November 30, 2013 at 10:22 PM
And then there were two. Well, actually there are 12. The finals for each classification are set with the title games kicking off next week.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the games.
4A: Chiawana (40-7 winners over Federal Way) vs. Camas (49-21 winners over Bellarmine Prep)
3A: Bellevue (66-0 winners over Shadle Park) vs. Eastside Catholic (28-14 winners over O’Dea)
2A: Lynden (21-7 winners over Ellensburg) vs. Tumwater (48-45 winners over Prosser)
1A: Mount Baker (31-28 OT winners over Cascade Christian) vs. Freeman (28-20 winners over Cashmere)
2B: Lind-Ritzville-Sprague (56-13 winners over Adna) vs. Morton-White Pass (27-14 winners over Raymond)
1B: Neah Bay (46-14 winners over Lummi) vs. Touchet (62-36 winners over Rosalia)
November 29, 2013 at 11:20 AM
Good morning and I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. If you didn’t get your fix of football with the NFL slate yesterday, I don’t blame you. The semifinals kick off this afternoon and there are plenty of places to watch and listen to football.
First off, the WIAA has multiple options.
- All the semifinal games, except for Touchet-Rosalia, are on the radio. You can find the station listings here.
- The WIAA will broadcast all the semifinal games with a $9.99 fee to watch live. The games can be viewed free 72 hours after the championship match.
- ROOT Sports will broadcast a handful of the games.
- If you are in the Spokane area, SWX will carry the Shadle Park-Bellevue game.
- We will be holding a live chat from the Tacoma Dome during tonight’s Eastside Catholic-O’Dea game.
November 29, 2013 at 11:06 AM
November 28, 2013 at 10:00 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to all. As we mentioned on the blog yesterday, today doesn’t necessarily mean a day off for high school football teams still vying for a spot in the Gridiron Classic.
While you watch football and cook dinner, or if you’re just trying to get some time away from the family, here are some Thanksgiving Day links to enjoy.
- The News Tribune released its all-area team. Graham-Kapowsin’s Teague James is the TNT’s Player of the Year.
- Brett Rypien will put his record-breaking numbers up against No. 1 Bellevue.
- Budda Baker and the Bellevue seniors double as coaches.
- Shadle Park will use its toughness and tempo against Bellevue. (video)
- The Highlanders have their work cut out for them.
- The Bellevue Reporter compares quarterbacks in the Shadle Park and Bellevue game.
- We talked to Eastside Catholic’s Elisha Pa’aga about several topics, including the O’Dea rematch.
- O’Dea defense: “They get no soup.”
- Camas puts its ego aside; the Papermakers promise.
- The Columbian previews the Camas-Bellarmine Prep game.
- Camas-Bellarmine Prep will be broadcast on ROOT Sports.
- Chiawana quarterback Joey Zamora leads a balanced offensive attack.
November 27, 2013 at 5:15 PM
Happy Thanksgiving Eve (is that a thing?). Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because food, football and family are a pretty darn good mix. For the O’Dea football team, Thanksgiving means an early-morning practice. Of course, that is better than a post-dinner practice.
O’Dea is preparing for a rematch with Metro League Mountain Division rival Eastside Catholic in a 3A semifinal game at Tacoma Dome on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Our story from today’s paper discusses that game and what it means for the strength of the Metro League.
Here are more quotes from Eastside Catholic’s Elisha Pa’aga.
On last week’s game against Meadowdale: Defense wins championships. I didn’t play in the first half, so coming in the second half, kind of brightened up our defense, kind of gave us hope. Everybody kind of reeled it in. I know it was a closer game than we thought it’d be, but I’m glad that we all focused up and came together as a team, as a brother, as a unit. Just came out and came with the turnover at the end that won us the game. Glad that happened.
On his injury: I had a strained hamstring, so I wasn’t expecting to play. I couldn’t stand sitting on the sideline. Coaches asked me if I was ready to play and I said, ‘Yes, coach, put me in.’ I’m glad I got in there, try to help the team out in any way I can.
I came on offense, we needed to score. I came in, running back, we scored and went up another touchdown. Came in on defense and try to do anything I can to help the team win
On how it feels now: It feels all right. It feels a little sore. Just trying to lay off it right now, ice it. I’ll be fine.
On the rematch with O’Dea: Ever since that loss, we always wanted this. It was our goal to come back and get a round two with these guys. Just excited for the game, for the opportunity. Just ready to roll.
On if it’s a rivalry: I think it is a rivalry. I have a lot of respect for them, there’s a lot of good kids out there, good athletes. I guess it’s just O’Dea and Eastside Catholic. It’s always been at it. I think just that itself makes it more important.
On the Metro League: There’s a lot of good schools out there, there’s a lot of athletes out there in our division. It’s no joke. We like really simple stuff. A hard running football, O’Dea, us as our defense. I think it just says overall, it’s not a division to play around with. We’re coming up there.
On stopping O’Dea’s running game: I think it’s just everybody being where they have to be at. Fitting where you have to fit at. Just making sure your keys are right and wrapping up and fundamentals of football. They’re really a traditional run team. Just the little things that have to count in the big games. Fundamentals, wrapping up and getting the keys right.
On if he knows any O’Dea players: Not personally, but I do know a lot of them.
On the game in general: The fact that it’s in the Dome. Back at the Dome last year was a pretty exciting environment. Atmosphere was really crazy. I’m just excited to play again and get another chance at O’Dea round two.
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 11:30 PM
Two local football players gave verbal commitments to Eastern Washington today. Newport running back Conner Baumann and Woodinville receiver/defensive back Alek Kacmarcik both announced their decisions via Twitter.
Baumann: “Excited to say I am now committed to play football at EWU! Can’t wait to join the family #GoEags”
Kacmarcik: “Very excited to say that I’m committed to play football at Eastern Washington University! Can’t wait to get going! #GoEags”
Baumann earned KingCo 4A Crown Offensive Co-MVP this season. Baumann rushed for six touchdowns in back-to-back games, leading Newport to the round of 16.
Kacmarcik earned KingCo 4A Crest first team honors in 2012 as a safety and second team honors as a running back.
The signing period begins Feb. 5.
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 26, 2013 at 2:47 PM
Bellevue dropped two spots in this week’s CBS MaxPreps Xcellent 25 Football Rankings to No. 14. The Wolverines beat Peninsula 48-27 last Saturday in a game that was not as close as the final score indicates.
Bellevue travels to Spokane to face Shadle Park in the 3A state semifinals on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Here are the complete rankings.
1. (1) Booker T. Washington (Miami), 12-0
2. (2) DeSoto (Texas), 12-0
3. (3) Allen (Texas), 12-0
4. (4) St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.), 9-0
5. (5) St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), 12-0
6. (6) De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), 11-0
7. (8) Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.), 13-0
8. (7) Miami Central (Fla.), 10-1
9. (9) Serra (Gardena, Calif.), 12-0
10. (10) Katy (Texas), 12-0
11. (11) Mountain Pointe (Phoenix), 12-0
12. (13) Hoover (Ala.), 13-0
13. (15) Miramar (Fla.), 12-0
14. (12) Bellevue (Wash.), 12-0
15. (14) Folsom (Calif.), 12-0
16. (19) St. Edward (Lakewood, Ohio), 11-1
17. (17) Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.), 12-1
18. (20) Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.), 13-0
19. (21) Jenks (Okla.), 12-0
20. (22) Southlake Carroll (Texas), 11-1
21. (24) Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati), 12-1
22. (23) Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas), 11-2
23. (25) Blue Springs (Mo.), 13-0
24. (NR) Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), 13-0
25. (NR) DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), 11-1
November 26, 2013 at 4:00 AM
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