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May 28, 2008 at 1:07 PM

The year’s bests

It happens quickly, doesn’t it? Before you knew it, the high-school season ended, with a frenzy of tournaments on Memorial Day weekend. And now it’s over.

And before we begin looking forward to next year — and with spring football in motion, we’ll have that opportunity in the coming weeks — I’d like to recall some of the best games, players and performances of the season:

Game of the year: Class 3A football championship (Skyline 42, O’Dea 35)

This one had it all. UW-bound running back Johri Fogerson runs for 297 yards for O’Dea, pushing the Irish out to a 28-7 lead in the third quarter. Then Skyline’s offense got going, and we had a ballgame. And right when O’Dea looks ready to ice it, a miscommunication on field-goal call results in the kicker getting tackled, fumbling and Skyline picking it up and running it back to tie the whole thing at 35. Then Skyline leads a drive down the field that included a tremendous catch by freshman Kasen Williams — as Fogerson delivers the biggest hit of the season — and then Tyler Washburn runs in the winner score. Great game.

Some runners-up: Bellevue beats Skyline triple-overtime boys basketball thriller; Bothell stops Ferris on the 1-yard line in football; Issaquah softball holds off Bainbridge with bases loaded, no out.

Performance of the year: Kristi Kingma scores 43 in the girls state basketball tournament.

This was a close one, as Fogerson’s 297 yards were incredible. But 43 points in 32 minutes? That’s incredible. It wasn’t enough for Jackson against Skyview of Vancouver, but it was a new state record. And that’s a record that might not be touched for a long, long time.

Some runners-up: Fogerson’s 297; Franklin’s Peyton Siva scores 45 in an overtime win against Rainier Beach; Cascade’s Sara Elliott bowls a perfect game.

Upset of the year: Garfield beats Redmond 5-3 in baseball

What a year it was for Redmond baseball, which won the KingCo 4A regular season title and lost only twice before the postseason. The Mustangs were one of the final eight teams left playing in 4A. But for one day in April, Garfield, which finished 4-16 on the season, was better. The Bulldogs were led that day by three RBI by Joseph Lucia and a solid start by David Stanton.

Some runners up: Eastlake beats Shadle Park in 4A softball championship; Federal Way beats Franklin in 3A boys basketball first round; Woodinville beats Roosevelt in boys basketball.

Athlete of the year: Fogerson.

Here’s the thing: Fogerson could have been mentioned in all three categories. His state title in the 3A high jump was an upset, too, as he set a new personal best by four inches — which is like miles in the high jump. My first game as a reporter for The Seattle Times was O’Dea’s season debut, and Fogerson scored five touchdowns against Enumclaw. The next day’s blog post — only my second — was titled “The first breakout candidate.” He didn’t disappoint.

Some runners up: Kingma (soccer, basketball), Snohomish’s Derek Jones (football/baseball), Mt. Rainier’s Sarah Martinez (soccer, basketball, softball), Bellevue’s David DeCastro (football, track) and Bear Creek/Eastlake’s Kimi Pohlman (soccer, basketball, softball).

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