Looking back at the top moments of 2017, part 2

Jan 04, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan King’s Katie Stella (center) celebrates scoring a game-tying goal against Cascade of Leavenworth during the 1A state girls soccer championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, at Shoreline Stadium. The Knights went on to defeat the Kodiaks 8-7 in a shootout to win their first state title in school history.

Athletes from Edmonds, made their mark in the second half of 2017.

King’s girls soccer and volleyball teams won state championships. A number of different teams from Edmonds-Woodway also had successful postseasons.

Here is part 2 of a look back at some of the highlights from 2017.




Warriors named to state baseball team

Edmonds-Woodway pitcher Nick Hull and shortstop/pitcher Brandon Mitchell were named to the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association’s 2017 3A All-State Baseball Team. Hull and Mitchell helped lead the Warriors to a fourth place finish at this year’s state tournament.




Stojkovic to compete in CrossFit Games


Katherine Stojkovic is ready to take on the challenge of the 2017 CrossFit Games.

The 63-year-old Edmonds resident is preparing to make her fourth appearance at the annual competition where participants compete in different workouts that are designed to test their athletic abilities.

Each year Stojkovic has improved her standing. She finished ninth in 2016 and placed 11th and 12th the two previous years in the Masters 60- to 65-year-old division.

“My plan this year is to just go and have a great time and just wherever I land, I’m going to be happy with,” Stojkovic said.




King’s soccer team overrun by freshmen

The King’s girls soccer team is being overrun by freshmen.

The Knights graduated seven seniors from last season’s team that finished third at the 1A state tournament.

To help fill that void and the absence of a couple of individuals who aren’t playing high school soccer this season, King’s added six freshmen to the varsity roster. The six aren’t just bench warmers either.

“We’ve never had that many in 12 years,” Knights coach Nicole Gaberlein said. “We’re young, but they’re coming in ready to work. They’re going to see a lot of action.”




Warriors win Wesco Cross Country crown

Edmonds-Woodway captured the team title at the Wesco Girls Cross Country Championships Saturday, Oct. 21, at Lakewood High School.

Senior Yukino Parle, and juniors Olivia Meader-Yetter and Stephanie Wrobleski placed second, third and fourth, behind first place finisher Taylor Roe of Lake Stevens.


E-W beats Snohomish for Wesco South title

Back in mid-August, senior quarterback Reilly Chappell and his teammates started practicing for what they hoped would be a first for their class – a Wesco 3A South football championship.

Ten weeks later, the Warriors realized their goal of a league title by defeating Snohomish 38-17 in the regular season finale Friday, Oct. 27, at Edmonds Stadium.

“It’s absolutely phenomenal,” Chappell said. “This is what we were dreaming of. We knew we had a really strong class of seniors that hasn’t gotten to experience a Wesco title as varsity members of the team. This is just a blast.”


Warrior start off playoffs with victory

Edmonds-Woodway is back on track.

After a four-match losing streak in the middle of the regular season, the Warriors regrouped to win their final four contests and then started off the postseason with a 25-16, 25-11, 26-24 victory over Shorecrest in a Wesco 3A play-in volleyball match Saturday, Oct. 28, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

“We’re feeling good. We’ve been on a winning streak,” senior Sam Hardan said. “We’ve sort of got our mojo back. We’ve been doing really well. We’re playing really cohesive.”


Edmonds-Woodway sweeps first 3 spots

Edmonds-Woodway’s big three continue to dominate the postseason.

A week after taking the first three 3A spots at the Wesco Championships, senior Yukino Parle and juniors Olivia Meader-Yetter and Stephanie Wroblewski swept the first three spots at the Northwest District 3A Girls Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Oct. 28.

Parle won the 5k race with a time of 18 minutes, 23.60 seconds and was followed by Meader-Yetter (18:59.00) and Wroblewski (19:04.9). Teammates Alyssa Hershey (20:45.50) and Sofia Gard (21:20) placed 28th and 36th, respectively.




E-W advances to state soccer quarterfinals

Edmonds-Woodway is headed to the state quarterfinals.

Sophomore Kyra Hicks scored two goals and the Warriors survived a late scare to defeat Bonney Lake 3-2 in a first round 3A state girls soccer tournament game Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Edmonds Stadium.

Edmonds-Woodway appeared to be on its way to an easy 3-0 victory, but then suddenly found its lead in serious jeopardy when Bonney Lake’s Kaylee Coatney scored two goals in the last six minutes of the game. But the Warriors’ defense stiffened and Edmonds-Woodway prevailed.


Warriors best Tides in playoff opener

Edmonds-Woodway didn’t come into its 3A playoff football game at full strength.

The Warriors were missing their top running back, a two-way team captain and a starting defensive back.

Edmonds-Woodway faced the adversity, overcame it and dominated Gig Harbor 24-6 Friday, Nov. 3, at Edmonds Stadium.

Senior quarterback Reilly Chappell ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third. The Warriors advanced to the state playoffs for the first time since 2011. “It feels great,” Chappell said. “This is what we came in planning to do. This is what we were dreaming of and now that we’ve accomplished it, we just want to ride the train as far as it goes.”


Warriors take 2nd place at state meet

Edmonds-Woodway’s Yukino Parle, Olivia Meader-Yetter and Stephanie Wroblewski more than lived up to the high expectations they were facing at the 3A State Girls Cross Country Championships.

All three of the Warriors finished in the top 5 to help Edmonds-Woodway bring home a second place trophy Saturday, Nov. 4, at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.

Parle took second place overall, completing the 5k course in 18 minutes, 16.70 seconds behind North Central’s Erinn Hill, who won in 17:55.30.

“They ran really well,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Alan Bonney said. “To get three in the top 5, it’s a tremendous accomplishment.”

Meader-Yetter placed fourth and Wroblewski was right behind her in fifth place, ahead of three runners from North Central, which won the team title.


Broadhead grabs 4th straight medal

Edmonds-Woodway senior Morgan Broadhead made it four for four in the 100-yard freestyle at the 3A State Swimming and Diving Championships.

Broadhead wrapped up her high school career with a fourth place finish in the 100 freestyle. She finished in 53.45 seconds, dropping .04 seconds from her time in the preliminary heat. Broadhead finished fifth in the event at last year’s state meet. She also placed ninth as a freshmen and 10th during her sophomore year.

The Edmonds-Woodway standout also took 12th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.04.


E-W eliminated in soccer playoffs

Edmonds-Woodway’s postseason run ended with a shutout loss.

Mercer Island scored two goals in the second half to beat the Warriors 2-0 in a 3A state quarterfinal game Saturday, Nov. 11, at Edmonds Stadium.

The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak that spanned five weeks and four playoff games.

Edmonds-Woodway coach Bill LeCompte said that while the loss was tough with time comes perspective and he appreciated what the Warriors accomplished this season – a district title and the second appearance in the state quarterfinals in the last three years.

“This was the third team in school history to get to the quarterfinals,” LeCompte added. “That’s an impressive thing.”


Edmonds-Woodway loses to Crusaders

Edmonds-Woodway’s season ended with a tough loss to No. 1 ranked Eastside Catholic.

The Crusaders took advantage of four interceptions and one fumble to defeat the Warriors 42-13 in a first round 3A state football game Friday, Nov. 10, at Seattle Memorial Stadium.

The lopsided score overshadowed what Edmonds-Woodway coach John Gradwohl described as a strong performance from the Warriors’ defense.

“I thought our defense dominated,” Gradwohl said. “Their defense is great too and took advantage of every mistake we made on offense. They did a nice job of taking advantage of it and making the most of it. Credit to them.”


Underdog Knights win volleyball crown

The odds appeared to be stacked against King’s.

Although they came into the 1A state volleyball tournament with a solid team that was co-Cascade Conference champions with Archbishop Murphy, the Knights didn’t have much postseason roster experience.

“We knew we had some talented players, but we didn’t know what to expect from them,” coach Jeff Fransen said.

The Knights surprised their coach and maybe even themselves by winning all four matches, including a 25-12, 23-25, 25-21, 25-10 decision over Cascade (Leavenworth) in the finals Saturday, Nov. 11, to capture the school’s third state title and the first since 2009.


King’s claims first-ever state soccer title

The fate of King’s championship hopes rested on the foot of freshman Annie Rasmussen.

After 80 minutes of regulation play, a pair of five-minute overtime periods and eight rounds of a shootout, the Knights were poised to win their first state girls soccer title in school history.

King’s and Cascade of Leavenworth were tied with four goals apiece following the first five penalty kicks. Each player then successfully scored in the sixth, seventh and eight rounds of the shootout, as the tension mounted.

Knights sophomore goalkeeper Grace Roberts then made the save of the season, pouncing on a shot to start the ninth round.

Rasmussen’s was up next.

“I didn’t even think it would get down to me,” Rasmussen said of the opportunity presented to her. “Our goalkeeper Grace blocked that shot and I then knew it came down to this moment. I didn’t want to look back and say I missed that shot. I wanted to make it.

“I had to.”

She did.

The biggest shot in King’s history made it past the goalkeeper, hitting nothing but net to give the Knights a 2-1 victory over the Kodiaks in the 1A championship game Saturday, Nov. 18, at Shoreline Stadium.

“I wanted to get it in the corner on the ground, a hard ball,” Rasmussen said.



Becker helps lead E-W past Mavericks

Edmonds-Woodway senior guard Noah Becker showed veteran smarts and poise down the stretch against Meadowdale.

With the Warriors leading 67-60 and the Mavericks threatening to cut further into the lead, Becker had a critical steal and then sank a 3-pointer as Edmonds-Woodway eventually pulled away for a 76-65 victory in a non-conference boys basketball game on Friday, Dec. 8.

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