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Archives: Dec. 2009

Dec.
23rd

AP All-State Football Teams

Washington all-state football team list as announced by The Associated Press after voting of members:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR (all classes)

Jake Heaps, sr., Skyline.

CLASS 4A

Player of the year: Jake Heaps, sr., Skyline.

First team

  • Quarterback: Jake Heaps, sr., Skyline.
  • Running back: Anthony Meray, sr., Bethel; Jacob Sealby, Wenatchee; Austin Denton, sr., Marysville-Pilchuck.
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Dec.
23rd

Catching up with Avery Bradley

Remember Avery Bradley? The “Fire” of Bellarmine Prep’s “Fire and Ice” duo of Bradley and Gaddy? Well, Bradley’s having quite the freshman season at the University of Texas. You might have noticed, too, because the second-ranked Longhorns’ last two games — against North Carolina and Michigan State — have been on national television.

Here’s a feature on Bradley from the Dallas Morning News. It’s a good read, detailing why Bradley chose Texas and how he’s adapted to the college game.

I wish Bradley good luck through the rest of the season, until he meets my Kansas Jayhawks, of

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Dec.
20th

WIAA: News on reclassification

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has released its almost-final reclassification numbers.

I say “almost-final” because schools still can opt up. To do that, a school must receive the approval of its district and the WIAA. I don’t expect to see many schools, if any, opt up at this point.

Some notes about the new numbers:

Mount Rainier is a 4A school and has applied to join the SPSL. Geographically, it’s a good fit in the SPSL North, but there’s a natural opening in the SPSL South with Decatur becoming a 3A school — the Gators actually had 2A numbers and

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Dec.
19th

Volleyball: All-State teams

Voted on by sports writers across the state. Tabulated by Rene Ferran of the Tri-Cities Herald.

CLASS 4A

MVP Alexis Olgard, MH, Mead.

Coach of the year Judy Kight, Mead.

First team

Hitters Alexis Olgard, Mead; Brooke Bray, Auburn Riverside; Chelsey Bettinson, Richland; Kayla Reno, Graham-Kapowsin; Emily Cotter, Curtis; Tori Fisher, Eisenhower.

Setters Brooklynn Bradbury, Auburn Riverside; Krysta Olberding, Richland.

Libero Megan Triggs, Olympia.
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Dec.
19th

Girls Soccer: All-State teams

Voted on by sports writers from across the state, tabulated by Rene Ferran of the Tri-Cities Herald.

CLASS 4A

MVP Kristin Maris, F, Issaquah.

Coach of the year Don Braman, Skyline.

First team

Forwards Jori Skorpik, Kamiakin; Kristin Maris, Issaquah; Heather Johnson, Southridge; Kaylie Winston, Pasco.

Midfielders Holland Crook, Todd Beamer; Lindsay Elston, Eastlake; Madi Barney, Skyline; Kiana Kraft, Kentwood.
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Dec.
12th

WIAA looking at additional venue for state hoops tourney

Want to watch a basketball state tournament in Wenatchee? It might happen.

Cindy Adsit, assistant executive director of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, visited Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee earlier this week to see if the venue would be suitable to hold a basketball state tournament.
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Dec.
11th

WIAA tweaks reclassification terms for 3A and 2A

As if reclassification wasn’t confusing enough, the process has been tweaked.

On Monday, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Executive Board voted to adjust the number of schools that will be assigned to 3A and 2A. The largest 17 percent of the state’s schools will be classified into 4A – that’s not new – and the next 34 percent will be 3A and 2A schools.

The board made this decision because it expects a large number of schools that will be classified as 2A schools will opt up to 3A.
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Dec.
10th

Bellevue College is hoops heaven on Saturday

If you’re into high school basketball, you’ll want to be at Bellevue College on Saturday for the Les Schwab Hoops Challenge. Three defending state champions and a schedule full of ranked teams will go head-to-head.

Here’s the lineup:

9:00 a.m. — Bellevue Christian vs. Cascade Christian (boys)
10:30 a.m. – Holy Names vs. Newport (girls)
12:00 p.m. – Auburn Riverside vs. Kennedy (girls)
2:00 p.m. — O’Dea vs. Mercer Island (boys)
3:30 p.m. — Burlington-Edison vs. Mount Si (boys)
5:00 p.m. — Squalicum vs. Vashon Island (boys)
7:00 p.m. — Bellevue vs. Todd Beamer (boys)
8:30 p.m. — Ballard vs. Mount Rainier (boys)
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