A FEW THOUGHTS BEFORE I HEAD OUT
The gap between Newport and Bellevue hasn’t been smaller this decade. But Bellevue is still the superior team in this cross-town rivalry.
Bellevue came out playing goalline offense most of the night, methodically moving the ball and making few mistakes in its win. The Wolverines won’t blow anyone away with this win, like Skyline or O’Dea did this weekend, but they do move on, and that’s what most important to the them.
Newport hung tough, but Bellevue never made the mistake that would allow the Knights to start thinking upset.
Here are the scores and results I have at this moment:
SWIMMING: Inglemoor and Garfield tied for the Class 4A state championship.
VOLLEYBALL: Hanford 3, Auburn Riverside 0 (Auburn Riverside finishes second).
Bothell 31, Central Kitsap 17
Oak Harbor 30, Olympia 21
Kennewick 27, Camas 7
FINAL SCORE: Bellevue 21, Newport 10. Have to write on deadline. More to come later…
HALFTIME: Bellevue 14, Newport 10. Bellevue scored first, on an 11-yard Eric Nelson run with 10:52 left in the second quarter. Then Newport tied it with 3:21 left on a 74-yard run by quarterback Bobby Wenger. But only three plays later, Bellevue scored on a 69-yard pass — and in the wing-T offense, that qualifies as a trick play — from Tommy Castle to Brayden Van Ackeren.
Newport kicked a field goal with seven seconds left to cut the lead to 14-10.
We have two more football scores for you:
Edmonds-Woodway 37, Snohomish 17
Lewis & Clark 21, Woodinville 7
EARLIER: We’re about 30 minutes from the kickoff between Bellevue and Newport, and it’s safe to say there’s a different atmosphere here than the earlier game. The stands aren’t even half full for this, a playoff game between cross-town rivals. I’m not exactly sure what’s going on in Bellevue tonight, but there must be something.
But I wanted to take this time to catch you up on some of today’s events. First off, volleyball. Auburn Riverside will play Hanford tonight at 8 p.m. in the Class 3A championship game. Bishop Blanchet made the semifinals.
In Class 4A, Kentwood and Rogers of Puyallup lost five-game heartbreakers in the semifinals. Lewis and Clark will play Mead in tonight’s final.
The Class 3A girls swimming championship is over and Kennedy won its first state swimming championship in school history.
The girls Class 4A swimming championship is under way. We’ll have much on that, and all of the state soccer games, in tomorrow’s newspaper.
There is one other score I wanted to share. In football, top-ranked Lakes wasn’t the only state power to lose. Third-ranked Kamiakin lost 20-6 to Southridge of Kennewick. That means the winner of this game between Newport and Bellevue will head to Southridge next weekend for the quarterfinals.