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No. 5 Curtis jumps out to big lead, holds off No. 2 Jackson down stretch to win 4A title

By Eric D. Williams

Clear out a spot in the trophy case – the Curtis High boys basketball team is bringing home a state title.

A sizeable crowd made the trek from University Place to watch their high school outlast previously undefeated Jackson 60-56 in the Class 4A state title game at the Tacoma Dome late Saturday evening.

With a win, Tim Kelly became the first coach to win large-school classification state titles at two different schools.

Kelly won back-to-back state titles at Lincoln in 2001 and 2002. His Vikings finished as runner-ups to state champion Gonzaga in 2011.


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Class 4A boys: No. 3 Garfield 60, No. 4 Jackson 47

The Bulldogs withstood a gigantic effort from Timberwolves forward Jason Todd to advance to the trophy round.

Todd, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, erupted for 29 points, going 10 for 15 from the field. He also pulled down 15 rebounds.

Behind a balanced scoring attack, Garfield never trailed. Three players scored in double-figures, led by guard Tucker Haymond’s 19 points and 10 rebounds. Pierre Wright added 16 points and Trevaunte’ Williams had 12 points.


Class 4A boys: Union 66, No. 4 Jackson 65 (OT)

Video of Union’s Tanner Nelson tying the score in regulation with 9.6 seconds left, and Jackson’s attempt to win.

Jordan Chatman’s 24-foot 3-pointer with 55 seconds left in overtime catapulted the Titans into the state semifinals.

“I was open,” Chatman said, “so I though I had to take it.”

When Union came out of a timeout, the plan was to get the BYU-bound Chatman the ball. But even his teammates were surprised that he attempted the long-range shot.

“I didn’t know he was going to shoot a 3 that deep,” said Tanner Nelson, who passed the

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Class 4A girls: Mount Rainier 57, Jackson 39

The top-ranked Rams’ start was certainly a luxury – a 22-3 lead in the first 91/2 minutes of the game – but the No. 6 Timberwolves never really were knocked cold until the fourth quarter.

Sophomore Brittany McPhee was sensational for Mount Rainer with 22 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. But after Jackson trimmed it to 42-31 early in the fourth quarter, the Rams went to others – with McPhee’s assistance, of course – notably Jordan McPhee (nine points), her younger sister, and post Kiana Gandy (16 points).

Jordan McPhee sank back-to-back baseline jumper, and Gandy owned the

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Boys Basketball: Class 4A state tournament capsules

G Zach LaVine, Bothell, Jr., 6-3

Electrifying underclassman might be best player in the state

G Tucker Haymond, Garfield, Jr., 6-5
KingCo 4A MVP averages 22 points, 10 rebounds per game

F Sefo Liufau, Bellarmine Prep, Jr., 6-4
All-around player can score, rebound, pass and block shots

G/F Jason Todd, Jackson, Soph., 6-5
Tourney will be his coming out party as one of the state’s best

G David Trimble, Davis, Sr., 6-2
Lightning quick 3-time league MVP has Pirates eyeing the title

1. Yakima Davis (20-2)

Making their third straight trip to state, the Pirates are primed to make a run at what would be their first championship since 1965. Davis’ losses have been to 3A No. 1 Kamiakin and Post Falls, the second-ranked Class 5A team in Idaho. With no players taller than 6-foot-4, the Pirates push the ball on offense and apply pressure on defense. Davis is balanced, with guards David Trimble and Raymond Navarro and forward Devonte Luckett averaging double-figures in scoring, and guard Cooper Kupp and Levonte Allen aren’t far behind.
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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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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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