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Archives: Nov. 2006


Prep Picks: Playoffs heat up

It’s the second week of the playoffs and there are several games worth watching this weekend. One of the biggest will take place at Mount Tahoma Stadium on Friday, where the Curtis Vikings will see if they can stop Edmonds-Woodway’s running game.

They also have the extra motivation of extending Coach Bob Lucey’s career. Lucey will retire from coaching at the end of the season.

Olympia will face a talented Eastlake team with four starters missing from the Bears’ lineup. Tahoma has a tough one at home against Woodinville, and Timberline will see if it can match-up with

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State football playoff games

4A state football

First round


Moses Lake (7-3) at Gonzaga (9-1), 7 p.m.

Lake Stevens (8-2) at Bothell (9-1), 7:30 p.m.

Edmonds-Woodway (10-0) vs. Curtis (8-2) at Mount Tahoma, 7:30 p.m.

Eastlake (8-2) at Olympia (9-1), 7:30 p.m.


Gig Harbor (6-4) at Pasco (9-1), 1 p.m.

Woodinville (7-3) at Tahoma (10-0), 7 p.m.

Puyallup (9-1) vs. Skyview (10-0) at Kiggins Bowl, Vancouver, 7 p.m.

Mariner (8-2) vs. Oak Harbor (9-1) at Mount Vernon, 8 p.m.

3A state football

First round


West Valley-Yakima

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Auburn Riverside’s Wilber Arizona-bound

A 6-1 guard, Stephanie Wilber helped lead Auburn Riverside to 22-7 record and sixth place finish in the Class 4A tournament last year.

And she’s part of a talented 2007 recruiting class for Arizona State’s women’s basketball program for 2007.

Wilber averaged 16 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks a contest.

Wilber was a South Puget Sound League North Division all-league selection, and a second-team All-Area selection by The News Tribune.

"She is an amazingly versatile guard who is equally dominant at stepping out and draining 3-pointers or stepping in and posting up," said Arizona

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Talented golfing duo headed south

Life Christian’s Andrew Putnam is following in his older brother Michael Putnam’s footsteps in choosing to attend Pepperdine. Michael Putnam currently plays on the Nationwide Tour and qualifyed for the PGA tour next year by finihsing in the top 20.

Andrew Putnam won the Class 1A boys golf title last season with an even par, two-day total of 140. He also reached the semifinals of the U.S. Junior Amateur this summer.

T.J. Bordeaux is headed to Pacific University in Stockton, Calif. He helped the Bellarmine Prep boys golf team win the state title last spring, placing 19th overall.

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Happy signing day for Lincoln’s Montgomery


JANET JENSEN | The News Tribune

Lincoln High School’s Alex Montgomery gets a congratulatory kiss from her great, great grandmother, Dora McCrae, right, just before signing a commitment to play basketball with Georgia Tech Wednesday. Montgomery holds her nephew Giovonni Seaborn, 3. The signing took place at the old Mount Tahoma High School campus where Lincoln students attend while Lincoln High School is under renovation. In the background is Carol Jackson who drives buses for the school district.


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Prep Picks: Playoff Time!

The regular season is over (almost) and the first week’s playoff games are upon us. We have some pretty good ones and some snoozers (2-7 Sedro Wooley’s in the Playoffs?!) that we would probably avoid during the regular season, but that’s what you get when you have 32 teams make it to the dance.

Some interesting games include:

Auburn Riverside’s run-oriented attack goes against a Lakes’ defense that’s susceptible to the run.

Is Peninsula for real? We’ll see on Saturday when they take on a good team from KingCo in No. 9 Issaquah at home at Roy

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November football all about playoffs, not feelings

A reader asked me to post today’s column on November football playoffs on the blog for people to respond, so here it is. Basically I think November should be reserved for playoffs and we should cut the regular season schedule back down to nine games. Let me know what you think.

By Eric D. Williams

The News Tribune

Kids should have a chance to compete.

And I’m all for offering that opportunity on the football field. You’re only in high school once, and you should take advantage of every chance you get to strap on the

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