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Tag: Boys Basketball


Boys Basketball: Lakes coach JoJo Rodriguez resigns

JoJo Rodriguez at a Lakes High boys basketball practice. (TNT file photo)

JoJo Rodriguez resurrected the boys basketball program at Lakes High when he took it over in 2006.

Now, the Lancers must find a new head coach to lead the team after Rodriguez resigned.

Lakes will post the position “in the next week or so,” said Kim Prentice, community relations director for the Clover Park School District.

The district also has an opening for a girls basketball coach at Clover Park High.
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Boys Basketball: Tahoma, Kentwood fill head coaching vacancies

Brian Davis and Blake Solomon shared a sideline for the past two seasons, coaching boys basketball at Kentwood High.

Next winter, Davis and Solomon will go head-to-head, at least twice a season, as adversaries.

Davis, who resigned as Kentwood’s head coach earlier in March, has accepted the head coaching position at Tahoma and Solomon, an assistant to Davis for the past two seasons, has been named head coach at Kentwood.

Both hires can become official when approved by their respective school boards.
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Boys Basketball: AP all-state teams


All-Classification state player of the year: David Trimble, sr., Davis.

Class 4A

Player of the year: David Trimble, sr., Davis.

First Team
David Trimble; Jordan Chatman, sr., Union; Zach LaVine, jr., Bothell; Luke Hamlin, sr., Snohomish; Darius Johnson-Wilson, sr., Curtis.

Honorable Mention
Jason Todd, soph., Jackson; Devonte Luckett, sr., Davis; Caleb Dressler, sr., Evergreen.
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Boys Basketball: TNT’s All-State Team

The News Tribune’s all-classification All-State Boys Basketball Team

Player of the Year

G David Trimble, Davis, 6-2, Sr.
One of the most complete players in the state, Trimble devastated opponents with his passing, tenacious defense and timely shooting. Consider the point guard’s averages at the Class 4A state tournament: 11.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 3.0 steals and 1.0 block per game. Trimble was at his best in the finals when he sniffed a triple-double, totaling 10 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and five steals in a 54-44 win over second-ranked Central Valley. A three-time league MVP, Trimble is considering offers to play basketball or football in college.

Coach of the Year

Eli Juarez, Davis
Kept Pirates, the preseason No. 1-ranked team, focused throughout season, capping it with first state championship since 1965

First Team

G Anrio Adams, Rainier Beach, 6-3, Sr.
Kansas recruit helped Vikings win 3A state championship

G Ahmaad Rorie, Clover Park, 6-0, Soph.
Best days are still ahead for scoring machine; has offer from Cal
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Basketbal: TNT’s All-Area boys, girls teams

The News Tribune’s All-Area boys and girls basketball teams ran in Sunday’s newspaper.

Clover Park sophomore guard Ahmaad Rorie was the boys player of the year selection. You can read the story and see the rest of the team here.

Mount Rainier sophomore guard Brittany McPhee was the girls player of the year selection. You can read the story and see the rest of the team here.

We also covered the boys all-state games at Curtis High on Saturday. Click here for the story.


Boys Basketball: Kentwood coach Brian Davis resigns

For two seasons Brian Davis enjoyed coaching at Kentwood High, leading a boys basketball program he calls one of the premier in the state.

But the need for a full-time job forced him to resign from Kentwood.

“The best thing for my wife and I is for me to have a job,” said Davis, 31. “I need a job and with the situation at Kentwood, I wasn’t going to have one.”

Davis, who has a degree from Western Washington University and is certified to teach in Washington, was not able to land a full-time teaching position in the Kent School District. He has served as a substitute teacher, but the work has been “spotty,” he said.

On Wednesday, Davis submitted his resignation to Kentwood’s principal and athletic director. Later in the afternoon, he met with his former players and told them his reasons for leaving were basic.
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