Football

Lake Stevens' Micah Avery, left-right, Ashten Hendrickson, Grant Lynch, Dylan Slezak and Bryce Slezak are the starting offensive linemen for Lake Stevens state championship run. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Unsung O-line plays key role in Lake Stevens’ run to title game

Smaller and more inexperienced than usual, the Vikings’ offensive line has still found ways to excel.

 

The 1991 Cascade High School football team. (Photo provided by the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame)

‘A ragtag group’: Reliving Cascade’s state football title in 1991

Players and coaches remember the last Snohomish County team to win a title in the state’s largest classification.

 

Lake Stevens' Trayce Hanks eludes defenders during a 4A state quarterfinal game against Gonzaga Prep on Nov. 20, 2021, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)

Championship central: Lake Stevens’ run to the title game

Get ready for Saturday’s 4A state championship game with stories from the Vikings’ success-filled season.

 

From left: Archbishop Murphy’s Anfernee Gurley, Lake Stevens’ Gavin Steidle and Glacier Peak’s Aaliyah Collins. (Olivia Vanni and Kevin Clark / The Herald)

91-6: When is a high school sports blowout over the line?

Lopsided matchups happen in every sport. But when the athletes are kids, how do parents and coaches navigate it?

From left: Archbishop Murphy’s Anfernee Gurley, Lake Stevens’ Gavin Steidle and Glacier Peak’s Aaliyah Collins. (Olivia Vanni and Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Lake Stevens' Drew Carter holds up the ball after scoring a touchdown to secure the win as Lake Stevens beat Eastlake 45-28 in a 4A state semi-final football game at Pop Keeney Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 in Bothell, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Lake Stevens downs Eastlake to reach 4A state title game

The Vikings win 45-28 and will face Graham-Kapowsin for the state championship next weekend.

Lake Stevens' Drew Carter holds up the ball after scoring a touchdown to secure the win as Lake Stevens beat Eastlake 45-28 in a 4A state semi-final football game at Pop Keeney Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021 in Bothell, Washington. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Marysville-Pilchuck's Brayden Rogers, left, and Dylan Carson take comfort after loosing to Bellevue High Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on November 27, 2021. The Tomahawks fell to the Wolverines 27-3 ending their playoff run. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Marysville Pilchuck’s state run ends with loss to Bellevue

The Wolverines hold the high-powered Tomahawks in check and pull away in the second half for a 27-3 win in the 3A semifinals.

Marysville-Pilchuck's Brayden Rogers, left, and Dylan Carson take comfort after loosing to Bellevue High Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Seattle on November 27, 2021. The Tomahawks fell to the Wolverines 27-3 ending their playoff run. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Marysville-Pilchuck running back Dylan Carson creaks away from Yelm defensive back Marius Alone for a touchdown run during Saturday afternoon’s 3A football state quarterfinal game at Yelm High School in Yelm, Washington, on Nov. 20, 2021. Marysville-Pilchuck won the game, 39-21.

3A state semifinal preview: Marysville Pilchuck vs. Bellevue

It’s déjà vu for the Tomahawks, who face perennial power Bellevue in a rematch of the 2014 semifinals.

Marysville-Pilchuck running back Dylan Carson creaks away from Yelm defensive back Marius Alone for a touchdown run during Saturday afternoon’s 3A football state quarterfinal game at Yelm High School in Yelm, Washington, on Nov. 20, 2021. Marysville-Pilchuck won the game, 39-21.
Lake Stevens' Trayce Hanks eludes defenders during a 4A state quarterfinal game against Gonzaga Prep on Nov. 20, 2021, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)

4A state semifinal preview: Lake Stevens vs. Eastlake

After their Week 1 matchup was canceled, the Vikings and Wolves meet in a semifinal clash of unbeatens.

Lake Stevens' Trayce Hanks eludes defenders during a 4A state quarterfinal game against Gonzaga Prep on Nov. 20, 2021, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)
Lake Stevens' Grayson Murren competes against O'Dea High School in Seattle on September 17, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lake Stevens standout QB ‘so glad’ to be back from injury

After an injury threatened to end his senior season, Grayson Murren is leading the Vikings’ offense again.

Lake Stevens' Grayson Murren competes against O'Dea High School in Seattle on September 17, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Arlington's Gage Price leaps over a Marysville-Pilchuck player during the game on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

MP’s ‘overlooked’ defense has been a dominant unit this season

The Tomahawks’ offense gets much of the attention, but the defense is nearly as good.

Arlington's Gage Price leaps over a Marysville-Pilchuck player during the game on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Washington State wide running back Max Borghi (21) reacts late in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 44-18. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

WSU looks to snap Apple Cup losing streak vs. Washington

The bowl-eligible Cougars haven’t beat the Huskies since 2012. Both teams are led by interim coaches.

Washington State wide running back Max Borghi (21) reacts late in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, in Pullman, Wash. Washington State won 44-18. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Lake Stevens' Jayden Limar leaps for a catch over a Gonzaga Prep defender during a 4A state quarterfinal game on Nov. 20, 2021, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner / Pro Action Images)

Lake Stevens shuts down Gonzaga Prep to reach 4A state semis

Jayden Limar runs for four TDs and the Vikings silence the Bullpups 35-14 in the state quarterfinals.

Lake Stevens' Jayden Limar leaps for a catch over a Gonzaga Prep defender during a 4A state quarterfinal game on Nov. 20, 2021, at Lake Stevens High School. (John Gardner / Pro Action Images)
Marysville Pilchuck running back Dylan Carson slips through the tackle of Yelm defensive back Kyler Ronquillo during a 3A football state quarterfinal game on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Yelm High School. Marysville Pilchuck won the game 39-21. (Tony Overman / The Olympian)

Marysville Pilchuck steamrolls Yelm into state semifinals

Dylan Carson rushes for 427 yards and five touchdowns as the Tomahawks win 39-21.

Marysville Pilchuck running back Dylan Carson slips through the tackle of Yelm defensive back Kyler Ronquillo during a 3A football state quarterfinal game on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at Yelm High School. Marysville Pilchuck won the game 39-21. (Tony Overman / The Olympian)
Lake Stevens running back Jayden Limar carries the ball during a 4A state playoff game against Richland on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 in Lake Stevens. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)

4A state quarterfinal preview: Lake Stevens vs. Gonzaga Prep

The Vikings host Gonzaga Prep in a 4A quarterfinal showdown of unbeaten state title contenders.

Lake Stevens running back Jayden Limar carries the ball during a 4A state playoff game against Richland on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 in Lake Stevens. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)
Glacier Peak’s Ashton Olson yells while celebrating a touchdown during the game against Glacier Peak on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

3A state quarterfinal preview: Marysville Pilchuck vs. Yelm

The Tomahawks and their high-powered rushing attack travel to face unbeaten Yelm in the 3A quarters.

Glacier Peak’s Ashton Olson yells while celebrating a touchdown during the game against Glacier Peak on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Marysville-Pilchuck's Dylan Carson is tackled by Glacier Peak’s Reggie Valmonte during the game on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

‘Like a machine’: MP’s rushing attack has been nearly unstoppable

Marysville Pilchuck’s explosive ground attack has left opponents in the dust and lit up the scoreboard.

Marysville-Pilchuck's Dylan Carson is tackled by Glacier Peak’s Reggie Valmonte during the game on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 in Snohomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Lake Stevens running back Jayden Limar carries the ball with two Richland defenders trying to bring him down during a 4A state playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 in Lake Stevens. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)

Prep football roundup for 1st round of state tournaments

Roundup of games in the first round of the state tournaments involving local teams: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results and statistics, email sports@heraldnet.com) 4A… Continue reading

Lake Stevens running back Jayden Limar carries the ball with two Richland defenders trying to bring him down during a 4A state playoff game on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021 in Lake Stevens. (John Gardner / Pro Action Image)
Jakobus Seth runs through chute drills during practice at Lakewood High School on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

From orphanage to star recruit, Lakewood player finds a way

Jakobus Seth was adopted from Haiti at age 6. He has grown into a standout left tackle. Yale wanted him. He chose the Palouse.

Jakobus Seth runs through chute drills during practice at Lakewood High School on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021 in Arlington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The Marysville Pilchuck football team beat Garfield 52-21 in a Class 3A first-round state playoff game on Saturday at Quil Ceda Stadium in Marysville. (Zac Hereth / The Herald)

MP rides dominant ground attack into state quarterfinals

The Tomahawks rush for 538 yards in a 52-21 win over Garfield in the 3A state tournament.

The Marysville Pilchuck football team beat Garfield 52-21 in a Class 3A first-round state playoff game on Saturday at Quil Ceda Stadium in Marysville. (Zac Hereth / The Herald)
Arlington players run onto the field before a 3A state playoff game against Mt. Spokane on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Arlington. (Nick Patterson / The Herald)

Arlington football’s season ends with loss to Mt. Spokane

The Wildcats find the formula to solve the Eagles’ vaunted defense and win 38-24 in the 3A state tournament.

Arlington players run onto the field before a 3A state playoff game against Mt. Spokane on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Arlington. (Nick Patterson / The Herald)