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Tag: Kentlake


SPSL records revisited: Kentlake, Puyallup play one for the ages

Even three days later, both football coaches were still having difficulty realizing what happened Friday night.

“I am still worn out,” Puyallup High’s Gary Jeffers said.

“It is a difficult thing to come to grips with,” Kentlake High’s Chris Paulson said.

In game that that went well into the late night, Kentlake beat Puyallup, 76-55, in a South Puget Sound League crossover game at French Field in Kent.

A few SPSL single-game records were set:

* The 131 combined points eclipsed the previous mark of 128, set by Federal Way and Rogers in 2003 (Rogers won, 66-62).

* Kentlake’s 10 PAT kicks tied the league record set by Curtis (1991, 2010).

* In a losing effort, Puyallup quarterback Brendon Illies passed for 396 yards, and rushed for 176. His 572 total yards erased the SPSL record of 497, set by Kent-Meridian’s David Jones in 2010 against Tahoma.

* And if the SPSL kept any such record, the yardage the teams combined for – an astonishing 1,607 yards – would have likely shattered any such previous total.

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Basketball: SPSL North boys, girls preview capsules


Feature on Mount Rainier standout sophomore Adrian Davis – click here

1. Mount Rainier (10-10)
2. Kentwood (17-10)
3. Kent-Meridian (12-12)
4. Tahoma (5-15)
5. Kentridge (21-10)
6. Kentlake (10-13)
7. Jefferson (6-14)
8. Auburn Riverside (8-12)
9. Auburn (21-7)
*2010-11 records

G Adrian Davis 6-2 Soph. Mount Rainier
Took the league by storm as a freshman, averaging 19 points per game

F Jaron Heck 6-3 Sr. Kentlake
First-team all-league pick averaged 17.7 points per game

F Martel Taylor-Barone 6-4 Jr. Kent-Meridian
One of a few great athletes on a team hungry for the postseason

F Taylor Jones 6-6 Sr. Kentwood
Conquerors big man can play inside and outside

G Jawan Stepney 6-1 Soph. Kentridge
Wasn’t afraid to take big shots at big moments as a freshman

In its second season in the SPSL North, Mount Rainier could win the league title. Guard Adrian Davis is electrifying and has a talented supporting cast in point guard Malik Rogers, forward Caden Rowland (14 ppg) and Dawane Clay, who can clean up the boards. Read more »


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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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

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

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

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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Football: Five Things to Watch in Week 10

SPSL North champion Kentlake will get an up-close look at All-America running back KeiVarae Russell when the Falcons host Russell and the Mariner Marauders in a Class 4A state play-in game tonight. Russell could have a hard time finding room to run – Kentlake’s rushing defense is second-best in the SPSL, allowing just 106.6 yards per game.

Second-ranked Lakes is piling up points, averaging a Class 3A-leading 55.4 points per game and winning contests by an average of 47 points per game. The flipside of those blowout victories is that the Lancers have played only one game without a running clock – it’s 33-13 win over No. 8 Peninsula in Week 5.

Since opening the season with three losses – all to ranked teams – Capital has turned into one of the hottest teams in the state, ripping off six consecutive victories. The Narrows League 3A champions will go for their seventh straight win and a trip to the state playoffs when they host West Seattle at 7 p.m. Saturday.
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Football: Three to See in Week 6

Thanks to Todd Milles for doing these preview capsules, while I was out of the office earlier this week.

No. 7 Kentlake (5-0 overall, 5-0 league) at Kentwood (4-1, 3-1), 7 p.m. Friday at French Field

Lowdown: Tempo could be a defining aspect to this titanic, intra-city matchup. The no-huddle Falcons want to play fast; the bigger and more physical Conquerors want it controlled. Kentwood must pay attention to Kentlake’s do-everything WR Austin Pernell (871 all-purpose yards, eight total TDs), who has scored on a kickoff return, an interception, a reception and a rushing attempt. If Kentlake can snap its seven-game skid in the series tonight, it will have the inside track to its first outright SPSL North title in school history.
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Prep football: Five things to watch this weekend

Preps: Five Things to Watch

1. Tacoma’s oldest rivalry

Tacoma’s oldest rivalry renews when the Stadium Tigers invade Lincoln Bowl. For decades, dating back to the early part of the 20th century, the teams met on Thanksgiving Day and played in front of crowds that grew as large as 20,000 spectators. Those days are long gone, but bragging rights are still popular and plenty will be at stake in the nonleague contest.

2. New duties for Lakes’ Dozier

After watching Lakes senior David Wood throw for 192 yards and six touchdowns last week, while two-year starting quarterback Cedric Dozier

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Kentlake searching for a baseball coach

Kentlake is searching for a new baseball coach. Former coach Jason Evans resigned recently because of a conflict with work, Kent School District athletic director Dave Lutes said.

The Falcons have a strong program, reaching the state finals in 2008. Interested applicants can contact Kentlake athletic director Bruce Rick.