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Category: Basketball


Promoted assistant Depiano takes reins of Auburn Mountainview girls basketball program

Auburn Mountainview has decided to keep its girls’ basketball job in-house, promoting Dustin Depiano from Lions’ assistant to coach, replacing Chris Carr.

Carr, also the school’s athletic director, released this statement:

“I am glad to announce the promotion of Dustin Depiano to head coach. The familiarity he has of this program will make a smooth transition as we work to continually build on the foundation that has been established here. Dustin has already announced the hiring of Tim Nelson, former Auburn Riverside head coach, as a varsity assistant for this upcoming season. We are excited to get two top notch

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Ex-North Mason star Landram hired as new boys basketball coach at Gig Harbor

Billy Landram spent many nights terrorizing teams by lighting up the scoreboard in the Pierce County League while a star guard at North Mason High School.

The one school disciplined enough to give him fits was Gig Harbor High.

Funny how sometimes things come full circle. The ex-Bulldogs’ standout, and News Tribune 1996 All-Area player was hired last week to take over the program at Gig Harbor.

“I think it’s a great job,” said the 35-year-old Landram. “It is where I live. … It has great facilities. It has good tradition.”

In 1995-96, while Landram was scoring nearly 19 points

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Ex-Franklin star putting together best NCAA basketball career in state history?

Given a reprieve, Jason Kerr wasn’t going to miss this one.

The ex-Franklin High boys basketball coach is diligent about following his former standouts in college – and he’s had a lot of them from three state championship squads.

But Peyton Siva is different from all of them. He was the point guard who was in the Franklin gymnasium every day at 6:15 a.m. working out by himself. He was the one who could move upperclassmen to follow his every word.

And Siva has accomplished what very few people from the state of Washington have done in the NCAA tournament:

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LaVine, McPhee (4A), Fenner, Roper (3A) named AP all-state basketball players of year

Media from around the state submitted ballots (voted for five first-team players, and five second-teamers) for the Associated Press all-state high school basketball teams for boys and girls.


Player of the year: Zach LaVine, sr., Bothell.
First team: Zach LaVine, sr., Bothell; Jason Todd, jr., Jackson; Tucker Haymond, sr., Garfield; Lucas Miekle, sr., Bellarmine Prep; Dominic Robinson, sr., Curtis.
Second team: Terry Dawn, sr., Arlington; Austin Rehkow, sr., Central Valley; Nate Streufert, jr., Richland; Braxton Tucker, sr., Spanaway Lake; Carlos Vijarro, sr., Davis.

Player of the year:

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Fletcher, Trent, Robinson highlight Washington roster for Northwest Shootout

Two weeks ago, it was audition time at the WIBCA all-state basketball games where seniors were showcasing themselves for an even bigger honor.

The 19th annual Washington-versus-Oregon “Northwest Shootout.”

The rosters are set for the all-star game, which will be held April 20 at the University of Portland.

WASHINGTON BOYS’ ROSTER: Marquis Armstead, Mountlake Terrace; Brett Bailey, University; Will Dorsey, Rainier Beach; D.J. Fenner, Seattle Prep; Tre’Shaun Fletcher, Lincoln; Tucker Haymond, Garfield; Lucas Meikle, Bellarmine Prep; Isaac Reismer, Lynden Christian; Dominic Robinson, Curtis; Dezmyn Trent, Foss.

OREGON BOYS’ ROSTER: Caleb Dozier, Southridge; Austin Dyer, Central Catholic; Evan Garrison, Tigard; Zach

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4A boys rally for 108-107 win over 3A at WIBCA all-state game

An all-star showcase suddenly turned into a real basketball game.

That normally isn’t how it goes when the Class 4A and Class 3A boys hook up at the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association all-state game.

But as soon as the 4A squad started making shots late, suddenly a more serious expression came over the face of coach Tim Kelly, who just led Curtis High School to the WIAA state title two weeks ago.

“I said, ‘Can you play just a little bit of defense now?’” Kelly said with a chuckle.

And after trailing by as many as 17 points in

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Curtis High basketball to storm capitol building Friday for hearty congratulations

Newly-minted high school basketball champions – meet the new governor of the state of Washington.

Seven of the schools, including Class 4A state boys’ basketball tournament winner Curtis High School, will be represented Friday when players and coaches meet new governor Jay Inslee as part of a guided tour of the capitol building.

“It’s a real pleasure to meet and congratulate Washington’s top basketball programs on their accomplishments,” Inslee said in a released statement. “These student-athletes have put in tremendous hard work and training. I know how much this sport taught me about leadership and teamwork and I know these

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Brooks out after two seasons as Gig Harbor boys basketball coach

From Pensinsula Gateway sports editor Neil Pierson

Gig Harbor High boys basketball coach Craig Brooks has resigned his position after two seasons, Tides’ athletic director Bob Werner confirmed Wednesday.

Brooks was placed on paid administrative leave in January after parents complaints led to a Peninsula School District investigation. The investigation is still ongoing, Werner said, but Brooks didn’t wait for its conclusion, turning in his resignation.

Controversy began swirling around the program in early January after four players were suspended for undisclosed violations during a trip to Ketchikan, Alaska. The school district declined to name the players, citing student privacy

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