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Tag: Steilacoom


Football: First practice sort of a ‘housekeeping’ day at Steilacoom


If you’ve ever met Brian Koch, the Steilacoom High football coach since 2007, you’d know he’s the sturdy-framed, big-hearted type that likely fit in well in his hometown of Leavenworth.

Last season, he guided the Sentinels back to the Class 2A state playoffs for the first time in three seasons, losing to Othello, 14-0, in the first round.

So, why was Koch running late to the first day of preseason-camp practice Wednesday afternoon?

He was tightening the screw in player helmets and shoulder pads – just as a precaution.

“Had some concussion issues

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It’s sunny, it’s hot and it’s mid-August…time for prep football camp

Unless you are at Mount Tahoma where preseason football camp opens at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, the rest of the schools will start up later – when the sun is up.

The plan right now is for me to hit Curtis High School in the morning to get a look at the Vikings, then rotate around Lakes High, Steilacoom High and finally motor on over the bridge to see Gig Harbor High under new coach Aaron Chantler.

Meg Wochnick, the Olympian sports reporter, will visit North Thurston High School in the morning where a few former Northwest Christian players will join the Rams (Northwest Christian is skipping football in 2012 due to poor turnout numbers).

Here is The News Tribune’s five-subject primer for the opening of camps in the South Sound:

With all due respect to Bellarmine Prep, which keeps knocking on the door in Class 4A; Lakes, which has the state’s biggest hurdle to clear – Bellevue – in 3A; and Tumwater and Capital, who now have to tangle with each other in Class 2A and the Evergreen Conference, the area program with the clearest path to a state football title is Cascade Christian in Puyallup.

Coach Randy Davis’ group has rolled to five consecutive appearances in the Tacoma Dome, winning the Class 1A state title in 2010, and falling a step short of repeating last season, losing to Connell.

The Cougars have their own issues to clear up, starting on the schedule. They open with a non-league game at Cashmere, then return to host Southwest Washington powerhouse Montesano the following week.

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Basketball: SPSL 2A boys, girls preview capsules

Clover Park guard David Crisp celebrates after winning the Class 1A state title in March.

Feature story on Clover Park sophomore guards Ahmaad Rorie and David Crisp — click here


1. Clover Park (27-3)
2. Sumner (16-8)
3. White River (10-15)
4. Eatonville (9-11)
5. Steilacoom (3-17)
6. Fife (18-9)
7. Washington (6-14)
8. Franklin Pierce (15-13)
*2010-11 records

G David Crisp 6-0 Soph. Clover Park
One half of the best guard tandem in the state, regardless of classification

G Billy Kiel 5-11 Sr. White River
Owns school’s single-game scoring record with 38 points

F Bryce Miller 6-6 Sr. Fife
Perhaps the league’s best big man, could average a double-double

G Ahmaad Rorie 6-0 Soph. Clover Park
The other half of the Warriors’ standout backcourt can light it up, too

G Erik Swartout 6-1 Sr. Eatonville
First-team all-league pick averaged 14.6 points, 5.5 assists per game

The SPSL 2A is loaded with talented, experienced teams. Leading the pack is Clover Park, the defending Class 2A state champions. Read more »


Football: Another wild finish in SPSL 2A?

Earlier today, I posted our Class 2A football playoff projections and briefly outline the postseason scenarios in the SPSL 2A. Because there are so many possible outcomes, I wanted to provide a more in-depth explanation on the matter.

But first, here are this week’s matchups, along with each team’s league record:

Franklin Pierce (5-1) at Washington (3-3)
Clover Park (2-4) at Steilacoom (4-2)
White River (5-1) at Sumner (2-4)
Eatonville (2-4) at Fife (1-5)

Four teams will advance to the Week 10 state play-in round. Courtesy of SPSL 2A football commissioner Matt Mueller, athletic director at Eatonville, Here’s a breakdown of how some teams can advance:
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Football Roundup: Lakes wins big; Bonney Lake QB sets school record

At Lakes 69, Enumcalaw 0:
The No. 2 Lancers scored on seven touchdowns of 40 yards or longer – highlighted by Charles Hall’s 95-yard scamper in the first quarter – in a big win at Harry E. Lang Stadium.

At Bonney Lake 49, Decatur 6: Chris Brown tossed a school-record seven touchdown passes – four going to Zach Zaragoza (16, 20, 12 and 22 yards) and the Panthers won at Sunset Chev Stadium.
Decatur was limited to 83 total yards.

Steilacoom 30, at Fife 25:
Jacob Esseln won it for the Sentinels with his 1-yard touchdown run in the final minutes as the Steilacoom won on the road.
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Prep Football: Big Games of Week 4

Here are capsule previews of the Friday night’s big games in Week 4.

SPSL South
4A No. 10 Graham-Kapowsin (2-0 league, 3-0 overall) at 4A No. 2 Curtis (3-0, 3-0), 7 p.m. Friday

The lowdown: If it’s possible to win a league title in Week 4, this is one game where it could happen. The only remaining undefeated SPSL South squads will square off in what should be a hard-fought, close contest. Offensively, both teams have different strengths. The Eagles have relied on a powerful ground game. RB Matt Dawley is a workhorse, leading the league in rushing attempts (86) and yards (622), while Dalton Dorosky has shown big-play abilities, running for 189 yards on seven carries. Curtis has the ultimate play-maker in Rahmel Dockery. Read more »