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Archives: June 2012

June
18th

Track: Lakes’ Yorks qualifies for Junior World Championships in Spain

Lakes High’s Izaic Yorks placed second in the men’s 1,500 meters at the USA Track an Field Junior Outdoor Championships Sunday at the University of Indiana.

Yorks finished with a time of 3:46.67, just behind winner Austin Mudd of Wisconsin, who won in 3:46.50. Here are complete results.

According to Lakes coach Joe Clark, Yorks powered past three runners on the home stretch and secured a spot at the World Championships next month at Barcelona, Spain.
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June
16th

Track: Foss’ Chambers advances to finals of USA Junior Outdoor Championships

Foss High's Marcus Chambers is competing at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships this weekend at the University of Indiana.

Foss High sprinter Marcus Chambers has advanced to the 200- and 400-meter finals at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships this weekend at the University of Indiana.

Chambers, who will be a senior in the fall, took second in his 200 heat with a time of 21.08 seconds. The time was the second-fastest

Chambers took third in his 400 heat, but turned in the fifth-fastest time overall, clocking 46.92 seconds.
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June
14th

Football: Way too early Class 1A state rankings

Here’s the final installment of our pre-preseason rankings. Here are the previous rankings:
Class 4A
Class 3A
Class 2A

Here’s the Top 5 for Class 1A:

1. Montesano (12-2 in 2011)
Bulldogs graduated plenty of talent, but have some coming back in QB Matthew Jensen, LB Elliot Mendenhall and DB Ben Ohashi

2. King’s (9-3)

OL/DL Mason Friedline, QB Billy Green and WR Caleb Taylor could provide enough firepower to send Knights to first state title game
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June
14th

Football: Way too early Class 2A preseason state rankings

Here’s the third installment of our pre-preseason rankings. Click here to view the Class 4A rankings and here to see the Class 3A rankings. Class 1A rankings will appear Friday.

One thing to keep in mind about the rankings is the some schools have been reclassified. Click here for the 2012-14 enrollment cycle numbers.

That said, here is the way too early Class 2A top five.

CLASS 2A
1. Lynden (14-0 in 2011)

All-Northwest Conference MVP Josh Kraght returns as Lions go for a fourth state title in five seasons

2. Capital (8-4)

A year removed from reaching 3A semifinals, Cougars are loaded with returning starters, including RB Kai Van Sickle
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June
13th

Football: Way too early Class 3A preseason state rankings

Here’s the second installment of our pre-preseason rankings. Click here to view the Class 4A rankings. Class 2A rankings will appear Thursday and Class 1A Friday.

One thing to keep in mind about the rankings is the some schools have been reclassified. For instance, Camas is no longer a Class 3A school. Click here for the 2012-14 enrollment cycle numbers.

That said, here is the way too early Class 3A top five.

CLASS 3A
1. Bellevue (14-0 in 2011)

Who’d you expect? Four state titles in a row and nine since 2001 cement the Wolverines at the top spot. RB Myles Jack, LB Sean Constantine are among the best in the state at their respective positions.

2. O’Dea (13-1)

Irish lost a lot to graduation, nut they’re always strong – O’Dea has reached state every year since 1994. Speedy RB Tatum Taylor is one of the state’s most exciting players.
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June
12th

Football: 2012 Class 4A way-too-early preseason rankings

Can any team in Class 4A stop QB Max Browne and Skyline for a fifth state title in six seasons?

How to fill the slow days of June? Why not roll out some way-too-early high football rankings?

We’ll start with Class 4A today. Over the next few days, I’ll post my pre-preseason rankings for 3A, 2A and 1A, too.

I did this last year and the results were favorable. I correctly pegged the eventual state champions in 4A (Skyline), 3A (Bellevue) and 2A (Lynden). I had the right teams (Cascade Christian and Connell) at Nos. 1-2 in 1A, just in the wrong order.

So, there is some legitimacy to these rankings. But don’t get too fired up about them because they’re sure to change when the official preseason rankings are released in August.

Here’s the top five in Class 4A:

CLASS 4A
1. Skyline (11-3 in 2011)
Spartans lost three games last season and still won their fourth state title in five years. Oh, USC-bound QB Max Browne is back, too.

2. Bellarmine Prep (11-1)
Lots to like about the Lions with Colorado-bound QB Sefo Liufau, RB Isaiah Flynn and WR/DB Calvin Chandler returning.
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