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June 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM
The game everyone wanted to see last year will happen this year as high-school football powers Skyline and Bellevue will play at Husky Stadium on Sept. 7 in the Emerald City Kickoff Classic.
Skyline of Sammamish went undefeated last season in capturing the Class 4A state championship game. The Spartans were led by current USC quarterback Max Browne and a large senior class that had played together for years. Bellevue also capped another undefeated season as the Wolverines won their fifth straight state championship. Bellevue was led by Myles Jack, a UCLA-bound linebacker/running back, as well as Budda Baker, a junior who has scholarship offers from every Pac-12 school.
The WIAA will release the full schedule of games on Monday.
Both Skyline and Bellevue should enter the football season ranked in the top five in their respective classifications — Skyline added a transfer quarterback from Florida who returned to the area, while Bellevue will undoubtedly be ranked No. 1 in 3A — but it doesn’t carry the same weight as last year. That’s when both teams entered as the unquestioned favorites to win state championships, and the star power was in full force with Browne, Jack, Baker and Washington State linbacker Peyton Pelleur (Skyline).
There are still plenty of good players to go around, though. For instance, Bellevue cornerback/defensive back Timmy Haehl has already received a scholarship offer from Nevada and a handful of Bellevue linemen also hold D-I offers. Plus, Baker, the best player in the state, is back.
The two schools had tried to set up a game a year ago, but Bellevue had scheduled Trinity from Euless, Texas in week one and Skyline had an ESPN game against Cottonwood High from Utah in week two. That didn’t leave any wiggle room for a game to be set up.
May 30, 2013 at 7:20 PM
Seattle Prep baseball coach Ed Paulter has retired, the school announced Thursday. The news signals the end of a long and storied coaching career in the area.
Paulter spent the last 28 years as the head baseball coach at Prep and posted a career record of 415-202. He won five Metro League titles, made 13 state tournament appearances and was inducted into the Washington State Baseball Coaches’ Hall of Fame in 2009.
Prep’s baseball program will fall into familiar hands: Max Engel, an associate head coach at Prep the last nine years, will become the school’s new head coach; Paulter is also Prep’s athletic director.
Engel is a 1996 Prep grad and holds Prep season records for home runs (eight) and RBIs (42). He is also a math teacher at the school.
May 25, 2013 at 7:28 PM
PASCO – Auburn Mountainview pitcher Shawn Guinn limped around the field after the game, an ice pack bulging from his back pocket.
He had pitched so well, but in the bottom of the seventh inning he took a line drive off his hip, and now he had to deal with the pain setting in.
It was the story of his season: Bruised, yes, but not broken.
Guinn pitched six stellar innings in leading Auburn Mountainview (26-3) to a 7-1 win against West Seattle (21-6) in the Class 3A state championship game. It’s the first state title in the eight-year history of the Mountainview baseball program.
“I’m perfectly fine with it,” Guinn said, smiling. “It’s a war scar, a battle scar.”
May 25, 2013 at 3:14 PM
PASCO — Kentridge coach John Flanigan didn’t have any doubts that his team would rebound. But that still shouldn’t diminish what Kentridge had to rally from.
The Chargers took a 10-0 loss to Skyview on the chin in Friday’s Class 4A semifinal, but they quickly regrouped to beat rival Kentwood 4-3 on Saturday for third place.
“We’ve had a classy group of guys all year long that have shown a lot of pride,” Flanigan said, “and I knew we would come out and fight.
“It just shows a lot of heart, a lot of pride.”
May 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM
PASCO – Mount Si’s season came to an end with a 6-1 loss to Kennewick in Saturday’s Class 3A third-place game, but first-year Mount Si coach Zach Habben said that didn’t sour his debut season.
“We came out and played hard all year and unfortunately we didn’t come out as well as we had this weekend,” Habben said. “But these guys still battled, and they never gave up. It’s been a great season as a first-year coach.”
Mount Si managed just three hits against Kennewick pitcher Clayten Ayres, who had a no-hitter through four innings before Zach Usselman’s double ended that in the fifth inning. Joe Done followed immediately with an RBI single that got the Wildcats on the board.
Connor Swift started for Mount Si and gave up three earned runs in six innings.
Ayres pitched a complete game for Kennewick.
Mount Si finished third in KingCo 3A in the regular season and lost the final three games of April, but the Wildcats clinched a spot at state by winning the KingCo 3A tournament..
“Everything just started clicking,” Habben said. “Pitching, defense, getting those timely hits, which unfortunately we weren’t able to do this weekend. We all came together as a team.”
May 25, 2013 at 10:07 AM
PASCO — The last day of the high school baseball season is upon us as the Class 3A and Class 4A state championships will be decided today. As was the case yesterday, I’m going to post updates starting with the first game and ending with the last one, so if you’re looking for updates from the West Seattle-Auburn Mountainview game, look toward the bottom of the blog.
Here’s the schedule of games:
- 3A third-place game: Kennewick 6, Mount Si 1
- 4A third-place game: Kentridge 4, Kentwood 3
- 3A championship game: Auburn Mountainview 7, West Seattle 1
- 4A championship game: 7 p.m., Skyview vs. South Kitsap
3A third-place game: Kennewick 6, Mount Si 1
End first inning: Mount Si 0, Kennewick 0. Both teams go three up, three down. Connor Swift is the starter for Mount Si. Clayten Ayres gets the start for Kennewick.
End second: Mount Si 0, Kennewick 0. Kennewick has 1 hit. Mount Si doesn’t have any.
End third: Mount Si 0, Kennewick 0.
Top fourth: Kennewick 3, Mount Si 0. Larry Dewitt reached on a two-out single, then stole second base. He scored on a single from Alex Storaci. A bit of small ball to get on the board. Kaden Julian, the nine-hole hitter, added a two-run double with two outs later in the inning.
End fourth: Kennewick 3, Mount Si 0. Kennewick pitcher Clayten Ayres is pitching a no-hitter right now.
Top fifth: Kennewick 4, Mount Si 0. The Lions add another run on an RBI single from Larry Dewitt. He is no 3 for 3.
End fifth: Kennewick 4, Mount Si 1. Zach Usselman ends Clayten Ayres’ big for a no-hitter with a leadoff double and Joe Done follows with a single to drive him in.
End sixth: Kennewick 4, Mount Si 1.
End seventh: Kennewick 6, Mount Si 0.
4A third-place game: Kentridge 4, Kentwood 3
End second inning: Kentwood 1, Kentridge 1.
End third: Kentwood 1, Kentridge 1.
Top fourth: Kentridge 3, Kentwood 1. Travis McGuire’s double drives in two runs.
End fourth: Kentridge 3, Kentwood 2. Kellen Wilson’s sac fly with the bases loaded brings in Kade Kryzsko.
End fifth: Kentridge 3, Kentwood 2.
End sixth: Kentridge 3, Kentwood 2. Kentridge has 7 hits. Kentwood has 5. Kentwood is down to its final three outs. Wilson, Sims and Greene will bat for Kentwood in the bottom of the seventh (8,9 and 1 hitters).
3A championship game: Auburn Mountainview 7, West Seattle 1
Pitchers: Sam Hellinger, West Seattle; Shawn Guinn, Auburn Mountainview
Top first: Auburn Mountainview 0, West Seattle 0. Mountainview goes three up, three down.
End first: Auburn Mountainview 0, West Seattle 0. Both teams go three up, three down.
Top second: Auburn Mountainview 0, West Seattle 0. Mountainview gets one hit but strands the runner.
End second: Auburn Mountainview 0, West Seattle 0. Three up, three down for West Seattle. Wildcats don’t have a hit yet.
Top third: Auburn Mountainview 0, West Seattle 0. Three up, three down for Mountainview.
End third: Auburn Mountainview 0, West Seattle 0. Yep. Three up, three down for West Seattle.
Top fourth: Auburn Mountainview 1, West Seattle 0. Mason Cerrillo drove in the game’s first run after Kekoa Nahaku and Jeffrey Morgan reached on singles. Cerrillo hit a dribbler to first base and just beat the diving first baseman to the bag. The damage could have been worse: Auburn Mountainview left the bases loaded.
End fourth: Auburn Mountainview 1, West Seattle 0. Morgan McCullough gets West Seattle’s first hit, but that’s it.
Top fifth: Auburn Mountainview 2, West Seattle 0. Jeffrey Morgan drives in Tyler Friis with a sacrifice fly to right field to extend Mountainview’s lead.
End fifth: Auburn Mountainview 2, West Seattle 0. West Seattle with just one hit so far. Mountainview has seven hits.
Top sixth: Auburn Mountainview 6, West Seattle 0. Tyler Friis brings in two runs with a single, and Joey Cassano follows with another single that drives in another run. Kekoa Nahaku adds another RBI single in the inning.
End sixth: Auburn Mountainview 6, West Seattle 0. West Seattle gets one hit but strands him.
Top seventh: Auburn Mountainview 7, West Seattle 0.
May 24, 2013 at 6:21 PM
PASCO – Kentwood coach Mark Zender couldn’t find fault with the way his team played. He didn’t think they played poorly or that they cost themselves the game.
Instead, he simply thought his team, which won the 4A state championship a year ago, lost in a 1-0 coin-flip game against South Kitsap in Friday’s Class 4A state semifinals.
“I told the guys that it really wasn’t a matter of us not playing well,” Zender said. “It was just a ball game either team could have won. A classic 1-0 game.
“They have a reason to hold their heads high.”
May 24, 2013 at 3:42 PM
PASCO – Down two runs with only six outs to go? Auburn Mountainview senior Nick Brooks didn’t worry.
In fact, he was confident. And with good reason.
Brooks and his Mountainview teammates have rallied from deficits all season and did so once again by scoring five runs in the sixth inning to beat Kennewick 6-4 Friday in the Class 3A state semifinals.
Auburn Mountainview will play West Seattle in the 3A state championship game at 4 p.m. Saturday. Neither school has won a state title in baseball.
“I was looking forward to the late innings,” Brooks said. “It’s the early innings that are kind of boring. When it gets to the end, those are the innings that we thrive on and those are the innings we play Mountainview baseball.”
May 24, 2013 at 12:28 PM
PASCO – West Seattle senior Sam Hellinger carried a simple approach into Friday’s Class 3A semifinal against Mount Si: Give his defense the opportunity to make plays behind him.
But there was more weight to this game than that, and Hellinger admitted as much after West Seattle held on for a 3-1 win. West Seattle had never advanced to the final four of the state tournament before this year, let alone win a state championship.
The Wildcats will now play the winner of Kennewick and Auburn Mountainview for the Class 3A state title at 4 p.m. Saturday.
“I’m a senior, and I’m kind of the leader on the team,” Hellinger said. “I needed to do my stuff and give our guys an opportunity to field the ball. We haven’t gone this far, so there’s a lot of pressure. But we got here so there’s no reason why we can’t win it.
“It’s unbelievable, man. There’s no words for it. We’re on a run. We’ve just got to keep it going one more game, and we can make it even better.”
May 24, 2013 at 9:52 AM
PASCO — Follow along all day as the Class 4A and 3A state baseball semifinals kick off today. I’ll post sporadic updates on the blog in chronological order. (So if you’re looking for Kentwood-Skyview updates tonight, scroll to the bottom of the blog).
Here’s the schedule of games in today’s semifinals:
- 10 a.m. Final: West Seattle 3, Mount Si 1
- 1 p.m. Final: Auburn Mountainview 6, Kennewick 4
- 4 p.m. Final: South Kitsap 1, Kentwood 0.
- 7 p.m. Final: Skyview 10, Kentridge 0
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