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‘Champions Rally’ to honor Curtis basketball team set for Monday night

Open to the public, Curtis High School will host a “Champions Rally” for its Class 4A state-winning boys’ basketball team in University Place on Monday night.

A host of special guests, including district superintendent Patti Banks, high school principal David Hammond, athletic director Terry Jenks, varsity basketball coach Tim Kelly and a couple of players, will be guest speakers at the ceremony, which is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Vikings’ home gymnasium.

A video tribute, plus performances by the school’s cheerleading squad and marching band will follow. Also, Curtis basketball championship apparel will be available for purchase.


Football: Wismer goes from bench to starring role at Curtis HS


Scott Wismer knows his place.

The change is noticeable. Last season, he was a sophomore doing his best to fit in on the Curtis High School football team. And on that first day of preseason camp, he rotated among reserve fullback, inverted safety and heck – he was even a holder on field goal and PAT kicks.

And now he is the team’s starting quarterback as a junior.

How did that evolve? By the end of the 2011 season, he was starting at tight end. He showed natural leadership. Coach Clay Angle noticed his overall football-related intelligence. And he was a big athlete who could move – and quickly.
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It’s sunny, it’s hot and it’s mid-August…time for prep football camp

Unless you are at Mount Tahoma where preseason football camp opens at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, the rest of the schools will start up later – when the sun is up.

The plan right now is for me to hit Curtis High School in the morning to get a look at the Vikings, then rotate around Lakes High, Steilacoom High and finally motor on over the bridge to see Gig Harbor High under new coach Aaron Chantler.

Meg Wochnick, the Olympian sports reporter, will visit North Thurston High School in the morning where a few former Northwest Christian players will join the Rams (Northwest Christian is skipping football in 2012 due to poor turnout numbers).

Here is The News Tribune’s five-subject primer for the opening of camps in the South Sound:

With all due respect to Bellarmine Prep, which keeps knocking on the door in Class 4A; Lakes, which has the state’s biggest hurdle to clear – Bellevue – in 3A; and Tumwater and Capital, who now have to tangle with each other in Class 2A and the Evergreen Conference, the area program with the clearest path to a state football title is Cascade Christian in Puyallup.

Coach Randy Davis’ group has rolled to five consecutive appearances in the Tacoma Dome, winning the Class 1A state title in 2010, and falling a step short of repeating last season, losing to Connell.

The Cougars have their own issues to clear up, starting on the schedule. They open with a non-league game at Cashmere, then return to host Southwest Washington powerhouse Montesano the following week.

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Track: Foss’ Chambers, Curtis’ Hightower shine at USATF Junior Olympics

Foss High sprinter Marcus Chambers and Curtis High highjumper Dakarai Hightower dazzled at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics last week at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md.

Chambers won the 400 meters with a time of 46.18 seconds. He won the sprint by nearly a full a second, which is incredible at this level of competition.

Chambers also placed second in the 200 and helped his team to second in the 4×400 relay.

Hightower took first in the high jump with a leap of 7 feet, 3 inches. Hightower won the Class 4A state title in May with a jump of 6-10.
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4A regional: Curtis falls to Union 58-47

Winning a bi-district boys basketball title is supposed to afford you a luxury matchup in the regional tournament, right?

Not so for the Curtis High Vikings.

Matched up for the second time in the postseason, Union High School of Camas made this one count more, eliminating fifth-ranked Curtis with a 58-47 victory in the Class 4A regionals at Auburn High School.

And Union’s two standouts – forward Tanner Nelson (23 points) and guard Jordan Chatman (21 points), who is headed to Brigham Young – pulled the Titans through to the next round, and to a site they are most comfortable in. Union won the 3A title in the Tacoma Dome in 2010.

It was clear the Titans had two missions Friday night – extend defensive pressure for 80 feet, then collapse down on Curtis big man Darius Johnson-Wilson, the SPSL South player of the year.
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4A Bi-District Basketball: Curtis boys, Mount Rainier girls claim crowns

Up until the end of January, Curtis High coach Tim Kelly thought repeating as bi-district boys basketball champions was out of reach.

“We hadn’t shown signs we were capable of doing that until the last few weeks,” Kelly said.

Kelly reasoned that the Vikings had been banged up – three players missed significant chunks of the season – and the team is just now returning to full strength.

“We’d been using patchwork lineups and haven’t had time to gel as a full group,” he said. “We’re just getting to that.”

The timing could not be better.

Curtis held off eighth-ranked Olympia 37-36 in the finals of the Class 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District tournament Monday at Kent’s ShoWare Center, capturing a second straight bi-district crown.

The Vikings (20-6) are one of the hottest teams in the state, reeling off wins against No. 5 Union, No. 2 Bellarmine Prep and Olympia in the tourney. Curtis is doing it with defense.
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Boys Basketball: Curtis, Olympia will meet in 4A bi-district finals

Most of the players have changed, but the approach remains the same.

A year after reaching the boys basketball state finals, Curtis High is again winning with defense.

“The one consistent thing should be effort on the defensive end,” Vikings coach Tim Kelly said after his team dispatched second-ranked Bellarmine Prep 48-41 in the semifinals of the Class 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District tournament at Auburn High.

For the eighth time in 10 games, the Vikings held their opponent to fewer than 50 points.

“Our coach emphasizes defense,” said senior forward Darius Johnson-Wilson, one of two returning starters from last season. “We’ve got to have energy on defense.”

Curtis has had plenty of energy lately.

Since a disappointing loss to Kentwood in the South Puget Sound League championship last week, the Vikings have reeled off three straight wins, knocking off two ranked teams – they toppled No. 5 Union in the quarterfinals.
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