Despite cancellations due to inclement weather and COVID-19 precautions, several games took place during the holiday break. 

Marysville Getchell’s girls basketball team took advantage of a break in the weather Dec. 29 to travel to Sedro-Woolley where they defeated the Cubs 58-50.

“We were able to do enough to win the game,” Charger head coach Seth Dodge said. He added the team picked up the intensity on defense that led to some easy baskets. 

He complimented the efforts of junior Ellie Jackson, who had 11 points. “She’s a leader on the court.”

Sophomores Hayden Robinson and Chloe Downing each had nine points and senior Erica Martin had eight points. 

Dodge also highlighted the efforts of senior Jay Pittman. “She just controlled the boards.”

The win over Sedro-Woolley brings Marysville Getchell’s record to 4-4. 

“We’re young and finding our way,” Dodge said. The Chargers are starting three sophomores, one junior and one senior. He added the team found their niche during a Dec. 15, 45-36 win against Marysville Pilchuck. 

Also playing Christmas and New Year’s was the Lakewood boys basketball team. The Cougars traveled to Yakima to compete in the Wilbur Ellis SunDome Shootout. They played two games, losing to Ephrata 58-56 and Brewster 62-50. 

“It was a good learning experience for the younger guys,” Lakewood head coach Anthony Wiederkehr said. “It helped us realize some of the things we need to work on to make it to the playoffs.”

He said the Shootout helps players get a visual of the host site of the 2A state playoffs. 

Lakewood had a game scheduled Jan. 31, against Marysville Getchell, but that game was canceled for the second time. 

A number of games and matches in the area were canceled because of COVID or weather-related issues due to the snow that fell in the region starting Dec. 26. 

Wrestling programs in Arlington, Lakewood and Marysville were paused for the last several weeks of December due to COVID outbreaks at wrestling tournaments that took place earlier in December.  Those tournaments took place in Lacey, Sumner, Puyallup, Yelm, Yakima, Edmonds, Snohomish and Sedro-Woolley, according to the Snohomish Health District. Eighty cases of COVID-19 have been tied to those tournaments. Thirteen school districts in Snohomish County were affected by the outbreak.

The state Department of Health adjusted guidelines in December. Athletes, coaches, trainers, and support personnel in high-contact sports (basketball, wrestling and competitive cheer) need to be tested three times per week regardless of vaccination status. 

In addition to games being canceled, several basketball tournaments were canceled including events at Mountlake Terrace and Glacier Peak. 

Marysville Athletic Director Rocky Verbeck said in an email any non-league games will likely not be rescheduled to make sure league games are played. Wrestling programs returned to practice after 10 days. Wrestlers and basketball players in Lakewood returned to practice Jan. 3, said Kristina Bowman, communications specialist for the Lakewood School District, in an email. 

Winter sports returned with a full slate of games and matches scheduled the first week of January. 

Arlington’s boys basketball hosts Everett Jan. 5 and travels to Stanwood Jan. 7. Girls basketball hosts Everett Jan. 5 and hosts Stanwood Jan. 8. Boys wrestling visits Stanwood Jan. 6 and competes in the Everett Classic Jan. 8 while girls wrestling competes in the Lake Stevens scramble Jan. 5. 

In Lakewood, boys basketball visits Blaine Jan. 6, girls basketball hosts Blaine Jan. 7, boys wrestling hosts Burlington Edison Jan. 6 and girls wrestling visits Sedro-Woolley Jan. 5. 

Marysville Getchell’s boys basketball hosts Lynnwood Jan. 5 and visits Shorecrest Jan. 7. Girls basketball hosts Jackson Jan. 6 and visits Mariner Jan. 8. Boys wrestling visits competes in the Everett Classic Jan. 6. 

Marysville Pilchuck’s boys basketball visits Mountlake Terrace Jan. 5 and hosts Stanwood Jan. 7. Girls basketball visits Shorewood Jan. 6 and boys wrestling hosts Oak Harbor and Ferndale Jan. 6. 

Marysville Pilchuck and Getchell’s girls wrestling teams competes in the MP/MG wrestling scramble Jan. 6 and both swim teams visit Archbishop Murphy Jan. 5. 


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