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May 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Mount Si finishes fourth in Class 3A

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,”…

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May 24, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Defending 4A champion Kentwood falls in semifinals

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.”

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May 24, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Auburn Mountainview rallies to reach Class 3A state title game

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.”

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May 24, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Sam Hellinger carries West Seattle into school’s first state championship game

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.”

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May 24, 2013 at 9:52 AM

State baseball: Class 4A and 3A live blog and results

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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May 14, 2013 at 8:33 PM

State baseball pairings heading into the weekend

Lots of good baseball set to take place this weekend. Here are the brackets for Class 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A. First, here are the final rankings put together by washingtonbaseballpoll.com: Class 4A 1. Puyallup 22-2 2. Emerald Ridge (Puyallup) 21-4 3. Kentwood (Covington) 19-5 4. Richland 17-6 5. Skyview (Vancouver) 18-6 6. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) 22-2 7. Kentridge 18-8 8. South Kitsap (Port Orchard) 18-5 9. Woodinville 15-7 10. Wenatchee 17-3 Class 3A 1. Auburn Mountainview 19-3 2. Kennewick 17-3 3….

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April 18, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Monroe boys basketball coach Nick Wold resigns

Monroe boys basketball coach Nick Wold resigned, the school’s athletic director Brett Wille said on Thursday. In an email, Wille wrote, “This is a huge loss, not only for our boys basketball program, but for our athletic program as a whole.” Wold was Monroe’s head coach for the past five seasons. Monroe went 9-14 this season….

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