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Tag: Class 4A

Nov.
29th

Class 4A finals: Sweet music in Browne’s swan song? Skyline will try

* CLASS 4A FINALS
No. 3 Bellarmine Prep (12-1) vs. No. 1 Skyline (13-0)
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Tacoma Dome

Coaches: Tom Larsen is in his 10th season at Bellarmine Prep (72-36). Mat Taylor is in his fifth season at Skyline (60-10 record).

Road to Gridiron Classic: Bellarmine Prep defeated Bothell in the first round (35-30), Gonzaga Prep in the quarterfinals (32-29) and Auburn in the semifinals (21-19). .Skyline defeated Lake Stevens in the first round (42-0), Roosevelt in the quarterfinals (54-21) and Camas in the semifinals (51-28).

About the Lions: Once again, the goal Saturday is to strive

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Nov.
22nd

Class 4A semifinal: Two local coaches, two ball-control offenses take center stage

* CLASS 4A SEMIFINALS
Auburn (10-2) vs. No. 3 Bellarmine Prep (11-1)
7 p.m. Saturday, Tacoma Dome

Coaches: Gordon Elliott is in his 11th season at Auburn (88-36 record). Tom Larsen is in his 10th season at Bellarmine Prep (71-36 record).

Road to the semifinals: Auburn defeated Eastmont in the first round (20-7), and Mead in the quarterfinals (21-7). Bellarmine Prep defeated Bothell in the first round (35-30), and Gonzaga Prep in the quarterfinals (32-29).

About the Trojans: Both of these coaches have been around the block, and established a very ball-control type of offense. In two state

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Nov.
22nd

Class 4A semifinal: Camas should be able to match Skyline’s firepower

* CLASS 4A SEMIFINALS
No. 4 Camas (12-0) vs. No. 1 Skyline (12-0)
1 p.m. Saturday, Tacoma Dome

Coaches: Jon Eagle is in his fifth season at Camas (47-10 record). Mat Taylor is in his fifth season at Skyline (59-10 record).

Road to the semifinals: Camas defeated Arlington in the first round (62-6), and Federal Way in the quarterfinals (65-32). Skyline defeated Lake Stevens in the first round (42-0), and Roosevelt in the quarterfinals (54-21).

About the Papermakers: Expect lots of offense and points featuring the two highest-scoring teams in 4A. And unlike its counterpart, Camas might be

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Nov.
15th

State 4A/3A girls soccer primer: Can anyone dethrone 4A queen Skyline?

* CLASS 3A/4A GIRLS SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS

3A schedule: Friday – Columbia River (18-0) vs. Liberty (14-3), 2 p.m.; Holy Names (15-5) vs. Mount Spokane (19-0), 4 p.m. Saturday – Third-place match is at 10 a.m.; title match is at 2 p.m.
4A schedule: Friday – Skyline (15-1) vs. Tahoma (20-0), 6 p.m.; Issaquah (18-2) vs. Camas (17-3), 8 p.m.. Saturday – Third-place match is at noon; title match is at 4 p.m.

Tickets: $9 for adults, $7 for children/senior citizens for daily passes; $15 for adults, $10 for children/senior citizens for tournament pass.

Class 3A team capsules

Columbia River

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June
12th

Football: 2012 Class 4A way-too-early preseason rankings


Can any team in Class 4A stop QB Max Browne and Skyline for a fifth state title in six seasons?

How to fill the slow days of June? Why not roll out some way-too-early high football rankings?

We’ll start with Class 4A today. Over the next few days, I’ll post my pre-preseason rankings for 3A, 2A and 1A, too.

I did this last year and the results were favorable. I correctly pegged the eventual state champions in 4A (Skyline), 3A (Bellevue) and 2A (Lynden). I had the right teams (Cascade Christian and Connell) at Nos. 1-2 in 1A, just in the wrong order.

So, there is some legitimacy to these rankings. But don’t get too fired up about them because they’re sure to change when the official preseason rankings are released in August.

Here’s the top five in Class 4A:

CLASS 4A
1. Skyline (11-3 in 2011)
Spartans lost three games last season and still won their fourth state title in five years. Oh, USC-bound QB Max Browne is back, too.

2. Bellarmine Prep (11-1)
Lots to like about the Lions with Colorado-bound QB Sefo Liufau, RB Isaiah Flynn and WR/DB Calvin Chandler returning.
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May
26th

Star Track XXX: Day 3 Class 4A recap

Someday, maybe next year or the year after, a sprinter will beat Wenatchee sophomore Isaiah Brandt-Sims at the Class 4A state track and field championships.

It didn’t happen Saturday at Mount Tahoma Stadium as the sophomore defended his state titles in the 100- and 200-meter sprints at Star Track 30.

“Pretty good day, I guess,” Brandt-Sims said. “I won the 100 and 200. I’m pretty excited about that.”

Brandt-Sims’ winning times in the sprints were 10.82 and 21.74 seconds

No big-school athlete in state history has won four consecutive state titles in the 100 or 200, let alone both. Brandt-Sims could be the first.
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May
25th

4A Fastpitch: Jefferson is lone South Sound team in semifinals

SPOKANE – The best fastpitch softball teams usually rely heavily on dominant pitching, but the Jefferson Raiders are doing their best to change that way of thinking.

“Our thing is all about outscoring teams,” Jefferson coach Chad Fahnlander said after the Raiders opened the State 4A tournament with a pair of high-scoring wins Friday at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex.

The Raiders (26-4), the only area team that remained undefeated after the first day of the two-day, double-elimination tourney, beat Central Valley of Spokane Valley 7-4 and Monroe 10-8.
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May
25th

4A Baseball: It’s Puyallup vs. Kentwood for the state title

PASCO — It usually takes your best game to reach the championship of the 4A baseball state playoffs.

But sometimes, good enough will get you there.

Kentwood cobbled together four runs in the fourth and fifth innings with the help of two big errors, leading the Conquerors to an 8-5 win over Todd Beamer in Friday night’s state semifinals at Gesa Stadium.

The Conks also turned in the game’s biggest defensive play in the fifth on a Beamer mistake after a squeeze bunt for a potential tying run turned into an inning-ending double play when the bunt was popped up to catcher Reese McGuire.

“That was definitely the turning point in the game,” Kentwood coach Mark Zender said after the win over the Conks’ South Puget Sound League neighbor. “Baseball at any level is an emotional game, but especially at the high school level. For Beamer, that was a killer.”
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