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Tag: GSHL

Feb.
10th

(COMPLETE) Basketball: 4A, 3A bi-district brackets coming into focus

Here are the pairings for the 4A and 3A West Central/Southwest bi-district boys and girls basketball tournaments.

BOYS BASKETBALL

4A WEST CENTRAL/SOUTHWEST BI-DISTRICT TOURNAMENT
First Round, Tuesday Feb. 14

Game 1: Rogers at Curtis
Game 2: Gig Harbor at Union
Game 3: Beamer at Federal Way
Game 4: Kentridge at Bellarmine Prep, 7 p.m.
Game 5: Evergreen at Kent-Meridian
Game 6: Kentlake at Olympia
Game 7: Mount Rainier at Central Kitsap
Game 8: Battle Ground at Kentwood
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Feb.
8th

Basketball: Road to the Tacoma Dome, Class 4A edition

Gonzaga Prep held off Curtis and DaVonte Lacy (center) in the finals of the Class 4A boys basketball state tournament in 2011.

Just as I did during football season, I’ll break down how teams can qualify for the basketball state tournaments. Because the current state tournament format has been used only once, here’s a brief primer.

For instance, when I refer to the “regional round of the state tournament,” I mean the games that will be played on Feb. 24-25. These games will be played at sites around the state and you can see the venues for each classification here. Teams will not play in the Tacoma Dome, Yakima SunDome or Spokane Arena, depending on their classification, until the quarterfinals of the state tournament, which begin on Thursday, March 1.

That out of the way, here’s how teams will qualify for state:

ROAD TO THE TACOMA DOME

CLASS 4A: Boys Basketball

WESCO
Teams to state: Two, plus one to pigtail game with KingCo
Lowdown: The double-elimination tournament begins Wednesday (tonight). The top four teams from WesCo North and top four teams from WesCo South qualified. Two teams from this tournament will receive automatic berths to the regional round of the state tournament, while the third-place team will host KingCo No. 3 in a winner-to-state game on Feb. 21.
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Dec.
28th

Football: Recruiting updates on Garnett, Dozier, Banner; plus a peek at 2012 schedule

We’re gearing up for our annual football recruiting packages — Northwest Nuggets and Western 100 — and I’ve been laying the groundwork for those pieces by talking to some local players and coaches the past couple days. I wanted to pass along some timely recruiting tidbits and other football-related information:

GARNETT LEAVES PLAN UP TO TWIN SISTER
As Washington fans no doubt know, the Puyallup High offensive tackle is considering three schools: Stanford, Michigan and Notre Dame. Garnett said he won’t make a decision until after his official visit to Stanford on Jan. 14.

Garnett will play in the Under Armour All-American Game next week in Florida. He had planned to take an official visit to Miami after the game, but recently nixed that.

Garnett said he’ll make his announcement at the end of January at Puyallup High School. He’ll leave how his school of choice is revealed up to his twin sister, Rachel.

“My sister will be my planner,” he said. “She’s good at those kind of things.”
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Sep.
8th

Prep Football: Week 2 Live Chat at 1 p.m. today

I’ll be doing live chats at 1 p.m. Wednesday every week during the football season. Today, I’ll be joined by Bryan Levesque of GSHLfootball.com. With Lakes and Enumclaw facing some GSHL teams this week, I thought it would be nice to get Bryan’s thoughts on the GSHL. He’ll stop by the chat around 1:35 p.m.

Oct.
6th

Prep Football: Trip around the state

Once again, it’s time for our weekly trip around the state. With the postseason drawing near, I’ve compiled some links that relate to legues and teams outside of the TNT’s coverage area that will likely make the playoffs so South Sound fans can stay apprised of what’s going on outside our region.

Issaquah, last season’s Class 4A runner-up, began the season as top-5 team. But the Eagles struggled early, losing to Bothell and Mount Si in the first two weeks of the season. Since then, Issaquah has won three in a row, including last week’s impressive 14-13 victory over former top-10 team Eastlake. The Eagles have been without running back Grant Gellatly for much of the season, but appear to be molding themselves back into a playoff contender.

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