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Tag: Union

March
5th

VIDEO: Jordan Chatman’s full-court 3-pointer

If you followed the high school basketball state tournaments last week, you’ve probably heard about Union High guard Jordan Chatman’s full-court, buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the Class 4A state semifinals.

Watch the video. Be amazed. Watch it again.

Kudos to the cameraperson for following the shot.

There’s no fancy, trick editing. Not like this LeBron James Gatorade commercial.

I saw the shot. It really happened.

As amazing as the 86-footer was — a few media types measured it — it could have been much more.

The one-in-a-million shot could have sent the semifinal into overtime.
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March
3rd

Class 4A boys: Union tops Bellarmine Prep in consolation finals

Spent from playing a physically and emotionally draining semifinal contest less than 24 hours prior, Bellarmine Prep fell to Union 62-51 in the consolation finals of the Class 4A boys basketball state tournament Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.

“It’s tough, but I was real proud of our guys,” Lions coach Bernie Salazar said. “We played hard.”

Bellarmine Prep (24-5) claimed fifth place.

The seventh-ranked Lions lost junior Lucas Meikle, an all-league forward, two minutes into the game when his forehead smacked the court. The blow left Meikle with stitches and a concussion, Salazar said.
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March
3rd

Basketball: 4A, 3A consolation trophy game recaps

4A BOYS

No. 8 Mount Rainier 66, No. 3 Garfield 63: The Rams balanced offense overcame Garfield’s two-man attack in the fourth-/sixth-place consolation game.

Four Mount Rainier players, led by Caden Rowland’s 17 point effort, scored in double figures. Malik Rodgers had 14 points, Adrian Davis added 13 and Dwane Clay chipped in 10 for the Rams (20-11), who outscored the Bulldogs 18-10 in the fourth quarter.

A pair of junior wings powered Garfield (20-7). Tucker Haymond scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Trevaunte Williams totaled

3A BOYS

No. 7 University 63, No. 1 Kamiakin 50: Paced by

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March
2nd

Class 4A boys: No. 2 Central Valley 52, Union 51

The Bears’ withstood Jordan Chatman’s 29 points and miraculous full-court 3-pointer and escaped with the semifinal victory.

Central Valley (22-3) will play for the state finals for the first time since its lost the 4A title game to Franklin in 2006.

“This was the goal from the beginning,” said guard Gaven Deyarmin, who led the Bears with 11 points, seven assists and five rebounds. “Get to the finals”

Central Valley’s win was overshadowed by Chatman’s one-in-a-million shot at the end of the game.

After Deyarmin missed a free throw with a half second left the ball dropped into Chatman’s hands

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March
1st

Class 4A boys: Union 66, No. 4 Jackson 65 (OT)

Video of Union’s Tanner Nelson tying the score in regulation with 9.6 seconds left, and Jackson’s attempt to win.

Jordan Chatman’s 24-foot 3-pointer with 55 seconds left in overtime catapulted the Titans into the state semifinals.

“I was open,” Chatman said, “so I though I had to take it.”

When Union came out of a timeout, the plan was to get the BYU-bound Chatman the ball. But even his teammates were surprised that he attempted the long-range shot.

“I didn’t know he was going to shoot a 3 that deep,” said Tanner Nelson, who passed the

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Feb.
28th

Boys Basketball: Class 4A state tournament capsules

STARTING FIVE
G Zach LaVine, Bothell, Jr., 6-3

Electrifying underclassman might be best player in the state

G Tucker Haymond, Garfield, Jr., 6-5
KingCo 4A MVP averages 22 points, 10 rebounds per game

F Sefo Liufau, Bellarmine Prep, Jr., 6-4
All-around player can score, rebound, pass and block shots

G/F Jason Todd, Jackson, Soph., 6-5
Tourney will be his coming out party as one of the state’s best

G David Trimble, Davis, Sr., 6-2
Lightning quick 3-time league MVP has Pirates eyeing the title

POWER RANKINGS
1. Yakima Davis (20-2)

Making their third straight trip to state, the Pirates are primed to make a run at what would be their first championship since 1965. Davis’ losses have been to 3A No. 1 Kamiakin and Post Falls, the second-ranked Class 5A team in Idaho. With no players taller than 6-foot-4, the Pirates push the ball on offense and apply pressure on defense. Davis is balanced, with guards David Trimble and Raymond Navarro and forward Devonte Luckett averaging double-figures in scoring, and guard Cooper Kupp and Levonte Allen aren’t far behind.
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Feb.
24th

4A regional: Curtis falls to Union 58-47

Winning a bi-district boys basketball title is supposed to afford you a luxury matchup in the regional tournament, right?

Not so for the Curtis High Vikings.

Matched up for the second time in the postseason, Union High School of Camas made this one count more, eliminating fifth-ranked Curtis with a 58-47 victory in the Class 4A regionals at Auburn High School.

And Union’s two standouts – forward Tanner Nelson (23 points) and guard Jordan Chatman (21 points), who is headed to Brigham Young – pulled the Titans through to the next round, and to a site they are most comfortable in. Union won the 3A title in the Tacoma Dome in 2010.

It was clear the Titans had two missions Friday night – extend defensive pressure for 80 feet, then collapse down on Curtis big man Darius Johnson-Wilson, the SPSL South player of the year.
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Nov.
14th

Football: State quarterfinals schedule

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

CLASS 4A
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

CLASS 3A
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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