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Baseball: Four from South Sound selected to Area Code games

Four South Sound baseball players, including three from Rogers High, have been selected to play in the Area Code games this summer.

Utility players Michael Sexton and Stefan Van Horn and catcher Logan Ice of Rogers will play for the Kansas City Royals team. The trio will be joined by Kentwood High catcher Reese McGuire.

Of the 29 players on the Royals’ roster, 17 are from Washington.

The prestigious Area Code games will be played Aug. 5-10 at Long Beach, Calif.


Baseball: Rogers High pitcher throws no-hitter

Rogers’ Heath Dempsey threw a no-hitter on Thursday, leading the Rams to a 3-0 win over Federal Way. Dempsey struck out seven in seven innings, beating Eagles pitcher Darrien Moran, who fanned 10 in seven innings.

Rogers scored its three runs in the fifth inning when the Rams benefited from a walk and two errors.


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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4A girls regional: Rogers, Emerald Ridge fall

What was a fairy tale run for Rogers High’s girls basketball team came to an abrupt end Saturday in a Class 4A regional at Juanita High as the Rams fell to Eastlake, 75-35.

“I think we always believed in ourselves,” Rogers head coach Amy Looker said of the late season rally that saw the SPSL South’s third-place team reach the bi-district semifinals. “I don’t think a lot of outside people believed in us, but they just kept working hard every day at practice to make each other better. And we just kind of got better at the right time, at the end.”

However, in the end, it wasn’t enough as the harsh reality check on the Cinderella story was provided by Eastlake (15-9). Behind a barrage of 3-pointers, the Wolves dismantled the Rams.

The Rams (13-12) couldn’t recover from a second quarter that saw them be outscored 22-4. The lone field goal Rogers made in the quarter came on a fastbreak layup by Mackenzie Lancaster at the buzzer.
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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 »


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: G-K tops Rogers, 52-21

By Tyler Hemstreet
Contributing writer

After an 0-3 start to the season, the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles have turned things around.

The sudden resurgence now has them in running for a spot in the postseason.

The Eagles piled up 368 rushing yards and got a combined five touchdowns from Mike Ramos and Dylan Campbell, blowing out Rogers, 52-21, on Friday night in an SPSL South battle at Art Crate Field.

The win — the fourth in the last five games for the Eagles — also snapped a four-game losing streak to the Rams.

“Our kids are just playing harder,” G-K

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Football: Bethel crushes Rogers, 63-8

Contributing Writer
Three games into the high school football season and the Bethel High Braves are putting up basketball-like numbers on the scoreboard.

The Braves’ high-powered offense exploded for 49 points in the first half on the way to a 63-8 rout of Rogers in a South Puget Sound League game Friday night at Bethel High.

The huge point total comes one week after a 56-39 victory over Todd Beamer and two weeks after a 56-44 loss to Permian High of Odessa, Texas.

Do the math, and the Braves (2-1 overall, 2-0 league) are averaging 54.3 points per game, or more than one point per minute.

“If we keep executing like this than our offense could carry us a long way,” said Bethel senior quarterback Justin Hordyk, who completed 12 of 15 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns and ran the ball eight times for 96 yards and another score. “We’ve got a lot of weapons and a great offensive line. I really haven’t been touched all year.”
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