Community sports: Arlington’s Gray re-signs with Swiss pro football team

Max Gray is heading back to Switzerland.

The Arlington High School graduate, who now plays professional football in Switzerland, has re-signed with the Calanda Broncos of the Swiss Nationalliga A for the 2022 season.

Gray, who graduated from Arlington in 2014 and was an NAIA All-American wide receiver at Rocky Mountain College, played safety, linebacker and return specialist for the Broncos as they won Swiss Nationalliga A championships in both 2019 and 2021. He was also scheduled to be part of the Broncos in 2020 when the season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gray will fill one of Calanda’s two American roster spots, joining former DePauw University quarterback Chase Andries.

Kamiak grad Hamilton nominated for national award

The accolades continue to roll in for Donte Hamilton.

The Kamiak High School graduate, who just completed his graduate season as a linebacker for the Central Washington University football team, was named a finalist for the Cliff Harris Award, which is presented annually by the Little Rock Touchdown Club to the nation’s top small-college defensive player.

Hamilton was one of 79 players named finalists from NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA schools. The winner will receive the award at a banquet on Jan. 14 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Hamilton recorded 78 tackles (14.5 for loss), 5.5 sacks and six interceptions, and he was named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year as he led the 8-3 Wildcats to the NCAA Division II playoffs.

Steelheads holding women’s indoor tryouts

The Snohomish County FC Steelheads are holding open tryouts for their indoor women’s team on Jan. 6 and 9 at the Snohomish Sports Dome.

This will be the inaugural season for the Steelheads’ women’s indoor team, which will play in the Northwest Premier League Indoor beginning in February. The coaching staff will be announced soon.

The tryouts take place from 7-9 p.m. on Jan. 6 and from 10 a.m.-noon on Jan. 9. To register, visit the Snohomish County FC website.

Professional cornhole returning to Snohomish County

The Americn Cornhole League is holding its January Northwest Regional on Jan. 8 at the Snohomish Sports Dome. The tournament is open to intermediate, competitive and advanced players in both singles and doubles. The fee is $35 per player. Registration will be available on the Emerald City Cornhole Facebook page at a later date.

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This story has been modified to correct the fee for entry to the American Cornhole League event.

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