Remembering and celebrating the best of 2018 | Year in review – January - June

Dec 26, 2018

The prep sports landscape underwent some major changes in 2018 as several longtime coaches stepped down.

Kamiak and Mariner saw an influx of new hires on the sidelines.

Longtime Kamiak coach Dan Mack retired after a 20-year career guiding the football program.

Bryant Thomas, who had been at the helm of the Auburn Riverside, succeeded Mack.

Kamiak coach Beth Stewart stepped down after 13 years at the helm of the girls soccer program. Boys soccer coach Kosta Pitharoulis took over for Stewart.

After 10 years on the sidelines as Kamiak’s head boys basketball coach, Cory West announced his resignation. Junior varsity coach Brandon Corsi was hired as West’s replacement.

After 11 years as Mariner’s girls basketball coach Corey Gibb resigned to take over at Jackson. Junior varsity coach Jamie Gepner was promoted to head coach.

Longtime Mariner boys soccer coach Vince DeSimone, stepped down after 14 years and was succeeded by C team coach Henry Busch.

Kamiak hired Jason Davis as its new head volleyball coach. The longtime Mukilteo resident replaced Greg Post.

The Kamiak boys and the Mariner girls basketball teams soared to new heights in the postseason.

The Marauders defeated Jackson 56-38 in a first round game Thursday, Feb. 8, at Jackson High School. The victory over the Timberwolves was the first district playoff win in at least 20 years.

Kamiak’s seven seniors walked off the court for the final time proud of their accomplishments and knowing that they set a high standard for future teams.

The Knights wrapped up their best season in school history with a three-day run at the 4A boys basketball tournament that included the program’s first victory at state.

Mariner’s Levi Weaver battled for a state wrestling title and Kamiak’s Vlad Gilszmer nearly pulled out a win at the state swim meet.

Weaver lost 7-4 to defending state champion Malachi Lawrence in the 182-pound finals at Mat Classic XXX Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Tacoma Dome,.

Kamiak came home with plenty of medals and hardware from the 4A state swimming and diving championships.

All three of the Knights relays advanced to the finals with the 200 medley squad of Vlad Gilszmer, Walter Limm, Maxwell Fang and Brian Park placing second with a school record.

Gilszmer caught the eye of many observers with appearances in the 200 and 500 freestyles. The Kamiak freshman took second place in the 500 freestyle and took seventh in the 200 freestyle.

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