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Tag: Bellarmine Prep

May
19th

4A soccer: Bellarmine tops Puyallup, advances to state semifinals

BY TYLER HEMSTREET
Contributing Writer

Nursing a 1-0 lead with two minutes to go until halftime, Bellarmine Prep boys soccer coach Joe Waters was making plans to talk about a conservative game plan for his team in the second half of its Class 4A state quarterfinal game against Puyallup.

His players had other ideas. They wanted to stay aggressive.

And Cooper Doxon’s goal in the 38th minute hammered the point home.

The Lions took advantage of the halftime lead and added two more goals in the second half, running away with a 4-1 quarterfinal win over the Vikings Saturday night at Harry Lang Stadium.

Bellarmine (14-1-2) will play Narrows League 4A champion Central Kitsap at 7 p.m. Friday in the state semifinals at Sparks Stadium. It will be the Lions’ seventh semifinal appearance under Waters.
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May
3rd

Boys Basketball: Bellarmine Prep’s Meikle commits to Gonzaga

I’m a little late on reporting Lucas Meikle giving an oral commitment to Gonzaga. News broke during my three-day moving odyssey last weekend. And I get no cell signal at my new place — how do you have a dead spot in Fircrest, AT&T — which mostly left me cut off from the world for a few days.

Anyway, here’s more on Meikle:

Bellarmine Prep forward Lucas Meikle has orally committed to Gonzaga.

Lucas Meikle’s breakthrough junior season at Bellarmine Prep provided a springboard to a full-ride scholarship to Gonzaga University.

Meikle, a 6-foot-8 forward, committed to the Bulldogs last week, a few days after visiting the campus and was offered a scholarship.
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April
16th

Football: Bellarmine Prep QB Sefo Liufau commits to Colorado

Sefo Liufau
Bellarmine Prep quarterback Sefo Liufau throws a pass against Wilson during the 2011 season. Photo credit: The News Tribune

Colorado was comfortable.

A few days after visiting the University of Colorado last week, Bellarmine Prep quarterback Sefo Liufau orally committed to the Buffaloes.

“When my dad and I visited,” Liufau said, “they made us feel comfortable. It was a good fit.”

The 6-foot-4 and 220-pound junior committed to Colorado on Friday. Liufau, rated by most scouting services as a four-star recruit, said he enjoyed the time he spent with CU coaches and was impressed by what he perceived as a family atmosphere.
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March
3rd

Class 4A boys: Union tops Bellarmine Prep in consolation finals

Spent from playing a physically and emotionally draining semifinal contest less than 24 hours prior, Bellarmine Prep fell to Union 62-51 in the consolation finals of the Class 4A boys basketball state tournament Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.

“It’s tough, but I was real proud of our guys,” Lions coach Bernie Salazar said. “We played hard.”

Bellarmine Prep (24-5) claimed fifth place.

The seventh-ranked Lions lost junior Lucas Meikle, an all-league forward, two minutes into the game when his forehead smacked the court. The blow left Meikle with stitches and a concussion, Salazar said.
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March
3rd

Basketball: 4A, 3A consolation trophy game recaps

4A BOYS

No. 8 Mount Rainier 66, No. 3 Garfield 63: The Rams balanced offense overcame Garfield’s two-man attack in the fourth-/sixth-place consolation game.

Four Mount Rainier players, led by Caden Rowland’s 17 point effort, scored in double figures. Malik Rodgers had 14 points, Adrian Davis added 13 and Dwane Clay chipped in 10 for the Rams (20-11), who outscored the Bulldogs 18-10 in the fourth quarter.

A pair of junior wings powered Garfield (20-7). Tucker Haymond scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Trevaunte Williams totaled

3A BOYS

No. 7 University 63, No. 1 Kamiakin 50: Paced by

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March
1st

Class 4A boys: No. 7 Bellarmine Prep 66, No. 8 Mount Rainier 50

Isaiah Flynn scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half and helped the Lions pull away from the Rams.

“Just the way the game was flowing,” said Flynn, who keyed a 10-2 run that turned a two-point lead into a 52-42 advantage early in the fourth quarter.

Bellarmine Prep forwards Sefo Liufau and Lucas Meikle terrorized Mount Rainier in the paint. Liufau totaled 20 points, 22 rebounds and a team-high six assists, and Meikle finished with 17 points and nine rebounds.

The Lions out-rebounded the Rams 39-19.
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Feb.
28th

Boys Basketball: Class 4A state tournament capsules

STARTING FIVE
G Zach LaVine, Bothell, Jr., 6-3

Electrifying underclassman might be best player in the state

G Tucker Haymond, Garfield, Jr., 6-5
KingCo 4A MVP averages 22 points, 10 rebounds per game

F Sefo Liufau, Bellarmine Prep, Jr., 6-4
All-around player can score, rebound, pass and block shots

G/F Jason Todd, Jackson, Soph., 6-5
Tourney will be his coming out party as one of the state’s best

G David Trimble, Davis, Sr., 6-2
Lightning quick 3-time league MVP has Pirates eyeing the title

POWER RANKINGS
1. Yakima Davis (20-2)

Making their third straight trip to state, the Pirates are primed to make a run at what would be their first championship since 1965. Davis’ losses have been to 3A No. 1 Kamiakin and Post Falls, the second-ranked Class 5A team in Idaho. With no players taller than 6-foot-4, the Pirates push the ball on offense and apply pressure on defense. Davis is balanced, with guards David Trimble and Raymond Navarro and forward Devonte Luckett averaging double-figures in scoring, and guard Cooper Kupp and Levonte Allen aren’t far behind.
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Feb.
24th

4A regional: Liufau leads Bellarmine Prep to 75-54 win over Snohomish

The Sefo Liufau Show was playing Friday night at Kent-Meridian High as Bellarmine Prep clinched a berth to the state tournament with a 75-54 victory over Snohomish in a Class 4A regional contest.

Liufau, a 6-foot-4 junior forward, picked apart the Snohomish defense for 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting. He also grabbed 12 rebounds and had noturnovers.

Beyond what can be seen on a stat sheet, Liufau displayed great leadership and impeccable decision-making abilities, often finding the open lane for an easy two points or kicking it out to an open teammate.

“He’s pretty clutch and had a

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