2007 Sports Year in Review

Cougar captains from left Josh Spears, Marcus Harkins, Dallas Smith, and Ryan Martin lead the young Cougar baseball team this season. -
Cougar captains from left Josh Spears, Marcus Harkins, Dallas Smith, and Ryan Martin lead the young Cougar baseball team this season.
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AHS wrestlers go 2-1
in league matches

The Eagles wrestling squad went 2-1 in 72 hours of Wesco North league action Jan. 23-25 and regained the Battle of the Bull trophy after a six-year absence.
Two days after an emotional victory that saw the return of the Battle of the Bull trophy, the Eagles honored their senior wrestlers before facing the Cascade Bruins Jan. 25. In addition to being the last home match of their AHS career for the Class of 2007, it was also the third Wesco North battle in as many days.
Just in case that wasnt enough to fire up the Eagles, it also served as the debut of Cascade coach and veteran AHS teacher Todd Freeman.
After jumping out to a 29-0 lead, the Eagles used the remnants of fuel in their reserve tanks for a 46-27 victory in front of a large audience. Arlington improved to 3-5 in league competition and 12-6 overall while the Bruins fell to 1-6, 1-7.


Playoff losses
and LHS season
A pair of district playoff loses Feb. 22 and 24 heralded the end of the season for a senior-heavy Lakewood High School boys basketball team. Despite snagging a coveted second-seed slot for the district tournament, the Cougars were ushered out the door with a 53-39 loss to Burlington-Edison and a heartbreaking 50-47 defeat two days later.
Saturday we had a really good high school basketball game against Bellingham. I dont think we ever played them before. It was a close game the whole way. We were up by one at halftime, we were up by six going into the fourth quarter, and they made a couple of big plays and we missed a couple of big opportunities, Lakewood coach Ron Thorvilson said after the season-ending game. We were down by three, had to get a three at the buzzer and we missed.
Thorvilson added, We pretty much were a senior-dominated team. Well have three players who lettered coming back. It would have been nice to get a couple more games in, play at the state tournament. We competed, did pretty well, just not quite enough.


DHS knocked out
of state tourney
A 48-39 loss to eventual state champions Northwest Christian March 2 ended the Darrington boys basketball teams run for a state title for another year.
A narrow 54-51 loss to Republic the next afternoon ended the Loggers season as fifth runners-up in the Class 2B state tournament. Darrington built up steam through the playoff season with wins in the tri-district playoffs over Bear Creek, Kings West, Summit and conference leader La Conner to qualify for the state appearance.
Double-digit performances from Derrick Green and Brennan Vincent carried the Loggers to a decisive first-round win over DeSales, 59-39 in Spokane Feb. 28. Another 15-point game from Vincent helped Darrington put the hurt on Toutle Lake, whom the Loggers vanquished 35-27.


Darrington cruises to doubleheader sweep

The Darrington boys baseball team swept LaConner right out of the park in their April 30 meeting. Darrington won the first game 14-0 behind the exceptional pitching of Brennan Vincent. Vincent flirted with a perfect game and ended the night with a no-hitter after one batter reached base on an error in the fifth inning. Vincent managed to strike out 8 LaConner hitters on his way to the no-hitter.

Lakewood humbles
Archbishop Murphy
An early Eric Hawks goal got Lakewood off to a fast start May 10 against Archbishop Murphy and the Cougars easily desposed of the Wildcats 5-1 behind some stellar individual performances. After Hawks got Lakewood on the board, thanks to an assist from Kelvin Mansfield, the floodgates opened up for Lakewoods scoring chances.
Everything went right today, said Coach Vaughn Vandelac. We needed to step up and we did.
Vandelac felt comfortable going into the weekend matchup with Sultan.
Its a team that always seems to be around. We split with them this year, winning at home and losing at their place in a shoot-out. We have a lot of history playing them in these type situations.

Jensen continues her winning ways
Kjirsten Jensen has been nearly unbeatable this season. The Arlington junior threw a ridiculous 13503 in the discus at the recent Wesco North championships to win by a country mile over her closest area competition. Only once this year has Jensen failed to win a meet in the discus, and her May 11 performance was no different.
But to pidgeonhole Jensen as stricly a discus phenom would be a disservice to her ability because she also nearly swept every meet this season in the shot put. Her latest throw at the Wesco North meet went 3603, nearly three feet short of her own personal season record, but still plenty good to beat every other competitor at the event.


Rapids split
double header
Game one of the June 23 doubleheader with Oak Harbor went the Rapids way as they took nine innings to complete the 7-6 victory. Jake Stalkfleet opened on the mound for the Rapids and gave up three Oak Harbor runs in three innings while the Stilly bats were relatively quiet during his tenure. Only once did Stilly threaten in the first three innings as they loaded the bases with one out in the third inning. But nobody was able to come up with the key run-scoring hit. Only a wild pitch from the Oak Harbor hurler allowed a run to make the score 3-1. After battling through seven innings, the Rapids held on for the 7-6 win.
Game two of the day between Stilly and Oak Harbor did not go as well for the Rapids. After a short lunch break, players returned to the field and the teams commenced playing again. Oak Harbor got a stellar pitching performance from J.D. Wilcox who struck out 12 Rapids on his way to a complete game, 3-1 victory.


Stilly Valley wins
state tourney
The skies clouded up over Vancouvers David Douglas Park on July 21 at two young fastpitch squads took to the fields. Rain appeared imminent but held out untial after the state final concluded.
The only thing left standing between Silly Valley and an 11-12-year-old state championship was six innings against a Redmond team they dismissed two days earlier, 7-6. Stilly left little doubt the second time around, pelting Redmond 17-2 behind the hitting of Veronica Ladines and Alexa Blakey and all-around stellar defense that left Redmond dazed.
Blakey finished the afternoon 4-4 from the plate with a triple and 5 RBI. Landines went 4-5 with two doubles, teo RBI, and two runs scored. Those two performances stood out on a day where nearly every Stilly hitter scored or drove in a run.
History may just be getting started. The team will face off at the Regional finals coming up July 28 Aug. 5. Chances are good that still will see some exceptional pitching from other state teams, but it is doubtful that nay of them can match the depth and production, top to bottom, of the Washington champions.


come to
The Arlington High School Performing Arts Center hosted a night of bodybuilding/figure competition Aug. 11.
Elite level competitors from all around the Northwest and California came to strut their stuff on stage for a change to win professional status. After the playing of the national anthem and a prayer led by Ken Ralston, the proceedings got underway.
Denise James, the event organizer, spoke about the International Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness organization. The INBF recognizes the growing gap in the world of bodybuilding between steroid infested competitions and those people who wish to compete on their own merits. Many bodybuilding competitions allow their participants to ingest large quantities of human growth stim ulants in order to attain unnatural shapes. The cost in health to the competitors is devastating. It is not an understatement to say that if you want to compete at the Olympian level, states INBF literature, you must be willing to die for it.
The competitors on Aug. 11 were all subjected to a polygraph test prior to competition. They were asked questions as to whether or not they had used any banned growth substances within the past seven years. They must complete the polygraph with no problems in order to compete. Furthermore, the INBF immediately makes the winner of their competition take a urinalysis test to provide irrefutable proof of a clean performance.

Meyers dominance helps Eagles crush
Oak Harbor

Playing his finest tennis of the season, a determined Garrett Meyer crushed Oak Harbors Tyler Abrahamse 6-2, 6-1 to set the tone for Arlingtons 5-2 team victory Sept. 26.
Everything was working for Meyer during the match. He hit a number of aces during his service games, hit for power from the baseline, and got to the net with ease to put away volleys. Meyer led 5-0 in the first set before, conceded two sloppy games, then polished Abrahamse off with an impressive display of overhead smashes.


Cup comes home to Arlington

A well-played football game between two highly motivated teams ended in victory for the Arlington Eagles. Using a bruising ground game to control the line of scrimmage, Arlington beat the Stanwood Spartans 34-14 to reclaim the Stilly Cup and improve their record to 2-3.
We played tough against the run, said coach Tim Tramp later. We avoided turnovers and penalties and we didnt beat ourself. Its great to have a weapon like Brandon Gunter out there.
Gunter finished the game with nearly 200 yards rushing, two scores on the ground, and one through the air.

Darrington wins twice

The Darrington Logger volleyball team has been having a prolific season this year.
Led by the all-around excellence of setter Mandy Powell, the group has been disposing of Northwest 2B League foes one after another. This past week they took down Shoreline Christian 3-1 and Mount Vernon Christian 3-0.
The Oct. 16 match against Shoreline was harder than Coach Greg Powell expected it to be. The Loggers had swept Shoreline at home but had to gut out a four set victory on the road 25-23, 16-25, 25-15, 26-24.
Mandy Powell finished with 27 assists, 15 digs, and three service aces. Maggie Wicken had 10 kills and three blocks. Caitline Pendergrass finished with six kills and a perfect 16 for 16 performance serving. Woodward led the defense with 22 digs.
Knights pass Lopez test

It was a blowout from the beginning as the Highland Christian Knights football team won 54-28 over the Lopez Lobos on Oct. 20. Highland came out strong right from the opening whistle and put Lopez in a deep hole early.
The final result showed how much Highland has improved over the span of just a few weeks. Lopez took the Knights to overtime at Lopez but this time around Coach Joey Brown and his staff reviewed plenty of film on their opponents and snuffed out Lopezs chances of victory early.
We made some adjustments on the offensive line. Those guys played close to perfect football. They just clicked.

Concrete no problem for undefeated Loggers

Turns out, nobody can stop the Darrington Loggers football team. At least, not yet. Darrington will enter the playoffs as the No. 1 seed from the region thanks to an impressive Oct. 26 victory. The Loggers blasted through the Concrete Lions behind the powerful running of Joe Dolph, winning 28-21 on a cold Homecoming night in Darrington.
The game seesawed back and forth as both teams had plenty of opportunities to win. But in the end, the Loggers made a final defensive stand to preserve their perfect 9-0 mark.


Lakewood gets a lift from freshman Stott

Moving up to varsity for the district playoffs did not faze freshman forward Alisha Stott one bit. She came on as a substitute during the Oct. 31 girls soccer game against the South Whidbey Lions and proceeded to score the game winning goal for the Cougars. Lakewood went on to win a hard-fought game 2-0, after a late penalty kick from Amanda Nunley.
It was a big day for Lakewood, marking the first time in school history the Cougars had won a district game. But the excitement was tempered by losing forward Hayley Bustad to an ugly injury late in the game. Bustad will miss the teams remaining games this season, a stiff blow to the Cougars chances.
Lakewood also played without star defender Jeneca Hoidal, still nursing an ACL strain, and midfielder Lakin Porter, who was on crutches. Despite having key players out due to injury, the team rallied to outplay a stingy Whidbey team.

Darrington starts slow, roars back for win

Mike Parris got the Darrington Loggers basketball team off to a quick start to their season with a free throw line jumper seconds into the game against the Cedar Park Christian Eagles.
The next seven minutes werent as pretty, but Darrington righted the ship in the fourth quarter to win a close game 62-54. The Nov. 28 game in Darrington marked the start to a new season and showcased why the Loggers have much reason for optimism this year.

First-year players
spearhead Darrington win

It took Hailey Wales approximately 20 seconds to make an impact in her first game playing varsity basketball.
The highly touted freshman scored the Darrington Loggers first bucket in the Nov. 28 route of the Cedar Park Christian Eagles. The Loggers got solid contributions from both Hailey and her sister Randi Wales and overcame a foul plagued opening night from their star Caitlin Pendergrass to win easily 48-31.


Arlington takes down Shorewood, Shorecrest in dual meet

The Arlington wrestling team looked every bit the strong group it was predicted to be during the teams first meet of the year.
The dual meet features Stanwood, Shorewood, and Shcorecrest with Arlington facing off against the latter two schools. Arlington disposed of Shorecrest in the first match of the evening 75-4. Steven White got things going in a hurry for the Eagles with a quick and easy pin at 135 pounds. 140 pounder Nathan Shortt followed up with a pin in the middle of the first round. Matt Hale scored a near fall at the beginning of the first round, but needed a second round to claim the teams third straight pin.
The toughest match for Arlington came in the 103 pound division where Jason Johnson was leading most of the way, but nearly got pinned with seconds remaining in the third round. He managed to escape and preserve the win.
Arlington overwhelms Shorecrest thanks to big fourth quarter

At halftime of the Dec. 5 girls basketball game between the Arlington Eagles and the Shorecrest Highlanders it appeared the Eagles would be in for a long night.
They trailed 22-28 after managing only three points in the second quarter. Shorecrests pressure defense and full-court trapping made it difficult for Arlington to find good scoring opportunities in the first half.
In the second half an entirely different story unfolded. The Eagles made adjustments and did an excellent job defensively. In addition to forcing the Highlanders into tough shots, Arlington managed to do a better job controlling the boards. The Eagles got a big contribution from their bench to help retake the lead by the end of the third quarter. Arlington extended the advantage further in the fourth quarter and won comfortably 50-41.

Darrington powerlifters bring home medals

Four members of the Elite Underground gym of Darrington spent a week in November competing at the National Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, Calif.
Gym owner Al Dawson along with three of his protegees competed in the largest such competition in the country. Three members of the group finished with gold medals including Dawson, Conner Rounds, and Trevor Herston. The Nov. 15-20 event brought together the best powerlifters from across the country.
Dawson, competing in the masters division of ages 47-53, deadlifted 667 pounds, a Washington record. Rounds competed at the 220 pounds division of 18-19 year olds. He put up another Washington record of 584 pounds. Herston, competing in the 198 pound division of 18-19 year olds lifted 540 pounds, another record for competitors from Washington. The fourth member of Elite Underground that made the trip, Mathias Metzger, also fared well at Nationals. He placed third in his division and according to Dawson was hurt by a judges decision on a slight technicality.

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