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Tag: Class 2A


Class 2A finals: One coach will collect a sixth state championship this weekend

No. 4 Tumwater (12-1) vs. No. 2 Lynden (12-1)
1 p.m. Saturday, Tacoma Dome

Coaches: Sid Otton is in his 39th season at Tumwater (313-106 record). Curt Kramme is in his 22nd season at Lynden (204-52 record).

Road to Gridiron Classic: Tumwater defeated Steilacoom in the first round (45-22), Archbishop Murphy in the quarterfinals (21-0), and Prosser in the semifinals (35-21. Lynden defeated Mark Morris in the first round (42-14), Sumner in the quarterfinals (42-7), and Capital in the semifinals (48-21).

About the Thunderbirds: In spite of its youth and inexperience entering the season,

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Football: Way too early Class 2A preseason state rankings

Here’s the third installment of our pre-preseason rankings. Click here to view the Class 4A rankings and here to see the Class 3A rankings. Class 1A rankings will appear Friday.

One thing to keep in mind about the rankings is the some schools have been reclassified. Click here for the 2012-14 enrollment cycle numbers.

That said, here is the way too early Class 2A top five.

1. Lynden (14-0 in 2011)

All-Northwest Conference MVP Josh Kraght returns as Lions go for a fourth state title in five seasons

2. Capital (8-4)

A year removed from reaching 3A semifinals, Cougars are loaded with returning starters, including RB Kai Van Sickle
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Boys Soccer: Fife wins Class 2A state title

Tony Crudo isn’t one to focus on goal setting. Instead, he just tells his team to play well.

“And if you play well, 99 percent of the time, it works out,” said Fife’s boys soccer coach.

On Saturday evening, it did just that as the Trojans won their first Class 2A state championship in school history with a 3-1 win against Cheney at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner. A year ago, Fife broke a 25-year drought in the state tournament before losing to Lynden in the title game.

“It’s been a really good team,” Crudo said of the group that finished with a perfect 21-0 record. “It’s not a surprise that we were good – it’s a surprise that we were able to finish the job.”
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Star Track XXX: Day 3 Class 2A recap

Marcus Dickson and his fellow competitors in the Class 2A boys 1,600 meter state finals helped changed the perception of distance runners at Star Track 30

On a sunny and bright Saturday and Mount Tahoma Stadium, Dickson led a group of six runners that posted times faster than the 2A state meet record of 4:15.70 set by Mason McHenry of Sehome in 2007.

Of course, Dickson was the fastest, running a 4:10.79 to win his second straight title. But he was certainly pushed by Squalicum’s Patrick Gibson, who ran right with Dickson, until the White River senior pulled away.

“I’m the defending champion and I was hurting with one lap to go,” Dickson said. “Every time Patrick made a move, I tried to cover it. With like 200 meters to go, I knew my whole town is here, and we were going for a team state title, I just had to keep on driving.”
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2A Baseball: Lynden tops Sumner in semifinals

YAKIMA – While the Sumner baseball team was making its first state semifinal appearance, it ran into a team loaded with big-game experience. Lynden has already won the Class 2A state football and boys’ basketball championships this school year.

Who says experience doesn’t pay dividends?

Even though Spartans starter Logan Christensen held the Lions to just two hits, four defensive errors and too many free passes proved too much to overcome, as Lynden won 5-1 on Saturday at Yakima County Stadium.

“I think the first three innings, the emotions of the game may have gotten away from us a little,” Sumner coach Casey Adcox said. “You can’t teach this atmosphere. I think the boys did a good job of gathering themselves and showed some calm in the late innings. Hopefully we can see more of that tomorrow.”
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Star Track XXX: Day 2 Class 2A recap

While his competitors probably into the preliminary races of the 300 hurdles with the mindset of just surviving, not falling and making the finals, Daniel Zmuda had a slightly different approach. The Steilacoom junior was looking to make a little history on Friday at Mount Tahoma Stadium for Star Track XXX.

With a day to recover, Zmuda set his sights on the Class 2A meet record of 37.79 set by John Casselman of Pullman in 2003.

“I was shooting for that record,” he said. “I knew I had a days rest and would be good for tomorrow. I really thought I could get it.”

However with the wind blowing up to 15 miles per hour during the race, it wasn’t meant to be.

“If it wasn’t for that wind,” Zmuda said shaking his head.
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Class 2A boys: Lynden beats White River 66-45 in finals

Third-ranked Lynden shot nearly 60 percent from the field in the second half and held White River to 30.4 percent shooting in the game, on its way to a 66-45 win over the Hornets in the Class 2A boys basketball state finals Saturday at the Yakima SunDome.

Against a Lynden team known for its stingy man-to-man defensive pressure, White River never got a rhythm going offensively. White River jumped out to a quick 11-6 lead late in the first quarter, thanks to seven quick points from Billy Kiel, who finished with 14 on 5-of-14 shooting.

“They’re a good team,” Kiel said. “They’re up tight on you. We kept on trying to do everything we could to pull out the win, but couldn’t do it.”
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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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