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Sports - Year in Review
The sixth year of the millennium featured new head coaches at both Darrington and Arlington high schools, saw the passing of a beloved teacher and coach, a AHS state-champion wrestler acknowledged for his refereeing expertise, an Eagle student-athlete play at the home of the Seattle Mariners and sign a letter of intent for the University of Washington among other headline grabbing stories.
The Eagles wrestling team started off 2006 with a convincing 63-15 dual-meet victory at Mount Vernon High School Thursday, Jan. 5.
The Eagles boys basketball team rebounded from defeats to M-PHS and Meadowdale to triumph over Fife 92-59 and Oak Harbor 67-54 to begin January.
On the opposite spectrum, the Lady Eagles lost their fourth game in a row with losses to Sehome (62-53) and Oak Harbor (70-55). Randi Richardson scored a combined 45 points in the two losses.
At the base of the Whitehorse Mountains the Loggers boys basketball team improved to 4-2 in Northwest A/B League play with a 46-45 victory over visiting La Conner Friday, Jan. 6. Andy Olsen led DHS with 11 points in the victory and Mike Parris contributed 10.
The Lady Loggers picked up their second league victory with a 48-26 defeat of La Conner at home. Jamie Fromong and Kristi Turner led Darrington with 16 points apiece.
The AHS wrestling team took advantage of special lighting to defeat Wesco North foe M-P, 36-31, at home Jan. 13.
Our league is tough, but thats a good thing, head coach Jim Smoots said. If you won every match, then you wouldnt know how much you match up once the postseason rolls around. Tonight was good for wrestling and it was good for the sport.
The team placed sixth out of 18 teams at the annual Marysville Premier Wrestling Tournament. The Eagles were led by seven wrestlers in the top five. They were Rob Nagel in third place at 119 pounds, Michael Guzman in second place at 135 pounds, Zach Byers in second place at 145 pounds, James Spear in third place at 152 pounds, Matt Irwin in fifth place at 160 pounds, Justin Myers in third place at 171 pounds and Greg Ballew in third place at 275 pounds.
Byers, Irwin, Nagel, Guzman and Jennifer Jayne all represented AHS at the Mat Classic state tournament Feb. 17-18 at the Tacoma Dome.
Nagel wrestled his way to an eighth-place finish and Jayne pinned all of her opponents en route to a state championship. My goal was to pin all the girls I can, the euphoric teen said afterward.
AHS senior David Griffiths was voted as honorable mention for his work on the basketball team and Richardson of the Lady Eagles was selected to the first team.
The Lady Eagles fastpitch softball team enacted the mercy rule on Squalicum with a 13-1 non-league victory in the early part of their season.
Just a matter of feet away, the AHS baseball team picked up their first win of the season against the same Storm team from Bellingham 4-2.
Doug Plucker began his tenure as the new head coach of the baseball team.
After dropping their first five league games of the season, the Eagles won back to back games against Mount Vernon (5-3) and M-P (10-9).
League wins are nice, they keep you coming back to the ballpark with a little extra step the next day, Plucker said after defeating MV.
The Darrington Loggers baseball team fell to 4-5 in Northwest 1A/2B action with a 5-3 loss to the visiting Concrete Lions under the shadow of the snowcapped Whitehorse Mountains.
The struggling Eagles soccer team fell to 0-12-0 on the season with a 3-1 loss to M-P at home.
Its awesome in the locker room, coach Mike Gudgeon said. This was a real character building game. The guys are fired up and want to do better each and every time they take the field.
The Eagles golf team lost to Oak Harbor 405 to 398 and rebounded to place second among four Wesco North teams.
Junior Alex Hedlund was the medalist at Kayak Point Golf Course with a 2 over par 74. It was Hedlunds third individual win in the last four matches.
The Eagles soccer team made history by scoring two goals in one game in their season finale against Monroe, but it wasnt enough in a 5-2 loss. The defeat finished their season at 0-16.
After a heartbreaking 7-5 loss to M-P, the Lady Eagles fastpitch softball team rallied at home to defeat Oak Harbor 2-1 and improve their record to 11-6 overall.
Senior Brooklyn Holton placed seventh in the state at the Star Track XXIV state championships in Pasco to highlight the Eagles representation among the elite track and field athletes.
On the gridiron, AHS saw a changing of the guard when John Boitano retired after 14 seasons at the helm of the football team and was replaced by Tim Tramp.
Tramp came to AHS from Lake Washington High School, where he propelled the Kangaroos to a 44-34 record in his eight seasons, including two state playoff berths and a Kingco 4A title in 2004.
I have some great memories and am very proud of the accomplishments while I was at LW, Tramp said. Arlington seems a perfect fit for me a very supportive community. My hope is to continue what Coach Boitano has started.
On the links, Lady Eagle senior Kalan Smith finished her high school career by placing 13th at the par 72 Hangmans Valley Golf Course in Spokane.
The two-day 4A State competition featured a field of approximately 110 golfers.
Craig Crawford, a Masters Touch Christian School freshman, was crowned as the Washington State B golf champion.
Head coach Verlin Elmore said, his steady and consistent driving, irons and putting was the key to winning.
Darrington sophomore Jordan Corley was selected to play in the USA Junior Nationals International Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio from July 24-30.
Im really excited, because it gives me the opportunity to meet new people, she said. I get to do something I enjoy.
In Arlington, 1981 Washington state wrestling champion Rich Senff was honored by the Washington Officials Association as the 2006 wrestling referee of the year.
The 22-year owner of Action Sports in downtown Arlington began grappling his freshman year at AHS at the advice of his frosh football coach and older brother.
I didnt even know I was nominated, Senff said of the recognition. I got a letter saying congratulations. Its quite the honor. There are hundreds of referees, even in wrestling. To even be nominated is an honor.
AHS senior southpaw pitcher Joey Dettrich realized a dream in mid-August as a representative of the Pacific Northwest all-stars at Safeco Field. Dettrich, who has made a commitment to play for the University of Washington, recorded two strikeouts in his two innings of work in a 6-5 victory over Southern California in the inaugural Mariner Cup.
I felt pretty good out there, he said dressed in a genuine Mariners jersey. I didnt have my best game, but I felt like I did alright.
The past couple of nights its been hard to sleep at night, he admitted afterward. But Ive had fun playing among the best of the best.
2006 AHS graduate Paul Sparky Swesey signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Whittier College, a four-year independent liberal arts college in Orange County, Calif.
My parents have been incredibly supportive in my scholastic and academic pursuits throughout life, he said after making it official in front of his father Patrick and assistant coach Nick Brown.
The Lady Eagles soccer team did something their male counterparts were unable to do through their 16 game season ---win their season opener.
The Eagles shutout Oak Harbor 3-0 at John C. Larson stadium behind the strong play of junior goalkeeper Andrea Parlin and goals from Kristina Longosky, Kristen Allen and Roxanne Pederson.
The Lady Loggers volleyball team got their season off on a winning note with a 3-0 sweep of Chief Leschi. Mandy Powell had 22 assists and Jill Frable was 17-for-18 serving in the non-league victory.
In late September, the team improved to 4-2 in league play and 6-2 overall with 3-0 sweeps of Friday Harbor and Sultan.
On the gridiron, the Eagles challenged the Stanwood Spartans in the annual Stilly Cup rivalry before coming up short in the end with a 14-6 loss on the road.
Junior wide receiver Jerad Barber hauled in a 15-yard pass from senior quarterback Trevor Milless on Arlingtons opening drive.
Milless, playing in his final Stilly Cup, said he and his teammates had a lot of effort but came up short in the end.
It felt like we had it, he said in an emotional post-game gathering friends and family. Offensively, it felt like it was going to start clicking after our opening touchdown, but things just didnt go our way. We just lost it I guess.
The Eagles cross country team participated in the 23rd annual Hole in the Wall Lakewood invitational in early October and the girls finished 10th out of 16 teams while their male counterparts also came in 10th-place, out of 17 teams.
Kristina Bosket paced the Lady Eagles to a 12th overall finish and Paul Simbeck led the boys with a 13th place effort.
The Eagle football team stole the thunder from Monroes Homecoming celebration with a 33-28 win, their first under coach Tramp.
Barber scored three touchdowns to pace the Eagles on the Friday the 13th victory.
The Lady Loggers volleyball team improved upon their 9-12 2005 record only to see their 2006 campaign end at the hands of Shoreline Christian 3-0 in early November.
Darrington finished 13-11 overall.
The Lady Eagles soccer team battled the elements at Edmonds Stadium and after defeating Mount Vernon 1-0 fell to Shorecrest 2-1 to end an otherwise successful season at 4-11-5 overall.
Paul Simbeck, Luke Passalacqua and Kristina Bosket represented the AHS harriers at the 3A state cross country championships.
The trio competed at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco and fared quite well in their first appearance among their fleet footed peers. Bosket placed 76th out of 136, Simbeck 77th and Passalacqua out of 143 total harriers.
I told the kids that getting there (to state) was the huge accomplishment, coach Mike Shierk said. They all raced well. I was really proud of the way they raced there and competed at the elite level.
Beloved teacher and coach loses battle with cancer
August 5 was a sad day for the Darrington community as it saw the passing of longtime teacher and football coach Rob Wales.
Wales died at the age of 46 after a two-year battle with cancer.
He was a very sociable and outgoing person, said Bob Wales, Rob Wales father. He loved being with people and his family especially kids.
Wales taught English and coached football in Darrington for 19 years, the first as an assistant football coach and the last 18 at the helm of the Loggers.
Wales is survived by his parents Bob and Betty, son Dane, 18, and twin 13-year-old daughters Randi and Hailey.