Top performer: Brandon Kaylor, Bonney Lake
Defeated Christopher Strange of Newberg, 12-1, for 120-pound title at the Rose City Championship (Portland)
There’s a reason Bonney Lake’s Brandon Kaylor is a nationally ranked wrestler and he proved why at the Rose City Championship in Portland.
The Oregon State University signee won back-to-back matches by technical fall before dominating in the 120-pound championship match with a 12-1 major-decision victory over Newberg’s Christopher Strange.
Newberg of Oregon won the team title with 290 points while Bonney Lake finished sixth (173), Sumner took ninth (163) and Orting placed 13th (126).
Kaylor, a three-time WIAA state champion, was one of three individual champions from Bonney Lake, Sam Peterson, a defending state champion, won the 220-pound Rose City title over Jordan Mode of Willamina with a pin in 5 minutes, 39 seconds.
Freshman Yusief Lillie is making defending state champion Bonney Lake that much more dangerous. He won the 113-pound title with a major decision (14-3) over Willamina’s Jordan Reyes. Reyes had just come off a semifinal win over Bonney Lake’s Brenden Chaowanapibool (10-8), but Chaowanapibool rebounded to take third place with a win over Haydn Millard of Dallas, Oregon, by technical fall in 2:56.
Orting’s Alex Cruz, a Univeristy of Virginia signee who is also a three-time state champion, was the other local Rose City champion, taking the 138-pound title over Westview’s Josey Coste, 7-0.
CJ Richmond was Sumner’s top finisher, taking third in the 132-pound class with a 55-second pin of Newberg’s Zach Irving.
White River 48, Toppenish 24: The Hornets cruised past the defending 2A state champions on Saturday.
Nate Moore was one of nine weight-class winners for White River, pinning Toppenish’s Keyano Zanarripa in 3:06 for the 160-pound victory.
Mason Sabin, a transfer from Bonney Lake, won the 182-pound title in a 3-1 decision over Carson Northwind.
Top Performer: Thane Birrer, Sumner
31 points, 6-6 from the 3-point line, 4 steals in 72-49 win over Bonney Lake
Sumner 72, Bonney Lake 49: Thane Birrer dominated, scoring 31 points and going 6-for-6 from the 3-point line as the Spartans cruised past their school-district rivals in a nonleague win.
“Thane killed it,” Sumner coach Jake Jackson said. “He was feeling it and we just kept giving him the ball.”
The Spartans started strong in the first quarter outscoring the Panthers 21-6 which set the tone for the rest of the game.
“We came out strong defensively and that gave us momentum into our offense,” Jackson said. “Our game plan was being every-possession players and giving it our all.”
Bonney Lake tried to contain the onslaught of scoring with a zone defense but was unable to do so enough to mount a comeback.
“Bonney Lake zoned us and we just did inside out kickouts,” Jackson said. “It was just fun for our squad.”
Bellarmine Prep 57, Rogers 56: Charles Elzie made all three of his free throws after being fouled late and those would be the go-ahead points in the Lions’ win.
Bellarmine trailed 56-55 when Elzie was fouled from distance with just over a minute to play and the Lions held on from there.
Elzie finished with 16 points, thought Jaylen Scott led the way with a game-high 21 points, including going 11-for-11 from the free-throw line.
James Baker led Rogers with 18 points and Jace Barrett added 10.
Puyallup 69, Graham-Kapowsin 46: Jaeden Ingram scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Vikings.
They exploded in the second quarter, turning their 17-11 first-quarter lead to a 42-21 lead at halftime thanks to Ingram’s hot shooting. Tre Mason III led the Eagles with 13 points.
Curtis 54, Olympia 45: Zack Paulsen scored a game-high 23 points as the Vikings stymied the Bears defensively to cruise to the 4A SPSL win.
Curtis led 13-2 after the first quarter and cruised from there.
Lucas Bowser led Olympia with 15 points.
Kentridge 56, Mercer Island 53: Owen Paznokas scored 18 points and Tyler Cronk scored 17 as the Chargers completed a big fourth-quarter comeback against the Islanders.
Kentridge outscored Mercer Island 21-13 in the final quarter to head out of Highline College with the win, improving to 4-0.
Franklin Pierce 71, Charles Wright 40: The Cardinals sure know how to bounce back after a loss.
After a tough loss to Lindbergh on Friday, the Franklin PIerce were back on the hardwood the following night to face the Tarriers, who came in on a two-game win streak.
Dekari Boyd scored 17 points for Franklin Pierce, while Alex Bing poured in 12.
The Tarriers were led by Henry Lenaburg, who had 21 points.
Peninsula 65, Aberdeen 44: The Seahawks had to pick themselves back up after their tough loss to Capital on Friday.
And it was seniors Dustin Baker and Seth Kasteler that picked them up.
The two seniors combined for 31 points in the win, while Sam Miller and Jared Brinkman each provided seven points.
Tacoma Baptist 73, Rainier Christian 16: It was a decisive win for the Crusaders as they cruised past the Mustangs.
“We jumped on these guys early and kinda set the tenor for the game,” Tacoma Baptist coach Rich Hamlin said.
Tacoma Baptist jumped to a 26-6 lead. They would also outscore the Mustangs by a wide margin in the rest of the game – 16-2 in the second quarter, 12-6 in the third and 19-2 in the fourth.
Bradley Swillie, and eighth grader, led Tacoma Baptist with 19 points and PJ Talen added 16 points with six steals, four assists and five rebounds.
“Even as an eighth grader, he’s a kid who just understands the game of basketball,” Hamlin said of Swillie.
“Talen fills up the stat sheet. He’s just a tough kid to guard. He can shoot the three, he can pull up for the mid-range, and he can get to the basket.”
The win keeps the Crusader’s early perfect record alive as they now move to 3-0 overall as well 1-0 in the league.
Top Performer: Julianna Walker, Annie Wright
37 points, all in the second half, in 59-41 win over Sultan
Bellarmine Prep 59, Rogers 43: The Lions pulled away in the fourth quarter behind Shalyse Smith, an Arizona signee, and her team-high 19 points.
That made up for a big night from Rogers’ Raigan Barrett. The UW softball commit scored 27 points to keep the Rams in the game against the defending league champions. But Bellamrine outscored Rogers, 21-8, in the fourth quarter.
Ciara Gatpatan added 13 points for Bellarmine.
Emerald Ridge 50, South Kitsap 39: Jill Harris scored 17 points to lead the Jaguars.
Emma Erickson scored 12 points for South Kitsap and Amani Johnson added 11.
Annie Wright 59, Sultan 41: Julianna Walker had quite the night for the Gators.
Not only did the freshman lead the team with 37 points, scored all of them in the second half after the Gators struggled in the first half.
Through the first 24 minutes, it was Roaquel Berman and Amhina Weeb who kept the Gators afloat since Walker had yet to even step on the floor.
Once Walker came in and took over the scoring duties, everything changed for the Gators. They turned up the pressure on the defense and forced a number of turnovers from the Turks.
Lily Morgan led the Sultan in scoring with 17 points.
Rainier Christian 43, Tacoma Baptist 17: The Mustangs are off to a good start to the young season.
And sophomore point guard Emily Reynolds is catching on fast.
The sophomore led the Mustangs with 10 points in the win, while Audrey Thomas added eight points, and Raamiah Nelson had seven.
The Crusaders were led by senior captain JoEllen Stokes, who finished with seven points.
Top performer: Evan Chard, Wilson
Won four individual events in Wilson’s win at the Falcon Relays
It may have been the Falcon Relays by name, but it was an afternoon for the Rams.
Wilson High School’s Evan Chard was simply dominant in the pool for the Rams, taking first in the 200-yard freestyle, 200 Individual Medley, 100 backstroke, and the 400 freestyle to lead Wilson to the first-place finish with 66 points.
Gig Harbor was second with 53 points, followed by Port Angeles (31), Foss (25), Mount Tahoma (22) and Lincoln (1).
Andrew Sexton’s performance for Gig Harbor didn’t go unnoticed. He secured wins in the 100 freestyle and the 200 freestyle relay.
Wilson also locked up wins in the 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, and 500 freestyle with Daniel Stemp, Gavin Kreiner, and Nathan Sachs.
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