bride, Bearcat senior Alex Spahman, Panther senior Danny McGregor and Bearcat Tyler Koontz battle for a rebound in second-half action.

The Bearcats will move on to face Jackson in the District championship game on Thursday, Feb. 19 at Everett Community College while the Panthers faced Kamiak in a loser-out game on Tuesday, Feb. 17, after press time.

Published 021115

SNOHOMISH — LAKE STEVENS GIRLS BASKETBALL

Having already qualified for the Wesco 4A District tournament, which starts at Everett Community College this week, the Snohomish Panther girls showed their might on Friday, Feb. 6 by beating the Wesco 4A-leading Lake Stevens Vikings 45-38 in Snohomish. Junior Madison Pollock led the Panthers with 17 points with all but two points coming from the three-point range.

Doug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

Junior Madeline Smith (30) and Viking junior Hailey Wilson battle for a loose ball during the second-half. Smith finished the night with 13 points while the Vikings were led by freshman Kylee Griffen’s 12 points. With one game remaining in the regular season (played after press time), the Panthers are 11-8 (10-3 league).

In other prep sports news: The Snohomish boys basketball team defeated the Lake Stevens Vikings in Lake Stevens 62-49 on Friday, Feb. 6 to keep hold of second place in Wesco 4A at 13-6 (11-2 league). With only one game remaining in the regular season (played after press time), the Panthers will head into the district tournament at Everett Community College later this week. Both of the Monroe basketball teams will be heading to the district tournaments as the girls are 14-5 (10-3 league) and the boys 11-8 (9-4 league) at press time.
The Snohomish Panther wrestlers wrapped up their subregional tournament this past weekend at Cavalero Mid-HS in Lake Stevens and finished second overall behind Lake Stevens. Snohomish will host the regional tournament this weekend.

GLACIER PEAK GIRLS BASKETBALL

Glacier Peak Basketball

Doug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

Glacier Peak Grizzly senior Sadie Mensing (11) powers past Lynnwood sophomore Reilly Walsh (2). Mensing scored a total of 12 points in the Grizzlies 61-49 win in Snohomish on Friday, Feb.6.

The win signified a comeback from the Grizzlies who had lost their first game against the Royals 58-33 on Jan. 14. Sophomore Kayla Watkins led the Grizzlies with 16 points, while junior Natalie Rasmussen added with 13. The Grizzlies finish up the regular season this week and will head off to the 3A regional tournament at Jackson High School starting this upcoming weekend.

Game recap below.
In other news,
the Glacier Peak boys team clinched the Wesco 3A South title, having won four of their last six games. At press time the Grizzlies were 15-4 with one game remaining in the regular season and will be heading into postseason play.

Game Recap

“A second chance for Glacier Peak Lady Grizzlies”

After a hard midseason loss in their first game against the Lynnwood Royals, the Glacier Peak Lady Grizzlies, ranked fifth, came back with nothing short of a fight when they faced the No. 1 ranked Royals for a second time Feb. 6. The girls fought for the lead the entire first half, keeping the difference in score within single digits. As the half approached, Glacier Peak was down by 3 points 26-29. With less than 30 seconds left on the clock Glacier Peak sophomore Kayla Watkins made a crucial three-pointer bringing the Grizzlies up to 29 points to end the first half with a tie.
Lynnwood junior Mikayla Pivec came back from the half and brought the Royals to a 2 point lead, but it was quickly answered with a basket by Watkins. Glacier Peak came back from the half ready to win, scoring a total of 13 points in the third quarter, where Lynnwood had scored only 11. The scores were close coming into the fourth quarter with the score at 42-39 Grizzlies. The tables turned when Glacier Peak sophomore Paisley Johnson increased the Grizzlies’ lead with her three-pointer, bringing the score to 45-39. Lynnwood failed to fight their way back to the top, scoring only seven points in the last quarter compared to Glacier Peak’s 19 points. The Grizzlies took home the 61-49 lead, bringing them one step closer to qualifying for postseason.

Ex-Seahawk to coach Bearcats

Former Seattle Seahawk Michael Bumpus was announced head coach for the Monroe Bearcats football team. He replaces Brett Jay, who arrived as Bearcats head coach last fall. Jay resigned from the position to head back to coach a team in Eastern Washington.
Bumpus lives in Monroe with his wife, a Monroe High alumni, and their three children. He owns a local personal fitness business. “I’ve met many of the students already and will be spending time now building a relationship with the others,” he said. He was selected by a hiring team including students, parents, school staff and community members.

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