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Tag: Bellevue


Wilson girls 51, Bellevue 30 for 3A third place

By Leah Traxel

Once the battle for third place was over – a Wilson 51-30 victory over Bellevue in the Class 3A girls’ state championships – Rams’ post player Tia Briggs summed up the win-after-a-tough-loss experience in one word.

“Bittersweet,” she said.

The fourth-ranked Rams were fiery, not flat Saturday in steamrolling the upstart Wolverines, who knocked off No. 1 Prairie in the 3A regional tournament last weekend.

On Friday, Wilson lost a 10-point lead in the second half to eventual 3A runner-up Seattle Prep, only to think it tied the game at the end of regulation on Bethany Montgomery’s

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Cleveland girls 52, Bellevue 43 in 3A semifinal

By Todd Milles

Second-ranked trailed heading into the final quarter, but pulled out of it going on a 6-0 run in the first 65 seconds to take the lead for good – and a 52-43 victory over third-ranked Bellevue in the Class 3A girls’ basketball semifinals at the Tacoma Dome on Friday night.

Alexia Mefi’s fastbreak lay-up capped a 6-0 run that gave Cleveland a 40-37 lead with 6:55 to go.

And Makala Roper’s 3-pointer was the dagger, extending the Eagles’ lead to 48-41 at the 3:03 mark. Roper finished with a team-high 14 points.

“We had to figure it

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Reminder of LIVE CHAT tonight from Peninsula-Bellevue quarterfinal

Hey folks! Headed up to Bellevue in a couple hours, and wanted to pass along a reminder than Peninsula Gateway sportswriter Neil Pierson and myself will hold a Live Chat starting at 6 p.m. PDT on-site from Bellevue High School.

Pierson has covered Peninsula the entire season, and can answer any team-related questions.

I can sit there and crack jokes – or give a statewide perspective of things.

Should be fun. Live chat will go as long as interest exists. Tune back in here later.


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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Football: Is Butch Goncharoff leaving Bellevue? (UPDATE)

UPDATE (3:30 p.m. Tuesday): Bellevue High football coach Butch Goncharoff has submitted an application for the head football coaching vacancy at Orange Lutheran High in California, according to Los Angeles Times reporter Eric Sondheimer.

Orange Lutheran has received more than 50 applicants for the position, so it’s not a sure thing that Goncharoff will get the job. But I’d expect he’d get serious consideration. What he’s done at Bellevue is remarkable — nine state titles in 11 years — and ending De La Salle’s 151-game winning streak is a major boost to his credibility in California.

I’m not sure what else there is for Goncharoff to achieve in Washington. He’s won nine state titles and turned Bellevue into a nationally-known program. Bellevue is so well-regarded that it’s possible that Euless Trinity, one of the top programs in Texas, will travel to Seattle next season.

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Football: Championship game preview capsules, picks


No. 1 Bellevue (13-0) vs. No. 3 O’Dea (13-0), 7:30 p.m.

Lowdown: All the stands in the way of a fourth straight state championship for Bellevue is the last team that beat the Wolverines in the state playoffs. O’Dea’s ball-control offense grinded out a 21-13 win over No. 5 Camas in the semifinals. The Irish held the ball for 13 of the final 14 minutes of the game. If O’Dea can exert its will along the line of scrimmage against Bellevue, get some big plays from running backs Jayshawn Jordan and Jomari Brooks and a couple long kickoff or punt returns from Tatum Taylor, the Irish will push Bellevue to the limit. That’s easier said than done. Bellevue has already knocked off the second- and fourth-ranked teams in the state (Lakes and Kamiakin), holding them to a combined 24 points, and is intent on claiming its 10th state title. Stopping the Wolverines isn’t easy. QB Tyler Hasty and running backs Ari Morales, Myles Jack, John Nguyen, Joey Moore and Andy Bouleware have all had big games this season.

TNT Pick: Bellevue 27, O’Dea 17
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No. 1 Bellevue vs. No. 2 Lakes: Webcast and Live Chat

Update: Bellevue defeated Lakes 35-14. Here’s thegame story.

Join TNT sports reporter Todd Milles and myself for a live chat during the Bellevue-Lakes game. We’ll get started at 7 p.m. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. You can also watch a live webcast of the game. I’ve embedded the viewer here in the blog, so you should be able to watch live and chat along with us about the game.

Big thanks to

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Football: All you need to know about No. 1 Bellevue vs. No. 2 Lakes

In Friday’s paper, I wrote story headlined “How to beat Bellevue.” I spoke with three coaches — Skyline’s Mat Taylor, Liberty’s Steve Valach and Ferndale’s Jamie Plenkovich — with experience facing the Wolverines. It’s an interesting read, and different from most game previews.

Here’s a link to the game preview capsule.

For those of you going to the game tonight — it kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Harry E. Lang Stadium in Lakewood — I’d suggest arriving earlier than usual. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m.

If you can’t make it to the stadium, but want

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