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Tag: Lakes


Boys Basketball: Lakes coach JoJo Rodriguez resigns

JoJo Rodriguez at a Lakes High boys basketball practice. (TNT file photo)

JoJo Rodriguez resurrected the boys basketball program at Lakes High when he took it over in 2006.

Now, the Lancers must find a new head coach to lead the team after Rodriguez resigned.

Lakes will post the position “in the next week or so,” said Kim Prentice, community relations director for the Clover Park School District.

The district also has an opening for a girls basketball coach at Clover Park High.
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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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Basketball: 3A sub-district results; Lakes boys, girls win

With go-to player – 6-foot-9 center Zach Banner – on the bench with foul trouble for much of the game, a pair of undersized guards lifted Lakes High.

Dequam Walls and Phillip Winston hit clutch shots in key moments of the 3A boys basketball sub-district loser-out contest Saturday afternoon, leading Lakes to a 78-65 win over Enumclaw and keeping the defending state champion’s season alive.

“Dequam Walls kept us in the game,” Lakes coach JoJo Rodriguez said, “and Phillip Winston brought us home.”

Ninth-ranked Lakes owned a double-digit lead for most of the second half, but when leading scorer Banner fouled out with six minutes to play, Enumclaw made a run at the Lancers.
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Football: Cedric Dozier picks…Cal

Click here to watch video of Cedric Dozier’s announcement

Between bites of pasta and chicken during lunch Tuesday, Cedric Dozier dialed up California football coach Jeff Tedford.

“We were just talking and something just hit me, telling me ‘Hey, right now is your time, this is what I want you to do,’” Dozier recounted. “It was Cal. I said ‘Hey coach, I think it’s time that I recommit.’”

Later in the day, the fleet receiver reaffirmed his oral commitment to the Golden Bears when he told a crowd full of supporters that he picked Cal over Washington State.

The U.S. Army All-American gave an oral commitment to the Bears in the fall, but he reevaluated his options after two coaches, including receivers coach Eric Kiesau, left for position at the University of Washington.
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Football: Streaming video of Cedric Dozier’s announcement

Lake High receiver Cedric Dozier will let the world know if he’s headed to California or Washington State at a news conference today at 2:30 p.m. at Lakes.

We’ll live stream the announcement.

Personally, I’d like to thank Dozier for doing this today because it gives me a reason to stop by the new Five Guys in Lakewood for lunch.

The stream will go live shortly before 2:30 p.m. (Just tested it at 2:15 and it works, don’t be alarmed.)


Recruiting: Lakes’ Dozier will announce for Cal or WSU at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday

I spoke briefly with Cedric Dozier today at Lakes High after Zach Banner announced he’s headed to USC.

Dozier said he’ll have a similar news conference at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when he’ll announce if his headed to Cal or Washington State.

Where’s Dozier going? I don’t know. He did enjoy his official visit to WSU a week ago and he’s raved about Cal the times I’ve spoken with him about that.
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Zach Banner will attend … USC

Janet Jensen / The News Tribune

(Click here to watch video of his announcement)

All it took was a feeling.

For Zach Banner, the feeling of where he should play college football hit him a few days ago and finally sunk in before he fell asleep Sunday evening.

“It’s just that feeling,” the Lakes High offensive tackled said. “I can’t really describe it. I think all the other recruits that commit and sign, they understand what it’s like to commit and just get that feeling that, this is right.”
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