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Flynn quits football at Bellarmine Prep to concentrate on hoops

Isaiah Flynn, the returning starting tailback at Bellarmine Prep, has decided not to turn out for his senior football season, coach Tom Larsen confirmed Friday.

Flynn told coaches he wants to concentrate on basketball — the Lions are on the short list of state championship contenders in the upcoming season. He is a starting guard on the squad.

When he was healthy, Flynn was a workhorse-type tailback for the Lions, who advanced to the Class 4A semifinals in 2010, losing to Ferris of Spokane, and reached the quarterfinals last season, losing to Skyview of Vancouver.

He averaged more than 200

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Football: Preseason state rankings for all classifications

Bellevue running back Ari Morales stretches for a touchdown in the Wolverines' 35-16 win over O'Dea in the 2011 Class 3A state championship game. (Photo credit: Peter Haley, TNT)

What do preseason rankings mean?

Not much, at least when it comes to qualifying for the postseason. Rankings still play no part in that process.

But they’re fun to debate — at least in every classification besides Class 3A, right Bellevue? — and, if enough research is done and luck accumulated, can be an accurate predictor of how the season might unfurl.

Take the TNT’s 2011 preseason rankings. We pegged the eventual state champions in 4A (Skyline), 3A (Bellevue) and 2A (Lynden). We ranked the eventual state champs in 1A (Connell) and 2B (Waitsburg-Prescott) second in their respective classifications and pegged the 1B winner (Neah Bay) fourth.

So, take these preseason rankings for what they’re worth — conversation fodder and the impetus for anonymous emails that will clog my in-box — and we’ll update them after each week in the regular season.

Tacoma News Tribune’s 2012 Preseason Football Rankings
(2011 records in parenthesis)

1. Skyline (11-3)
2. Bellarmine Prep (11-1)
3. Mead (9-2)
4. Skyview (11-3)
5. Federal Way (10-1)
6. Bothell (6-4)
7. Chiawana (8-1)
8. Issaquah (7-3)
9. Camas (11-2)
10. Wenatchee (5-5)
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Bellarmine Prep grad will compete for Great Britain’s women’s basketball team at London Olympics

In today’s paper is a feature on Kim Butler, a 2001 graduate of Bellarmine Prep, who will compete in the London Olympics for Great Britain’s women’s basketball team.

Great Britain, fielding an Olympics team for the first time, plays its first game on Saturday when it faces Australia.


Avery Bradley’s hoops pro-am at Mount Tahoma this weekend

Tacoma native Avery Bradley will stage his first pro-am basketball tournament this weekend at Mount Tahoma High.

But Bradley, who starred at Bellarmine Prep and now plays for the Boston Celtics, won’t be able to play because he’s recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in the NBA playoffs. Bradley will coach a team and be on hand to sign autographs and take photos, said Darnell Williams, who is coordinating the pro-am and is a longtime friend of Bradley’s.

Tacoma’s Isaiah Thomas and Seattle’s Jamal Crawford are expected to play, while Federal Way’s Jason Terry and Tacoma’s Abdul Gaddy will be in attendance. Williams said other “name” players could show up, too.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Williams said.
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Bellarmine, Seattle Prep, Interlake headline winners of 2011-12 All-Sports Championships

The points have been tallied and the winners in The News Tribune’s 24th annual All-Sports Championships are Bellarmine Prep, Seattle Prep, Interlake, Colville, Waitsburg-Prescott and Almira/Coulee-Hartline.

Click here to read the story and below you’ll find the scores for schools in all classifications.

The All-Sports Championship was a first-of-its-kind tabulation in Washington when it debuted at the conclusion of the 1987-88 school year. It differs from the WIAA’s Scholastic Cup in that it predates it by more than a decade and only on-the-field success is measured, while the Scholastic Cup factors in academics and sportsmanship.


Bellarmine Prep 287.3 points
Lions claimed only one state title (girls golf), but depth allows them to repeat as 4A champions and win fifth all-sports crown

Central Valley 229.3
Runner-up finishes in boys, girls hoops carried the Bears from Spokane

Kentwood 229
Conquerors won baseball title, were second in volleyball and third in girls track and golf

Skyview 208
Girls basketball and boys soccer champs also took second in football

Union 193
Titans scored points in 11 sports, led by boys basketball, tennis and wrestling

The rest: Tahoma 184.3, Skyline 182.8, Mead 162.8, Gig Harbor 158, Richland 154.8, Jackson 148, Newport 144, Woodinville 140.5, Federal Way 136, Puyallup 136, Curtis 135, Issaquah 117, Kamiak 114, Olympia 114, Lake Stevens 112.5, Mount Rainier 102, Read more »


Volleyball: Bellarmine Prep’s Schwan named to U.S. Youth National Team

Bellarmine Prep junior-to-be Courtney Schwan was named to the U.S. Youth National Volleyball Team this week.

Schwan competed for a spot on the team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., last week. The youth national team will compete at the NORCECA Girls’ Youth Continental Championships in June at the Dominican Republic.

Here’s a press release on the youth national team.


Bellarmine Prep’s Schwan picked for USA Volleyball’s Youth National Training Team

Courtney Schwan, a Bellarmine Prep sophomore, has been selected to the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Training Team roster. Schwan is one of 24 players from across the country picked to play on the team, and the only representative from Washington.

Schwan was the TNT’s All-Area Volleyball Player of the Year in the fall.