Shawn Skager

2014 in review: A sports year to remember and celebrate

2014 was an amazing year for high school athletics in the Auburn-area. So much so that it's hard to pick just a handful of outstanding team and individual achievements.

Photography comes naturally for Auburn teen

It didn't take Katelyn Cooper long to find her passion. When she was only 3, her parents put a Fisher Price camera in her hands.

Auburn edges Steilacoom 43-37 at ShoWare Shootout | Prep basketball

Freshman Jason Brown had a game-high 14 points as Auburn squeezed past the Steilacoom 43-37 Saturday at the ShoWare Shootout in Kent on Saturday.

Auburn, Auburn Mountainview, Auburn Riverside previews | Prep wrestling

Auburn, Auburn Mountainview, Auburn Riverside wrestling previews.

Jones aims to put Auburn Riverside wrestling back on top | Prep preview

Kyle Jones remembers well the heyday of Auburn Riverside wrestling.

Auburn slips by Auburn Riverside 90-86 | Prep boys swimming and diving

The Auburn Trojans held off the Auburn Riverside boys swimming and diving team on Thursday with a 90-86 score. Ben Schwab was the winner of two events for the Trojans, capturing first in the 200-yard individual medley with a 2 minute, 34.08 second finish and first in the 100 butterfly with a 1:20.01.

Kids share joy of giving with local cops

Azrayella Montgomery didn't eat up much clock reaching the $100 limit during the Shop With a Cop event at the Auburn Walmart last Saturday.

Auburn High honors Shelton, retires his jersey number

Students at Auburn High School got a heckuva big treat last Friday – University of Washington senior gridiron standout Danny Shelton, a 2011 Auburn graduate.

Auburn grapplers power by Auburn Riverside 65-12 | Prep wrestling

Auburn beat district-rival Auburn Riverside in dual wrestling action this past Wednesday, 65-12. The Trojans earned wins from 120-pound Drew Aplin, who beat Raven Evan Polkow with a pin at the 4-minute, 49-second mark, and from 126-pound Balteer Rana, who pinned Noah Afeto at 4:43.

Auburn Riverside’s Heilborn named Gatorade Player of the Year | Prep volleyball

Auburn Riverside senior Carson Heilborn was honored Wednesday as Washington state's Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year.

Santa Parade kicks off holiday season in Auburn | SLIDESHOW

The City of Auburn officially kicked off the holiday season this past Saturday with its annual Santa Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting.

Trojans second at Auburn Invitational | Prep wrestling

The Auburn wrestling squad grappled its way to a second-place finish at this past Saturday's Auburn Invitational, posting 185 points and placing first in four weight classes.

Auburn girls basketball aim for return to past glory | Prep girls basketball

When Jon Price attended Auburn High School the Trojan girls basketball program was no ordinary program.

Girls basketball previews | AT A GLANCE

Auburn, Auburn Mountainview and Auburn Riverside girls basketball previews at a glance.

Pacific approves 2015 budget

The Pacific City Council voted unanimously Monday to pass the City's 2015 budget of $28,707,889. "It's always a good sign that we have a balanced budget to move forward into 2015 and are actually meeting some of the requests and needs of the City," Mayor Leanne Guier said. Among the major expenditures of the 2015 budget – which totals about $550,000 less than the 2014 budget – is funding for a new police officer position and the replacement purchase of three new patrol cars for the Pacific Police Department at $50,000 each.

Auburn Mountainview tops Peninsula 99-88 | Prep boys swimming and diving

The Auburn Mountainview boys swimming and diving team upended South Puget Sound League 3A rival Peninsula Thursday at Peninsula High School in Gig Harbor. Junior Owen Lempert and senior Luke Lavine led the way for the Lions, each capturing two individual first-places and contributing to the team's relay wins.

Auburn Mountainview, Auburn, Auburn Riverside squads garner All-SPSL 3A honors | Prep football

Accolades for the Auburn Mountainview football squad keep coming, including last week's announcement of the South Puget Sound League 3A all-league honors.

Olson era begins for Auburn Riverside boys basketball

Auburn Riverside's boys basketball ream is no rebuilding project for new coach Kevin Olson.

Auburn Riverside dominates SPSL 3A all-league list | Prep volleyball

The state 3A champion Auburn Riverside volleyball squad dominated the South Puget Sound League 3A all-league list, which was released this past week.

Auburn’s Makayla Sonstelie earns SPSL 3A Offensive MVP award | Prep girls soccer

Auburn's Makayla Sonstelie is the South Puget Sound League 3A Offensive Most Valuable Player. Sonstelie, a senior midfielder for the 6-10 Trojans, was also selected to the SPSL 3A All-League first team.