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Tag: Preseason


Preseason all-state basketball teams: McPhee, Fletcher, Meikle, Dorsey headline


Brittany McPhee Mount Rainier F 6-0 Junior
A charging bull to the basket (22.0 ppg, 11.0 rpg); SPSL North MVP.
Kelsey Moos Reardan F 6-0 Senior
Small-school star with big-time scoring punch; Arizona State signee at wing.
Brooke Pahukoa Lake Stevens G 5-10 Senior
Straight from YMCA basketball to one of best guards around; Wesco MVP.
Chandler Smith Brewster G 6-1 Junior
Scored 35 points in last year’s ‘2B’ title game; top 2014 point guard recruit
Laura Stockton Gonzaga Prep G 5-6 Sophomore

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Football: First practice sort of a ‘housekeeping’ day at Steilacoom


If you’ve ever met Brian Koch, the Steilacoom High football coach since 2007, you’d know he’s the sturdy-framed, big-hearted type that likely fit in well in his hometown of Leavenworth.

Last season, he guided the Sentinels back to the Class 2A state playoffs for the first time in three seasons, losing to Othello, 14-0, in the first round.

So, why was Koch running late to the first day of preseason-camp practice Wednesday afternoon?

He was tightening the screw in player helmets and shoulder pads – just as a precaution.

“Had some concussion issues

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Football: Preseason state rankings for all classifications

Bellevue running back Ari Morales stretches for a touchdown in the Wolverines' 35-16 win over O'Dea in the 2011 Class 3A state championship game. (Photo credit: Peter Haley, TNT)

What do preseason rankings mean?

Not much, at least when it comes to qualifying for the postseason. Rankings still play no part in that process.

But they’re fun to debate — at least in every classification besides Class 3A, right Bellevue? — and, if enough research is done and luck accumulated, can be an accurate predictor of how the season might unfurl.

Take the TNT’s 2011 preseason rankings. We pegged the eventual state champions in 4A (Skyline), 3A (Bellevue) and 2A (Lynden). We ranked the eventual state champs in 1A (Connell) and 2B (Waitsburg-Prescott) second in their respective classifications and pegged the 1B winner (Neah Bay) fourth.

So, take these preseason rankings for what they’re worth — conversation fodder and the impetus for anonymous emails that will clog my in-box — and we’ll update them after each week in the regular season.

Tacoma News Tribune’s 2012 Preseason Football Rankings
(2011 records in parenthesis)

1. Skyline (11-3)
2. Bellarmine Prep (11-1)
3. Mead (9-2)
4. Skyview (11-3)
5. Federal Way (10-1)
6. Bothell (6-4)
7. Chiawana (8-1)
8. Issaquah (7-3)
9. Camas (11-2)
10. Wenatchee (5-5)
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It’s sunny, it’s hot and it’s mid-August…time for prep football camp

Unless you are at Mount Tahoma where preseason football camp opens at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, the rest of the schools will start up later – when the sun is up.

The plan right now is for me to hit Curtis High School in the morning to get a look at the Vikings, then rotate around Lakes High, Steilacoom High and finally motor on over the bridge to see Gig Harbor High under new coach Aaron Chantler.

Meg Wochnick, the Olympian sports reporter, will visit North Thurston High School in the morning where a few former Northwest Christian players will join the Rams (Northwest Christian is skipping football in 2012 due to poor turnout numbers).

Here is The News Tribune’s five-subject primer for the opening of camps in the South Sound:

With all due respect to Bellarmine Prep, which keeps knocking on the door in Class 4A; Lakes, which has the state’s biggest hurdle to clear – Bellevue – in 3A; and Tumwater and Capital, who now have to tangle with each other in Class 2A and the Evergreen Conference, the area program with the clearest path to a state football title is Cascade Christian in Puyallup.

Coach Randy Davis’ group has rolled to five consecutive appearances in the Tacoma Dome, winning the Class 1A state title in 2010, and falling a step short of repeating last season, losing to Connell.

The Cougars have their own issues to clear up, starting on the schedule. They open with a non-league game at Cashmere, then return to host Southwest Washington powerhouse Montesano the following week.

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Football: Way too early Class 2A preseason state rankings

Here’s the third installment of our pre-preseason rankings. Click here to view the Class 4A rankings and here to see the Class 3A rankings. Class 1A rankings will appear Friday.

One thing to keep in mind about the rankings is the some schools have been reclassified. Click here for the 2012-14 enrollment cycle numbers.

That said, here is the way too early Class 2A top five.

1. Lynden (14-0 in 2011)

All-Northwest Conference MVP Josh Kraght returns as Lions go for a fourth state title in five seasons

2. Capital (8-4)

A year removed from reaching 3A semifinals, Cougars are loaded with returning starters, including RB Kai Van Sickle
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