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Archives: 2008


Portland Jefferson-Foss game postponed

Just found out that Foss’ non-league boys basketball game on Friday against Jefferson of Portland, Ore., has been postponed. Falcons coach Mike Cocke’ said he does not know yet when the game against Oregon’s Class 5A defending champions will be rescheduled.

The weather, of course, has forced the postponement of dozens of events this week.

Be safe, folks.


Gaddy, Bradley are finalists for Naismith Player of the Year Award

Bellarmine Prep senior Abdul Gaddy and Avery Bradley, a former Bellarmine Prep standout who transferred to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., are among 10 players being considered for the Naismith Boy’s High School Player of the Year award. the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today.

The watch list was comprised by leading basketball journalists from around the country who form the national voting academy, and identify players under consideration for this award.

In February, the voting academy will narrow the list down to five candidates, with the winner being selected and recognized by the Atlanta Tipoff Club

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Basketball Previews Day 3: Nisqually; Evergreen; 2B and 1B; top-10 rankings

The third and final day of our in-depth basketball previews ran today. We’re featuring the Nisqually League, Evergreen Conference and local 2B and 1B schools.

Here’s a link to our feature on center John Gage of top-ranked Vashon, along with capsule previews of the Nisqually and EvCo boys.

Here’s a link to our feature on the Black Hills girls team, which is aiming to unseat two-time defendinf champion River Ridge, and capsule previews of the EvCo and Nisqually girls.

Here’s a peek at the South Sound’s 2B and 1B schools.

Finally, here are

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Narrows, SPSL basketball previews, rankings

Our boys and girls basketball previews of the Narrows League and SPSL were in Sunday’s newspaper. Here are links to the stories and capsules:

Narrows League Boys

Narrows League Girls


SPSL Girls

And here are the first edition of this season’s TNT Power Rankings:

Class 4A


1. Federal Way 2-0

2. Kentwood 2-1

3. Decatur 4-0

4. Gonzaga Prep 3-0

5. Central Kitsap 4-1

6. Foss 4-0

7. Garfield 1-0

8. Mount Tahoma 4-0

9. Bellarmine Prep

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Class 1B all-state football team

Just received this from

2008 1B All-State Football Team

The following 1B Football All-State Team was voted on by the 1B coaches throughout the entire State, select media members, and the staff at The selection process is done strictly by votes from all eligible voting members. We received votes from 84 percent of all coaches throughout the State for this years team.

1B Player of the Year
Garrett Blauert, Lacrosse-Washtucna-Kahlotus, RB/DB

2008 Statistics

Rushing: 317 carries, 2,814 yards, 8.9 ypc, 33 touchdowns
Receiving: 31 receptions, 714 yards, 11 touchdowns Total Yards: 3,528 Total Touchdowns: 44

Total Tackles: 90
Interceptions: 5

Garrett Blauert had 317 carries this year and he held on to the football in 316 of them till the whistle blew. Even that one fumble is arguable since it was on the quarterback/running back exchange. But none-the-less, the 5-10, 155 pound junior running back from L-W-K certainly carried the load for the Tigercats in more ways than one. He rushed for 1,094 yards in the playoffs alone. He turned in 225 against Columbia, 273 against Odessa, 301 against Cusick, and finally 295 against Wishkah Valley in the State Championship game. He even found time to return a punt for a touchdown somewhere along the line.

Defensively he always had tough assignments. He made 90 tackles from his defensive back position, while intercepting five passes as well. “We always gave him tough assignments,” said L-W-K head coach Jeff Nelson. “We often gave him the wide side of the field and/or he was matched up against the other teams best receiving threat.”

A Southeast League Championship, a State Championship, a perfect record (13-0), and now, the 1B “Player of the Year!” Almost as perfect as his carries to fumble ratio.

Click below to see the Offensive and Defensive players of the year, along with complete all-state teams for Class 1B.

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Basketball previews coming

With the fall season completely behind us, we’re putting all our efforts this week and next getting out our winter sports previews.

Here’s what we have lined up:

Sunday — previews of the Narrows League and SPSL North and South divisions.

Monday — previews of the SPSL 3A and Western Cascade Conference.

Tuesday — previews of the Nisqually League, Evergreen Conference and Sea-Tac League.

Previews of wrestling, boys swimming and gymnastics will follow basketball.

Big hoops news out of Seattle last night when it was reported that Tony Wroten will no longer be

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