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Tag: Puyallup


Basketball: SPSL South boys, girls preview capsules


1. Curtis (23-6)
2. Federal Way (14-10)
3. Spanaway Lake (7-13)
4. Beamer (6-13)
5. Puyallup (21-9)
6. Emerald Ridge (2-18)
7. Bethel (10-13)
8. Rogers (17-8)
9. Graham-Kapowsin (1-18)
*2010-11 records

F Darius Johnson-Wilson 6-6 Sr. Curtis
Played a key role in Vikings reaching state finals last season

G D’Londo Tucker 5-11 Jr. Federal Way
Lightning-quick guard leads an attack that will push the tempo

F Braxton Tucker 6-4 Jr. Spanaway Lake
Double-double machine will emerge as one of league’s standout players

W Thomas Rhodes 6-3 Sr. Beamer
He’ll have more games with double-doubles than not

G Dom Jordan 5-9 Jr. Curtis
Experienced point guard can distribute ball and score when needed

The SPSL South is wide open this season. Want proof? None of the players selected to last year’s all-league first- or second-team return. Unlike in past seasons when there’s been a clear-cut frontrunner, expect a wild season filled with teams beating up on each other. Read more »


Football: Five Things to Watch in Week 10

SPSL North champion Kentlake will get an up-close look at All-America running back KeiVarae Russell when the Falcons host Russell and the Mariner Marauders in a Class 4A state play-in game tonight. Russell could have a hard time finding room to run – Kentlake’s rushing defense is second-best in the SPSL, allowing just 106.6 yards per game.

Second-ranked Lakes is piling up points, averaging a Class 3A-leading 55.4 points per game and winning contests by an average of 47 points per game. The flipside of those blowout victories is that the Lancers have played only one game without a running clock – it’s 33-13 win over No. 8 Peninsula in Week 5.

Since opening the season with three losses – all to ranked teams – Capital has turned into one of the hottest teams in the state, ripping off six consecutive victories. The Narrows League 3A champions will go for their seventh straight win and a trip to the state playoffs when they host West Seattle at 7 p.m. Saturday.
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Football: Playoff Preview Capsules


Bothell (6-3) at Bethel (7-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday
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
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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Puyallup’s Garnett receives Under Armour All-America Bowl jersey

Joshua Garnett received his ceremonial jersey from the Under Armour All-America Game this morning at Puyallup High School.

When the 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive tackle was asked what it meant to be selected to such a prestigious game, Garnett provided an answer that belies what has made him one of the country’s most sought-after recruits.

“It shows an accomplishment,” he said. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work the last couple years, but I know this is when the real work starts. I’ve got to get back in the weight room and start pumping iron more.

“Got to have all my workout buddies be on point for the rest of our lives now. No more high school stuff, just destroying people and throwing them on the ground. It’s really going to come down to who has the best technique, not who’s the biggest or strongest.”

Garnett understands that he’s a Friday night stud, but he’ll have to work to be a star on Saturdays, and possibly Sundays. Not every high school superstar makes that transition.
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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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Football: Puyallup rolls past Beamer, 64-28

Staff Writer

The entire Puyallup Vikings offensive arsenal was on display against the Beamer Titans.
Puyallup (5-3 overall) cashed in on nearly every opportunity on offense, cruising to a 64-28 victory against Beamer (1-7) on Friday night at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

Eight different Puyallup Vikings players scored touchdowns against the Titans.

“The score isn’t necessarily indicative of how things went. We felt pretty disjointed at times and really didn’t feel like anything came very easy,” Vikings head coach Gary Jeffers said. “We were certainly happy with the outcome and look forward to playing our great rival the Rogers Rams next week but we definitely have many things we can go home and work on from tonight.”
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Football: Bethel tops Puyallup 73-56 (yes, that score is correct)

As Bethel High coach Gavin Kralik finished compiling all the statistics from his wild South Puget Sound League South Division game against Puyallup – the two schools combined for a ridiculous 1,208 total yards – he looked over in his office, and his son was already snoozing

Imagine how Kralik’s quarterback, Justin Hordyk felt afterward.

As if Hordyk had not been the exemplary leader of the team up to this critical point Friday night – the winner would all but grab the SPSL South’s No. 2 spot behind Federal Way – the quarterback did it all in the Braves’ 73-56 victory over Puyallup at Art Crate Field.

Hordyk passed for 222 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for 204 yards. And when one of the Braves’ starting defensive backs came up hobbled late in the first half, it was the senior who went out and played cornerback – and had two interceptions.

“And he was homecoming king tonight,” Kralik said.
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Puyallup gets revenge on Emerald Ridge

For 364 days, the Puyallup High football team counted down the days.

The Vikings were intent on exacting revenge on Emerald Ridge after the Jaguars ended their 19-game losing streak against Puyallup last fall.

“That loss last year left a bad taste in our mouth,” Vikings senior lineman Joshua Garnett said. “We wanted to come out and dominate them.”

Puyallup did just that, trouncing the Jaguars 35-7 in a SPSL South contest Friday night at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

Garnett verbalized what many Vikings had felt for the past year. On Oct. 8, 2010, Emerald Ridge snapped what was then the longest current losing skid in Class 4A when it stunned Puyallup, 20-17.

The loss was the low-point of a season that saw Puyallup stumble to a 3-7 record, its worst in more than a decade. A year later, the Vikings (4-1 league, 4-2 overall) are tied for second in the SPSL South standings with a postseason berth within their grasp.

“We’re playing pretty well right now,” said quarterback Rhys Gervais, who accounted for five touchdowns for the second week in a row. “Our offense is clicking and the defense is strong.”
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