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Tag: Skyview

Aug.
15th

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)

CLASS 4A
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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Feb.
28th

Girls Basketball: Class 4A State Tournament Capsules

STARTING FIVE
G/F Brooke Gallaway, Central Valley, Sr., 5-10

Can fill it up fast, averaging 17.1 points per game

F Kristin Stoffel, Jackson, Sr., 6-0
Seattle U-signee averages 16 points, 8 rebounds

F Brittany McPhee, Mount Rainier, Soph., 5-11
SPSL North MVP on her way to stardom

C Ali Forde, Woodinville, Sr., 6-1
KingCo MVP will play volleyball, hoops at Idaho

G/F Brooke Bowen, Skyview, Sr., 5-10
Co-MVP of GSHL can score, board and pass

POWER RANKINGS

1. Mount Rainier (25-1)
Since dropping the South Puget Sound League championship game to Federal Way, 58-50, the Rams have played fantastically well. Mount Rainier has won each of the next five games – all playoff contests – by double-digit margins. Forward Brittany McPhee can run the court and assert herself in the paint. Forward Kiana Gandy provides another inside presence for the Rams. Guards Jordan McPhee and Amber Guillot
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Dec.
1st

Football: Championship game preview capsules, picks

FRIDAY’S GAMES

CLASS 3A
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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Nov.
26th

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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Nov.
25th

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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Nov.
24th

Football: Semifinal preview capsules

FRIDAY’S GAMES AT THE TACOMA DOME

CLASS 3A
No. 5 Camas (11-1) vs. No. 3 O’Dea (12-0), 7 p.m.
Lowdown:
The Papermakers have reached the semifinals for the first time in school history and run up against an O’Dea squad that is back at the Tacoma Dome for the first time since reaching the Class 3A finals in 2007. Camas’ defense has been lights out, holding nine opponents to six points or less and only one team – Class 4A semifinalist Skyview – has scored more than 14. Combine that with a balanced offense – QB Tony Gennaro has thrown for 2,335 yards, 30 TDs and 7 interceptions, and RB Zach Marshall has rushed for 1,052 yards and 15 TDs – and Camas will be tough to beat. O’Dea slipped past Capital last week, winning 19-16 in triple-overtime. Tatum Taylor can outrun even the fastest of football players – his 97-yard punt return for a touchdown against Capital was proof of that – and is a game-changer.
TNT pick: Camas 31, O’Dea 21

CLASS 2B
No. 4 Morton/White Pass (10-1) vs. No. 5 Napavine (11-1), 4 p.m.
Lowdown: Morton/White Pass jumped out to a quick lead against Adna last week in the quarterfinals and lets it dominant defense take over, holding on to win 13-12. MWP has posted eight shutouts and only one team has scored more than 13 points against it. Napavine beat MWP 14-7 in Week 3. Napavine returns to the semifinals for the first time since it claimed the Class 2B state title in 2008. The Tigers intercepted four passes in the first half of a 25-22 win over Tacoma Baptist in the quarterfinals. Tucker Stanley powers Napavine’s rushing attack
TNT pick: MWP 22, Napavine 16

SATURDAY’S GAMES AT THE TACOMA DOME

CLASS 4A
No. 2 Woodinville (12-0) vs. Skyline (9-3), 1 p.m.
Lowdown: Woodinville just keeps winning, and the KingCo champion Falcons are doing it with defense. No team has scored more than 17 points against Woodinville and only four have topped 10 points. Woodinville held high-scoring Bethel to just a touchdown two weeks ago and Union mustered nine in a 21-9 loss in the quarterfinals. DE Sawyer Whalen and RB Alec Schwend were KingCo Crown Division defensive and offensive players of the year. Since falling to Eastlake in Week 8, the Spartans have reeled off four straight wins. Skyline dropped out of the Class 4A rankings earlier this season for the first time in school history, but the Spartans are battle-tested and have plenty of experience playing in the dome, having won three state titles in the past four seasons.
TNT pick: Skyline 24, Woodinville 20
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Nov.
19th

Football: Skyview hands Bellarmine Prep first loss of season, 42-17

VANCOUVER – Bellarmine Prep knows the exhilaration the Skyview High football team felt as the final seconds ticked off the clock at Kiggins Bowl.

Last year, it was the underestimated Lions that punched a ticket to the Class 4A football state semifinals. On Saturday, the ninth-ranked Storm stunned top-ranked Bellarmine Prep 42-17 in the state quarterfinals, securing a trip to football’s final four at the Tacoma Dome.

“You’ve got to be perfect,” Lions coach Tom Larsen said. “Opening the second half, kids were hungry, kids were fired up. So were they. They kind of turned the tables, got the momentum.”

Skyview turned to running back Parker Henry, the leading rusher in Class 4A, after halftime. Behind an offensive line that dwarfed the Lions’ defensive front, Henry rushed for 184 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries.

“First and foremost, it’s not me, it’s my offensive line,” said Henry, who totaled a season-high 33 rushes for 230 yards. “I can’t say enough about those five, six guys. They’re amazing.”
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Nov.
19th

Football Live Chat: Skyview 42, Bellarmine Prep 17 – Final

Skyview ended Bellarmine Prep’s season, winning the Class 4A football state quarterinal 42-17 at Kiggins Bowl in Vancouver.