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Archives: Aug. 2012


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Let’s talk the continuation of the start of high school not only around the South Sound, but around the state. Now, while we might not have the scoop on those Davenport High Gorillas near Spokane, but we will try and offer up something worthwhile.

Dave Miller

Also, Lakes High coach Dave Miller will be our guest as we come to you from the school’s library. The LIVE CHAT will be right HERE!

First, here are a few links from last night:

* Peninsula Gateway sports editor Neil Pierson was just as curious as anybody about the debut of Gig Harbor coach Aaron Chantler. The Tides lost to O’Dea, 37-10.

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O’Dea applies power rushing attack to pull away from Gig Harbor

From Peninsula Gateway sports editor Neil Pierson:

For 24 minutes Thursday night, the Gig Harbor Tides showed they could hang with one of the top high school football programs in the state.

But in the second half, the O’Dea Fighting Irish showed why they’re a perennial contender for the Class 3A state title.

O’Dea ran roughshod over Gig Harbor’s defense, breaking free from a halftime deadlock to score 27 unanswered points and roll to a 37-10 victory in the season opener for both squads at Roy Anderson Field in Purdy.

Aaron Chantler, who was coaching in his first game for

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La Conner rides aerial attack to triumph over Life Christian

La Conner’s Shawn Hulbert hooked up with James Jamall for three touchdown passes in a 56-20 non-league victory over Life Christian in Tacoma.

After Life Christian’s Jarel Jones’ 65-yard fumble return for a score cut it to 21-13 with 7:53 to go in the second quarter, La Conner rode two Hulbert-to-Jamall TD passes to close out the half.

Hulbert’s 39-yard TD strike to Jamall came 1:11 after the Eagles’ score, and the second one – a 17-yarder – was with 40 seconds to go.


Dawson’s big return propels Graham-Kapowsin to victory

Graham-Kapowsin 27, at Post Falls (ID) 17: Turnaround was fair play – and it surely benefited Graham-Kapowsin in its 27-17 non-league victory over Post Falls High of Idaho.

After giving up a kickoff return for a score right before halftime, the Eagles got it right back when Kahlil Dawson returned the opening second-half kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, giving them a 21-10 lead.

Dawson left the game after that play with cramping in his leg.


Late interception seals Bellevue’s 31-24 win over Trinity (TX)

This story was filed by staff writer Kevin Manning:

It was a wild game – with an even wilder ending.

Bishard Baker scored on a 14-yard run in overtime for Bellevue, and an interception by Nathan DeRider sealed victory a 31-24 victory over Trinity High of Texas in a matchup of nationally-ranked teams at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.

The defending KingCo 3A champions played stout early, but allowed a late comeback by the Trojans to tie the game on a 4-yard touchdown run by Ramel Newton, and an ensuring two-point conversion.

“I know these guys – they never quit,” Bellevue coach

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Weekend football schedule for South Sound schools

FRIDAY (all games at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted)

Beamer at Puyallup
Bethel at Spanaway Lake
Emerald Ridge at Curtis
Rogers at Federal Way

Jefferson at Kentlake
Kentwood at Auburn

Auburn Mountainview at Sumner
Bellarmine Prep at Peninsula
Cascade Christian at Cashmere
Central Kitsap at Bainbridge
Clover Park at Black Hills
Chimacum at Forks
Decatur at Wilson
Eatonville at Orting
Foss at Lake Washington
Franklin Pierce at Hazen
Hockinson at Elma
Kentridge at South Kitsap

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Area games of the week: Kentwood, Lakes, Orting win close ones

The News Tribune picks three South Sound football games every week to preview:


Kentwood (0-0) at Auburn (0-0)
7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium, Auburn

About the Conquerors: Big, strong and talented – that has been Kentwood football in a nutshell for the past 25 years. RB Chance Kalua-Fuimaono (648 yards, seven TDs in 2011) wears down defenses with power running – and some think he is more impactful at linebacker.

About the Trojans: Some coaches might fret over starting the season with a

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