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Archives: Oct. 2012


Schwan dominates, Bellarmine Prep sweeps Gig Harbor in Narrows 4A title match

Whether they were whizzing over the net at warp speed or dropping in with precision placement, Bellarmine Prep junior outside hitter Courtney Schwan’s shots were finding their spots.

And that was bad news for the Gig Harbor Tides.

Schwan racked up 16 kills on a variety of shots and the rest of the Bellarmine roster passed and served at a high level as the Lions swept the Tides, 25-21, 25-17 and 25-20 on Saturday afternoon at the 4A Narrows League tournament at Mount Tahoma High School.

The win wrapped up the league’s No. 1 seed heading into next week’s West

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Efraimson upends reigning 4A champion McPhee at Westside Classic

In 2011, Mount Rainier High’s Jordan McPhee had it free and easy. She was nearly unbeatable at any race longer than a few city blocks – in cross country or during track and field.

Part of her three 4A titles was a state girls’ cross country triumph in Pasco, capping an undefeated sophomore fall season.

Then along came Camas High’s Alexa Efraimson, considered the next distance-racing dynamo this state has seen. Besides an unmatched desire to win, she has speed and stamina.

That is why the 4A girls showdown Saturday at the Westside Classic – the West Central/Southwest District cross country championships – was so intriguing. Which standout would take a 1-up lead?

On a cold, rainy day, covering a soft, muddy 5-kilometer course, Efraimson did – and impressively by winning the girls district title in 17 minutes, 52 seconds.

It was only the fourth-fastest mark in this meet’s history at this venue behind Jefferson’s Kenna Patrick (17:40 in 2006), Gig Harbor’s Alyssa Andrews (17:45 in 2008) and Bellarmine Prep’s Brie Felnagle (17:50 in 2004). But considering those girls posted those times on a less-challenging layout – and not under the miserable conditions of Saturday – Efraimson’s showing was equally dominant.

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Weekend schedules for district, league postseason tournaments


Westside Classic (West Central/Southwest District)
Today at American Lake Golf Course, Lakewood

Schedule (start of 5K races): Boys 3A at 10:30 a.m.; Boys 4A at 11 a.m .; Girls 2A at 11:30 a.m.; Girls 3A at 12:05 p.m.; Girls 4A at 12:35 p.m.; Boys 2A at 1:10 p.m.; Boys 1A at 1:40 p.m.; Boys 1B/2B at 2:10 p.m.; Girls 1A at 2:40 p.m.


Class 4A West Central District girls championships
Today at Curtis High School, University Place

Schedule: Finals begin at 4 p.m.


* SPSL 4A tournament at Todd Beamer High School

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Statewide football rankings: Tracking the top 10s

NO. 1

CLASS 4A: Skyline (9-0)
Thur.: def. Bothell, 34-7
Next: TBA
CLASS 3A: Bellevue (9-0)
Fri.: def. Mercer Island, 42-0
Next: vs. Lincoln
CLASS 2A: Othello (9-0)
Fri.: def. Grandview, 68-6
Next: Fri. at East Valley (Yakima)

NO. 2

CLASS 4A: Federal Way (9-0)
Fri.: d. Curtis, 35-6
Next: TBA
CLASS 3A: Eastside Catholic (9-0)
Fri.: def. Nathan Hale, 50-8
Next: vs. Meadowdale
CLASS 2A: Lakewood (8-1)
Fri.: lost to King’s, 55-42
Next: vs. Sedro-Woolley

NO. 3

CLASS 4A: Bellarmine Prep (8-1)

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Prep highlights: Top Week No. 9 performers

Here are the top passers, rushers and receivers for Week 9:


Kai Van Sickle, Capital
24 carries, 312 yards, 5 TDs
Devon Phillips, Wilson
23 carries, 215 yards, 4 TDs
Jacob Swilley, Yelm
26 carries, 209 yards, 2 TDs
Casey Bond, Olympia
31 carries, 195 yards, TD
Brandon Thompson, Bellarmine Prep
16 carries, 181 yards, 3 TDs
Amani Brown, Emerald Ridge
28 carries, 174 yards, 3 TDs


Chris Brown, Bonney Lake
21 of 30, 267 yards, TD
Mac Shaw, Tenino
18 of 26, 219

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No. 9 Peninsula controls it from outset, ends Lakes’ championship reign with 30-7 victory

In 18 seasons as the football coach at Peninsula High, there aren’t many things Ross Filkins’ teams haven’t been able to do.

One of the big things on the checklist – beating the Lakes Lancers – hadn’t been accomplished until Friday night. But Peninsula owned the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and pulled away in the second half for a 30-7 victory at Roy Anderson Field in Purdy.

The victory gave the Seahawks the undisputed title in the Class 3A South Puget Sound League, and gave them momentum going into next weekend’s first-round playoff game at

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A 7-6 winner over Eatonville, Nisqually champion Charles Wright partying like it is 1989.

Colin Reynolds sprinted for the end zone. No linebackers or defensive backs were chasing him, only the rest of the Charles Wright Academy football team was among him.

He did the same thing earlier in the game when he busted through for the Tarriers only touchdown, but this was a much greater feeling than a touchdown.

This was the kind of excitement earned following a 7-6 victory over Eatonville. A victory accommodated by the 1A Nisqually League title and a trip to the state playoffs — something Charles Wright hasn’t seen since 1989.

“To be running back there knowing we

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Finally pushed to four quarters, No. 2 Federal Way still cruises to 35-6 win over Curtis

Eight games into the season, the Federal Way Eagles had yet to play a game where the starters were still on the field deep into the fourth quarter.

The second-ranked Eagles finally got that chance to play a complete game on Friday night at Viking Stadium in University Place.

And with the postseason on the horizon, they didn’t disappoint.

Quarterback Evan Elliott tossed four touchdown passes and Federal Way broke open a close game at the half, eventually handling ninth-ranked Curtis, 35-6. The win wrapped up the SPSL South Division title for the second consecutive year for the Eagles, who

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