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Tag: Bethel


Basketball: SPSL South boys, girls preview capsules


1. Curtis (23-6)
2. Federal Way (14-10)
3. Spanaway Lake (7-13)
4. Beamer (6-13)
5. Puyallup (21-9)
6. Emerald Ridge (2-18)
7. Bethel (10-13)
8. Rogers (17-8)
9. Graham-Kapowsin (1-18)
*2010-11 records

F Darius Johnson-Wilson 6-6 Sr. Curtis
Played a key role in Vikings reaching state finals last season

G D’Londo Tucker 5-11 Jr. Federal Way
Lightning-quick guard leads an attack that will push the tempo

F Braxton Tucker 6-4 Jr. Spanaway Lake
Double-double machine will emerge as one of league’s standout players

W Thomas Rhodes 6-3 Sr. Beamer
He’ll have more games with double-doubles than not

G Dom Jordan 5-9 Jr. Curtis
Experienced point guard can distribute ball and score when needed

The SPSL South is wide open this season. Want proof? None of the players selected to last year’s all-league first- or second-team return. Unlike in past seasons when there’s been a clear-cut frontrunner, expect a wild season filled with teams beating up on each other. Read more »


Football: No. 2 Woodinville defeats Bethel 37-7

By Curtis Crabtree
Contributing Writer

Bothell – The Bethel Braves ran into a buzzsaw Saturday night in the form of Alec Schwend and the second-ranked Woodinville Falcons.

The cold and misty conditions at Pop Keeney Stadium kept Woodinville’s passing game in check, but Bethel (8-3) couldn’t find a way to slow down Schwend.

Schwend carried the ball 18 times for 178 yards and a touchdown as Woodinville (11-0) defeated Bethel 37-7 in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

Bethel took a lead early in the first quarter when Justin Hordyk connected with Jordan Ramirez for a 74-yard touchdown. Ramirez got behind the Falcons’ defense and broke a handful of tackles on his way to the endzone to give Bethel a 7-3 lead.
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Football: Recapping the first round of the state playoffs

Well, that was fun. Let’s do it again Saturday.

The first night of the first round of the football state playoffs produced upsets – who foresaw defending 2A champion and second-ranked Tumwater going down 41-6? – a super-human performance – Interlake’s Jordan Todd rushed for 432 yards in a 49-41 win at Franklin Pierce – and the game everyone wants to see – Bellevue vs. Lakes.

And we’ve still got half the first-round schedule left for Saturday.

Here’s a brief recap of Friday night’s happenings:

Central Valley dumped defending state champion and third-ranked Ferris 23-7. There’s goes my pick to win the state title in 4A.

The Greater St. Helens League beat up on the SPSL North, with No. 9 Skyview defeating Kentwood 34-7 and Union handing No. 10 Kentlake its first loss, 31-7.

No. 2 Lakes beat Mountain View 28-0 and No .1 Bellevue easily handled Eastside Catholic 42-0, setting up an epic showdown between the two Class 3A superpowers. The game will be played 7:30 p.m. Friday at Harry E. Lang Stadium in Lakewood. Read my story on Lakes’ win for more information.
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Football: Playoff Game Preview Capsules


Bethel at No. 2 Woodinville (10-0), 7 p.m. Saturday at Pop Keeney Stadium

Lowdown: There’s no disputing Woodinville’s defense is fantastic. Only once have the Falcons allowed more than 14 points in a game. It’s fair to say that Woodinville hasn’t yet seen an offense of Bethel’s caliber. The Braves average nearly 500 yards per game and have been held under 40 points just twice. Bethel can score in bunches, but can its defense hold Woodinville in check? QB Brett Arrivey is poised and RB Alec Schwend is good for at least 100 yards per game. If you’re looking for an upset this weekend, this could be the game.

TNT pick: Woodinville 21, Bethel 20

Edmonds-Woodway (6-4) at No. 1 Bellarmine Prep (10-0), 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Tahoma Stadium

Lowdown: Good news for Bellarmine Prep: the Lions could welcome back RB/DB Isaiah Flynn, who’s missed the past four games with a knee strain, and RB/ILB Joe Lovejoy, who sat out last week with a knee injury. Flynn adds an explosive element to Bellarmine Prep’s rushing attack and Lovejoy is the heart of the Lions’ stout defense. After a miserable 0-3 start to the season, Edmonds-Woodway has been on fire, winning six of seven games – the only misstep a 35-31 loss to No. 8 Lake Stevens.

TNT pick: Bellarmine Prep 34, Edmonds-Woodway 17
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Football: Bethel’s defense holds in 24-22 win over Bothell

Contributing Writer

On the positive end of several offensive shootouts, the Bethel Braves had failed to score less than 40 points in a game just once this season.

But the Braves showed Friday night they have the ability to win tighter, lower-scoring affairs as well.

Quarterback Justin Hordyk passed for one touchdown and rushed for a couple more, and the Braves’ defense held off Bothell’s late surge as Bethel held on for a 24-22 victory in a Class 4A preliminary round playoff game at Art Crate Field.

Bethel (8-2) moves on to play the winner of tonight’s Curtis-Woodinville game on the road.

“We knew we had to put in four quarters to get it done against them,” Bethel coach Gavin Kralik said. “I thought it might be a little more high scoring than this but our defense played great. People have underestimated our defense all year but they came up big tonight, as they have many times throughout the year.”
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Football: Playoff Preview Capsules


Bothell (6-3) at Bethel (7-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday
Something’s got to give. Bethel has been held to fewer than 40 points just once this season – sixth-ranked Federal Way clipped the Braves 28-26 in Week 5 – while no team has scored more than 30 on Bothell. The Cougars have had success against the SPSL South in the postseason the past three years, winning all three of those games, including a 41-7 thrashing of Bethel in 2008. These Braves are much more potent. QB Justin Hordyk is a run-pass threat, compiling 2,558 yards of total offense (1,671 passing and 887 rushing). Bethel has a knack for forcing turnovers, posting a turnover ratio of plus-10 and that could be the difference against a tough Bothell squad.
TNT pick: Bethel 41, Bothell 34

Graham-Kapowsin (5-4) at No. 1 Bellarmine Prep (9-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Mount Tahoma
The Lions could be shorthanded tonight, playing without RB/DB Isaiah Flynn and RB/LB Joe Lovejoy. Flynn returned to practice this week after missing the previous three games with a knee strain, while Lovejoy left last week’s 27-20 win over Gig Harbor with a leg injury. Sophomore RB Lou Millie should see a larger role if Flynn and Lovejoy can’t play. Lions coach Tom Larsen says the Eagles “look more like a No. 2 seed than a No. 4 seed,” pointing out that they’ve won five of their past six games.
TNT pick: Bellarmine Prep 34, Graham-Kapowsin 19
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Football Roundup: Peninsula clinches home playoff game, Sumner freshman throws 6 TDs, plus more results

Home state play-in games in early November are starting to become the norm around Peninsula High School.

The seventh-ranked Seahawks assured themselves of another one – their third in the past four seasons – after routing Decatur, 48-3, at Roy Anderson Field in Purdy.

It appears after Peninsula finishes up the regular season next week at Enumclaw, a likely playoff game against Mount Si, the KingCo 3A’s third seed, will happen in the 10th week.

“That is huge for us,” Peninsula coach Ross Filkins said “We love playing at Roy Anderson Field. It will be big for our seniors to play there one more time. We were locked on that tonight.”
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Football: Bethel tops Puyallup 73-56 (yes, that score is correct)

As Bethel High coach Gavin Kralik finished compiling all the statistics from his wild South Puget Sound League South Division game against Puyallup – the two schools combined for a ridiculous 1,208 total yards – he looked over in his office, and his son was already snoozing

Imagine how Kralik’s quarterback, Justin Hordyk felt afterward.

As if Hordyk had not been the exemplary leader of the team up to this critical point Friday night – the winner would all but grab the SPSL South’s No. 2 spot behind Federal Way – the quarterback did it all in the Braves’ 73-56 victory over Puyallup at Art Crate Field.

Hordyk passed for 222 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for 204 yards. And when one of the Braves’ starting defensive backs came up hobbled late in the first half, it was the senior who went out and played cornerback – and had two interceptions.

“And he was homecoming king tonight,” Kralik said.
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