Remembering an action-packed 2016 in Mill Creek sports
Last updated 1/6/2017 at Noon
Mill Creek athletes provided many memorable moments in 2016.
Archbishop Murphy had two teams win state titles and two Jackson swimmers and a Glacier Peak diver also won state crowns.
Here is a look back at some of the accomplishments of Mill Creek’s top athletes.
Jackson stages rally but come up short
Few would have blamed Jackson if it would have quit after a disastrous first half that saw the Timberwolves trail Monroe 15-2 early in the first quarter and 40-19 at halftime.
But the Wolfpack regrouped at halftime and chipped away the deficit until it was 7 points late in the fourth quarter before finally succumbing to the Bearcats 51-44 in a loser-out 4A District 1 girls basketball tournament game Feb. 16 at Everett Community College.
Jackson’s Cook wins state swim crowns
The 2016 4A state swimming championships was a meet to remember for Jonathan Cook.
The Jackson sophomore took home a pair of first-place medals in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke and also was named the Swimmer of the Meet Feb. 20 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way’
Cook finished the 200 individual medley in 1 minute, 49.55 seconds, more than two seconds faster than his time in the preliminaries. He completed the 100 breaststroke in 56.08, dropping more than a second from his prelim heat.
“It felt great,” said Cook, who finished third in the 100 breaststroke and ninth in the 200 freestyle as a freshman.
Glacier Peak diver taking 3A title
Connor May’s performance in the state diving finals wasn’t the best of his career.
But it easily eclipsed his rivals and more than impressed the judges, as the Glacier Peak junior cruised to a first-place finish at the 3A State Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 20 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
May, who transferred to Glacier Peak after moving from Colorado last year, finished with 461.05 points, far ahead of second-place finisher Jon Netzel of Shelton, who had 409.55.
Grizzlies capture district soccer title
Glacier Peak was expecting a tough game against Edmonds-Woodway.
The Grizzlies weren’t disappointed, as the two teams battled to a scoreless first half before Glacier Peak pushed across two goals in the second half to prevail 2-0 in a Wesco 3A boys soccer game April 29 at Edmonds Stadium.
Daniel Guerrero scored first off a free kick and Conner Seed followed with the second goal.
Glacier Peak wins district baseball title
The hits just keep on coming for Glacier Peak.
Geoff Rogers drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Grizzlies to a 5-4 victory over Lynnwood in the 3A District 1 baseball championship game May 16 at Everett Memorial Stadium.
This is Glacier Peak’s second district title in school history to go along with its first-ever league title.
Archbishop Murphy defends soccer title
Daniel Mycroft is listed as a freshman on the Archbishop Murphy boys soccer roster.
You wouldn’t know that after watching his stunning performance during the state boys soccer semifinal and championship games.
The freshman goalkeeper from Mukilteo displayed veteran poise beyond his years in not one, but two pressure-packed shootouts, to lead the Wildcats to their second straight title.
Mycroft recorded a pair of saves, including the game-winner in the fifth round, as Archbishop Murphy edged Quincy 2-1 in the 2A state championship contest May 28 at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.
Less than 24 hours earlier at the same venue, Mycroft also recorded a pair of saves in a shootout to help the Wildcats to a 1-0 victory over Sehome in the semifinals.
Jackson finishes 4th in 4A state softball
Jackson rebounded from a tough first round loss at the 4A state softball tournament to string together four straight victories and came home with a fourth place trophy.
The Wolfpack lost 2-1 to Richland in nine innings in the third/fourth place game May 28 at the Merkel Sports Complex in Spokane.
“The players put together their goals at the beginning of the year,” Jackson coach Kyle Peakcoke said. “We had wanted to win the district title and bring back a trophy from the state tournament.”
Jackson advances to state quarterfinals
Jackson had scoring opportunities early on but wasn’t able to cash in on them.
Skyline took advantage of its chances, scoring two goals in the first half, and went on beat the Timberwolves 3-1 in a 4A state quarterfinal girls soccer game at Skyline High School.
Jackson’s Limberg wins three state titles
Jackson senior Nicole Limberg wrapped up her storied high school career with a record breaking performance.
Limberg won her third straight 100-yard breaststroke to become the Timberwolves one and only three-time state champion at the 4A state swimming and diving meet. The Wolfpack standout won two other state titles, successfully defending her 200 individual medley title and helping the Jackson to a first place finish in the 200 medley relay.
Wildcats take 3rd in volleyball, soccer
The Archbishop Murphy volleyball team’s bid for a state title was derailed by eventual champion Tumwater, who beat Archbishop Murphy 3-0 in a semifinal match Nov. 12 at St. Martin’s University in Lacey.
The loss turned out to be the only one for Archbishop Murphy, as the Wildcats rebounded to defeat White River 3-0 in the third/fourth place match.
The Archbishop Murphy girls soccer team came home with a third-place trophy, after a 4-2 victory over Selah Nov. 19 at Shoreline Stadium.
Wildcats claim 2A state football crown
The Archbishop Murphy football team overcame all of the obstacles thrown at them during a tumultuous season and achieved a goal the players set a year ago, by defeating Liberty (Issaquah) 56-14 in the state championship game on Dec. 3 at the Tacoma Dome.