High School Sports HEADLINES
YAKIMA — Few teams have challenged Cascade Christian’s girls basketball team this season like Chelan did Friday in the 1A state tournament quarterfinals.
Electric point guard Dominic Robinson started hot, scoring 10 of his game-high 18 points for the Curtis Vikings in the opening quarter against Newport of Bellevue in a quarterfinal game of the Class 4A boys tournament.
Make no mistake about it, the Wilson High girls basketball team’s 48-37 Class 3A state quarterfinal win over Mercer Island on Thursday morning at the Tacoma Dome was a watershed moment for the program.
The Lincoln Abes continue to carry the torch for Tacoma 3A schools, advancing to the semifinal of the state tournament with a 68-47 win Thursday over Mountlake Terrace.
Few teams have challenged Cascade Christians girls basketball team this season like Chelan did Friday in the first round of the 1A state tournament quarterfinals.
It’s not uncommon to see college coaches pay a visit to the annual Bothell High School boys basketball summer camp.
LACEY — Brandell Evans knows the state tournament history of Timberline boys basketball, and he sees the success of the program’s three state-placing teams on the wall outside the high school’s two gymnasiums.
After a sluggish start to the season, Cascade Christian girls’ basketball coach Bryan Peterson decided to give his team some homework.
State basketball championship titles are like deep-sea fishing expeditions – you celebrate like mad when you land the big prize, even snap a few photographs – but eventually your mind greedily wanders back to the ones that got away.
Little did Violet Morrow know, Wilson High girls basketball coach Michelle Birge was keeping a close eye on her.
There is a lot in a name. And for basketball purposes, Clover Park High School’s Xavier Means has a pretty good one.
The run-and-shoot gang is back together again.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association held a draw for matchups Sunday for the high school state basketball tournaments this week. Here is the following schedule:
The Tacoma Baptist boys were barely over .500, yet had an opportunity to clinch a spot in the Class 2B state basketball tournament Saturday.
Everyone around Lacey knows the bigger the game, the better Timberline High School boys basketball coach Allen Thomas dresses.
Perrion Callandret had missed his previous two dunks — both were eye-popping attempts, but misses nonetheless.
For the most part, this season has been made up of blowouts and games in which the No. 5 Curtis Vikings have put teams away early.
Clover Park’s David Crisp has been menacing opposing defenses all season.
Tre’Shaun Fletcher and the Lincoln Abes are going back to the Tacoma Dome. Fletcher was a different player the last time the Abes reached the Dome. He was just a freshman.
SNOHOMISH – It was the kind of situation built for Foss’ Dezmyn Trent.
TUMWATER – With a state tournament berth on the line and a gamelong lead turned the other way, W.F. West needed an infusion of energy.
Riding a fast start, the top-ranked Cascade Christian girls are returning to the Class 1A state basketball tournament in Yakima.
MILL CREEK– Kentwood’s Sarah Toeaina said she was shaking when she walked to the free-throw line after just tying No. 3 Lynnwood at 49 in her first attempt with 13.8 seconds left in regulation.
On a night when the Todd Beamer Titans desperately needed a clutch 3-pointer to help swing momentum or quickly cut a large deficit in a short time, they were without their best long-range weapon.
Once the Wilson High Rams passed the big test, they took their shot at the postgame pop quiz.
For two-and-a-half quarters, the River Ridge Hawks girls basketball team played “like freshmen and sophomores,” said coach Jackie Robinson.
By playing his way out of the shadows, Foss High School’s Dezmyn Trent has effectively arrived.
Bryce McPhee was a fast-and-furious slasher, always finding creative ways to score against bigger basketball players at Bellarmine Prep and Gonzaga University.
As another state basketball tournament looms, the movie “Hoosiers” serves as true-story template for the magic high school athletes can create once they realize a team is more than the sum of its individual parts.
The Sumner High School girls finally have a West Central District basketball championship to their name.
The final play for the Timberline Blazers was a backdoor cut for Donaven Dorsey, a player the Lincoln Abes had trouble stopping all game.
Defense was the name of the game for the Mount Rainier Rams.
About the only thing Curtis High School boys basketball coach Tim Kelly raised his voice for was to get his chance with the scissors.
Logan Werner, the affable team manager of the Wilson High girls basketball team, excitedly skipped around the ShoWare Center floor with the cut-down net in his hand – looking like Roy Rogers trying to lasso a horse.
First at Lincoln High School, and now at his alma mater Curtis, Tim Kelly has racked up 340 coaching wins in 20 seasons of boys basketball.
The differences between winning a state title and not were mostly subtle for Tahoma at Mat Classic XXV on Saturday – a takedown here, an extra second there.
It’s been a long time coming, but it might be time to start thinking of Decatur High School as a Class 3A wrestling power. At the very least the Gators proved on Saturday at Mat Classic XXV at the Tacoma Dome that they deserve a place at the big boy table.
Fife High School heavyweight wrestler Monike Failauga came to a halt, not knowing quite how to react.
Wilson High School’s girls basketball team just keeps winning.
Last year at this time, half of the Todd Beamer girls basketball roster was in junior high.
In six seconds, Bellarmine Prep High schools boys basketball team went from certain defeat to victory.
Kentridge High junior Chase Bublitz shouldn’t have much trouble deciding which individual swimming events to compete in next year at the state meet.
Britni Atwell didn’t just make history – she made it twice.
The Timberline High boys basketball team played with their best player hobbled, and the team’s second-best player watching from the sideline.
White River coach Rick Tripp wanted his team to hold Clover Park star David Crisp under 20 points.
Great high school wresting programs in Washington seemingly peak high, have their run of state championships and eventually take a dip.
CaroLyne Schmidt’s feet had barely touched the mat when she was swallowed up by a sea of black-and-green sparkles.
Pressure, pressure, pressure.
Bethany Montgomery didn’t come close to hoisting a spinning, throw-from-behind-her-head shot in Wilson High’s West Central District III opener against Auburn Mountainview.
Ahmaad Rorie is one of those players made for the postseason.
Gig Harbor senior Evan Indahl had been putting in the hard work in the pool all season long and had yet to see it really show in his times.
Longtime University High School of Spokane coach Don Owen said it felt like he had the wind knocked out of him when he heard the International Olympic Committee was planning to drop wrestling from the 2020 Games.
LACEY — Winning at the 2A Southwest District IV tournament has become an expectation for the River Ridge Hawks.
Kent-Meridian High School’s Joshua Smith taking down a favored regional champion appeared to be the upset of the day at Mat Classic XXV.
Clinging to a two-point lead, Bellarmine Prep boys basketball coach Bernie Salazar did not get to breathe easy until Malik Montoya’s 3-point shot bounced long off the back of the rim.
Chase Bublitz makes his presence known before he even gets into the water.
CaroLyne Schmidt found success by virtue of being vertically challenged.
Taking an extended look at truly one of the most outstanding state tournaments not only in Washington, but also in the country, The News Tribune identifies five defining moments – or memories – that have taken place in the past 25 years.
If you hang around the White River High School girls basketball program long enough, you’ll know how to accurately grade a Hornets game.
The No. 5-ranked Curtis Vikings took the first step toward their third straight West Central District championship, defending their home court in a 59-41 victory over Battle Ground on Wednesday night.
It wasn’t even a week ago that Kentwood High’s Jackson Huerta sank a half-court overtime buzzer-beater to lift the Conquerors to a one-point victory and advance them to the 4A West Central District III tournament.
South Kitsap and Auburn played fast, aggressive, attacking basketball from the opening tip of their Class 4A West Central District boys game Wednesday at Auburn High School.
With opposing coaches generating as many defensive schemes as they can think of trying to slow Foss High star Dezymn Trent, it often leaves ample opportunities for other Falcons to have a big night.
By the way they were shooting the basketball, it was obvious from the start the Stadium Tigers were not afraid.
The sight of Decatur High’s Nick Karis is striking. He is a bundle of well-defined muscles – with Popeye arms and thick legs that serve as hulking anchors on the wrestling mat.
Mount Tahoma girls basketball coach Calvin McHenry laid out for his team the attributes that define good teams during the postseason.
On an aesthetically pleasing, can’t-wait-to-review-the-film scale, Bellarmine Prep girls basketball coach Kevin Meines gave a negative review of his team’s 2013 West Central District debut.
The Todd Beamer Titans didn’t play their best in the first half of Tuesday’s girls basketball playoff opener against the Gig Harbor Tides, but they still led by nine points at halftime.
Federal Way trailed Auburn Riverside for almost the entire first half of their Class 4A West Central District-opening girls basketball game Tuesday.
It isn’t exactly a surprise that Brian Woodbury is at home in the water.
The Emerald Ridge gymnastics team doesn’t just want to win. It wants to make history.
Tahoma once again showed who’s boss when the Bears dominated the 4A Region II wrestling championships Saturday afternoon at Auburn High School.
At the start of the championship round of the 4A Region I wrestling tournament Saturday at Snohomish High School, Lake Stevens coach Brent Barnes was a relaxed man.
Every Kentwood High School boys basketball pregame shootaround ends with a halfcourt shooting contest.
Bonney Lake High’s Colton Tracy had always wanted to stand on the mountain his brother built.
In a Nisqually League tiebreaker to decide not only the No. 2 seed, but also a much-appreciated bye in next week’s Class 1A tri-district tournament, the Cougars led the entire way en route to a 52-39 win over Eatonville at Orting High School on Friday night.
Todd Beamer High girls basketball coach Cory Alexander just couldn’t get comfortable.
BOYS BASKETBALL: CURTIS 74, TAHOMA 53
Before opening the door to a joyous locker room packed with screaming players, Yelm girls basketball coach Russ Riches and assistant coach Marianna Smith reminisced about a similar run to a Narrows League title four years ago.
Here’s the not-so-well-kept secret about football recruiting: Nobody really knows anything until signing day arrives.
The unusual format didn’t faze the Lakes High Lancers’ talented four-guard rotation.
Black Hills High School football coach Jack Zilla announced his resignation Monday after 15 seasons coaching the Wolves.
Bellarmine Prep didn’t get hot until late in the game, but it was enough to claim a 59-54 overtime victory over Olympia on Monday night.
Brian Rochester had plenty of experiences to choose from when asked whats been most memorable about his freshman wrestling season at Yelm High School.
Erik Nielsen takes concentration to a whole new level.
Decatur High School wrestling coaches asked official scorekeepers to check, re-check then triple-check the final results.
Harold Lysne is the owner of 10-lane Tiger Bowling, a bowling alley located across the street from Battle Ground High School.
The defense was as self-sustaining as it was star-striking.
On Aug. 1, 2013, Proposal 13-3 – one of 25 submitted by the NCAA Rules Working Committee and later approved by the 18-member panel of college presidents – will go into effect. It removes all restrictions and limitations on any modes of communication – including text messages – between coaches and prospective student-athletes. So for the 2014 recruiting class (juniors this year), it means college coaches can call or text without limitation.
It might have taken a game and a half, but Wilson freshman Alphonso Anderson finally got tired of getting beat up by Lincoln senior Tre’Shaun Fletcher.
Some things just don’t get decided in the regular season.
After a bit of a rocky stretch midway through the season, the Federal Way Eagles seem to be back on the right track.
Even at the most important tournament of the season, the WIAA state girls’ championships at Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place, the Blazers aren’t taking themselves too seriously.
With a gym bag over his shoulder, and his heart rate back to normal, Lincoln point guard Ahmaad Rorie took one last look up into the rafters at Foss High School.
With a victory comfortably in hand late in the fourth quarter Tuesday night, Todd Beamer girls basketball coach Corey Alexander called a timeout because he saw something he didn’t like out on the floor.
As soon as running back Thomas Tyner returned from the U.S. Army All-American football game in San Antonio, he sought out Aloha (Ore.) High School teammate and friend Brayden Kearsley.
Football talent can be found anywhere – just ask the coaching staff at the University of Arizona.
BELLEVUE — Bishard “Budda” Baker never solved a game of “Wheel of Fortune” so easily.
At Curtis High School, the pins are going down.
The first time Taylor Barton met Max Browne, he noticed a gleam in his eyes. Initially, all he could see was the outside shell of a tall, gangly quarterback with blond, curly hair. But a deeper look into Browne’s blue eyes revealed a penetrating focus and a hunger to learn.
With the aptly named “Energizer Bunny” supercharging the offense, a pair of dominant post players patrolling the paint, and a first-year coach who matches her team’s intensity, it’s no wonder the Puyallup girls basketball team is near the top of the SPSL South Division standings.
Bellarmine Prep leads the Narrows 4A, Lincoln sits atop the Narrows 3A and the two finally hit the hardwood Friday night in a league crossover game with both programs undefeated against other city opponents this season.
By all accounts, University of Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant accomplished what he set out to do at this week’s Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Ala.
No sooner had word leaked out last year that Yelm High School would be moving up to Class 4A, than Narrows League wrestling coaches started reaching out to Tornados coach Gaylord Strand.
With their postseason hopes seemingly hanging in the balance with each remaining game on the schedule, the Mount Tahoma boys basketball team better get accustomed to playing well under pressure.
When you take a road trip to one of the toughest gyms for visiting teams in the Narrows League, a little courage can go a long way.
Green means go for Auburn Riverside senior Shantell Jackson.
When she was much younger, Riley Clarke wanted to watch girly television shows such as “My Little Pony.” Nowadays it’s more like “Teen Mom” or “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” But when you are fighting two competitive brothers, Mac and Wain, for control of the only television remote in the house – for a TV that’s rarely on anyway – getting to pick the show of her choice was about as rare as gold.
Second-ranked Cleveland High plays much more comfortably when it’s leading by almost 50 points in the fourth quarter, as it had in its previous six games.
Todd Beamer’s Bogdon Bliznyuk hadn’t been held to single-digit scoring at all this season.
In theory, five almost-Brittany McPhees should beat one superstar Brittany McPhee every time in a girls basketball showdown.
It takes a lot to satisfy Tim Kelly.
The Lincoln Abes were tested late in their Narrows League 3A boys basketball game against the Timberline Blazers.
It’s not often that Clover Park guard David Crisp scores 28 points in a game and gets overshadowed by two teammates, but it happened in the Warriors’ 76-51 SPSL 2A home win over White River on Friday night.
Uh-oh, no Sefo?
This time, the Curtis High Vikings were prepared for Federal Way’s pressure defense.
Yelm girls basketball coach Russ Riches knew there were a handful of things his team needed to do in order to knock off Narrows League 3A leader Bellarmine Prep.
Despite a victory in No. 1-ranked Lincoln’s previous game, coach Aubrey Shelton was not pleased with his team’s defense.
Bryan Peterson presented the whole deal truthfully – and in its entirety.
Balance and depth have been key strengths for the boys basketball team at Foss High School the past few seasons.
SILVERDALE – Some wresting invitationals are cakewalks. And then there is the Matman Classic – the last high-profile tournament of the regular season.
Some schools had to cross the mountains to swim in the Kentridge Invitational. This year’s winner had to cross two time zones.
No. 10 Emerald Ridge spent three and a half quarters against No. 6 Curtis playing like it was worthy of sharing the top spot in the 4A South Puget Sound League South Division standings.
Bellarmine Prep, despite an emotionally charged Bears team, pulled away in the final minutes for a 43-33 victory over Olympia. The Bears wanted to win for Todd McDougall, an English teacher and baseball coach diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor last month.
Even with Raven Benton, the second-best scorer in the state, fouled out with 1:25 left and Federal Way clinging to a two-point lead, her Eagles teammates learned to close the deal without her in a 52-51 SPSL 4A victory over visiting Todd Beamer.
Foss High School held a pregame pep rally Friday.
The No. 1 ranked Lincoln Abes won their fifth game in a row on Wednesday night, taking down Wilson on the road, 83-72. The Abes are alone in first place in the Narrows League 3A division with a 4-0 record, and overall they’re 10-1.
Keith Green and his Auburn Mountainview basketball teammates can cross a big item off their bucket list: they finally beat Lakes.
The 10th-ranked Emerald Ridge Jaguars were down again in numbers, suiting up nine varsity players for its SPSL South showdown at No. 2 Federal Way.
Whether it’s by jump or backflip, the water is Adam Gefkovicz’s ultimate destination.
Cody Peterson’s rise in football at Navy took two years of patience, recovering from surgeries, and switching sides of the ball.
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