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December 6, 2013 at 5:07 PM
December 4, 2013 at 4:31 PM
Yes, we are well aware that the high-school basketball season is upon us.
Josh Liebeskind and I are anxious to dive into it, but with the football state championships this weekend at the Tacoma Dome, we haven’t skipped ahead just yet.
But we wanted to let you know that our state rankings, preseason all-state teams and previews are coming next week. I will once again be spearheading our girls basketball coverage, and Josh will be the point person for boys basketball.
A reminder please to coaches and/or ADs to please get us your rosters and schedules as soon as possible so we can get them up on our website. And be sure to get us your scores and details as soon as possible on game nights by either phone (206-464-2276) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
December 4, 2013 at 2:54 PM
Auburn Riverside boys basketball coach Jason Brown is serving a four-game suspension for violation of the WIAA out-of-season contact rules, according to Rick Wells, Puyallup School District athletic director and SPSL chairman.
Because it’s a personnel issue, I was not able to get a great deal of information about the situation. Doug Auburn, Auburn Riverside AD, and Rob Swaim, Auburn School District AD, said they could not comment at all.
And Wells said he could not get into details about the violation.
But from what I heard from sources, the violation came late last spring and involved providing transportation to a player from another school to an AAU tournament at Auburn Riverside.
When someone brought the situation to the attention of Riverside administrators, the school did a full investigation and then self-reported to the SPSL ADs in the fall.
Wells said the ADs used a WIAA penalty chart to determine the sanction for Brown’s actions, which they determined was a Level 2 violation, and voted for a four-game suspension (20% of a 20-game regular season; the suggested range in the WIAA handbook is 10-50%.
He therefore missed Monday’s opener against Capital, which the Ravens won 109-74. Brown is able to coach during practices during the four-game stretch. But the head coaching duties at the first four games is being handled by assistant Earl Taylor.
December 4, 2013 at 2:19 PM
The WIAA has updated its classification data this week for the 2014-16 cycle, and you can find the latest numbers here.
Please remember that these are still preliminary cutoff lines and schools have until January 7 to officially decide if they are going to opt-up.
There are sure to be some more changes.
The biggest news is that you can expect to see Garfield and Ballard drop to 3A and rejoin the Metro League! I’m told Roosevelt is hoping to go that route, too, but still is above the cutoff line as of now with 4A numbers. Again, that could change as schools opt-up or if enrollment counts are appealed.
You’ll note that Newport is now showing an intent to opt-up and remain 4A, and I’ve been told that likely will be the case. And while I heard a rumor last week that Bellevue might opt-up to 4A, that apparently was strictly a rumor and it appears the school will stay 3A.
Decatur will move back to 4A, while all Auburn and Auburn Riverside will drop to 3A and join Auburn Mountainview. That affects the landscape of both the SPSL 4A (which would drop from 18 to 17 teams) and SPSL 3A (up from six to eight or nine, because Summner now has 3A numbers, too).
We are working on a bigger story on the whole reclassification picture. With one more weeke of football, and the start of basketball, we are being pulled in a lot of different directions.
We will keep you posted!
November 27, 2013 at 9:41 AM
Here is a very cool honor for Jody DeGroot, who guided Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma to an unbeaten season and second straight Class 4A state volleyball championship:
LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 26, 2013) - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is proud to announce that Kim Lauwers, head girls’ volleyball coach at A.J. Dimond High School in Anchorage, Alaska, and Jody DeGroot, head girls’ volleyball coach at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Washington, have been selected as the 2013 AVCA National High School Coaches of the Year.
Led by ninth-year head coach Kim Lauwers, Dimond High School is once again ranked among the top high schools in the state and a perfect 14-0 in conference play (37-3 overall). The Lynx went on another great run in the Alaska Class 4A State Tournament, advancing all of the way to the championship match. Dimond’s Chrisalyn Johnson, Leah Swiss, and Rohyn Huss were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Lauwers also produced three Gatorade Players of the Year during her nine years as head coach, as well as six state appearances, four of which were state championships.
When she took over the volleyball program at Dimond High School in 2005, she revived a team that had been absent from the state tournament for three years. She then steered her team to Alaska state history, winning the State Championship in 2008, 2009, and 2010. This three-year winning streak has only happened once before in Alaska volleyball. In 2010, Lauwers led her team to the upset of undefeated and top-ranked South High School in the championship match.
With an impressive undefeated season this year at 35-0, Jody DeGroot’s Bellarmine Prep volleyball team finished first in their district, first in the Class 4a standings, and a No. 3 ranking in the latest MaxPreps Xcellent 25. The Lions won their second-straight State 4A title and were forced to only one five-set match during the season, and that came in the final match. Bellarmine (22-0) joins Ingraham (1973-74), Kent-Meridian (1978-79), Renton (1980-82), Shadle Park (1984-85), Kentlake (2000-02) and Mead (2003-07) as the only 4A programs to post consecutive State Titles. Several of her players have been on the Preseason All-American and Underclass All-American teams.
After returning to her former high school to teach in 1996, DeGroot began her coaching career as C team and junior varsity coach, where her teams were undefeated for three years. She was named varsity head coach in 2002 and never looked back. During her time at the varsity level, her teams have earned five Narrows League titles and made eight state appearances, three of which resulted in top-ten finishes. In 2012, she coached Bellarmine Prep to their first State Championship, and DeGroot was named the Narrows League Coach of the Year in 2012 as well.
The AVCA will formally present the National High School Coach of the Year awards to Lauwers and DeGroot at the 2013 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Seattle, Wash., on Thursday, December 19. The luncheon is held in conjunction with the 2013 AVCA Annual Convention.
As a result of winning AVCA National Coach of the Year honors, Lauwers and DeGroot will lead Team East and Team West in the sixth annual Under Armour All-America Volleyball Match & Skills Challenge, Friday, December 20th at Key Arena. Tickets for the Under Armour All-America Volleyball Match & Skills Challenge are on sale now through Ticketmaster.
November 26, 2013 at 3:26 PM
I got late word about tonight’s alumni men’s basketball game at Federal Way High School featuring some former greats who went on to enjoy outstanding college and even NBA careers — like Donny Marshall and Michael Dickerson.
Tipoff is at 7 p.m. and admission is $3 — or $2 if you bring a can of food to be donated to the Federal Way food bank.
There is also a skill’s clinic with Chris Hyppa for kids of all against from 5 to 7 p.m. at a cost of $20 per player. Federal Way players will be assisting with the clinic.
November 21, 2013 at 3:17 PM
Dean Peck met with his Jefferson High School football players late this morning to them he was stepping down as head football coach after six seasons.
“The main reason is to take a break from all of the things that go with being a head coach,” he wrote in an e-mail. “Spend some time with my family, spend some time doing those things I have not been able to do the last 6 years, some of them for the last 13 years.
“I do feel I accomplished the goal I took on when I took the job at TJ, turn the program around.”
Peck, who previously coached for seven years at Riverside High School in Boardman, Ore., took the Raiders to the playoffs for the first time in school history in 2011 and this year’s team also qualified. Jefferson finished 5-5 in both of those seasons, losing in the round of 32.
November 19, 2013 at 3:52 PM
Taylor Farris of Renton has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
According to Renton coach Tim White, she is the school’s first player to earn a full Division I women’s basketball scholarship in at least 26 years.
Farris led the Indians to a third-place finish at the 2A state tournament last season — their best finish since 1987, when they were second to Garfield in the 4A tourney.
At UCSB, she will be joined by Makala Roper, currently a senior at Cleveland. We had the news about Roper’s college choice a couple of weeks ago.
You can read more about both players on the UCSB website in a press release here.
November 16, 2013 at 8:36 AM
They’re back in action at the 4A state volleyball tournament in Marcus Pavilion at Saint Martin’s University.
We have three consolation matches in progress, all in the second set (my ride-along made me late this morning!). It’s 1-0 for Kentwood over Central Valley, Skyline over Rogers of Puyallup and Bothell over Spanaway Lake.
The losers are out. The winners advance to the trophy round.
I’ll also be tweeting updates @SandyRinger1 and Matt Massey will be tweeting @SeaTimesPreps.
November 15, 2013 at 8:07 AM
Good Morning from Marcus Pavilion on the campus of Saint Martin’s University in Lacey for the Class 4A and 3A state volleyball tournaments.
I will be updating results here as I am able (I’ll be dealing with deadline later this evening). I also will be tweeting @SandyRinger1 and sometimes that’s quicker.
10:13 PM — Hearbreaker for Seattle Prep! Columbia River advances to the semifinals with a 18-16 thriller in the fifth set.
10:02 PM — Seattle Prep fans cheering “Prep! Prep!” and the Mercer Island players are on the sidelines joined in, cheering for their SeaKing District rivals.
10 PM — Mercer Island finishes off Shadle Park, 3-1 (25-13 in the fourth). Now the Islanders will see what they can do against top-ranked Southridge in the semis Saturday.
9:52 PM — River responds, wins the fourth set 25-19, so they’re going to the tiebreaker.
9:30 PM — Seattle Prep survives a back-and-forth battle with Columbia River in the third set, 29-27. The Panthers now lead 2-1.
9:27 PM — Holy Names does it again! The Cougars got hot last year at the right time to reach the semifinals, and they return with a 3-0 sweep of Meadowdale. It was 25-22 in the third.
9:01 PM — I’ts 2-0 Holy Names now over Meadowdale. Columbia River and Seattle Prep are tied at 1-1.
8:43 PM — Shadle Park comes from behind to beat MI in the opening set, Seattle Prel takes the first from Columbia River and Holy Names leads Meadowdale 1-0.
8:23 PM — Writing on deadline now, so can’t keep you posted as frequently. Check The Seattle Times twitter feed, @SeaTimesPreps. We have the other three 3A quarterfinal matches in progress now — Mercer Island vs. Shadle Park, Seattle Prep vs. Columbia River and Meadowdale vs. Holy Names.
8:06 PM — Emerald Ridge completes the sweep of Camas, 25-20, and advances to the semifinals to play Bellarmine Prep.
7:48 PM — Bellarmine continues to roll, closing out the 3-0 win over Snohomish with a 25-12 win in the third. The Lions, defending champs, return to the semifinals Saturday at 1:30 against the ER-Camas winner.
7:28 PM — It’s 2-0 Bellarmine after a 25-17 win in set two. Sorry I can’t update as often as earlier. I’ve got a deadline story to write. In 3A, Southridge is up 1-0 onb Oak Harbor.
7:11 PM — Bellarmine beat Snohomish in the first set, but I missed the score as I was off doing interviews with some Newport folks. Emerald Ridge just beat Camas in the opening set, 25-19.
6:58 PM — Newport’s title chances are alive! The Knights rallied to beat Central Valley 3-2 (15-10 in the fith). They will play Curtis in the semis.
6:44 PM — The other two 4A quarterfinals are about to start: Bellarmine Prep vs. Snohomish and Emerald Ridge vs. Camas. Both of these should be good matches!
6:43 PM — Newport takes CV to a fifth set, winning the fourth 25-18!
6:41 PM — Holy Names closes out Timberline with a 25-18 win in the third. The Metro League is now 2-2 in the tournament.
6:24 PM — Curtis on to the semis with a 3-0 romp past Kentwood (25-8 in the third).
6:22 PM — Newport finishes that third set, 25-19, and closes it to 2-1.
6:20 PM — Curtis in control 17-7 in the third; Newport rallies to lead CV 23-19 in the third.
6:07 PM — Good news about Holy Names as the Cougars lead Timberline 2-0. They took the second set 25-19.
6:06 PM — Kentwood’s in big trouble, too. Curtis leads 2-0 after rallying from 19-15 down to win the second set 25-23.
6:01 PM — Uh-oh, Newport is down 2-0 against CV after dropping the second set, 25-17!
5:40 PM — Curtis finishes off Kentwood, 25-20, for a 1-0 lead. Holy Names takes the first set off Timberline, 25-23.
5:37 PM — Central Valley scores the final seven points to take set one from Newport, 25-17. Curtis leads Kentwood 24-20. Holy Names up 23-22 on Timberline.
5:13 PM — We’re ready for the first two 4A quarterfinals: Kentwood vs. Curtis and Newport vs. Central Valley. And the final first-round 3A match between Holy Names and Timberline is moments away from starting.
5:10 PM — There will be a new 3A state champion as Seattle Prep takes down Prairie, 3-2 (15-9 in the fifth). The Panthers play Columbia River in the quarterfinals at 8: 15 p.m.
5:06 PM — Columbia River advances to the semis with a 3-2 win over Ferndale (15-9 in the fifth). Prep leads Prairie 12-7 in the fifth.
4:55 PM — Seattle Prep lets a 23-18 lead slip away and loses the fourth set to Prairie, 25-23. On to set five.
4:52 PM — Ferndale forces a fifth set with Columbia River with a 25-22 win in the fourth. Prep looking to close it out against Prairie, leading 23-22.
4:39 PM — Kudos to Meadowdale, which knocks off second-ranked University, 3-0! It was 25-19 in the third. Seattle Prep now has a 2-1 lead over Prairie (25-21 in the third), and Columbia River is also up 2-1 on Ferndale after taking the third set, 25-19.
4:04 PM — Everything getting done at the same time, so here’s the scoop: Seattle Prep back in it at 1-1 with Prairie after winning the second set, 27-25; Meadowdale means business and leads University 2-0 after a 25-16 win; Ferndale takes set two from Columbia River so that one is 1-1.
3:47 PM — Meadowdale came to play! Mavs take the first set from No. 2 University, 25-12!
3:40 PM — Columbia River up 1-0 on Ferndale after taking the first set 25-18. U-Hi leads Meadowdale 21-11.
3:15 PM — The Metro League is 0-2 thus far with Eastside Catholic and Bishop Blanchet falling in the first round. Seattle Prep will try to end that trend. The Panthers are ready to serve against Prairie, the defending 3A champion (but with many new faces, and a new coach). Holy Names, the other Metro qualifier, plays Timberline at 5:15 p.m.
3:12 PM — Mercer Island and Shadle Park are through to the quarterfinals and will meet at 8:15 p.m. Both won 3-2. MI took the fourth set off Kennedy, 25-19, while Shadle finished off Auburn Mountainview by the same 25-19 score. JFK and Mountainview play a loser-out match at Timberline at 6:45.
2:48 PM — Auburn Mountainview and Kennedy both win third sets to stay alive. Mountainview won 28-26 over Shadle Park. Kennedy pulled away from Mercer Island, 25-18. But both still traile 2-1.
2:42 PM — Southridge gets the third set, 25-13, to complete the sweep of Blanchet. The Suns now play Oak Harbor in the quarterinals at 6:45 p.m. Blanchet and Eastside Catholic, familiar Metro foes, sqaure off in an elimination match at Timberline High School, also at 6:45 p.m.
2:30 PM — Auburn Mountainview lets a 17-12 lead slip away and falls 25-19 to Shadle Park, which now leads 2-0. MI up 17-9 on JFK in the second set.
2:15 PM — It’s 2-0 Southridge after a 25-22 win in set two against Blanchet.
1:53 PM — Shadle Park pulls out the 25-22 first-set win over Auburn Mountainview. Kennedy leads MI 19-16.
1: 50 PM — Southridge is impressive in a 25-13 opening win over Blanchet! It’s back-and-forth between Shadle and Auburn Mountainview.
1:40 PM — Three more 3A first-round matches are now going. No. 1 Southridge leads Bishop Blanchet, 13-6; No. 3 Shadle Park is tied at 12 with No. 9 Auburn Mountainview and No. 10 Kennedy Catholic leads No. 4 Mercer Island 3-0.
1:35 PM — Eastside Catholic couldn’t mainain the momentum. Oak Harbor takes charge early and takes the fifth set 15-10 to advance to the quarterfinas.
1:20 PM — We’ll go to a fifth set between Eastside Catholic and Oak Harbor as the Crusaders took the fourth, 25-16. OH won the first two sets.
1:12 PM — Snohomish takes the fourth set 25-14 to move on to the quarterfinals. The Panthers will play Bellarmine at 6:45 p.m. Should be a great match.
1 PM — Eastside Catholic stays alive with a 25-19 win in the third set, but still trails Oak Harbor 2-1.
12:52 PM — Snohomish now up 2-1 on Wenatchee after taking the third set, 25-15.
12:38 PM — Eastside Catholic is in trouble. Oak Harbor staves off another comeback and wins 25-23 for a 2-0 lead.
12:32 PM — Wenatchee evens the match with Snohomish, taking the second set 25-18. Bellarmine goes up 2-0 on Rogers with a 25-13 win.
12:14 PM — What a great first set between Eastside Catholic and Oak Harbor! The Crusaders trailed 24-19, then went ahead 25-24. But the Wildcats get the win, 27-25.
12:12 PM — Snohomish finishes off Wenatchee, 25-17, and Bellarmine Prep takes it to Rogers, 25-12.
11:57 AM — And we have the first 3A match of the day with Oak Harbor jumping all over No. 6 Eastside Catholic, 18-9.
11:55 AM — We’re back in action. The final two 4A first-round matches are under way. Top-ranked Bellarmine Prep is up 10-2 early on Rogers of Puyallup. No. 5 Snohomish leads Wenatchee 10-6.
11:12 AM — Here’s something you don’t see very often in a volleyball tournament (especially state): We’re ahead of schedule. The next matches don’t start until 11:45. Those 3-0 matches really speed things up!
11:10 AM — And Emerald Ridge makes it another 3-0 sweep with the 25-20 win over Skyline. The Jags will play Camas in the quarterfinals. That’s a rematch of the third- and fourth-place match at the West Central/Southwest 4A Bi-District tournament, which ER won handily, 3-0. However, Camas was coming off a draining, 3-2 loss to Kentwood only a few minutes earlier. I expect this one to be closer. Skyline must beat Mead to stay alive in the tournament.
11:04 AM — Newport is through to the quarterfinals with a 3-0 win over Spanaway Lake (25-16 in the third). The Knights face Central Valley in the quarterfinals at 5:15 p.m., and that should be interesting. CV smashed Mount Vernon. Spanaway Lake gets Mount Vernon in the consolation round, loser -out.
11 AM — Camas was impressive in sweeping Mead (25-17 in the third). The Papermakers likely will see Emerald Ridge in the quarterfinals. The Knights lead Skyline 20-16 in the third.
10:44 AM — After trailing 18-11, Emerald Ridge rallies to grab the second set off Skyline, 26-24, and leads 2-0.
10:40 AM — Newport rallies down the stretch and takes set two, 25-23, for a 2-0 lead over Spanaway Lake.
10:34 AM — Camas cruising! The Papermakers take set two from Mead, 25-15, and are now up 2-0.
10:16 AM — Emerald Ridge gets it done against Skyline in the opening set, 25-11.
10:15 AM — Newport on the board with a 25-18 first-set win over Spanaway Lake. Camas knocks off Mead, 25-19. ER at set point.
10:09 AM — No. 2 Newport leads Spanaway Lake, 21-16.
10:08 AM — No. 6 Emerald Ridge hot out of the game and leads No. 10 Skyline 18-5.
9:55 AM — Newport-Spanaway Lake and Cams-Mead now under way. Emerald Ridge and Skyline warming up.
9:52 AM — Curtis takes the fourth set from Eisenhower, 25-22 (although the Cadets fought off several match points), and advances to the quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory. It will be Curtis-Kentwood in a 5:15 p.m. semifinal. Eisenhower and Bothell play a loser-out match at 3:15 p.m. at Timberline High School.
9:40 AM — Kentwood advances to the quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory over Bothell. It was 25-18 in the third.
9:24 AM — It was all Curtis in the third set, 25-7. The Vikings lead Ike 2-1 now. Kentwood leads Bothell 9-4 in the fourth, looking to close out the match.
9:18 AM — Bothell gets on the board with a 25-21 win in the second; now trails Kentwood 2-1.
9:06 AM — Central Valley is on to the quarterfinals after taking the third set off Curtis, 25-22.
9:04 AM — Eisenhower is back in this thing with Curtis after winning the second set, 25-22. So, that match is 1-1.
8:53 AM — Kentwood on a roll now and leads Bothell 2-0 after taking the second set, 25-13.
8:34 — Kentwood completes the comeback to take the first set off Bothell, 25-22.
8:32 — Eisenhower suffered a big blow early when Mikel Sydney, the Big 9 co-MVP, went down with an elbow injury. She’s apparently been taken to the ER. No. 9 Curtis leads the Cadets 18-15.
8:30 AM — No. 7 Central Valley rolls past Mount Vernon in the first set, 25-16. Kentwood now leads Bothell 23-22.
8:20 AM — Surprising Bothell off to a great start against third-ranked Kentwood, jumped up 12-4 and 17-11.
First up are the 4A opening-round matches. You can find the schedule, records and a few players to watch (for 4A, 3A and 2A) in my preview boxes that ran in The Times today.
You can also read a short feature I wrote on Kentwood’s Lauren Hackett here.
The WIAA will be tweeting also and updating their brackets for all classificataions, so go here and check the classification you are interested in.
We’ve had the national anthem and are now having the player introductions for the first three 4A matches. If you can’t get down here, follow along!
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