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Tag: Olympia


Baseball: Gig Harbor, Olympia play for Narrows 4A title Wednesday

Gig Harbor pitcher Nick Gagliardi threw a complete game three-hitter, leading the Tides to a 4-1 win over Olympia on Monday.

The victory forced Gig Harbor and Olympia into a first-place tie. The teams will close out the regular season Wednesday at Olympia High.

Gig Harbor scored all of its runs in the first inning when it tagged Leif Hansen for six straight hits. Hansen settled down after, allowing only one more hit before leaving the game in the fifth.


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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4A boys regional: LaVine leads Bothell past Olympia 63-54

Kevin Durant was unavailable.

George Gervin has been on vacation for years.

Those are NBA types. And trying to devise a game plan for Bothell High star Zach LaVine must feel like trying to stop, or at least slow down that level of a basketball player.

Olympia High coach Luke Salme called the Cougars junior the best high school player in the state beforehand, and his opinion won’t certainly change after Bothell beat the Bears, 63-54, in a Class 4A regional game at Auburn High School.

Playing in front of a handful of college assistants in the building, LaVine poured in 26 points – just above his scoring average of 23.4 ppg – to lead Bothell (17-9) to its first trip to the Tacoma Dome since 1997.

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4A Bi-District Basketball: Curtis boys, Mount Rainier girls claim crowns

Up until the end of January, Curtis High coach Tim Kelly thought repeating as bi-district boys basketball champions was out of reach.

“We hadn’t shown signs we were capable of doing that until the last few weeks,” Kelly said.

Kelly reasoned that the Vikings had been banged up – three players missed significant chunks of the season – and the team is just now returning to full strength.

“We’d been using patchwork lineups and haven’t had time to gel as a full group,” he said. “We’re just getting to that.”

The timing could not be better.

Curtis held off eighth-ranked Olympia 37-36 in the finals of the Class 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District tournament Monday at Kent’s ShoWare Center, capturing a second straight bi-district crown.

The Vikings (20-6) are one of the hottest teams in the state, reeling off wins against No. 5 Union, No. 2 Bellarmine Prep and Olympia in the tourney. Curtis is doing it with defense.
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Boys Basketball: Curtis, Olympia will meet in 4A bi-district finals

Most of the players have changed, but the approach remains the same.

A year after reaching the boys basketball state finals, Curtis High is again winning with defense.

“The one consistent thing should be effort on the defensive end,” Vikings coach Tim Kelly said after his team dispatched second-ranked Bellarmine Prep 48-41 in the semifinals of the Class 4A West Central/Southwest Bi-District tournament at Auburn High.

For the eighth time in 10 games, the Vikings held their opponent to fewer than 50 points.

“Our coach emphasizes defense,” said senior forward Darius Johnson-Wilson, one of two returning starters from last season. “We’ve got to have energy on defense.”

Curtis has had plenty of energy lately.

Since a disappointing loss to Kentwood in the South Puget Sound League championship last week, the Vikings have reeled off three straight wins, knocking off two ranked teams – they toppled No. 5 Union in the quarterfinals.
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Boys Basketball: Bellarmine Prep beats Olympia 68-51 in Narrows tiebreaker

Bellarmine Prep forward Lucas Meikla swats a shot made by Olympia High's Trevor Houser.

Dominick Francks shot and shot and shot and shot and shot and shot and shot.

Bellarmine Prep’s boys basketball team had no answer for the Olympia High guard as they watched Francks rain down 3-pointers in the Narrows League 4A tiebreaker Friday at Foss High.

Francks drilled seven first-half treys, including six in a row in a six-minute, second-quarter stretch that turned Bellarmine Prep’s eight-point lead into a six-point deficit.

“What can you say?” Lions coach Bernie Salazar said. “Francks was tremendous.”

Fortunately for the Lions, Francks hot hand cooled in the second half – thanks largely to a ratcheted-up defense – and second-ranked Bellarmine Prep emerged with a 68-51 victory over No. 7 Olympia.

“We didn’t change anything, we just did a better job getting in Francks’ face, taking away open looks,” Salazar said. “We just got after it in the second half.”
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Five Narrows League schools expected to apply for admission to SPSL

If you’ve read this story, you know major changes could be coming to the high school sports landscape in the South Sound.

As the story says, Bellarmine Prep, Central Kitsap, Gig Harbor, Olympia and South Kitsap are expected to apply for admission to the South Puget Sound League by Monday.

So, will they be accepted?

From the conversations I’ve had the past couple days with more than a dozen athletic directors, coaches and administrators, I can say with certainty that I don’t know for sure. From the SPSL’s perspective, there are positives and negatives to expanding. However, schools that go so far as submitting an application rarely get turned down for admission.
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Football: Playoff Game Preview Capsules


Bethel at No. 2 Woodinville (10-0), 7 p.m. Saturday at Pop Keeney Stadium

Lowdown: There’s no disputing Woodinville’s defense is fantastic. Only once have the Falcons allowed more than 14 points in a game. It’s fair to say that Woodinville hasn’t yet seen an offense of Bethel’s caliber. The Braves average nearly 500 yards per game and have been held under 40 points just twice. Bethel can score in bunches, but can its defense hold Woodinville in check? QB Brett Arrivey is poised and RB Alec Schwend is good for at least 100 yards per game. If you’re looking for an upset this weekend, this could be the game.

TNT pick: Woodinville 21, Bethel 20

Edmonds-Woodway (6-4) at No. 1 Bellarmine Prep (10-0), 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Tahoma Stadium

Lowdown: Good news for Bellarmine Prep: the Lions could welcome back RB/DB Isaiah Flynn, who’s missed the past four games with a knee strain, and RB/ILB Joe Lovejoy, who sat out last week with a knee injury. Flynn adds an explosive element to Bellarmine Prep’s rushing attack and Lovejoy is the heart of the Lions’ stout defense. After a miserable 0-3 start to the season, Edmonds-Woodway has been on fire, winning six of seven games – the only misstep a 35-31 loss to No. 8 Lake Stevens.

TNT pick: Bellarmine Prep 34, Edmonds-Woodway 17
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