Lady Bulldogs Edge Rainier Beach in Pivotal League Win

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Lady Bulldogs Edge Rainier Beach in Pivotal League Win
By Steve Dion

Friday- January 13th 2017 Girls 3A Metro
Garfield High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Rainier Beach 15 8 20 16 59
Garfield 9 22 11 20 62

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Garfield Sophomore Samaiyah Tolliver

A packed Garfield gym for a Friday night hoops quadruple-header featured a crucial varsity girls league matchup between the host Lady Bulldogs and visiting Rainier Beach Vikings. After a tough loss to West Seattle last Friday night, Garfield was hungry for the opportunity to pick up a big win against a top team jockeying for league position. The ever-improving Viks were ready for the challenge.

Beach took the early lead in the first frame with NiRae Petty leading the charge who led all scorers with 23 points. Talented freshman for the Vikings Dalayah Daniels was guarded tightly by the Bulldogs defense and earned all 10 points she recorded. After falling behind early, Garfield put together a high-octane second quarter which was sparked by Tamia Mobley. Also in the mix was guard Juanita Agosto whose athleticism was on display on the glass grabbing 10 rebounds. At the break, the Bulldogs leapfrogged Beach to a 31-23 lead.

Rainier Beach composed themselves at halftime and emerged in the second half poised to make a comeback. Xerina Walker was a critical component to a run in which the Vikings regained the lead heading into the final quarter.

Samaiyah Tolliver took the ballgame into her hands in the fourth quarter leading the charge for the home team knocking down tough buckets in the paint and showing her range. Coach Adams has emphasized the importance of making “game-winning plays” this season and how the ability to execute late in ballgames will hinge on his team’s success. Tolliver’s clutch plays allowed Garfield to pick up a pivotal victory to give them sole possession of fourth place in the league standings.

The Final Score
Garfield 62, Rainier Beach 59.

Top Performers:
Garfield
Samaiyah Tolliver- 18 points

Rainier Beach
NiRae Petty- 23 points

Garfield Storms Back in Second Half to Knock Off Beach

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Garfield Storms Back in Second Half to Knock Off Beach
By Steve Dion

Friday- January 13th 2017 Boys 3A Metro
Garfield High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Rainier Beach 16 20 15 9 60
Garfield 8 12 26 18 64

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Garfield Senior Jaylen Nowell

There is no question that excitement is building about Metro League hoops as the season rolls on.

A capacity crowd at Garfield High School arrived hours before the much anticipated varsity boys matchup between Rainier Beach & the host Bulldogs. A critical league win which would figure strongly into playoff seeding was on the line for two of the top teams in the state.

Coach Bethea’s Vikings were ready to tackle the challenge head on as his team jumped out to a sizeable lead in the first two quarters. Khalil Shabazz’s jumper was lights out by logging 13 of his team high 19 points in the first half. Additionally, the Beach defense locked down the several lethal scoring options for the Bulldogs only allowing 20 first-half points, a tremendous effort by the defending champs. N’Keil Nelson was unfazed by the big stage of the game making big plays on both sides of the floor. Garfield senior leader Jaylen Nowell had a quiet first half, could the Viks continue to limit the Bulldog star’s productivity in the final two quarters?

The proverbial light switch flipped on for the home team in the third quarter as the Rainier Beach lead shrunk from sixteen to five heading into the final frame. Much of this was due to Nowell finding his groove logging 13 in the third frame. Could they carry the newly-found momentum into the final quarter?

Much like last Friday’s game against West Seattle, Garfield got a lift from Curtis Walker who knocked down a few crucial buckets in the closing minutes to grab the lead and send the home crowd into a frenzy. Daejon Davis played a big role especially in the defensive side of the floor to set up the key baskets down the stretch. Rainier Beach’s inability to match the Bulldogs in the final minute allowed the Garfield lead to reach four with mere seconds remaining. An errant last shot sailed wide and the home team was greeted by the Dog Pound on the court after surmounting a 16 point halftime lead!

This rivalry matchup served as a reminder that the spotlight on high school hoops in Seattle continues to shine brighter as league play heats up and the playoffs on the horizon!

The Final Score
Garfield 64, Rainier Beach 60.

Top Performers:
Garfield
Jaylen Nowell- 25 points

Rainier Beach
Khalil Shabazz- 19 points

Balanced Beach Attack Sinks Tough Battle Against Cru

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Balanced Beach Attack Sinks Tough Battle Against Cru
By Steve Dion

Monday- January 9th 2017 Boys 3A Metro
Rainier Beach High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Eastside Catholic 22 9 11 22 66
Rainier Beach 18 19 12 22 71

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Rainier Beach Senior N’Keil Nelson

In a rare Monday night game in the Metro League, Rainier Beach hosted the Eastside Catholic Crusaders for to make up their regularly scheduled matchup that was postponed earlier this season. Given the current standings with Beach keeping pace at the top and the Cru jockeying for position in the middle of the pack, the stakes were high for this league clash.

The first quarter belonged to the Crusaders, specifically junior Brock Mackenzie who knocked down a flurry of buckets totaling 15 points in the first eight minutes. He would go on to lead all scorers with 28. Jorell Saterfield & N’Keil Nelson led the charge for the Viks in the first half logging eight apiece many of which set up nicely by Kevin Porter Jr. The home team led by 4 at the break.

As the second half progressed, it reached a critical moment when Porter was charged with his fourth personal foul. Could Eastside Catholic rally with the Beach star benched? O’landa Baker answered the call with a spree of slash and dash trips to the cup to give the Crusaders a chance down the stretch.

As the game reached the balance, Nelson took over as he’s done so many times and knocked down the tough buckets while the Crusaders came up empty on a few crucial possessions. The Vikings start their three game week on a good note as they will take on the Lakeside Lions tomorrow and then get set for a mammoth battle on Friday against Garfield.

The Final Score
Rainier Beach 71, Eastside Catholic 66.

Top Performers:
Rainier Beach
N’Keil Nelson- 19 points

Eastside Catholic
Brock Mackenzie- 28 points

Garfield Fends Off Wildcats, Passes Tough Road Test

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Garfield Fends Off Wildcats, Passes Tough Road Test
By Steve Dion

Friday- January 6th 2017 Boys 3A Metro
West Seattle High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Garfield 16 9 14 16 55
West Seattle 6 17 9 18 50

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Garfield Junior Eddie Turner

Fresh off their trip to the Les Schwab Invitational in Oregon last week, the Garfield Bulldogs took a short tour across the Spokane Street bridge to West Seattle to take on a sneaky West Seattle squad. Without star guard Jaylen Nowell, the Bulldogs were certain to have their hands full to pick up the road win.

Points were at a premium in this game for a pair of teams that typically register high scoring totals. The post presence of J’Raan Brooks was felt early as the junior for Garfield reached double digit in the points column before the break. Meanwhile, Nate Pryor shouldered the load for the home team by scoring 14 of his team’s 23 before the break.

When play resumed, Garfield was able to establish some breathing room thanks to a handful of heady plays by the crafty Curtis Walker who finished with 11 of his 15 in the second half. West Seattle was able to incorporate more weapons on offense like Abdullah Mohamed, Anthony Giomi, and Simon Harris, but Garfield held its ground and was able to retain its lead and keep pace at the top of the Metro League standings.

The Final Score
Garfield 55, West Seattle 50

Top Performers:
Garfield
J’raan Brooks- 16 points

West Seattle
Nate Pryor- 21 points

West Seattle Escapes Lady Bulldog Rally

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West Seattle Escapes Lady Bulldog Rally
By Steve Dion

Friday- January 6th 2017 Girls 3A Metro
West Seattle High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Garfield 15 14 12 17 58
West Seattle 17 17 15 13 62

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West Seattle Sophomore Jenna McPhee

Two teams jockeying for position near the top of the Metro League standings met at West Seattle HS on Friday night as the host Wildcats welcomed the Garfield Lady Bulldogs. A critical victory was on the line as the sprint to the playoffs has begun.

Defensive intensity defined the course of this game with as Garfield utilized a full-court press throughout and West Seattle was opportunistic in their zone. Samaiyah Tolliver of Garfield and West Seattle’s Meghan Fiso led their teams in the first half with 9 and 15 points respectively in a close contest with several lead changes. As Bulldogs coach Lee Adams pointed out in our pregame interview, execution down the stretch and the ability to make game winning plays is critical.

As the third quarter progressed, West Seattle jumped out front and the depth on the roster Darnell Taylor pointed out was becoming more evident. Jasmine Gayles started to impose her will by attacking the basket and growing the WS lead.

Garfield rallied in the fourth behind the leadership of Juanita Agosto who was able to connect on some crucial runners in the paint. In the waning moments, Jenna McPhee saved her best for last on a backbreaking bucket, her first of the game, that propelled the home team to a victory.

The Final Score
West Seattle 62, Garfield 58.

Top Performers:
West Seattle
Meghan Fiso- 18 points

Garfield
Juanita Agosto- 25 points

Beach comes Roaring back after the Holiday Break

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Beach comes Roaring back after the Holiday Break
By Staff

Tuesday- January 3rd 2017 Boys 3A Metro
Blanchet High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Rainier Beach 28 9 12 29 78
Bishop Blanchet 8 11 10 17 46

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Rainier Beach Junior Nehemie Kabeya rings in the New Year

Mike Bethea and the Rainier Beach Vikings were hungry to get back to league play after the holiday break. The Vikings jumped out to a quick 20-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back against the Bishop Blanchet Braves.

Beach took the energy out of the crowd early and played a conservative game after the first frame. Bethea used this game as a teachable moment and had the chance to give each of his players some meaningful minutes on the court. The Braves never gave up but the Vikings had full control of the game from the outset.

Rainier Beach junior Kevin Porter led all scorers with 29. He hit from everywhere on the court as he dropped in 4 three pointers. Fred Roberson also finished with a strong 17 on the night.

The Beach will host cross town rivals Franklin Friday Night starting at 8:30pm. Be sure to get to the gym early for this high energy match-up between the Quakers and Vikings.

The Final Score
Rainier Beach 78, Bishop Blanchet 46.

Top Performers:
Rainier Beach
Kevin Porter, Jr. – 29 points
Fred Roberson – 17 points
Khalil Shabazz – 9 points

Bishop Blanchet
Maui Sze- 15 points

Porter Drops 52 in O’Dea Rout

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Porter Drops 52 in O’Dea Rout
By Steve Dion

Tuesday- January 3rd 2017 Boys 3A Metro
O'Dea High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
O'Dea 11 22 15 20 68
Nathan Hale 31 26 38 15 110

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Nathan Hale Senior Michael Porter Jr.

Fresh off their Les Schwab Invitational championship, top-ranked Nathan Hale returned to league play in 2017 to take on O’Dea. The packed gymnasium was brimming with anticipation to see the high-flying Raiders take on the reigning state runner-up.

In the opening moments, PJ Fuller started the high-scoring affair with a quick 7 points as part of a 31 point first quarter. The tenacious Hale defense matched their unstoppable attack forcing turnovers and setting up Michael Porter with some high-flying slams and pinpoint shooting. The 6’9 senior logged an impressive 52 points and 15 rebounds in the contest.

O’Dea battled until the final whistle despite being down big early on including strong efforts by talented sophomore Noah Williams who scored 28 tough points and Xavier Smith who tallied 21 in the game. When the dust settled, Hale rang in the new year with a dominant 42 point win.

The Final Score
Nathan Hale 110, O’Dea 68.

Top Performers:
Nathan Hale
Michael Porter Jr.- 52 points, 15 rebounds

O’Dea
Noah Williams- 28 points

2017 Dream Team’s
St. Patrick’s Day Classic

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Top competitive teams come together in Vancouver over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Boys and girls 10U-14U teams from around the Pacific Northwest will battle it out for a chance to be called Champions.

Here’s your chance to participate in a great event in SW Washington Saturday, March 18th and Sunday, March 19th. To secure your spot, simply fill out the Registration Form for the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Classic. The Tournament Directors will contact you after you submit your registration request.

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Wilson Survives Franklin Rally in Tournament of Champions Semifinal Game

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Wilson Survives Franklin Rally in Tournament of Champions Semi
By Steve Dion

Thursday- December 29th 2016 Boys Semifinal Tournament of Champions
Franklin High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Franklin 19 14 34 15 82
Wilson 24 20 19 22 85

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Wilson Junior Emmitt Matthews Jr.

In a classic battle of Tacoma & Seattle, Wilson travelled north to Franklin to take on the Quakers on their home floor in the Tournament of Champions semi matchup with a final against Cleveland on the line.

Anthony Stokes jumped out of the game red-hot from beyond the arc knocking down five triples in the first half prompting a Quaker timeout. Emmitt Matthews Jr. joined the fun by attacking the rim using his length in the pain on offense and defense.

Crafty point guard Marquan Williams kept Franklin within striking distance by scoring in a variety of ways and dishing the ball to his teammates. At the break, the Rams held a double-digit lead at 44-33.

As the second half progressed, the Quakers started finding their groove from the perimeter knocking down 11 from the Space Needle to not only even the score, but take the lead in the closing moments. However, Dave Alwert was able to rally his troops and guide Wilson to make the necessary plays down the stretch to survive by three points, which was nearly eclipsed on a desperation flurry of Franklin heaves. The Wilson Rams punched their ticket to the Tournament of Champions final in an unorthodox way, but ultimately accomplished the goal.

The Final Score
Wilson 85, Franklin 82.

Top Performers:
Wilson
Anthony Stokes- 24 points

Franklin
Marquan Williams- 29 points

Cleveland Cruises Past Plainsmen in Semifinal Round

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Cleveland Cruises Past Plainsmen in Semifinal Round
By Steve Dion

Thursday- December 29th 2016 Boys Tournament of Champions Semifinal
Franklin High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Evergreen (Vancouver) 6 31 7 22 66
Cleveland 24 22 26 12 84

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Cleveland Junior Jahleel Breland

The defending Tournament of Champions champs Cleveland stood one game away from reaching the final round again with the Evergreen Plainsmen. The Eagles jumped out to a sizeable lead in the first half through opportunistic executing from airtight defense.

CJ Elleby and Fahad Sharif led the charge with 17 and 12 first half points respectively. However, the Plainsmen were able to cut the deficit before the break with Trey Ratcliff attacking the basket and willing his team to with 14 of a 31 point second quarter.

When play resumed, Cleveland found their groove again and put the ballgame out of reach heading into the final frame. Philip White and Jahleel Breland joined the scoring spree in the second half as the Eagles rolled to a 84-66 win. Can Jerry Petty lead his squad to back-to-back tournament wins?

The Final Score
Cleveland 84, Evergreen (Vancouver) 66.

Top Performers:
Cleveland
C.J. Elleby- 23 points

Evergreen (Vancouver)
Trey Ratcliff- 16 points

2017 Coach Interview
Franklin
Head Coach Wes Williams

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Varsity Hoops Live Coach Interview
Franklin – Head Basketball Coach
Wes Williams

Franklin Quakers Head Coach Wes Williams is preparing to coach his team to play in the Tournament of Champions this week as a girls bracket has been added this year to the tourney. Listen as Coach Williams talks about improvement he is looking forward to on his Quakers team this season and the importance of fan support for girls Metro League hoops!

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Franklin Head Coach Wes Williams

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2017 Coach Interview
Franklin
Head Coach Craig Jackson

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Franklin – Head Basketball Coach
Craig Jackson

Franklin Quakers Head Coach Craig Jackson is getting set to host the Tournament of Champions this week with local and visiting team set to square off. Listen as Coach Jackson gives details about the tournament and also talk about his Quakers squad in a very challenging Metro League!

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Franklin Head Coach Craig Jackson

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Hoops Overview:
WesCo
Steve Dion & Steve Willits


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Hoops Overview presented by theFinalScore.TV

Steve Willits from Sound Live Sports Network joins Steve Dion to break down WesCo hoops this season. Who are the top teams in 3A & 4A and which players should you keep an eye on all season? We’ll break it down for you!

Listen to our league overview of the WesCo League by clicking on the PLAY BUTTON below.


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Hoops Overview:
South Sound
Steve Dion & T.J. Cotterill


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League Overview presented by theFinalScore.TV

Steve Dion and T.J. Cotterill from the Tacoma News Tribune break down high school hoops in the South Sound this season. Which teams have made an early impact heading into the holiday break?

T.J. joins Steve to break down the top players, teams and the overall strength of Sound Sound hoops this year.

Listen to our South Sound Hoops Overview by clicking on the PLAY BUTTON below.

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2017 Coach Interview
Cleveland
Head Coach Jerry Petty

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Varsity Hoops Live Coach Interview
Cleveland – Head Boys Basketball Coach
Jerry Petty

Coming off a 6th place finish in state last season and winners of the 2015 Tournament of Championship which they will look to defend their crown this week at Franklin High School, Cleveland Eagles Head Coach Jerry Petty joins Steve Dion to discuss this year’s squad and how his team is focused on battling against the great competition in the Metro League this year.

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Cleveland Head Coach Jerry Petty

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Hoops Overview:
Evergreen League
Steve Dion & Daniel Hargrove

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League Preview presented by theFinalScore.TV

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Garfield Survives Late Run By Beamer

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Garfield Survives Late Run By Beamer
By Steve Dion

Thursday- December 22nd 2016 Girls 3A/4A Metro/NPSL
Garfield High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Todd Beamer 10 8 17 22 57
Garfield 21 14 5 20 60

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Garfield Sophomore Samaiyah Tolliver

A Thursday night non-league showdown featured Garfield and Todd Beamer heading into a brief holiday break before the hoops season continues.

The Lady Bulldogs had the upper hand in an tempo-contest during the first half completing their buckets in transitions and closing quarters strong. Tamia Mobley recorded 11 of her 13 points in the first two quarters including a mid-range jumper at the halftime buzzer which put her team up by 17 heading into halftime. The Titans countered with strong post play by Darion Brown who led Todd Beamer with 19 in the ballgame. Would the Titans rally in the final two quarters of play?

Garfield whose intensity carried them in the early stages of the ballgame began to play into Beamer’s favor as the game progressed as the Titans forced turnovers and created fastbreak opportunities to cut the lead down to 5 heading into the final quarter of play.

Beamer’s run continued throughout the fourth until they cut Garfield’s lead down to a single point with 5:21 to play. Points were at a premium the rest of the way and Garfield led by a pair with under 30 tick on the clock. They were able to control the ball enough to force the requisite amount of free throw attempts to eventually dash Beamer’s hope of sneaking in a late win.

The Final Score
Garfield 60, Todd Beamer 57.

Top Performers:
Garfield
Samaiyah Tolliver- 14 points

Todd Beamer
Darion Brown- 19 points

2017 Coach Interview
Rainier Beach
Head Coach Mychal Ladd

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Varsity Hoops Live Coach Interview
Rainier Beach – Head Basketball Coach
Mychal Ladd

Mychal Ladd has turned the Lady Viks program around in a short period of time and Rainier Beach is off to another strong start this season as his team gets set for tournament play in San Diego during holiday break before league play heats back up. He talks about the keys to creating a well-rounded basketball program and how there is a new energy around the girls basketball at Rainier Beach High School. Have a listen!

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Rainier Beach Head Coach Mychal Ladd

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Head Coach Interview – Michelle Hall (Seattle Prep)

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Varsity Hoops Live Coach Interview
Seattle Prep – Head Basketball Coach
Michelle Hall

Longtime head coach of the Lady Panthers Michelle Hall joins theFinalScore.TV to talk about her young and talented squad this season that has jumped out to a 4-0 start heading into the holiday break. Seattle Prep will head south to California for tournament play to test themselves before jumping back into league play. She also discusses the high level of competition in the Metro League this season.

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Seattle Prep Head Coach Michelle Hall

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Head Coach Interview – Keffrey Fazio (West Seattle)

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Varsity Hoops Live Coach Interview
West Seattle Wildcats – Head Basketball Coach
Keffrey Fazio

As we turn to holiday break in the early stages of the high school hoops season, Steve Dion catches up with West Seattle Head Coach Keffrey Fazio whose Wildcats squad is keeping pace in the tough Metro League. He discusses the identity of this year’s team and the culture of the basketball program over on California Avenue. Have a listen!

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West Seattle Head Coach Keffrey Fazio

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VIDEO -Varsity Hoops Live
Metro League Clash
Rainier Beach vs. West Seattle

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2016 Varsity Hoops Live – Metro League Clash
Saturday, December 18, 2016

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Rainier Beach Grinds Out Gritty Win Over West Seattle

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Rainier Beach Grinds Out Gritty Win Over West Seattle
By Steve Dion

Saturday- December 17th 2016 Boys 3A Metro
West Seattle High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
West Seattle 14 12 9 11 46
Rainier Beach 11 17 8 14 50

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Rainier Beach Senior Khalil Shabazz

The marquee Metro matchup Saturday night featured the defending champs Rainier Beach visiting the West Seattle Wildcats. Both teams entered the game with a 3-1 league record which meant the victor would take the league in the Sound division.

A defensive battle was the theme of the contest starting under the rim with Yusuf Mohamed patrolling the post for WS and was countered by the physical Nehemie Kabeya for Beach. Meanwhile Tyler Lenzie and Tijohn Rodde found the mark from beyond the arc and at the break, Rainier Beach led by a pair.

When play resumed, West Seattle started to inhibit the Beach attack even more than it was heading into the game with talented guard Kevin Porter Jr. not playing by putting the Viks in foul trouble. This curbed the Beach offense, but West Seattle failed to capitalize. In the closing minutes, West Seattle led by a single point.

As Rainier Beach has done for years, they executed down the stretch by earning trips to the free-throw line and knocking down their shots. Monte Britt and Fred Roberson both buried critical pairs from the charity stripe and a desperation shot by the Wildcats was not enough to extend the ballgame.

Another gutsy win by one of Washington’s premier basketball powerhouses.

The Final Score
Rainier Beach 50, West Seattle 46.

Top Performers:
Rainier Beach
Tijohn Rodde- 11 points

West Seattle
Yusuf Mohamed- 12 points

Roosevelt’s Fourth-Quarter Burst Sinks Franklin

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Roosevelt’s Fourth Quarter Burst Sinks Franklin
By Steve Dion

Friday- December 16th 2016 Boys 3A Metro
Roosevelt High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Franklin 17 18 21 12 68
Roosevelt 19 22 15 24 80

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Roosevelt Rough Riders

In the final Friday night of hoops season before holiday break, a key Metro League matchup featured a Franklin team off to a 5-1 start and Roosevelt looking to keep pace in the standings.

The teams traded buckets in the first half of play with neither team able to gain a significant edge. Correy Garrison Jr. showed some razzle-dazzle ball handling feeding leading scorer Maurice Barnett. The guard/wing combo kept the Quakers within striking distance as Marquan Williams faced early foul trouble. The Rough Riders countered with efficient half court executing including several Clayton Moore buckets and spectacular free throw shooting. The home team led 41-35 at the break.

When play resumed, Franklin increased their defensive pressure and the effort led to another string of Barnett baskets. Heading into the final frame, the score was deadlocked at 56 apiece.

Roosevelt attacked the rim in the final frame and earned numerous trips to the charity stripe where they were an astonishing 29/31 in the ballgame. Franklin ran out of gas and so did the lights in the Roosevelt gym as a blackout took place with under a minute to play. After a 15 minute delay, both teams returned to the floor to finish the ballgame, a solid win for Roosevelt at an opportune time.

The Final Score
Roosevelt 80, Franklin 68.

Top Performers:
Roosevelt
Nick Blume- 17 points

Franklin
Maurice Barnett- 27 points

Head Coach Interview – Mike Bethea (Rainier Beach)

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Rainier Beach Vikings – Head Baskeball Coach
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Dick Fain catches up with 8-time state championship head coach Mike Bethea from Rainier Beach to talk about what is shaping up to be another exciting Metro League season. He talks about this year’s Vikings squad and the tough tests his team will face this year.

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NFLPA- Seattle Chapter President Dana Sanders Joins
‘The Barbershop’ on KJR

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Sports Radio 950 KJR On-Air Interview
‘The Barbershop’ Show
Guest: NFLPA- Seattle Chapter President Dana Sanders

On Wednesday’s episode of “The Barbershop” on Sports Radio 950 KJR, Terry Hollimon & Marcus Trufant catch up with NFLPA- Seattle Chapter President Dana Sanders to talk about life after professional sports and the positive impact the Seattle NFLPA chapter achieves for its members and the community. They discuss the scholarship fund created for local high school students which will award $2,500 to a young man and woman to help with college tuition.

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The NFL Players Association
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The National Football League’s Player Association has announced the Professional Athletes Foundation Student Scholarship application for current seniors in high school. The President of the Seattle’s Chapter of the NFLPA, Dana Sanders, stated “The Seattle Chapter is excited to offer this scholarship opportunity for girls and boys. One girl and one boy from Washington state will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship to college for the 2017-18 school year. We are proud to help young adults reach their dreams.”

The application deadline is Friday, February 10, 2017. All applications must be postmarked by Friday, February 10th to be considered.

High school students interested in applying for this unique opportunity can download the application here.

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Garfield’s Nowell Leads Charge Past Prep

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Garfield’s Nowell Leads Charge Past Prep
By Steve Dion

Tuesday- December 13th 2016 Boys 3A Metro
Garfield High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Preparatory 13 13 22 15 60
Garfield 19 26 29 16 90

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Garfield Sophomore Jamon Kemp

In the final week before holiday break, the Garfield Bulldogs and Seattle Prep Panthers squared off for a Capitol Hill showdown. The guard-strong Bulldogs and post-laden Panthers showcased their strengths early as Jaylen Nowell scored 15 of his game-high 25 in the first half while Nic Lynch anchored Prep with 11 in the first two quarters.

The double digit lead accrued in the first half by Garfield continued to grow in the third quarter highighted by a flurry of steals leading to dunks including an alley-oop slam by J’Raan Brooks who scored 19 for the Bulldogs. Kalu Stricklin continued to battle for Seattle Prep even with the game out of hand recording 15 tough points in the second half.

When the clock hit triple zeros, Garfield picked up their fourth win to continue a perfect start to the season handing Seattle Prep their first loss of the season.

The Final Score
Garfield 90, Seattle Prep 63.

Top Performers:
Garfield
Jaylen Nowell- 25 points

Seattle Preparatory
Kalu Stricklin & Nic Lynch-19 points

Post-Game Interview with Nathan Hale Head Coach Brandon Roy 12/9/16

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Varsity Hoops Live Post-Game Coach Interview
Nathan Hale Raiders – Head Basketball Coach
Brandon Roy

Following Friday night’s big win for Nathan Hale, Dick Fain catches up with Brandon Roy to talk about his thoughts on the matchup and the outlook for his team this season.

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To catch the complete post-game interview with Nathan Hale Coach Brandon Roy,
simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.




Hale Outlasts Beach in Early Season Showcase

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Hale Outlasts Beach in Early Season Showcase
By Steve Dion

Friday- December 9th 2016 Boys 3A Metro
Nathan Hale High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Rainier Beach 15 10 16 20 61
Nathan Hale 17 17 17 23 74

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Nathan Hale Sophomore PJ Fuller

If tonight was a taste of what’s to come this Metro League season, we’re all in for a real treat as a capacity crowd filled the Nathan Hale gym to see the defending champion Rainier Beach Vikings take on the host Raiders.

The frenetic pace of play was present wire-to-wire with Hale leading the majority of the contest. Early foul trouble for Jontay Porter forced Coach Brandon Roy to keep the talented junior on the bench accordingly leaving older brother Michael to pick up the slack en route to his game-high 35 points. Meanwhile the supporting cast of Hale including PJ Fuller and Keegan Crosby recorded 9 & 12 respectively.

The Vikings trailed the majority of the ballgame, but a few second-half spurts made the contest interesting until the final minutes when Hale pulled away. Kevin Porter led RB with 14 tough points while being blanketed all game long. Also in double figures were Jorell Soterfield and N’Keil Nelson who scored 10 and 11 apiece. Some missed opportunities near the rim for the defending champs hindered their ability to pull out a big road victory, but they’ll certainly reload and likely give Nathan Hale a tough test on a bigger stage down the stretch.

The Final Score
Nathan Hale 74, Rainier Beach 61.

Top Performers:
Nathan Hale
Michael Porter Jr.- 35 points

Rainier Beach
Kevin Porter Jr.-14 points

2016 Christmas Classic
Schedule and Standings

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The 2016 Christmas Classic takes place December 10th & 11th in Vancouver, Washington.  This is your complete guide to the tournament, please visit this page all weekend long for scores and updated standings.

Special thanks to Beaches Restaurant, John Jackson of State Farm Insurance and The Barbers for their tremendous support of this community event.

Court Locations
Courts 1 and 2
ABA Courts
16311-C NE 15th Street
Vancouver, WA 98684

Courts 3, 4, 5, and 6
Mountain View High School
1500 SE Blairmont Drive
Vancouver, WA 98683

Complete Saturday Schedule
Boys Schedule
2016 Christmas Classic Schedule – Saturday

Girls Schedule
2016 Christmas Classic Schedule – Saturday

Event Standings
Boys Pools
2016 Christmas Classic- 10U Platinum – Pool A

2016 Christmas Classic- 11U Platinum – Pool B

2016 Christmas Classic- 12U Platinum – Pool C

2016 Christmas Classic- 13U Platinum – Pool D

2016 Christmas Classic- 11U Gold – Pool G

2016 Christmas Classic- 12U Gold – Pool H – Blazer Division

2016 Christmas Classic- 12U Gold – Pool H – Warrior Division

2016 Christmas Classic- 13U Gold – Pool J

2016 Christmas Classic- 14U Platinum – Pool K

2016 Christmas Classic- 14U Gold – Pool L

Girls Pools
2016 Christmas Classic- 12U Pool N

2016 Christmas Classic- 13U Pool P

2016 Christmas Classic- 14U Pool R


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