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Category: Playoffs

May
25th

Own goal gives Bonney Lake first 3A state boys soccer title, 1-0 over Shorecrest

Was it an odd way to win a state title? Sure.

Did anyone within the Bonney Lake High boys soccer program seem to care?

Not one bit.

The Panthers scored a goal in the 78th minute when Shorecrest freshman Kevin Musar headed a free kick from 50 yards out into his own goal, allowing Bonney Lake to steal a 1-0 victory Saturday afternoon in the Class 3A state championship game at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

“Both teams are knocking … it happens,” Bonney Lake coach Luke Helling-Christy said. “Wow. Yeah, we’ll take it. At that stage of the game, we’ll

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May
25th

Coach’s hunch pays off, Guinn pitches Auburn Mountainview to 3A baseball title

Glen Walker had a hunch. He first wanted to run it by his baseball coaching staff at Auburn Mountainview High School, which merited a round of discussion.

For the most important game of the season – the Class 3A state title game against West Seattle – Walker wanted to give the baseball to Shawn Guinn, a left-hander who had an up-and-down season.

Rewarding his coach’s faith, Guinn pitched a one-hitter into the seventh inning, and the Lions brought home their first 3A title with a 7-1 victory over West Seattle at Gesa Stadium in Pasco on Saturday afternoon.

Leading 2-0,

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May
25th

No doubt Jefferson best boys soccer team in 4A – and proves it by winning state title

Jefferson High School left no doubt about who was the best boys soccer team in Class 4A — and arguably among all classifications — this season.

A thorough 3-0 dismantling of Union of Vancouver in the Class 4A state title game Saturday night at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup hammered the point home with authority.

Just as the program did in 1983 in going undefeated en route to winning the school’s first 4A title, the Raiders closed out an undefeated season and added another state title — the eighth — to the collection 30 years later.

“I won a lot of

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May
25th

Getting early scare from teammates, Grenleys repeat as 1A boys’ double champion

Rob Grenley, you’ve been one-upped.

In two years at Charles Wright Academy, twins Teddy and Phillip Grenley own two state doubles titles as they capped the Class 1A tennis championships with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Overlake’s Mac Hewitt and Pranav Harikrishnan on Saturday at the Yakima Tennis Center.

So what entered Phillip’s mind as he absorbed what he and his brother Teddy had just accomplished as just sophomores?

“It was good to one-up my dad by doing this twice,” he said, whose father, Rob Grenley, won a singles title with Charles Wright Academy his senior year before going to

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May
24th

Wright’s blast for Meadowdale stuns SPSL 3A champion Enumclaw in state fastpitch quarterfinals

LACEY – Rebecca Wright’s biggest fear was being the final out.

The Meadowdale sophomore catcher was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts before she stepped to the plate with two runners on, and two out in the bottom of the 10th inning, with her Mavericks trailing by one to Enumclaw in Friday’s Class 3A state quarterfinal fastpitch game.

Her confidence was shaken, but did her best to flush out her prior at-bats and focus on the scenario at stake.

“I wanted to get a base hit,” Wright said, “and keep (the rally) going.”

How about a walk-off three-run home run to win

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May
24th

Hot start has Bonney Lake playing for first 3A state boys’ soccer championship

Once the hot start cooled off, the Bonney Lake Panthers started to show signs of weakness.

But despite a long lull, all it took was a timely second-half goal to snap them out of their funk.

Brody Fitzsimmons scored a key goal in the 41st minute, helping Bonney Lake (18-4) take command in a 3-1 win over Hanford on Friday afternoon in a Class 3A state semifinal game at Sparks Stadium.

The Panthers will take on Shorecrest (16-3), a 3-2 winner over Bainbridge, in Saturday’s championship game at 2 p.m.

The Panthers opened the second half in spectacular fashion, as

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May
24th

Unbeaten coming in, Emerald Ridge goes two-and-out in 4A fastpitch tournament

SPOKANE – It wasn’t the kind of day Emerald Ridge High School expected to have at the state Class 4A fastpitch championships.

Coming into the tournament undefeated, the Jaguars had plans of challenging for a state title.

Instead, the team was sent packing early. Newport overcame a 6-1 deficit in the opening game to score a 10-9 victory.

In the consolation round, the team was one out away from a 2-1 victory only to see Tahoma’s Delany Nelson belt a three-run home run that turned into a 4-3 win for the Bears.

“We just didn’t execute the way we needed

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May
24th

Jefferson dominates Snohomish at both ends, will play for eighth 4A boys’ soccer title

With their superstars neutralized early on, the depth of the Thomas Jefferson High roster started to emerge.

When things finally opened up, the superstars finished the job.

Yes, these Raiders are a force to be reckoned with.

Thomas Jefferson took one step closer to earning its eighth Class 4A title in school history with a dominant 3-0 win over Snohomish on Friday night in the state semifinals at Sparks Stadium.

The Raiders will take on Union (16-2), a 2-1 winner over Roosevelt, for the 4A state championship at 4 p.m. Saturday.

“They believe in each other,” Thomas Jefferson coach Dave

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