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Track: Foss’ Chambers advances to finals of USA Junior Outdoor Championships

Foss High's Marcus Chambers is competing at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships this weekend at the University of Indiana.

Foss High sprinter Marcus Chambers has advanced to the 200- and 400-meter finals at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships this weekend at the University of Indiana.

Chambers, who will be a senior in the fall, took second in his 200 heat with a time of 21.08 seconds. The time was the second-fastest

Chambers took third in his 400 heat, but turned in the fifth-fastest time overall, clocking 46.92 seconds.
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Class 3A Boys: Seattle Prep 47, O’Dea 42

These two Metro League powers know each other well, which provided for a back-and-forth affair most of the contest.

But with the game tied at 39-all, the No. 2 Panthers (23-5) made one final surge to put this one away, outscoring the No. 4 Fighting Irish 8 to 3 in the final two minutes of the game.

Seattle Prep faces No. 1 Kamiakin of Kennewick in the semifinals.

“We knew defense was going to win it for us,’ said Seattle Prep swingman DJ Fenner. “And what we did is we got stops, they fouled and we made our free throws down the stretch.”

The Panthers finished 14 of 20 from the free throw line, including 11 of 15 in the second half.

Fenner paced Seattle Prep with 15 points, while Mitch Brewe added 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Sekou Wiggs led O’Dea (20-8) with 15 points, and Dana Abe added 11.

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Class 3A boys: University 60, Lake Washington 55

The No. 7 Titans made a late push in the fourth quarter to move on to the semifinals where they will face Rainier Beach.

Lake Washington 6-11 big man Darien Nelson-Henry went down with a right ankle sprain early in the fourth quarter with the No. 10 Kangaroos (20-7) leading 46-41, and the Titans took advantage by pounding the ball inside.

Nelson-Henry had his ankle re-taped and returned with 3:32 left and his team up 52-51.

But Senior guard Jared Miller connected on back-to-back drives late in the game to put the Titans (20-4) up for good, 55-52 with just over two minutes left.

“Yeah, I think it was good to have him on the bench,” University head coach Garrick Phillips said. “But I didn’t mind playing with him out there either because he had to guard somebody on our team. And he didn’t want it to be one of our guys who could shoot.”

Junior Brett Bailey, an oral commit to the University of San Diego, led the Titans with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Matt Staudacher led Lake Washington with a game-high 30 points. Nelson-Henry finished with eight points and nine rebounds.

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Class 4A girls: Mount Rainier 57, Jackson 39

The top-ranked Rams’ start was certainly a luxury – a 22-3 lead in the first 91/2 minutes of the game – but the No. 6 Timberwolves never really were knocked cold until the fourth quarter.

Sophomore Brittany McPhee was sensational for Mount Rainer with 22 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. But after Jackson trimmed it to 42-31 early in the fourth quarter, the Rams went to others – with McPhee’s assistance, of course – notably Jordan McPhee (nine points), her younger sister, and post Kiana Gandy (16 points).

Jordan McPhee sank back-to-back baseline jumper, and Gandy owned the

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Class 4A girls: Central Valley 62, Eastlake 48

In the first few minutes, Bears’ coach Freddie Rehkow noticed awestruck post player Madison Hovren wandering a bit, looking up at the ceiling of the Tacoma Dome.

Rehkow yelled, “Move!”

It did not take long for the ninth grader to get her head back in the game, and acclimated to the big stage. She scored 18 points, matched only by teammate Brooke Gallaway as the fourth-ranked Bears cruised to their ninth semifinal in school history.

The Wolves made comebacks in spurts, mainly off their fullcourt zone pressure. And needing one more to get back into the game, they appeared to

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Tacoma, Auburn high schools have hoops jamboree on Saturday

Here’s the press release for Tacoma:


I am pleased to announce that the 2011 Narrows Hoop Go Round Jamboree will tip-off onSaturday, November 26th at Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington. The games will bring together all five Tacoma city schools for this showcase event. Teams that will be showcased are: Wilson, Lincoln, Foss, Mt. Tahoma and Stadium. Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. C-Team and Junior Varsity will tip-off at 2:00 p. m. and varsity teams will hit the floor at 6:00 p.m. Cost will be $5 for adults and $3 for students with an ASB card. Children 10 and under are free. Games will be played at the following times:
C-Team (Back Gym) Junior Varsity (Main Gym)
• 2:00 p.m. Mt. Tahoma vs. Foss
• 2:20 p.m. Lincoln vs. Wilson
• 2:40 p.m. Stadium vs. Foss
• 3:00 p.m. Lincoln vs. Mt. Tahoma
• 3:20 p.m. Wilson vs. Stadium

Varsity (Main Gym Only)
• 6:00 p.m. Mt. Tahoma vs. Foss
• 6:25 p.m. Lincoln vs. Wilson
• 6:50 p.m. Stadium vs. Foss
• 7:15 p.m. Lincoln vs. Mt. Tahoma
• 7:40 p.m. Stadium vs. Wilson

And here’s the information for Auburn:
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Tacoma School District sports will continue as scheduled during strike

With teachers on the picket line, Tacoma School District classrooms will be empty, but its playing fields will be full.

“It’s business as usual for sports,” Wilson athletic director John Portenier said. “We’ll continue to have athletics.”

Tacoma teachers met Monday evening for a vote and 87 percent of the Tacoma Education Association’s membership approved a strike.

While practices and events will continue as scheduled, there is one hitch. Coaches cannot step onto school campuses until 2:30 p.m.

“That’s after our contracted day as teachers,” said Foss High football coach Ken Baker, who also teaches math and wood technology.
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