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Archives: 2012


Class 2A champion Lynden goes down to Tahoma, 57-43

First-year Tahoma High School boys’ basketball coach Brian Davis knows how good the Lynden program is from his four years spent as an assistant at Squalicum.

Davis made sure his players were aware of how good it is, too.

Tahoma forced the top-ranked Lions into their first loss since Feb. 14 of last season as the Bears rallied behind Coleman Wooten’s 21 points and 13 rebounds for a 57-43 victory Saturday at the ShoWare Center.

“I have a ton of respect for coach (Brian) Roper and the whole Lynden program after having to coach against them for four years,” Davis

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Associated Press all-state football: Browne, Jack, Kraght, Myrick earn MVP honors


Player of the year: Max Browne, sr., Skyline

Quarterback: Max Browne, sr., Skyline.
Running back: Isaiah Brandt-Sims, jr., Wenatchee; Jonah Hoe, sr., Walla Walla; Jacob Swilley, sr., Yelm.
Wide receiver: Zach Eagle, jr., Camas; Nic Sblendorio, sr., Skyline.
Tight end: Colter Clinch, sr., Woodinville.
Line: Macartney McQueary, sr., Bellarmine Prep; Cody O’Connell, sr., Wenatchee; Dyllan Rowden, sr., Eisenhower; Chase Madsen, sr., Bothell; Drew Clarkson, jr., Camas.

Line: Brandon Johnson, sr., Lake Stevens; Langston Ward, sr., Mead; Darin Hardgrove, sr., Eastmont; Kevin Shelton, sr., Auburn.
Linebacker: John

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WIAA moves state cheerleading championships from Everett to UW

Due to a scheduling conflict, officials at the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association have moved the state cheerleading championships and dance/drill team qualifying from Everett to Seattle.

The events, scheduled for Jan. 26, will be held at Alaska Airlines at Hec Edmindson Pavilion on the campus of the University of Washington.

“This is very exciting for the student-athletes that will be participating …” WIAA executive director Mike Colbrese said. “The (WIAA) is committed to providing a first-class experience for the student-athletes, fans and coaches for these events and by moving to Alaska Airlines Arena, I believe we have executed this commitment.”

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Computer basketball rankings: Wilson girls No. 1 in inaugural release

Last year, The News Tribune began a partnership with Scott Odiorne, also known as the “Score Czar,” to publish computer-based high school football rankings.

And this winter, he has started basketball rankings, too.

Here is how he explains the overall process:

The computer rankings take the outcome of each game and endeavors to capsulize the data created by the final score by placing a numerical rating on how each team did compared to the caliber of their opponent.

The computer takes Points Allowed divided by Points For, multiplied by strength of schedule to determine

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Browne named Gatorade national football player of the year

Skyline High’s Max Browne just keeps adding more national awards to his personal pile.

This one might be the biggest honor of all.

On Tuesday, the Spartans’ star quarterback, who became the state’s all-time passing leader, was named the Gatorade national high school football player of the year.

Not only has he been exemplary on the football field – he passed for 4,526 yards and 49 touchdowns – he also holds a 3.5 grade point average, and is active in his local church and as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Here is the link

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No. 4 Puyallup survives Benton, defending SPSL South champion Federal Way

It’s as if Cherokee Ainslie was handed the keys of a Bugatti Veyron sports car, and told she could drive it at any speed.

That is the kind of talent-laden roster she has in her first career varsity girls’ basketball head-coaching job at Puyallup High School.

Everywhere you look on the floor, there are young but very skilled post players who are going to be around for a few years – flanked by super quick, tough and skilled guards on the perimeter.

It’s that kind of roster needed to wreck what Federal Way High has built in the South Puget

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Despite snow, SPSL basketball still on for Tuesday night

While some South Sound leagues and districts have canceled all athletic activities Tuesday because of overnight snow, the large league holding its basketball games tonight – the South Puget Sound League – is still on.

Dave Lutes, the Kent School District athletic director, said he was unaware of any SPSL schools cancelling classes Tuesday – therefore by policy, games will still go on as scheduled.

As previously reported by The Olympian’s Meg Wochnick, Tumwater School District has postponed its athletic games.


Wrestling primer: Tahoma, Enumclaw, Orting try and add to Mat Classic haul

Team to watch
Last February, Tahoma shattered the Class 4A state meet record with 190 points by getting state-placing finishes from 10 of its 15 participants. Six of those 10 return this season, led by Tim Whitehead (120), Cruz Velasquez (126), Garrett Autrey (182) and Matt Hopkins (220).

Dual-meet league favorites
SPSL North – Tahoma. SPSL South – Graham-Kapowsin. Narrows 4A – Yelm. SPSL 3A – Enumclaw. Narrows 3A – Timberline. SPSL 2A – Orting. Evergreen Conference - Centralia. Nisqually 1A – Vashon Island.

Wrestler to watch
North Kitsap’s Jake Velarde, an Old Dominion signee, will vie

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