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Tag: Decatur


Football: Early look at 2012 SPSL 3A schedule

Can quarterback Domenic Rockey and Auburn Mountainview end Lakes' reign in the SPSL 3A? (TNT file photo)

With the high school football season a few weeks away, we’re continuing our league-by-league look at the 2012 schedules.


Decatur at Wilson
White River at Enumclaw
First-year Hornets coach Mark Gunderson makes his debut
Lincoln at Bonney Lake
Two first-time head coaches make the face off when Abes and Jon Kitna meet Panthers and Jason Silbaugh
Auburn Mountainview at Sumner
Woodinville at Lakes
Lancers’ brutal non-league schedule begins
Bellarmine Prep at Peninsula

Renton at Decatur
Enumclaw at Central Kitsap
Mount Tahoma at Auburn Mountainview
Lakes at Bellarmine Prep
Early contender for game of the year in Pierce County — not counting playoffs, of course
Gig Harbor at Peninsula
Fish Bowl!
Bonney Lake vs. Sumner
No fish here, but the rivalry is just as heated
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3A regionals: Decatur falls to Mountlake Terrace 77-62

Decatur boys basketball coach Kevin Olson knew Mountlake Terrace was big and physical, but he didn’t quite count on how quick the Hawks were.

Terrace was happy enough to show Olson and the Gators why it’s considered a threat to win the Class 3A state title, running Decatur off the floor in the second half and winning a regional playoff game 77-62 Friday at Jackson High School.

“They’re a tall team but they aren’t a slow team,” said Olson, whose team ends the season at 18-7. “They kept beating us down the floor for easy baskets. I think I underestimated their quickness.”
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Basketball: 3A sub-district results; Lakes boys, girls win

With go-to player – 6-foot-9 center Zach Banner – on the bench with foul trouble for much of the game, a pair of undersized guards lifted Lakes High.

Dequam Walls and Phillip Winston hit clutch shots in key moments of the 3A boys basketball sub-district loser-out contest Saturday afternoon, leading Lakes to a 78-65 win over Enumclaw and keeping the defending state champion’s season alive.

“Dequam Walls kept us in the game,” Lakes coach JoJo Rodriguez said, “and Phillip Winston brought us home.”

Ninth-ranked Lakes owned a double-digit lead for most of the second half, but when leading scorer Banner fouled out with six minutes to play, Enumclaw made a run at the Lancers.
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Basketball: SPSL 3A boys, girls preview capsules

Editor’s note: We’re publishing our league-by-league basketball previews this week. We’ll run one or two previews each day this week.

Lakes High's Cedric Dozier did back-flips when the Lancers won the Class 3A boys basketball state title in March. (Staff photo)


1. Lakes (25-3)
2. Decatur (17-9)
3. Auburn Mountainview (9-13)
4. Enumclaw (7-13)
5. Bonney Lake (7-14)
6. Peninsula (3-18)
*2010-11 records

F Nate Guy 6-6 Sr. Lakes

Has developed into one of the best players in the South Sound, if not state

C Zach Banner 6-9 Sr. Lakes
Biggest big man in the state can gobble up boards, pile up put-backs

W Marion Beauchamp 6-3 Sr. Auburn Mountainview
First-team all-league player averaged 14.3 points. 7 rebounds per game

G Dom Hunter 6-0 Sr. Decatur
Someone must pick up scoring slack for Gators, Hunter is talented enough

G Andrew Holloway 6-2 Sr. Lakes
Point guard is at his best in the biggest games, which Lakes will have many of

Defending state champion Lakes intends on keeping the state trophy on campus, and with three starters back, plus the return of capable role players and talented newcomers, the Lancers could do exactly that. Read more »


Football Roundup: Peninsula clinches home playoff game, Sumner freshman throws 6 TDs, plus more results

Home state play-in games in early November are starting to become the norm around Peninsula High School.

The seventh-ranked Seahawks assured themselves of another one – their third in the past four seasons – after routing Decatur, 48-3, at Roy Anderson Field in Purdy.

It appears after Peninsula finishes up the regular season next week at Enumclaw, a likely playoff game against Mount Si, the KingCo 3A’s third seed, will happen in the 10th week.

“That is huge for us,” Peninsula coach Ross Filkins said “We love playing at Roy Anderson Field. It will be big for our seniors to play there one more time. We were locked on that tonight.”
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Football: Lakes rolls past Decatur, 61-0

Lakes played nearly flawless football against Decatur in the first half Saturday night.

The Lancers ran 20 offensive plays and eight went for touchdowns. By the time the SPSL 3A contest at Federal Way Memorial Stadium was over, second-ranked Lakes had thumped the Gators 61-0.

But Lakes senior Ma’ne Manaea said the blowout was not the Lancers’ best effort.


“This is the second-best we’ve played this year,” the University of Colorado-bound senior said.

Manaea, a receiver and defensive back, pointed to Lakes’ 57-7 drubbing of Capital in Week 3 as the Lancers’ gold-standard so far in the 2011 season. Lakes coach Dave Miller said the win over Decatur was comparable to that victory.
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Football: Three to See in Week 6

Thanks to Todd Milles for doing these preview capsules, while I was out of the office earlier this week.

No. 7 Kentlake (5-0 overall, 5-0 league) at Kentwood (4-1, 3-1), 7 p.m. Friday at French Field

Lowdown: Tempo could be a defining aspect to this titanic, intra-city matchup. The no-huddle Falcons want to play fast; the bigger and more physical Conquerors want it controlled. Kentwood must pay attention to Kentlake’s do-everything WR Austin Pernell (871 all-purpose yards, eight total TDs), who has scored on a kickoff return, an interception, a reception and a rushing attempt. If Kentlake can snap its seven-game skid in the series tonight, it will have the inside track to its first outright SPSL North title in school history.
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Update on Federal Way boys hoops matter

South Puget Sound League athletic directors will have to wait to hear a “point of clarification” from Federal Way officials about possible use of an ineligible player on the Eagles’ boys basketball team in its state championship 2008-09 season.

Federal Way athletic director Miguel Perez will not address the SPSL athletic directors at its monthly meeting Thursday morning at Sumner High School. Federal Way had asked to be placed on the agenda, but an independent investigation ordered by the school district has not been completed and Perez asked Rick Wells, president of the SPSL athletic directors, to instead it on the agenda for the Nov. 19 meeting.

“Federal Way wants to wait for their outside investigation to be complete before they give their point of clarification,” said Curtis principal David Hammond, who is the president of the SPSL principals.

Diane Turner, chief communications officer of the Federal Way School District, said the third-party investigator finished his interviews on Monday, but still has material to review.

“I do not have a firm date on when the attorney’s investigation will be complete,” she said.

One of two things will happen when Federal Way does address SPSL athletic directors, Hammond said. The league will accept the findings of Federal Way and the independent investigation, or it will ask the West Central District or the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association to appoint a fact-finder to look into the matter.

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