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.
November 14, 2013 at 7:18 PM
When it came time to finally making a college decision, it was actually very simple for Tramaine Isabell. Loyalty is important to the Garfield High School senior and Washington State had been with him every step of the way.
So, surrounded by his extended family, Isabell signed his national letter of intent on Thursday afternoon at the Rotary Boys & Girls Club to play college basketball for the Cougars. (more…)
November 13, 2013 at 9:15 PM
The early signing period for high school basketball players opened today and several local players officially committed to a college by inking their name on a national letters of intent.
The group was headlined by Shaqquan Aaron’s commitment to Louisville. Aaron is a 6-foot-7 forward from Rainier Beach High School who is rated a four-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. Scout.com ranks him the No. 11 overall small forward in the nation.
“Louisville’s a great program,” Aaron said. “Obviously, they’ve won a national title. Coach [Rick Pitino’s] a Hall of Fame coach. He’s going to get me ready to play at the next level. The fans are crazy, the arena’s one of the top arenas in the nation. I’m excited.”
Aaron said he had been getting calls from college coaches trying to change his decision up until Wednesday and was relieved to be done with the recruiting process.
As a tall and athletic wing, Aaron is talented enough to create his own shot or be a playmaker off the dribble according to Rivals.com. One of the big knocks on Aaron is his lack of strength. But he said today that he put on 10 pounds over the summer and is not worried about his frame.
On a side note, Aaron was putting his shooting ability from outside on display before he signed his letter of intent. Mindlessly shooting with a teammate about 15 minutes before the ceremony, Aaron easily stroked around 10 3-pointers in street clothes. The teammate finally prodded him to shoot left-handed, and he almost made that one.
The full interview from Aaron is posted below, but first here is a quick look at other local players to sign collegiately.
Eugene Artison Jr. (Franklin): The 6-foot-8, 185-pound forward signed with Fresno State. A three-star recruit by Scout.com, Artison reportedly had interest from Cal and Oregon State. Artison had given his verbal commitment to Fresno State about a week before the signing period opened.
Josh Martin (Bothell): Martin signed with Minnesota after also considering Florida State and Pittsburgh. Martin was named to the KingCo 4A Second Team last season in his first year at Bothell after transferring from Seattel Prep. Martin is a 6-foot-8 forward. Here is a story from the Star Tribune after Martin gave his verbal commitment in September.
Tramaine Isabell (Garfield): Isabell is expected to sign with Washington State tomorrow. The 6-foot-1 guard will play his senior season at Garfield after transferring from Lakeside. He will enroll in prep school for a year after completing high school according to Cougfan.com. Isabell averaged 19 points, five assists, five rebounds and five steals per game last year.
Jason Todd (Jackson): The reigning Washington Gatorade Player of the Year signed with Portland today. The 6-foot-6, 200-pounder averaged 21.5 points and 10.8 rebounds last season in leading Jackson to the state championship game. You can read Portland’s official release with more information about Todd here and our post last season after he won the Gatorade POY here.
Jacob Lampkin (O’Dea): Lampkin is one of two area players to sign with Pacific today. The 6-foot-8 forward/center averaged 15.2 points and 10.0 rebounds for O’Dea last season.
Kaleb Warner (Mercer Island): Warner will join Lampkin at Pacific. The 6-foot-6 guard/forward played on the same Emerald City Basketball Academy AAU team with Lampkin and averaged 16.0 points and 8.1 rebounds per game a season ago for Mercer Island.
You can read about both Lampkin and Warner here in Pacific’s official release.
Will Ferris (Newport): Ferris signed to play with Eastern Washington. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound guard averaged 15.1 points per game as a junior and was named to the 4A KingCo second team. You can read more here.
A few local girls basketball players also signed with colleges today, headlined by Stanford-bound Brittany McPhee and UW signee Kelli Kingma.
Brittany McPhee (Mount Rainier): McPhee is the two-time Gatorade Player of the Year in Washington and was the state’s most coveted recruit. You can read about her decision to sign with Stanford in a blog post Sandy Ringer wrote here.
Kelli Kingma (Jackson): The younger sister of former UW star Kristi Kingma, the 5-foot-9 point guard is the 63rd-ranked player at her position in the nation according to ESPN. You can read about Kingma here.
Myzhanique Ladd (Cleveland): Ladd is one of two Cleveland players to sign collegiately today and will be playing at San Jose State.
Makala Roper (Cleveland): Roper signed on to play at UC Santa Barbara next year. Here is what ESPN has to say about Roper:
“Very solid guard player with a lot of strength. Nice pull-up jumper and will get to the rim and finish with both hands through contact. Sets up defenders well with change of pace and will continue to improve as she grows into her body.”
And finally, here is a transcript of our interview with Shaqquan Aaron after he signed his national letter of intent to play for Louisville.
On if it is nice to get the signing out of the way: “Relieved. I can focus on the season now. There won’t be any other coaches really trying to contact me now, trying to persuade me to go to their school. Now all focus is on this senior year. Trying to win another state title.’
On if he ever wavered after giving verbal: “Not really. When I chose Louisville last year, I chose them for a reason. I looked into it. I just didn’t pick a school because I thought it was cool. When I picked Louisville, Louisville was on their slump. They lost those four or five games in a row. At the time I thought about it and I thought it was a great decision.”
On what was attractive about Louisville: “Louisville’s a great program. Obviously, they’ve won a national title. Coach [Rick Pitino’s] a Hall of Fame coach. He’s going to get me ready to play at the next level. The fans are crazy, the arena’s one of the top arenas in the nation. I’m excited.”
On if the local ties of Peyton Siva and Terrence Williams played a role in decision: “Pey is considered, Pey is like family to me now. His dad, I’m really close with him. All those Somoans, they’re all cool with me. We’re all like family now. T-Will, obviously went to Rainier Beach, he comes up here and says what’s up to us sometimes, so I’m cool with him. Other than that, I’m proud to be part of the family. I’m really close with a lot of the guys up there already.”
On what he needs to improve upon before getting to Louisville: “Really what I need to improve upon was gaining weight, but that’s not really a factor anymore because I’ve been gaining weight. Really what Coach P told me, I have all the skills, just keep working on those skills, keep producing them and I’ll be … that next stage, I’ll be ready to step in, playing at the next level. Other than that, that’s pretty much it.”
May 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM
If you’re familiar with the history of Kentridge boys basketball, you should know the name Doug Helgeson.
And you’ll have an opportunity to catch up with him at a 70th birthday party this Saturday (details to follow).
Helgeson coached the Chargers from 1970-85 and was also an assistant football coach at Kentridge. I always enjoyed covering his teams when I worked for the Valley Newspapers in the early 80s (I started at The Seattle Times in June of 1987).
Helgeson actually started his coaching career at Sequoia Junior High in Kent in 1967. After stepping away from coaching, he became an assistant principal at Kentridge until 1992, when he and his wife, Dinah, moved to Montana.
In 2001, the Helgesons moved to Bangkok, Thailand, to live and work at International School Bangkok. They retired in 2010 and moved to Vashon Island.
Last July, Doug was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma and, not surprisingly, is putting up quite a battle.
Saturday’s party is a chance to celebrate of his love of ife, Dinah says. The open house is from 2-4 p.m. at the home of Ron and Connie Grimstad, 21842 148th Ave. SE, Kent. Grimstad is a former football coach at Kentridge.
I’ll be covering West Central District softball that day, or I would jump at the chance to catch up with Doug and his family. I hope you can stop in for the celebration.
May 13, 2013 at 9:01 PM
Former assistant Tyson Horner has been named new head boys basketball coach at Monroe High School.
Horner was an assistant coach for five seasons under both Nick Wold and Brett Wille, who is now athletic director. Wille called Horner “the perfect fit” to take over the program.
“Tyson’s immersed in the community, he’s well respected by the kids here at Monroe, he’s one of the best teachers I’ve ever worked with, and he is extremely passionate about basketball,” Wille wrote in an e-mail. ”He was an outstanding assistant for both myself and Nick Wold and he’ll continue the tradition of excellence, both on and off the court, that has become the expectation for Monroe Boys Basketball.”
May 7, 2013 at 5:12 PM
Brian Douma is the new head boys basketball coach at Bellevue Christian High School.
He is a Bellevue Christian graduate and played under longtime coach Mike Downs. After graduating from Calvin College, Douma was an assistant under Downs for seven years. He also assisted at Lake Washington. For the past two seasons, he has been head coach at Shoreline Christian.
April 26, 2013 at 1:32 PM
It’s a last-chance look for some of Washington’s senior basketball players still hoping to sign with a college.
And an early chance for next year’s seniors to show off their skills.
So, the 11th annual WIBCA/WIAA state basketball showcase this weekend at Bellevue College makes for a great chance to see some quality high-school basketball.
The event features 160 players on 16 teams and runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Daily tickets are $5.
Local players expected to participate include DeMario Hall (Garfield), Jalen McGruder (Garfield), Nick Nordale (Mercer Island) and Evan Scholten (Cedar Park Christian). From the Tacoma area, you’ll be able to see Dom Jordan (Curtis), Latravion Satterwhite (Lincoln) and Cedric Williams (Lakes).
April 25, 2013 at 7:56 AM
If you’re still hungering for more prep basketball, the Les Schwab Roundball Shootout is this Sunday at Clark College.
The girls game tips off at 4 p.m., followed by the boys game at 6:15. The event features a three-point shooting contest at halftime of each game and there’s a dunk contest between the two, at approximately 5:45 p.m.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for students with ID.
Here are the rosters, as of Wednesday afternoon:
Girl’s Black Team
Megan Lindsley, Prairie
Sarah McKee, Timberline
Deja Nicholas, Evergreen
Kendra Preuninger, Union
Majerle Reeves, Mark Morris
Emily Rowe, Union
Jessica Roy, Kings Way
Esther Stanisel, Portland Christian
Katie White, Portland Christian
Coach: Sondra Knopf, Clark College
Girl’s White Team
Courtney Bradley, Stevenson
Amica Cranston, Mountain View
Brianna Curtiss, Hockinson
Emma DuChesne, Mountain View
Carly Holboke, Mountain View
Taylor Howlett, Lewis & Clark
Kim Lowery, Columbia River
Mar’Shay Moore, Fort Vancouver
Coach: Pat Trent, Clark College
Boy’s Black Team
Devin Bolds, Columbia River
Preston Brooks, Prairie
Matthew DeLisle, Fort Vancouver
Taylor Drey, Mountain View
Keegan Liebelt, Skyview
Isaiah Smith, Columbia River
Shane McCauley, Mountain View
Coach: Alex Kirk, Clark College
Boy’s White Team
Tyler Copp, Union
Aaron Deister, Washougal
Luke DuChesne, Mountain View
Tim Hergert, Heritage
Miles Luke, Battle Ground
Michael McElroy, Washougal
AJ Meyers, La Center
Wyatt Yearout, Hockinson
Coach: Joe Navarro, Vancouver Volcanoes
March 2, 2013 at 10:50 PM
3A All-Tournament Team
- Will Dorsey (MVP), Rainier Beach
- Tramaine Isabell, Lakeside
- Elijah Foster, Rainier Beach
- DJ Fenner, Seattle Prep
- Ahmaad Rorie, Lincoln
- Tre’Shaun Fletcher, Lincoln
- Donaven Dorsey, Timberline
- Eugene Artison, Franklin
- Matthew Poplawski, Lakeside
- Marquis Davis, Rainier Beach
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