Athletes provided many memorable moments in 2018


Last updated 1/2/2019 at Noon

The second half of 2018 provided many memorable moments on and off the field for sports fans.

Two Mukilteo Little League umpired received recognition for their work behind the plate.

A shooting near Goddard Stadium during a football game between Kamiak and Mariner resulted in the game being stopped as players, coaches and spectators were evacuated from the field and stands.

The Kamiak girls cross country, girls soccer and volleyball teams and the Kamiak and Mariner cheer squads all experienced success in 2018.

Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights.


Two Mukilteo LL umpires honored

Two of Mukilteo Little League’s own were recognized for their excellence in umpiring.

Jason Becker and Michael Lechnar both received Umpire of the Year awards.

Becker was named the 2018 Joe Fisher District 1 Baseball Umpire of the Year and Lechnar was named the 2018 Joe Fisher District 1 Softball Umpire of the year.

Fisher was a District 1, high school baseball and softball umpire and Little League volunteer for more than 30 years.

Becker has served a number of roles with Mukilteo Little League, ranging from umpire to coach to board member. He started umpiring six years ago.

Mariner cheer squad earns 16 awards

The Mariner High School cheer squad earned 16 individual and team awards at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) camp at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.

Head coach Katrina Craddock said that the honor she was most proud of was the Camp Leadership Award, which is given to only one team at the camp.

What makes the award noteworthy is that it is voted on, not by the staff, but by all of the teams attending the camp.


Marauders fall in season opener

Mariner needed a stop to pull out a victory in its season opener against Arlington.

Instead the Eagles came up with the play of the night – a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Anthony Whitis to wide receiver Griffin Gardoski with one second left in the fourth quarter – to lift Arlington to a stunning 27-23 victory over the Marauders in a nonconference football game Friday, Aug. 31, at Goddard Stadium.


Football game cut short due to shooting

The annual Kamiak/Mariner football game will be remembered for a long, long time.

But not for the right reasons.

The Marauders were leading 40-13 with about 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter when the game was stopped after gunshots were fired from a car driving near the stadium. Players, coaches and spectators were immediately evacuated from Goddard Stadium. The only reported injury was a student who rolled an ankle while exiting.

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School officials reported that a fight took place in the west parking lot at Mariner High School at around 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 14. Shortly after the fight ended, law enforcement officials said that gunshots were fired from a car driving on 4th Avenue West.


Kamiak football team claims first win

Senior defensive lineman Cameron Osbjornsen recovered a fumble in the end zone after senior defensive back Malachi Goodman caused a fumble and sophomore quarterback Damon Crouse threw a pass to freshman wide receiver Dylan James for the go-ahead 2-point conversion, as Kamiak edged Cascade 14-13 in a Wesco 4A football game Friday, Oct. 5, at Goddard Stadium.

The victory was the first for the Knights, who had been outscored 262 to 13 in their previous five contests.

Knights end soccer season with 1-0 loss

Senior Kendal Bendler scored with 3:32 left in the second overtime period to propel Inglemoor to a 1-0 victory over the Knights in a loser-out Wes-King 4A girls soccer district tournament game Saturday, Oct. 27, at Kamiak High School.

“They had a heck of a season and it was a hard-fought game,” first-year Kamiak coach Kosta Pitharoulis said. “Unfortunately, there is no easy way to lose a loser-out game. It wouldn’t have felt any better to potentially lose a shootout or a penalty kick kickoff.”

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Freshman makes sensational debut

As two Kamiak veterans closed out their high school careers, a new face emerged at the state girls cross country championships.

Freshman Emma Arceo finished seventh at the 4A meet Saturday, Nov. 3, at Sun Willows Golf Course in Pasco.

Seniors Alicia Anderson and Leah Clark also ran strong races, placing ninth and 15th, respectively.

Kamiak collects state swimming medals

Kamiak started and finished with a flourish at 4A state swimming and diving championships.

The Knights left with a fistful of medals and school records Saturday, Nov. 10, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

Junior Elli Straume finished second in the 200-yard freestyle and third in the 500 freestyle, setting two school records in the process.

Straume and teammates Ava Collinge, Song-Nhi Vo and Grace Hatscher finished second in the 200 freestyle relay with a school record time of 1:37.58.

Knights finish year at state tournament

Kamiak wrapped up its most successful season in four years with a two-day run at the 4A state volleyball tournament.

The Knights went 1-1 on the first day, losing in the opening round to eventual state champion West Valley (Yakima) but coming back to defeat University Friday, Nov. 16, at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

Kamiak then closed out its season with a loss to Chiawana in a loser-out match on Saturday, Nov. 17.


Kamiak cheer squad qualifies for state

The Kamiak cheer team placed second at Kentwood High School’s Holiday Invitational state qualifier Saturday, Dec. 15.

The team qualified for state in the Game Day division, a new category added last year. The Game Day category simulates an actual sideline situation: band dance, situational sideline chant, crowd-involvement cheer and ends with the school’s fight song.


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