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Tag: O’Dea

March
2nd

Class 3A boys: No. 4 O’Dea 61, No. 5 Kennedy Catholic 41:

The Irish jumped on the Lancers early and led throughout the elimination game.

O’Dea guard Jalen Ward scored a team-high 19 points, making 8 of 19 shots. Forward Jacob Lampkin turned in a double-double, totaling 10 points and 11 rebounds, and guard Sekou Wiggs added 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

The Irish (21-8) led 24-18 at halftime and pulled away in the third quarter when they outpaced Kennedy Catholic 24-14.

Forward Mitch Penner poured in 21 points – he went 13 for 14 from the free-throw line – and grabbed nine rebounds for the Lancers (21-5).

O’Dea

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March
1st

Class 3A Boys: Seattle Prep 47, O’Dea 42

These two Metro League powers know each other well, which provided for a back-and-forth affair most of the contest.

But with the game tied at 39-all, the No. 2 Panthers (23-5) made one final surge to put this one away, outscoring the No. 4 Fighting Irish 8 to 3 in the final two minutes of the game.

Seattle Prep faces No. 1 Kamiakin of Kennewick in the semifinals.

“We knew defense was going to win it for us,’ said Seattle Prep swingman DJ Fenner. “And what we did is we got stops, they fouled and we made our free throws down the stretch.”

The Panthers finished 14 of 20 from the free throw line, including 11 of 15 in the second half.

Fenner paced Seattle Prep with 15 points, while Mitch Brewe added 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Sekou Wiggs led O’Dea (20-8) with 15 points, and Dana Abe added 11.

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Feb.
28th

Boys Basketball: Class 3A state tournament capsules, predictions

STARTING FIVE

F Mitch Brewe, Seattle Prep, Sr., 6-8
Metro League MVP will play at UC Santa Barbara

G Anrio Adams, Rainier Beach, Sr., 6-3

Will play at the University of Kansas

F Justin Pedley, Kamiakin, Sr., 6-6
Ratcheted up his scoring output in the postseason

C Darien Nelson-Henry, Lake Washington, Sr., 6-11
Massive man in the paint is a mismatch for all

F Mitch Penner, Kennedy Catholic, Sr., 6-5
Driving force behind surging Lancers averaging 23 ppg

POWER RANKINGS

1. Seattle Prep (22-5)
The Panthers enter the tournament as one of the hottest teams in the state. Prep clipped Lake Washington and Rainier Beach on the way to the Sea-King district title and walloped Mountain View in a winner-to-state game. UC Santa Barbara-bound Mitch Brewe (16.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg) and guard D.J. Fenner (18.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg) give Prep an explosive one-two scoring punch. The Panthers are a tournament favorite, but split two games this season with quarterfinal foe O’Dea.
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Feb.
24th

3A regionals: O’Dea ends Lincoln’s season 67-48

MILL CREEK – With an evening game and the prospect of Friday afternoon traffic through Seattle, Lincoln High boys basketball coach Aubrey Shelton decided his team would leave Tacoma for its Class 3A regional game against O’Dea at 2 p.m.

The good news? The traffic was light and the team arrived at Jackson High School at 3 p.m. The bad news? That left about two hours for the team to sit around with little to do but watch a movie on its charter bus.

The result? A lethargic effort that saw the Abes fall behind big thanks to carelessness with the ball as fourth-ranked O’Dea ended No. 9 Lincoln’s season 67-48.

“We were asleep,” Shelton said. “It’s the most dead we’ve been in warm-ups all season. I don’t know if it was the bus ride or what but we came out flight, we were tight. It was sad to see.”
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Dec.
1st

Football: Championship game preview capsules, picks

FRIDAY’S GAMES

CLASS 3A
No. 1 Bellevue (13-0) vs. No. 3 O’Dea (13-0), 7:30 p.m.

Lowdown: All the stands in the way of a fourth straight state championship for Bellevue is the last team that beat the Wolverines in the state playoffs. O’Dea’s ball-control offense grinded out a 21-13 win over No. 5 Camas in the semifinals. The Irish held the ball for 13 of the final 14 minutes of the game. If O’Dea can exert its will along the line of scrimmage against Bellevue, get some big plays from running backs Jayshawn Jordan and Jomari Brooks and a couple long kickoff or punt returns from Tatum Taylor, the Irish will push Bellevue to the limit. That’s easier said than done. Bellevue has already knocked off the second- and fourth-ranked teams in the state (Lakes and Kamiakin), holding them to a combined 24 points, and is intent on claiming its 10th state title. Stopping the Wolverines isn’t easy. QB Tyler Hasty and running backs Ari Morales, Myles Jack, John Nguyen, Joey Moore and Andy Bouleware have all had big games this season.

TNT Pick: Bellevue 27, O’Dea 17
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Nov.
25th

Football: Updates, live chat from Friday’s semifinals at the Tacoma Dome

There are two games today (Friday) at the Tacoma Dome. The Class 2B semifinal pitting Morton/White Pass and Napavine kicks off at 4 p.m. and the Class 3A semifinal between Camas and O’Dea will start at 7 p.m.

You’ve got a few ways to keep track of the games. Both games will be webcast here. You can also find radio broadcasts of the Morton/White Pass-Napavine game on KITI and KELA.

This link will tell you what games will be broadcast on radio or the web.

Finally, I’ll be doing a live chat of the Camas-O’Dea game.

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Nov.
24th

Football: Semifinal preview capsules

FRIDAY’S GAMES AT THE TACOMA DOME

CLASS 3A
No. 5 Camas (11-1) vs. No. 3 O’Dea (12-0), 7 p.m.
Lowdown:
The Papermakers have reached the semifinals for the first time in school history and run up against an O’Dea squad that is back at the Tacoma Dome for the first time since reaching the Class 3A finals in 2007. Camas’ defense has been lights out, holding nine opponents to six points or less and only one team – Class 4A semifinalist Skyview – has scored more than 14. Combine that with a balanced offense – QB Tony Gennaro has thrown for 2,335 yards, 30 TDs and 7 interceptions, and RB Zach Marshall has rushed for 1,052 yards and 15 TDs – and Camas will be tough to beat. O’Dea slipped past Capital last week, winning 19-16 in triple-overtime. Tatum Taylor can outrun even the fastest of football players – his 97-yard punt return for a touchdown against Capital was proof of that – and is a game-changer.
TNT pick: Camas 31, O’Dea 21

CLASS 2B
No. 4 Morton/White Pass (10-1) vs. No. 5 Napavine (11-1), 4 p.m.
Lowdown: Morton/White Pass jumped out to a quick lead against Adna last week in the quarterfinals and lets it dominant defense take over, holding on to win 13-12. MWP has posted eight shutouts and only one team has scored more than 13 points against it. Napavine beat MWP 14-7 in Week 3. Napavine returns to the semifinals for the first time since it claimed the Class 2B state title in 2008. The Tigers intercepted four passes in the first half of a 25-22 win over Tacoma Baptist in the quarterfinals. Tucker Stanley powers Napavine’s rushing attack
TNT pick: MWP 22, Napavine 16

SATURDAY’S GAMES AT THE TACOMA DOME

CLASS 4A
No. 2 Woodinville (12-0) vs. Skyline (9-3), 1 p.m.
Lowdown: Woodinville just keeps winning, and the KingCo champion Falcons are doing it with defense. No team has scored more than 17 points against Woodinville and only four have topped 10 points. Woodinville held high-scoring Bethel to just a touchdown two weeks ago and Union mustered nine in a 21-9 loss in the quarterfinals. DE Sawyer Whalen and RB Alec Schwend were KingCo Crown Division defensive and offensive players of the year. Since falling to Eastlake in Week 8, the Spartans have reeled off four straight wins. Skyline dropped out of the Class 4A rankings earlier this season for the first time in school history, but the Spartans are battle-tested and have plenty of experience playing in the dome, having won three state titles in the past four seasons.
TNT pick: Skyline 24, Woodinville 20
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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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