In only their fourth season, the Everett Silvertips have already become the most popular spectator sport in Snohomish County. The hockey team had...

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High-school teams, a hockey team and lots of golf courses give spectators and participants lots of options

In only their fourth season, the Everett Silvertips have already become the most popular spectator sport in Snohomish County.

The hockey team had immediate success when it joined the Western Hockey League (WHL) in 2003, both on the ice and at the box office.

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In three seasons, the Silvertips have won two U.S. Division championships and a Western Conference title and have been to the playoffs all three seasons.

Last season, Everett ranked fourth in the WHL in attendance, averaging 6,154 fans a game for its 36 regular-season contests at the Everett Events Center.

The Silvertips open their home season Sept. 29. Tickets range from $12 to $26 for adults and are available through the Everett Events Center box office, 425-252-5100 or www.everetteventscenter.com.

The WHL isn’t the only hockey played at the Events Center.

Hockey leagues — from children beginning at age 3 to men’s and women’s adult teams — accommodate players of all skill levels.

The Comcast community rink is also the site for public recreational skating as well as figure skating and speed skating. Call 425-322-2650 or go to www.everetteventscenter.com for more information.

Football, golf

Fall in Snohomish County also means very competitive high-school football.

Last season, three of the eight teams in the quarterfinals in the Class 4A state tournament were from the WesCo North Division in Snohomish County and Archbishop Murphy of the Mill Creek area, has won the Class 1A state championship two of the past three years.

And there are 18 public golf courses in Snohomish County, making golf one of the most popular sporting activities.