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Archives: April 2011


Lakes asst. football coach completes Boston Marathon

Lakes High School assistant football coach John Hines completed the Boston Marathon on Monday. According to the Boston Marathon’s results page, Hines covered the 26.2-mile course in 3 hours, 23 minutes and 34 seconds, and was the 5,831st runner to cross the finish line. That’s a pretty good performance, considering about 27,000 runners started the race.

Hines was one of 92 South Sound runners registered to run in the 115-year-old race.


WIBCA/WIAA Basketball Showcase scheduled for April 30-May 1

The Ninth Annual WIBCA/WIAA state basketball showcase is scheduled for April 30-May 1 at Bellevue College.

High school basketball players from around the state can participate. Here are some already registered:

Brendan Westondorf, Kentridge
Brett Boese, Shadle Park
Landon Rushton, North Thurston
Justin Pedley, Kamiakin
Nick Price, Issaquah
Marcus Colbert, Post Falls
Dominique Jordan, Curtis
Ty Egbert, Lake Roosevelt
Jaron Heck, Kentlake

Click through for more information, including contacts and cost.
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WIBCA not happy with changes to state hoops tournament

I got a chance to speak with Nalin Sood, president of Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association, about the changes made to the basketball state tournament by the WIAA on Monday.

Sood was not happy. He said he felt “blindsided” when the massive overhaul of the tournament was announced last year. This time, after he and the WIBCA board came up with proposals, conducted surveys and met with the WIAA in an effort to improve the tournaments, he felt “disappointed.”

“We feel misled,” Sood said. “We were blindsided last year. This year we took our issues and concerns to the WIAA. We did our homework. I’m just disappointed in the WIAA and the executive board. There’s no other way to say it.

“I really believe those people care about the kids, but this decision was all about dollars and cents.”
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Football: Bonney Lake’s Barrett will coach at U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Bonney Lake football coach Chad Barrett will be an assistant coach at the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January at San Antonio. Barrett will be the second local coach in two years to receive the honor — Lakes’ Dave Miller was an assistant coach this year.

Here’s the press release:

Bonney Lake Head Coach Chad Barrett Named as a FBU Seattle Coach

Barrett to also coach in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl

(WHARTON, NJ) April 18, 2011 – “Football University” (FBU), a national, invitation-only training camp run by former NFL players and coaches, heads to the Seattle area May 20-22 at Bonney Lake High School and one of its top local-area coaches will be on the sidelines. Bonney Lake High School’s Chad Barrett will be part of the first-class coaching staff of former NFL players and coaches for the FBU camp that will train more than 200 of the region’s elite high school and youth players (6th-11th grades).

Barrett was named the District III Assistant Coach of the Year in both 2007 and 2008 as the defensive coordinator for Skyline High School, where he coached for five years. Skyline won back-to-back state championships in 2007 and 2008, led by Barrett’s top-ranked defense that allowed just 3.7 points per game over that span. Barrett is a native of Puyallup and played football at Rogers High School before becoming a three-year letterman for Linfield College. In addition to coaching at Skyline and Bonney Lake, Barrett spent a season coaching the offensive line at Kentwood High School.
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WIAA: Lacrosse voted down again, ECKC matchups set

For the fourth year in a row, amendments to make boys and girls lacrosse varsity sports were voted down by the WIAA Rep Assembly. The boys vote failed 35-0 and the girls vote was defeated 33-2.

This says more about the financial state of school districts than the legitimacy of lacrosse as a sport, in my opinion.

One notable amendment that passed implements a running clock in the second half of football games with a 40-point differential. Previously, the running clock started when one team led by 45 points or more.

Rep Assembly members submitted votes online this year.

Also, here are the matchups for the Emerald City Kickoff Classic, Sept. 3 at Qwest Field:
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WIAA announces new state hoops format

The WIAA just announced changes to the basketball state tournament format. I’m at the meeting in Renton and will update this later with comments from Executive Board members.

Here are the gist of the changes:

A year after overhauling the basketball state tournament format, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has tweaked the format.

At its executive board meeting Monday in Renton, the board approved a new format that calls for single-elimination first-round games to be played at local sites on a Friday and Saturday. The eight winners in each classification will advance to the final site – Tacoma Dome for 4A/3A, Yakima SunDome for 2A/1A and Spokane Arena for 2B/1B – where the state quarterfinals will begin on the following Thursday.

Boys’ first-round games will be played on Friday and girls’ games will be on Saturday and days will alternate in rotating years. This will allow fans of schools that have boys and girls teams competing in different locations to attend both games. This was the source many complaints about the format used this year and executive director Mike Colbrese said the board made it a priority to rectify the issue.
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