If you’ve read this story, you know major changes could be coming to the high school sports landscape in the South Sound.
As the story says, Bellarmine Prep, Central Kitsap, Gig Harbor, Olympia and South Kitsap are expected to apply for admission to the South Puget Sound League by Monday.
So, will they be accepted?
From the conversations I’ve had the past couple days with more than a dozen athletic directors, coaches and administrators, I can say with certainty that I don’t know for sure. From the SPSL’s perspective, there are positives and negatives to expanding. However, schools that go so far as submitting an application rarely get turned down for admission. Read more »
We’ll have a reporter at Sparks Stadium on Friday and Saturday to provide coverage of the games. Three South Sound teams remain in the 4A playoffs — Tahoma meets Skyline at 6 p.m. and Bellarmine Prep takes on Gig Harbor at 8 p.m. Friday.
Bothell (6-3) at Bethel (7-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday
Lowdown: Something’s got to give. Bethel has been held to fewer than 40 points just once this season – sixth-ranked Federal Way clipped the Braves 28-26 in Week 5 – while no team has scored more than 30 on Bothell. The Cougars have had success against the SPSL South in the postseason the past three years, winning all three of those games, including a 41-7 thrashing of Bethel in 2008. These Braves are much more potent. QB Justin Hordyk is a run-pass threat, compiling 2,558 yards of total offense (1,671 passing and 887 rushing). Bethel has a knack for forcing turnovers, posting a turnover ratio of plus-10 and that could be the difference against a tough Bothell squad. TNT pick: Bethel 41, Bothell 34
Graham-Kapowsin (5-4) at No. 1 Bellarmine Prep (9-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Mount Tahoma
Lowdown: The Lions could be shorthanded tonight, playing without RB/DB Isaiah Flynn and RB/LB Joe Lovejoy. Flynn returned to practice this week after missing the previous three games with a knee strain, while Lovejoy left last week’s 27-20 win over Gig Harbor with a leg injury. Sophomore RB Lou Millie should see a larger role if Flynn and Lovejoy can’t play. Lions coach Tom Larsen says the Eagles “look more like a No. 2 seed than a No. 4 seed,” pointing out that they’ve won five of their past six games. TNT pick: Bellarmine Prep 34, Graham-Kapowsin 19 Read more »
No matter how ugly of a turnover-filled game it was, Olympia coach Bill Beattie and the Bears will gladly take the victory.
The sixth-ranked Bears won their seventh straight game Friday night, defeating Gig Harbor, 27-3, in front of the Homecoming crowd at Ingersoll Stadium. The win sets the stage for a meeting next week at second-ranked Bellarmine Prep that will decide the 4A Narrows League champion.
Olympia has won six of the past eight Narrows League crowns and ast year defeated Bellarmine at home in a thriller, 37-30. Bellarmine shut out Shelton, 49-0, on Thursday night at Highclimber Stadium.
Olympia (7-0 overall, 5-0 4A Narrows) scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to pull away from a slim 7-3 lead at halftime over the Tides (4-3, 3-2), and it was the defense that sparked two of the team’s three second-half touchdowns.
“Our defense did such a great job,” Beattie said. “Our defensive staff did a heck of a job tonight.” Read more »
Gig Harbor senior kicker Korey Durkee booted three field goals Friday night, including a go-ahead 30-yarder with a minute to play, and Beau Glover sealed the Tides’ come-from-behind win with a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown seconds later to lead Gig Harbor past the South Kitsap Wolves 30-20 at Roy Anderson Field.
It was a mistake-filled night for the Tides (3-2 overall, 2-1 4A Narrows League), who turned the ball over five times and trailed 20-7 at halftime. But junior quarterback Garrett Gallinger led his team on two key drives late in the game, and Durkee ‹ the 6-foot-4, 200-pound University of Washington-bound kicker ‹ provided the difference.
Durkee went 3-for-3 from beyond 30 yards and nailed a game-tying 45-yard
boot with plenty of room to spare midway through the fourth quarter. Read more »
I ventured out to watch the scrimmages at the University of Puget Sound football team camp on Wednesday and shot some video. I saw the following teams scrimmage: Arlington, Auburn Riverside, Bonney Lake, Curtis, Enumclaw, Gig Harbor, Skyline, Tahoma and Timberline.
A few quick observations:
1. Skyline quarterback Max Browne looked very good. Spartans coach Mat Taylor said Browne, a highly-recruited junior, is progressing and playing even better than last year. To put that in perspective, Browne threw for 4,182 yards, 50 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2010.
The Spartans defense shined, too, coming up with a few picks. And …