A year in Mukilteo sports – Looking back at 2013

By Megan Managan | Dec 31, 2013
Photo by: Megan Managan Kamiak's Joseph Binda pushes through the Arlington defensive line during the Knights’ win over the Eagles on Friday, Nov. 1. The Knights lost in the first round of the state tournament this season.

It's been a very busy end of the year around Mukilteo, especially for those in the sports world. As we've come together to celebrate the holidays and those late-season Seahawks wins, I've had a blast looking back at the year that was.

Here's a look at some of the top local sports stories in 2013.

Kamiak wins third state title in five years

Kamiak High School’s state champion boys swim team leads a parade at Kamiak on Friday, March 1. The school’s pep band, cheerleaders and the dance team followed the team through the halls to an end-of-the-day rally.

Teen's wish for Kamiak baseball field comes true

If 16-year-old Nathan McCarty could have just one wish, it would be to play baseball.

Nathan, a Kamiak junior who has leukemia, decided to share his Make-A-Wish and renovate the baseball field at Kamiak High School. It was his way of giving back to his friends and fellow teammates for helping him through cancer treatment.

Iditarod champ inspires tomorrow’s leaders

Four-time Iditarod champion Lance Mackey has a message for today’s youth: Never give up. Mackey was the first to win four Iditarod races in a row (2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010). Most recently, he finished 19th in the 2013 Iditarod.

The Iditarod is a 1,000-mile sled dog race across the Alaska wilderness. From Anchorage to Nome, each musher and his team of 12 to 16 dogs cover about 975 miles in eight to 17 days.

Mackey, 43, of Fairbanks, spoke at a Serene Lake Elementary assembly on April 25 about leadership and setting and accomplishing goals.

Kamiak sophomore to compete with team in rowing nationals

One of Kamiak High School’s own has qualified with the Everett Rowing Association’s Men’s Lightweight 8 for the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships.

The team, which includes Kamiak sophomore Ian Ferguson, qualified for nationals by coming in second place – two seconds behind the first place finishers – at the Northwest Regional Championships held on May 19.

Four Kamiak throwers compete in Junior Olympics

Kamiak High School’s Tim Beard placed well in the state U.S. Track and Field Junior Olympic Championships held at the West Seattle Athletic Complex June 22-23.

He dominated in the ball and chain for the 15-16 year old category with a personal best of 133 feet 6 inches, taking home the gold. He also finished on the medal stand in third in the tossing of the orb, the second of the Scottish heritage throws.

In the Greek discus competition, he slung the platter 125 feet 8 inches for a near best and a silver medal for his efforts.

Tim Beard, Cristabella Humphries, Heather Pearson and Christopher Moreton all competed in the event.

Four local athletes place at Karate nationals

Two Mukilteo athletes placed in the USA Karate Nationals held July 11-14 at the Bi Lo Center in Greenville, S.C.

Maureen Stevens and Theo Pardike placed third in their respective divisions.

Stevens took bronze in the female 35 and over novice kumite (sparring) division. Pardike took bronze in the male 14-15 elite kumite (sparring) division, and made the USA Karate national team as an alternate.

Also competing were Marina Hrycenko, of Everett, and Aleen Mills, of Snohomish.

Triathlete to compete in World Championships

Doug Nowak is a triple threat: He recently qualified for the Triathlon World Championships to be held in Canada.

With that, Nowak, of Mukilteo, has now qualified for the world championships in every triathlon distance – Sprint, Olympic, Half Ironman and Ironman. He did it all in the last two years.

Nowak, 34, has been competing in triathlons since college. An “amateur athlete,” he has competed in 13 marathons, including the Boston Marathon three times, and seven Ironman triathlons.

Kamiak boys tennis finishes regular season 2nd in league

The Kamiak boys tennis team wraps up the regular season this week, and finished with wins over conference opponents.

The team will finish in second place in the Wesco South 4A league, behind Jackson, the only team in the league the Knights lost to this season.

Individually, Kamiak tennis players Jimmy Hua and doubles pair Dominic Lee and Garrett Peterson finished in third and fourth place at the 4A district tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Kamiak girls swimming wins 4A district title

The Kamiak girls swimming team won the 4A Wesco district title on Saturday, Nov. 9.

The Knights had 582 points during the meet in their home pool, followed by Jackson in second place with 465 points.

Kamiak cross country boys 15th at state meet

The Kamiak boys cross country team finished in 15th place at the 4A state meet on Saturday, Nov. 9.

The Knights earned 341 points during the meet at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco, Wash. The Gig Harbor boys’ team won the title with a total of 37 points.

Mariner swimmer wins state title; Kamiak earns top finishes

It may have come as a surprise to her, but for those watching Mariner sophomore Brianna Lucien swim throughout the season knew she was destined for great things at the 4A state swimming championships last weekend.

Lucien, the only swimmer at state on Nov. 16 for the Marauders, won the state title in the 500 freestyle race, beating the second place finisher by 6 seconds.

The Kamiak girls’ team also traveled to the meet, finishing in 12th place as a team with 69 points.

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