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Baseball: SPSL 4A playoffs pushed back to Friday, Saturday

UPDATE: Rain and unplayable fields forced today’s SPSL 4A baseball playoff games to be rescheduled.

Here’s the updated schedule:

At Heritage Park

Graham-Kapowsin vs Kentlake, 4 p.m.
Beamer vs. Tahoma (after GK-Kentlake)

At Curtis HS
Auburn Riverside vs. Emerald Ridge, 4 p.m.


Puyallup vs. Kentwood
Rogers vs. Kentridge


Baseball: SPSL 4A playoff schedule

All games will be played May 3 (weather permitting)

At Curtis High
Graham-Kapowsin vs. Auburn Riverside-Kentlake loser, 4 p.m. (Winner No. 9 seed to district, loser out)

At Heritage Park
Emerald Ridge vs. Auburn Riverside-Kentlake winner, 4 p.m. (Winner No. 7, loser No. 8 to district)
Beamer vs. Tahoma, 7 p.m. (winner No. 3, loser No. 4 to district)

At Kent Memorial

Rogers vs. Kentridge, 4 p.m (Winner No. 5, loser No. 6 to district)
Puyallup vs. Kentwood, 7 p.m. (Winner No. 1, loser No. 2 to district)

*I’ll post other playoff

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(COMPLETE) Basketball: 4A, 3A bi-district brackets coming into focus

Here are the pairings for the 4A and 3A West Central/Southwest bi-district boys and girls basketball tournaments.


First Round, Tuesday Feb. 14

Game 1: Rogers at Curtis
Game 2: Gig Harbor at Union
Game 3: Beamer at Federal Way
Game 4: Kentridge at Bellarmine Prep, 7 p.m.
Game 5: Evergreen at Kent-Meridian
Game 6: Kentlake at Olympia
Game 7: Mount Rainier at Central Kitsap
Game 8: Battle Ground at Kentwood
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Girls Basketball: Updated 2A SPSL/Seamount/Olympic tourney schedule

Two games have changed locations in the 2A SPSL/Seamount/Olympic girls basketball tournament. Sumner-Eatonville will be played at Clover Park High and Kingston-Port Angeles has been moved to Klahowya High.

At Clover Park

Game 11: Renton vs. White River, 6 p.m. (winner No. 1, loser No. 2 seed to district)
Game 12: Sumner vs. Eatonville, 2 p.m. (winner No. 5 seed, loser No. 6 to district)

At Klahowya
Game 9: Kingston vs. Port Angeles, 4 p.m. (winner No. 3, loser No. 4 seed to district)
Game 10: Lindbergh vs. Olympic, 12 p.m. (winner No. 7

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Basketball: Road to the Tacoma Dome, Class 4A edition

Gonzaga Prep held off Curtis and DaVonte Lacy (center) in the finals of the Class 4A boys basketball state tournament in 2011.

Just as I did during football season, I’ll break down how teams can qualify for the basketball state tournaments. Because the current state tournament format has been used only once, here’s a brief primer.

For instance, when I refer to the “regional round of the state tournament,” I mean the games that will be played on Feb. 24-25. These games will be played at sites around the state and you can see the venues for each classification here. Teams will not play in the Tacoma Dome, Yakima SunDome or Spokane Arena, depending on their classification, until the quarterfinals of the state tournament, which begin on Thursday, March 1.

That out of the way, here’s how teams will qualify for state:


CLASS 4A: Boys Basketball

Teams to state: Two, plus one to pigtail game with KingCo
Lowdown: The double-elimination tournament begins Wednesday (tonight). The top four teams from WesCo North and top four teams from WesCo South qualified. Two teams from this tournament will receive automatic berths to the regional round of the state tournament, while the third-place team will host KingCo No. 3 in a winner-to-state game on Feb. 21.
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Five Narrows League schools expected to apply for admission to SPSL

If you’ve read this story, you know major changes could be coming to the high school sports landscape in the South Sound.

As the story says, Bellarmine Prep, Central Kitsap, Gig Harbor, Olympia and South Kitsap are expected to apply for admission to the South Puget Sound League by Monday.

So, will they be accepted?

From the conversations I’ve had the past couple days with more than a dozen athletic directors, coaches and administrators, I can say with certainty that I don’t know for sure. From the SPSL’s perspective, there are positives and negatives to expanding. However, schools that go so far as submitting an application rarely get turned down for admission.
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Boys soccer: SPSL playoffs are tonight

Puyallup School District athletics director Rick Wells passed along the schedule for tonight’s SPSL 4A boys soccer playoffs.

Here it is:

At Federal Way High School

Game 1: Rogers vs. Kentridge, 4 p.m. (winner No. 9 seed to bi-district, loser No. 10)
Game 2: Puyallup vs. Tahoma, 6 p.m. (winner No. 5 seed to bi-district, loser No. 6)
Game 3: Beamer vs. Kentwood, 8 p.m. (winner No. 1 seed to bi-district, loser No. 2)
At Sparks Stadium
Game 4: Mount Rainier vs. Federal Way, 6 p.m. (winner No. 7 seed to

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