The Prep Blog

Covering high school sports in Tacoma, Pierce County and the South Sound

NOTICE: The Prep Blog has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved The Prep Blog.
Visit the new section.

Tag: Eastlake

March
2nd

Class 4A Girls: No. 6 Jackson 62, Eastlake 57

Jackson (21-5) fell behind early, surged to the lead with a dominating second quarter, and they held off a late Eastlake (15-11) challenge to advance.

The Wolves led 19-12 after one quarter, but the Timberwolves took the lead for good with a 21-6 advantage in the second quarter.

Eastlake climbed back to within one point just two minutes from then end, but Jackson head off that challenge.

The Timberwolves’ reward is an 8 a.m. Saturday match against the Federal Way-Woodinville winner.
Read more »

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

Read more »

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
Read more »

Feb.
25th

4A girls regional: Rogers, Emerald Ridge fall

What was a fairy tale run for Rogers High’s girls basketball team came to an abrupt end Saturday in a Class 4A regional at Juanita High as the Rams fell to Eastlake, 75-35.

“I think we always believed in ourselves,” Rogers head coach Amy Looker said of the late season rally that saw the SPSL South’s third-place team reach the bi-district semifinals. “I don’t think a lot of outside people believed in us, but they just kept working hard every day at practice to make each other better. And we just kind of got better at the right time, at the end.”

However, in the end, it wasn’t enough as the harsh reality check on the Cinderella story was provided by Eastlake (15-9). Behind a barrage of 3-pointers, the Wolves dismantled the Rams.

The Rams (13-12) couldn’t recover from a second quarter that saw them be outscored 22-4. The lone field goal Rogers made in the quarter came on a fastbreak layup by Mackenzie Lancaster at the buzzer.
Read more »

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
Read more »

Nov.
12th

Football: No. 5 Federal Way gives great defensive effort in 21-11 loss to No. 4 Eastlake

Federal Way High’s football team huddled around coach John Meagher, steam rising from their heads and beneath shoulder pads on a chilly Saturday evening, as he addressed them on the field for the final time this season.

“These kids played their hearts out tonight,” Meagher said. “They shouldn’t hang their heads for one second. I’m deeply proud of them.”

The fifth-ranked Eagles lost for the first time, falling 21-11 to No. 4 Eastlake in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs. The Wolves (10-1) will host No. 8 Lake Stevens in the quarterfinals.

Despite two college-bound players sitting out with injuries, Federal Way held the high-scoring Wolves well below their usual output – Eastlake entered the contest averaging 39 points per game. Portland State-commit Uso Olive, a 6-foot, 305-pound senior nosetackle, was nursing a torn meniscus and middle linebacker Jordan Pulu, a 6-foot-1, 235-pound senior orally committee to Washington State, was on crutches with a broken ankle.

With the heart of its defense sidelined, Federal Way’s speed kept the Wolves from breaking big gains around the end, and the Eagles were stout enough inside to hold Eastlake from grinding out long drives. The Wolves finished with just 137 rushing yards on 43 carries.
Read more »

Nov.
11th

Football: Recapping the first round of the state playoffs

Well, that was fun. Let’s do it again Saturday.

The first night of the first round of the football state playoffs produced upsets – who foresaw defending 2A champion and second-ranked Tumwater going down 41-6? – a super-human performance – Interlake’s Jordan Todd rushed for 432 yards in a 49-41 win at Franklin Pierce – and the game everyone wants to see – Bellevue vs. Lakes.

And we’ve still got half the first-round schedule left for Saturday.

Here’s a brief recap of Friday night’s happenings:

CLASS 4A
Central Valley dumped defending state champion and third-ranked Ferris 23-7. There’s goes my pick to win the state title in 4A.

The Greater St. Helens League beat up on the SPSL North, with No. 9 Skyview defeating Kentwood 34-7 and Union handing No. 10 Kentlake its first loss, 31-7.

CLASS 3A
No. 2 Lakes beat Mountain View 28-0 and No .1 Bellevue easily handled Eastside Catholic 42-0, setting up an epic showdown between the two Class 3A superpowers. The game will be played 7:30 p.m. Friday at Harry E. Lang Stadium in Lakewood. Read my story on Lakes’ win for more information.
Read more »

Nov.
10th

Football: Playoff Game Preview Capsules

CLASS 4A

Bethel at No. 2 Woodinville (10-0), 7 p.m. Saturday at Pop Keeney Stadium

Lowdown: There’s no disputing Woodinville’s defense is fantastic. Only once have the Falcons allowed more than 14 points in a game. It’s fair to say that Woodinville hasn’t yet seen an offense of Bethel’s caliber. The Braves average nearly 500 yards per game and have been held under 40 points just twice. Bethel can score in bunches, but can its defense hold Woodinville in check? QB Brett Arrivey is poised and RB Alec Schwend is good for at least 100 yards per game. If you’re looking for an upset this weekend, this could be the game.

TNT pick: Woodinville 21, Bethel 20

Edmonds-Woodway (6-4) at No. 1 Bellarmine Prep (10-0), 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Tahoma Stadium

Lowdown: Good news for Bellarmine Prep: the Lions could welcome back RB/DB Isaiah Flynn, who’s missed the past four games with a knee strain, and RB/ILB Joe Lovejoy, who sat out last week with a knee injury. Flynn adds an explosive element to Bellarmine Prep’s rushing attack and Lovejoy is the heart of the Lions’ stout defense. After a miserable 0-3 start to the season, Edmonds-Woodway has been on fire, winning six of seven games – the only misstep a 35-31 loss to No. 8 Lake Stevens.

TNT pick: Bellarmine Prep 34, Edmonds-Woodway 17
Read more »