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Tag: Federal Way


Football: Preseason state rankings for all classifications

Bellevue running back Ari Morales stretches for a touchdown in the Wolverines' 35-16 win over O'Dea in the 2011 Class 3A state championship game. (Photo credit: Peter Haley, TNT)

What do preseason rankings mean?

Not much, at least when it comes to qualifying for the postseason. Rankings still play no part in that process.

But they’re fun to debate — at least in every classification besides Class 3A, right Bellevue? — and, if enough research is done and luck accumulated, can be an accurate predictor of how the season might unfurl.

Take the TNT’s 2011 preseason rankings. We pegged the eventual state champions in 4A (Skyline), 3A (Bellevue) and 2A (Lynden). We ranked the eventual state champs in 1A (Connell) and 2B (Waitsburg-Prescott) second in their respective classifications and pegged the 1B winner (Neah Bay) fourth.

So, take these preseason rankings for what they’re worth — conversation fodder and the impetus for anonymous emails that will clog my in-box — and we’ll update them after each week in the regular season.

Tacoma News Tribune’s 2012 Preseason Football Rankings
(2011 records in parenthesis)

1. Skyline (11-3)
2. Bellarmine Prep (11-1)
3. Mead (9-2)
4. Skyview (11-3)
5. Federal Way (10-1)
6. Bothell (6-4)
7. Chiawana (8-1)
8. Issaquah (7-3)
9. Camas (11-2)
10. Wenatchee (5-5)
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Girls Basketball: Class 4A State Tournament Capsules

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


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
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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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Federal Way XC, track coach Jean Licari loses battle with cancer

UPDATE: A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at the gym/cafeteria in Federal Way High School.

Not long after Bill Harris hired Jean Licari as an assistant track and field coach at Federal Way High in the early-1990s, he realized she would exceed his expectations.

“We knew that she was an athlete, she was a runner,” he said, “but we hired her to be throws coach. She was great. She worked hard to become a skilled a coach.”

Licari, also a math teacher at Federal Way, eventually became head coach of the Eagles cross country and girls track and field teams. For more than two decades, she was involved as anyone at Federal Way, touching countless lives.

On Sunday, Licari died, losing a battle with Leiomyosarcoma, a rare malignant cancer of smooth muscle. Licari, 45, is survived by her husband Pat and two teenage daughters, Katelin and Madison.

“Her family and Federal Way High School, those were the biggest things in her life,” said Kathy Harris, who coached and taught with Licari.
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Soccer: Federal Way’s Rowe picked third overall in MLS Draft

Kelyn Rowe during his time at Federal Way High School, playing a postseason match at Mount Tahoma High.

Less than two years ago, Kelyn Rowe was dominating South Puget Sound League opponents on the soccer field.

On Thursday, the 2010 Federal Way High graduate was the third overall selection in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft, taken by the New England Revolution.

“I’d like to say I expected it,” Rowe said in a telephone interview. “It’s all been a blur. The past two years have been good.”

Jason Baumgardt, Rowe’s coach at Federal Way, isn’t surprised to see Rowe go from prep to pro so quickly.

“Not at all,” he said, “Kelyn’s a special player.”
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Basketball: SPSL South boys, girls preview capsules


1. Curtis (23-6)
2. Federal Way (14-10)
3. Spanaway Lake (7-13)
4. Beamer (6-13)
5. Puyallup (21-9)
6. Emerald Ridge (2-18)
7. Bethel (10-13)
8. Rogers (17-8)
9. Graham-Kapowsin (1-18)
*2010-11 records

F Darius Johnson-Wilson 6-6 Sr. Curtis
Played a key role in Vikings reaching state finals last season

G D’Londo Tucker 5-11 Jr. Federal Way
Lightning-quick guard leads an attack that will push the tempo

F Braxton Tucker 6-4 Jr. Spanaway Lake
Double-double machine will emerge as one of league’s standout players

W Thomas Rhodes 6-3 Sr. Beamer
He’ll have more games with double-doubles than not

G Dom Jordan 5-9 Jr. Curtis
Experienced point guard can distribute ball and score when needed

The SPSL South is wide open this season. Want proof? None of the players selected to last year’s all-league first- or second-team return. Unlike in past seasons when there’s been a clear-cut frontrunner, expect a wild season filled with teams beating up on each other. Read more »


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.
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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:

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.

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.
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