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Tag: Franklin Pierce

April
14th

Football: Coaching carousel spinning at high-speed in South Sound

There’s been a lot of coaching turnover among football teams in the South Sound the past few months – more than I can remember in recent years.

Here’s what I can remember on this Saturday night. If you know of others, chime in.

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Jan.
25th

Football: Lutton wins appeal, will remain as FP head coach

Howard Lutton will roam the sidelines as Franklin Pierce High’s head football coach for at least one more season.

Three weeks after being fired from his coaching position, Lutton was reinstated as the on Wednesday.

“I’m excited to get back on the field next season,” said Lutton, who has been at Franklin Pierce for 34 years and has been head coach for 24 seasons.

Lutton appealed his termination to Franklin Pierce School District superintendent Frank Hewins on Monday, meeting for almost two hours. Hewins called Lutton back on Wednesday, surprising him.

“I wasn’t expecting anything until Friday,” Lutton said. “He congratulated me and we went through the concerns and said they were very easily correctable.”
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Jan.
17th

Update: Franklin Pierce school board meeting cancelled

For those wishing to let the Franklin Pierce School Board know their opinion on not renewing the contract of Cardinals football coach Howard Lutton, you won’t get to do it face-to-face tonight.

Because of inclement weather the regularly-scheduled monthly meeting, which was originally set for tonight, has been cancelled. The meeting probably won’t be rescheduled, said Willie Painter, public information officer for the district. He said agenda items usually roll over to the next month’s meeting.

Earlier this month, the district notified Lutton, the team’s coach for 24 seasons, that his contract would not be renewed. Lutton said he plans to appeal the decision and will meet with district superintendent Frank Hewins on Friday Jan. 20.
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Dec.
5th

Basketball: SPSL 2A boys, girls preview capsules

Clover Park guard David Crisp celebrates after winning the Class 1A state title in March.

Feature story on Clover Park sophomore guards Ahmaad Rorie and David Crisp — click here

SPSL 2A BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEW CAPSULES

CRYSTAL BALL
1. Clover Park (27-3)
2. Sumner (16-8)
3. White River (10-15)
4. Eatonville (9-11)
5. Steilacoom (3-17)
6. Fife (18-9)
7. Washington (6-14)
8. Franklin Pierce (15-13)
*2010-11 records

STARTING FIVE
G David Crisp 6-0 Soph. Clover Park
One half of the best guard tandem in the state, regardless of classification

G Billy Kiel 5-11 Sr. White River
Owns school’s single-game scoring record with 38 points

F Bryce Miller 6-6 Sr. Fife
Perhaps the league’s best big man, could average a double-double

G Ahmaad Rorie 6-0 Soph. Clover Park
The other half of the Warriors’ standout backcourt can light it up, too

G Erik Swartout 6-1 Sr. Eatonville
First-team all-league pick averaged 14.6 points, 5.5 assists per game

FASTBREAK
The SPSL 2A is loaded with talented, experienced teams. Leading the pack is Clover Park, the defending Class 2A state champions. 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.
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Nov.
11th

Football: Interlake RB’s 432-yard effort helps Saints edge FP, 49-41

DON HUNT
Contributing Writer

Because of his small physique, Interlake running back Jordan Todd has always felt like he had something to prove on the football field.

He proved plenty to Franklin Pierce on Friday night.

Todd ran for an astounding 432 yards on 29 carries and five touchdowns in leading the Saints to a 49-41 victory over the Cardinals in a first-round, Class 2A state playoff game at Franklin Pierce High.

If that wasn’t impressive enough, Todd was suffering from a nasty cold that had him coughing and feeling queasy after the game.

“I’ve been little my whole life and I’m always trying to prove that I belong out here,” said Todd, a 5-8, 180-pound senior. “It’s made me work harder than a lot of guys. I want to be the best back on the field every game.”
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Nov.
11th

Football: Get your state playoff scoring updates here

We’ll be posting scoring updates of Friday’s first-round state playoff games tonight. Follow me on Twitter at @DougPaceyTNT for instant updates, or check back here throughout the night.

Friday’s football state playoff games

CLASS 4A
Union 31, No. 10 Kentlake 7 – Final
Central Valley 23, No. 3 Ferris 7 — Final
No. 9 Skyview 34, Kentwood 7 — Final

CLASS 3A
No. 1 Bellevue 42, Eastside Catholic 0 — Final
No. 2 Lakes 28, Mountain View 0 — Final
No. 5 Camas 48, No. 10 Kennedy Catholic 14 — Final
No. 3 O’Dea 17, Mount Si 3 — Final

CLASS 2A
W.F. West 52, No. 9 Sequim 21 — Final
No. 7 Lakewood 43, Lindbergh 14 – Final
Inrterlake 49, No. 10 Franklin Pierce 41– Final
No. 6 Archbishop Murphy 41, No. 2 Tumwater 6 — Final
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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
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