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Tag: Peninsula

Nov.
16th

Reminder of LIVE CHAT tonight from Peninsula-Bellevue quarterfinal

Hey folks! Headed up to Bellevue in a couple hours, and wanted to pass along a reminder than Peninsula Gateway sportswriter Neil Pierson and myself will hold a Live Chat starting at 6 p.m. PDT on-site from Bellevue High School.

Pierson has covered Peninsula the entire season, and can answer any team-related questions.

I can sit there and crack jokes – or give a statewide perspective of things.

Should be fun. Live chat will go as long as interest exists. Tune back in here later.

Aug.
1st

Football: Early look at 2012 SPSL 3A schedule

Can quarterback Domenic Rockey and Auburn Mountainview end Lakes' reign in the SPSL 3A? (TNT file photo)

With the high school football season a few weeks away, we’re continuing our league-by-league look at the 2012 schedules.

2012 SPSL 3A FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

WEEK 1
Decatur at Wilson
White River at Enumclaw
First-year Hornets coach Mark Gunderson makes his debut
Lincoln at Bonney Lake
Two first-time head coaches make the face off when Abes and Jon Kitna meet Panthers and Jason Silbaugh
Auburn Mountainview at Sumner
Woodinville at Lakes
Lancers’ brutal non-league schedule begins
Bellarmine Prep at Peninsula

WEEK 2
Renton at Decatur
Enumclaw at Central Kitsap
Mount Tahoma at Auburn Mountainview
Lakes at Bellarmine Prep
Early contender for game of the year in Pierce County — not counting playoffs, of course
Gig Harbor at Peninsula
Fish Bowl!
Bonney Lake vs. Sumner
No fish here, but the rivalry is just as heated
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Dec.
4th

Basketball: SPSL 3A boys, girls preview capsules

Editor’s note: We’re publishing our league-by-league basketball previews this week. We’ll run one or two previews each day this week.

Lakes High's Cedric Dozier did back-flips when the Lancers won the Class 3A boys basketball state title in March. (Staff photo)

SPSL 3A BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEW CAPSULES

CRYSTAL BALL
1. Lakes (25-3)
2. Decatur (17-9)
3. Auburn Mountainview (9-13)
4. Enumclaw (7-13)
5. Bonney Lake (7-14)
6. Peninsula (3-18)
*2010-11 records

STARTING FIVE
F Nate Guy 6-6 Sr. Lakes

Has developed into one of the best players in the South Sound, if not state

C Zach Banner 6-9 Sr. Lakes
Biggest big man in the state can gobble up boards, pile up put-backs

W Marion Beauchamp 6-3 Sr. Auburn Mountainview
First-team all-league player averaged 14.3 points. 7 rebounds per game

G Dom Hunter 6-0 Sr. Decatur
Someone must pick up scoring slack for Gators, Hunter is talented enough

G Andrew Holloway 6-2 Sr. Lakes
Point guard is at his best in the biggest games, which Lakes will have many of

FASTBREAK
Defending state champion Lakes intends on keeping the state trophy on campus, and with three starters back, plus the return of capable role players and talented newcomers, the Lancers could do exactly that. Read more »

Nov.
3rd

Football: Playoff Preview Capsules

4A PLAYOFFS

Bothell (6-3) at Bethel (7-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday
Lowdown:
Something’s got to give. Bethel has been held to fewer than 40 points just once this season – sixth-ranked Federal Way clipped the Braves 28-26 in Week 5 – while no team has scored more than 30 on Bothell. The Cougars have had success against the SPSL South in the postseason the past three years, winning all three of those games, including a 41-7 thrashing of Bethel in 2008. These Braves are much more potent. QB Justin Hordyk is a run-pass threat, compiling 2,558 yards of total offense (1,671 passing and 887 rushing). Bethel has a knack for forcing turnovers, posting a turnover ratio of plus-10 and that could be the difference against a tough Bothell squad.
TNT pick: Bethel 41, Bothell 34

Graham-Kapowsin (5-4) at No. 1 Bellarmine Prep (9-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Mount Tahoma
Lowdown:
The Lions could be shorthanded tonight, playing without RB/DB Isaiah Flynn and RB/LB Joe Lovejoy. Flynn returned to practice this week after missing the previous three games with a knee strain, while Lovejoy left last week’s 27-20 win over Gig Harbor with a leg injury. Sophomore RB Lou Millie should see a larger role if Flynn and Lovejoy can’t play. Lions coach Tom Larsen says the Eagles “look more like a No. 2 seed than a No. 4 seed,” pointing out that they’ve won five of their past six games.
TNT pick: Bellarmine Prep 34, Graham-Kapowsin 19
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Oct.
22nd

Football Roundup: Peninsula clinches home playoff game, Sumner freshman throws 6 TDs, plus more results

Home state play-in games in early November are starting to become the norm around Peninsula High School.

The seventh-ranked Seahawks assured themselves of another one – their third in the past four seasons – after routing Decatur, 48-3, at Roy Anderson Field in Purdy.

It appears after Peninsula finishes up the regular season next week at Enumclaw, a likely playoff game against Mount Si, the KingCo 3A’s third seed, will happen in the 10th week.

“That is huge for us,” Peninsula coach Ross Filkins said “We love playing at Roy Anderson Field. It will be big for our seniors to play there one more time. We were locked on that tonight.”
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Oct.
14th

Football: Peninsula holds up against Auburn Mountainview, 36-10

Neil Pierson
Staff writer

The Peninsula Seahawks have been receiving a lot of accolades for their
offensive play this season, but it was their defensive unit that came
through in a big way Friday night.

Seventh-ranked Peninsula picked off Auburn Mountainview’s Domenic Rockey
three times, and held the Lions without a touchdown for the first three
quarters to pick up a 36-10 win in Class 3A South Puget Sound League play at
Roy Anderson Field in Purdy.

Peninsula (6-1 overall, 2-1 league) moved into sole possession of second
place with the win, and set itself up to host a first-round playoff contest
if it beats Decatur and Enumclaw to close the regular season.
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Sep.
30th

No. 2 Lakes topples No. 5 Peninsula, 33-13

Neil Pierson
Staff writer

In a battle of two of the state’s best Class 3A teams, the Lakes Lancers simply had too many weapons for the Peninsula Seahawks to handle.

No. 2 Lakes scored three touchdowns in the second quarter Friday night and went on to a 33-13 win in the South Puget Sound League opener for both squads at Harry E. Lang Stadium in Lakewood.

One of the key moments of the contest came late in the second quarter after Peninsula had narrowed Lakes’ lead to 13-10. The Lancers pulled off a fake punt as part of a 77-yard, six-play drive, and scored with 8 seconds left on David Wood’s 14-yard pass to Sammie Long.

“We made some big plays at key times,” Lakes head coach Dave Miller said. “We didn’t play particularly well tonight. I think some of it was we haven’t played that level of competition.”

Fifth-ranked Peninsula’s defense bottled up the Lancers in the first quarter. Lakes managed only one first down on its first four series, including a turnover on downs at its own 40-yard line.
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Sep.
29th

Football: Three to See in Week 5

Three to See in Week 5

SPSL SOUTH
No. 9 Federal Way (4-0 overall, 4-0 league) at Bethel (3-1 overall, 3-0 league), 7 tonight

Lowdown: Federal Way’s dynamite defense collides with Bethel’s barnstorming offense in a contest that could determine the league champion. Led by DB D.J. May, LB Jordan Pulu and NG Uso Olive, the Eagles have stymied opposing offenses, holding them to only 54 points. Federal Way is particularly tough against the run, allowing a league-best 56.5 yards per game. But pass defense has been Federal Way’s Achilles heel – the Eagles rank dead-last in the league, allowing 186 yards per game. That bodes well for Bethel QB Justin Hordyk, who’s thrown for 838 yards and 8 TDs. Hordyk leads the SPSL in total offense, averaging 302 yards per game. RB Jeffrey Holder (359 yards and 7 TDs) gets the bulk of the Braves’ carries, while WRs Brandon Kirian and David Fontenette are Hordyk’s top targets.

TNT pick: Bethel 33, Federal Way 31
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