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Tag: Kentwood


Gonzaga Prep girls 59, Kentwood 44 in 4A consolation

By Kevin Manning

Otiona Gildon’s career day propeled No. 4 ranked Gonzaga Prep to a 59-44 Class 4A girls’ basketball consolation-round win over Kentwood in the Tacoma Dome on Friday.

After the Bullpups lost to Arlington on Thursday, coach Mike Arte decided to change the game plan – it was simple really, get the ball to sophomore standout Gildon.

Gildon (12-of-22 field goals) ended the game with a career-high 30 points to go with her game-high 12 rebounds in the Bullpups’ rout.

“At halftime they told me I had 20 points and I was like really,” Gildon said describing her

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Lake Stevens girls 52, Kentwood 36 in 4A quarterfinals

By T.J. Cotterill

Lake Stevens High wanted no business dealing with Kentwood in a closely contested game.

The remedy? Put the Vikings away with a heavy dose of Brooke Pahukoa.

Pahukoa, a News Tribune first-team all-state senior guard, scored 22 of her game-high 34 points (13 for 24 field goals) in the first half as the Vikings cruised to a 52-36 victory in the quarterfinals of the Hardwood Classic on Thursday.

Pahukoa’s scoring outburst was the most she scored since dropping 42 in the second game of the season in a 46-point win against Marysville-Pilchuck.

She started off hot

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Baseball: Four from South Sound selected to Area Code games

Four South Sound baseball players, including three from Rogers High, have been selected to play in the Area Code games this summer.

Utility players Michael Sexton and Stefan Van Horn and catcher Logan Ice of Rogers will play for the Kansas City Royals team. The trio will be joined by Kentwood High catcher Reese McGuire.

Of the 29 players on the Royals’ roster, 17 are from Washington.

The prestigious Area Code games will be played Aug. 5-10 at Long Beach, Calif.


4A baseball: Beamer, Kentwood, Puyallup advance to state semifinals

Where’s the best Class 4A baseball played in Washington?

That’s easy – the South Puget Sound League.

Three SPSL teams – traditional powers Puyallup and Kentwood, plus upstart Beamer – punched tickets to the state semifinals Saturday.

“Three SPSL teams in the final four,” Beamer coach Jerry Peterson said, “that’s pretty exciting.”
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Boys Basketball: Tahoma, Kentwood fill head coaching vacancies

Brian Davis and Blake Solomon shared a sideline for the past two seasons, coaching boys basketball at Kentwood High.

Next winter, Davis and Solomon will go head-to-head, at least twice a season, as adversaries.

Davis, who resigned as Kentwood’s head coach earlier in March, has accepted the head coaching position at Tahoma and Solomon, an assistant to Davis for the past two seasons, has been named head coach at Kentwood.

Both hires can become official when approved by their respective school boards.
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Boys Basketball: Kentwood coach Brian Davis resigns

For two seasons Brian Davis enjoyed coaching at Kentwood High, leading a boys basketball program he calls one of the premier in the state.

But the need for a full-time job forced him to resign from Kentwood.

“The best thing for my wife and I is for me to have a job,” said Davis, 31. “I need a job and with the situation at Kentwood, I wasn’t going to have one.”

Davis, who has a degree from Western Washington University and is certified to teach in Washington, was not able to land a full-time teaching position in the Kent School District. He has served as a substitute teacher, but the work has been “spotty,” he said.

On Wednesday, Davis submitted his resignation to Kentwood’s principal and athletic director. Later in the afternoon, he met with his former players and told them his reasons for leaving were basic.
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Girls Basketball roundup: Another rough day for South Sound teams

No. 2 Burlington-Edison 53, Eatonville 38: The Tigers’ trio of lightning-quick guards proved to be too much for the Cruisers in the loser-out contest at Stanwood High.

Sydney Brown, Ryleigh Swagerty and Katlyn Mataya repeatedly poked or wrestled the ball away from Eatonville ball handlers and took the Cruisers (20-9) out of the game. Eighteen of Eatonville’s 24 turnovers in the game came via steals.

“Their guards are pretty impressive,” Eatonville coach Davina Serdahl said. “We knew their guards could be trouble coming in, and they did take us out of our offense a little.”

Laccie Hill scored a game-high 23 points and hit four 3-pointers for Eatonville, including three in the fourth quarter, while fellow senior Jessica Stead pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.

“We kept battling until the end,” Serdahl said. “I was proud of how my girls played. We’re still a young team, so we can learn from this. … It was great to see Laccie Hill and Jessica Stead play well in their final games.”

No. 6 W.F. West 46, No. 10 Renton 22: The Bearcats held the Indians to two points in the second half and secured a second straight trip to the state tournament with the loser-out win at Tumwater High.
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Boys Basketball roundup: Mount Rainier, Cascade Christian win; Kentwood, Foss fall

No. 8 Mount Rainier 82, Issaquah 72: Adrian Davis poured in 20 points and Malik Rogers scored 17 at Juanita High, leading the Rams to the state tournament.

Mount Rainier surged to a 19-8 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Caden Rowland added 11 points for the Rams.

Mount Rainier, which was reclassified as a 4A school two years ago, will make its first appearance at the 4A state tournament since 1977. The Rams qualified for the 3A tourney in 2010.

No. 3 Garfield 63, No. 10 Kentwood 59: The Bulldogs ended the Conquerors quest to reach the state tournament for the third year in a row.

No. 1 Kamiakin 58, Foss 54:
The Falcons nearly pulled off what would have been the biggest upset of the regional round, but fell to the Braves at Richland High.
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