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Archives: April 2009


Prep Zone: Saturday edition

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Friday’s highlights

Emerald Ridge erupted for five runs in the fifth inning, breaking open a close baseball game, and beat Curtis 14-7. Bryan Burgher had three hits and Will Chavarria and Jace Dykman tallied two each for the Jaguars. Kyle Phillips hit a home run for the Vikings.

Lakes pitcher Matt Chambers threw a complete game, leading the Lancers to a 6-1 win over Sumner. Dalton Gervais went 3-for-3 with a double and home run for Lakes.

Spanaway Lake’s Josh Schultz, Terik Gofinch and Trevor Woods all had two hits in the

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Recapping the Rep Assembly — shot clock passes

Here’s my story on today’s WIAA Rep Assembly and a list of the amendments and if they passed or failed:

The News Tribune

Tick-tock, tick-tock, boys basketball has a shot clock.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Rep Assembly overwhelmingly approved an amended to implement a 35-second shot clock, passing the measure 42-11 on Friday at the Spirit of Washington Events Center in Renton.

Sumner athletic director Tim Thomsen, a voting member of the Rep Assembly and the basketball commission for the SPSL 3A, said coaches from that league were unanimous in their support of a shot clock.

"Our coaches see it as being beneficial to the game," Thomsen said. "A shot clock is used at the (collegiate) level and this will help prepare those players who are going on. And we already have a shot clock for girls basketball."

Washington becomes the seventh state to use a shot clock in boys basketball.

The Rep Assembly decided on the 35-second shot clock, instead of 30- and 45-second time limits, because that is what is used at the collegiate level.

Mike Colbrese, executive director of the WIAA, said the shot clock amendment had gained momentum in recent weeks.

"It wasn’t up until a few weeks or so ago that I thought it had a chance," he said.

The Rep Assembly also took steps to keep football games from getting out of hand. A running clock will be used in all regular season and playoff games with margins of 45 points or more after halftime. A similar amendment for basketball games failed.

An amendment to make girls lacrosse a varsity sport was voted down, 41-11 with one abstention.

Two reclassification amendments – one that would combine the 1B and 2B classifications into a singular Class B and another that would create a private school classification – did not even make it to a vote.

Former Peninsula athletic director Karst Brandsma was given the Gareth Giles Award. Brandsma, who now serves as interim superintendent of Everett Public Schools, also helped oversee the 1A and 2A basketball tournaments at the Tacoma Dome and Star Track at Lincoln Bowl.

No decisions were made regarding the format of the basketball state tournament. The WIAA Executive Board will meet in July to review the formats and draw criteria of the state tournaments in all sports.

Colbrese said the board will look at all options to help schools save on travel costs, limit the time students are out of the classroom and increase the interest in the postseason. The WIAA will also try to solve the "riddle" of the Class 3A basketball state tournament, he said.

The event was the WIAA’s top revenue producer when it was played in the Kingdome. But since relocating to the Tacoma Dome, then KeyArena and Hec Edmundsen Pavilion in Seattle, and finally back to Tacoma, attendance and revenue have dwindled.

Attendance at the 1B and 2B hoops tournaments is lagging, too. Before it was split into two classifications, 28,000 spectators attended the Class B state tournament in Spokane. The same number of fans combined to pass through the turnstiles at the 1B and 2B tournaments this year.

The WIAA relies heavily on the revenue from the basketball state tournaments to support its other activities.

"Basketball is our sacred cow," Colbrese said. "Is the cow getting a little skinnier? It is getting skinnier."

Colbrese said no specific changes to the basketball, or any sport’s, state tournament have been discussed. A variety of options will be explored in July. Among the possible considerations are adjusting the draw criteria for state events, reducing the number of qualifiers and changing the location of venues. Colbrese noted that Washington is the only state to have a 16-team, double-elimination basketball state tournament.

"Every once in a while," he said, "it’s good to take a look at yourself."

Doug Pacey: 253-597-8271

To see what amendments passed, click below:

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Boys basketball gets a shot clock

I’m at the WIAA Rep Assembly in Renton and the voters have just passed an amendment to implement a shot clock in boys basketball. The vote passed 42-11. A vote to make the shot clock 35 seconds passed 47-5 and one abstention.

Just a reminder, no decision regarding the format of the basketball state tournament was made. The WIAA Executive Board will meet in July to review the formats and draw criteria of the state tournaments in all sports.

You can view a list of all the amendments being voted on here. Here’s what has happened so

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WIAA Rep Assembly meets Friday

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s annual Rep Assembly — it’s the group’s legislative branch — will convene today in Renton to vote on a number of amendments.

You can see the complete list of amendments here. Here are some of the most interesting ones:

– A proposal to implement a shot clock in boys basketball.

– Two separate proposals for running clocks in football and basketball blowouts.

– A proposal to put private schools with enrollments between 50-300 students into their own classification.

– A proposal to eliminate the 1B and 2B classifications and

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Picturesque Stadium Bowl

I snapped this photo with my cell phone about 30 minutes before the start of the Bellarmine Prep-Stadium boys soccer game at Stadium Bowl on Tuesday evening.

If there’s a more scenic high school sports venue in the state, I’d like to see it.

Should be a great evening with two of the state’s best soccer teams likely playing for the Narrows League title in this fantastic setting. I’ll have a story in Wednesday’s The News Tribune.