November 22, 2013 at 9:57 AM
We’ve had some people ask us why Bellevue, the No. 1 ranked team in 3A, has to go on the road this week in the state quarterfinals. If Bellevue wins, it would go on the road to play either Shadle Park or Kamiakin. Bellevue is undefeated and won its league. You can apply the same question to Camas in the 4A ranks, which travels to play Eastlake this week. Take a look at the 3A and 4A brackets for reference as you continue reading.
To answer the question, we talked to David Lutes, who is the Athletic Director for the Kent School District and the chairman for the committee that puts together the 3A and 4A brackets for the week 10 playoffs. Lutes did a tremendous job explaining the reasoning and we’ll attempt to do the same.
Essentially, what it boils down to are the separate districts. There are nine districts in the state of Washington. You can see the breakdown of districts on this helpful map.
“We don’t seed our 16-team bracket, WIAA gives the 16 seeds to the district level,” Lutes explained. “The seeds go to the districts. The districts are different sizes.”
In 4A, District 3 has 25 schools, while there are only five in District 8 and four in District 5. So 5 and 8 in the 4A combine their allocations to the state tournament.
“They compete with each other to try to steal from each other,” Lutes said. “Bottom line is that the WIAA guarantees every district a No. 1 placement on the first-round bracket. With there being eight No. 1 seeds (because of the combination of District 5 and 8), the No. 1 from each district always goes in a home slot. Then there’s two other [home] slots that are filled by a No. 2. Typically, from District 3 because it’s so much larger. Then it’s the matter of how you place those in an eight-[game] bracket, starting at the top of the eight first-round games.”
Here’s more from Lutes: “This year, as an example, Camas is a No. 1 out of District 4 and is the presumed state champion. District 3, we have the Narrows League champion, South Puget champion, North Puget champion. Three No. 1 coming out of a district, not one. The placement gets tough. Camas is game 7. Game 8 is District 3, No. 1 [against] District 2, No. 3.”
Game 8, by the way, is on the very bottom of the bracket. Whoever wins that game will be the home team throughout the playoffs. So what Lutes is saying is that the District 3, No. 1 had the prime bracket spot this year. But what happened in the week 10 playoff (the game before the brackets begin), is the District 2, No. 3 beat the District 3, No. 1. This year, that meant Eastlake knocked off Kentwood.
In essence, Eastlake stole the No. 1 seed, and home-field advantage, from District 3.
“It could have Bellarmine [Prep] or [Graham-Kapowsin] as the District 3, No. 1,” Lutes said. “The leagues decide how they rotate. They have three champions. It just happened this year that the north had the No. 1 seed.”
Bellevue’s case is similar. It is not the only 3A league champion in District 2. The WIAA doesn’t place value of one league champion over another; there is a rotation. For instance, while O’Dea (which had a home game in the round of 16) has to travel to Mountain View this week, it comes out of Game 7, which means it would be the home team in the semifinals were it to win. O’Dea also hosted a round of 16 game. A caveat to that is the semifinals would be played at the Tacoma Dome.
In another year and another rotation, Bellevue might be on the bottom of the bracket and have home games throughout the playoffs.
Confusing? Yes, slightly. But thanks to Lutes, the reasoning is now much more clear. If you are still not completely sure about something, feel free to leave a comment and we’ll try to sort out the confusion. You can also tweet me (@jlieb24) questions and I’ll try to respond as best possible.
October 24, 2013 at 11:43 AM
The WIAA announced their Athlete of the Week winners for week 7.
The list includes Kentridge’s Stephanie Sewell for golf, Hazen’s Marquise Lee for football and Darrington’s Amy Miles for volleyball.
The entire list of winners can be found on the WIAA website.
October 16, 2013 at 5:56 PM
The WIAA came out with their week 6 winners of Athlete of the Week.
Included on the list are Auburn Riverside’s Kevin Thomson for football, another Auburn Riverside athlete – Lauren Crimi – for soccer (look for a feature on Crimi coming in the next few days), Lakes’s Caleb Lyons for football, Marysville-Pilchuck’s Marley Reynolds for volleyball, Lake Washington’s Devon Grove for cross country, Squalicum’s Abby VonFeldt for swim and dive, Annie Wright’s Margaux Arnston for volleyball, Darrington’s Trent Green for football and Crosspoint Academy’s Desere’e Doty for soccer.
The entire list, including a description for why each athlete won, can be found at the WIAA website.
October 1, 2013 at 12:05 PM
The WIAA came out with their week 3 winners for Athlete of the Week.
The list includes Max Gray from Arlington for football, Amber Rose from Inglemoor for cross country, Marcela Macias from Hazen for volleyball, Laka Wilkins from King’s for football and Sophia Barsher from Seattle Academy for soccer.
Wilkins has been a standout for King’s over the past few weeks on both sides of the ball. His week 3 recognition came after their win over Cascade Conference-rivals Archbishop Murphy, where Wilkins couldn’t be stopped, racking up two touchdowns, a sack and a blocked punt, just to name a few key plays.
September 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM
The WIAA announced their week 2 winners for Athlete of the Week.
The athletes include Kamiak’s Austin Hall, who we had a chance to catch up with this week after his big game last Friday, Arlington’s Olivia Larson for soccer, Decatur’s Isaiah Diggs for football, Darrington’s Garrett Green for football, Seattle Lutheran’s Tiffany Tran for volleyball and Grace Academy’s Isaiah VanDam for soccer.
September 17, 2013 at 10:29 AM
Looks like Bothell football’s running back Sam McPherson just got something in the mail.
Monday, McPherson received his certificate from the WIAA naming him the State Athlete of the Week for the week of September 1-7, 2013.
Along with a picture of the certificate, he tweeted out: “Wow, what an honor, couldn’t have done it without my team. Thank you #blessed #StateAthleteOfTheWeek @wiaawa”.
The WIAA State Athlete of the Week is an individual athlete nominated by athletic directors and coaches. Weekly winners are selected by a small committee.
Week 1 – the week he received the nomination for – was the week Bothell clawed its way to a 44-43 victory over Coeur d’Alene in the Emerald City Kickoff Classic at Husky Stadium.
That game, McPherson returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown, rushed for 73 yards on 13 carries, punted four times, returned another four punts, returned six kicks for 196 yards, including the 88-yard touchdown, and made seven tackles on defense.
All of the Week 1 winners are posted on the WIAA’s website, with other athletes from the area getting the award, as well.
September 11, 2013 at 11:25 AM
ROOT SPORTS will be airing a “Game of the Week” every week during the high school regular season.
According to a press release sent out toward the end of August, after the first Saturday of football, ROOT SPORTS will televise high school football on a Thursday night schedule for nine regular season games, as well as the WIAA District Playoffs and the 4A and 3A championship games. The slate of games is known as the ROOT SPORTS High School Football “Game of the Week” presented by Papa Murphy’s.
Each game of the week will have a debut airing, along with at least one replay, according to the release.
Here’s the telecast schedule (subject to change):
Date Opponent Time (PT)
Saturday, September 7 Skyline at Bellevue 9:30 p.m. *
Thursday, September 12 Tahoma at Bethel 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 19 Federal Way at Graham-Kapowsin 7:00 p.m.
Friday, September 27 Newport at Issaquah 10:30 p.m. *
Thursday, October 3 Auburn at Kentlake 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 10 Kings at Cedarcrest 7:00 pm
Thursday, October 17 Redmond at Woodinville 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 24 Bainbridge at Odea 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 31 Kennedy at Lindbergh 7:00 p.m.
*Same day delay
September 7, 2013 at 7:14 PM
This will serve as your live game thread from the Emerald City Kickoff Classic at Husky Stadium. The final game of the night – Skyline vs. Bellevue.
The 2012 4A state champions take on the 2012 3A state champions. Both are KingCo teams.
Final – Bellevue 45, Skyline 7
TD – Bellevue 45, Skyline 7
Kilton Anderson runs it into the endzone for a touchdown. Jason Twaddle with the extra point.
Skyline player Chandler Wong appeared to be injured, but was able to get to the sideline eventually.
TD – Bellevue 45, Skyline 0
Bellevue’s Cristoph Hirota with a 15-yard rushing touchdown. Gibson with the extra point.
Michael Cowin returns the ball 37 yards to set up decent field position for Skyline.
FG – Bellevue 38, Skyline 0
Cody Gibson’s 29-yard field goal attempt is good.
Start of second half.
Halftime – Bellevue 35, Skyline 0
Justus Rogers in at quarterback for Bellevue.
Miles Carlson makes a 12-yard reception from Timmy Haehl for Bellevue.
Skyline fumbles the ball after Brandon Kelly tackles the runner. Isaiah Gilchrist recovers the ball, and Bellevue takes over.
Kilton Anderson carries the ball for 10 yards and a first down.
Cole Blackburn returns the kick 28 yards. Skyline takes over at their own 43.
TD – Bellevue 35, Skyline 0
Max Richmond rushes for a 3-yard touchdown. Bellevue is running up the score on Skyline. Gibson’s extra point is good.
Bad snaps forces Skyline kicker to get the ball off, and lucky for Skyline, it takes a few bounces in their favor. But not much. Bellevue takes over at their own 46.
Skyline’s run game – especially letting their quarterback run – doesn’t seem to be working for them against this Bellevue defense.
TD – Bellevue 28, Skyline 0
And Baker’s off…Budda Baker runs 47 yards for a Bellevue touchdown. No one can touch him as he sprints toward the endzone. Gibson’s extra point is good.
Good return by Skyline backup quarterback Michael Cowin. Skyline takes over at their own 35.
TD – Bellevue 21, Skyline 0
66-yard rushing touchdown for Bellevue as Marek Spooner-Leduff breaks several tackles to go all the way. Gibson’s extra point good.
End of first quarter – Bellevue 14, Skyline 0
Skyline takes over at their own 23-yard line.
TD – Bellevue 14, Skyline 0
Bellevue’s Sam Richmond runs 65 yards into the endzone. Cody Gibson’s extra point is good.
Timmy Haehl showing he has a good arm. Didn’t complete the long pass down the field, but still – he has the distance.
Budda Baker looking strong. Saw him as a running back and on defense, and we just saw him have a solid punt return.
Looks like a pretty good turnout here at Husky Stadium. Both teams have a big group of fans in the stands.
Anderson hits Collin Crisp for 12-yard reception.
Anderson hits Cole Blackburn for a 10-yard reception.
Kilton Anderson keeps the ball for a gain of 5. Skyline offense running the quarterback keep quite a bit to start.
Cole Blackburn can’t hang on to the ball after the punt, and he has to pick it up before he can start running. Skyline takes over at their own 5-yard line.
TD – Bellevue 7, Skyline 0
Bellevue goes for it on 4th and 1, and Budda Baker takes it 12 yards into the endzone for a touchdown. Cody Gibson kicks the extra point, and it’s good.
Budda Baker rushes for 6 yards. On his next carry, he loses a yard. Baker gets another carry, and he goes 4 yards, bringing up 4th and 1.
Anderson tries to run, but gets tackled by multiple Bellevue defenders and loses the ball in the pile. Bellevue’s Budda Baker comes up with the ball, and Bellevue takes over at Skyline’s 21-yard line.
Skyline’s Blackburn signals for a fair catch, and Skyline will take over at thier own 22.
Haehl tries to keep the ball again, but the Skyline defense has his number. Gain of 1.
Bellevue quarterback Timmy Haehl takes off and runs for 13 yards.
In Anderson’s first plays as a Spartan, there’s a run for no gain, he’s tackled for a loss of three and his pass is incomplete. Skyline forced to punt on 4th and 8. Bellevue takes over at their own 33.
Anderson’s pass is swatted down by Isaiah Gilchrist.
Anderson loses three yards when he’s taken down by Bellevue lineman Marcus Griffin.
New quarterback Kilton Anderson starting for Skyline.
September 7, 2013 at 4:03 PM
This will serve as your live game thread from the Emerald City Kickoff Classic at Husky Stadium – Next up: Coeur d’Alene vs. Bothell
Final – Bothell 44, Coeur d’Alene 43
Bothell takes a knee and it’s over. What a game.
And again. Sam McPherson picks off Amos and goes off. Gets tripped up on Coeur d’Alene’s 11-yard line.
Huge pick by Bothell defense with 1:44 left in the game.
TD – Bothell 44, Coeur d’Alene 43
Colton Sather with a huge 39-yard touchdown reception from Ross Bowers to tie the game with 1:50 left. Bothell’s Steve Weedin kick is good.
With under two minutes left in the game, Bothell takes over on the Coeur d’Alene 39-yard line.
TD – Coeur d’Alene 43, Bothell 37
Damani St. Johns gets it again, this time finishing what he started. He rushes the one yard into the endzone for a Bothell touchdown. Steven Weedin’s kick is good.
Damani St. Johns bounces off a few Coeur d’Alene and eventually runs it just short of the goal line. It was a 13-yard run, stopped short at the 1-yard line.
Ross Bowers completes a pass to Cameron Gale for 12 yards and another first down. Bothell then gets called for a false start, taking the ball back to Coeur d’Alene’s 36-yard line.
Bothell’s Cameron Gale receives the ball for 19 yards as Bothell continues their march up the field.
Bothell doing everything it can to keep Coeur d’Alene out of the endzone. It works – Drew Berger fumbles and Jacob Johnston recovers for Bothell.
Cameron Gale completes an 18-yard pass from Ross Bowers.
TD – Coeur d’Alene 43, Bothell 30
Drew Berger takes a 6-yard run into the endzone for another Coeur d’Alene touchdown. The 2-point conversion fails.
Gunnar Amos keeps the ball and runs 24 yards.
End of third quarter – Coeur d’Alene 37, Bothell 30
TD – Coeur d’Alene 37, Bothell 30
Chase Blakley makes the 7-yard reception for a touchdown to put Coeur d’Alene ahead. Cole Williams with the PAT.
Nothing comes of the interception, though, and Bothell is forced to punt on 4th down. Coeur d’Alene takes over at their own 38-yard line.
Gunnar Amos throws it long, the pass is bobbled, and Bothell comes down with it. Interception by Sean Hanrahan. The Bothell crowd is fueling the momentum shift.
TD – Coeur d’Alene 30, Bothell 30
Dayzell Wilson responds with a 23-yard touchdown reception from Ross Bowers. Samuel McPherson rushes for a successful 2-point conversion.
Ross Bowers fumbles the ball, but, lucky for Bothell, Samuel McPherson recovers the ball. It was a loss of 10 yards.
TD – Coeur d’Alene 30, Bothell 22
Bothell gets some more points on the board with a 24-yard rushing touchdown by Colton Sather. Ross Bowers pass to Colton Sather for the 2-point conversion successful.
Start of third quarter.
Some notes at halftime:
Coeur d’Alene has 251 yards of total offense, while Bothell has 124.
Gunnar Amos (CDA) is 16-25 for 180 yards and a touchdown. Ross Bowers (B) is 7-20 for 74 yards, one touchdown, one interception. He’s been sacked five times.
Halftime – Coeur d’Alene 30, Bothell 14
Coeur d’Alene’s Chase Blakley all over this Bothell offense.
Bothell fumbles the ball but recovers with a loss of two yards.
Bothell’s Ryan Croson makes a 17-yard reception from Ross Bowers.
38-yard kick return by Bothell’s Samuel McPherson.
TD – Coeur d’Alene 30, Bothell 14
Coeur d’Alene’s Drew Berger with a 3-yard rushing touchdown. 2-point conversion pass failed.
TD – Coeur d’Alene 24, Bothell 14
Ross Bowers completes a 17-yard pass to Dayzell Wilson, who makes it into the endzone for a Bothell touchdown. Steven Weedin with the extra point.
TD – Coeur d’Alene 24, Bothell 7
Gunnar Amos runs 9 yards into the endzone for a Coeur d’Alene touchdown. The two-point conversion is made successful by Gunnar Amos pass to Chase Blakley.
TD – Coeur d’Alene 16, Bothell 7
Coeur d’Alene’s Chase Blakley makes the 37-yard touchdown reception from Gunnar Amos. Drew Berger takes the hand-off into the endzone for a successful 2-point conversion.
End of first quarter – Coeur d’Alene 8, Bothell 7
Coeur d’Alene’s Gunnar Amos makes a 1-yard run into the endzone. 2-point conversion successful with Gunnar Amos passing to Chase Blakley.
Coeur d’Alene receives the ball and returns it 30 yards. They take over at their own 30-yard line.
TD – Bothell 7, Coeur d’Alene 0
Bothell receives the kickoff, and Samuel McPherson returns it 88 yards for the touchdown. Steven Weedin makes the extra point.
September 7, 2013 at 12:22 PM
This will serve as your live game thread from the Emerald City Kickoff Classic at Husky Stadium. Next up – King’s vs. Lynden
Final – Lynden 14, King’s 6
TD – Lynden 14, King’s 6
Corey Kispert of King’s completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Turner. The two-point conversion wasn’t successful.
King’s quarterback Corey Kispert completed a 46-yard pass to Ryan Fransen.
Koa Wilkins completes a 17-yard pass to Ryan Fransen.
Rudy Mendoz’s reception fumbled. Recovered by Nick Severson, and King’s takes over.
Lucas Petersen’s pass picked off by Karl Sather. King’s takes over at own 35.
Lucas Petersen keeps the ball and rushes 19 yards to get to Lynden’s own 40.
Koa Wilkins sacked by Blake Browning and Dimitriy Telega for a loss of 6.
Lucas Swanson makes an 11-yard reception from Koa Wilkins for the King’s and a first down.
End of third quarter – Lynden 14, King’s 0
Lynden’s Alex Otano-Guenther attempts a 35-yard field goal and barely misses, the ball hitting the left upright.
Lucas Petersen completes an 18-yard pass to Cameron Wainwright.
Fairly even second half so far. With 6 minutes left in the third quarter, score remains the same.
Start of second half.
Halftime – Lynden 14, King’s 0
Lynden’s Cameron Wainwright completes a 35-yard pass to Scooter Hasting to end the the half.
24-yard pass completion from Koa Wilkins to Nick Severson. The following play is a loss of 7 as Wilkins is sacked.
TD – Lynden 14, King’s 0
Trent Postma drives into the endzone from 1 1/2 yards out. PAT taken by Alex Otano-Guenther is good.
Lucas Petersen completes a 31-yard pass to Scooter Hasting, putting Lynden 1st and 3 on the 3-yard line. A penalty gets them even closer.
King’s quarterback Koa Wilkins sacked for a loss of 9.
Lynden’s 32-yard field goal attempt by Alex Otano-Guenther no good. King’s will take over on their own 20.
Lynden’s Scooter Hasting makes a nice catch for an 18-yard reception from Petersen. Petersen making some big throws so far this game.
Jalani Phelps of Lynden picks up a 13-yard pass completion from Lucas Petersen.
After a 41-yard punt by Laka Wilkins and a couple penalties, Lynden takes over at their own 19.
End of first quarter – Lynden 7, King’s 0
King’s receiver Jordan Turner catches the ball for a 24-yard gain from Koa Wilkins. He’s hit hard and fumbles, but Nicholas Marinkovich recovers.
Lynden kicks off for another touchback.
TD – Lynden 7, King’s 0
13-yard touchdown pass completion to Jalani Phelps from Lucas Peterson. PAT taken by Alex Otano-Guenther is good.
Lynden’s Jaremy Martin goes 17 yards on the pass completion from Lucas Peterson.
King’s can’t get the first down on 4th and 1. Lynden takes over on their own 19.
Chris Yand getting a couple good runs in. King’s gets the first down.
Lynden kicks off and it’s a touchback. King’s will start on their own 20-yard line.
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