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Publishied 041515

SNOHOMISH — CASCADE BASEBALL

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Snohomish Panther sophomore shortstop Kyle Sandifer attempts a double play throw to first base after putting out Cascade Bruin senior runner Austin Pinorini in the sixth inning of the Panthers’ 10-0 win in Everett on Friday, April 10.
The Panthers pulled off a two game sweep of Cascade with Friday’s win and a 4-2 win over the Bruins on Wednesday, April 8.The Panthers (9-0) remain the only Wesco 4A team to be undefeated. On the hill, the Glacier Peak Grizzlies beat Meadowdale in the opening game of a three-game series, however, lost the final two as they are 6-6 (6-4 league) to sit in second place of the Wesco 3A-2A South standings.

GLACIER PEAK — STANWOOD SOCCER

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On a corner kick towards the goal Glacier Peak Grizzly junior Tyler Mikulsky (16) misses on a header as the ball sails past him and Stanwood Spartan goal keeper Jason Isakson (left) and past the goal during first-half action of the Grizzlies 4-0 win on Wednesday April 8. The Grizzlies won both of their games last week to improve their record to 5-3 (3-1 league) on the season.
In other soccer news, the Snohomish Panthers fought to a 1-1 tie with the Lake Stevens Vikings in their only game of last week and fell into second place of the Wesco 4A with a record of 4-0-1 league, 6-0-1 overall. The Monroe Bearcats (0-7-0) continue to look for their first win of the season after losses to Mount Vernon and Mariner last week. The Everett Seagulls also have yet to win this season as they are 0-6-2 on the season.

Published 040815

SNOHOMISH — MONROE BASEBALL

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Snohomish Panther Josh Johnston slides safely into second base on a steal as Monroe Bearcat junior shortstop Hayden Curnutt catches the throw from the plate during the Panthers’ 1-0 win over the Bearcats at Earl Torgeson Field in Snohomish on Wednesday, April 1. Ryan Sandifer pitched his third complete game win of the season by striking out 12 Bearcat batters while giving up just one walk. The Panthers went on to beat the Bearcats again 6-3 in Monroe on Friday, April 3 to complete a sweep and stay undefeated with an 8-0 record. The Bearcats have yet to get their first win as they are 0-7.
In other sports, the Panthers’ girl’s tennis team and boy’s soccer teams also remain undefeated after the third week of the spring sports season. The Monroe Bearcats softball team is also on a roll as they are undefeated at 6-0.

Published 040115

Doug’s sports update
Results by school:

Snohomish
It was nearly a perfect week for the Snohomish Panthers last week as the baseball and tennis teams went undefeated while the softball team was 1-1. After a 7-1 win over Arlington on Monday, March 23, the softball team’s following game in Monroe was rained out and rescheduled for Thursday, April 2. The Panthers lost 4-1 to Woodinville on Thursday. The Panthers’ baseball team beat Arlington 7-2, Stanwood 4-0 and Meadowdale 8-3 last week to keep their undefeated record intact. Girl’s tennis also kept themselves undefeated with a 4-3 win over Jackson and a 7-0 win over Mount Vernon to complete last week.
Glacier Peak
At Glacier Peak, the Grizzly tennis team is undefeated as they head into the third week of the season. The girls held both Oak Harbor and Lynnwood scoreless last week as they blanked both schools 7-0. After losing their first two games, the
baseball team improved to 3-2 by winning all three of their games last week. The softball team won their lone game of the week beating Shorewood 11-2.
Everett Seagulls
The Seagull softball team opened the season with two impressive wins beating cross-town Cascade 13-0 and Mount Vernon 16-7. The team started last week losing to Jackson 7-4 but rebounded to shut out Mount Vernon 10-0 on Friday, March 27. On the school’s other diamond, the baseball team opened the season with a 2-1 win over Mariner, however went 0-2 last week with a 19-0 loss to Cascade and an 8-4 loss to Lakewood on Saturday, March 28.
Monroe
The soccer, baseball and tennis teams are all looking for their first wins this season. The Monroe Bearcat softball team is the one bright spot in this year’s spring sports season. The Bearcat softball team is having a strong winning season as they remain undefeated (5-0) and have out scored their opponents 45-9 during the first two weeks of the season.
— Doug Ramsay

SNOHOMISH ­— MONROE SOCCER

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Snohomish Panther freshman Hal Uderitz (right) is pursued by Monroe Bearcat senior Lupe Aguirre during first-half action
of the Panthers’ 1-0 win at Veteran’s Memorial Stadium in Snohomish on Friday, March 27. After a scoreless first-half,
sophomore Jason Fairhurst broke the deadlock with the game’s only goal in the second half. The win keeps the Panthers (4-0-0) as one of two undefeated teams in the Wesco 4A standings with Mount Vernon being the other. The Bearcats, on the other hand, have yet to win, holding a record of 0-4-0 on the season. The Panthers traveled to Mount Vernon to take on the Bulldogs on Monday, March 30 after press time.
In other soccer news, the Glacier Peak Grizzlies (2-2-0) opened last week with a 3-1 win over Stanwood then took a 4-1 loss to Skyline on Wednesday, March 25. The Grizzlies began Wesco 3A/2A conference play on Tuesday, March 31 by hosting the Lynnwood Royals.
The Everett Seagulls have yet to win their first game of the season as they are 0-3-2 for the season. After tieing 3-3 with Lynnwood on Tuesday, March 24, the Gulls were beaten 5-0 by Mountlake Terrace on Thursday, March 26.

 

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Raceway officials watch from the flagger’s tower as several cars race
around the track at the Evergreen Speedway during time trials on Saturday, March 28.
The speedway at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe opened its 61st season of racing on April 4 with a Seahawk celebration featuring appearances of the Seahawk mascot Blitz and the Seahawk Sea Gals.

Published 032515

SoftballDoug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

Panther freshman second baseman Joy Winston completes a double-play throw after putting out Grizzly senior Madalyn Ferrard (8). Following the win, the Panthers beat the Redmond Mustangs on the road 10-0 two days later to complete the perfect opening week.

Returning to the field after clinching last year’s 4A District title the Snohomish Panthers’ softball team are showing that they still have the stuff to win as they are undefeated (3-0) to open this year’s season. After a 5-1 win over Skyline High School in Sammamish on Monday, March 16, the Panthers faced cross-district Glacier Peak at home on Wednesday, March 18 with an 11-0 win.
With senior Morgan Greenlee behind the plate catching, her freshman sister Bailey took charge of the game from the pitching circle by putting out the first three Grizzly batters. One of seven freshmen on this year’s Panther roster, Greenlee was credited with her second win of the season. She struck out three while giving up just one hit in four innings of work.

The Grizzlies traveled to Mount Vernon the following day and beat the Bulldogs 20-7. The Grizzlies will host the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors on Wednesday March 25 in their home opener. It will be the team’s first chance of playing on their home field since arson fires in late February destroyed both dugouts and damaged the bleachers at Glacier Peak’s softball field.

soccerGrizzly sophomore Cage Roberg (left) and Panther junior Thomas McKeown take to the air for a header, while Grizzly senior Alex Bergstrom (center) watches during first-half action. The Panthers stay undefeated at 2-0 while the Grizzlies are 1-1-0 to open the season.

After wins by the Snohomish Panther softball and baseball teams over their cross-district rivals the Glacier Peak Grizzlies earlier in the week, the Panther boys’ soccer team completed a clean sweep with a 4-2 win on Friday, March 20. The Panthers netted the game’s first goal, however the Grizzlies rallied with two late first-half goals to take a 2-1 lead into the half. Down but not out, the Panthers, who are the State 4A defending champions, regrouped and mounted their own rally scoring three goals in the second-half to take the win. Senior Blake Crutchfield scored the Panthers lone first-half goal and assisted in two of the second-half goals.

Published 031815

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Snohomish’s Helen Bouchard, a junior at Glacier Peak High School, breaks past Wenatchee Valley’s Kirsten Walker during second-half action of Snohomish Lacrosse’s 16-2 win over Wenatchee Valley on Tuesday, March 10.

Hannah Graves, a junior at Glacier Peak, and Jackie Shaff, a senior at Glacier Peak, combined for seven goals to lead Snohomish in the season opening game. While lacrosse is not a WIAA-sanctioned high school prep sport, the Snohomish team is made up with players from Snohomish, Glacier Peak, Monroe, Lake Stevens and Archbishop Murphy high schools. County-wide, all of the spring sports teams begin their seasons this week.

Lady Panthers tennis team a tight-knit powerhouse

TennisSNOHOMISH — The Snohomish High School girls’ tennis team has had a banner few seasons. The team only lost one match in the past two years. 
This season, with 10 seniors part of the varsity and junior varsity team of 30, head coach Dick Jansen said last week that his girls are more than ready. 
The Lady Panthers’ tennis season kicked off Monday, March 16 with a game against Edmonds-Woodway.
At a practice last week, Jansen had the girls start out with running a few laps around the courts and doing tennis drills. With their rackets and neon yellow balls fresh from the can, the girls naturally went to work. The 10 seniors volleyed against the underclassmen and Jansen paced behind a few court baselines to call out critiques and encouragements.
The balls bounced furiously between flashes of rackets and arms, and that’s by design. 
“We subscribe to an ultra-aggressive doubles play at the net,” Jansen said. “Other (high school team) coaches have complimented that style. We work, and we drill at it.”
Jansen looked over his small legion of girls and said he was proud of the program he’s developed, but said it’s really working with the kids and keeping up their good attitudes is what drives him. 
The seniors, for their part, said they’d keep up the camaraderie that they experienced as freshmen and sophomores.
“The seniors would make pancakes or we’d have team huddles — get each other fired up,” senior Katie Doucette, 18, said. “They were great role models to us and we plan to be the same.”
The girls shared that during their undefeated season last season, their then-team captain, Caroline Dreher, would give her younger teammates a card with one word on it for them to focus on and think about in order to concentrate their mindset for their matches. 
“Tennis involves a lot of focus,” Doucette said. “But if you overthink it while you’re playing a match, that could mess you up. You’ve just got to focus on maybe that one word or your form and play.”
Dreher, today a freshman at Pacific Lutheran University, now plays as the No.1 seed singles player within her team, which is uncommon for a freshman.
Team captains are yet to be the decided, but the team leadership roles will be shared by all of the seniors, according to the senior girls.
“I love the team, I always have,” senior Michaela Flitsch, 17, said. “Tennis (season) is just at that time of year where the sun starts coming out, everyone is happy. This year we’re going to have fun.”
Jansen gives all his players fun nicknames and for Doucette and Flitsch, they are called ‘Douce’ and ‘Mick.’ The girls in turn call their beloved coach a nickname: ‘J-Money.’
This is Jansen’s 46th season coaching the Snohomish tennis teams. 
“He really is an awesome coach and has so much knowledge of the sport,” ‘Douce’ and ‘Mick’ said of ‘J-Money.’ “He is great to play for.”
Jansen came to Snohomish in 1968 as a history teacher when he was approached by the then-tennis coach of the team. 
“I didn’t know a thing about tennis when I first came here,” Jansen said. “I had a baseball background. But I did a few coaches clinics and learned the sport, and just fell in love with the game. These are great students, they’re all bright
kids – why wouldn’t you want to be involved?!”
Jansen hinted that some people have asked him when he’ll hand over the coach’s whistle and retire, but he quickly rebutted that he’s still enjoying coaching.
Focusing on his 10 senior girls this season, Jansen implied that having the majority of the talent be upperclassmen could be
scary, but not in his case. 
“This year, with 10 senior girls, some would say it’s not good to have a senior-heavy program,” he said. “But, they’ve come through the system since freshman year, they’ve stuck with it and these girls have worked hard and deserve to be here. And, they’re good for the underclassmen.”
This year, the Lady Panthers will fight on to keep up their already stunning matches record. 
Jansen said he expects their hardest opponents this season will be the Kamiak, Lake Stevens
and Jackson high school tennis teams. 

 

Published 031115

Doug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

baseballSNOHOMISH BASEBALL
Snohomish Panther senior Ben Dmochowsky hits the ball while taking batting practice in the hitting cage last week. All of the school’s spring sports teams began practicing on Monday, March 2, with the season starting for many of the teams on March 17. The Panthers open their season at home against Mountlake Terrace on March 18 before traveling up the hill to Glacier Peak for the annual cross-district game against the Grizzlies the following day. The Panthers will begin league play on April 1st and 3rd with a two game series against the Monroe Bearcats.

Doug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

TennisTENNIS
Having lost just one match in the past two seasons, the Snohomish Panther girls tennis team will be a dominating presence in the Wesco 4A again this year as they open their season on March 16 against Edmonds-Woodway at home. Above left, senior Melinda Groenewegen returns a serve during team practice on Friday, March 6. The Snohomish Panther boy’s soccer team will be the first to open the spring sports season with a game against the Skyline Spartans this Saturday, March 14 in Sammamish and will take on the always tough Glacier Peak Grizzlies March 20 at Glacier Peak.

Doug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

SoftballSOFTBALL
Freshman Natalie Ream reaches down to snag a grounder during an infield drill last week as the Snohomish Panthers gear up for the upcoming season in which they will be defending the District Title that they won last season. The Panthers open the season on March 16 against the Skyline Spartans in Sammamish and will face Glacier Peak in the cross-district rivalry at home on March 18. The Panthers first league game will be March 25 when they take on the Monoe Bearcats.

Little LeagueDoug Ramsay photo, dougramsayphoto.photoshelter.com

Spring comes early with the start of Little League
Abe Affholter, 12, of Everett swings at a pitch during batting drills at the team’s first of the season practice on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Garfield Park.

 

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Colin Stout, 11, of Everett prepares to catch the ball during infield drills at Garfield Park.

For more information visit www.everettlittleleague.org.
For those in the greater Snohomish area that would like to learn more about Little League, visit www.northsnohomishbaseball.com.

 

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.

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