High School Sports HEADLINES
Get live scores, read stories and check out photos from WIAA's Hardwood Classic at the Tacoma Dome March 5–7.
Emotional loss of star senior propels Federal Way’s Viont’e Daniels to TNT All-Area player of the year season
Daniels couldn’t help but cry at the news good friend and fellow senior Malik Montoya would miss the entire season before it even began because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, but it also allowed Daniels to step up as Federal Way’s leader.
Rice, who contributes much more than her statistics indicate — 10.2 points, 7.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game — is The News Tribune’s 2014-15 All Area Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
The state regional format has to go, and the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association needs to bring back the 16-team state basketball tournaments, WIBCA says in statement.
Kapri Morrow, Josie Matz lead Wilson girls to state quarterfinal with overtime win versus Mercer Island
Kapri Morrow scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Josie Matz led Wilson with 23 points as the Rams rallied from a 14-point deficit to defeat the Islanders, 71-64, in overtime.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has released prep basketball brackets for state playoffs, and the blind draw has created some interesting first-round pairings.
Top-ranked and defending Class 3A boys champion Rainier Beach (23-3) will play No. 2 Bellevue (23-3) in the opening round of the state tournament Thursday in the Tacoma Dome – a development that got a rise out of everybody at the WIAA state draw.
Boys and girls state tournament schedule and quarterfinal matchups
When Amanda Lance sees Kristin Sturdivan flash those spirit fingers, she knows what to do.
White River charged all the way back, even possessing the lead in the fourth quarter. But Squalicum got a huge basket through a foul from Damek Mitchell and never looked back, to win 68-59 on Saturday at Puyallup High School to advance past the 2A regional round of the state tournament and to the Yakima Valley SunDome.
Eastside Catholic freshman makes big play late to help Crusaders rally past Rams, 53-51, in state regional.
Austin Woods scores 29 points to help send Trojans to state quarterfinals.
Sumner wasn’t kidding itself when it came into its 3A regional game with second ranked West Seattle at Renton High.
Falcons took five-point lead into fourth quarter, but Khan scores seven points in under a minute to rally the Wolverines; Lincoln girls also lose to Bellevue
Kristin Sturdivan, Amanda Lance lift No. 4 White River over No. 10 Blaine; Bellarmine Prep back to Tacoma Dome for first time since 2010
For two years, the Wolves have been close, reaching the Class 2A regional round, only to fall one game short of the state quarterfinals with a 53-43 loss to Lynden at Mount Vernon High School on Saturday.
On Camas’ final possession and the Papermakers trailing by two points with 4.4 seconds left, Malik Sanchez steals a pass near halfcourt to secure the Conquerors’ victory and punch their ticket to the Class 4A quarterfinals in the Tacoma Dome.
Matchups for all classifications for the regional round of the state tournament.
Gig Harbor leads by 14 points in third quarter but can’t hold off Davis of Yakima, 58-56, in regional round of Class 4A state boys basketball tournament
Seattle Prep guard Aaron Nettles eliminates the Abes with two free throws with eight seconds to go; Life Christian boys advance to Class 2B state quarterfinal
The top-ranked Eagles turned a one-point first-half lead into a 78-60 victory over the Blazers on Saturday at Puyallup High School to advance past the 4A regional round of the state tournament and into the Tacoma Dome.
The Cougars were able to edge out the Wildcats, 43-37, on Friday night at Rogers High School in a 1A regional game to advance to the state quarterfinals next week at the Yakima Valley SunDome
Washington watched its dream season slip away as Sehome sophomore Marcus Montag hit four straight free throws in the last 20 seconds to seal a victory in a 2A boys basketball regional contest Friday night.
The Vikings (20-7), South Puget Sound League South champs, led after the first, second and third quarters, and the Titans did not take their first lead until three minutes were left in the game. “People are going to open the paper tomorrow and see the score,” Curtis coach Tim Kelly said, “and it wasn’t like that.”
The Todd Beamer girls basketball team were all too familiar with the venue.
Schedule and 5 of the top local matchups to watch at this weekend’s state basketball regionals.
For a program clearly visible on the local girls basketball scene and up and down the Tacoma-Seattle corridor, Wilson High School does not have many secrets left to hide.
The 3A Narrows co-Most Valuable Player, Josiah Barsh, spent his youth getting beat up by his older brothers, but he says they’ve made him into the standout Lincoln High School boys basketball player he is now.
Tamia Braggs (Lincoln girls) Anthony Braggs Jr. (Lincoln boys), Brandon Cotton (Franklin Pierce boys), Elijah Cotton-Welch (Wilson boys) and John Moore (Curtis boys) all play significant roles for their respective local basketball teams thanks to some friendly family competition growing up.
Federal Way still top dog in 4A, Wilson boys move from ninth to fifth in the 3A poll; Wilson girls now 6th.
The three Narrows League powerhouses — Foss, Lincoln and Wilson — face some of the top-ranked teams from the Sea-King District in the regional round of the state tournament this weekend, while the Curtis girls travel to Spokane to face defending champion Gonzaga Prep.
Mitchell Crossen, a Rogers High senior, won the 100-yard freestyle final at the Class 4A boys swimming and diving championships with an All-American consideration time of 45.97 on Saturday.
Darren Harris wins his third state wrestling title in fitting fashion — 112th career pin for the Tornados
Orting High’s Fred Green becomes 12th boy to win 4 state wrestling titles in Washington
Hornets pull of rare feat — Enumclaw wins 3A state team title after falling short in SPSL, sub-regionals
Thayer Murphy’s shot in final seconds lifts River Ridge boys over Washington for Class 2A District 2/3 title
Thayer Murphy’s one-handed floater in the lane with four seconds remaining gave River Ridge a 67-65 win over Washington in the Class 2A District 2/3 boys basketball title game Saturday night at Foss High School.
No. 2 Todd Beamer earns school’s first girls basketball district title in 47-42 win over No. 5 Bellarmine Prep
Quinessa Caylao-Do scored 11 of her game-high 18 points as the Titans won the 4A West Central District 3 title after losing in the title game the previous two seasons.
Jenkins scored 20 in the first half and 13 in the fourth quarter to lift the Rams to their first Class 3A West Central District/Southwest Bi-District tournament title in school history.
We’ll be updating these throughout the next week as teams try to advance to the regional round of the state tournament Feb. 27 and 28
We’ll be updating these nightly as the scores roll in from across the state, and the playoffs march toward the regional round of the state tournaments Feb. 27 and 28th
Shelton’s Harrison MacAlevy (50 free) and Jon Netzel (1-meter diving) finish third in 3A state finals
MacAlevy, at 5-foot-8, stood tall on the award podium after finishing third in the Class 3A 50-yard freestyle finals at the state swimming and diving championships Saturday at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Highclimbers junior Netzel finished third in 1-meter diving with a total score of 419.35.
Tia Thomas, Kayla Porter come out on top in individual events as state gymnastics competition wraps up
Federal Way’s Tia Thomas wins floor competition; Auburn Mountainview’s Kayla Porter takes beam final.
The Spartans made it a game even without standout post Jamie Lange, but they couldn’t come back all the way from a 16-point third quarter deficit in a 59-50 loss to No. 7 Wilson in the 3A West Central/Southwest Bi-District championship on Saturday at Puyallup High School.
It was the simplest of moves — and it almost proved to be Nykaela Dodson’s undoing.
Nothing is ever a given at Mat Classic.
In his first trip to the Mat Classic, sophomore Patrick Wheeler pinned returning state champion Jesse Torres, of Sunnyside, in 1 minute, 10 seconds into the opening round.
Steilacoom’s Scott grabs No. 1 seed in 100 breast, where he is the defending state champion.
Foss, Lincoln and Wilson, the powerhouses of 3A Narrows League, will be representing Tacoma’s changing, more unified hoops culture in the West Central/Southwest Bi-District title game.
Green, a three-time member of The News Tribune’s Untouchables, would be the 12th boys wrestler in WIAA history to win four state titles and the 13th overall if he completes the mission that started his freshman year at Matt Classic this weekend at the Tacoma Dome.
Joe Medrzycki, who has Down syndrome, joins five other swimmers with disabilities from around the state in a special competition at the state boys’ swim meet in Federal Way.
He scored 25 points, mostly off jump shots, as the Eagles advance to face Kentwood in the 4A WCD 3 championship on Saturday at Puyallup.
Wilson avenges pair of earlier losses to rival Foss at West Central District tournament
Other area results: Timberline beats Bellarmine, 62-61, and Centralia takes down Black Hills, 76-51.
Friday-Saturday, King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way
The News Tribune's list of 2015 Untouchable high school wrestlers heading into Mat Classic.
Every so often, a twinkle can been seen in Isaiah Diggs’ eye.
That after 31 points and 16 rebounds in the district quarterfinals against Central Kitsap.
Tristen Coltom’s effort lifts the Cougars over the Vikings, hands Cascade Christian its first district title.
In what was arguably the school’s biggest playoff game in recent memory, the Patriots’ frenetic pace completely disrupted third-ranked White River in the second half, leading to Liberty’s 62-52 victory in the 2A West Central District 3 semifinals Wednesday night at Bellarmine Prep.
In other area results, Todd Beamer girls rolled to a 49-30 victory over Kentlake.
Sprint swimmer Mitchell Crossen, who doesn’t train with a club, is the top-ranked Class 4A entrant in the 100-yard freestyle — 47.21 seconds — entering this weekend’s boys state swimming and diving championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.
The Seahawks (17-6) cruised to an easy win over the Hilanders (14-9), 68-54, in a 3A District 3/4 consolation game at Clover Park High School on Tuesday night.
Flynn scores 32 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, as Lions knock off Todd Beamer, 75-67, to advance in Class 4A West Central District consolation bracket.
Olympia girls basketball coach Nigel Warren was hammering home the point he wanted his team to understand.
Sanchez’s tip-in dunk in the third quarter helped kick-start a Conquerors run that put them ahead by double digits.
Olivia Crawford scores 29 points as the Lancers eliminate the Hornets to remain alive in the 3A West Central District tournament
Just when teams think they’re getting a break with one of the Federal Way High School boys’ basketball teams’ starters exiting to the bench, in comes D’Jimon Jones.
Gil Boyd coached boys and girls track for the Abes from 1984-2004, earning a state runner-up with the girls in 1988.
The News Tribune’s state and area basketball rankings for the week of Feb. 16.
Freshman Kelly Richardson leads Jaguars at Class 4A West Central District 3 meet
Lincoln junior Trevion Brown scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half and guided the Abes to a 68-54 win over the Seahawks in a 3A West Central/Southwest quarterfinal.
Orting wrestling wins four regional titles in 2A Region 2 tournament; Washington High gets three titles
The 2A Region 2 wrestling tournament at River Ridge might have been a tune-up for what is to come at next weekend’s Mat Classic inside the Tacoma Dome: four regional champions from Orting’s nine finalists — including an all-Cardinals final at 138 pounds.
The Wilson Rams overcame a height disadvantage and a unique defense to defeat Auburn Mountainview, 67-59, at Rogers High School on Saturday night, advancing to the regional round of the state tournament.
The host Hawks had five wrestlers competing in their home gymnasium in pursuit of next weekend’s Mat Classic, and they were a perfect 5 for 5, with four of those wrestlers going to the Tacoma Dome as participants for their first time.
10 of the 14 regional finals were all-SPSL matchups, as Narrows League outclassed.
The former Los Angeles Times coach of the year takes over Abes program stunned by Jon Kitna’s resignation almost three weeks ago.
The Trojans held the Warriors to two fourth-quarter field goals on the way to a 58-46 win in the Class 2A West Central District 3 boys basketball quarterfinals Saturday afternoon at Foss High School.
Austin Curry had 17 points — 12 in the final quarter — and Brandell Evans had 13 as the Blazers stormed back cut a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to just one, but fell short.
T.J. Mickelson’s 26 points, four assists and four rebounds lift Wolves to a 46-43 win over Washougal in the opener of the 2A District 4 tournament
In night’s most anticipated matchup, Royals’ Emmanuel Daigbe slams Union’s Alex Berfanger for stunning fall in rematch of 2014 state final
The players sitting on the bench echoed the crowd sitting behind them chanting “D-up,” as the Wilson girls basketball team knuckled down to defeat Auburn Riverside, 61-55, on Friday in the second round of the Class 3A West Central District 3 tournament at Rogers High in Puyallup.
No. 5 Bellarmine Prep starts slow, roars to finish in rout of Kentridge in 4A West Central District 3 quarterfinal
Shalyse Smith scored a team-high 17 points to lift the Lions to the West Central District 3 semifinals with a 73-53 victory over the Chargers on Friday.
Coach Jackie Robinson still claims he is the biggest, most commanding 6-foot-4 basketball player his River Ridge High School girls will ever see on any court.
Promise Taylor converted the game-clinching three-point play with 10.5 seconds to go, and Sammamish rallied for a 43-39 victory over River Ridge in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A SeaKing/West Central Bi-District tournament at Foss High School on Friday.
Like the optimistic and enthusiastic coach he is, Nigel Warren is looking ahead to Monday.
Panthers girls beat Wolves 60-57 in first round Class 2A District 4 tournament.
Clover Park outscored North Kitsap 55-24 in the second half to take a 78-65 victory. The Warriors (14-7) advance to play Fife on Saturday at Foss High School at 2:45 p.m. The winner clinches a regional tournament berth.
Jayson Williams makes final big play to lead Abes into Class 3A West Central District 3 quarterfinals.
Falcons erase 20-10 deficit to Sumner to earn 54-46 victory in Class 3A West Central District III tournament.
Rex Bodoia (17 points) responds to a call for help from Malachi Flynn (20 points) as the Lions hold off the Vikings, 60-53
Daniels has 18 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and seven steals as the Eagles score 35 points off turnovers, highlighted by four dunks, in an 81-54 victory over the Wolves.
Siblings Andrew and Anesia Ramirez shine on the wrestling mat for Lakes High School
McKenzie Alton, Claire Martin and Shalyse Smith combined go 15 for 15 from the floor in the first half with Alton knocking down three shots from beyond the 3-point arc. The Lions rode their trio to a 43-14 halftime lead.
Other area tournament girls results: Sumner 57, Capital 31; River Ridge 46, Port Angeles 27; Todd Beamer 77, Timberline 20
Returning from a knee injury suffered January 23rd against Sumner, LaPoole received medical clearance to return to action Wednesday afternoon, and then combined with Olivia Crawford for 48 points Wednesday night as the Lancers held off the Rams in a West Central District 3 first-round game
Poised and efficient, the Abes handed visiting Enumclaw its worst loss of the season in the opening round of the Class 3A West Central District tournament Wednesday night.
4A and 3A/2A West Central Bi-District gymnastics championships on Saturday at Mount Rainier High School
Class 3A/2A West Central District boys swimming championships this weekend at Hazen High School in Renton.
4A/3A/2A/1A and girls regional Saturday wrestling schedule
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.
- 467 George Zimmerman found not guilty in death of Trayvon Martin
- 452 Tacoma rally promotes discussion following George Zimmerman verdict
- 394 For Zimmerman, ‘not guilty’ does not equal innocence
- 3 Seattle mayor’s tunnel antics put highways at risk
- 1 NSA revelations reframe digital life for some