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Archives: 2009


Recapping Wednesday’s hoops

Nearly all of the holiday tournaments are over. We saw some blowouts, some upsets and a few thrillers.

Third-ranked Curtis was the biggest winner of the break, establishing itself as a team to be reckoned with. The undefeated Vikings won the Spokane Holiday Showcase by beating Kentridge, 61-56, at Spokane Falls CC. Darius Johnson-Wilson led Curtis (10-0) with 16 points. Chargers guard Gary Bell scored a game-high 26 points.

Puyallup scored a couple nice wins this week, beating Wenatchee on a buzzer-beater on Tuesday and toppling No. 5 Mead on Wednesday at Wenatchee.
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Slew of big hoops games on Wednesday’s schedule

If I were ESPN, I would come up with some ridiculous slogan for today’s slate of big prep basketball games. Something like, “Wild Wednesday,” “End of the Year Extravaganza,” or “Prep Hoops Hysteria.”

But I’m not, so I won’t give a sensational title to the games on the docket today. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be interested. Here’s what we’ve got:

Boys Basketball
Bellarmine Prep at No. 2 Gonzaga Prep:
Can B-Prep sweep the all-Jesuit tournament and prove they’re a team to be reckoned with? The Lions dispatched 3A No. 6 Seattle Prep on Tuesday.

No. 3 Curtis vs. Kentridge: Two SPSL teams ran through the Spokane Holiday Showcase, reaching the finals of the tournament. The Vikings have been a pleasant surprise — to everyone but themselves — this season. Can they keep their perfect record intact against Gary Bell and the Chargers?
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Prep Zone: Wednesday Edition

There were a bunch of big games across the state on Tuesday night. Here are some highlights:

Tuesday’s highlights

Third-ranked Curtis erased a fourth-quarter deficit and escaped Spokane Falls CC with a 51-44 win over Lake City (Idaho). Dominique Williams led the undefeated Vikings (9-0) with 20 points.

Curtis will meet Kentridge in the Spokane Holiday Showcase title game. The Chargers dispatched Shadle Park 58-56. Four players scored in double-figures, led by Gary Bell’s 23-point effort.

Bellarmine Prep knocked off 3A No. 6 Seattle Prep 59-56 in Spokane. Donald Gaddy had 16 points and 8 assists for the Lions and Tommy Joyce chipped in 14 points.

Auburn upset No. 5 Mead, toppling the Panthers 64-59 in overtime at the Wenatchee Holiday Classic. Kevin Henderson led the Trojans with 23 points.
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Prep Zone: Tuesday edition

What to watch on Tuesday

Jefferson’s boys basketball team hit a rough patch in the last three weeks, losing three out of four games. The Raiders (4-3) will attempt to get back on track, but eighth-ranked Decatur (6-1) will try to keep Jefferson at bay.
When: 7:45 p.m.
Where: Decatur

Perennial Class 4A girls basketball power and second-ranked Lewis & Clark (5-1) visits the team that knocked it off in the first round of last season’s state tournament when the Tigers take on No. 4 Federal Way (5-2).
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Federal Way

A pair of Class 1A girls hoops teams will clash when No. 3 Granger meets No. 6 Vashon at the SunDome Shootout in Yakima.
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Yakima SunDome

Monday’s highlights

Third-ranked Curtis held off Ferris, 68-65, at Spokane Falls CC. Davonte Lacy led the undefeated Vikings (8-0) with 18 points. Darius Johnson-Wilson and James Cooks each tallied 14 points and Dominique Williams had 12.
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Girls basketball rankings for 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A

Records are through Dec. 27

Class 4A
1. Auburn Riverside (7-0)
2. Lewis & Clark (5-1)
3. Kentwood (6-1)
4. Federal Way (5-2)
5. Bellarmine Prep (4-3)
6. Woodinville (5-0)
7. Issaquah (6-0)
8. Chiawana (6-0)
9. Newport (7-0)
10. South Kitsap (8-0)
Next: Bethel (6-1), Edmonds-Woodway (5-1), Garfield (3-2), Jackson (5-1), Kentlake (7-1), Marysville-Pilchuck (6-1), Monroe (6-1), Puyallup (5-1), Richland (6-1)
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Boys basketball rankings for 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A

The records are through Dec. 27.

Class 4A
1. Federal Way (7-0)
2. Gonzaga Prep (5-1)
3. Curtis (7-0)
4. Jackson (6-0)
5. Mead (5-1)
6. Kamiakin (7-0)
7. Walla Walla (4-1)
8. Decatur (6-1)
9. Lake Stevens (6-0)
10. Foss (5-1)
Next: Auburn Riverside (5-3), Beamer (6-3), Bellarmine Prep (5-3), Garfield (4-2), Kentridge (5-2), Kentwood (2-3), Lake Washington (7-1), Olympia (7-1), Richland (7-0), Wilson (6-2).
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Three South Sound football players selected to U.S. Army football combine

Three South Sound football players have been selected to participate in the 2010 U.S. Army National Combine next week in San Antonio, Texas. Juniors Cornelius Edison of Curtis, Ionatana Pritchard of Clover Park and Dalton Blackmore of Kentwood will join the nation’s top junior prospects at the Alamodome.

Four other Washington players have been selected. They are: Justin Lane of Lakewood High School, Alec Martin of Wenatchee and Charlie Hopkins and Bishop Sankey of Gonzaga Prep.

The combine takes place Jan. 7-9, during “Bowl Week” of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Lakes defensive tackle Sione Potoa’e and Skyline quarterback Jake

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Prep’s Pavlovich plays for ODP team in Mississippi

Bellarmine Prep’s Kaitlyn Pavlovich is playing this week in the U.S. Soccer Olympic Development Program’s Winter Interregional Games. Pavlovich is one of 18 girls on the 1992 Region IV squad. Three other girls from Washington — Kimberlyn Cooper of Bellingham, Britney Oljar of Camas and Hannah Kimsey of Vancouver — are on the team.

Pavlovich’s team tied Region I 3-3 on Sunday in Ridgeland, Mississippi. They will play Region II today and Region III on Tuesday.