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Tag: Orting


Wrestling: Top-ranked Orting sends 17 wrestlers to Mat Classic

From staff writer Todd Milles:

Different venue, same result as last weekend’s district meet — the Cardinals sent 13 to the finals at their Class 1A Region I tournament Saturday at Bellevue Christian.

And the three-time defending state 1A champions crowned six champions — Fred Green (106 pounds), Austin Dodson (113), Drew Templeman (126), Shannon Maris (138), Mike Moniz (145) and Dalton Evanger (152) — and qualified 17 wrestlers for Mat Classic.

“We got some young kids we are taking to state that we did not think would get there,” Orting coach Mike Sowards said.
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Basketball: Nisqually boys, girl basketball preview capsules


1. Life Christian (15-6)
2. Vashon (17-10)
3. Cascade Christian (25-2)
4. Seattle Christian (11-10)
5. Chimacum (5-15)
6. Orting (6-15)
7. Charles Wright (6-14)
*2010-11 records

G Jordan King 6-1 Sr. Life Christian
Father is former NBA player, current coach of WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury Corey Gaines

F Karson Kuehner 6-3 Jr. Life Christian
Great athlete can make plays on offense and defense

P Shawn Spencer 6-9 Jr. Cascade Christian
Constantly improving, no player in the league can match his size

F Beau Iverson 6-8 Jr. Charles Wright Academy
All-league football player has emerged as a force in the paint

G Richard Jensen 6-1 Sr. Seattle Christian
Second-team all-league player started season off with a bang, scoring 18 in a win over Steilacoom

A team from the Nisqually League has claimed the Class 1A state championship in each of the past four seasons. If that streak continues, it’s anyone’s guess as to what team will emerge. Most teams are searching for new leaders – 16 of the league’s top 20 scorers graduated. Read more »


Wrestling: Rankings, plus big non-league match Wednesday night

Here are the current state rankings from

Two of the top four teams in the rankings — No. 2 Enumclaw and No. 4 Orting — will clash at 7 p.m. Wednesday night when the Cardinals visit the Hornets in a non-league match. The TNT will have a reporter and photographer at the match, so check Thursday’s newspaper or our website for results from the action.


Prep Football: Big Games of Week 9

Previews of the Big Games of Week 9

3A No. 6 Lakes (4-0 league, 7-1 overall) vs. Bonney Lake (4-0, 7-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Sunset Chev Stadium
The upstart Panthers will try to slay traditional power Lakes when the two meet with the SPSL 3A title and a home playoff game on the line. Bonney Lake has the league’s top-rated offense (427.8 yards per game) and defense (215.9). QB Chris Brown (129-of-196 for 2,091 yards, 26 TDs) and WR Austin Marshall (61 catches for 1,111 yards, 18 TDs) are have record-setting seasons, but RB Tyler Babukas is quietly having a spectacular season. Read more »


Wrestling Rankings: Is 1A Orting the most dominant wrestling team in the state?

After the Cardinals’ showing at the Central Kitsap Matman tournament on Saturday, I’d say there’s little doubt that Orting is the state’s best team this season. This came a week after the fine folks at ranked the Cardinals No. 1 in the state, regardless of classification.

The CK Matman tourney drew some of the state’s best teams — Lake Stevens, Tahoma, Graham-Kapowsin, Rogers of Puyallup, Enumclaw and Kentwood, among others — and Orting finished nearly 50 points in front of the second-place team. The Cardinals sent six wrestlers to the finals and four won – Drew Templeman at 119 pounds, Jesse Akins at 130, Garrett Mann at 135 and Taylor Meeks at 189. Meeks’ title match against Tahoma’s Nick Bayer pitted a pair of two-time state champions and Meeks won 3-1.
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Girls Soccer: State First Round Results

Here’s a roundup of how South Sound girls soccer teams fared in first round state tournament games Tuesday night. Click on “CLASS” for links to each state bracket.

Monroe 5, Emerald Ridge 1:
The Bearcats scored the upset of the first round, knocking off the previously undefeated Jaguars (18-1-0).

Issaquah 3, Bellarmine Prep 0: Kristen Maris scored three goals as the Eagles ended Bellarmine Prep’s season. The Narrows League regular season champions finish the season at 18-3-1.
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Orting, Port Townsend, Vashon set for mini-playoff

Cascade Christian’s 38-28 win over Vashon, plus Orting and Port Townsend victories on Wednesday set up a mini-playoff to extend the season for two teams.

At 7 p.m. Saturday at Franklin Pierce High School, Orting will play Port Townsend in a 24-minute game. The winner will clinch a postseason berth and the right to face Vashon later that night in a seeding game. A very fortunate coin flip determined that the Pirates would play in the second game.

The winner of the second game will host the No. 3 team from the Northwest District, while the loser will

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