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Tag: Bi-District


3A bi-district track: Lakes’ Izaic Yorks runs the fastest 1,600 meters in state history

Staff writer

About halfway down the home stretch, Lakes High’s Izaic Yorks came face-to-face with his most nerve-racking track-and-field foe.

The stopwatch ticker.

As it counted off seconds, Yorks furiously pumped his arms and kept sprinting – his face straining with will.

After he crossed the finish line, Yorks had a bit of Washington state high school history in the 1,600-meter run, completing the four laps in 4 minutes, 4 seconds.

Not only was it an all-time best mark in the state, he wrested away the 2012 national lead from a fellow Pierce County runner – White River’s Marcus Dickson (4:05.83).
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4A bi-district track recap

Going into the discus competition at the Class 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District track and field meet, Albert Havili knew he’d probably have to uncork his best throw of the season to win.

Even so, Havili wasn’t sure his best would be good enough to beat Mount Tahoma High’s Phoung Truong Saturday at Mount Tahoma Stadium. Truong entered as the top seed with a throw that had traveled nearly 12 feet farther than Havili’s best.

“I came in as the second seed and knew I’d have to PR to have a chance to win,” Havili said.

On his first throw of the finals, the Federal Way High junior surprised even himself, launching the discus 178 feet, 7 inches – 11 feet better than his best mark this season.

“It felt pretty good when I let go of it,” Havili said. “I was just hoping to hit 170 today. Now I want to go 180.”
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Track & Field: Recap of 4A, 3A, 2A WCD meets

I’m covering the 4A and 3A West Central/Southwest bi-district track and field meets today and Saturday. I don’t have time to post the results of every event as they happen, but I’ll post some updates throughout the day. You can also follow me on Twitter at @DougPaceyTNT for instant updates.

Here’s a link to the meet schedule.

Click here for first-day results.

Story from 4A bi-district meet

Story from 3A bi-district meet

Story from 2A district meet


Baseball: Roundup of first-round district tournament action

Here’s a look at what happened in the first round of the baseball bi-district tournaments on Tuesday. Links to updated brackets are included, too.

Class 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District
Tahoma stunned Narrows League champion Olympia 8-7, and here’s a photo gallery from the game, too.

Kentwood routed Gig Harbor 11-0 in five innings.

In other games, Beamer ended the 11-game winning streak of GSHL champion Skyview, beating the Storm 6-0. Titans pitcher Matt Bower struck out 10 and walked one, while Lawyer Braun went 4-for-4 with a triple and two doubles. … Puyallup beat South Kitsap and will meet Kentwood in the semifinals in a rematch of the SPSL title game. … Stadium, Rogers, Auburn Riverside and Kentridge won loser-out games.
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Baseball: West Central District tournament brackets

The official West Central District baseball tournament brackets have not been updated here, but here’s what they’ll look like.

The tournaments begin Tuesday at various sites.

4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District Tournament
First Round, Tuesday
At Russell Road

Game 1: Stadium vs. Emerald Ridge, 7 p.m. (loser out)
Game 3: Graham-Kapowsin vs. Rogers, 4 p.m. (loser out)
At Propstra
Game 2: Beamer vs. GSHL No. 1, 5 p.m.
At Curtis HS
Game 4: Tahoma vs. Olympia, 4 p.m.
At Heritage Park
Game 5: GSHL No. 2 vs. Auburn Riverside, 4 p.m. (loser out)
Game 6: Kentwood vs. Gig Harbor, 7 p.m.
At Kent Memorial
Game 7: Kentlake-GHSL No. 3 vs. Kentridge, 4 p.m. (loser out)
Game 8: South Kitsap vs. Puyallup, 7 p.m.
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4A Bi-District Basketball: Curtis boys, Mount Rainier girls claim crowns

Up until the end of January, Curtis High coach Tim Kelly thought repeating as bi-district boys basketball champions was out of reach.

“We hadn’t shown signs we were capable of doing that until the last few weeks,” Kelly said.

Kelly reasoned that the Vikings had been banged up – three players missed significant chunks of the season – and the team is just now returning to full strength.

“We’d been using patchwork lineups and haven’t had time to gel as a full group,” he said. “We’re just getting to that.”

The timing could not be better.

Curtis held off eighth-ranked Olympia 37-36 in the finals of the Class 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District tournament Monday at Kent’s ShoWare Center, capturing a second straight bi-district crown.

The Vikings (20-6) are one of the hottest teams in the state, reeling off wins against No. 5 Union, No. 2 Bellarmine Prep and Olympia in the tourney. Curtis is doing it with defense.
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3A Bi-District Basketball: Wilson boys, girls fall in finals

The win streak is over, but Wilson High’s season will continue.

Kennedy Catholic toppled the fourth-ranked Rams 65-62 in the finals of the Class 3A West Central/Southwest Bi-District boys basketball tournament Monday at Kent’s ShoWare Center.

“Maybe I jinxed it by saying something to the kids,” said Wilson coach Dave Alwert.

Or maybe Wilson (20-3) ran into an equally hot team in the Lancers, who ran the Tacoma gauntlet of Foss, Lincoln and Wilson in their past three games to the first bi-district title.

Kennedy (20-3) jumped out to a 21-12 lead in the first quarter. Star forward Mitch Penner scored at will, easily clearing offensive rebounds and getting put-backs. Penner finished with 31 points and 14 rebounds.
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