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Archives: July 2011


Football: Sporting News ranks Puyallup’s Garnett among nation’s top-20 recruits

The Sporting News recently released its list of the Top 125 high school football recruits in the country.

TSN pegged Puyallup High School offensive lineman Joshua Garnett as the 14th best senior prospect in the country. Here’s the link to the information on Garnett, and players ranked 11-25.

Mariner High School running back Kei’Varae Russell was the only other Washington played listed. He came in at No. 96.


Football: Combine coming to Auburn Mountainview

I received a release on this football camp and wanted to post it on the blog for anyone interested:

5 Star Camp Comes to NW

July 6th, 2011: The 5 Star Performance Football Camp, known to be a Premier event in Texas, is coming to the Pacific Northwest with one-day Camps at Auburn Mountain-View on July 31. Both camps run from 4-8 PM. The Camps will feature an optional combine followed by specific skill training and a long session of one on one competition. The camp is non-padded and campers will compete in shorts and T-shirts.

Camp is open to athletes going into 8th through 12th grade. Local High School Coaches will work alongside the staff from 5 Star headed up by Coach Clarence Nevels of Grand Prairie, Texas.

The camp will feature:

– Combine Testing: 40 yard dash, Vertical Leap, Broad Jump, Power Ball Toss, and the 20 yard Pro Agility Shuttle. These events mirror the events held at the Nation’s biggest football events and campers can compete at one or all. Results will be certified and sent to college coaches.
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Baseball: Aarstad is new coach at Auburn Riverside

Jon Aarstad, who coached Kentwood to the Class 4A baseball state title in 2010, is the new coach at Auburn Riverside.

Doug Aubuert, Auburn Riverside athletic director, sent out this press release:

AUBURN, Wash. (July 14, 2011) – The Auburn Riverside High School Athletic program is pleased to announce the selection of Jon Aarstad as Head Boys Baseball Coach. The Ravens replace one 2011 SPSL Co-Coach of the Year; Chris Garrison, who resigned in June after 16 seasons leading the Ravens, with the other 2011 SPSL Co-Coach of the Year in Coach Aarstad.
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Football: Way-too-early 2011 state rankings

July is a slow month for high school sports. The spring sports season has long since ended and we’ve wrapped up our 2010-11 coverage with features on the male and female athletes of the year and the all-sports championships.

After burning a few weeks of vacation, I’m back in the office. The fall sports season is still more than seven weeks away from the first games. But we’re only five weeks from the start of football practice and already getting started on our football previews.

I’ve put together some way-too-early pre-preseason Top 5 rankings. I don’t expect these to stay intact by the time our official preseason Top 10 rankings – can preseason rankings even be called “official”? – are released in late-August, but they’re a good jumping off point. If you think other teams should be included, let us know.

That said, here they are:

Class 4A
1. Skyline

No more Kasen Williams, but quarterback Max Browne can elevate the play of his teammates. Linebacker Peyton Pelleur adds a veteran presence on defense. Spartans should be itching to show they can bounce back from having their string of three consecutive state titles snapped last fall.
2. Chiawana
Riverhawks graduated 18 seniors, including the CBBN 4A Offensive and Defensive players of the year Luc Graff and Nick Vincent, so there are legitimate holes to fill, especially along the line of scrimmage. But CBBN MVP and first-team linebacker Jordan Downing (1,651 rushing yards, 23 TDs) returns, along with playmaking senior Miquiyah Zamora, a first-team receiver, defensive back, returner and all-purpose player. Coach Steve Graff is one of the best in the state.
3. Ferris
Defending state champions have reached the semifinals in each of the last four seasons, no reason to think the Saxons, with all-GSL first-teamers in RB Kole Heidinger and DL Drew Sharkey, don’t have enough to make a fifth straight appearance. Read more »


Football: Lakes, Puyallup stars shine at The Opening

Some of the nation’s top senior high school football players gathered last week at Nike’s campus in Beaverton, Ore., for The Opening. Among them were South Sound athletes Zach Banner and Cedric Dozier of Lakes and Joshua Garnett of Puyallup.

Here are some interviews with Banner and Dozier (couldn’t find one with Garnett, though this article speaks highly of him):

Lakes offensive lineman Zach Banner

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Football: Lakes youth camp July 25-28

Lakes High School’s football coaches and players will put on a youth football camp for kids in grades 4-9 later this month. Here are the details:

Times, dates: 1 to 4 p.m., July 25-28
Site: Harry E. Lang Stadium, Lakewood
Cost: $60 (includes T-shirt)
Register: Contact coach Dave Miller at (253) 583-5581 or dmiller(at)


Girls Basketball camp at Puyallup HS

The Puyallup High School girls basketball team is putting on a camp for girls in grades 2-7 next week. Here’s the information:

What: Valley Hoop Camp
When: July 12-14, 1 to 5 p.m.
Where: Puyallup High School
For Whom: Girls entering grades 2-7 in Fall 2011
Instructors: Puyallup Girls Basketball staff and players
Program: Individual and group tutoring as well as skill development for girls interested in developing and improving their game
Cost: $50, includes a t-shirt
Registration: At the door. Begins promptly at 12:30 p.m. on July 12 at Puyallup High School

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Boys basketball: Bellarmine Prep wins Auburn Summer League

These results were passed on to me by Mick White of Kent Valley Sports

Final day results
Todd Beamer over Auburn
Kentridge over Kent-Meridian
Tahoma over Mount Si
Bellarmine Prep over Kentwood
Todd Beamer over Kentridge
Bellarmine Prep over Tahoma
Bellarmine Prep 59, Todd Beamer 47

Auburn Summer League Champions
Bellarmine Prep