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Tag: Cascade Christian


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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Basketball: 2A, 1A consolation game recaps

Clover Park 69, Pullman 48 (fourth/sixth): Sophomore guard Ahmaad Rorie scored a game-high 28 point and the Warriors claimed fourth place.

In three games at the SunDome, Rorie totaled 101 points, including a career-best 46 points in Friday’s consolation win over Ellensburg. The tournament record for most points is 118 set in 2002 by Lynden Christian’s Paul Hafford, who had four games to reach his total. Rorie tallied 101 points in three games.

Clover Park shot a blistering 61 percent in the first half on its way to a 46-20 halftime lead. Xavier Means added 20 points for the Warriors.
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Boys Basketball roundup: Mount Rainier, Cascade Christian win; Kentwood, Foss fall

No. 8 Mount Rainier 82, Issaquah 72: Adrian Davis poured in 20 points and Malik Rogers scored 17 at Juanita High, leading the Rams to the state tournament.

Mount Rainier surged to a 19-8 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Caden Rowland added 11 points for the Rams.

Mount Rainier, which was reclassified as a 4A school two years ago, will make its first appearance at the 4A state tournament since 1977. The Rams qualified for the 3A tourney in 2010.

No. 3 Garfield 63, No. 10 Kentwood 59: The Bulldogs ended the Conquerors quest to reach the state tournament for the third year in a row.

No. 1 Kamiakin 58, Foss 54:
The Falcons nearly pulled off what would have been the biggest upset of the regional round, but fell to the Braves at Richland High.
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Basketball: Nisqually boys, girl basketball preview capsules


1. Life Christian (15-6)
2. Vashon (17-10)
3. Cascade Christian (25-2)
4. Seattle Christian (11-10)
5. Chimacum (5-15)
6. Orting (6-15)
7. Charles Wright (6-14)
*2010-11 records

G Jordan King 6-1 Sr. Life Christian
Father is former NBA player, current coach of WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury Corey Gaines

F Karson Kuehner 6-3 Jr. Life Christian
Great athlete can make plays on offense and defense

P Shawn Spencer 6-9 Jr. Cascade Christian
Constantly improving, no player in the league can match his size

F Beau Iverson 6-8 Jr. Charles Wright Academy
All-league football player has emerged as a force in the paint

G Richard Jensen 6-1 Sr. Seattle Christian
Second-team all-league player started season off with a bang, scoring 18 in a win over Steilacoom

A team from the Nisqually League has claimed the Class 1A state championship in each of the past four seasons. If that streak continues, it’s anyone’s guess as to what team will emerge. Most teams are searching for new leaders – 16 of the league’s top 20 scorers graduated. Read more »


Class 1A finals: Connell defeats Cascade Christian 28-7

Moment’s before Connell High’s Matt Hadley dashed off to celebrate the Class 1A football state championship with teammates, Cascade Christian coach Randy Davis embraced the senior and paid him the ultimate compliment.

“I told him,” Davis said, “I’m glad he’s graduating.”

The soon-to-be three-time 1A football state player of the year rushed for 168 yards and three touchdowns, lifting the third-ranked Eagles to a 28-7 victory the state finals Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.

Davis and the fifth-ranked Cougars were plenty familiar with Hadley and Connell – they’ve met in the finals the past three seasons. The Eagles won in 2009 and Cascade Christian evened the score last fall, winning 42-35.
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Football Finals: Results, plus Class 1A live chat at 1 p.m. Saturday

I’ll be at the Tacoma Dome on Friday and Saturday for the football state championships. We’ll run a live chat during the Class 1A final, pairing Cascade Christian and Connell. The chat will start around 12:55 p.m. on Saturday.

Friday’s Games
Class 1B: Neah Bay 36, Almira/Coulee-Hartline 28 – Game Story

Class 3A: Bellevue 35, O’Dea 16 – Game Story

Saturday’s Games
Class 2A: Lynden 17, Archbishop Murphy 16 – Game Story

Class 1A: Connell 28, Cascade Christian 7 – Final
Preview Story

Class 2B: Morton/White Pass vs. Waitsburg-Prescott, 4 p.m.

Class 4A:

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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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1A Football Semifinal: Cascade Christian beats Montesano in triple-OT

By Tyler Hemstreet
Contributing writer

With a fourth straight appearance in the Class 1A football state finals on the line, Cascade Christian coach Randy Davis knew exactly who to turn to.

After all, the Cougars don’t call Jake Archer “Mr. Clutch” for nothing.

The senior receiver hauled in a pass from quarterback Jaelin Goldsmith on a two-point conversion to lift the fifth-ranked Cougars to a thrilling 29-28 victory in triple-overtime over second-ranked Montesano in the semifinals Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.

Cascade Christian (10-2) will play No. 2 Connell for the third year in a row in the title game, set for 1 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Tacoma Dome. Cascade Christian defeated the Eagles last season, while Connell won in 2009.

“On that last play, I told Jaelin if Jake is even close to being open, you get it to him,” Davis said.

Archer went in motion before the snap and settled near the center of the end zone. Rolling to his right, Goldsmith floated in a near-perfect pass.
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