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Archives: Nov. 2011


More on possibility of changing how football state playoffs are seeded

I wrote a story for Friday’s paper that catches up with the Washington State Football Coaches Association’s efforts to change how the football state playoffs are seeded. The WSFCA wants to use an RPI-style rankings to place teams on to the state bracket, instead of the current format that uses a predetermined draw.

The WSFCA has been tracking teams with its RPI formula — the same one Oregon uses to seed its state playoffs for all team sports — this season. The group plans to present a proposal to the WIAA when the season is complete, but it sounds like the WSFCA will face some resistance.

After talking with WIAA executive director Mike Colbrese, any change to seeding how football teams are placed on state brackets, must also occur for other teams sports, such as baseball, soccer, basketball, volleyball and softball. And, of course, the potential for increased travel costs will be a point of discussion, too.

Those are valid points, but I’m ready to see change. In 3A and 4A, I want to see teams from Eastern Washington spread out across the bracket, not crammed into one quarter-bracket. I want to see the same in 2A and 1A, where the bracket is mostly split in half and set up for the best team west of the Cascades to meet the best team east of the Cascades in the finals. But what if the state’s best two, three or four teams are from one side of the mountains?
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Football: Semifinal preview capsules


No. 5 Camas (11-1) vs. No. 3 O’Dea (12-0), 7 p.m.
The Papermakers have reached the semifinals for the first time in school history and run up against an O’Dea squad that is back at the Tacoma Dome for the first time since reaching the Class 3A finals in 2007. Camas’ defense has been lights out, holding nine opponents to six points or less and only one team – Class 4A semifinalist Skyview – has scored more than 14. Combine that with a balanced offense – QB Tony Gennaro has thrown for 2,335 yards, 30 TDs and 7 interceptions, and RB Zach Marshall has rushed for 1,052 yards and 15 TDs – and Camas will be tough to beat. O’Dea slipped past Capital last week, winning 19-16 in triple-overtime. Tatum Taylor can outrun even the fastest of football players – his 97-yard punt return for a touchdown against Capital was proof of that – and is a game-changer.
TNT pick: Camas 31, O’Dea 21

No. 4 Morton/White Pass (10-1) vs. No. 5 Napavine (11-1), 4 p.m.
Lowdown: Morton/White Pass jumped out to a quick lead against Adna last week in the quarterfinals and lets it dominant defense take over, holding on to win 13-12. MWP has posted eight shutouts and only one team has scored more than 13 points against it. Napavine beat MWP 14-7 in Week 3. Napavine returns to the semifinals for the first time since it claimed the Class 2B state title in 2008. The Tigers intercepted four passes in the first half of a 25-22 win over Tacoma Baptist in the quarterfinals. Tucker Stanley powers Napavine’s rushing attack
TNT pick: MWP 22, Napavine 16


No. 2 Woodinville (12-0) vs. Skyline (9-3), 1 p.m.
Lowdown: Woodinville just keeps winning, and the KingCo champion Falcons are doing it with defense. No team has scored more than 17 points against Woodinville and only four have topped 10 points. Woodinville held high-scoring Bethel to just a touchdown two weeks ago and Union mustered nine in a 21-9 loss in the quarterfinals. DE Sawyer Whalen and RB Alec Schwend were KingCo Crown Division defensive and offensive players of the year. Since falling to Eastlake in Week 8, the Spartans have reeled off four straight wins. Skyline dropped out of the Class 4A rankings earlier this season for the first time in school history, but the Spartans are battle-tested and have plenty of experience playing in the dome, having won three state titles in the past four seasons.
TNT pick: Skyline 24, Woodinville 20
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Tacoma, Auburn high schools have hoops jamboree on Saturday

Here’s the press release for Tacoma:


I am pleased to announce that the 2011 Narrows Hoop Go Round Jamboree will tip-off onSaturday, November 26th at Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington. The games will bring together all five Tacoma city schools for this showcase event. Teams that will be showcased are: Wilson, Lincoln, Foss, Mt. Tahoma and Stadium. Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. C-Team and Junior Varsity will tip-off at 2:00 p. m. and varsity teams will hit the floor at 6:00 p.m. Cost will be $5 for adults and $3 for students with an ASB card. Children 10 and under are free. Games will be played at the following times:
C-Team (Back Gym) Junior Varsity (Main Gym)
• 2:00 p.m. Mt. Tahoma vs. Foss
• 2:20 p.m. Lincoln vs. Wilson
• 2:40 p.m. Stadium vs. Foss
• 3:00 p.m. Lincoln vs. Mt. Tahoma
• 3:20 p.m. Wilson vs. Stadium

Varsity (Main Gym Only)
• 6:00 p.m. Mt. Tahoma vs. Foss
• 6:25 p.m. Lincoln vs. Wilson
• 6:50 p.m. Stadium vs. Foss
• 7:15 p.m. Lincoln vs. Mt. Tahoma
• 7:40 p.m. Stadium vs. Wilson

And here’s the information for Auburn:
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TNT’s 2011 All-Area Football Team

Lakes senior Ma'ne Manaea is The News Tribune's 2011 All-Area Football Player of the Year

Player of the Year

Click here to read the story on Manaea

Coach of the Year: Joe Sprouse, White River
In his second year at White River, Sprouse oversaw a worst-to-first turnaround for the Hornets. After finishing last in the SPSL 2A in 2010, White River claimed a share of the league title in 2011. An all-state linebacker for the Hornets in 2000, Sprouse says he’s living his childhood dream coaching at White River.


Quarterback, 6-0, 170, Grade
Bio: A two-time All-Area selection, Hordyk guided a team that set the SPSL single-season scoring record, piling up 451 points in nine games. Hordyk completed 56 percent of his passes for 1,934 yards, 17 TDs and 7 interceptions, and ran for 1,089 yards and 13 TDs, leading the SPSL in total offense for the second straight season. He played defense in one game and picked off two passes. Hordyk has been offered scholarships by New Mexico Highlands University, Air Force and Army.
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WIAA changes draw criteria for state hoops tournaments

The WIAA sent out a press release that it has changed the draw criteria for the state basketball tournaments.

I spoke with Mike Colbrese, WIAA executive director, about what has changed and here’s the boiled down version.

Instead of predetermining where teams will be placed onto the bracket — for instance, No. 1 from Northwest Region vs. No. 2 from Southwest Region — a draw will be held after the regional round of the state tournament, when eight teams remain. This is similar to the way the bracket was previously drawn up.

One other thing to remember, the regional round of the state tournament has changed. All games are single-elimination.

Here’s the release:

RENTON, Wash. – The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s (WIAA) Executive Board approved the following draw criteria for the 2011-2012 State Basketball Tournament for all classifications during a conference call on Nov. 21.

Draw Criteria:
The two teams that qualify from each regional will be drawn into opposite halves of the bracket.

Possible Example:
In most classifications the #1 and #2 teams from each District are playing at the same regional site although they are not playing each other. If both teams win and advance to the state championships, they would not play each other in the first round.
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Football: All-SPSL 2A Team

All-SPSL 2A Football

Offensive MVP: Victor Gamboa, Washington, Jr.

Offensive Back of the Year: Iopu Ignacio, Franklin Pierce, Sr.

Offensive Lineman of the Year: Alex Afuavi, Franklin Pierce, Sr.

Defensive MVP: Jacob Tuivaiave, Washington, Sr.

Defensive Back of the Year: Sam Tate, Franklin Pierce, Sr.

Co-Defensive Linemen of the Year: Alex Afuavi, Franklin Pierce, Sr.; Blake Maresh, White River, Sr.

Co-Head Coaches of the Year: Joe Sprouse, White River; Brian Koch, Steilacoom

Co-Assistant Coaches of the Year: Ken Fagan, White River; Dave Naron, Franklin Pierce
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Volleyball: All-League teams for SPSL North, SPSL South, SPSL 3A

SPSL North

MVP: Kacie Seims, Kentwood

Coach of Year: Cindy Seims, Kentwood

S Kacie Seims, Sr., Kentwood; L Tess Manthou, Sr., Kentwood; S Miranda Grieser, Sr., Tahoma; OH Mikaela Ballou, Sr., Kentwood; M/OH Alison Wuerch, Sr., Auburn Riverside; OH Chloe Watson, Jr., Kent-Meridian; MH Lauren Hackett, So., Kentwood.

MH Sarah Toeaina, So., Kentwood; OH Una Areta, Jr., Kent-Meridian; OH Brooke Good, Jr., Auburn; OH Allison Chin, Sr., Kentridge; OH Isia Johnson, Sr., Auburn; MH Breanna Bruil, Jr., Auburn Riverside.
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