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SELAH — Fife High School’s fastpitch team is just two wins away from clinching its first state trophy since their back-to-back powerhouse teams from 2000 and 2001.
Five times Kentwood High School boys soccer team has made it to the final four. And five times the Conquerors have not been able to get to the championship game.
SUMNER — It took 80 minutes of regulation, two 5-minute overtimes and a round of penalty kicks, but Capital High School will play in the state championship game in boys soccer for the first time in school history.
SPOKANE — Marissa Miller didn’t care who she would face in the Class 4A state quarterfinals Friday at the Merkel Sports Complex.
Pure joy was all that was left after Federal Ways Mariyah Vongsaveng defended her state title in the girls Class 4A 100-meter hurdles Friday.
As the number of lopsided wins piled up, and the Puyallup High School baseball team climbed higher in the national rankings, the Vikings quest for a perfect season took on an air of inevitability.
Squalicum High School defender Hans Kogan insists its about the wins, not the zeroes. Right now, Squalicums high-powered boys soccer team is enjoying both.
Federal Way High Schools Tyson Penn sat on a bench and covered his face with his hands. He had just won his second consecutive 4A state high jump title, beating Eastmonts Killian McGinnis with a mark of 6-feet, 9 inches. But his goal the entire year was to match the sophomore state record of 7-feet set by Terry Ellis of Pateros in 1977 and Curtis Rahmel Dockery in 2009.
Schedules, outlooks and ticket prices for Class 4A tournament in Spokane, Class 3A tournament in Lacey and Class 2A tournament in Selah.
Schedules, outlooks and ticket prices for Class 4A, 3A tournament at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup, and Class 2A, 1A tournament at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner
Schedules, outlooks and ticket prices for Class 4A, 3A tournament in Pasco, and Class 2A, 1A tournament in Yakima.
Schedules, outlooks and ticket prices for Class 4A-1A/2B/1B tennis tournaments around the state.
Schedules, outlooks and ticket prices for Class 4A, 3A, 2A meet in Tacoma; and Class 1A, 2B, 1B meet in Cheney.
Preview and schedule for the Washington State boys and girls tennis championships.
Preview and schedule for the Washington State baseball championships
As they have gone about advancing farther in the state boys soccer tournament than they have in four years, the Capital High School Cougars have evolved from an offensive powerhouse into a stingy defensive club.
The certainty: After a good opening day, the Bellarmine Prep girls were going to roll to their fifth consecutive Class 4A girls golf championship Thursday.
Already considered the state’s top girls distance runner of all time before her junior year is complete, Camas High’s Alexa Efraimson turned her focus to etching her name into the national record books.
Kendall Gray never adds up her score. So it was not until she had walked off the course that she realized she had won the Class 2A girls state golf championship.
Marissa Miller doesn’t have time for lengthy explanations. She has skills to hone and a state title to chase. When it comes down to why she loves her lofty position in the middle of the pitcher’s circle, the Puyallup High School senior’s response is as rapid-fire as the balls she hurls at opponents. “I like to be in control.”
Glenn Halverson has had an abundance of success as the Puyallup High School boys golf coach.
BATTLE GROUND — Alexa Efraimson doesn’t want to go into marketing, as suggested by a high school career test. “I want to be a professional runner,” the Camas High School junior said. Efraimson told her dad that her teacher wasn’t going to accept the answer.
With state history at stake, Bellarmine Prep’s Hannah Derby is seemingly caught between two worlds in track and field.
To get the best out of Dalton Ogdon on the soccer field, Bonney Lake coach Luke Helling-Christy came up with a simple plan. “ ‘Shoot until you score.’ Basically, he had rights to be completely selfish as long as that allowed him to stay engaged,” Helling-Christy said.
The pale-colored Bellarmine Prep girls golf bus is both a sanctuary and creative artist’s haven this time of year.
Big early innings gave the Hornets and the Trojans fastpitch teams easy breathers in the championship games of their rain-delayed tournaments Sunday at Sprinker Fields in Spanaway.
Crack! Ping! Thud! Those sounds come from the baseball bat of slugger Quinn Rawson, who has a tendency to turn Puyallup High School batting practice into his personal round of home run target hitting.
There are times when the Puyallup High School fastpitch team doesn’t need much in the way of offense when pitcher Marissa Miller is on her game.
The Curtis High School boys soccer team, winner of seven straight heading into the Class 4A state quarterfinal against top-ranked Skyview, was primed to pull off an upset.
Mac McCarty couldn’t tell if his teammates were being serious or not.
Matt Mercer’s fantastic start was only trumped by his finish.
Pitching and defense have been hallmarks for the Sumner High School baseball team this season as it rolled to a No. 1 state ranking and into the Class 2A regional championship game against Anacortes on Saturday at Yelm High School.
As she has gotten older, and as she creeps closer to a bit of Washington state high school track and field history, Bellarmine Prep’s Hannah Derby has gained a whole lot of perspective.
After holding North Thurston High School scoreless for six innings, Enumclaw’s fastpitch team watched in dismay as a high ball soared toward left field.
The final day of bidistrict track and field at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner was supposed to be a coming-out party of sorts for Lakes High School’s Isaac Swillie.
The Puyallup High School baseball team will be packing its bags this week for a trip to the Class 4A state semifinals in Pasco. Puyallup ace Luke Heimlich pitched a complete-game shutout, allowing just three hits in the Vikings’ 2-0 victory against Gonzaga Prep in the regional final Saturday afternoon at Heidelberg Park in Tacoma.
Turning out to be a wild contest, the Kentwood High School boys soccer team took home the 2-1 victory in a penalty-kick shootout over the Gig Harbor Tides to earn a trip to the Class 4A state semifinals.
KENT — Sometimes growing up is the hardest part.
With a victory in the Class 2A boys high jump well in hand, Orting High School’s Jaysen Yoro wanted more.
Three hours of constant rain Friday morning postponed the Class 4A and Class 3A/2A West Central District high school fastpitch championships, guaranteeing the tournaments will carry into Sunday.
KENT — Camas High School’s Alexa Efraimson is the state’s new all-time fastest girls 1,600-meter runner.
Jakob Racimo can put on quite a show in goal, as well as after a win. Fans who know the Capital High School soccer team well have become familiar with the senior goalkeeper's post-victory tradition.
When it’s going right — when speed and proficiency produce electricity — the elite hurdlers feel like the proverbial heifer that jumps over the moon. Rogers High School’s Eric Simpson is on the cusp. He can feel it. His technique in the 110-meter high hurdles has vastly improved, even over the course of this spring.
Quarterfinal boys soccer matchups, times and sites for Class 4A, 3A and 2A
With the clock ticking down – the signing period for 2014 was set to expire Wednesday – Ahmaad Rorie, the Abes’ point guard, made one final life-changing decision, all while keeping his cool.
Skyline High School coach Don Braman can breathe a little easier now. He has done his part in protecting the reputation of KingCo Conference boys soccer.
Once again, Curtis High School found itself in a shootout in the Class 4A boys soccer postseason.
Kentwood secured a 1-0 victory over Garfield with a long throw in and header late in its opening-round match of the 4A state soccer playoffs.
There will be a new Class 3A boys soccer state champion in 2014 — Ingraham made sure of that.
District track and field schedules for 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, 2B and 1B
District softball schedule/pairings for 4A in Kent, and 3A and 2A in Spanaway.
Regional baseball schedules for 4A, 3A, 2A and locals in 1A
First round state soccer schedules for Class 4A, 3A and 2A
With their tuxedos in their parents’ cars at Auburn Mountainview High School, Timberline High School baseball players quickly wrestled out of their sweat-stained uniforms and into formal attire — but not before a trip to the school’s locker room to clean up — in time to experience their prom Saturday night at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Aquarium, albeit two hours late.
For years, Lakes High School has been giving opponents the double whammy — run by you with football pads on in the fall, and run by you in a track singlet in the spring.
The Fife High School goal-scoring engine is firing up at the right time.
SHELTON — Superior talent in one or two disciplines can win a league track meet — see the Lincoln High School boys and Gig Harbor girls, for example.
For a team that recently has been in the national high school baseball rankings, remains undefeated this late in the season and is under pressure to deliver a Class 4A state title, the Puyallup Vikings are a pretty loose bunch.
Mason Rudolph's overtime goal gives Kentwood a 1-0 victory over top-ranked Skyview in the Class 4A West Central/Southwest bidistrict championship game.
Federal Way High School held its senior award ceremony Wednesday — right after the start of the 4A South Puget Sound League track and field championships.
There’s no arguing the fact that Puyallup High senior pitcher Marissa Miller is the main reason the Vikings are one of the best fastpitch teams in the state.
When 2A South Puget Sound League fastpitch champion Fife High School came to Boise Creek Park and Sports Complex in Enumclaw on Friday for the subdistrict tournament, the Trojans were expecting to win it all.
Gig Harbor High fastpitch coach Kara Dressel feels theres something special brewing with her Tides, and it mightve started after a non-league loss to Peninsula for things to turn the corner heading into the heart of the postseason for next weeks 4A West Central/Southwest bi-district tournament.
Weekend schedules for district baseball and boys soccer, and league softball and track and field.
If it is a soccer shootout you are in, you might want Mason Mahoney in goal to stave off penalty kicks.
For 80 minutes in Thursday night’s Class 4A West Central/Southwest bidistrict soccer match, neither Gig Harbor or Kentwood could find the back of the net.
When tested during crunch time Thursday night, the Wilson High School boys soccer team’s offense came to life.
Weekend league track meet schedule for SPSL, Narrows and Nisqually Leagues
Weekend league softball schedules for SPSL and Narrows tournaments
Weekend district boys soccer schedule for 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A
Weekend district baseball schedule for Class 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A
After 2A South Puget Sound League baseball champion Sumner High School defeated Olympic, 8-2, in the West Central District III quarterfinals at Franklin Pierce High School, there was only one thing left for Spartans coach Casey Adcox to say to his team.
Facing the defending Class 3A state champions for the second time in seven weeks brought out a different Timberline High School baseball team.
PJ Carmichael and Brodie Bordeaux have one very big thing in common in golf at Bellarmine Prep. They were both hard-luck seniors who had never reached the Class 4A state championships.
To say Riley Storedahl was a tad worried about his playing status would be an understatement.
Marcus Logue sensed all the tension. So he tried the oldest trick in the book.
Zach Needham said he didn’t feel his feet touch the ground on his way to second base in the 10th inning. But they must have because somehow he was there and Darian Clemens was across home plate.
In the span of 18 months, C.J. Blowers, a junior, has gone from raw pitching talent to emerging force not only in the 4A South Puget Sound League, but also the entire South Sound.
When the old Prince tune “Purple Rain” hits the loudspeakers at Heritage Field, it means only one thing.
Purple has reigned supreme in the spring season of the South Puget Sound League South Division.
Few athletes have exemplified the “Foss Falcons spirit” better than former standout basketball player Shaunt’e Nance-Johnson.
LACEY — Gig Harbor High School baseball coach Pete Jansen took a gamble.
No one would have blamed Jessilyn Enlow had she called it a game.
The Auburn Mountainview Lions had little trouble with the Peninsula Seahawks on their home turf on Wednesday evening, cruising to a 2-0 3A South Puget Sound League victory. Lions junior midfielder Farris Idrees got behind the Peninsula defense midway through the first half and sent in the first goal, and with eight minutes to go in the game, sophomore forward Christian Rotter delivered the second goal to put the game away.
The Rogers boys soccer team needed to avoid any miscues to keep up with Puyallup in the 4A South Puget Sound League South Conference race for first place.
In her new world, Kate Starbird has deposited her previous star-studded identity — basketball player — in an old, dust-covered cardboard box.
By the end of the week, a large chunk of Scott Crichton’s goal will be achieved. The former Foss High School and Oregon State University standout defensive end will be drafted. Most projections have Crichton going in the second round. At 6-foot-3 and 278 pounds, Crichton fits best as a rush end in a 4-3 defense.
Puyallup High School baseball coach Marc Wiese stopped short of saying the Vikings would have won last year’s Class 4A state championship if Luke Heimlich had been permitted to play.
Varsity wrestling match limits increased; coaches can now coach one of their seniors in all-star games
Schedules for high school league baseball tournaments
A week’s worth of sunshine and multiple days of summer-like temperatures didn’t last long enough to stretch into the weekend for the 54th annual Shelton Invitational.
KIRKLAND – Less than four weeks from now, the Kamiakin High School girls track team will venture to Star Track XXXII in Tacoma as the two-time defending Class 3A champion. Few folks see anything that will prevent a third title.
If Foss intended on taking the 3A Narrows League boys soccer race right to the wire, it needed to win Friday night.
Spring time has brought about a few changes in the life of talented Lincoln High School point guard Ahmaad Rorie.
The game between first-place Decatur and Class 3A defending state champion Auburn Mountainview on Thursday night was about pride.
With a burst of speed, Edwin Brown was able to pull away from a pair of Olympia defenders before finding the net.
Christian Parsons said four words kept repeating in his head before his start for the Sumner High School baseball team Tuesday in Buckley.
It is purely conjecture, but imagine this dialogue between Shane and Michelle Nixon when they arrive home. “Honey, I threw together something nice and quick for dinner.” The other: “Great. I raked both high school infields and swept the dugouts.” Who’s who? In the Nixon household, the comments are interchangeable.
With the Class 4A South Puget Sound League North Division baseball title hanging in the balance entering the final two weeks of the regular season, the team from Kentridge High School couldn’t have picked a much better time to start hitting the cover off the ball.
Federal Way High School senior Keenan Curran is the reigning Class 4A state triple jump champion.
HILLSBORO, Ore. — Curt DeHaan left quite a trail in 34 seasons as the girls basketball coach at Lynden Christian.
Continuing an intense baseball rivalry, top-ranked Class 2A Sumner High School got past 3A Bonney Lake, 5-4, on Saturday at Cheney Stadium.
Catcher Kepa Sharpe drove in the Todd Beamer High School baseball team’s second run of the sixth inning, off the Titans’ third double of the inning. Puyallup’s lead was cut in half.
LACEY — The Olympia High School fastpitch team needed a Maddy Stensby home run in extra innings to put away 4A Narrows League rival Bellarmine Prep earlier this season.
It is one thing to have an inkling in mid-March that your softball team could be good enough to make a run at a playoff spot.
The record accumulation of spring rainfall — more of a daily pour than drip — has given track and field runners far from ideal conditions in which to perform.
There is an R-word in baseball nobody likes to hear.
Andrew Buchan has been coaching tennis in the South Puget Sound League for 25 seasons at Jefferson High.
After a 12-inning 3A Narrows League baseball marathon that took 3 hours, 10 minutes, North Thurston senior ace Ryan Mets admitted his jaw was in more discomfort than his left arm.
Behind Levi Jordan’s late-game heroics, Class 4A powerhouse Puyallup defeated defending 3A state champion Auburn Mountainview 9-8 on Saturday in the final game of the High School Baseball Classic at Safeco Field.
The stage — at least at the midway point of the regular season — gets a little bigger this weekend for two high school baseball teams.
Andrei Egorov was 5 years old when he, his older brother, Ivan, and younger sister, Nina, were abandoned by their mother at a bus station in Stavropol, Russia. But Andrei, now a standout football and soccer player at Cascade Christian High School, vividly remembers that day in Stavropol.
Out of the blue, Dave Miller got a phone call at his Lakes High School football office a month ago.
While disappointed his no-hitter was broken up with one out in the seventh inning of a tight ball game, Timberline High School’s Matt Mercer gave credit where it was due.
Coming off a dominant cross country season that included a national No. 1 prep ranking, a Class 4A state title, and another title at the prestigious Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, it would be a lot to ask of the Gig Harbor High boys track team to duplicate that success during the track season.
Ninth-grade athletes from Puyallup’s junior high schools will soon be suiting up for the Puyallup High School Vikings, the Rogers Rams or the Emerald Ridge Jaguars.
OAKLAND — A heavy rainstorm turned O.co Coliseum into unplayable muck Friday night and forced the postponement of the Seattle Mariners’ game against the Oakland Athletics.
A brute force roams the midfield for the Franklin Pierce High School boys soccer team.
Rainier Beach's Aaron, Mount Rainier's McPhee voted as state players of year
Marissa Miller has that gleaming smile, effervescent disposition and thoughtful personality to be a slam-dunk senior prom queen. Then she hits the softball field at Puyallup High School. On the pitching mound, she has a completely different demeanor. It isn’t so much the wad of bubble gum she has packed in her cheek, or the often quizzical look she shoots an opposing batter. It is her aura of ultra-competitiveness.
SAMMAMISH — In the first half, the biggest winner of the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association all-state boys basketball game was plain ol’ rust.
Hannah Cunliffe sat in the Mount Tahoma Stadium grandstands last year, more embittered than at any other point in her life. Looking out over the concourse, the Federal Way High School sprinter watched as the state’s top prep track and field athletes were qualifying for the chance to consider themselves the best at their respective events at Star Track XXXI.
Boys games are at Eastside Catholic HS; girls games at King's HS
Michael Gretler grew up dreaming about playing for the Boston Red Sox. He never guessed he would get a chance to set foot on the field of Fenway Park while he was still in high school. Shortly into his senior year at Bonney Lake High School, Gretler received an invitation to a workout in Boston. He flew there in October, shortly after the Red Sox won the World Series.
Jeff Zenisek talks about his coaching change as “sweet and sour.”
For much of the night, it had been a Seattle city shuffle at the state high school basketball championships in the Tacoma Dome.
YAKIMA — While the rest of her W.F. West teammates had an early shootaround and their pregame fast-food ritual for lunch, Julie Spencer sang at her father’s funeral.
At halftime, The News Tribune’s All-State Player of the Year Shaqquan Aaron didn’t like the way the 3A boys state championship game was going.
Bellevue turns a two-point game at the half into a comfortable 70-61 win Saturday afternoon at the Tacoma Dome.
It seems unfair that Mount Rainier High Schools Brittany McPhee will leave the prep ranks without a Class 4A state girls championship. The closest she came was Saturday in Gonzaga Preps 53-51 come-from-behind victory over the Rams at the Tacoma Dome. In every conversation on everyones short list the senior forward for Mount Rainier should be mentioned among the greatest scorers of Washington high school basketball, which includes Garfields Joyce Walker and Lakes Kate Starbird.
Tramaine Isabell wandered outside his team's celebration at center court, almost stumbling as he gazed in awe at the raucous crowd.
The journey ended for good Saturday, and that was plenty on the mind of Jackson High School standout Jason Todd.
Todd Beamer boys basketball coach Winston Bell took a quick moment to think when asked if he was at all disappointed following his team’s fifth place finish after a 60-49 loss to Issaquah in the 4A state consolation bracket.
Lynnwood rebounded from a difficult semifinal loss to Gonzaga Prep, holding Moses Lake without a field goal in the fourth quarter in a 48-38 win over the Chiefs in the girls Class 4A third/fifth place consolation game Saturday morning at the Tacoma Dome.
Join The News Tribune for a live chat from the state basketball championship games at the Tacoma Dome.
The Wilson boys basketball team would have much rather been playing Rainier Beach in the 3A state title instead of Bellevue in a consolation game Saturday.
Finally, the No. 1-ranked Jackson Timberwolves showed up at the Tacoma Dome in their Class 4A state tournament matchup against Gonzaga Prep.
Behind the backcourt of Emilee Maldonado and Natalie Bazan, the Sunnyside girls basketball team was able to earn a decisive 56-42 victory in the Class 3A state basketball tournament Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.
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