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Archives: March 2009


Catching up on the preps beat

After 20 straight days of work without a day off, I took some time off last week to visit some family on the East Coast. This blog has been stagnant since then, so we’ve got some catching up to.

We’ve got spring sports previews in the works, but first I want to touch on some things that deserve a mention:

– Franklin point guard Peyton Siva has been named the Gatorade State Player of the Year. Bellarmine Prep’s Abdul Gaddy earned the honor last year. Both will play in the McDonald’s All-American in April at Miami.

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3A/4A All-State football rosters

Here are the rosters for the 3A/4A Washington State Football Coaches Association All-State game. The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. June 27 at Everett’S Memorial Stadium.


QB/DB Josh Loera, Moses Lake

DB/WR Stan Langlow, Curtis

LB/RB Brandon James, Peninsula

WR/DB Clayton Homme, Southridge

LB/RB Dakoda Winsor, Hanford

QB Kevin Stringer, North Kitsap

WR/DB Justin Veltung, Puyallup

QB/DB Luke Schindele, Bellarmine Prep

QB Blake Bledsoe, Central Valley

R/DB Vaugh Kapiko, Lewis & Clark

WR/DB Aaron Roberts, Ferris

RB/DB Nick Bellomy, East Valley

DB/WR Rob Caballero,

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WIAA 2009 Hall of Fame inductees

Announces 2009 Hall of Fame Inductees

Renton will serve as host site for luncheon

The following people will be inducted into the WIAA Hall of Fame on April 15 at the Spirit of Washington Events Center in Renton.

John Olerud
Chris Henderson
Lisa Raschkow Johnson

Fine Arts
Mike Burton

Bill Harris
Curt DeHaan

Dick Eglet
Mike Burton

Alli Bennett

Click below to read a biography on each inductee.

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TNT all-state basketball teams

Here are The News Tribune’s all-state boys and girls basketball teams.



Abdul Gaddy, PG, 6-3, Sr., Bellarmine Prep

What more can we say about Gaddy? The two-time TNT All-Area Player of the Year is as pure a point guard as you’ll find. A smooth passer with an eye for the open teammate, Gaddy can also score in bunches. Before he reports to the University of Washington, Gaddy will play in the McDonald’s All-American game and the Nike Hoops Summit.


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Lincoln hires a football coach

I just heard from Lincoln athletic director Char Davenport that Mike Merrill will be the Abes football coach in the fall.

Merrill has a lengthy resume, with head coaching stints at Mount Rainer (three seasons), Lake Washington (one season), Auburn Riverside (five seasons). Recently, Merrill has been an assistant coach and teacher at Clover Park. He also has been an assistant at South Kitsap.

In 2006, Merrill led Lake Washington to the round-of-32 postseason. When he was at Mount Rainier, he took the Rames to the playoffs in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He has twice been named a

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VIDEO: 3A hoops title games

PLU student videographer Jon Wedell was at last night’s finals and posted these highlights

The Kennedy Lancers took on the Shadle Park Highlanders at the Tacoma Dome.

The Columbia River Chieftains squared-off against the Franklin Quakers in the State Championship game at the Tacoma Dome.


3A boys all-tournament team

MVP: Peyton Siva, Franklin

First Team

Steven Bjornstad, Columbia River

Alex Schrempf, Bellevue

Vonchae Richardson, Franklin

Patrick Nyeko, Seattle Prep

Second Team

Aaron Bright, Bellevue

Kyle Thurston, Columbia River

Sean Jones, O’Dea

Chris Holmes, Franklin

Roger O’Neill, Meadowdale


3A girls championship game: Kennedy 50, Shadle Park 43 (Final)

As the Highlanders closed in one final time, Kennedy turned to its star one more time in a critical situation.

And junior Yaz Fuller was there to meet the challenge.

With the Lancers leading, 46-43, and with the shot clock running down, Fuller strode to her left, galloped up the side and banked in a running 4-footer to put this close game to rest.

Kennedy led 42-32 early in the fourth quarter, but as they did all game long, the Highlands took each glancing blow, and kept coming – even after injuries to guard Kendra Knutsen (knee)

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