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Seattle Prep girls 36, Wilson 33 in 3A semifinal

By Todd Milles

Not once, but twice – Bethany Montgomery thought she was sending the Wilson High Rams to overtime.

And both times, she and the Rams had their hearts ripped out under the most peculiar of circumstances.

In an ending as controversial and it was climatic, fourth-ranked Wilson fell just short of Seattle Prep, 36-33, in the Class 3A state girls’ semifinals in the Tacoma Dome on Friday afternoon.

The Rams saw their best season in school history in stunning fashion. Meanwhile, what can you say about the No. 5 Panthers – they may not love close games, but

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Softball: Two Wilson High players sign letters of intent

Two Wilson High softball players will sign national letters of intent today.

Janessa Flynn will sign with Howard Universit and Alexa Olague will sign with Central Washington.

If you or someone you know is signing a letter of intent today, let us know by leaving the information in the comments section here or email me at doug.pacey AT


Girls 3A regional: Cleveland ends Wilson’s season, 46-41

As Wilson High’s girls basketball team exited a locker room for the final time this season after losing to Cleveland, 46-41 in a Class 3A regional Saturday at Rogers High, coach Michelle Birge had already tasked some Rams with an offseason challenge.

“We’re missing that consistent constructive criticism voice – it rings loud from me – but you need it to come from a player,” she said. “I’ve asked a few players to step up and do that and I have faith that they will.

“If they want to play Division-I basketball than you have to find that voice. There’s no quiet point guard, not quiet forwards.”

Fourth-ranked Wilson (20-4) played out of sorts through much of the loser-out game. The Rams turned over the ball on three of their first four possessions and endured a scoreless seven-minute stretch in the first half as No. 10 Cleveland built a 25-14 halftime lead.

Wilson finally came alive in the fourth quarter.
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3A regional: Lake Washington defeats Wilson 51-40

Take a tape measure to each of the starters on Wilson High’s boys basketball team and their heights won’t match what’s printed on the roster.

“We embellish our size,” Rams coach Dave Alwert said. “We’ve got a kid out there 5-foot, a kid 5-foot-5.”

For most of the season, Wilson played bigger than its size.

The eighth-ranked Rams rolled through Narrows League 3A play undefeated and claimed their first conference crown since 1998.

In a Class 3A regional Friday night at Rogers High, Wilson’s memorable season came to an end. Lake Washington High’s 6-foot-11 center Darien Nelson-Henry took advantage of the smaller Rams, leading the Kangaroos to a 51-40 victory in a winner-to-state game.
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3A Bi-District Basketball: Wilson boys, girls fall in finals

The win streak is over, but Wilson High’s season will continue.

Kennedy Catholic toppled the fourth-ranked Rams 65-62 in the finals of the Class 3A West Central/Southwest Bi-District boys basketball tournament Monday at Kent’s ShoWare Center.

“Maybe I jinxed it by saying something to the kids,” said Wilson coach Dave Alwert.

Or maybe Wilson (20-3) ran into an equally hot team in the Lancers, who ran the Tacoma gauntlet of Foss, Lincoln and Wilson in their past three games to the first bi-district title.

Kennedy (20-3) jumped out to a 21-12 lead in the first quarter. Star forward Mitch Penner scored at will, easily clearing offensive rebounds and getting put-backs. Penner finished with 31 points and 14 rebounds.
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Boys Basketball: Wilson nips Foss 54-52 in thrilling fashion

Wilson's Andraell Fountain battles Foss' Dezmyn Trent, background, while Wilson's Kevin Johnson foreground left, and Foss' Dontiea Hankins, right, during Friday's game at Foss. (Janet Jensen/Staff photographer)

When Foss High’s Dezmyn Trent swished his second free throw, tying the score with 2.6 seconds left, Wilson High’s boys basketball team didn’t panic.

Rams guard Kevin Johnson took the ball on the baseline and looked downcourt, ready to inbound to an open teammate. He spied Jaiden Martin and heaved the ball the length of the floor.

Martin caught the ball and banked in a 6-footer as the buzzer sounded, lifting Wilson to a 54-52 Narrows League 3A win at ninth-ranked Foss

“That last play (Johnson) made the absolute perfect throw,” Rams coach Dave Alwert marveled. “Jaiden with the catch and finish, you can’t draw it up any better than that.”

The win moves Wilson (3-0 league, 11-2) into sole possession of first place in the Narrows League 3A.
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Basketball: Narrows League 3A boys, girls preview capsules


1. Lincoln (21-4)
2. Foss (15-9
3. Wilson (17-5)
4. Capital (12-7)
5. Timberline (6-13)
6. Yelm (3-16)
*2010-11 records

G Isaac Barsh 6-4 Sr. Lincoln

Has really grown into the mold of big, smooth guard with clutch shooting stroke.

G Marcus Chambers 5-10 Jr. Foss
An ankle-breaking penetrator who is a lot to handle defensively out on perimeter.

F Tre’Shaun Lexing 6-5 Jr. Lincoln
A deluxe DI attraction – can shoot long range, but asked a lot to be “point” forward.

F Dezmyn Trent 6-4 Jr. Foss
He plays with energy and edge. Now that he has a year under his belt at Foss, watch out.

G Phoenix Waters 5-9 Jr. Wilson
The Rams’ leader is the best pass-first threat in the league; poised to take next step.

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Football: Capital rolls past Wilson, 41-14

The Capital High Cougars are locked and loaded for next week’s Narrows 3A League showdown with a very familiar foe – Timberline.

The Cougars did their part to keep a share of first place with the Blazers, pulling away in the second half for a 42-14 victory over Wilson at Stadium Bowl.

Both Capital and Timberline will enter that game at 3-0 in the Narrows 3A.

And look who was back – junior Kai Van Sickle, who missed almost a month with a concussion and high ankle sprain. He ran for a game-high 130 yards, and coach J.D. Johnson certainly liked seeing him out there.

“He was cleared last week, but that ankle was still holding him back,” Johnson said. “He came back tonight, and it was good to see him. He adds the dynamic of speed. He adds a little more giddy-up for us.”
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