With the basketball season underway, I have some housecleaning to do. I have some notes from the beginning of the season and links I have been saving up from basketball previews around the state.
I’ll start in the Seattle area, though, where after tonight’s excellent slate of games we’ll have the Les Schwab Hoop Challenge on Saturday. As we outlined in today’s story, they’ve really put together some great matchups.
In girls games, WesCo powers Jackson and Snohomish will play at 10:30 and two of the state’s best teams this decade — Kentwood and Roosevelt — will play at 2 p.m. I’m interested to see this time play for Gregg Kalina, whom former coach Bill Resler told me the other day “is the best coach in the state of Washington.”
All but two of the six boys games feature ranked teams from Class 3A and 4A. At noon, Kentridge (No. 3 in 4A) plays Garfield. At 3:30 p.m., O’Dea (No. 8 in 3A) plays Enumclas (No. 7 in 3A). At 5 p.m., Franklin (No. 2 in 4A) plays Rainier Beach (No. 1 in 3A). Then at 7 p.m., Inglemoor (No. 6 in 4A) plays Decatur (No. 5 in 4A). I can guarantee you this: when next week’s rankings come out, there will be some top-10 teams with a loss.
Other notes and links:
-We have two pieces of great news for UW fans on the Husky blog, so if you haven’t seen it, I’d check it out: Johri Fogerson and Alameda Ta’amu have committed to the Huskies.
-According to Washingtonpreps.com, Franklin junior Peyton Siva has two top choices for college: the UW and Louisville.
-The Tacoma News Tribune was one of several newspapers to come out with their basketball preview this week (ours came out last week), and the TNT had some stories you might find interesting. They took a look at Gig Harbor’s big man, Matthias Ward, and at Bellarmine Prep’s two little men, Abdul Gaddy and Avery Bradley. Also, they’ve done previews on the Lakes boys and the Lakes girls; both are ranked in our top 10s.
And in this story on Franklin Pierce center P.J. Bolte is the story on Patrick McCollum, the former Mount Tahoma guard who transferred to Franklin Piece last spring. McCollum apparently moved to California the week of the WIAA hearing about his transfer.
-In its basketball preview, The Columbian took a look at the Prairie boys, who shocked some teams last year at state. That’s bound not to happen this year. The Falcons looked good Thursday night, beating defending GHSL 4A champ Mountain View.
-The Tri-City Herald picked the top players in Columbia Basin 3A and 4A leagues.
Also, some news keeps coming in football. Skyline, after its 3A championship, slid into the 24th spot in the USA Today Super 25. Also, MaxPreps, which uses a mathematical equation using game results, has Skyline ranked eighth in the country going into the weekend (some states have yet to complete the season).
1. Katie Arlan, Bothell, gymnastics. Won the all-around competition with a score of 36.2 in a four-team KingCo 4A meet. Bothell also won the meet.
2. Toby Wellman, Sammamish, boys basketball. Led Sammamish with 20 points in a 48-39 victory against Foster.
3. Brant Kersten, Issaquah, boys swimming. Kersten swam the 100-backstroke in 57.50 seconds, good enough to qualify for the state meet.
Tonight’s top games
1. Kentridge at Decatur, boys basketball, 7:30 p.m. This could be one of the games of the year. So far, both top-five teams have looked incredible.
2. Newport at Skyline, girls basketball, 7:30 p.m. Two top 10 teams play in a KingCo 3A game.
3. Chief Sealth at Seattle Prep, girls basketball, 7:30 p.m. No. 3 Prep looks to rebound from its loss last weekend to Kentwood; Sealth’s looking for the upset.