The Prep Blog

Covering high school sports in Tacoma, Pierce County and the South Sound

NOTICE: The Prep Blog has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved The Prep Blog.
Visit the new section.

Archives: Jan. 2011


Basketball: Road to the Tacoma Dome – Class 4A edition

Just as I did during football season, I’ll be breaking down how teams can qualify for the basketball state tournaments. This is the Class 4A version and I plan to do the same for 3A, 2A and 1A by the end of the week. I will post updates each week until the state tournament fields are complete.

Because of the new district- and state-tournament formats this season, some of this might be confusing. For instance, when I refer to the “ state tournament,” I’m including the games that will be played on Feb. 25-26. These games will be played at multiple 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 begin on March 3.

Here’s the Class 4A boys state tournament bracket.

Here’s the Class 4A girls state tournament bracket.

That out of the way, here’s how teams will qualify for state:

Road to the Tacoma Dome: Class 4A

Teams to state: Two (with possibility for a third)
Lowdown: The top four teams from WesCo’s two divisions – North and South – will qualify for the district tournament. The top two will receive automatic berths to state, while a third will play a play-in game on Feb. 21 with the No. 3 seed from KingCo for a state berth.
Five teams have already secured district-tournament berths. Arlington, Monroe and Lake Stevens from the North, and fourth-ranked Jackson and Kamiak from the South.
Read more »


Basketball: Tuesday’s highlights (updated)

Tuesday’s boys and girls basketball highlights

Julian Vaughn totaled 16 points and Darius Johnson-Wilson chipped in 15 in 4A No. 10 Curtis’ 64-28 win against Beamer.

Ninth-ranked Rogers rolled past Graham-Kapowsin, 61-44. Kyler Shula led the Rams with 21 points and Derek Jobe added 18.

Kevin Henderson scored 29 points and totaled a team-record nine steals in Auburn’s 81-66 win over Jefferson.

Federal Way’s Jerry Duckworh and DeShea Bell scored 16 points each as the Eagles beat Bethel 68-58. DeAndre Glover led the Braves with 17.

Decatur’s Jerron Smith scored 29 of his game-high 35 points in the first half of the Gators’ 92-62 win at Bonney Lake. Ramsey Thoms had 27 for the Panthers.
Read more »


Wrestling: Rankings, plus big non-league match Wednesday night

Here are the current state rankings from

Two of the top four teams in the rankings — No. 2 Enumclaw and No. 4 Orting — will clash at 7 p.m. Wednesday night when the Cardinals visit the Hornets in a non-league match. The TNT will have a reporter and photographer at the match, so check Thursday’s newspaper or our website for results from the action.


Basketball: Les Schwab Shootout Friday at Kent’s ShoWare Center

2011 Les Schwab Shootout in Kent
At ShoWare Center
Friday, Jan. 28, 2011

2:00 p.m. Boys Cascade Christian vs. Emerald Ridge
3:30 p.m. Girls Kentlake vs. Kent-Meridian
5:00 p.m. Boys Kent-Meridian vs. Kentlake
7:00 p.m. Girls Kentwood vs. Kentridge
8:30 p.m. Boys Kentridge vs. Kentwood

Tickets are $8 at the door for adults and $5 for seniors and students with ASB.


South Sound squads win cheerleading, spirit state titles

A few South Sound cheerleading squads won state titles last weekend and others placed at the Salute to Spirit competition at Comcast Arena in Everett.

Here are the local winners from the cheerleading state tournament:
Life Christian — 1A/3A Small
North Thurston — 2A/3A coed
Steilacoom, Kentwood (tie) — non-tumbling small
Decatur — 2A/3A non-tumbling large
Kentwood — Super Large
You can view the full results here.

You can view the full results from the Salute to Spirit competition here.