Remembering and celebrating the year’s top athletes, teams
Last updated 1/3/2019 at Noon
The second half of 2018 provided many thrills for sports fans.
Two Edmonds athletes won medals at the Special Olympics USA Games and an Edmonds man captured a World Boomerang championship.
Prep athletes also experienced success with King’s Naomi Smith claiming a state girls cross country title.
Edmonds-Woodway’s girls soccer and boys cross country teams and King’s volleyball and girls soccer teams all had strong postseason runs.
Here’s a look back at some of the highlights of 2018.
Special Olympics athletes win medals
A pair of athletes from Edmonds won medals at the Special Olympics USA Games.
Colleen Bryant took home two medals in track and field/athletics. Bryant won a gold medal in the women’s 5,000-meter race on Monday, July 2, at the University of Washington. Bryant followed up with a first place finish in the 1,500 on Friday, July 6.
Uzo Okoro was a member of Team Washington’s traditional female basketball team, which took second place on Thursday, July 5, at the University of Washington.
Edmonds man takes boomerang title
James Stickney came into the World Boomerang Championships knowing he was capable of doing well.
The Edmonds resident’s previous best finish was fourth in 2012. In his sixth appearance at the World Championships, Stickney exceeded his own expectations in a big way.
Stickney ended up taking first place, becoming the first American to win an individual World Title in 24 years on Saturday, July 28, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Mavericks drop football opener
The game was there for the taking.
A 62-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Hunter Moen to wide receiver Tyler Gibson gave Meadowdale a 28-21 lead over Inglemoor with 8:37 left in the fourth quarter.
Later in the quarter, the Mavericks executed a perfect punt to pin the Vikings back on their own 10-yard line with 3:00 remaining in the game.
All Meadowdale needed was a stop.
The Maverick defense had opportunities, but instead it was Inglemoor that made the plays.
In a heartbreaking finish, Viking quarterback Kolby Solomon launched a Hail Mary pass across the field from the Maverick 34-yard line that wide receiver Luke Millman pulled down to score a touchdown with 17 seconds remaining. Inglemoor then successfully converted a 2-point attempt to pull out a 29-28 victory over Meadowdale in a nonconference football game Thursday, Aug. 30, at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell.
E-W tennis team off to a perfect start
The September numbers are looking awfully good for the Edmonds-Woodway boys tennis team.
The Warriors were sporting a 5-0 record in the Wesco 3A South and were 9-0 overall. Edmonds-Woodway has lost only five out of 63 matches the entire season two each to nonconference opponents Kamiak and Lake Stevens and one to nonconference opponent Snohomish.
The Warriors have posted 6-0 victories over Wesco 3A South rivals Archbishop Murphy, Lynnwood, Shorecrest, Meadowdale and Mountlake Terrace.
Meadowdale QB picks apart E-W
Junior quarterback Hunter Moen and the Meadowdale offense picked apart the Edmonds-Woodway defense all night.
Moen completed 27 of 38 passes for 292 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more scores to help lead the Mavericks to a 41-20 victory over the Warriors in a Wesco 3A South football game Friday, Sept. 21, at Edmonds Stadium.
Like it did against Lynnwood two weeks ago, Meadowdale put up points early. The Mavericks led 14-0 after the first quarter and scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter before Edmonds-Woodway finally found the end zone.
“It means a lot,” Moen said of winning the annual Jam the Stands contest. “Every week we come in. We prepare. We get better.”
Knights overcome loss of key player
The King’s volleyball sustained a heavy blow last month when reigning 1A state MVP Alli Hansen was lost due to a back injury.
But the defending 1A state champions have adapted to the loss and continue to play at a high level with a 5-0 record in the North Sound Conference, including a 25-15, 25-14, 25-14 victory over Cedar Park Christian Bothell on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
“Everything has gone as well as we can expect,” King’s coach Bart Foley said. “It’s been real encouraging to see the girls make the most of the opportunities, which is what has happened.”
E-W girls claim league soccer crown
Edmonds-Woodway won the league championship the old fashioned way the Warriors earned it.
In two of its toughest games of the season, Edmonds-Woodway edged Cedarcrest 1-0 and then pulled out a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Shorecrest in Wesco 3A girls soccer action.
The Warriors followed up those two wins with a 4-0 decision over Lynnwood and a 2-0 victory over Shorewood. Edmonds-Woodway then closed out the regular season with a 3-0 triumph over district rival Meadowdale on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
The highlight of the season likely was Edmonds-Woodway’s furious comeback against the Scots, which took a 2-0 lead in the second half. Senior Michaela Danyo scored two goals to tie the score and junior Kyra Hicks punched in the game-winner for the Warriors
E-W cruises to boys cross country title
Senior Deyago Peraza finished first and helped lead the Warriors to the team championship at the 3A District boys cross country meet.
Peraza won in 16:07.87 and was followed by teammates Dylan Hartono, who took second, and Lucas Lacambra, who took fourth place. Grant Christian and Jacob Wilcox were 15th and 16th.
Edmonds-Woodway edged Arlington 38 to 44 for the title. The Edmonds-Woodway girls scored 82 points to take second behind Snohomish (76). Seniors Alyssa Hershey and Stephanie Wroblewski took third and fourth. Freshman Jemma Wilcox was 13th.
Smith runs away with state crown
King’s Naomi Smith likes to go out hard and lead the pack.
But those plans didn’t materialize at the start of the 1A state girls cross country championships.
Instead Colville’s Alaina Stone sprinted out to the lead and was setting a blistering pace.
Smith eventually caught up with Stone and passed her at the mile mark and then pulled away to win her first state title Saturday, Nov. 3, at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.
The King’s junior finished in 18 minutes, 16.70 seconds, more than 10 seconds ahead of Stone, who clocked in at 18:27.30.
“All that hard work was worth it,” Smith said. “It’s a good feeling to see it all pay off for sure.”
E-W senior takes 5th at state boys meet
Edmonds-Woodway senior Deyago Peraza ran his second fastest time of the season on what everyone agreed was one of the most challenging courses.
Peraza finished fifth at the 3A state boys cross country championships Saturday, Nov. 3, at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.
The Edmonds-Woodway boys took home a fourth place trophy for third straight season.
Warriors lose in soccer quarterfinals
Edmonds-Woodway pushed undefeated Gig Harbor to the brink.
But after 80 minutes of regulation, two scoreless five-minute overtime periods and a shootout, the Tides emerged with a hard-fought 4-3 victory over the Warriors in a 3A girls soccer state quarterfinal game Saturday, Nov. 10, at Roy Anderson Field in Gig Harbor.
Knights take 3rd at volleyball tourney
King’s should eventually feel a little better about its third place finish at the 1A volleyball tournament.
But the disappointment at not being able to defend their state championship is going to take a little while for the Knights to get over.
King’s faced eventual state runner-up Charles Wright and lost 25-22, 13-25, 21-25, 26-24, 15-13 in the semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 10.
King’s loses bid for 2nd girls soccer title
King’s bid to defend its state title ended in heartbreak.
McKenzie Ellertson scored two goals to lead King’s Way Christian to a 3-1 victory in a 1A state girls soccer quarterfinal game Saturday, Nov. 10, at King’s Way Christian High School in Vancouver.
The loss means that King’s will not be advancing to the final four for the first time since 2011.
E-W breaks records in season opener
Edmonds-Woodway is making some serious waves to start out the season.
The Warriors broke two school records during their 92-83 victory over Shorecrest in a Wesco South boys swimming dual meet earlier this month at Shoreline Pool.
Anton Teplouhov won the 100-yard freestyle in 50.28 seconds and Jeff Plum finished second in the 100 backstroke in 55.77.