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The initial consensus from a players-only meeting was that the team didn’t want the senior guard with a 4A state championship ring from Curtis, but the players changed their minds — and now Washington could be a 2A state contender.
The News Tribune’s state boys and girls basketball rankings for the week of Feb. 9
4A/3A/2A/1A local boys basketball teams and their district tournament schedule.
4A/3A/2A/1A local girls basketball teams and their district tournament schedule.
Harris earned the 106th and 107th pins of his career Saturday in the Class 4A Narrows sub-regional tournament at Foss High School on his way to the 126-pound title.
The top seed out of the 3A Narrows League was up for grabs, but Round 3 of Lincoln-Foss was about more than that. This was for bragging rights.
Tahoma places in the top three in 10 of 14 weight classes, while Decatur crowns three champions.
Tigers’ streak is best in state history … and does not look like it will end anytime soon; Columbia River wins first 3A/2A title
If this is what Mitchell Crossen can do after five days out of the pool, just imagine what could happen when he’s fully healthy.
Meanwhile, in the 4A Narrows sub-regional, Yelm holds commanding lead plus 4A SPSL North and South sub-regional results
In other area action, River Ridge demolished Orting 83-32, Foss beat Shelton 82-47, Lincoln saw off Mount Tahoma 70-58, Sumner girls beat Bonney Lake 46-31, and White River routed Fife 74-41.
Tumwater High School opened its doors in 1961 and wasted little time capturing its first football league championship, doing so in the Thunderbirds’ third season. It’s taken half a century to claim a boys basketball league title.
If wearing black bandannas and chewing on tangy Swedish Fish candy become a trend in Washington high school girls bowling next season, you have Spanaway Lake High School’s Carolina Snowden to thank for that.
Bobby Moorehead makes six 3-pointers as the Tigers clinch second place in the 4A Narrows League over the Tides
Shannon Bailey, who won the Class 3A/2A/1A individual state bowling championship last year while bowling for Wilson, says,’I just bowl’
A list of colleges where high school football players from Washington state have signed:
*NCAA Division III schools do not offer sports scholarships
Jusstis Warren was among six players on the Lincoln High football team to sign letters of intent Wednesday; other area athletes already committed sign, too, on drama-free day.
Behind Ryan Lacey’s 20 points, Lions rally past Peninsula, 52-46, to win Class 3A SPSL title.
Brandell Evans scores 25 to lead Blazers to first regular-season title since 2004, grabbing Class 4A Narrows crown.
Terry Cavender, the Hall of Fame Puyallup School District athletic director died suddenly in his office Thursday afternoon after his heart stopped.
Top high school recruits from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Western Canada, as selected by The News Tribune after polling coaches and various media outlets.
Record-setting high-school QB Jake Browning could be most important recruit of Chris Petersen era at Washington
Browning finished with 229 career touchdown passes — a national high-school record — in 46 games as Folsom’s starter. Browning is already enrolled at UW and will participate in spring practices.
Curtis completes perfect 4A SPSL South season; Stadium tied with Timberline atop 4A Narrows; Curtis, Bethel girls share 4A SPSL South title with wins.
The Lions scored 31 points in the opening six minutes, hitting 13 of 15 shots to wrap up the 4A Narrows championship with a 73-48 road victory over Olympia on Friday.
Stadium is the new king of the Narrows League 4A swimming pool.
Friday night’s Narrows League high school boys basketball battle between Wilson and host Foss was a contrast of styles.
The Hawks push their win streak to nine games with their second win over Washington, 63-50, on Friday to tie the Patriots for first place in the 2A SPSL. River Ridge owns the tiebreaker.
Foss High School basketball coach Mike Cocké said he wanted to resign after the death of his wife, Shannon Cocké, in May. But that’s not what she wanted, and he’s got a basketball team that’s helped him and senior Michel Cocké get through.
The Steilacoom senior linebacker’s highlight video on Hudl is the most viewed of any highlight that’s ever been posted to the website and he now has offers from a multitude of NCAA Division I after starting the year as a zero-star recruit.
VIolet Morrow’s 21 points lead the Rams to a Narrows 3A win over the Cougars
Malachi Flynn scored 16 of his game-high 36 points in the fourth quarter, and the visiting Lions prevented the Blazers from inching closer to its first 4A Narrows League championship.
Todd Beamer took down Thomas Jefferson, 60-56, on Tuesday night to move into sole possession of the No. 2 spot in the SPSL Northwest. This was also the second win of the season for Beamer over Jefferson, having beaten the Raiders, 76-61, on Dec. 19.
The News Tribune All-Area linebacker and Northwest Nuggets selection meets with Ducks coaches Sunday before announcing decision in front of about 30 family members.
After giving up the opening basket, No. 5 Life Christian scored 22 of the next 24 points, blowing out No. 9 Willapa Valley, 68-28, in Tacoma.
The top high school football recruits from Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho.
Hulking junior linebacker Joel Dublanko has been attending camps and all-star games nationwide since sixth grade for recruiting exposure.
Malik Sanchez creates his own opportunities with offensive rebounds, scores 28 points as Conquerors beat the Chargers, 70-59
It was indicative of just how tight the race for the 3A Narrows League crown has been this season.
Orting, Yelm and Lake Stevens convened at Orting High School Friday night for a double dual meet featuring over 20 wrestlers with state tournament experience — including five reigning state champions.
Chris Paulson says every football coach has a “dream job” list.
In other local results, White River girls defeated River Ridge, 58-50.
The former NFL quarterback who coached the Lincoln High School football team the past three season approved as coach at Waxahachie
Lancers star Benning Potoa’e follows brother Sione to University of Washington, something that was a long shot a while ago
Malachi Flynn avenges earlier loss to Tides, scores 31 points in Lions’ 66-65 win in a Narrows 4A showdown
Jon Kitna, the former NFL quarterback who returned to lead the sudden turnaround at alma mater Lincoln High School, resigned Wednesday as head coach after three seasons to take a similar job at Waxahachie High School, just south of Dallas.
In other local results: Mark Morris girls defeat White River, 78-47, and King’s boys top Auburn Mountainview, 55-36.
Sharif Khan scores 23 points, Kyle Foreman has 13 and the Wolverines race past top-ranked Federal Way on Monday at the King Holiday Hoopfest at Bellevue College.
An early takedown by Moses Lake’s Chase Classen proved to be a wakeup call for the Boise State-bound Green, who quickly scored an escape and a takedown of his own to take a 3-2 lead en route to a 8-2 decision at the 38th annual Central Kitsap Matman Classic Saturday night.
The Olympia High School junior worked a morning shift at the Briggs YMCA before bolting to The Evergreen State College to help set a record in the 2x200 meter freestyle with a time of 3:59.72 alongside Alex Hougan.
In a game to decide who will sit atop the Class 3A South Puget Sound League, it was the Sumner High girls overcoming Auburn Riverside on the road.
In other local results, Black Hills boys fall to Tumwater, 51-50, in overtime.
The young Eagles played cool, calm and collected on the road in a victory over the No. 3 Conquerors on Friday night.
This is not shaping up to be the two-week Northwest Conference homestand coach Justin Lunt and the University of Puget Sound men’s basketball team had hoped for.
Gig Harbor had little answer for him as Jarryn Bush scored 16 points, 11 rebounds to help the Blazers inch closer to a 4A Narrows League title with a 73-62 victory over the visiting Tides on Friday.
When Bellarmine Prep went into its zone defense, South Kitsap’s offense zoned out.
Wattree netted a game-high 21 points as the Wolves outscored the Lions 18-11 in the fourth quarter behind Daniel Tomkiewicz to earn a much-needed 4A Narrows win on Wednesday.
Bobby Moorehead’s 27 points carries Tigers to win over Sam Gagliardi, Tides
Exemplifying the true power of a team performance, Kentwood overcame a huge night from Todd Beamer’s Charles Frazier to knock off the Titans 78-64 on Tuesday night.
Tianna Brown scored 12 points as the Braves remain undefeated in 4A South Puget Sound League play at 7-0. Alyssa Heslip scores 15 for Emerald Ridge (5-10, 2-5)
Jaycob Davies doesn’t measure his success in personal records or yards swam. He approaches the sport with his brain rather than his body.
In a two-day tournament chalk-full with champions, Pine may have been the most impressive as he pinned two-time Oregon state titlist Connor Noonan of Henley to capture the 138-pound crown at the second annual Gut Check Wrestling Challenge on Saturday at The Evergreen State College.
Hannold scored 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting and Lewis had 21 points as they lit the Vikings up in the fourth quarter to help the Rams beat their crosstown rivals, 66-53, in a South Puget Sound League South Division battle. The duo combined for 18 of Rogers’ 23 points in the fourth quarter.
Irwin scored a team-high 30 points as the Falcons beat the Rams despite David Jenkins’ 31 points to force a three-way tie atop the 3A Narrows League.
It pains Chris Gibson to kind of admit the obvious.
Wilsons David Jenkins scores 12 of his game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Rams hold off rival Lincoln and Josiah Barshs jaw-dropping dunk to stay unbeaten in league play.
In three seasons as the Timberline High School boys basketball coach, Allen Thomas probably never had done what he did Wednesday night at halftime of the Blazers’ 60-47 victory over Stadium: He gave a 45-second pep talk.
The formula never changes for the Wilson High girls basketball team.
Price’s left-handed fastbreak slam dunk in the fourth quarter was among his 18 second-half points that helped River Ridge beat Washington on Tuesday at River Ridge High.
Braves grab 42-33 victory over 10th-ranked Vikings to grab sole possession of first place in the SPSL South Division.
The senior guard pours in 25 points as the Abes earn a big road victory in 3A Narrows play.
Longtime Tigers’ coach, in his 54th season, is the state’s winningest active coach with 698 wins and could get No. 700 as early as Saturday
The Storm of Vancouver beat Thomas Jefferson in the title game of the Thomas Jefferson Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament behind 20 points from senior forward Marcus Lord.
Vashon junior Chase Wickman is now two-thirds of the way toward sweeping the three biggest wrestling events around: Tri-State in Idaho, the WIAA state championships at Mat Classic in February and the Rock Tournament.
Short-handed with just nine players in uniform, Jefferson persevered in a 59-37 spanking of Fife on Monday at its holiday tournament.
The Titans have rediscovered their confidence after coming back from a 19-7 deficit to start the game, beating Stadium for their fourth consecutive win.
Teams hoping to get to 3A state title first have to get through defending 4A state champion (Garfield), three-time reigning 3A champ (Rainier Beach) and a host of other talented Seattle-area teams.
1A champion Cougars, led by state player of the year Goldsmith, land 10 on 1A squad; Abes have 5 on 3A team
Luke Lovelady grows from ballboy to starting small forward for the Eagles — and he can still shoot free throws.
Union High dropped 3-pointers from all over the gym to win the championship game of the first edition of the tournament in University Place
The Rams scored 10 points in the second half as they took their first loss of the season — against the team that beat it for third place in last year’s state tournament.
The Tigers missed 19 free throws, but a 16-0 run to end the game preserved the victory over the Bears.
Only five games into the season, Todd Beamer put the rest of the SPSL on notice Friday night as Gio Jackson and the Titans dismantled fellow SPSL North contender Thomas Jefferson, 76-51.
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The Hornets senior, and last years 2A SPSL co-MVP, is one of five players in school history to score more than 1,000 points in a career.
He spent last basketball season coming off the bench. After a standout football season, the senior is averaging almost a double-double.
After Shane Patrick resigned as head coach the week of Sumners first game, Jordan Moog stepped up and has Spartans off to a strong early start.
Rex Bodoia has 23 points and 10 rebounds and Malachi Flynn and Joey Bodoia each score 17 as the Lions get a much-needed win.
Clay Angle took one final drive by Viking Stadium on Tuesday night. It was a final memory to take in during a silent farewell tour as the Curtis High School football coach.
CeDrice Howard’s toughness inside helps Curtis beat Puyallup in 4A SPSL girls basketball game
Malachi Flynn will need to do more than just distribute the basketball this season if Bellarmine Prep is going to earn a 12th consecutive postseason appearance — and he is likely up to the challenge.
The girls basketball team at Curtis High School doesn’t boast any seniors, but its nucleus of underclassmen are poised to make a strong showing in a perennially solid Class 4A South Puget Sound League.
Aushanti Potts-Woods leads the Vikings with 27 points to help Curtis outlast up-and-comer Spanaway Lake.
JaQuori McLaughlin’s second half sparked the Peninsula offense, sending the Seahawks to victory over the Spartans in a 3A South Puget Sound League matchup.
Sara Bowen displayed a bit of everything for fans inside Timberline High School’s gymnasium in the Blazers’ 56-49 4A Narrows girls basketball win over Gig Harbor on Friday night, and she did it early.
Stadium sophomore guard Londrell “Prince” Hamilton scored 41 of his team’s 55 points, carrying the load with senior forward Bobby Moorehead sitting out.
Both have posted unprecedented success at the school, especially at the state level, the past five seasons. Offensive coordinator Brian Jensen, the has been promoted to replace Larsen and Caroline Meines, DeGroot’s top assistant, will take over the volleyball team.
Chat with staff writers Todd Milles, TJ Cotterill and Kenny Via live from the Tacoma Dome during Saturday's high school football championship football games.
Chat with staff writers Todd Milles, TJ Cotterill and Kenny Via live from the Tacoma Dome during Saturday's high school football championship football games.
As up and down a year as it’s been for the Lynden High football team — having its 33-game win streak snapped to a below-.500 Ferndale team combined with down-to-the-wire fourth-quarter victories — they seem to turn the page when the playoff starts.
Freshman Rwehabura Munyagi was named the starting quarterback for Neah Bay in Week 3, and now has the Red Devils back in the 1B state championship.
The Boise State commit eclipsed the state record for career passing yards in his final game, ending his stellar career with 13,044 passing yards.
Bothell’s Tom Bainter, Eastside Catholic’s Jeremy Thielbahr seek state title this weekend in Tacoma Dome
2B championship preview: Okanogan linebacker Jimmy Townsend reminds folks of cousin — and WSU star — Will Derting
Townsend might be the best Class 2B player in the state and will be a handful for Napavine to handle.
Cornerbacks Jacob Morris, Tyler Ward anchor strong defense for 1A state title contenders
Looking for Myles Jack? Budda Baker? You won’t find the state’s most sought-after recruits on the Bellevue High School football team for the first time in two years, but you might find a lot of really good, blue-collar ones.
Running back Austin Urlacher broke the state’s single-season rushing record last week with 2,776 yards as the Chiawana football team returns to the state title game despite an early-season accident that left the coach’s son paralyzed from the knees down.
As a ninth grader, he started in Cougars’ 28-7 loss to Connell in 2011 1A title game — and now faces Colville in final game of career
Napavine isn’t big, and normally isn’t boisterous, but the black-and-orange community will be out in full force Friday when the Tigers take on Okanogan for the Class 2B title
Peninsula High School junior guard JaQuori McLaughlin committed to the University of Washington on Saturday night. The standout 6-foot-3, 170-pound point guard announced his decision in his grandpa’s Gig Harbor home in front of friends, family and teammates. He had narrowed his decision down to UW, Washington State and Arizona.
Ross Bowers throws 3 TDs, Newport fumbles 4 times as Bothell advances to Class 4A state title game with 37-19 win
Bothell quarterback and Cal-committ Ross Bowers powered Bothell to the 4A state championship game with a 37-19 victory against KingCo-rival Newport of Bellevue on Saturday.
The Thunderbirds won’t be advancing to their third straight 2A state championship game after having a potential game-winning field goal blocked by the Cubs in the game’s waning seconds.
Graham-Kapowsin blows some early scoring opportunities, loses 28-12 to defending 4A state champions Chiawana.
High school football state playoff matchups for all classifications statewide.
Trailing for the first time in the second half all season, Tigers overcome Toledo with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns
Cascade Christian, Eatonville no longer league rivals, but still expect ‘knockdown, drag out’ in 1A semifinal playoff game
Not even separate leagues could keep Eatonville from playing Cascade Christian as the former Nisqually rivals meet in the 1A state semifinals at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Tacoma Dome. “I’m getting goose bumps just thinking about tomorrow,” Eatonville’s George Tomal said.
The Tomahawks had everyone on their side, but it wasn’t enough to stop the machine that is the Wolverines football program.
Cal commit Ross Bowers, the son of UW gymnastics coach Joanne Bowers, impresses with his athletic skills, including gymnastics
The News Tribune's 2014 All-Area football team
Exciting tailback Chico McClatcher finishes career with more than 8,000 all-purpose yards, 91 touchdowns at Federal Way High School
After drubbing the No. 5 King’s, 56-15, the top-ranked Cougars advance to Class 1A semifinals for a seventh consecutive time
Coach George Fairhart gambled at the most crucial juncture of a Class 1A state quarterfinal football game — and it paid off for his fifth-ranked Eatonville Cruisers.
The Abes had opportunities deep in Eastside Catholic territory late, but fail to turn them into points as they fall in the Class 3A state quarterfinals, 28-21, against Eastside Catholic.
Kelsey Turnbow scores four goals as Central Valley defeats Jackson, 5-2, to win 4A girls soccer title
Kelsey Turnbow scored four goals as the Bears successfully defended their 4A state crown with a 5-2 victory over Jackson in the championship final Saturday at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
Chico McClatcher is one of the state’s most electrifying playmakers. He has been for the last three seasons.
Cougars quarterback Ross Bowers throws for 305 yards and the Bothell defense forces four turnovers in a convincing Class 4A quarterfinal victory.
Emma Laurion made sure her and the other two Crosspoint Academy seniors ended their careers Saturday with another state championship.
High school football scores from around the South Sound and beyond for Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
Senior midfielder Megan Dimmler scored in the 79th minute and defending state champion Central Valley defeated Gig Harbor 1-0 in the 4A state girls soccer semifinal at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.
Ian Saner and Easton Trakel combined for 271 rushing yards and five touchdowns to lead the Tumwater Thunderbirds to a victory over Squalicum in Friday’s Class 2A state quarterfinal game at Tumwater District Stadium.
For the third straight year, Peninsula’s (10-2) season came to an end against Bellevue (12-0) in the Class 3A state quarterfinals.
Madison Schultz's hat trick leads Edmonds-Woodway past Bellevue and into the 3A state final
Graham-Kapowsin running back Shannon Edwards ran 37 times for 199 yards and three touchdowns to lift the Eagles to a 27-7 victory against Wenatchee and advance to the 4A state semifinals.
Warriors also get two goals from Tess Baldwin in 4-0 Class 2B/1B victory over Adna.
For the fourth time in five seasons, the Lions host the KingCo powerhouse at Mount Tahoma Stadium in the Class 4A state playoffs Saturday.
Gig Harbor senior captain Emery Wallerich, who will head to Oregon State University next year, has led the Tides to the 4A state semifinals where they face Central Valley at 8 p.m. Friday at Sparks Stadium.
1 p.m. Saturday, Mount Tahoma Stadium,
Is Lincoln quarterback Jordan Kitna close to joining the 60-touchdown club because he has an elite supporting cast? Or is his supporting cast elite because they have Jordan Kitna? Either way, the combination has made Lincoln’s offense the most prolific in the state.
Curtis’ Morgan Weaver named The News Tribune’s All-Area Player of the Year in girls soccer for second time
For the second year in a row, Morgan Weaver is The News Tribune’s All-Area Player of the Year. The speedy and humble Weaver scored 17 goals and 10 assists to help the Vikings to a surprising repeat as 4A SPSL South champions.
A game of inches, the Gig Harbor girls soccer’s magical run continued on Saturday following a 1-0 victory over state power Issaquah in the 4A state quarterfinals.
The Olympia High Bears started their state quarterfinal match perfectly. Within five minutes Friday night, they held a 1-0 lead against Skyline of Sammamish, scoring on a Sophie Wood goal.
Bellarmine Prep have repeated as 4A state volleyball champions, but it wasn’t easy.
Thunderbirds grab first crown since 2008, sweeping North Kitsap behind strong defensive effort.
Three-time defending champions overwhelm Hawks in 41-21 victory.
As the momentum continued to shift Gig Harbor’s way in the second half, Graham-Kapowsin senior running back Shannon Edwards saw his season flash in front him — and he wasn’t going to let it end with a loss in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.
As she touched the wall, part of Alana Pries did not want to look up.
Auburn Riverside’s volleyball team wore a target on its back all season. That comes when you’re saddled with the “team to beat” label.
Jordan Kitna throws for 271 yards and five touchdowns as Lincoln fends off Myles Gaskin, who rushes for 157 yards and three TDs, and O’Dea 35-30.
In a Week 1 loss to Union, Federal Way was rocked in the second half — this time, the Eagles dominated after the break and earned a Class 4A state quarterfinal berth in the process.
Squalicum High School was the bigger, faster, stronger team — and maintained that edge all throughout its Class 2A first-round football game at Orting.
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