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Category: Signing Day


Signed and sealed, Meikle leaving one family to join another with Zags

It was almost like a scene out of “Stand By Me” – four brothers together again, celebrating a singular moment.

In this case, it was the special sign-and-seal day for Bellarmine Prep basketball standout Lucas Meikle, who inked his name to the binding contract on full scholarship to play at Gonzaga University starting next fall.

Meikle is one of two recruits the Zags are bringing in for the class of 2013. Ryan Edwards, a 6-foot-11 post out of Montana, joins the 6-8 Meikle in this frontcourt-heavy class.

As Meikle sat in a conference room at school early Wednesday morning, waiting

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No drama at Lakes High on signing day

For a third day in a row, football jerseys were laid out on tables on stage at Lakes High’s performing arts center.

This time, there was no media horde and no suspense over what school an All-American football recruit would pick. Just five football teammates and volleyball player Anitaka Knight getting the spotlight after they each signed letters of intent on Wednesday.

“Not many schools can equal this,” said USC-bound offensive tackle Zach Banner. “We had two All-Americans, two guys going to D-2 schools another going to Idaho, and that’s not all. There will be other guys that sign and other guys that walk-on.”

Banner said he had no second-thoughts since orally committing to USC on Monday.

“I’m happy,” he said, “we’ve got a top-10 recruiting class and we’ll be competing for national championships every year for the next four years.”
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Washington High’s Tuivaiave signs with WSU (exhale)

For a while, Jacob Tuivaiave wasn’t sure if he’d sign a letter of intent to play at Washington State University.

After WSU hired Mike Leach, the new coach’s staff re-evaluated the 19 players that had orally committed to the Cougars. For various reasons, nine were told they no longer had offers to WSU.

“After I heard coach Leach was coming, I was kind of nervous if he’d drop me like those nine guys,” Tuivaiave said. “Once I heard from him, it was a great feeling.”

On Wednesday, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Washington High standout signed with the Cougars. Tuivaiave took his official visit to WSU last week and left impressed and excited.

“My impression of coach Leach was great,” he said. “He’s a great guy. His vision for WSU is very clear. I like how he came in and changed everything around.”

Tuivaiave played linebacker for the Patriots, earning SPSL 2A Defensive Player of the Year honors, but he expects to play defensive end or possibly outside linebacker.
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Williams is a Badger . . . who sings the fight song

Walker Williams finally exhaled Wednesday morning.

The day before, he had just finished up finals at Tacoma Baptist Schools. On Wednesday morning – national letter of intent day – he arrived at the library to the sight he had been waiting for.

Congratulatory cake of signing with Wisconsin was laid out on the table. A Badgers’ football promotional video was played. A personal slide show presentation went down.

But the real honor of becoming the third Tacoma Baptist football player to sign with an NCAA Division I school in 21 seasons?

Williams got to sing the Wisconsin fight song – by himself (“On, Wisconsin!”)
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After months committed to UW, Rector switches to Stanford

It might have been the worst-kept secret around Bellarmine Prep the past week, but Michael Rector tried to play it as one.

Except for:

* He wore a Cardinal red shirt Wednesday morning.

* His father, Tony, donned a T-shirt and hat of the same color.

At about 7:40 a.m., Rector made the decision official – he was going to sign his national letter of intent with Stanford after being committed to Washington for much of the past seven months.

“It was extremely hard. I’ve grown up wanting to be a Husky,” Rector said. “But it came down to the education for me. Both schools have great programs … but my parents have sacrificed so much for me to have the top education possible, and I wanted to continue that trend.”
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Football: Statewide list of where recruits are headed

The News Tribune is compiling a list of all the football players in the state that sign letters of intent today. If you know of any we’re missing, please send them to doug.pacey(at)


Auburn: Cory English, UW

Bellarmine Prep: Michael Rector, Stanford

Bellevue: Kyle Bentz, San Diego; Jake Eldrenkamp, UW; Tyler Hasty, Oregon St.; *Michael Kneip, UW; *Joey Moore, Idaho

Bethel: David Fontenette, CWU; Joel Ragazzo, Army

Black Hills: Jake Crawford, Montana Tech

Blaine: Jesse Antczak, Minot St.; Andrew Price, UNLV

Bothell: Autin Dahl, Humboldt St.; Trent Sewell, Wyoming

Burlington-Edison: Andy Agen, Air Force
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Signing Day: South Sound non-football signees

The News Tribune is compiling a list of South Sound student-athletes signing letters of intent today to play sports other than football. If you know of any we’re missing, let us know by emailing doug.pacey(at)

Name Sport High School College
Kelly Beck Women’s Soccer Bellarmine Prep Seattle U

Austin Curtis Men’s Soccer Bonney Lake WWU

Lindsay Dahl Track & Field Jefferson Montana

Lauren Duty Women’s Soccer Tahoma CWU

Madison Guscott Track & Field Capital PLU

Bryce Joling Men’s Soccer Capital Colorado St.-Pueblo

Jazmin Jones Women’s Soccer Gig Harbor Florida International

Abby McFaul Women’s Soccer Decatur Saint Martin’s

Carley McIsaac Women’s Basketball Tumwater Oregon Tech

McCrea Nirider Women’s Soccer Fife NW Nazarene
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Football: Recruiting updates on Lakes’ Zach Banner, Cedric Dozier

A couple high-profile football recruits played basketball at Alaska Airlines Arena at UW on Monday when Lakes took on Garfield at the King Holiday Hoopfest.

Garfield wasn’t the only team putting a full-court press on Lakes. At least six University of Washington football coaches turned out to watch recruits Zach Banner and Cedric Dozier. During most of the first quarter, Huskies coaches were stationed at three of the four tunnels that lead onto the court.

After the game – Lakes won 73-68 in double-overtime – Dozier, a defensive back/receiver, confirmed that he remained committed to Cal. Earlier in the day Cal coach Tosh Lupoi accepted a position with the Huskies and there was speculation that might sway Dozier to take an official visit to Washington.

“I’m not going to take an official,” he said. “I don’t see it happening. It would have to come to me in a dream or something spiritual. I’m still committed to the University of California.”
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