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Archives: July 2012


Football: A closer look at the SPSL North, South 2012 schedules

Federal Way's Chico McClatcher leaps over two Bethel defenders. (TNT file photo)

After taking a closer look at the 2012 Narrows League 4A and 3A football schedule, here’s a look at the SPSL North and South schedule.


Thursday Aug. 30
Tahoma at Kent-Meridian
Mount Rainier at Auburn Riverside
Graham-Kapowsin at Post Falls (Idaho) (NL)
Friday Aug. 31
Kentwood at Auburn
Perennial powers meet in the first week of the season
Jefferson at Kentlake
Rogers at Federal Way
Defending SPSL South champion Eagles face an early test
Beamer at Puyallup
Emerald Ridge at Curtis
Bethel at Spanaway Lake
Kentridge at South Kitsap (NL)
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Football: Early look at Narrows League 4A, 3A schedule

As we count down the days until the high school football season begins — the first games are eight weeks from today — let’s take a look at schedules for the upcoming fall.

First up is the Narrows League 4A and 3A. Below, you’ll find the complete schedule, plus comments on intriguing games.



Thursday Aug. 30
O’Dea at Gig Harbor (NL)
Opening game for Tides’ first-year coach Aaron Chantler is a big challenge
Friday Aug. 31
Foss at Lake Washington (NL)
Kentridge at South Kitsap (NL)
Yelm at Highline (NL)
Decatur at Wilson (NL)
Central Kitsap at Bainbridge (NL)
North Thurston at Steilacoom (NL)
Lake Oswego at Olympia (NL)
Bears host Oregon’s defending Class 6A state champions
Tumwater at Shelton (NL)
Stadium at Mount Tahoma (NL)
Bellarmine Prep at Peninsula (NL)
Timberline at River Ridge (NL)
Saturday Sept. 1
Lincoln at Bonney Lake (NL)
Coaching debut for Abes’ Jon Kitna
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Avery Bradley’s hoops pro-am at Mount Tahoma this weekend

Tacoma native Avery Bradley will stage his first pro-am basketball tournament this weekend at Mount Tahoma High.

But Bradley, who starred at Bellarmine Prep and now plays for the Boston Celtics, won’t be able to play because he’s recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in the NBA playoffs. Bradley will coach a team and be on hand to sign autographs and take photos, said Darnell Williams, who is coordinating the pro-am and is a longtime friend of Bradley’s.

Tacoma’s Isaiah Thomas and Seattle’s Jamal Crawford are expected to play, while Federal Way’s Jason Terry and Tacoma’s Abdul Gaddy will be in attendance. Williams said other “name” players could show up, too.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Williams said.
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Football: Lakes HS adds a QB, defensive coordinator

Rhys Gervais was a second-team all-SPSL South quarterback last fall for Puyallup. He has transferred to Lakes, the school he attended as a freshman.

Rhys Gervais is returning to where his high school career began.

Gervais, who attended Lakes as a freshman, has transferred to the Lakewood school from Puyallup High, Lancers coach Dave Miller confirmed.

Gervais, who was a second-team all-SPSL South quarterback last fall, provides a reloading Lakes squad with a run-pass threat at quarterback. Gervais completed 122 of 231 passes for 1,948 yards, 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions last fall, leading the league in completions, yards and touchdowns.
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WIBCA will induct six new members this month

Mark Williams (far left, sitting) will be inducted this month into the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Williams is a longtime assistant coach at Fife, Lincoln and Curtis high schools.

Six new members will be inducted this month into the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in two ceremonies.

On July 24 at the Kennewick Red Lion Hotel, Kamiakin’s Don Schumacher and assistant coach Pat Clark, who spent time at Gonzage Prep, North Central and Mead, will be honored.

At the Tacoma Elks Pavilion on July 26, former Auburn coach Tim Cumminings and longtime assistants Monte Walton (Sehome and Ferndale) and Mark Williams, who coached at Fife, Lincoln and Curtis, will be recognized.

Cliff Gillies, former Executive Director of the WIAA, will receive the Ed Pepple Service Award for his contributions to high school basketball. Both banquets begin with a social hour at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and induction ceremony at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30. Contact Dave Dickson at david.dickson(AT) to attend.


E.L. “Squinty” Hunter
Art Dawald
Richard “Boots” Wooten
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Reclassification, new league change landscape for the 2012-13 school year

When fall sports begin in August, some schools will be in new classifications, some will be in new leagues and one new conference will have been created.

This change is a result of the WIAA’s two-year reclassification cycle — it should really move to a four-year cycle, but we’ll save that topic for another day — which begins in the fall. The WIAA has put together a list of all the leagues in the state that you can find here.

The biggest change is in Eastern Washington, where the Columbia Basin/Big 9 broke into three leagues: Mid-Columbia Conference 4A,

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Bellarmine, Seattle Prep, Interlake headline winners of 2011-12 All-Sports Championships

The points have been tallied and the winners in The News Tribune’s 24th annual All-Sports Championships are Bellarmine Prep, Seattle Prep, Interlake, Colville, Waitsburg-Prescott and Almira/Coulee-Hartline.

Click here to read the story and below you’ll find the scores for schools in all classifications.

The All-Sports Championship was a first-of-its-kind tabulation in Washington when it debuted at the conclusion of the 1987-88 school year. It differs from the WIAA’s Scholastic Cup in that it predates it by more than a decade and only on-the-field success is measured, while the Scholastic Cup factors in academics and sportsmanship.


Bellarmine Prep 287.3 points
Lions claimed only one state title (girls golf), but depth allows them to repeat as 4A champions and win fifth all-sports crown

Central Valley 229.3
Runner-up finishes in boys, girls hoops carried the Bears from Spokane

Kentwood 229
Conquerors won baseball title, were second in volleyball and third in girls track and golf

Skyview 208
Girls basketball and boys soccer champs also took second in football

Union 193
Titans scored points in 11 sports, led by boys basketball, tennis and wrestling

The rest: Tahoma 184.3, Skyline 182.8, Mead 162.8, Gig Harbor 158, Richland 154.8, Jackson 148, Newport 144, Woodinville 140.5, Federal Way 136, Puyallup 136, Curtis 135, Issaquah 117, Kamiak 114, Olympia 114, Lake Stevens 112.5, Mount Rainier 102, Read more »