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May 26, 2008 at 7:28 AM

Hats off to spring champions

Well, it’s over. What a wild, whacky weekend to cap the spring prep sports and 2007-08 year.

First of all, I’d like to congratulate all of the state champions crowned last Friday (some individual track titles were decided then) and Saturday. I’ll bet you’re still beaming this morning, as well you should.

Unless you are a die-hard Shadle Park fan, you had to love Eastlake’s victory in the championship game of the Class 4A state fastpitch tournament. As they say, it’s why they play the game, rather than just mail in the score. And it’s why very little truly surprises me in high-school sports. There are no sure things.

Shadle, ranked as high as No. 6 nationally, was the overwhelming favorite to repeat with ace Sam Skillingstad in the circle. She had been “Nails” — her nickname — through the first three tournament games. But the Wolves believed in themselves, played their game and pulled off what I believe was the biggest upset of the weekend. A special congratulations to coach George Crowder and his Eastlake players!

Kennedy managed to repeat in 3A fastpitch with a pair of come-from-behind victories Saturday. Sore arm and all, Karli Merlich would not let the Lancers lose. The Lancers spoiled Timberline’s bid for a perfect season, but the Blazers still deserve a tip of the cap for their otherwise outstanding year, and they were pure class after that disappointing loss in the final.

Snohomish finally got that baseball title after last year’s championship loss to Richland. Aaron West was all but untouchable against Kentlake and how good is Derek Jones? He goes 3-for-4 with a 2-run homer in his final high-school game. The kid can flat-out hit.

How about you? What surprised or impressed you most? How about that crazy, 24-12 score in the 3A baseball title game? And 5-0 in the 3A soccer final? You don’t expect to see numbers like that on championship Saturday.

But when it comes to high-school sports, you just never know.

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