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Tag: Central Valley

Feb.
28th

Jackson boys 55, Central Valley (Spokane) 47 in Class 4A quarterfinals

By Eric D. Williams

Jackson’s undefeated record may have been weighing on the Timber Wolves, but the got past Central Valley of Spokane 55-47 to advance and face Arlington for the third time this season in the Class 4A boys quarterfinals.

Jackson trailed 15-6 at one point early in the game, but rallied to take a 26-25 lead at halftime.

No. 2 Jackson (25-0) nudged ahead of the No. 4 Bears (22-3) in a tightly contested game on a long three pointer by Dan Kingma on the wing that beat the buzzer, giving the Timber Wolves a 37-33 at the

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March
2nd

Class 4A boys: No. 2 Central Valley 52, Union 51

The Bears’ withstood Jordan Chatman’s 29 points and miraculous full-court 3-pointer and escaped with the semifinal victory.

Central Valley (22-3) will play for the state finals for the first time since its lost the 4A title game to Franklin in 2006.

“This was the goal from the beginning,” said guard Gaven Deyarmin, who led the Bears with 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds. “Get to the finals”

Central Valley’s win was overshadowed by Chatman’s one-in-a-million shot at the end of the game.

After Deyarmin missed a free throw with a half second left the ball dropped into Chatman’s hands

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March
1st

Class 4A boys: No. 2 Central Valley 53, No. 3 Garfield 52

Garret Sawyer’s momentum-turning four-point play with less than two minutes left gave the Bears the lead for good.

Trailing 48-46, Sawyer was fouled when he knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1:33 remaining. He made the free throw and teammate Anthony Brommer added to the Spokane school’s lead when he scored a laying after a Garfield turnover.

Gaven Deyarmin led Central Valley with 14 points and seven rebounds. Sawyer scored 10 points. Four other players totaled at least five points,

Central Valley is in the semifinals for the first time since 2006 when it reached

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March
1st

Class 4A girls: Central Valley 62, Eastlake 48

In the first few minutes, Bears’ coach Freddie Rehkow noticed awestruck post player Madison Hovren wandering a bit, looking up at the ceiling of the Tacoma Dome.

Rehkow yelled, “Move!”

It did not take long for the ninth grader to get her head back in the game, and acclimated to the big stage. She scored 18 points, matched only by teammate Brooke Gallaway as the fourth-ranked Bears cruised to their ninth semifinal in school history.

The Wolves made comebacks in spurts, mainly off their fullcourt zone pressure. And needing one more to get back into the game, they appeared to

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Feb.
28th

Boys Basketball: Class 4A state tournament capsules

STARTING FIVE
G Zach LaVine, Bothell, Jr., 6-3

Electrifying underclassman might be best player in the state

G Tucker Haymond, Garfield, Jr., 6-5
KingCo 4A MVP averages 22 points, 10 rebounds per game

F Sefo Liufau, Bellarmine Prep, Jr., 6-4
All-around player can score, rebound, pass and block shots

G/F Jason Todd, Jackson, Soph., 6-5
Tourney will be his coming out party as one of the state’s best

G David Trimble, Davis, Sr., 6-2
Lightning quick 3-time league MVP has Pirates eyeing the title

POWER RANKINGS
1. Yakima Davis (20-2)

Making their third straight trip to state, the Pirates are primed to make a run at what would be their first championship since 1965. Davis’ losses have been to 3A No. 1 Kamiakin and Post Falls, the second-ranked Class 5A team in Idaho. With no players taller than 6-foot-4, the Pirates push the ball on offense and apply pressure on defense. Davis is balanced, with guards David Trimble and Raymond Navarro and forward Devonte Luckett averaging double-figures in scoring, and guard Cooper Kupp and Levonte Allen aren’t far behind.
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Feb.
28th

Girls Basketball: Class 4A State Tournament Capsules

STARTING FIVE
G/F Brooke Gallaway, Central Valley, Sr., 5-10

Can fill it up fast, averaging 17.1 points per game

F Kristin Stoffel, Jackson, Sr., 6-0
Seattle U-signee averages 16 points, 8 rebounds

F Brittany McPhee, Mount Rainier, Soph., 5-11
SPSL North MVP on her way to stardom

C Ali Forde, Woodinville, Sr., 6-1
KingCo MVP will play volleyball, hoops at Idaho

G/F Brooke Bowen, Skyview, Sr., 5-10
Co-MVP of GSHL can score, board and pass

POWER RANKINGS

1. Mount Rainier (25-1)
Since dropping the South Puget Sound League championship game to Federal Way, 58-50, the Rams have played fantastically well. Mount Rainier has won each of the next five games – all playoff contests – by double-digit margins. Forward Brittany McPhee can run the court and assert herself in the paint. Forward Kiana Gandy provides another inside presence for the Rams. Guards Jordan McPhee and Amber Guillot
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Nov.
14th

Football: State quarterfinals schedule

I’ll update the football state playoff quarterfinal game time/date/location as they’re confirmed.

CLASS 4A
Union at No. 2 Woodinville, 2 p.m. Saturday at Pop Keeney Stadium
Central Valley at Skyline, 1 p.m. Saturday
No. 1 Bellarmine Prep at No. 9 Skyview, 4 p.m. Saturday at Kiggins Bowl, Vancouver
No. 8 Lake Stevens at No. 4 Eastlake, 7 p.m. Saturday

CLASS 3A
No. 1 Bellevue at No. 2 Lakes, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Harry E. Lang Stadium
No. 8 Kennewick at No. 4 Kamiakin, 1 p.m. Saturday at Lampson Stadium
No. 6 Meadowdale at No. 5 Camas, 5 p.m. Saturday at Doc Harris Stadium
Capital at No. 3 O’Dea, 1 p.m. Saturday at Seattle Memorial Stadium
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Oct.
27th

Football: A human and computer predict Week 9 results

After the computer did so well in predicting the outcome of last week’s Olympia-Bellarmine Prep contest — it predicted a 16-13 BP win and the final was 15-14 — I asked Scott Odiorne, who compiles the computer rankings we’ve been running this season, to run some projections for games in Week 9.

I added my picks, too.

Here’s the lineup:

Computer: No. 5 Woodinville 18, No. 1 Eastlake 16
Pacey: No. 1 Eastlake 31, No. 5 Woodinville 21

Computer: Central Valley 29, Lewis & Clark 25
Pacey: Lewis & Clark 20, Central Valley 17
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