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Tag: Tacoma Baptist


Girls Basketball roundup: Another rough day for South Sound teams

No. 2 Burlington-Edison 53, Eatonville 38: The Tigers’ trio of lightning-quick guards proved to be too much for the Cruisers in the loser-out contest at Stanwood High.

Sydney Brown, Ryleigh Swagerty and Katlyn Mataya repeatedly poked or wrestled the ball away from Eatonville ball handlers and took the Cruisers (20-9) out of the game. Eighteen of Eatonville’s 24 turnovers in the game came via steals.

“Their guards are pretty impressive,” Eatonville coach Davina Serdahl said. “We knew their guards could be trouble coming in, and they did take us out of our offense a little.”

Laccie Hill scored a game-high 23 points and hit four 3-pointers for Eatonville, including three in the fourth quarter, while fellow senior Jessica Stead pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.

“We kept battling until the end,” Serdahl said. “I was proud of how my girls played. We’re still a young team, so we can learn from this. … It was great to see Laccie Hill and Jessica Stead play well in their final games.”

No. 6 W.F. West 46, No. 10 Renton 22: The Bearcats held the Indians to two points in the second half and secured a second straight trip to the state tournament with the loser-out win at Tumwater High.
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Williams is a Badger . . . who sings the fight song

Walker Williams finally exhaled Wednesday morning.

The day before, he had just finished up finals at Tacoma Baptist Schools. On Wednesday morning – national letter of intent day – he arrived at the library to the sight he had been waiting for.

Congratulatory cake of signing with Wisconsin was laid out on the table. A Badgers’ football promotional video was played. A personal slide show presentation went down.

But the real honor of becoming the third Tacoma Baptist football player to sign with an NCAA Division I school in 21 seasons?

Williams got to sing the Wisconsin fight song – by himself (“On, Wisconsin!”)
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Football: Walker Williams recounts Semper Fi bowl; turns down official visit to UW

Tacoma Baptist senior Walker Williams, a 6-foot-7, 315-pound offensive tackle bound for the University of Wisconsin, returned Wednesday evening from playing in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Phoenix.

Williams welcomed the chance to face elite competition.

“I went 100 percent on every play because you don’t want to look stupid on national TV,” said Williams, who had six pancake blocks in the game. “I don’t want to be on someone’s highlight reel.”

Williams enjoyed pageantry of the event. He also met three generals and a sergeant major, the highest non-commissioned officer in the Marine Corps.

“I wouldn’t want to get in a fight with that guy,” Williams quipped.

When Williams returned to school on Thursday, Washington offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto met him during Williams’ lunch period. The two chatted for about 30 minutes and Cozzetto asked Williams if he wanted to take an official visit to Washington. Williams declined and told Cozzetto that he had an in-home visit with Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema on Friday, Jan. 6.

“I told (Cozzetto) that there wasn’t anything in the forseeable future that would cause me to de-commit from Wisconsin,” Williams said.
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Football: Walker Williams to receive Semper Fidelis Bowl jersey Thursday

Walker Williams will be honored by the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Thursday at Tacoma Baptist. Williams is orally committed to the University of Wisconsin.

Here’s the release:

Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl Selection Tour Coming to Tacoma Baptist High School

Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl representatives are coming to Tacoma on Dec. 1 to present Tacoma Baptist High School’s Walker Williams with his invitation to the inaugural bowl game. The event will include a welcome presentation from bowl representatives and a special presentation of game apparel to Walker.

The classic East versus West gridiron matchup, presented by JuniorRank Sports in partnership

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Football: Quarterfinal preview capsules

No. 1 Bellarmine Prep (11-0) at No. 9 Skyview (9-2), 4 p.m. Saturday at Kiggins Bowl, Vancouver

Lowdown: Since losing to top-rated teams in Oregon and Idaho in the first two weeks of the season, the Storm have won nine straight games, never scoring fewer than 31 points. Skyview’s offense is balanced. RB Parker Henry has rushed for 1,667 yards and 24 TDs and QB Kieran McDonagh has completed 67 percent of his pass attempts for 1,698 yards, 18 TDs and two interceptions. Bellarmine Prep can run and pass, too. RB Isaiah Flynn, averaging more than 200 rushing yards per game, returned last week after missing a month due to injury. QB Sefo Liufau has thrown for 2,117 yards, 22 TDs and four interceptions. Bellarmine Prep has had a knack for making big plays at opportune moments and that could be the difference in this meeting of evenly matched teams.

TNT pick: Bellarmine Prep 31, Skyview 28
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Football: State quarterfinals schedule

I’ll update the football state playoff quarterfinal game time/date/location as they’re confirmed.

Union at No. 2 Woodinville, 2 p.m. Saturday at Pop Keeney Stadium
Central Valley at Skyline, 1 p.m. Saturday
No. 1 Bellarmine Prep at No. 9 Skyview, 4 p.m. Saturday at Kiggins Bowl, Vancouver
No. 8 Lake Stevens at No. 4 Eastlake, 7 p.m. Saturday

No. 1 Bellevue at No. 2 Lakes, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Harry E. Lang Stadium
No. 8 Kennewick at No. 4 Kamiakin, 1 p.m. Saturday at Lampson Stadium
No. 6 Meadowdale at No. 5 Camas, 5 p.m. Saturday at Doc Harris Stadium
Capital at No. 3 O’Dea, 1 p.m. Saturday at Seattle Memorial Stadium
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Football: Get your state playoff scoring updates here

We’ll be posting scoring updates of Friday’s first-round state playoff games tonight. Follow me on Twitter at @DougPaceyTNT for instant updates, or check back here throughout the night.

Friday’s football state playoff games

Union 31, No. 10 Kentlake 7 – Final
Central Valley 23, No. 3 Ferris 7 — Final
No. 9 Skyview 34, Kentwood 7 — Final

No. 1 Bellevue 42, Eastside Catholic 0 — Final
No. 2 Lakes 28, Mountain View 0 — Final
No. 5 Camas 48, No. 10 Kennedy Catholic 14 — Final
No. 3 O’Dea 17, Mount Si 3 — Final

W.F. West 52, No. 9 Sequim 21 — Final
No. 7 Lakewood 43, Lindbergh 14 – Final
Inrterlake 49, No. 10 Franklin Pierce 41– Final
No. 6 Archbishop Murphy 41, No. 2 Tumwater 6 — Final
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Football: Sneak peek at Tacoma Baptist

Coach: Mark Smith, 21st season
Top players: OL/DL Walker Williams, sr., 6-7, 320; OL/LB Andrew Talen, jr., 5-11, 185; OL/DL Caleb Wolf, jr., 5-10, 175; QB/LB Taylor Martindale, jr., 6-2, 200; RB/LB Brandon Hughey, jr., 5-9., 180; WR/DB Kyle Delegard, sr., 5-10, 170; WR/DB Kody Lyons, sr., 5-10, 165; TE/DB Drew Jordan, jr., 6-0, 185; OL/DL Josh Hammes, sr., 5-9, 185; RB/LB Zach Finley, sr., 5-9, 190; QB/DB Scott Peterson, sr., 6-2, 170; OL/DL Aaron Porter, jr., 6-0, 330.
Outlook: With eight starters on offense and seven on defense returning, the Crusaders are in

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