If you’re planning on getting to today’s Lakes-Skyline game, you better get moving. There’s a steady flow of cars coming in,, and the stands are already filling up. Then again, they were already filling up at 11:15 a.m. And many Skyline fans came last night to mark the bleachers to reserve their seats. Skyline has also brought in an extra 800 seats.
But before we get to what’s clearly the game of the year, we have some other high-school sports news to discuss. This isn’t, as Frank the Tank would say, “a nice little Saturday.” No, this is a huge Saturday. Read the newspaper. We had state swimming, volleyball and soccer last night, not to mention first-round games in football. And that’s before we get to today’s news at Roosevelt and Archbishop Murphy.
The response to the Archbishop Murphy story has been astounding. E-mails and voicemails have poured in this morning. The overwhelming majority are dumbfounded. Let me add on to my comments last night:
First, let’s point out why the physical rule exists. It’s the way the WIAA guarantees every student is healthy enough to play each year. And when working in sports, I read enough stories about players collapsing on the field and court that some rule about physicals is a necessity.
That’s not, I think, what most people have a problem with. It’s the refusal to consider what, as Archbishop Murphy president Tom Lord told me yesterday, are “major extenuating circumstances.” The question here is who do you fault at Murphy for this mistake:
a) Coach Terry Ennis, who was in the final stages of prostate cancer as the mistake occurred.
b) Interim coach Rick Stubrud, Ennis’ brother-in-law, who was dealing with a death in the family at the time of the mistake?
c) The administrators at Archbishop Murphy, who were facing a colleague’s declining health and what to do with an athletic department that leaned on Ennis for so many years.
d) A teenager dealing with the death of his coach during the beginning of the school year.
Please don’t go with d. So then where do you place the fault? This, I think, is what I’m hearing. How do you punish a team of kids when there’s no easy answer to that question?
The Everett Herald had this story on the situation. And the Bellingham Herald had this story on the only winner in the story, the Bellingham football team.
There were winners Friday night, though. There are my biggest ones:
1. Meadowdale football. The Mavericks kept WesCo 3A alive and eliminated the Seamount with an upset of Evergreen. Jacob Clampitt caught the winning touchdown with 36 seconds left. A lot of fans had Evergreen going to the Dome. Not going to happen.
2. Kennedy girls swimming. The Lancers are on the brink of their first state title in school history. They only have to make their results in the preliminaries hold up.
3. Inglemoor football. The Vikings are the Cinderellas of Class 4A. They advanced last night with a 13-10 victory against Mariner. They have allowed a total of 13 games in two playoff games. Yeah, they have lost four games this season, but remember that two of them were to Bothell and Woodinville.
1. Johri Fogerson, O’Dea, football. Ran for 212 yards and three touchdowns in 35-3 victory against Auburn.
2. Jessie Genger, Kentwood, volleyball. Had 18 kills and three blocks in quarterfinal victory against Skyview.
3. Erich Armstrong, Franklin Pierce, football. Ran for 107 yards and one touchdown and threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns — not to mention two interceptions …quot; in the Cardinals’ 26-3 victory against Nathan Hale.
OK, now let’s get to the Lakes-Skyline game…