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Class 4A boys basketball primer: Can anyone track down Federal Way boys?

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Dec. 10, 2012 at 9:51 am with No Comments »
December 10, 2012 1:15 pm
If it all works out, Federal Way High boys coach Jerome Collins and his snazzy suits should be back in the Tacoma Dome for the 4A tournament.


1, Federal Way
Loaded to regain control of West Central District in 2013.
2, Bellarmine Prep
Tough 4A semifinal loss still bitter pill in Lions’ mouth.
3, Curtis
Last season, guard play was troublesome. Now it’s a strength.
4, Tahoma
Plays together like something straight out of the 1950s.
5, Olympia
Frontcourt big and strong; is there enough reliable shooting?


* Crystal Ball
1, Federal Way (16-10)
2, Curtis (19-8)
3, Emerald Ridge (10-10)
4, Spanaway Lake (10-12)
5, Beamer (13-10)
6, Bethel (4-15)
7, Puyallup (8-12)
8, Rogers (13-11)
9, Graham-Kapowsin (1-19)

* Fab Five
Brayon Blake, Federal Way, F/C, 6-6, Jr.
Most versatile player in the division, he can play all five positions.

Jaurence Chisolm, Curtis, C, 6-8, Sr.
Always an exciting shot-blocker, he needs to be low-post scorer for Vikings.

Adrian Davis, Federal Way, G, 6-2, Jr.
Transfer from Beamer has sizzled as scorer since freshman year on varsity.

Marcus Harris, Emerald Ridge, G, 6-2, Jr.
Scoring point guard also leads Jaguars’ uptick on defensive end as well.

Braxton Tucker, Spanaway Lake, F, 6-6, Sr.
Biggest guy, strongest interior presence – he create havoc inside off glass.

* Circle the Calendar
Jan. 17, Curtis at Federal Way, 7 p.m.


* Crystal Ball
1, Tahoma (10-13)
2, Mount Rainier (18-11)
3, Kentridge (12-12)
4, Jefferson (10-12)
5, Kentwood (18-8)
6, Kent-Meridian (17-8)
7, Auburn (8-13)
8, Auburn Riverside (3-16)
9, Kentlake (11-14)

* Fab Five
Deonte Anderson, Jefferson, F, 6-7, Jr.
More leaping dunker than basketball player, his untapped potential is scary.

Paul Loranger, Tahoma, C, 6-10, Sr.
Tougher than he looks (6-foot-10, 175 pounds), and is stout rim protector.

Caden Rowland, Mount Rainier, G, 6-5, Sr.
All arms and legs, sort of the spindly scorer that is tough to shut down.

Jawan Stepney, Kentridge, G, 6-2, Jr.
A poor man’s Gary Bell, Jr., who also hails from this proud program.

Coleman Wooten, Tahoma, G, 6-5, Jr.
Won’t overwhelm as an athlete, but finds creases to get off quality shots.

* Circle the Calendar
Jan. 15, Mount Rainier at Tahoma, 7 p.m.


* Crystal Ball
1, Bellarmine Prep (24-5)
2, Olympia (20-6)
3, South Kitsap (11-10)
4, Central Kitsap (14-9)
5, Stadium (3-17)
6, Gig Harbor (11-12)
7, Yelm (3-18 in Narrows 3A)

* Fab Five
Eric Anderson-Connolly, Stadium, G, 6-3, Sr.
Heady point guard ran on same AAU team with Bellarmine Prep clan.

Riley Callaghan, South Kitsap, G, 6-0, Jr.
Not the quickest guy, but always seems to stay one step ahead of defender.

Brendan Leonard, Olympia, F, 6-5, Sr.
Built like a linebacker, plays like a coach’s son (which he is) – very skilled.

Sefo Liufau, Bellarmine Prep, F, 6-5, Sr.
Excellent competitor who will sometimes need to play “point” forward.

Lucas Meikle, Bellarmine Prep, F, 6-8, Sr.
Gonzaga signee is prototypical trailer power forward who can shoot 3s.

* Circle the Calendar
Feb. 6, Olympia at Bellarmine Prep, 7 p.m.

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