A look back at the most memorable moments of 2017

Dec 28, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan The Edmonds-Woodway baseball team is introduced during the third/fourth place 3A state baseball tournament game at Safeco Field. The Warriors took home a fourth-place trophy.

Athletes from Edmonds-Woodway, Meadowdale and King’s high schools made quite an impression in 2017.

The Edmonds-Woodway baseball team finished its season at Safeco Field, advancing to the state semfinals for the first time in school history.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Allyson Ely and King’s Caleb Perry capped their senior seasons with state track and field titles.

Let’s relive some of the highlights in sports for 2017.


King’s winning streak snapped

One of King’s most remarkable streaks came to an end at the hands of Archbishop Murphy.

The Wildcats snapped the Knights’ 47-game league winning streak with an 82-47 victory in a Cascade Conference girls basketball game Jan. 6 at King’s High School.


Mavericks qualify for district tourney

Meadowdale advanced to the 3A District boys basketball tournament for the first time in six years.

The Mavericks defeated Snohomish 66-53 in a district play-in game Friday, Feb. 10, at Meadowdale High School.

Junior Dan Barhoum scored a game-high 18 points to lead Meadowdale. Junior Justin Chambers added 14 points and senior Xavier Meekins contributed 11 points.


Warriors earn state regional hoops berth

Edmonds-Woodway rebounded from a tough loss to Wesco 3A champion Stanwood to defeat Arlington 59-58 in a loser-out 3A District 1 boys basketball game Saturday, Feb 18, at Jackson High School and earn a berth to the state regional tournament.

The Warriors had to rally from a 13-point halftime deficit to knock off the Eagles.

“We showed some resiliency,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Robert Brown said of his team.


Ball advances to 182-pound finals

Meadowdale’s Liam Ball came into Mat Classic XXIX as the favorite in the 3A 182-pound weight class.

The senior lived up to all of the pre-tournament expectations all the way to the finals but fell just two points short of winning a state title.

Lincoln’s JJ Dixon edged Ball 4-3 in the championship match Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Tacoma Dome.

“It is what it is,” Ball said. “Second is still great. It’s not what I wanted, but I’m still going home with a medal.”


Five Warriors claim Mat Classic medals

Edmonds-Woodway returned home with a rich haul of medals from Mat Classic XXIX.

Five Warriors advanced to the medal round, one of Edmonds-Woodway’s best showings in school history.

The top finisher was Salihou Fatty, who placed fourth in the 132-pound division. Fatty lost to 1-0 to Ferndale’s Eli Croy. The Edmonds-Woodway junior voluntarily gave up an escape in the third round. Fatty advanced to the semifinals where he lost 3-2 in triple overtime to Kelso’s Jordan Miller.


E-W wraps up season at state regionals

No one expected Edmonds-Woodway to be playing in the 3A state regional girls basketball tournament.

Certainly not after losing senior Missy Peterson, one of the top players in the league, in mid-January to a foot injury.

Not with a lineup that often featured not one, not two, not three, but four freshmen.

But the Warriors proved all the doubters wrong by winning two of three district tournament games to advance to the state regional tourney.

Edmonds-Woodway’s postseason ride ended with a 63-41 loss to West Seattle in a loser-out contest Saturday, Feb. 25, at Bellevue College.


King’s boys finish 3rd at 1A tournament

With its best player cheering on his teammates in street clothes on the bench, King’s exceeded just about everyone’s expectations at the 1A state boys basketball tournament.

The Knights rebounded after a tough loss to Freeman in the semifinals to defeat arch rival Lynden Christian 55-43 to take home a third-place trophy Saturday, March 4, at Yakima Valley SunDome.

Going into the postseason, many observers questioned how King’s would fare without three-time Cascade Conference MVP and Gonzaga-bound Corey Kispert, who was sidelined with a broken bone in his right foot in January. The Knights responded to the adversity well, claiming the Cascade Conference title and qualifying for the state tournament by winning three loser-out District and Bi-District contests.


E-W wins baseball title on home run

Edmonds-Woodway clinched the Wesco 3A South baseball championship in dramatic fashion.

Senior Brandon Mitchell hit a three-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Warriors rallied to defeat Snohomish 7-6 Friday, April 28, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

The walk-off home run was Mitchell’s second of the season and enabled Edmonds-Woodway to secure the South’s No. 1 seed to the district tournament.


Warriors take district crown

A battled-tested Edmonds-Woodway baseball team made history last weekend.

Behind a stellar pitching performance by senior Nick Hull, the Warriors edged Shorewood 2-1 to capture the school’s first-ever district championship Saturday, May 13, at Meridian Park in Shoreline.


Mavs book sixth straight trip to state

Meadowdale is headed back to the 3A state softball tournament for the sixth straight year.

The Mavericks scored six runs in the fourth inning and overcame 2- and 3-run deficits to defeat Marysville-Pilchuck 9-5 in a winner-to-state 3A District 1 semifinal game Thursday, May 18, at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett.

After securing the state berth, the Mavericks claimed another district championship by defeating Snohomish 2-1 in the title game Friday, May 19, avenging an earlier 16-1 loss.


E-W moves on to final four for the first time

Edmonds-Woodway’s season came to an end last weekend at Safeco Field.

But the sights and sounds of an unprecedented postseason run to the final four, the first in the school’s history, will forever be seared into the memories of players and coaches.

The Warriors came home with a fourth-place trophy, following a 2-1 loss to Mercer Island in the third-fourth place 3A state baseball tournament game Saturday, May 27, in Seattle.

Edmonds-Woodway lost 5-0 to eventual state champion Gig Harbor in a semifinal contest.


King’s Perry grabs 2 state sprint titles

King’s Caleb Perry wrapped up his senior season with two individual titles, two relay titles and a team crown at the 1A state boys track and field championships.

Perry swept the sprints, winning the 100-meter dash in 11.03 seconds and the 200 in 21.84. Perry, along with Brennon Blevins, Silas Newby and Nil Engmann, finished first in the 400 relay in 43.38. The King’s standout and teammates Newby, Connor McElmurry and Matt Jackson also captured the 1,600 relay in 3:24.40.


E-W’s Ely captures pole vault crown

Edmonds-Woodway’s Allyson Ely made quite the impression at the 3A state girls track and field championships.

Ely became the first Warrior in school history to win the pole vault Saturday, May 27, at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

The Edmonds-Woodway senior cleared 12 feet, 6 inches, tying her personal best, which she set at the district meet.


E-W soccer teams host charity game

Players and fans attending the second annual Edmonds-Woodway High School boys vs. girls charity soccer game got a first hand look of what they were supporting.

The Edmonds School District’s Unified soccer team played a short game during halftime. The Unified team is composed of Special Olympics athletes or students with special needs, who are joined by student peers or partners. Some of the student peers/partners also were members of the boys and girls soccer teams.

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