One week after the conclusion of a fall sports season, student athletes are returning to baseball diamonds, tracks, tennis courts and golf links to participate in a truncated spring sports season.
An approximately one-month season, which lacks a postseason, is underway with baseball, softball, track and field, boys soccer, girls tennis, and golf starting this week. Marysville Getchell hosts Marysville-Pilchuck in baseball April 7. They turn around and play each other again April 9 with the Tomahawks hosting. Marysville Getchell’s softball team heads to Arlington and Lakewood’s baseball team travels to Stanwood on April 7.
“Our number one goal is to make sure our kids are safe and compete in activities,” Marysville School District Athletic Director Rocky Verbeck said.
Other notable events this week include MG hosting Lake Stevens April 8 in track, Lakewood softball hosting Lake Stevens and M-P soccer hosting Stanwood April 7.
While Marysville-Pilchuck and Marysville Getchell compete in spring sports, Tulalip Heritage High School will compete in football season and girls volleyball. The Hawks football team travels to Darrington April 10 and the girls volleyball team starts its season April 12 at Shoreline Christian.
Lakewood, which is usually a 2A school competing in the Northwest Conference, is competing this year against 3A and 4A schools of the Wesco Conference.
Fall sports finished last week, spring sports go until early May and winter sports concludes the school year.
“We want to make sure we get a spring sport season because they did not get a season last year,” Arlington School District Athletic Director Tom Roys said.
Verbeck said sports like basketball, wrestling and football carried higher risks concerning COVID-19 and putting the winter sports season at the end of the school year was the best place to allow those sports to compete. Roys added that restrictions might be eased when winter sports begin.
Blair said numbers turning out for spring sports in Lakewood is a bit lower, but he thinks participation will increase when students return to class on a hybrid basis. He mentioned the school district is working to improve transportation for student athletes while trying to find people to help stream home games.
“Overall, we need to find a way to get more kids involved,” Blair said.
Only home spectators will be allowed to attend home athletic events and they have to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.
Arlington and Marysville school districts will continue to stream home athletic games. Arlington games will be streamed from www.theahseagle.com while Marysville games can be viewed from the school district’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/MarysvilleSD.
There are several ways to check the upcoming sports schedule. The first is www.arbiterlive.com and type in the school’s name.
The second is to go to www.wescoathletics.com, which will provide links to each school’s athletic web page. Here’s a list of links to high schools athletics pages in the Marysville and Arlington areas: