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May 21, 2008 at 10:40 AM

SI: State’s best program is Lewis & Clark

Sports Illustrated has handed out the title for the top high school sports program in each state, and the honor is moving back across the Cascades to Spokane. Lewis & Clark, the state champion in football and girls basketball this year, has taken top billing.

Here’s a look at some notable Class 4A finishes for LC this season:

Football: 1st

Volleyball: 2nd

Girls basketball: 1st (3-time defending champion)

The Tigers also had one state wrestling champion, Anthony Varnell at 140 pounds.

Otherwise, my search through the WIAA Web site has not shown any other team state tournament appearances this year, although the boys track team could have a shot at state this weekend in Pasco.

This could not have been an easy choice this year, and some other possible schools also popped out for me. Issaquah, the state champs in girls soccer and last year’s SI winner, is coming on strong again with two of the top teams in the 3A baseball and softball tournaments (not to mention Brittany Tallman, who could repeat today as state golf champ). Mead won the volleyball and boys cross-country titles. Ferris was a football semifinalist and won boys basketball.

So what would your pick be? And back it up.

By, the way SI’s overall winner for the U.S. was Hawaii’s Punahou High, which has an alumnus running for president these days, Barack Obama. He was on the 1979 Punahou state championship basketball team.

Morning stars (golf edition)

1. Rui Li, Kentwood, girls 4A. Li shot a 70 yesterday, and defending champ Seo Hee Moon is seven shots back.

2. Reid Martin, Kamiak, boys 4A. With a 70, Martin held onto a one-shot lead for today’s final round. Kevin Penner, last year’s champ, is three strokes back.

3. Brittany Tallman, Issaquah, girls 3A. Tallman, who won in 2005 and 2007, finds herself in a familiar spot: leading. She was tied with Holy Names’ Kristin Tan with a 74 after the first round.

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