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Archives: May 2012


Bellarmine Prep’s Schwan picked for USA Volleyball’s Youth National Training Team

Courtney Schwan, a Bellarmine Prep sophomore, has been selected to the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Training Team roster. Schwan is one of 24 players from across the country picked to play on the team, and the only representative from Washington.

Schwan was the TNT’s All-Area Volleyball Player of the Year in the fall.


Boys Basketball: South Sound players transfer to, sign with local colleges

Staff writer Todd Milles wrote this story about local basketball players signing with South Sound colleges.

He’s got news about Curtis’ Darius Johnson-Wilson, Lakes’ Nate Guy, Wilson’s Jibreel Stevens and Phoenix Waters, Lincoln’s David Smith, Puyallup’s Erin Barber and more.


Boys Soccer: Fife wins Class 2A state title

Tony Crudo isn’t one to focus on goal setting. Instead, he just tells his team to play well.

“And if you play well, 99 percent of the time, it works out,” said Fife’s boys soccer coach.

On Saturday evening, it did just that as the Trojans won their first Class 2A state championship in school history with a 3-1 win against Cheney at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner. A year ago, Fife broke a 25-year drought in the state tournament before losing to Lynden in the title game.

“It’s been a really good team,” Crudo said of the group that finished with a perfect 21-0 record. “It’s not a surprise that we were good – it’s a surprise that we were able to finish the job.”
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Track & Field: 1A, 2B, 1B state meet recap

A few months away from taking off to the University of Wisconsin on a football scholarship, Tacoma Baptist’s Walker Williams could have laid low this spring.

But that is not how the big man rolls.

You see, he loves his school. He is sensitive to his surroundings. And, heck, winning another Class 2B discus title would not be a bad incentive, either.

Williams dominated the discus Saturday at the state meet. His throw of 161 feet, 5 inches won him back-to-back state titles.
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Star Track XXX: Day 3 Class 2A recap

Marcus Dickson and his fellow competitors in the Class 2A boys 1,600 meter state finals helped changed the perception of distance runners at Star Track 30

On a sunny and bright Saturday and Mount Tahoma Stadium, Dickson led a group of six runners that posted times faster than the 2A state meet record of 4:15.70 set by Mason McHenry of Sehome in 2007.

Of course, Dickson was the fastest, running a 4:10.79 to win his second straight title. But he was certainly pushed by Squalicum’s Patrick Gibson, who ran right with Dickson, until the White River senior pulled away.

“I’m the defending champion and I was hurting with one lap to go,” Dickson said. “Every time Patrick made a move, I tried to cover it. With like 200 meters to go, I knew my whole town is here, and we were going for a team state title, I just had to keep on driving.”
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Star Track XXX: Day 3 Class 3A recap

One standout’s brilliant high school career came to an end on Saturday, while another’s is just starting to burn white-hot.

On a brilliant and sunny Star Track Saturday, Lakes’ Izaic Yorks wrapped up his stellar Washington prep career by smashing the Class 3A record in the 1,600 meter run and taking home the title everyone expected him to win, while also grabbing the 800 meter run title to add to his massive collection of first place medals.

“No regrets, I got better each year and I got to where I wanted to be at the end,” said Yorks, who will run for University of Portland next season.

Meanwhile Marcus Chambers of Foss established himself as one of the top sprinters in the state. The ultra-talented junior took home the titles in both 200 and 400 and was already thinking about next season and taking down the longtime meet records in those events held by Ellensburg’s Ja’Warren Hooker.

“I’m not going to make any guarantees, but those times records are reachable,” Chambers said.
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Star Track XXX: Day 3 Class 4A recap

Someday, maybe next year or the year after, a sprinter will beat Wenatchee sophomore Isaiah Brandt-Sims at the Class 4A state track and field championships.

It didn’t happen Saturday at Mount Tahoma Stadium as the sophomore defended his state titles in the 100- and 200-meter sprints at Star Track 30.

“Pretty good day, I guess,” Brandt-Sims said. “I won the 100 and 200. I’m pretty excited about that.”

Brandt-Sims’ winning times in the sprints were 10.82 and 21.74 seconds

No big-school athlete in state history has won four consecutive state titles in the 100 or 200, let alone both. Brandt-Sims could be the first.
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2A Baseball: Lynden tops Sumner in semifinals

YAKIMA – While the Sumner baseball team was making its first state semifinal appearance, it ran into a team loaded with big-game experience. Lynden has already won the Class 2A state football and boys’ basketball championships this school year.

Who says experience doesn’t pay dividends?

Even though Spartans starter Logan Christensen held the Lions to just two hits, four defensive errors and too many free passes proved too much to overcome, as Lynden won 5-1 on Saturday at Yakima County Stadium.

“I think the first three innings, the emotions of the game may have gotten away from us a little,” Sumner coach Casey Adcox said. “You can’t teach this atmosphere. I think the boys did a good job of gathering themselves and showed some calm in the late innings. Hopefully we can see more of that tomorrow.”
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