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March 13, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Post-Ups: A final look back (and ahead) in girls basketball

Are you going through prep girls basketball withdrawals after those great state tournaments last week? Well, I’m here to give one last fix for 2013-14 with a bonus edition of my weekely blog notebook (I’m sure you figured out why there was no volume of “Post-Ups” last Thursday, since that marked the opening day of the…


Comments | Topics: Cleveland, Lynnwood, Mount Rainier

February 20, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Note time changes in WCD 4A girls semis

I’m looking forward to covering the semifinals of the West Central District 4A girls basketball tournament tonight (Thursday) at Puyallup High School. I want to make sure you are aware of the time changes (because for some reason I wasn’t until this morning). The game between No. 3 Skyview (22-1) and No. 5 Mount Rainier (20-3) is…


Comments | More in Girls basketball | Topics: Beamer, Mount Rainier

February 13, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Post-Ups: It’s bracket-mania time in girls hoops

Post-season girls basketball play is in full swing, so I want to devote this edition of my weekly blog to some of the key playoff matchups. Before I go any further, you’ve got to remember to bookmark this site, where you can find brackets for pretty much all of the tournaments state-wide. Josh Liebeskind was at…


Comments | More in Girls basketball, Post-Ups | Topics: Beamer, Bellevue, Juanita

February 10, 2014 at 4:49 PM

State girls basketball rankings — Week 10

Sorry for the late post with the latest girls basketball rankings today. I’ve had meetings and other commitments. So I’m going to keep the prelude short. It’s going to be a fun week as post-season play picks up and we should start seeing some great matchups. I’m excited to see Mount Rainier and Beamer square off…


Comments | More in Girls basketball, Rankings | Topics: Beamer, Bellevue, Juanita

January 9, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Post-Ups: A ‘mid-season’ look at some girls basketball races

Since we are about halfway through the regular season in girls basketball (can you believe it??), I thought I’d focus this edition of Post-Ups to take a look at some of the area league races in 4A and 3A. Mind you, while most teams have played between 9-11 games overall (out of the 20 allotted, 21…


Comments | More in Girls basketball, Post-Ups | Topics: Beamer, Bellevue, Cleveland

December 12, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Great prep hoop games at Highline CC Saturday

You’ve got a great chance to see several top-notch prep basketball games Saturday at the Muscle Milk Preview at Highline Community College.

I’ll be there for the blockbuster girls game between top-ranked Lynnwood and No. 2 Mount Rainier at 3:30 p.m. I really struggled with which of these teams to put at No. 1, so the Rams and Stanford-bound Brittany McPhee now have a chance to prove me wrong.

The other girls game could be interesting, too, a 10:30 a.m. tipoff between Kentwood and Wilson. I started Kentwood at No. 8 in the 4A rankings this week — then the Conquerors went out and lost Tuesday to Kentridge (a team I plan to see Friday against a good Auburn Riverside squad). Wilson reached the 3A state semifinals last season, losing a tough one to Seattle Prep, and graduated several key players — but should still be tough this year.


Comments | More in Boys basketball, Girls basketball | Topics: Lynnwood, Mount Rainier

December 10, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Preseason girls basketball rankings

It should be another great season of high-school girls basketball in the area, and state-wide.

I’ve devoted a ton of time trying to shape The Seattle Times’ preseason rankings for Class 4A, 3A and 2A. Am I satisfied? No, never. Because I’d love to be able to ask a dozen more coaches, at least.

But it’s time to make some tough cuts, and we all know the only real rankings that count are the ones at the end of the season, when the state tournaments are complete.

And I guess we’re fudging a bit by calling these preseason rankings, since most teams have already played. That actually helps the process some, but it’s also difficult sometimes to gauge the quality of wins and losses.


Comments | More in Girls basketball | Topics: Cleveland, Lynnwood, Mount Rainier

March 7, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Post-Ups: Final impressions from the 4A and 3A state girls hoop tourneys, plus some other shout-outs

I think Stephenie Wheeler-Smith put it best: Wow!


The Cleveland girls basketball coach said it a few times describing the efforts of her players. 

It’s a fitting way to sum up the Class 4A and 3A state girls basketball tournaments last Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.


Wow! Wow! And Wow! 

I thought I’d take one last look back….


Class 4A


I picked Mead to win the tournament, and it turns out I was right – even though I had Mount Rainier ranked No. 1 all season. And I would have loved to have seen the Rams – or one of the other Seattle-area teams – finish on top. 

Nothing against teams from the other side of the state, or down South. It’s just always nice when the winner is within our circulation area! And it doesn’t happen as often as we’d like. Since Federal Way won in 1997 (and Kent-Meridian the year before that), we’ve had just four local winners in 4A – Roosevelt (2004), Garfield (2005), Kentwood (2009) and Auburn Riverside (2010).



Comments | More in Girls basketball, Post-Ups | Topics: Brittany McPhee, Cleveland, Mount Rainier

February 24, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Some thoughts on the state girls basketball draws

I want to share a few thoughts with you on the state girls basketball draws, particularly 4A and 3A.

We’ll have a lot on the tournaments this week in the newspaper, on the web and in the blog. This is just to get the conversation started.

Class 4A

The quarterfinal game I’m most axious to see: No. 1 Mount Rainier vs. No. 5 Inglemoor.

That’s a tough “opener” for both teams. Earlier this season, the Vikings were ranked as high as No. 3. Coach John Augustavo believes his team is playing as well as anyone and had this to say after drawing the top-ranked Rams: “Bring it on. We’re ready.”

With a little encouragement, he admits he is confident about Inglemoor’s chances this week.

“I think we can win this thing,” he said.

The Vikings will have a size advantage with 6-4 Deja’ Strother and four others 6-foot or better. Mount Rainier’s tallest players are Brittany McPhee and Emily Fiso, both 6-0. Of course, McPhee is a crafty player who finds lots of ways to score against players of all sizes. But this will be a challenge.


Comments | More in Girls basketball | Topics: Bellevue, Cleveland, Inglemoor

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