Athletes provided many memorable moments in 2018 | Year in Review
Last updated 12/27/2018 at Noon
Athletes from Edmonds-Woodway, Meadowdale and King’s high schools all made their mark in 2018.
Two Warriors Hannah Hicks and Yukino Parle won championships at the state track and field championships. The Knights captured their third straight boys state track and field crown. Meadowdale boys and girls basketball teams experienced success in the postseason for the first time in years.
Let’s relive some of the highlights of the first half of 2018.
Meadowdale senior sets district record
Meadowdale’s Sean Nguyenle set a meet record in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 53.40 seconds at the Edmonds School District boys swimming championships.
Nguyenle went out fast from the start and ended up breaking the record by more than a second on Saturday, Jan. 27, at Lynnwood Pool.
Mavericks claim girls hoops playoff berth
Meadowdale showed that it’s not how you start a game but how you finish it.
The Mavericks overcame a 13-2 deficit to defeat Shorewood 50-39 and claim their first district playoff berth in seven years.
Meadowdale, E-W wrestlers win medals
All of the hard work that Aria Zarei put in for the last four years paid off.
The Meadowdale senior wrapped up his high school career not only with an appearance at the 3A state wrestling tournament, but Zarei came home with a fourth place medal in the 132-pound division.
Two Edmonds-Woodway wrestlers also earned medals Junior Grayson LeCompte finished third in the 126 division, improving upon his eighth place finish at 120 in last year’s tournament. Teammate Howie Hare finished eighth at 120.
Meadowdale boys secure district win
The Meadowdale boys basketball program took another step forward this season.
The Mavericks recorded their first district playoff victory since 2011 when they defeated Ferndale 60-55 in a loser-out game Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Meadowdale High School.
Maverick senior advances to finals
Meadowdale’s Sean Nguyenle advanced to the consolation finals in two individual events at the 3A state swimming championships.
Nguyenle placed 10th in the 100-yard butterfly and finished 13th in the 200 individual medley Saturday, Feb. 17, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
Teammate Max Khaperman also advanced to the consolation finals of the 100 freestyle, where he took 16th. Khaperman also finished 18th in the 50 freestyle.
King’s brings home state hoops trophy
King’s was all smiles after a successful four-day run at the 1A state boys basketball tournament.
The Knights returned home with a sixth place trophy after dropping their final game 57-46 to Royal in the fourth/sixth place contest Saturday, March 3, at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
Meadowdale moves on to district tourney
In some ways, the playoffs are icing on the cake for the Meadowdale boys soccer team.
A year after finishing last in the Wesco 3A with no league victories and only one win in 16 contests, the Mavericks are headed to the postseason as the league’s No. 6 seed.
Mavericks coach Mike Nelson said that regardless of what happens in the playoffs this season has been a success.
“We’ve made vast improvements as a team compared to last year,” he said. “I think it’s been on and off the field, culture-wise and everything like that.”
Mavs capture Wesco 3A baseball crown
A strong finish propelled Meadowdale to its first Wesco 3A baseball championship since 2012.
The Mavericks closed out the regular season by winning four out of their final five contests, including a series sweep over Shorewood, a victory over Stanwood and a series split with district rival Lynnwood.
“I’m really proud of this group of kids,” Meadowdale coach Bill Hummel said. “They competed well. They went out and earned the league championship.”
E-W’s Hicks leaps to long jump crown
It all came down to one final jump.
Four years of hard work.
A rocky start to the season.
A personal best three weeks ago at the Edmonds District meet.
As she prepared for her final attempt, Edmonds-Woodway’s Hannah Hicks was in third place among the finalists in the long jump at the state track and field championships.
Hicks gave it all she had and unleashed her best jump of the day 17 feet, 9.75 inches. Hicks’ final attempt turned out to be the top jump of the meet and the Edmonds-Woodway senior claimed the 3A state long jump title Friday, May 25, at Mount Tahoma High School.
“I just kind of thought well, it’s my last jump of my senior season and I’ve got to give it all I’ve got,” Hicks said.
Warriors’ Parle runs away with 3,200 title
Edmonds-Woodway’s Yukino Parle was waiting to make her move.
Parle was content to closely follow North Central’s Allie Janke and Erinn Hill, who set the tone in the 3,200-meter finals.
The Boise State recruit seized the lead about 200 meters to go and then outkicked Janke in the final stretch to win the 3,200 state title Saturday, May 26, at Mount Tahoma High School.
Watching from high atop the grandstands, Edmonds-Woodway coach Rick Fillman knew that Parle was in the right position to add a second 3,200 state title to the one she won as a sophomore.
“She finishes races incredibly strong,” Fillman said. “I don’t think there’s a distance runner in the state who can outkick her.”
E-W takes fourth at baseball tourney
The Edmonds-Woodway baseball team matched its best finish in school history.
The Warriors brought home a fourth place 3A state trophy after advancing to the final four for the second straight year.
Edmonds-Woodway (16-11) lost 5-4 to Kelso in a state semifinal game on Friday, May 25, and then fell 10-0 to Eastside Catholic in the third/fourth place contest on Saturday, May 26, at GESA Stadium in Pasco.
King’s wins third straight track title
King’s captured its third straight 1A boys track and field championship.
The Knight had 11 individuals or relays reach the podium to finish with 58 points Saturday, May 26, at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.
Senior Peter Kulits closed out his high school career with a first-place finish in the triple jump. Kulits set a personal record with a leap of 46 feet, 9.25 inches. Kulits also took ninth in the long jump.
Soccer game benefits Special Olympics
For the third straight year, members of the Edmonds-Woodway High School boys and girls soccer teams squared off for a friendly competition to benefit charity.
The Boys vs. Girls Unified Sports Benefit game raised more than $900 for Unified Sports teams and local Special Olympics programs Saturday, June 9, at Edmonds Stadium.
A quintet of Edmonds-Woodway soccer player spent the spring coordinating and organizing the event, which has become an annual tradition for the school’s soccer teams.
Seniors Holly Hicks and Molly Carden partnered with juniors Ingrid Fosberg, Mackey Guenther and Morgan Davis to organize the event as part of their International Baccalaureate Program completion.
“I think it is an awesome opportunity to bring the boys and girls team together,” Guenther said. “Beyond that it is an awesome opportunity to unify and get everyone involved with Special Olympics programs offered through Unified.”
This year the game’s organizers expanded their efforts into the school week. They held an assembly to not only increase publicity for the weekend’s game but also to increase awareness and involvement in local Unified Sports.
Previously, the event had raised around $600, this year they gathered $938 including $200 from student and staff donations during the week and the rest through game day ticket sales and donations.
“We are hoping that the juniors who are taking it over will continue it next year and that they can get an even bigger assembly,” Hicks said.