Looking back at the top moments of 2017, part 2

Jan 03, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Oakland Athletics shortstop Adam Rosales (right with cap) and center fielder Jaycob Brugman prepare to run with players from Mukilteo Little League during a Sandlot Nation event Saturday, July 8, at Paine Field Community Park. Sandlot Nation is an outreach program run by Rosales in which he meets with and plays a sandlot game with Llttle League players across the country.

Mukilteo athletes, young and old, made their mark in the second half of 2017.

Mukilteo Little League players had the opportunity to rub shoulders with two Major League ballplayers and the league’s 11U softball team won a state championship.

Kamiak and Mariner high school athletes also left quite an impression.

Here is part 2 of a look back at some of the highlights from 2017.

 

July

 

Mukilteo Little League hosts Major League players

Players from Mukilteo Little League had a rare opportunity to rub shoulders with three unexpected visitors.

Two Major League baseball players – Adam Rosales and Jaycob Brugman of the Oakland Athletics and former Major League player Brent Lillibridge – joined local Little Leaguers for a sandlot game Saturday, July 8, at the Mukilteo Little League Fields in Paine Field Community Park in Everett.

The players’ appearance was through Sandlot Nation, an outreach program run by Rosales. As he travels across the country, Rosales meets with Little League teams for a game and also shares the lessons he learned on his way to becoming a professional baseball player.

 

Mukilteo 11U all-stars capture state softball title

Mukilteo Little League made history.

The 11U all-stars won the league’s first-ever Washington state softball championship by defeating the Kirkland National all-stars 4-3 in the title game Thursday, July 20, in Normandy Park.

Mukilteo rallied from a 3-1 deficit, scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to claim the victory.

Olivia Rorke-Lucero hit a walk-off line drive past the shortstop to drive in the winning run. Pitcher Samantha Rohwer picked up the win.

 

Kamiak’s Kwak competes in U.S. Junior tournament

Kamiak junior Alvin Kwak advanced to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Junior Amateur Golf Tournament. Kwak lost to Japan’s Kaito Onishi 1-up in the Round of 32 Thursday, July 20 at Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover, Kansas.

Earlier, Kwak edged Brandon Mancheno of Jacksonville, Florida, 1-up in the Round of 64.

Kwak won a U.S Junior Amateur Championship Qualifier tournament June 20 at The Classic Golf Club in Spanaway to qualify for the U.S. Junior Amateur Tournament.

 

August

 

Professional Aerial League launched by Mukilteo man

The Professional Aerial League is holding the first-ever team drone racing competition at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 at Xfinity Arena in Everett.

Drone racing is often viewed as an individual sport, but the upcoming event will feature six teams with six pilots each, who will be competing in individual, team and relay events. There will be a team score based on the racers’ performances throughout the day in the different events.

“You have one race where all six drones will be flying at the same time from one team, so they have to strategize to make sure when they’re taking off, they don’t crash each other’s,” said Scott Whiteker, the CEO of the Pro Aerial League.

 

September


Barton leads Knights to win in season opener

Kamiak’s Ben Barton waited almost a year for Friday’s season opener.

After suffering a season-ending broken leg in the third regular season game last year, Barton wanted nothing more than to return to the gridiron.

The wait was worth it.

Barton rushed for 157 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Knights to a 14-6 victory over Bishop Blanchet in a non-conference football game Thursday, Aug. 31, at Goddard Stadium.

 

Mariner defeats Kamiak in Wesco 4A football clash

Mariner didn’t play a perfect game against district rival Kamiak.

But the Marauders overcame their mistakes, including a pair of costly fumbles, to edge the Knights 21-14 in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Sept. 22, at Goddard Stadium in Everett.

Tied at 14 in the fourth quarter, running back Isaiah Harrison scored on a 9-yard run to lift the Marauders (1-1 in the league, 2-2 overall) to the victory.

Mariner fumbled the ball away twice inside the Kamiak 20 in the second quarter but still headed into halftime ahead 14-6.

 

October

 

Kamiak senior diver breaks school record

Kamiak senior diver Naomi Bingham broke Kamiak High School’s school record Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Marysville Invitational.

Bingham finished with a total score of 427.6 points, breaking the previous school record of 419.150 by Fiona Weeks in 2010. Bingham, the defending district champion, placed seventh at the 4A state championships last year.

 

November

 

Knights miss out on state volleyball berth

Kamiak came up just short of advancing to the state volleyball tournament.

For the second time in less than a week, Jackson defeated the Knights to take the second and final district berth to the 4A tournament.

The Timberwolves prevailed 25-16, 25-20, 25-16 in a winner-to-state/loser-out Northwest District match Saturday, Nov. 4, at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

“They really peaked at the right time,” Kamiak coach Greg Post said. “They earned this victory absolutely. They were scrappier, if it was possible than the last time we played them in districts. It was really hard to put a ball down on them. They were swinging really powerfully.”

 

Kamiak duo runs at state championships

Kamiak’s Alicia Anderson and Leah Clark both made major jumps in the standings at the 4A State Girls Cross Country Championships.

Anderson finished 17th overall with a time of 18 minutes, 39.00 seconds. In last year’s race, Anderson was 123rd in 20:54.9. Clark took 33rd place in 19:00.50. She was 39th in 19:34.0 in 2016.

 

Knights claim 4A district swim crown

Kamiak won its seventh straight Northwest District girls swimming and diving championship in record-breaking fashion.

The Knights took home the team trophy, scoring 451 points, to finish 95 points ahead of Jackson, which had 356. Lake Stevens (330) and Glacier Peak (306) placed third and fourth.

Kamiak sophomore Elli Straume set a meet record in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.56 seconds. She also won the 200 freestyle in 1:51.75.

 

Kamiak shut out in soccer playoffs

After scoring eight goals in their first two district playoff games, Kamiak was shut out by Lake Stevens in its final contest of the season.

The Vikings defeated the Knights 1-0 in a winner-to-state/loser-out Northwest District girls soccer game Saturday, Nov. 4, at Edmonds Stadium.

 

Knights finish fourth at state swim meet

For the first time in more than a decade, Kamiak brought home some hardware from the State Swimming and Diving Championships.

Led by sophomore Elli Straume’s pair of top four finishes, the Knights placed fourth overall at the 4A championships Saturday, Nov. 11, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

The last time Kamiak returned with a state trophy was in 2005.

“It was one of our goals,” Knights coach Chris Erickson said.

Straume, making her second appearance at state, finished second in the 200-yard freestyle and fourth in the 100 freestyle. Her times of 1 minute, 50.04 seconds in the 200 freestyle and 51.28 in the 100 freestyle were both school records. The 200 freestyle time also earned Straume all-American consideration.

 

December

 

Maruaders pull out first-ever girls hoops win over arch rival

It may or may not be the biggest victory in program history, but Mariner’s win over district rival Kamiak definitely was one of the sweetest in recent memory.

Freshman Taliyah Clark scored a season-high 34 points to lead the Marauders to a 71-68 triumph over the Knights in a Wesco 4A girls basketball game Friday, Dec. 15, at Kamiak High School.

The victory was the first-ever for a Mariner varsity team against Kamiak, according to Marauders coach Corey Gibb.

Clark and her teammates had circled Friday’s game against the Knights on their calendar.

“This is a really big win because we’ve been waiting for this one all year,” Clark said.

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