A look back at 2016, part 2
Mukilteo athletes provided many memorable moments in 2016.
Here is part 2 of a look back at some of the highlights.
Kamiak baseball coach passes away
Longtime Kamiak High School coach and teacher Frank Nickerson passed away on July 7.
Nickerson, the Knights head baseball coach for the last two years and an English teacher at the high school, had been battling cancer.
Nickerson’s oldest son, Dominic, was a senior on the baseball team and graduated last month. Nickerson’s teaching career spanned more than 30 years in the Mukilteo School District.
Little League umpire heads to World Series
Michael Lechnar is ready to enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The longtime Mukilteo Little League umpire was one of 12 umpires selected to work the Little League Softball World Series Aug. 11-16 in Portland, Ore.
A total of 113 umpires worldwide were tapped to work at the nine Little League World Series tournaments in 2016. Umpires are eligible to be assigned to only one World Series in each of the nine classifications.
Run Strong finishes World Relay race
The Run Strong duo of Jean-Michel Fouard and Dameon Hahn ran into some major challenges at the inaugural World Relay Championships.
But Fouard and Hahn overcame those challenges to finish the 185-mile in 39 hours and 58 minutes Saturday in the Ruby Mountains in Nevada.
The non-stop, two-day race consisted of 36 legs with each leg ranging from 3-8 miles. Fouard and Hahn were the only two-man team in the competition. The other teams had from 6-12 members.
Kamiak honors shooting victims
The Kamiak football team’s 17-0 season-opening victory over Bishop Blanchet was a community win in coach Dan Mack’s view.
Before the kickoff to Friday night’s game at Goddard Stadium, the community gathered together to honor the victims of July’s tragic shooting – Kamiak graduates Jordan Ebner, Jake Long and Anna Bui – their families and their friend Will Kramer, who was shot and survived the incident.
After remarks by Kamiak Principal Mike Gallagher and Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson, a moment of silence was held and three candles were lit in honor of Ebner, Long and Bui. The three candles were then joined together to light a communal candle.
Kamiak, Mariner runners win titles
Kamiak senior Cullen McEachern led the field at the Mukilteo/Everett City boys cross country championships.
McEachern completed the 3-mile course in 17 minutes, 19 seconds. Mariner’s Abby Steinhauer took first place in the girls race.
Knights advance to district tourney
Kamiak started out strong in the first round of the 4A District 1 volleyball tournament.
The Knights defeated Mount Vernon 25-18, 25-18, 25-13 at Kamiak High School.
Eve Kerschenbaum recorded 12 kills, 5 digs and 2 blocks and Jaclyn Janczakowski had 8 kills, and 7 digs for the Knights.
Kamiak later was knocked out of the district tournament by Glacier Peak. The Grizzlies, who lost twice during the regular season to the Knights, won 20-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 15-7 in a loser-out match.
Marauders pound Kennedy Catholic
If Saturday’s 4A quad district football playoff game was a boxing match, then Mariner scored a first round knockout.
The Marauders ran for back-to-back touchdowns, recorded a safety and then returned a kickoff for a touchdown to jump to a 23-0 lead in the first six minutes of the game and went out to wallop Kennedy Catholic 51-6 at Highline Memorial Stadium.
Mariner’s season later ended with a tough loss.
The Marauders were shut out by undefeated Woodinville 27-0 in a 4A first round state playoff football game Friday night at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell.
The state playoff appearance was the first for Mariner since 2007.
Kamiak moves on to state soccer tourney
A 7-year dry spell ended in the rain Saturday afternoon at Shoreline Stadium.
Junior Kailin Wiley scored two goals to help lead Kamiak to a 3-0 victory over Glacier Peak in a winner-to-state/loser-out 4A District 1 girls soccer tournament game.
The state tournament berth is the first for the Knights since 2009.
Unfortunately, Kamiak’s postseason run was a short one, as Camas prevailed 4-0 in a first-round 4A state tournament game at Camas High School.
Kamiak wins 200 free relay at state meet
The seeds of success for Kamiak’s 200-yard freestyle relay team were planted a year ago.
The Knights came up 2/100th of a second short of winning the event at the 2015 state meet.
Kamiak would not be denied in 2016.
Song-Nhi Vo, Stina Seaberg, Angeline Dovinh and Ellie Straume had the race of their lives, taking first place in 200 freestyle relay and also setting a meet record at the 4A state swimming and diving championships Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
Dovinh walked out with three other medals around her neck. The Kamiak senior took fifth in the 200 freestyle (1;54.24), fifth in the 100 freestyle (52.90) and helped the Knights place fifth in the 400 freestyle (3:36.48), along with teammates Vo, Seaberg and Straume.
Knights take first at Lynnwood Classic
Kamiak was at the top of its game at the Lynnwood Classic.
Three wrestlers won titles and the rest of their teammates all placed in the top four to lead the Knights to their first wrestling tourney championship under coach Bryan Stelling.