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Archives: Jan. 2011


When will Pierce County get a $60 million high school football stadium?

Allen High School, situated in a suburb north of Dallas, Texas, is building a $60 million football stadium. In a New York Times article, Allen athletic director Steve Williams told the Times, “Look, football has always been a big deal here,” he said. “This is Texas. But this bond project is about much more than football. It’s about our school, our community.”

Allen does need a lot of space. With more than 5,000 students in grades 9-12, it’s the third-largest school in Texas. It has more than 600 members in its band and they need places to sit during

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State Basketball: Road to the Tacoma Dome – 3A edition

ROAD TO THE TACOMA DOME: Class 3A state basketball breakdown

Just as I did during football season, I’ll be breaking down how teams can qualify for the basketball state tournaments. Because of the new format this season, some of this might be confusing.

For instance, when I refer to the “opening rounds of the state tournament,” I mean the games that will be played on Feb. 25-26. These games will be played at sites around the state and many people are calling these games “regionals.” Officially, the WIAA says that these games are part of the state tournament, so I’ll go with that. Teams will not play in the Tacoma Dome, Yakima SunDome or Spokane Arena until the quarterfinals of the state tournament, which begins on March 3.


State bracket

Teams to state: Three
Lowdown: Six teams from WesCo 3A and two teams from the Northwest Conference will qualify for the district tournament.
WesCo-leading and eighth-ranked Glacier Peak must be considered the district favorite. WesCo teams Meadowdale, Shorecrest and Mountlake Terrace have locked up spots. Shorewood has the inside track on the fifth and Everett or Oak Harbor will get the final berth.
The NWC only has three 3A teams – Ferndale, Mount Vernon and Sedro-Woolley – and only Mount Vernon has a winning record.
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Basketball: Friday night highlights; Foss topples No. 2 Lincoln

Friday’s boys and girls basketball highlights

Click here for a recap from the Les Schwab Shootout at ShoWare Center in Kent.

Foss ended 3A No. 2 Lincoln’s 15-game winning streak, upsetting the Abes, 72-69. Dezmyn Trent led the Falcons with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Tre’Shaun Lexing and Geno Horsley each scored 18 for Lincoln.

Alex Weber-Brader piled up 34 points and 13 rebounds in 4A No. 7 Olympia’s 80-60 win against Central Kitsap. Marcus Raschkow had 21 for the Bears.

Donald Gaddy scored 17 and Johnny Harbottle had 14 as Bellarmine Prep rolled past South Kitsap 61-40.

Stadium’s Chase Hillis led the Tigers with 12 points in their 57-38 win over Shelton.
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Basketball: Recaps from ShoWare Center (Friday games)

I’m at the ShoWare Center today for the Les Schwab (Free Beef!) Shootout. Five games are on the schedule. Here they are:

2 p.m. – 1A No. 1 Cascade Christian 74, Emerald Ridge 50 (boys)
3:30 p.m. – Kentlake 47, Kent-Meridian 45 (girls)
5 p.m. – Kentlake 56, Kent-Meridian 53 (boys)
7 p.m. – 4A No. 8 Kentwood 66, Kentridge 22 (girls)
8:30 p.m. – 4A No. 3 Kentridge 61, No. 8 Kentwood 54(boys)

You can also follow me on Twitter for updates at DougPaceyTNT.

Boys: 4A No. 3 Kentridge 61, No. 8 Kentwood 54: Gary Bell was content to let Brendon Westendorf keep shooting.

“He was hitting everything,” Kentridge’s star guard said of Westendorf. “Me and him, we were a one-two punch.”

Westendorf carried the third-ranked Chargers in the first half and Gonzaga University-bound Bell came to life after halftime of Kentridge’s 61-54 win over No. 8 Kentwood Friday night at in an SPSL North showdown at ShoWare Center in Kent.
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