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Archives: Oct. 2008

Oct.
28th

Timberline’s Peck named the Rolex Junior Golfer of the Year

Timberline High’s Cameron Peck has been named the 2008 Rolex Junior Golfer of the Year. Victoria Tanco of Bradenton, Fla., was the girls’ recipient.


Here’s the release:


Introduced by the AJGA in 1978, the Rolex Junior Player of the Year award recognizes one boy and one girl who had the most outstanding year in junior golf events at the national level. Past recipients include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Charles Howell III, Hunter Mahan, Grace Park, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel.


Both ended the season ranked No. 1 in the Polo Golf Rankings, helping them earn

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Oct.
28th

Week 7 volleyball rankings

From the state coaches association:


Class 4A

1. Lewis & Clark 11-1

2. Kentwood 13-1

3. Mead 9-1

4. Skyview 12-0

5. Kamiakin 13-0

6. Monroe 9-1

7. Kamiak 10-1

8. Southridge 10-1

9. Puyallup 11-2

10. Olympia 12-1



Class 3A

1. Sumner 14-0

2. Kennedy 8-0

3. East Valley (Spokane) 9-4

4. Mercer Island 13-0

5. Prairie 10-2

6. Bishop Blanchet 13-1

7. Eastside Catholic 13-1

8. Highline 13-1

9. Auburn Mountainview 12-2

10. Bonney

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Oct.
27th

Predicting the Playoffs — Third edition

Some things to remember this week:

– If Kentlake beats Kentwood, the Falcons are in the playoffs and the Conquerors are out, no matter what else happens in the SPSL North. Every tie-breaker leaves Kentwood out. But we’re predicting that Kentwood wins, giving the Conks the No. 2 seed in the SPSL North.

– The four teams from the SPSL South are set — Curtis, Rogers, Bethel and Graham-Kapowsin — all we’re waiting for is the seeding. Assuming Curtis beats Emerald Ridge, Rogers beats Puyallup and Bethel beats Spanway Lake, here’s the seeding: No. 1 Curtis, No. 2 Rogers, No. 3 Bethel, No. 4 Graham-Kapowsin. Other scenarios have different seedings, but this is most likely.

– Lots left to decide in the Narrows League. Olympia and Gig Harbor are Nos. 1-2. Central Kitsap will be No. 3 with a win over Wilson this week. That leaves South Kitsap, Bellarmine Prep, Mount Tahoma and Foss are all in the hunt for the final two seeds.

– The SPSL 3A is a “what if” nightmare to figure out. For sanity’s sake, first let’s assume Enumclaw will beat White River and take the No. 3 seed. That leaves Auburn Mountainview, Bonney Lake, and Sumner vying for the final playoff berth. If Bonney Lake beats Sumner, the Panthers are in. If the Spartans win, Auburn Mountainview is in.

But if White River beats Enumclaw and Franklin Pierce beats Peninsula, that would create two scenarios (one with Bonney Lake beating Sumner and the other with Sumner beating Bonney Lake) with a four-way tie for third. There are too many variables to list here, but we’ve got Enumclaw getting the No. 3 seed and Bonney Lake taking the No. 4.

– Olympic’s upset of North Kitsap last week puts the Trojans in good position to get the Olympic Western’s No. 4 seed. It also all but secured the No. 1 seed for Capital and the No. 2 to Timberline, giving both Thurston County schools home games in Week 10.

– The Metro League has a three-way tie for second in the Sound Division between Franklin, Nathan Hale and Rainier Beach. I’m picking Beach and Hale to make it out.

– In Wesco 3A, it’s win and you’re in this week when Everett travels to Meadowdale and Glacier Peak visits Shorecrest. Whatever team gets the No. 3 berth will most likely play Sedro-Woolley in a Tuesday play-in game for the right to take on Bellevue in Week 10.

We’re getting better with the predictions, this week 11 of 13 4A matchups and 8 of 14 3A matchups are the same as last week. Since the preliminary round matchups will be determined this week, we’ll soon know just how close to the mark our predictions are.

Click below for the predicted Week 10 matchups.

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Oct.
26th

Week 9 prep football rankings

Thoughts on the Week 9 rankings:


– If there were ties in these rankings, Olympia and Auburn would be tied at No. 2 in Class 4A. Both these teams are good. They have stout defenses, extremely efficient offenses and great coaching staffs.


– Ferris falls to No. 6 after losing to reiging 4A champion Lewis and Clark.


– I will not be surprised to see any of the Nos. 7-10 teams in our 4A rankings to reach the state semifinals. There are that many capable teams in 4A this year, and that will make for some

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Oct.
25th

Gaddy considering UCLA, Washington

Abdul Gaddy told The Los Angeles Times that he is considering UCLA and the University of Washington.


“As of right now I don’t know what I’m doing yet,” Gaddy said. “My top places would probably be UCLA or Washington right now, but I’ve got to sit down and talk to my parents and my coaches.”


The Bellarmine Prep standout had given a verbal commitment to the University or Arizona, but is rethinking that decision after long-time coach Lute Olson announced his retirement earlier this week.


Gaddy, rated as the No. 2 point guard in the nation

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Oct.
24th

Football Friday: Week 8 scores (FINAL)

The box scores are available here.


Narrows League

Bellarmine Prep 27, Lincoln 26

Olympia 42, South Kitsap 6

Gig Harbor 42, Mount Tahoma 8

Central Kitsap 56, Stadium 14


SPSL North

Auburn 21, Tahoma 9

Kentwood 14, Kentridge 11

Federal Way 33, Kent-Meridian 0


SPSL South

Bethel 21, Puyallup 14

Rogers 56, Beamer 7


SPSL 3A

Franklin Pierce 28, Bonney Lake 13

Lakes 42, Auburn Mountainview 7

Peninsula 24, Enumclaw 21

Clover Park 36, Sumner

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Oct.
24th

Week 8 prep football picks

Welcome to Week 8, where “tiebreaker criteria” takes its place as one of the most important phrases in high school football lexicon.


There’s only one way to not have to worry about “head-to-head,” “power point,” “point differential” and the dreaded “mini-playoff.”


Win.


Victories are especially important for the teams in the following games.

– Tahoma at Auburn

– Puyallup at Bethel

– Kentwood at Kentridge

– Mount Tahoma at Gig Harbor

– Orting at Vashon

– Peninsula at Enumclaw


Auburn can clinch a share of the SPSL North title

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Oct.
23rd

Prep football: This Week’s Top Matchups

SPSL NORTH

Tahoma (5-2) at No. 4 Auburn (7-0)

7 p.m. Friday at Auburn’s Memorial Stadium


The lowdown: An Auburn victory would clinch a third league title in the past four seasons, and first at 4A since the Trojans won the SPSL North in 2005. That was the last time these two programs met, with Auburn winning 24-21.

Why the Bears will win: Tahoma will have to pick it up offensively in order to hang around with Auburn. In the past three games, the Bears have scored 10 or fewer points. In fact, their best weapon

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