* CLASS 3A/4A GIRLS SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
3A schedule: Friday – Columbia River (18-0) vs. Liberty (14-3), 2 p.m.; Holy Names (15-5) vs. Mount Spokane (19-0), 4 p.m. Saturday – Third-place match is at 10 a.m.; title match is at 2 p.m.
4A schedule: Friday – Skyline (15-1) vs. Tahoma (20-0), 6 p.m.; Issaquah (18-2) vs. Camas (17-3), 8 p.m.. Saturday – Third-place match is at noon; title match is at 4 p.m.
Tickets: $9 for adults, $7 for children/senior citizens for daily passes; $15 for adults, $10 for children/senior citizens for tournament pass.
Class 3A team capsules
Columbia River Chieftains
Coach: Filomon Afenegus, first year
Top Players: MF Charlene Burger, jr.; GK Haley Case, sr.; D Ana Delgadillo, jr.; MF Maddie Reynolds, jr.
Skinny: The Columbia River seniors were part of the group that won the 3A state championship in 2009. The team lost to Liberty, 1-0, in the first round of last year’s state tournament.
Coach: Tami Nguyen, first year
Top Players: MF Kiana Hafferty, sr.; F Kailiana Johnson, sr.; F Kali Youngdahl, jr.
Skinny: The 3A runners-up have their fourth coach in four years in Nguyen, formerly Tami Bennett, who once was the state’s career scoring leader with 152 goals at Seattle Christians. The Patriots are offensive-minded.
Holy Names Cougars
Coach: Teddy Mitalas, fifth year
Top Players: GK Kayla Baskett, sr.; F Katie Chandler, sr.; D Angela Fischer, sr.; F Annie Flora, fr.
Skinny: Recovering from early illness and injuries, Holy Names made a late run to the Metro League title – and its first 3A semifinal appearance since 2007. The Cougars also the state academic champion (3.77 GPA).
Mount Spokane Wildcats
Coach: Ryan Campenalla, eighth year
Top Players: MF Alyssa Lloyd, jr.; F Katie Nilsson, jr.; F Riley Richardson, sr.
Skinny: Despite not placing in four state appearances over the past five seasons (won first-round games in 2007, 2011), many consider this the school’s best team. The GSL champions are ranked No. 2 in the state.
Class 4A team capsules
Coach: Don Braman, ninth year
Top Players: F Rachel Shim, sr.; D Lianna Simms, sr.; F Anna DeWeirdt, sr.
Skinny: Guess what – the winners of three of the past four 4A titles return to Pierce County. Yet, are they unbeatable? They had their 37-match winning streak earlier snapped by Redmond, but Skyline is balanced and still very good.
Coach: Jason Johnson, fourth year
Top Players: F Kaysha Darcy, sr.; F Mackenzie Henke, sr.; MF Brie Hooks, sr.; F Tori Tappero, jr.
Skinny: The SPSL champions are ranked No. 1 in the state (seventh nationally), and not only have Hooks – The News Tribune’s All-Area MVP – as a distributor, Darcy, Henke and Tappero are big and powerful up front.
Coach: Tom Bunnell, ninth year
Top Players: D Casey Kovarik, sr.; MF Audrey Thomas, sr.; F Rachel Wheeler, jr.
Skinny: Quietly, Issaquah flies under the radar – even with its three 3A titles (2004, 2006-07) in tow. Top to bottom, the Eagles might be the most complete team remaining. They finished as the 4A runner-up in 2009.
Coach: Roland Minder, seventh year
Top Players: MF Jamie Carter, sr.; D Carly Marshall, jr.; GK Laureen Rood, fr.
Skinny: A perennial state participant, this has been one remarkable journey for the Papermakers. They lost five starters over the course of the season, yet find themselves back in the semifinals. They won the 3A title in 2005.