Monroe High School

Caden Kaasa, the 2022 Boys Soccer Player of the Year, stands on his home turf Friday, June 24, 2022, at Monroe High School in Monroe, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

The Herald’s Boys Soccer Player of the Year: Caden Kaasa

The Monroe senior scored a school-record 29 goals and led the Bearcats to a third-place finish at state.

 

All-Area softball player of the year is Monroe shortstop River Mahler. Mahler, a Stanford University signee, excelled at the plate and in the field while leading the Bearcats to a fifth-place finish in the 3A state tournament. Photographed on June 13, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The Herald’s Softball Player of the Year: River Mahler

The do-it-all Stanford-bound senior shortstop broke school records and led Monroe to a 5th-place state finish.

 

State soccer.

State soccer: Monroe boys bounce back to claim 3rd place

The Bearcats rebound from a tough semifinals loss to rout O’Dea 6-0.

 

State softball.

State softball roundup: Jackson loses 4A semifinal heartbreaker to Skyview

Skyview scores 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th to rally for a 4-3 walkoff win, denying the Timberwolves a shot at a 3-peat.

State softball.
Monroe’s Owen Skurdal is slide tackled by Mercer Island’s Edward Brown during the 3A boys state semifinal on Friday, May 27, 2022 in Puyallup, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Monroe suffers heartbreaker in 3A state soccer semifinals

The Bearcats allow two extra-time goals and lose to Mercer Island 3-2.

Monroe’s Owen Skurdal is slide tackled by Mercer Island’s Edward Brown during the 3A boys state semifinal on Friday, May 27, 2022 in Puyallup, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Monroe’s Diego Perez-Diaz, left, and Tanner Summers celebrate their win over Shorewood Saturday afternoon at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline, Washington on May 14, 2022. The Bearcats won 2-0. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

State boys soccer preview: A look at the 3A state final four

Monroe will make its second state semifinal appearance in program history on Friday afternoon.

Monroe’s Diego Perez-Diaz, left, and Tanner Summers celebrate their win over Shorewood Saturday afternoon at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline, Washington on May 14, 2022. The Bearcats won 2-0. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Cascade's Ashlyee Bloch attempts to tag out Snohomish's Camryn Sage Thursday evening at Phil Johnson Ball Field in Everett, Washington on May 19, 2022. The Bruins defeated the Panthers 14-7 to claim the NW District 1 3A Championship title. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Cascade's Ashlyee Bloch attempts to tag out Snohomish's Camryn Sage Thursday evening at Phil Johnson Ball Field in Everett, Washington on May 19, 2022. The Bruins defeated the Panthers 14-7 to claim the NW District 1 3A Championship title. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Marysville-Getchell celebrates their 8-1 victory over Everett High School at Phil Johnson Ball Field in Everett, Washington on May 19, 2022.(Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Marysville-Getchell celebrates their 8-1 victory over Everett High School at Phil Johnson Ball Field in Everett, Washington on May 19, 2022.(Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Monroe’s Jessi Mahler, top left clockwise, River Mahler, Emma Nagy, Scarlett Nagy, Annie Oylear and Hadley Oylear are members of the Bearcats starting lineup going into the playoffs. Photographed in Monroe, Washington on May 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

‘Sisterly bond’: Monroe softball team features 3 pairs of sisters

The Mahler, Nagy and Oylear sisters make up two-thirds of the state-hopeful Bearcats’ starting lineup.

Monroe’s Jessi Mahler, top left clockwise, River Mahler, Emma Nagy, Scarlett Nagy, Annie Oylear and Hadley Oylear are members of the Bearcats starting lineup going into the playoffs. Photographed in Monroe, Washington on May 16, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Arlington's Tyler Howe, left, and Edmonds-Woodway's Ryan Hanby vie for control of the ball Saturday afternoon at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline, Washington on May 14, 2022.  The Warriors won 4-2. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Arlington's Tyler Howe, left, and Edmonds-Woodway's Ryan Hanby vie for control of the ball Saturday afternoon at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline, Washington on May 14, 2022.  The Warriors won 4-2. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Monroe’s Diego Perez-Diaz, left, and Tanner Summers celebrate their win over Shorewood Saturday afternoon at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline, Washington on May 14, 2022.  The Bearcats won 2-0. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Monroe boys clinch first state soccer berth since 2002

The Bearcats defeat Shorewood 2-0 in a winner-to-state, loser-out 3A District 1 Tournament match.

Monroe’s Diego Perez-Diaz, left, and Tanner Summers celebrate their win over Shorewood Saturday afternoon at Shoreline Stadium in Shoreline, Washington on May 14, 2022.  The Bearcats won 2-0. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Snohomish softball rallies past Monroe, clinches league title

The Panthers come back from a pair of multi-run deficits to beat the Bearcats 7-6 and secure the Wesco 3A/2A crown.

Monroe's Rafael Garnica goes up for a header during a game March 18 in Arlington. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Culture shift leads to big turnaround for Monroe boys soccer

After many years of losing, the Bearcats are hoping to earn the program’s first state berth in 20 years.

Monroe's Rafael Garnica goes up for a header during a game March 18 in Arlington. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The Snohomish County FC Steelheads won the Northwest Premier League Indoor championship in their inaugural season. (Brit Litwin)

Community roundup: Steelheads win indoor women’s championship

Also, Lake Stevens grad sets college record, EvCC claims “T” Trophy and Monroe alum wins NWAC honors.

The Snohomish County FC Steelheads won the Northwest Premier League Indoor championship in their inaugural season. (Brit Litwin)
Arlington’s Tyler Rusko catches a ground ball while Monroe’s Kody Edelbrock slides into second base during the game on Thursday, April 21, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Monroe rides big 5th inning to key win over Arlington

The Bearcats beat the Eagles 11-6 to move into a three-way tie for second place in the crowded Wesco 3A/2A North standings.

Arlington’s Tyler Rusko catches a ground ball while Monroe’s Kody Edelbrock slides into second base during the game on Thursday, April 21, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
The 2022 All-Area girls basketball team, back row from left, Monroe’s Adria Lincoln, Stanwood’s Vivienne Barrett, Snohomish’s Ella Gallatin, and front row from left, Arlington’s Keira Marsh, Lake Stevens’ Baylor Thomas and Arlington’s Jenna Villa are pictured Sunday, March 27, 2022, in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
The 2022 All-Area girls basketball team, back row from left, Monroe’s Adria Lincoln, Stanwood’s Vivienne Barrett, Snohomish’s Ella Gallatin, and front row from left, Arlington’s Keira Marsh, Lake Stevens’ Baylor Thomas and Arlington’s Jenna Villa are pictured Sunday, March 27, 2022, in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Western Washington's Gracie Castaneda, an Arlington High School graduate, dribbles during an NCAA Division II Elite Eight game against Valdosta State on March 21, 2022, in Birmingham, Ala. (Western Washington photo)
Western Washington's Gracie Castaneda, an Arlington High School graduate, dribbles during an NCAA Division II Elite Eight game against Valdosta State on March 21, 2022, in Birmingham, Ala. (Western Washington photo)
Arlington's Jack Machovina watches Monroe's Rafael Garnica heads the ball Friday evening at Arlington High School in Arlington, Washington on March 18, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

GALLERY: Monroe boys down Arlington on the pitch

The Bearcats beat the Eagles 3-1 in a Wesco 3A/2A soccer match on Friday night.

Arlington's Jack Machovina watches Monroe's Rafael Garnica heads the ball Friday evening at Arlington High School in Arlington, Washington on March 18, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
North Carolina's Mason Phillips (top), a Stanwood High School alum, claimed the 149-pound championship at the Wolfpack Wrestling Club Open held Nov. 14 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Blake Clifton/UNC Athletics)
North Carolina's Mason Phillips (top), a Stanwood High School alum, claimed the 149-pound championship at the Wolfpack Wrestling Club Open held Nov. 14 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Blake Clifton/UNC Athletics)
Eastern Washington wide receiver Efton Chism III, a Monroe High School graduate. (Photo provided by Eastern Washington University)

Former local standouts hope to lead Eastern to national title

With Efton Chism III, Josh Jerome and Anthany Smith helping lead the way, the Eagles begin their quest for a crown.

Eastern Washington wide receiver Efton Chism III, a Monroe High School graduate. (Photo provided by Eastern Washington University)