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SPORTS BRIEFS

Softball players from the U14 and U12 Stilly Valley Crusaders help out in the community during the offseason. Pictured at Kids Kloset in Arlington, where they are helping out this month, from left, Casey Zachary, Kaitlyn Botten, Alexa Chase, Kiana Smith, Veronica Ladines, Lynsey Amundson, Anna Whitehouse. Other U14 team members not pictured: Kaylee Aune, Kristin Backstrom, Arianna Barrio, Alexa Blakey, Anna Larson, Katelyn McDonald, Kirsten Willis. - Courtesy photo
Softball players from the U14 and U12 Stilly Valley Crusaders help out in the community during the offseason. Pictured at Kids Kloset in Arlington, where they are helping out this month, from left, Casey Zachary, Kaitlyn Botten, Alexa Chase, Kiana Smith, Veronica Ladines, Lynsey Amundson, Anna Whitehouse. Other U14 team members not pictured: Kaylee Aune, Kristin Backstrom, Arianna Barrio, Alexa Blakey, Anna Larson, Katelyn McDonald, Kirsten Willis.
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Local softball team gives back

The Stilly Valley Crusaders U14 and U12 softball players learn more about life than just good sportsmanship.

When the girls aren’t building on the success of their Little League season — many of these girls are from the Marysville, Arlington and Lakewood school districts and played for the Stilly Valley all-star teams that won the state tournament in recent years — they give back to the community through several different projects.

Last October, the girls unloaded crates of pumpkins, placing them in fields to support and publicize the Marysville Rotary Pumpkins for Literacy program. In December, they joined Santa and Arlington firefighters as they walked through Arlington collecting food and donations to support the community food bank.

Now, this month, the girls are volunteering at Kids Kloset to help the used clothing store move and update their inventory to get ready for spring.

The U14 and U12 teams are coached by Jim Barrio and Steve McDonald.

Gracious hosts at Grace Academy

The Snohomish County Basketball Officials Association named Grace Academy its host school of the year.

In a press release, the organization praised the school’s hospitality, for welcoming officials with a smile and an offer to do whatever the guests need.

“They really focus on making the atmosphere the best they can and we appreciate that a great deal to be taken care of as well as we are at Grace Academy,” Mark Myers said in the statement.

Sultan’s Jordan Nicholes was named player of the year by the organization and Mountlake Terrace coach Nalin Sood earned the coaching award.

Boys and Girls Club registering volleyball players

The Arlington Boys and Girls Club is offering coed volleyball for first- through 12th-graders.

Registration runs through through March 13 the Arlington Boys and Girls Club. Cost is $70 plus a current membership. Teams practice two nights a week with the majority of games on Saturdays. The season begins the week of March 16. For more information contact the Arlington Boys and Girls Club at 360-435-4442.

Marysville city soccer seeks coaches

Marysville Parks and Recreation is seeking volunteer coaches for the youth soccer league and the upcoming season.

According to athletic coordinator Dave Hall, the program focuses upon developing fundamentals, teamwork, and good sportsmanship in a recreation league environment.

Practices begin the week of April 6 .

Volunteer packets are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Marysville Parks and Recreation office, located at Jennings Memorial Park.

For a packet or more information, call the Marysville Parks and Recreation office at 360-363-8400 or e-mail dhall@marysvillewa.gov.

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