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Archives: Nov. 2012


Class 2B finals: Five schools, two teams for one 2B championship

No. 2 Lind-Ritzville/Sprague (12-0) vs. No. 1 Morton-White Pass (12-0)
4 p.m. Friday, Tacoma Dome

Coaches: Greg Whitmore is in his eighth season at Lind-Ritzville/Sprague (62-22 record).Aaron Poquette is in his second season at Morton-White Pass (22-2 record).

Road to Gridiron Classic: Lind-Ritzville/Sprague defeated Tekoa-Oakesdale/Rosalia in the first round (42-14), DeSales in the quarterfinals (21-14), and Waitsburg-Prescott in the semifinals (21-7). Morton-White Pass defeated Adna in the first round (42-0), Mossyrock in the quarterfinals (35-6), and La Conner in the semifinals (12-0).

About the Broncos: It seems the best way to attack the state’s

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Class 1B finals: To repeat, Neah Bay will have to knock off first-timer Patriots

No. 2 Neah Bay (12-0) vs. No. 1 Liberty Christian (13-0)
4 p.m. Saturday, Tacoma Dome

Coaches: Tony McCaulley is in his fifth season at Neah Bay (50-10 record). Mike Olson is in his sixth season at Liberty Christian (38-23 record).

Road to Gridiron Classic: Neah Bay defeated Mary M. Knight in the quarterfinals (50-0), and Lummi in the semifinals (40-30). Liberty Christian defeated LaCrosse-Washtucna-Kahlotus in the quarterfinals (70-8), and Cusick in the semifinals (34-32).

About the Red Devils: Neah Bay is trying to become the first repeat 1B champions since Lacrosse-Washtucna

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On the road to Gridiron Classic: The line is . . . it is a sturdy line

Week after week, coaches who face the Bellarmine Prep Lions in football, they all echo the same sentiment.

That offensive line is good.

It is driving the bus, too – all the way to the Tacoma Dome.

That unit’s coach is Paul Richardson, a former Bellarmine Prep lineman himself who went on to Minot (N.D.) University to play baseball before an injury derailed his career. He had been coaching football and baseball at Gonzaga Prep before returning to his alma mater.

The five guys up front:

* LT Matthew McDougal, 6-2, 290, Sr. – Three-year starter and a real “grinder,”

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On the road to Gridiron Classic: Montesano’s roller coaster ride

Was away much of Monday as the week – and road – to Gridiron Classic kicks off.

One of the cool things the TNT has always done is get out and visit not only some of the out-of-area football programs playing for state championship, but trying to get a sense of the community in which these coaches and players live.

On Monday, went down to Montesano High School to meet with coach Terry Jensen and his staff, and sit in a few meetings as the Bulldogs prepare for No. 1 Royal in the upcoming Class 1A state championship.

Here is

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Weekend schedule for Gridiron Classic games

2B: No. 2 Lind-Ritzville/Sprague (12-0) vs. No. 1 Morton-White Pass (12-0)
3A: No. 2 Eastside Catholic (13-0) vs. No. 1 Bellevue (13-0), 7:30 p.m.

1A: Montesano (11-2) vs. No. 2 Royal (13-0), 10 a.m.
2A: No. 4 Tumwater (12-1) vs. No. 2 Lynden (12-1), 1 p.m.
1B: No. 2 Neah Bay (13-0) vs. No. 1 Liberty Christian (13-0), 4 p.m.
4A: No. 3 Bellarmine Prep (12-1) vs. No. 1 Skyline (13-0), 7:30 p.m.


If I were a handicapper . . . these would be the early Gridiron Classic lines

The final milepost of the 2012 high school football season – Gridiron Classic week – has arrived, and 12 teams will play for six state championships next weekend in Tacoma:

Here is my take on the six games:

Defending champion Skyline was Skyline on Saturday – very impressive in dismantling a good Camas squad – while Bellarmine Prep survived a grueling grinder to advance to its first state title game.

Under offensive coordinator Brian Jensen, the Lions run a good, clean, efficient pro-style offense – a potential headache for a spread team such as the Spartans

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Hall of Fame wrestling coach Greeley dies after suffering stroke

Paul Greeley, the former wrestling coach at Bethel, Peninsula and Spanaway Lake, died last week after complications from a stroke.

According to information submitted by Graham-Kapowsin coach Scott Stirts, Greeley suffered a stroke last Sunday, and was transported to the intensive care unit at Tacoma General Hospital.

Surrounded by family, Greeley died Wednesday.

Here is his bio from his 2005 hall of fame induction:

Paul Greeley wrestled at Puyallup High School under Hall of Famer Ray Barnes, and served in the United States Army. Following his service in the military, he attended the University of Puget Sound. He would later

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Bellarmine Prep grinds it out, 21-19, over Auburn to advance to 4A title game

A few hours after the space-age, high-voltage Class 4A semifinalists took center stage, football returned to its rugged roots in the nightcap Saturday.

Four yards and a cloud of dust? That would be too kind a description. It was like two John Deere tractors smacking into each other for the better part of 48 minutes.

But in the end, only one team advanced to its first state title game – and it was third-ranked Bellarmine Prep, courtesy of its 21-19 victory over Auburn in the Tacoma Dome.

The Lions will face defending champion and No. 1 Skyline – a 58-21

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