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Football: Way too early Class 3A preseason state rankings

Here’s the second installment of our pre-preseason rankings. Click here to view the Class 4A rankings. Class 2A rankings will appear Thursday and Class 1A Friday.

One thing to keep in mind about the rankings is the some schools have been reclassified. For instance, Camas is no longer a Class 3A school. Click here for the 2012-14 enrollment cycle numbers.

That said, here is the way too early Class 3A top five.

1. Bellevue (14-0 in 2011)

Who’d you expect? Four state titles in a row and nine since 2001 cement the Wolverines at the top spot. RB Myles Jack, LB Sean Constantine are among the best in the state at their respective positions.

2. O’Dea (13-1)

Irish lost a lot to graduation, nut they’re always strong – O’Dea has reached state every year since 1994. Speedy RB Tatum Taylor is one of the state’s most exciting players.
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Football: 2012 Class 4A way-too-early preseason rankings

Can any team in Class 4A stop QB Max Browne and Skyline for a fifth state title in six seasons?

How to fill the slow days of June? Why not roll out some way-too-early high football rankings?

We’ll start with Class 4A today. Over the next few days, I’ll post my pre-preseason rankings for 3A, 2A and 1A, too.

I did this last year and the results were favorable. I correctly pegged the eventual state champions in 4A (Skyline), 3A (Bellevue) and 2A (Lynden). I had the right teams (Cascade Christian and Connell) at Nos. 1-2 in 1A, just in the wrong order.

So, there is some legitimacy to these rankings. But don’t get too fired up about them because they’re sure to change when the official preseason rankings are released in August.

Here’s the top five in Class 4A:

1. Skyline (11-3 in 2011)
Spartans lost three games last season and still won their fourth state title in five years. Oh, USC-bound QB Max Browne is back, too.

2. Bellarmine Prep (11-1)
Lots to like about the Lions with Colorado-bound QB Sefo Liufau, RB Isaiah Flynn and WR/DB Calvin Chandler returning.
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Basketball: 14 players with Washington ties in the NCAA Tournament

Gig Harbor High graduate Mathias Ward cuts down a net after leading Montana to the Big Sky Tournament championship last week. Ward is one of 14 players in the NCAA Tournament that played high school ball in Washington.

Are you looking for a team to back in the NCAA Tournament because your favorite school missed out? Maybe you want to root for a team with local ties?

Even if you’re not a Gonzaga fan, you still can.

Fourteen players that played high school ball in Washington are spread out among eight teams in the tournament. From Rainier Beach’s Nyandigisis Moikobu at Iona to Chelan’s Joe Harris at Virginia to the five Evergreen State guys at Montana, the state of Washington is represented in the NCAA Tournament.


No. 13 seed Montana Grizzlies
F Mathias Ward, 6-7, Junior, Gig Harbor c/o 2008
Montana’s third-leading scorer at 11.1 points per game is shooting 54.5 percent from the field

G Shawn Stockton, 6-1, Senior, Ferris c/o 2008
The Griz’ seventh man has played in all 31 of Montana’s games

G/F Kevin Henderson, 6-5, Freshman, Auburn c/o 2011
Henderson has played in 19 games, averaging 4.7 minutes per game
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Washington High’s Tuivaiave signs with WSU (exhale)

For a while, Jacob Tuivaiave wasn’t sure if he’d sign a letter of intent to play at Washington State University.

After WSU hired Mike Leach, the new coach’s staff re-evaluated the 19 players that had orally committed to the Cougars. For various reasons, nine were told they no longer had offers to WSU.

“After I heard coach Leach was coming, I was kind of nervous if he’d drop me like those nine guys,” Tuivaiave said. “Once I heard from him, it was a great feeling.”

On Wednesday, the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Washington High standout signed with the Cougars. Tuivaiave took his official visit to WSU last week and left impressed and excited.

“My impression of coach Leach was great,” he said. “He’s a great guy. His vision for WSU is very clear. I like how he came in and changed everything around.”

Tuivaiave played linebacker for the Patriots, earning SPSL 2A Defensive Player of the Year honors, but he expects to play defensive end or possibly outside linebacker.
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After months committed to UW, Rector switches to Stanford

It might have been the worst-kept secret around Bellarmine Prep the past week, but Michael Rector tried to play it as one.

Except for:

* He wore a Cardinal red shirt Wednesday morning.

* His father, Tony, donned a T-shirt and hat of the same color.

At about 7:40 a.m., Rector made the decision official – he was going to sign his national letter of intent with Stanford after being committed to Washington for much of the past seven months.

“It was extremely hard. I’ve grown up wanting to be a Husky,” Rector said. “But it came down to the education for me. Both schools have great programs … but my parents have sacrificed so much for me to have the top education possible, and I wanted to continue that trend.”
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