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Tag: Puyallup

Sep.
17th

SPSL records revisited: Kentlake, Puyallup play one for the ages

Even three days later, both football coaches were still having difficulty realizing what happened Friday night.

“I am still worn out,” Puyallup High’s Gary Jeffers said.

“It is a difficult thing to come to grips with,” Kentlake High’s Chris Paulson said.

In game that that went well into the late night, Kentlake beat Puyallup, 76-55, in a South Puget Sound League crossover game at French Field in Kent.

A few SPSL single-game records were set:

* The 131 combined points eclipsed the previous mark of 128, set by Federal Way and Rogers in 2003 (Rogers won, 66-62).

* Kentlake’s 10 PAT kicks tied the league record set by Curtis (1991, 2010).

* In a losing effort, Puyallup quarterback Brendon Illies passed for 396 yards, and rushed for 176. His 572 total yards erased the SPSL record of 497, set by Kent-Meridian’s David Jones in 2010 against Tahoma.

* And if the SPSL kept any such record, the yardage the teams combined for – an astonishing 1,607 yards – would have likely shattered any such previous total.

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July
5th

Football: Lakes HS adds a QB, defensive coordinator

Rhys Gervais was a second-team all-SPSL South quarterback last fall for Puyallup. He has transferred to Lakes, the school he attended as a freshman.

Rhys Gervais is returning to where his high school career began.

Gervais, who attended Lakes as a freshman, has transferred to the Lakewood school from Puyallup High, Lancers coach Dave Miller confirmed.

Gervais, who was a second-team all-SPSL South quarterback last fall, provides a reloading Lakes squad with a run-pass threat at quarterback. Gervais completed 122 of 231 passes for 1,948 yards, 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions last fall, leading the league in completions, yards and touchdowns.
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May
25th

4A Baseball: It’s Puyallup vs. Kentwood for the state title

PASCO — It usually takes your best game to reach the championship of the 4A baseball state playoffs.

But sometimes, good enough will get you there.

Kentwood cobbled together four runs in the fourth and fifth innings with the help of two big errors, leading the Conquerors to an 8-5 win over Todd Beamer in Friday night’s state semifinals at Gesa Stadium.

The Conks also turned in the game’s biggest defensive play in the fifth on a Beamer mistake after a squeeze bunt for a potential tying run turned into an inning-ending double play when the bunt was popped up to catcher Reese McGuire.

“That was definitely the turning point in the game,” Kentwood coach Mark Zender said after the win over the Conks’ South Puget Sound League neighbor. “Baseball at any level is an emotional game, but especially at the high school level. For Beamer, that was a killer.”
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May
19th

4A soccer: Bellarmine tops Puyallup, advances to state semifinals

BY TYLER HEMSTREET
Contributing Writer

Nursing a 1-0 lead with two minutes to go until halftime, Bellarmine Prep boys soccer coach Joe Waters was making plans to talk about a conservative game plan for his team in the second half of its Class 4A state quarterfinal game against Puyallup.

His players had other ideas. They wanted to stay aggressive.

And Cooper Doxon’s goal in the 38th minute hammered the point home.

The Lions took advantage of the halftime lead and added two more goals in the second half, running away with a 4-1 quarterfinal win over the Vikings Saturday night at Harry Lang Stadium.

Bellarmine (14-1-2) will play Narrows League 4A champion Central Kitsap at 7 p.m. Friday in the state semifinals at Sparks Stadium. It will be the Lions’ seventh semifinal appearance under Waters.
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May
19th

4A baseball: Beamer, Kentwood, Puyallup advance to state semifinals

Where’s the best Class 4A baseball played in Washington?

That’s easy – the South Puget Sound League.

Three SPSL teams – traditional powers Puyallup and Kentwood, plus upstart Beamer – punched tickets to the state semifinals Saturday.

“Three SPSL teams in the final four,” Beamer coach Jerry Peterson said, “that’s pretty exciting.”
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May
10th

Boys Soccer: Video of Jefferson’s SPSL title win; district brackets

Jefferson outlasted Puyallup in the SPSL 4A title match Wednesday night, winning the game in a shootout, 1-0.

Raiders goalkeeper Luis Roman made two saves in the shootout — he also scored on a PK — and you can watch his game-winning save, preserving Jefferson’s 4-3 win in the shootout, and ensuing celebration below.

Here’s a link to my game story, which also includes a write-up on Emerald Ridge’s thrilling 3-2 win over Tahoma in the meeting of the SPSL North and South divisions’ third-place teams. Luke Munizza scored two goals on headers in the final four minutes, including the game winner with 3.2 seconds left.
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April
5th

Baseball: Rogers knocks off top-ranked Puyallup in extra innings

It took nine innings, but Rogers handed top-ranked Puyallup its first loss of the season on Wednesday evening, toppling the Vikings 5-4 at Heritage Park.

Rogers coach Brett Jaime had this to say about his team’s performance:

“Last night was a great win for us against a great team,” he said. “We had to play really well to win and we did Heath Dempsey, our starting pitcher has been amazing all year and was great again in that game. He shut down one of the top teams in the state for seven straight innings and gave our offense a

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Dec.
28th

Football: Recruiting updates on Garnett, Dozier, Banner; plus a peek at 2012 schedule

We’re gearing up for our annual football recruiting packages — Northwest Nuggets and Western 100 — and I’ve been laying the groundwork for those pieces by talking to some local players and coaches the past couple days. I wanted to pass along some timely recruiting tidbits and other football-related information:

GARNETT LEAVES PLAN UP TO TWIN SISTER
As Washington fans no doubt know, the Puyallup High offensive tackle is considering three schools: Stanford, Michigan and Notre Dame. Garnett said he won’t make a decision until after his official visit to Stanford on Jan. 14.

Garnett will play in the Under Armour All-American Game next week in Florida. He had planned to take an official visit to Miami after the game, but recently nixed that.

Garnett said he’ll make his announcement at the end of January at Puyallup High School. He’ll leave how his school of choice is revealed up to his twin sister, Rachel.

“My sister will be my planner,” he said. “She’s good at those kind of things.”
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