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Tag: Narrows League 3A


Football: Early look at Narrows League 4A, 3A schedule

As we count down the days until the high school football season begins — the first games are eight weeks from today — let’s take a look at schedules for the upcoming fall.

First up is the Narrows League 4A and 3A. Below, you’ll find the complete schedule, plus comments on intriguing games.



Thursday Aug. 30
O’Dea at Gig Harbor (NL)
Opening game for Tides’ first-year coach Aaron Chantler is a big challenge
Friday Aug. 31
Foss at Lake Washington (NL)
Kentridge at South Kitsap (NL)
Yelm at Highline (NL)
Decatur at Wilson (NL)
Central Kitsap at Bainbridge (NL)
North Thurston at Steilacoom (NL)
Lake Oswego at Olympia (NL)
Bears host Oregon’s defending Class 6A state champions
Tumwater at Shelton (NL)
Stadium at Mount Tahoma (NL)
Bellarmine Prep at Peninsula (NL)
Timberline at River Ridge (NL)
Saturday Sept. 1
Lincoln at Bonney Lake (NL)
Coaching debut for Abes’ Jon Kitna
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(UPDATED) Basketball: League-by-league look at conference championship races

Bellarmine Prep's Isaiah Flynn (blue uniform) and Olympia's Dominick Francks chase a loose ball during a game at Olympia in January. The Lions and Bear are also going after the Narrows League 4A title. (Tony Overman, staff photographer)

UPDATE (10 p.m. Saturday): Plenty of teams won league titles this weekend. On Friday, I posted a breakdown on various scenarios. Now that games on Friday and Saturday have concluded, here’s where we stand:


Bellarmine Prep and Olympia are tied with 10-1 records and league. The teams have split their two-game series. If they remain tied at the end of the regular season, they’ll share the league title, but play a tiebreaker on Feb. 10 at Foss HS to determine to seeding to the district tournament.
Update: Bellarmine Prep and Olympia are still tied, nothing has changed.

So many scenarios exist. Just know that it will come down to Kent-Meridian, Kentwood and Mount Rainier.
Update: If Kentwood beats last-place Auburn Riverside on Monday, the Conks win the league title.

If Federal Way beats Beamer and Bethel on Friday and Saturday, the Eagles will be league champs. If Federal Way stumbles in either game, Beamer and Curtis could rise to the top of the league.
Update: Curtis won its third straight league title, and fourth in five seasons.
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Boys Basketball: Wilson nips Foss 54-52 in thrilling fashion

Wilson's Andraell Fountain battles Foss' Dezmyn Trent, background, while Wilson's Kevin Johnson foreground left, and Foss' Dontiea Hankins, right, during Friday's game at Foss. (Janet Jensen/Staff photographer)

When Foss High’s Dezmyn Trent swished his second free throw, tying the score with 2.6 seconds left, Wilson High’s boys basketball team didn’t panic.

Rams guard Kevin Johnson took the ball on the baseline and looked downcourt, ready to inbound to an open teammate. He spied Jaiden Martin and heaved the ball the length of the floor.

Martin caught the ball and banked in a 6-footer as the buzzer sounded, lifting Wilson to a 54-52 Narrows League 3A win at ninth-ranked Foss

“That last play (Johnson) made the absolute perfect throw,” Rams coach Dave Alwert marveled. “Jaiden with the catch and finish, you can’t draw it up any better than that.”

The win moves Wilson (3-0 league, 11-2) into sole possession of first place in the Narrows League 3A.
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Girls Soccer: All-Narrows League 3A

MVP: Angela Celedon, forward, sr., Wilson
Coach of the Year: Jeff Peltier, Timberline

First Team
Forwards: Sydney Anderson, sr., Yelm; Krista Jones, so., Timberline; Alejandra Zuniga, sr., Lincoln; Alyssa Edenstrom, jr., Capital

Midfielders: Grace McDonough, sr., Yelm; Karly Bothman, jr., Yelm; Rachel Crowe, sr.; Capital; Meghan Doherty, jr.; Timberline

Defenders: Elena Dodge, sr., Wilson; Avery Smalls, jr., Wilson; Karli Shaw, jr., Yelm; Jordan Meyer, jr.; Timberline; Elysia Lampert, jr., Capital

Goalkeeper: Danielle Rhea, jr., Wilson
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Volleyball: Narrows 3A tourney results, all-league team

Capital emerged as Narrows League 3A volleyball tournament champion today, defeating Timberline 3-2. Earlier in the day, the Blazers beat Wilson 3-1.

Capital is the league’s No. 1 seed to the district tournament next week, Timberline is No. 2 and Wilson is No. 3.

All-Narrows League 3A

Coach of the Year: Natalie Zukowski, Capital

Co-MVPs: Danielle Tabor, Capital; Hunter Manke, Timberline

First Team
Marissa Ottesen, Capital; Riley Podowicz, Timberline; Amy Charlston, Yelm; Riley Jornlin, Wilson; Lyric Jones, Lincoln; and Rachel Erickson, Capital
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Volleyball: Tournament schedules for Narrows 4A, 3A; SPSL North, South

Here are volleyball schedules for Narrows 4A and 3A tournaments, and the SPSL North, South playoffs:

Top four teams to West Central/Southwest bi-district tournament

Thursday’s matches
At Gig Harbor

Game 1: South Kitsap vs. Gig Harbor, 5 p.m. (loser out)

At Central Kitsap
Game 2:
Stadium vs. Central Kitsap, 6 p.m. (loser out)

Saturday’s matches
At Mount Tahoma
Game 3:
Game 1 winner vs. Olympia, noon in auxiliary gym
Game 4: Game 2 winner vs. Bellarmine Prep, noon in main gym
Game 5: Game 3 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 2 p.m. in auxiliary gym (winner is No. 3 to district, loser is No. 4).
Game 6 (championship match): Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 4 p.m. in main gym (winner is No. 1 to district, loser is No. 2).
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Football: Capital rolls past Wilson, 41-14

The Capital High Cougars are locked and loaded for next week’s Narrows 3A League showdown with a very familiar foe – Timberline.

The Cougars did their part to keep a share of first place with the Blazers, pulling away in the second half for a 42-14 victory over Wilson at Stadium Bowl.

Both Capital and Timberline will enter that game at 3-0 in the Narrows 3A.

And look who was back – junior Kai Van Sickle, who missed almost a month with a concussion and high ankle sprain. He ran for a game-high 130 yards, and coach J.D. Johnson certainly liked seeing him out there.

“He was cleared last week, but that ankle was still holding him back,” Johnson said. “He came back tonight, and it was good to see him. He adds the dynamic of speed. He adds a little more giddy-up for us.”
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Football: Narrows League 3A preview capsules

Yelm running back Jacob Swilley, center, is one of the top players in the league. Credit: Tony Overman, staff photographer

Crystal Ball
1. Timberline (7-4)
2. Capital (12-1)
3. Lincoln (5-5)
4. Wilson (3-7)
5. Yelm (2-8)
6. Foss (0-10)
*2010 season records

Once again, Capital and Timberline are the teams to beat. Capital cruised through the league in 2010, winning every conference game by at least 31 points. The Cougars suffered some losses to graduation, though, and Timberline, aiming for its fourth straight trip to the state playoffs, is poised to reclaim its spot atop the league. Capital and Timberline seem safe to grab two of the league’s postseason berths, but the third is up for grabs – any of the other four teams could make a run at it.

Yelm running back Jacob Swilley may look small – he’s 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds – but he’s one of the strongest players on the field. Swilley, a first-team all-league pick in 2010 after rushing for 1,022 yards and 13 TDs, can bench-press 300 pounds and squat 425. Swilley makes an impact on defense, too. He tallied 65 tackles and 12 pass-deflections last season as a cornerback.

Brandon Wetzel didn’t crack Timberline’s starting lineup until halfway through the 2010 season. Once he did, Wetzel excelled, earning first-team all-league honors as a sophomore middle linebacker. In half a season, Wetzel totaled 65 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and two sacks. With a full season ahead of him, Wetzel could put up monster numbers.
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