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March
1st

Class 4A boys: No. 1 Davis 79, Bothell 45

Four Pirates scored in double-figures and Davis shot a blistering 65.4 percent from the field, earning a second straight trip to the state semifinals.

“We’ve been waiting for this all week,” said guard David Trimble, who totaled 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Forward Devonte Luckett scored 23 points on 11-for-15 shooting from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds. Guard Cooper Kupp poured in 19, going 3-for-5 from beyond the arc, and guard Raymond Navarro added 11 points, hitting all three of his 3-point attempts.

Bothell guard Zach LaVine managed to score 20 points, but Davis made him work hard for his points. LaVine went 8 for 20 from the field. Perrion Callandret chipped in 12 points.
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March
1st

3A Boys: Rainier Beach 67, Mountlake Terrace 51 (Video interview with Anrio Adams)

Rainier Beach guard Anrio Adams, a University of Kansas recruit, talks after the Vikings’ quarterfinal win over Mountlake Terrace.

In the opening game of the Class 3A boys tournament, Kansas-bound guard Anrio Adams paced the Vikings (25-3) with 24 points and six rebounds, as Rainier Beach advanced to the semifinals by running away from the Hawks in the second half.

“The biggest thing is they stuck with the game plan,” Rainier Beach head coach Mike Bethea said. “We wanted to come down here and be able to execute in the half court if we didn’t have our transition game. And they did a great job of that.”

Down 30-18 at halftime, Mountlake Terrace scored seven straight points to open the third quarter, capped by a long 3-pointer from the wing by Marquis Armstead.

But it was all Vikings from there, as Rainier Beach turned up the heat defensively, scoring 21 points off of 17 Mountlake Terrace (23-2) turnovers.
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Feb.
29th

Boys Basketball: 4A, 3A state quarterfinals recaps

We’ll be live-chatting the 4A and 3A boys basketball state tournament at the Tacoma Dome over the next three days.

4A boys: No. 1 Davis 79, Bothell 45 – Game Story

4A boys: No. 7 Bellarmine Prep 66, No. 8 Mount Rainier 50 – Game Story

4A boys: Union 66, No. 4 Jackson 65 (OT) — Game Story with video

4A boys: No. 2 Central Valley 53, No. 2 Garfield 52 – Game Story

3A boys: Rainier Beach 67, Mountlake Terrace 51 – Game Story and video interview with Anrio Adams

3A boys: University 60,

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Feb.
29th

Girls Basketball: 4A, 3A state quarterfinal recaps

3A girls: No. 3 Franklin 64, No. 2 Kamiakin 51 – Game Story

3A girls: No. 10 Cleveland 39, No. 8 Shorecrest 32 – Game Story

3A girls: No. 1 Prairie 64, No. 9 Lakeside 50 — Game Story

3A girls: University 45, No. 5 Seattle Prep 34 — Game Story

4A girls: No. 4 Central Valley 62, Eastlake 48 – Game story

4A girls: No. 1 Mount Rainier 57, No. 6 Jackson 39 – Game Story

4A girls: No. 9 Gonzaga Prep 60, No. 3 Woodinville

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Feb.
29th

Basketball: Four things to watch at the 4A, 3A state tournaments

1. METRO LEAGUE RETURN TO DOMINANCE?
Used to be, it seemed like the Class 3A boys basketball state tournament was an extension of the Metro League playoffs and teams from around the state were invited as fodder for early rounds in the tourney.

From 1997 to 2009, a Metro team won state 11 times and played in the finals the two years it didn’t win.

But since a Peyton Siva-led Franklin team was crowned in 2009, Metro teams haven’t been able to get past the semifinals. Can second-ranked Seattle Prep, No. 3 Rainier Beach or No. 4 O’Dea end that trend?

2. 4A BOYS FIELD ‘WIDE OPEN’
Remember when everyone could point to Ferris being the clear-cut favorite to win the Class 4A boys basketball championship in 2007 and 2008? Or Federal Way in 2009?

That’s not the case this week.

The consensus among coaches at the tournament draw on Sunday was the state trophy is up for grabs.

“It’s wide open,” Bellarmine Prep coach Bernie Salazar said.

Sure, Davis of Yakima and Bellarmine Prep have spent time atop the state rankings this season, but neither is a lock reach the finals. Strong cases can be made for all eight teams, including unranked Bothell and Union.
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Feb.
8th

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:

ROAD TO THE TACOMA DOME

CLASS 4A: Boys Basketball

WESCO
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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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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March
2nd

Basketball: Class 3A boys, girls state tournament preview capsules

CLASS 3A BOYS BASKETBALL

TNT pick: O’Dea 72, Bellevue 68

Starting 5
F Mitch Brewe Seattle Prep 6-8 Junior

A beast inside at 6-8 with a blue collar work ethic, he’s averaging 22 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
F Nate Sikma Bellevue 6-6 Senior
Don’t let his 6-6 frame fool you, Sikma is a shooter like his father, Jack. He averages 20 points and 10 rebounds pergame.
G Case Rada Kamiakin 6-2 Senior
He was named Big 9 MVP, despite averaging just 13.1 points per game. But he’s sacrificed his stats for wins instead.
G Dustin Watts O’Dea 6-2 Senior
Not flashy, but solid. He does all the little things for his team whether it’s scoring, passing, defending or rebounding.
G Keon Lewis Chief Sealth 6-0 Senior
A big, strong physical guard that will go to the basket, absorb contact and still finish. But he can also step out and shoot.

POWER RANKINGS
O’Dea Fighting Irish (23-3)

The Irish have been the top team in 3A for most of the season for a good reason. They have a solid 1-2 combo in Donald Watts and slick scoring guard Sekeo Wiggs (21 ppg). O’Dea also has good supporting cast with dish-first point guard Jalen Ward (10.1 ppg and 4 apg) and hardworking forwards Darrias Sime and Keenan Durham. A couple of late season losses seem to have been a wake-up call for the Irish.
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