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Tag: Kentwood

Dec.
6th

Basketball: SPSL North boys, girls preview capsules

SPSL NORTH BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEW CAPSULES

Feature on Mount Rainier standout sophomore Adrian Davis – click here

CRYSTAL BALL
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

STARTING FIVE
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

FASTBREAK
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 »

Nov.
11th

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:

CLASS 4A
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.

CLASS 3A
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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Nov.
11th

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

CLASS 4A
Union 31, No. 10 Kentlake 7 – Final
Central Valley 23, No. 3 Ferris 7 — Final
No. 9 Skyview 34, Kentwood 7 — Final

CLASS 3A
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

CLASS 2A
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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Nov.
3rd

Football: Playoff Preview Capsules

4A PLAYOFFS

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
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Oct.
19th

Kentwood golfer named honorable mention All-American

Kentwood High golfer Catherina Li was named an honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American by the American Junior Golf Association this week. Here’s the press release:

BRASELTON, Ga. – Catherina Li of Kent, Wash., has been named an honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American by the American Junior Golf Association, establishing herself among the top tier of current and former junior golfers from around the world.

Li, a sophomore at Kentwood High School, earned Rolex Junior All-America honors for the first time in her career behind her first AJGA victory at the AJGA Junior at Centennial. Ranked No. 43 in the Polo Golf Rankings, she notched runner-up finishes at the AJGA Stonehenge Junior Open and the W. Duncan MacMillan Classic at Rush Creek.
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Oct.
6th

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.

SPSL NORTH
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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July
15th

Baseball: Aarstad is new coach at Auburn Riverside

Jon Aarstad, who coached Kentwood to the Class 4A baseball state title in 2010, is the new coach at Auburn Riverside.

Doug Aubuert, Auburn Riverside athletic director, sent out this press release:

AUBURN, Wash. (July 14, 2011) – The Auburn Riverside High School Athletic program is pleased to announce the selection of Jon Aarstad as Head Boys Baseball Coach. The Ravens replace one 2011 SPSL Co-Coach of the Year; Chris Garrison, who resigned in June after 16 seasons leading the Ravens, with the other 2011 SPSL Co-Coach of the Year in Coach Aarstad.
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April
11th

Two South Sound products taken in top-10 of WNBA Draft

Kentwood graduate Courtney Vandersloot and Lincoln alumn Alex Montgomery were among the first 10 players selected in the 2011 WNBA Draft on Monday.

Vandersloot was the No. 3 overall pick, going to the Chicago Sky.

Here’s the Chicago Tribune’s take on the Sky drafting Vandersloot.

Montgomery was taken at No. 10 by the New York Liberty. Here’s a story on Montgomery being drafted by the Liberty.