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Archives: Sep. 2009


More on Narrows League changes, reclassification

I’ve got a few pieces of information about reclassification and potential league makeovers to add to this story about the Narrows League expanding to 15 schools that ran in Tuesday’s newspaper, which said that Capital, North Thurston, Timberline and Yelm will become members of the 30-year-old conference, beginning next fall.

It looks like the Narrows League will not add any other schools. I spoke today with Bellarmine Prep athletic director Ed Ploof and the Narrows League set an Oct. 1 deadline for applications to join the league and no other schools have submitted an application. Of course, when we went through this same enrollment count process two years ago, Shelton missed the application deadline by months and still gained entry into the Narrows League.

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Who’s ready for prep basketball season?

Because it’s never too early to look forward to basketball season, I’ve rounded up a few tournament schedules. There are some very intriguing matchups and I’ve picked my favorites.

Boys – Squalicum vs. Vashon
Here’s a matchup of the defending state champions in 2A and 1A. Some people say the Storm are the best team in the state, regardless of classification. I don’t know if I’d go that far, but the Bellingham school is in my top five. Vashon is led by California-bound center Jon Gage.

Boys – Jackson vs. Beamer
Timberwolves guard Brett Kingma, who’s wanted by Washington and Gonzaga, takes on the Titans and forward Kevin Davis, who averaged 16.3 points, 15.3 rebounds and 4.1 blocked shots per game last season.

Boys – Rainier Beach vs. Decatur
What’s not to like here? These two programs have been at the top of their classification in recent years and both return some talented players.

Boys – Federal Way vs. Jefferson (Ore.)
Washington’s 4A champion meets Oregon’s 5A champion in the King Holiday Hoopfest. Wonder what outfit Jerome Collins will breakout for this much-anticipated game?

Boys – Kentridge vs. Kentwood
OK, so we see these teams play every season. Twice. But you’ve got to believe that Gary Bell and the Chargers will want to take down Joshua Smith and the Conquerors at the ShoWare Center.

Girls – Auburn Riverside vs. Kennedy Catholic
Can the Ravens stay competitive with a third coach in three seasons? Defending 3A state champion Kennedy Catholic is just the team to put them to the test.

Click below for the full listings.

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Prep Football: Trip Around the State

Here is the second edition of “Trip Around the State,” with football news from all corners of Washington and everywhere in between.

The odds are good that at least a couple 4A South Sound football teams will match up against a WesCo team in the preliminary round of the state playoffs. So, here’s a Week 5 primer on the league in the form of Power Rankings from Purple and Gold Pigskin.

Staying in WesCo, Marysville-Pilchuck running back Austin Denton has reeled off more than 200 rushing yards in four straight games.

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Spokane football player dies from head injury

Andrew Swank, a junior at Valley Christian School in Spokane, died Sunday evening from a head injury he suffered during a football game on Friday night.

A letter from Swank’s family was posted on the Valley Christian School Web site. The school also released a statement.

You can read the story from the Spokane Spokesman-Review here. Valley Christian was playing at second-ranked Lacrosse-Washtucna-Kahlotus and lost the game 64-14.


Narrows League adds four schools

Way back in February, I wrote this story about the Narrows League taking on a new look, with new teams and the possibility of becoming a 3A/4A conference. That day is coming.

Four schools – Capital, North Thurston, Timberline and Yelm – have applied and been granted admission into the Narrows League. All four are 3A schools, which means, as the earlier story indicated, the Narrows League will become a multi-classification conference. If no other schools join, the league will have 15 schools.

Any changes will take effect beginning next fall.

I spoke with a Narrows League school athletic director last week and he said a committee had been formed to determine how or if the league will be divided – by classification or geography.

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