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Athletes provided many memorable moments in 2018 | Year in review


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2018 will go down as a year of state championships for Mill Creek prep athletes.

Jackson’s Jonathan Cook won two titles at the 4A state swimming championships and school-mate Daniel Arias capped his senior year with a first place finish in the 400-meter race at the state track and field meet. Glacier Peak’s Matthew King made a spectacular debut by capturing state championships in the 50 and 100 freestyles at the state swim meet.

Female athletes also stood tall with Glacier Peak’s Kiley Hubby winning her school’s first state girls wrestling title at Mat Classic XXX. Jackson also made history by winning the school’s first state softball championship.

Let’s takes a look back at these and other highlights from 2018.


Archbishop Murphy’s Williams qualifies for state in every event

Archbishop Murphy senior William Walters is going to have to make some decisions soon.

Walters became the first male Wildcat swimmer to qualify for state in every individual event.

At last year’s 2A state championships, Walter finished fourth in the 200-yard individual medley and fifth in the 100 backstroke.

“We haven’t made a final decision on what he’s swimming,” Archbishop Murphy coach Erin Edmondson said.

Fellow senior Ryan Price might be joining the club, as he has state cuts in every event but the 50 freestyle.

Price finished second in the 200 individual medley and finished seventh in the 100 butterfly at state. Price, who will be competing in the 200 individual medley, hasn’t settled on what second state event he will enter.

Wildcats join Wesco 3A

Archbishop Murphy High School will be joining the Western Conference for non-football sports starting with the 2018-19 school year.

Representative from Archbishop Murphy and the Western Conference agreed to terms after meeting with Washington Interscholastic Activities Association district directors on Sunday, Jan. 28.

School and league officials and administrators worked out the conditions of membership over the next two years, which will serve as a probationary period. The two parties will revisit the conditions after the end of the current classification cycle, which will come to a close after the 2020-21 season.

The Archbishop Murphy football team will play in a new 2A league. The Northwest Conference will include Lynden, Burlington-Edison, Sedro-Woolley, Lakewood, Mountlake Terrace, Cedarcrest, Sehome, Bellingham, Blaine and Anacortes.

Archbishop Murphy will continue be in the 2A classification for the postseason.

Jackson wraps up perfect season

The Jackson girls bowling team, which finished the season 12-0 in Wesco play, advanced three individuals to the state tournament.

Breanna Tolbert, Samantha Mutolo and Molly Jo Meyers are scheduled to compete Thursday and Friday, Feb. 1-2, in the 4A tournament at the Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place.


Jackson’s Cook wins pair of state titles

Jonathan Cook found himself in an unaccustomed position.

With 25 yards to go in the 100 breaststroke finals, the Jackson senior trailed Lake Stevens’ Alejandro Flores.

Cook was going for his sixth state title after handily winning the 200 individual medley earlier in the meet.

Could Cook summon the energy needed to win his final individual race?

“It all came together,” Cook said. “I pushed off that last 25 of the 100 breast. I decided I wasn’t going to lose. I decided I wanted it.”

In a finish too close for the naked eye to call, Cook edged Flores by .05 seconds to cap his remarkable high school career at the 4A state swimming championships Saturday, Feb. 17, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Cook finished in an automatic All-American time of 55.12 seconds, ahead of Flores, who clocked in at 55.17.

On a day when he admitted his times weren’t what he hoped they would be, Cook willed his way to becoming a three-time state champion in both the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.

“I was really proud of myself for getting through it,” said Cook, who also was named swimmer of the meet for the third straight year. “The times weren’t quite there. I definitely expect a lot out of myself. I think I didn’t put up as much as I wanted. I put up all that I had.”

Jackson coach Drew Whorley marveled at how Cook, who was .29 seconds behind Flores at the halfway point of the race, closed the gap in those final 25 yards of the 100 breaststroke.

“That just shows how much heart he swims with and how much determination he approaches everything with,” Whorley said. “I thought it was pretty poignant … not feeling quite the way he wanted to and he still managed to be the best breaststroker in the state.”

Glacier Peak’s King captures two state crowns

A year ago, Glacier Peak’s Matthew King was looking at the times of some of the results from the state swimming meet and came to a realization.

“I was like ‘Wait. I can win this thing,” King said. “Maybe I should try that out.”

So the Grizzly sophomore decided to join his high school swim team. A year later, King walked away with a pair of state titles at the 4A championships Saturday, Feb. 17, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

King took first in the 50-yard freestyle in automatic All-American time of 20.54 seconds and the 100 freestyle in an All-American consideration time of 45.74.

“It feels good. It’s something I’ve never experienced before,” King said of winning his first state titles. “It’s pretty nice.”

In a race where the margin of difference often is measured in tenths of a second, King finished .74 seconds ahead of runner-up Zach Washburn of Moses Lake in the 50 freestyle. The Glacier Peak sophomore actually placed ahead of runner-up Kyle Millis of Issaquah in the 100 freestyle by only .41 seconds.

Glacier Peak’s Hubby makes history

Kiley Hubby made history at Mat Classic XXX.

The sophomore standout became the first Glacier Peak girl wrestler to win a state wrestling title.

Hubby recorded a pin over Wahluke’s Laly Gonzalez-Nunez at the 1-minute, 12-second mark of their 145-pound championship match Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Tacoma Dome.

“It’s really good,” Hubby said of winning her first state title. “I had so much support from my family, my teammates, my coaches and I worked super hard this season and I’m really grateful.”

Hubby said that she went into the finals with the same mental approach she had in her other two matches at the state tournament.

“I just connected the moves together,” Hubby said of the pin. “I got out of position a few times, but I still was able to keep the pace forward and just kept working forward, pressuring forward.”

Once she got the upper hand over her opponent, Glacier Peak coach Bryan Mossburg expected Hubby to pin Gonzalez-Nunez.

“I figured she had a lot of time left on the clock and she was adjusting well,” Mossburg said. “I figured it was a matter of time. She knows how to finish.”

Jackson advances to district tourney

Jackson coach Steve Johnson entered the 2017-18 with more questions than answers about his team.

The Wolfpack featured five new starters, most of whom had very limited varsity experience.

But by the end of the season, the Timberwolves were playing like veterans as evidenced by their surprising 65-50 victory over Monroe, the No. 2 seed, in a loser-out 4A District 1 boys basketball game Thursday, Feb. 15, at Everett Community College.

Junior guard Ben Olesen scored 17 points and was one of four Timberwolves in double figures.

Monroe senior Colby Kyle finished with a game-high 34 points, despite being double-teamed all game. But he was the only Bearcat in double figures.

In their two previous clashes, Monroe beat Jackson. This time the Wolfpack decided to have two defenders guard Kyle.

“You could argue it didn’t work,” Jackson coach Steve Johnson said. “It’s not like we held in check. He had 34 points. I do think it got them out of rhythm. Their other guys weren’t able to get loose. Other guys weren’t really able to run their freedom of movement and motion. We thought we’d show them something slightly different defensively.”

Grizzlies fall in final seconds

Glacier Peak was seconds away from victory at the 4A state boys basketball tournament.

The Grizzlies held a 67-66 lead over Skyview and the Storm had just missed a shot with six seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Unfortunately for Glacier Peak, the ball bounced to Skyview’s Samaad Hector, who tipped the ball into the hoop for a game-winning putback basket that lifted the Storm to a 68-67 victory and broke the hearts of the Grizzlies at the Hardwood Classic Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the Tacoma Dome.

Glacier Peak immediately called a timeout with 5.1 seconds left in the game, but the Grizzlies weren’t able to advance the ball far up the court. A desperation shot from midcourt fell short and Skyview then ran out the clock, which had .9 seconds remaining.

Grizzlies coach Brian Hunter wasn’t sure if there was a tougher way to end the season.

“Our kids battled, played great basketball, made plays,” he said. “Skyview made a great play at the end, a putback. … It’s super hard. It’s about as hard as you can get.”

The back-and-forth game saw eight lead changes and was tied 10 times. Glacier Peak shot 51 percent (26 of 51) from the field and made 46 percent (11 of 24) of its 3-point shots. Skyview connected on 51 percent (27 of 53) of its field goals and shot 53 percent (10 of 19) from 3-point land. Both teams made only four free throws, though the Grizzlies were 4 of 5, while the Storm made 4 of 10.

“That was the best basketball team we’ve played this year I think,” Hunter said. “They’ve got kids that can shoot. … They hit timely shots.”


Archbishop Murphy takes second at state hoops tourney

For 16 minutes, Archbishop Murphy played like state champions.

The Wildcats jumped out to an 18-8 lead over W.F. West and went into halftime ahead 34-24 in the 2A state girls basketball championship game.

But in the second half, Archbishop Murphy went away from everything that was working in the first two quarters and the Bearcats took advantage to pull out a 64-52 victory in the Hardwood Classic Saturday, March 3, in the Yakima Valley SunDome.

W.F. West outscored the Wildcats 40-18 in the second half to claim its second state title in school history. Archbishop Murphy brought home a second place trophy for the second time to go with its 2009 hardware.

Despite the disappointment of coming so close to winning state, the Wildcats have a lot to be proud of, coach Cassie Snyder said.

“There are a lot of teams that didn’t make it there,” the Archbishop Murphy coach said. “Most teams didn’t make it to the championship game… They’re a very talented group and they had high expectations for themselves. No doubt they could have won that game. It’s sad to have it that close and have it slip away.”


Grizzlies defeat Knights in boys soccer clash

Glacier Peak moved into contention for the league title with a vital victory over Kamiak.

Three different Grizzlies scored goals in a 3-1 victory over the Knights in a Wesco 4A boys soccer game Monday, April 9, at Glacier Peak High School.

A 2-1 victory over Lake Stevens on Friday, April 13 and a 2-1 loss to Mount Vernon on Tuesday, April 17, left Glacier Peak tied for first place in the league standings with Kamiak and Mount Vernon. All three teams have 6-2-1 league records. The Vikings (6-3-0) are in fourth place.

“It’s a big win,” Glacier Peak coach Teddy Mitalas said after the Kamiak contest. “We were bunched up in first place. ... It’s going to be a tough road the second half of the season.There’re four of us that are just knocking each other off. I felt that this was probably our best game of the year so far.


Jackson ace shuts down Cascade

Jackson’s Case Matter pitched the game of life when it mattered the most.

The sophomore right-hander totally shut down Wesco 4A champion Cascade for 6 2/3 innings, allowing no hits and striking out 13 to lead the Timberwolves to a 3-0 victory in the 4A District baseball tournament championship game Thursday, May 10, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Matter was forced to exit the game due to reaching the 105-pitch count and freshman Evan Canfield came in to record the third out for the combined no-hitter.

“That was by far the best game I’ve ever pitched,” Matter said. “I consistently got ahead in the count. Even if I was down, I used my defense well and the three runs that we had really kept me going.”

Jackson coach Kirk Nicholson said that Matter threw the ball hard.

“What I saw was a guy throwing 86 to 87 and that’s pretty good,” he said. “The ball had some pop on it tonight and he’s got a fresh arm.”

Nicholson noted that a rule change that takes places next year would have allowed Matter to finish pitching to the third batter in the inning.

“I was so mad,” Matter said of having to be pulled. “My coach told me that next year they’re changing the rules so you can finish the batter. So that made me even more mad.”

Glacier Peak advances to quarterfinals

The Grizzlies earned their seventh trip to the state tournament in the last nine years by defeating Mount Vernon 3-0 in the district championship game Thursday, May 10, at Goddard Stadium.Glacier Peak is headed back to the state quarterfianls.

Keegan Rubio and Brandon Seed each scored a goal off assists from Hayden Rubio, as the Grizzlies defeated Olympic 2-0 in a first round 4A state boys soccer tournament game Tuesday, May 15, at Glacier Peak High School.

Jackson claims state softball championship

Jackson didn’t shy away from its goals.

At the start of the season, the Timberwolves agreed that at the top of the list was winning a state championship.

Unlike past years when the subject generally was not brought up, the players and coaches continued to discuss what they needed to do to win a 4A title throughout the regular season.

Jackson will have a lot more to talk about in the future as the Wolfpack cruised through the postseason, culminating with a 6-3 victory over Wesco 4A rival Monroe in the 4A state softball championship game Saturday, May 26, at the Dwight-Merkel Sports Complex in Spokane.

The state softball title is the first in school history.

“I think we have a permanent smile on our faces right now,” Jackson coach Kyle Peacocke said.

In 12 previous state tournaments appearances, the Wolfpack’s best finish was fourth place in 2016, which was the only time the team brought home any state trophy.

“I feel very honored,” senior catcher Sam Mutolo said of being part of the first Jackson team to win a state softball championship. “I’m just so proud of my team. We’ve been talking about it all year. It was surreal. For the past three years we shied away from talking about winning a state title. We didn’t want to jinx it.

“This year we went out for it. Straight from the start, we weren’t afraid.”

The Timberwolves (25-1) not only weren’t afraid, they welcomed the challenge of winning a state title.

“We decided that’s what we needed to talk about,” senior shortstop Kristina Day said. “It definitely helped us get there. … We knew what we could do. We believed in ourselves.”

Junior pitcher Iyanla “Ice” Pennington dominated the opposition as she did throughout the regular season. Pennington, who was named one of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Athletes of the Week, allowed only three runs and struck out 52 hitters in four games. The Jackson standout threw her third no-hitter of the season against Camas in the semifinals.

Jackson’s Arias takes first in 400 at state

Daniel Arias is well-known for his accolades on the football field, including being a standout wide receiver with a full-ride scholarship to University of Colorado waiting for him once he graduates.

On Saturday, May 26, the Jackson senior left his legacy elsewhere in the school’s record book, this time with his showing during the state track meet.

“Ever since I did track I’ve always had that mindset to work hard and set records at my school,” Arias said. “I’m doing track just to stay in shape for football, just because I know next year there’s going to be some top players I’m against.”

Despite the future in football that awaits him, Arias qualified for four state track events including the 100-, 200-, 400-meter events and the 1,600 relay.

While unable to qualify for the finals in the 100, Arias finished fourth in the 200, seventh in the 1,600 relay, and won a state championship in his signature event, the 400.

“Ever since last year, I was bummed out taking second place [in the 400 meter], so I had a clear mindset. I did off-season training and I was working all season for this,” Arias said.

Archbishop Murphy’s Sudol surprises with second place finish

Archbishop Murphy’s Holly Sudol wasn’t supposed to make the finals in the 300-meter hurdles at the 2A state track and field championships.

The junior has only been running the hurdles for a few months and had never competed in front of as many people as were at Saturday’s meet at Mount Tahoma High School.

“Yesterday, I PR’d (personal record) by over a second, so it was really shocking and I think that adrenaline was really helpful having all the people here,” Sudol said.

With a new personal best time under her belt, Sudol competed in the finals and finished in second place with a time of 45.15 seconds, less than .3 seconds off the leader.

Sudol’s state trip wasn’t done. She took home fourth place in the long jump and also ran with her teammates, Leah Chu, Claire Doud and Tia Asher in the 400 relay for the second time at state. This year the group grabbed a seventh place finish in the event.


Run of the Mill draws crowd

Over 500 athletes participated in this year’s Run of the Mill 5k race in Mill Creek on Saturday, June 30.

James Mwaura won the race with a time of 14 minutes 58 seconds and Katie Diekema was the top female finisher with a time of 18:21.

The 33rd showing of the Run of the Mill race anticipates raising $15,000 for local charities including the cross-country teams of Glacier Peak, Lake Stevens, Mariner and Jackson High Schools, as well as the track team at Jackson.

Additional charities receiving donations are the Northwest Aquatics Swim Club, the Mill Creek Kiwanis Club, Providence Hospital’s Linda Baltzell Cancer Patient Assistance Fund, the Washington State Cross Country Coaches Association and the Mill Creek Food Bank.


3-on-3 tourney draws basketball enthusiasts

The sun and temperatures that rose into the mid-80s did little to temper the energy and enthusiasm of players in the annual 3-on-3 Star Fest Basketball Tournament Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, at the Mill Creek Festival.

By the end of the weekend, 10 champions were crowned in the youth divisions and two teams won titles in the adult divisions.

The boys team champions were: The Harlem Buckets (third/fourth grade), Terror Squad (fifth grade), Goonies (sixth grade), Gimme Dat (seventh grade), Next Gen Hoops White (eighth grade), Fab4 2018 (eighth/ninth grade).

The girls champions were: Young Bombers (fourth/fifth grade), Team Baisy (sixth grade), Girls Can Dunk (seventh grade), Hickory Hoosiers (eighth grade).

The adult division champions were: Dirty Mike and the Boys (mens elite), Trial and Error (mens open).

Mill Creek advances to regionals

The Mill Creek Little League senior all-stars wrapped up their season with an appearance at the Senior League Baseball West Regional tournament in Sacramento, California.

Mill Creek, which defeated Redmond in the Washington State title game on July 10, went 1-2 in the tournament. Mill Creek defeated Montana 10-0 on July 19 but then lost 12-0 to eventual champion Hawaii on July 21. The all-stars then fell 7-4 to Arizona on July 22.

A day after the loss to Mill Creek, Montana had its gear stolen. In a act of sportsmanship, the Mill Creek players lent their equipment to the Montana team. Mill Creek also was selected to be one of the buddy teams for the Challenger games at the tournament. The Challenger Division is Little League’s adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges.


Glacier Peak opens with win

Talk about hitting the ground running.

Glacier Peak could not have asked for a better start to the season.

From start to finish in virtually all facets of the game, the Grizzlies had their way with Edmonds-Woodway, walloping their opponent 52-0 in a nonconference football game Friday, Aug 31, at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

“I think anytime you can start the season with as complete a game as this, that’s really exciting,” Glacier Peak coach Nick Bender said. “A lot of times at the beginning of the year there’s always kinds of miscues or issues or whatever.”

But aside from one turnover in which a short punt went off the helmet of a blocker, the Grizzlies played a nearly flawless contest.

Glacier Peak jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter before some fans had even settled into their seats. The Grizzlies added to their lead with a touchdown and field goal in the second quarter, two more touchdowns in the third quarter and a final TD in the fourth quarter.


Freshmen give Wildcats boost

Archbishop Murphy’s freshmen are helping to lead the charge.

With only seven upperclassmen – four seniors and three juniors – eight Wildcat freshmen are shouldering significant responsibilities and have responded well to the challenge.

Three weeks into the Wesco 3A girls soccer season, Archbishop Murphy currently is in a tie for second place in the league with Shorecrest and 2A rival Cedarcrest.

The Wildcats posted victories over Stanwood (2-1), Marysville-Pilchuck (2-1) and Everett (5-1) along with a 1-1 tie with Snohomish. Archbishop Murphy also beat Kamiak 3-2 and lost to Squalicum 2-0 in nonconference action.

“We’re excited. We’re very humble about it,” Wildcats coach Mike Bartley said of the team’s start to the season. “We want to work hard and play the right way. Everything is new.”

Of the 17 freshmen in the program, five are varsity starters.


Jackson takes district tennis titles

Jackson swept both the singles and doubles titles at the 4A District boys tennis tournament Oct. 16-17 at Glacier Peak High School. Sophomore Brady Thomas defeated Glacier Peak sophomore Dario Ristovski 6-1, 6-0 in the singles finals. Jackson seniors Anju Vimawala and Daniel Sohn beat teammates Armaan Sharma and Sam Wang 6-4, 6-2 in the doubles finals.

Jackson drops district contest

It was the game that would not end.

Jackson was leading 1-0 and appeared to be on its way to a victory and a state berth when Redmond tied the score with a goal in the 72nd minute.

Neither team could muster another score in the final eight minutes of regulation or in the two five-minute overtime periods.

That’s when the fun began.

The two teams were tied at 1 after the first two rounds of the shootout. Then each team’s shooter started making goal after goal after goal.

After 12 rounds of penalty kicks, the Timberwolves and Mustangs remained deadlocked. Redmond again converted to start the 13th round and then the Mustang goalkeeper launched herself to her left and knocked down Jackson’s shot attempt to secure a 2-1 victory in a winner-to-state Wes-King 4A District girls soccer tournament game Tuesday, Oct. 30 at Everett Memorial.


Glacier Peak falls in playoffs

Glacier Peak’s season came to a disappointing end.

Eastlake defeated the Grizzlies 25-9 in a 4A district football playoff game Saturday, Nov. 3, at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Snohomish.

The loss, however, couldn’t overshadow what was a successful season for Glacier Peak, which suffered only its second loss of the year. The other was to Wesco 4A champion Lake Stevens, who is playing in the state quarterfinals this weekend.

“I’m beyond proud with the entire program,” Glacier Peak coach Nick Bender said. “We have four losses total over three teams (varsity, junior varsity and freshman). The kids really bought into everything. Hopefully, this is the start of something great.”

Jackson’s Skoog earns medal

All of the hard work Jackson’s Joseph Skoog paid off in the biggest race of the season.

Skoog took third place at the 4A state boys cross country championships Saturday, Nov. 3, at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.

Skoog finished with a time of 15 minutes, 21.50 seconds, not far behind Mount Si’s Joe Waskom (15:16.20) and Eisenhower’s Jonas Price (15:21.50).

The Jackson senior made quite a climb up the standings from last year’s state meet, where he finished 41st overall.

“I’m proud of myself,” Skoog said. “It was definitely great to see it all come together, all the hard work.”

Jackson’s Chang accomplishes rare feat

Jackson’s Mia Chang is a triple threat.

And not in the way you might think.

The Wolfpack sophomore closed out the 4A state girls swimming championships with a feat not likely to be repeated anytime soon.

Chang swam in back-to-back individual events and then was the anchor on the Wolfpack’s 400-yard freestyle team Saturday, Nov. 10, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

About two hours earlier, the Jackson standout also helped the 200 medley relay team to a fifth-place finish. But the end of the meet was where Chang made the biggest impression.

Chang finished third in the 100 backstroke finals with a time of 56.55 seconds, which virtually matched her time of 56.54 in Friday’s preliminaries. Tahoma’s Hanna Weissman captured the race in 55.54.

Minutes later, Chang won the 100 breaststroke consolation finals in 1:05.54, well below her prelim time of 1:08.39. Chang officially finished ninth but her time actually was the sixth fastest time in the event.

The Jackson sophomore then wrapped up her busy night by anchoring the Timberwolves to a fifth-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. Chang and teammates Emily Mun, Caitlyn Anderson and Heidi Ly finished in 3:37.36, more than a second faster than during the prelims.


Glacier Peak reloads with talent

The departure of two first-team, all-league players might be cause for concern for most programs.

It’s pretty clear the Glacier Peak girls basketball team is the exception to the rule.

Even though they lost Abbie Juozapaitis to graduation and Alexyss Newman when she moved back to Arizona, the Grizzlies head into season as many people’s favorite in the Wesco 4A.

“There’s a lot of talent and a lot of speed,” coach Brian Hill said of the Glacier Peak roster. “If you get the talent to catch up to their speed, it’ll be pretty fun.”

Senior point guard Haley Grambo is the lone returning starter from last year’s team, which finished second in the league behind Lake Stevens and advanced to the state regional tournament.

Hill describes the Grizzlies as a young veteran team.

“We’re young, but there are a lot of veterans players that we still have,” Hill said.


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