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Tag: Skyline


Inglemoor girls 44, Skyline 34 in 4A consolation

By Kevin Manning

It was ugly, but the No. 6 ranked Inglemoor girls were able to put their disappointment from Thursday night aside, and pull off a 44-34 Class 3A consolation-round win over No. 8 Skyline in the Tacoma Dome on Friday.

In the first half, the Vikings struggled to score, shooting 26-percent from the floor.

After halftime, out came a Inglemoor different team.

After the half, the Vikings’ standout sophomore Deja Strother (18 points, 7-of-11 field goals) no longer allowed the Spartans to push her around.

“At the half we decided we were going to go inside. That’s where

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Mead girls 53, Skyline 33 in 4A quarterfinals

By T.J. Cotterill

If defense wins championships, then there is a lot to say about the top-ranked Mead High School girls, who put the clamps on Skyline in a 53-33 victory against Skyline in the 4A quarterfinals Thursday.

Mead’s defense held the Spartans to 14.7 percent shooting (5 of 34) in the first half. The Panthers led 22-3 after the first quarter. And Skyline’s Colorado-bound Haley Smith? She was held to six points (2-of-15 shooting)

“We contested shots and that was our goal: No uncontested shots,” said Mead coach Quantae Anderson. “We did a really good job of contesting almost

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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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VIDEO: Skyline QB Max Browne talks about Elite 11, USC, going for another title

I caught some of the high school football camp at the University of Puget Sound today. Bonney Lake, Kentwood, Ballard, Hazen and Skyline were on the practice fields when I was there. Tahoma, Kentridge, Timberline, Enumclaw and Auburn Riverside were in the other practice session.

I caught up with Skyline quarterback Max Browne after the Spartans’ morning practice. Browne, one of the top high school quarterbacks in the country, is orally committed to Southern California. In two seasons as a starter, Browne has thrown for 8,216 yards and 95 touchdowns.

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Football: Championship game preview capsules, picks


No. 1 Bellevue (13-0) vs. No. 3 O’Dea (13-0), 7:30 p.m.

Lowdown: All the stands in the way of a fourth straight state championship for Bellevue is the last team that beat the Wolverines in the state playoffs. O’Dea’s ball-control offense grinded out a 21-13 win over No. 5 Camas in the semifinals. The Irish held the ball for 13 of the final 14 minutes of the game. If O’Dea can exert its will along the line of scrimmage against Bellevue, get some big plays from running backs Jayshawn Jordan and Jomari Brooks and a couple long kickoff or punt returns from Tatum Taylor, the Irish will push Bellevue to the limit. That’s easier said than done. Bellevue has already knocked off the second- and fourth-ranked teams in the state (Lakes and Kamiakin), holding them to a combined 24 points, and is intent on claiming its 10th state title. Stopping the Wolverines isn’t easy. QB Tyler Hasty and running backs Ari Morales, Myles Jack, John Nguyen, Joey Moore and Andy Bouleware have all had big games this season.

TNT Pick: Bellevue 27, O’Dea 17
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4A Football Championship Game set: Skyline vs. Skyview

Come on. Be honest.

Did you really think Skyline would allow the Class 4A football state finals to be played without the Spartans?

Unranked Skyline, losers of three regular-season games that knocked the Spartans from the Class 4A Top 10 for the first time in school history, is back in the state title game for the fourth straight season.

“Our record’s not pretty, yeah we’re 10-3,” quarterback Max Browne said. “You hate to lose, but the cliché’s right – you learn from losing.”

Skyline held off second-ranked Woodinville 26-21 on Saturday afternoon at the Tacoma Dome and will meet ninth-ranked Skyview, a 38-14 winner over No. 8 Lake Stevens in the evening game, in the finals.

The Spartans were 6-3 when they entered the postseason. They’ve reeled off four straight victories, looking like the championship-caliber team they were believed to be – and still are – when they began the 2011 season ranked No. 1.
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4A Football Semifinal: Skyline holds off Woodinville, 26-21

Mat Taylor felt like he had already seen this game.

As Woodinville came within a touchdown of Skyline in the final two minutes, then recovered an onsides kick in the Class 4A football state semifinal, the Spartans coach couldn’t help but recall a playoff game from 2010.

“Oh, I was terrified,” he said. “It was a lot like last year against Curtis (in the semifinals). You think you have the game wrapped up, here they come.”

Just like last season, Skyline held off a late charge, emerging with a 26-21 win over second-ranked Woodinville Saturday afternoon at the Tacoma Dome.
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Football: Saturday semifinals live chats from the Tacoma Dome

We’ll be live-chatting throughout Saturday for the four semifinals at the Tacoma Dome. Join us to talk about the games, players and potential championship matchups.

Here’s the game schedule:
10 a.m. — Class 2A: Lynden vs. W.F. West
1 p.m. — Class 4A: Woodinville vs. Skyline
4 p.m. — Class 1A: Cascade Christian vs. Montesano
7 p.m. — Class 4A: Skyview vs. Lake Stevens

Here’s our football coverage in today’s paper:

Game preview on Cascade Christian-Montesano

Game story on O’Dea’s 21-13 win over Camas — O’Dea controlled the ball for 13

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