Inglemoor senior Kim Kramers set a 4A state record in winning the pole-vault title with a mark of 12 feet, 7.5 inches. Photo courtesy of Greg Nelson

Inglemoor senior Kim Kramers set a 4A state record in winning the pole-vault title with a mark of 12 feet, 7.5 inches. Photo courtesy of Greg Nelson

2018: The year in sports for the Bothell-Kenmore area

Athletic success is a staple of the local community.

JANUARY

“Cedar Park’s Reidy eclipses career 1,000-point mark”: George Reidy notched 26 points in Cedar Park Christian’s 60-57 overtime win over King’s in a 1A Cascade Conference matchup. Reidy, a 6-foot-5 senior, eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career at Cedar Park Christian.

FEBRUARY

“Bothell snags 4A KingCo title after hoops battle with Mount Si”: Battle-worn and victorious. That’s how Bothell High’s 4A KingCo champion boys basketball squad stood on game night. After the title game, some players were hobbling around the court and league most valuable player Cameron Tyson sported a bag of ice on his left ankle. None of that mattered in the moment while the Cougars lifted the first-place trophy after notching a thrilling 49-43 victory over Mount Si at Lake Washington High.

MARCH

“Locals chip into third place at national golf finals”: A local foursome — featuring Eric Johnson of Bothell and John Pfeil of Kenmore — placed third in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, March 21-25.

APRIL

“Inglemoor baseball beats Bothell, 3-2, in eight innings”: Inglemoor’s Teddy Bishop delivered a clutch walkoff single to give the Vikings a 3-2 baseball victory over Bothell in an eight-inning contest on April 9.

MAY

“Cougars boys track squad earns first place at the Class 4A state meet”: Led by Da’Vicious Wilson’s first-place long jump of 23 feet, 7.75 inches, Bothell’s boys track and field team tied for first place at the 4A state meet on May 24-26 at Mount Tahoma High in Tacoma.

“Inglemoor’s Kramers notches record-setting state pole-vault title, wins decathlon crown”: It was quite a spring for Inglemoor senior Kim Kramers. She set a 4A state record in winning the pole-vault title and then she notched the state decathlon championship. At the state meet at Mount Tahoma High, Kramers vaulted 12 feet, 7.5 inches to win the title. The former state record was a 12-7 in 2015 by Caleigh Lofstead of Camas.

“Golden discus throw at state”: Cedar Park Christian’s Sam Van Peursem won the 1A state discus title with a mark of 171-02 at Eastern Washington University. He placed second in the shot put at 54-04.25. Eagle Kaitlyn Ventler took eighth place in the 200 meters in 27.12.

“Vikings defeat Spartans in KingCo 4A baseball title game”: Members of the Vikings roster succeeded in pouring a congratulatory bucket of ice on coach Craig Bishop’s back following Inglemoor’s monumental 7-3 victory against the No. 1-seeded Skyline Spartans in the Class 4A KingCo championship game on May 9 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. The Vikings clinched a berth in the Class 4A state tournament .

JUNE

“Pilots earn their championship wings”: They sported nicknames like “Ashbash,” “Sparkles,” “Jillibean” and “Twinkle Toes.” They bonded with each other and made solid plays on the field that pushed them along the basepaths to copious victories as they secured the first-ever North Lake Little League majors fastpitch softball District 8 championship.

JULY

“Tons of hard work equals state title for Bothell-Kenmore softball squad”: Forty-three days of hard work. That’s what it took for the North Lake/Northshore/North Bothell combined age 9-11 all-star softball team to finally notch the state championship with a 6-4 victory over Pac-West on July 20 at Shorewood High.

“Celebrating strikes and friendship at Special Olympics USA Games”: So many bowlers and spectators packed inside Kenmore Lanes that at times it seemed like there was no room to spare. From July 2-5, the Special Olympics USA Games came to town for singles finals, and traditional and unified team and doubles finals.

AUGUST

“Bothell’s Cascade Racing Team strikes gold and more at nationals”: Five Cascade Canoe and Kayak Racing Team members brought gold, silver and bronze medals home to Bothell from the U.S. National Sprint Championships held Aug. 2-4 in Oklahoma City.

SEPTEMBER

“Inglemoor earns homecoming win over North Creek”: Inglemoor High’s players are a tight-knit group wherever they roam. They have a special bond. They’re family. That’s what Viking junior Colby Ryden feels was responsible for the team’s turn-around from last year’s one-win season. The Viks continued to roll with a 21-12 victory over North Creek in front of a raucous homecoming crowd full of students dressed in togas and screaming at the top of their lungs.

OCTOBER

“North Creek defeats Issaquah for 4A KingCo volleyball tourney title”: Absolute madness: A back-and-forth volleyball battle with emotions unhinged, blistering kills, ground-scraping digs and plenty of screams from both sides. In the anticipated rematch between 4A KingCo rivals, North Creek defeated Issaquah, 3-1, on Oct. 30 to claim the league tournament championship at Bothell High.

NOVEMBER

“North Creek swimmer Dang sets state record in 100 fly”: North Creek senior Gabrielle Dang, who had previously won three 4A state freestyle titles, wanted to mix things up this season. She did just that in a big way by notching the state 100 butterfly record with a first-place time of 52.58 at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Eastlake’s Katie Kinnear set the previous state record of 53.10 in 2009. Dang hit a 53.10 in prelims. Sticking with her freestyle success, Dang also won the 50 free in 22.91.

“Bothell stops Camas, notches 36-35 victory”: In a football thriller, Bothell High’s defense halted Camas High’s attempt at a 2-point conversion with 26 seconds left to nail down a 36-35 victory at Pop Keeney Stadium. The stop by defensive lineman Gage Potter saved the game and sends Bothell (8-2) into the 4A state playoffs top-16 play.

DECEMBER

“North Creek volleyballers notch first-team all-state honors”: North Creek libero Alisa Kim, left, and outside hitter Gabby Kepley, far right, were named to the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association class 4A first-team squad.

Bothell Cougars senior Da’Vicious Wilson earned first place in the long jump with a leap of 23 feet, 7.75 inches at the Class 4A state track meet on May 24 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

Bothell Cougars senior Da’Vicious Wilson earned first place in the long jump with a leap of 23 feet, 7.75 inches at the Class 4A state track meet on May 24 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography

North Creek volleyballers celebrate a point. Andy Nystrom / staff photo

North Creek volleyballers celebrate a point. Andy Nystrom / staff photo

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