League Leading Issaquah Spoils Redmond Senior Night

League Leading Issaquah Spoils Redmond Senior Night
By Steve Dion

Friday- January 29th 2016 Boys 4A KingCo
Redmond High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Redmond 14 15 12 10 51
Issaquah 16 4 24 22 66

Issaquah senior Jason Crandall

The final home game on Redmond’s schedule took place Friday night against league-leading Issaquah. The Mustang seniors were honored prior to the contest adding to the anticipation for the home crowd who understood the playoff implications it carried. The Eagles were carrying a slight edge over Woodinville for the division lead, so Issaquah had plenty to play for in this game as well.

IHS jumped out early to a 16-6 lead in which they simply knocked down shots despite an honest Redmond defensive effort. However, a switch flipped in the contest sparked by senior guard Kevin Carpenter as Redmond put together a 21-2 run which nearly extended to halftime. Redmond senior Sava Trifunovic registered 8 points in the half to help give the ‘Stangs a 29-20 lead heading into the locker room.

Much like the start of the contest, Issaquah started the second half with some fire to quickly erase the deficit. Trevon Ary-Turner and Scott Kellum led the charge as the Eagles duo combined for 29 of their combined 38 points in the final two quarters. Within three minutes of the third quarter, the Redmond lead vanished. The 18-3 Issy run took the wind out the Mustang sails and the gap continued to grow. A 46 point second half proved too much for RHS and the Eagles avoided a pressure-packed ending to the game.

The Final Score
Issaquah 51, Redmond 36.

Top Performer:
Trevon Ary-Turner- 22 points

Issaquah Secures Important League Win Over Redmond

Issaquah Secures Important League Win Over Redmond
By Steve Dion

Friday- January 29th 2016 Girls 4A KingCo
Redmond High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Redmond 12 12 3 9 36
Issaquah 11 11 17 12 51

Issaquah senior Tatum Dow

With a crowded top-half of the 4A KingCo girls standings and Issaquah in the mix, every game down the stretch is imperative to secure a playoff spot including Friday’s matchup with Redmond. Neither team could gain a lead more than a handful of points in the first half as both squads traded buckets. At times, the court looked like a war zone as multiple players would dive for loose balls and scrums developed in the paint. This made for an exciting start and the home Redmond team led by a pair at the break 24-22.

The Eagles took hold of the contest in the second half by knocking down tough shots through contact. Tatum Dow led the charge by scoring 10 in the quarter as part of a solid stretch that helped build an ever-growing lead. Dow’s 12 in the game joined Lauren Longo and Mariah VanHalm as Issaquah’s trio of double-figure scorers who added 10 and 17 respectively Despite the efforts of Teagyn Ohrt and her team-high 12 points, Redmond was unable to rally back in the final quarter. With the win, Issaquah remains firmly intact in the playoff chase.

The Final Score
Issaquah 51, Redmond 36.

Top Performers:
Mariah VanHalm- 17 points

Teagyn Ohrt- 12 points

Kentlake Soars Past Kentwood, Perfect League Record Remains Intact

Kentlake Soars Past Kentwood, Perfect League Record Remains Intact
By Steve Dion

Thursday- January 28th 2016 Girls 4A SPSL-Northeast
ShoWare Center 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Kentwood 5 13 10 8 36
Kentlake 12 10 12 20 54

Kentlake junior Jada Leonard

Eighth ranked Kentlake squared off against Kentwood on Thursday night in an SPSL-Northeast showdown. The Falcons grabbed an early lead in which Sydney Peterson scored her team’s first ten points. The Conks struggled to find its rhythm by netting five points in the first quarter. Eventually, Kentwood clawed back to draw within a single point, but Kentlake used this as motivation to increase the gap once again.

An explosive second half for Kentlake highlighted by another pair of Peterson’s four buckets from downtown and six of Aniston Denckla’s ten in the ballgame allowed Kentlake to create separation that would carry the rest of the game. Zaria Jones led the Conks with 11 in the losing effort. Meanwhile, the Falcons continue to fine-tune for the playoffs which are quickly approaching.

The Final Score
Kentlake 54, Kentwood 36.

Top Performers:
Sydney Peterson- 20 points

Zaria Jones- 11 points

Kentridge’s Ticeson Nets 34 in Shootout with Royals

Kentridge’s Ticeson Nets 34 in Shootout with Royals
By Steve Dion

Thursday- January 28th 2016 Boys 4A SPSL-Northeast
ShoWare Center 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Kent-Meridian 19 12 13 15 59
Kentridge 17 15 7 21 60

Kentridge senior Elijah Ticeson

Kentridge forward Joran Ticeson and Kent-Meridian guard Romaine Jackson matched buckets as the two play-makers recorded 34 and 29 respectively in a Thursday night nail-biter. The SPSL-Northeast opponents with matching 4-3 league record and tied for second place in the division understood the magnitude of this game and there was a playoff intensity present.

The up-tempo style of Kent-Meridian clashed with the deliberate, half-court attack of the Chargers. Joran Ticeson led all scorers with 32 in the ballgame through domination in the block. Romaine Jackson scored 29 points for the Royals including a tough circus shot in addition to drawing a foul in the air. Seconds later, he picked off the inbound and gave the Royals a one point lead on his putback. However, AJ Chappell drew contact on the ensuing possession in which he buried both free throws to put Kentridge back on top. After the game, Ticeson commented on Chappell’s clutch free throws stating, “I believed in him…I had 100% trust in him to make those shots.” The final desperation shots by the Royals rimmed out and the Chargers held on for a gutsy win. This was a big win for the Chargers according to Ticeson who said, “We were feeling kind of down, but this game brought us up…we’re in second place now and that was the tie-breaker.”

The Final Score
Kentridge 60, Kent-Meridian 59.

Top Performers:
Joran Ticeson- 34 points

Romaine Jackson- 29 points

Kentridge Charges Past Royals in Kent Shootout Opener

Kentridge Charges Past Royals in Kent Shootout Opener
By Steve Dion

Thursday- January 28th 2016 Girls 4A SPSL-Northeast
ShoWare Center 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Kent-Meridian 4 4 9 5 22
Kentridge 11 10 14 11 46

Kentridge junior Taylor Jenkins

All eleven Chargers scored in the opening game of the Kent Shootout to keep Kentridge on pace with Kentlake in the chase for the SPSL-Northeast crown. Coach Bob Sandall said Kent-Meridian’s “two post players are really good, and we just really had to try to take it away from them”. This strategy worked to Kentridge’s success as the Royals were limited to eight points in the first half. Tresai McCarver and JaQuaya Miller led the Chargers with 5 and 4 first half points respectively. They led KM 21-8 heading into the break.

One of the two skilled posts Coach Sandall referred to Savannah Lackey sparked the Royals in the third quarter with a half dozen points of her game-high ten points. However, the Kentridge guard combination of Bronte Fougere and Morgan Gary proved too much down the stretch as they pulled away to secure a comfortable win.

As the playoffs approach and Kentridge finds itself in position to make a run in February, playing well in a neutral site like the ShoWare Center can pay dividends later on. To this point, Coach Sandall stated, “It’s a nice change for the kids and us coaches as well…to play in a different environment is helpful.”

The Final Score
Kentridge 46, Kent-Meridian 22.

Top Performers:
Monique Gary- 9 points

Savannah Lackey- 10 points

Audio Recap: Emerald Ridge vs. Puyallup

Game Recap
Emerald Ridge vs. Puyallup 1-26-16

A pivotal game in the South Puget Sound League took place on Tuesday night between Emerald Ridge and Puyallup. Listen as Nic Beckman provides an audio recap of the contest including in-game sound!

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West Seattle Claims Sole Possession of Metro Lead, Tops Braves

West Seattle Claims Sole Possession of Metro Lead, Tops Braves
By Steve Dion

Wednesday- January 27th 2016 Girls 3A Metro
West Seattle High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bishop Blanchet 6 8 6 10 30
West Seattle 13 11 9 11 44

West Seattle Wildcats

Wednesday night at West Seattle High School was the first sign that playoff hoops is quickly approaching. The host Wildcats and Bishop Blanchet Braves both carried 16-0 records into tonight’s game and this would determine the Metro League regular season champions in all likelihood.

The Wildcats rebounding advantage was evident early as Lexi Ioane pulled down several offensive boards and Lydia Giomi was a force on the defensive end of the glass. After the game, West Seattle head coach Darnell Taylor stated, “I noticed early on they were doubling Giomi…I sat Lexi down and told her it was your time to go at it and take over.” The two recorded 12 and 14 in the contest respectively. Taylor Chambers scored a quick five points for the Braves, but they were unable to get contributions elsewhere and fell behind. The Wildcats were able to avoid an extended defensive lapse throughout the first half and carried a double digit lead to the locker room.

The uphill battle continued early in the second half for Blanchet as the team’s leading scorer this season Jadyn Bush faced foul trouble that forced Coach Burns to sideline the junior wing. A dagger three pointer by Jenna McPhee solidified the Wildcats’ edge in tonight’s game. Blanchet briefly cut the lead to single digits in the waning minutes, but WSHS converted on scoring opportunities before the clock hit triple zeros. When asked about how his team responded to the extra pressure added to this game in terms of league standings, Coach Taylor replied,”I’m really excited the way they handled themselves through the week building up to this big game, they were really focused.” These teams will likely meet again in the near future with increasingly high stakes.

The Final Score
West Seattle 44, Bishop Blanchet 30.

Top Performers:
West Seattle
Lydia Giomi- 14 points
Lexi Ioane- 12 points

Bishop Blanchet
Taylor Chambers- 11 points

Emerald Ridge Escapes Overtime Thriller With Viks

Emerald Ridge Escapes Overtime Thriller With Viks
By Nic Beckman

Tuesday- January 19th 2016 Boys 4A SPSL
Puyallup High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final
Puyallup 10 12 12 16 4 54
Emerald Ridge 16 13 11 10 5 55

As the regular season winds down, the games gain significance for teams at the top of their divisions and Tuesday night was one of those nights. Curtis has clinched the SPSL South top spot at 11-0 with one game remaining, but the number 2 through 4 positions are going to be decided between Emerald Ridge, Puyallup and Spanaway Lake. Spanaway Lake was at Rogers and the Jaguars came down from South Hill to take on the Vikings looking to avenge the 48-43 loss PHS gave them at the jungle in the first game of the new year on January 5th.

The Paul B. Hanawalt Pavilion was rocking Tuesday night , it was senior night for the Viks and Emerlad Ridge was in the house. ER coach Pat Mullen had is Jaguars ready to play, the junior dominant team handled the Viking pressure early. The Jags Jason Cassens and Tevin McClain combined for the first 10 ER points and got up 10-4. Cassens would finish with 11 points, McClain with 8. Puyallup, again playing without their second leading scorer, Tony Gutierrez still hobbled by a quadriceps contusion and sophomore starter Jacob Holcomb, looked to find scoring elsewhere. The first quarter would end 16-10. In the second quarter, Viking leading scorer senior Deven Neff got going with a pair of 3’s and a couple of buckets in the lane for 10 of Puyallup’s 12 in the period and the Jags held pace with 13 of their own to head to the locker room up 29-22 at the half. Deven Neff with 11 in the half would lead all scorers and come out in the third quarter to repeat his performance of the second, getting two more 3’s enroute to 10 of the Viks 12 in the first 8 minutes of the second half. Puyallup would cut the lead to one at 33-32 with 3:19 remaining in the third, but Emerald Ridge would keep their poise and push the lead back to 6, leading 40-34 heading into the final period. Puyallup tried to stay within striking range as Jags Daniel Gregory fouled on a jumper hit the and one to put the score at 44-38 with 5:10 on the clock. But the Vikings kept coming, Brooks Balmer with a bucket and the ER lead was 44-40 with 4 minutes left. Balmer would go 4-4 from the line and finish with 8. The Viks would also get help from junior Myles Smith who hit two 3’s coming off the bench, the second at 1:46 to again cut the Jaguar lead to just one at 49-48. Andrew Boston at the line for ER with under a minute hit 1of 2 to set the score at 50-48 with less than 30 seconds remaining in regulation. A baseline drive with the clock winding down by senior Tyler Torgerson who went up and under for a reverse off the glass as the buzzer sounded fell in and the crowd went wild. This game was tied at 50 and was headed to overtime.

Sophomore Landen Neff gave Puyallup their first lead at 51-50 at 3:46 of the OT period. Points always a premium became even harder in the overtime as both teams battled for the lead. Daniel Gregory hit a runner in the lane to get the lead back for Emerald Ridge and would finish with a team high 15 points and the Jags looked to have the game in hand as they would get 8 free throws in the extra time but could only convert 3 of them. Leaving the door open for PHS. Puyallup couldn’t find their range from beyond the arc, but we’re able to corral offensive rebounds the most critical by Jaden Vollmen who fell to his back on a play at the rim, but as the ball was tipped around dropped in his hands while he was on the floor and he was able to loft it out to a team mate and Vikings coach Scott Campbell called time out with just 6 ticks remaining on the clock, down 55-54. Before the inbound coach Mullen called another time out to set his defense. On the ensuing inbounds the Vikings were forced to throw the ball into back court to get it in the hands of Jaden Vollmen. With seconds ticking off, Vollmen was able to get into range and launched a high arcing 3 for the game winner, it hit the rim and before Deven Neff could put it back, time expired and the Jaguars had the OT win 55-54. Neff would lead all scorers with 22 points, Vollmen would finish with 11. The win by ER puts them at 8-3 in control of the number 2 spot, for now. The Jags will be facing 11-0 Curtis at home in the jungle on Friday night, while Puyallup 7-4 heads up to a 4-6 Rogers team, who beat Spanaway Lake 61-55 Tuesday night. Putting the Sentinels at 7-5 on the outside looking in and setting up a must win rivalry game for the Vikings against the Rams on Friday. The close of the regular season in the SPSL South still with questions to be answered is going down to the wire.

The Final Score
Emerald Ridge 55, Puyallup 54.

Top Performers:
Emerald Ridge
Daniel Gregory- 15 points
Jason Cassens- 11 points
Tevin McClain- 8 points

Deven Neff- 22 points
Jaden Vollmen- 11 points
Brooks Balmer- 8 points

King’s Tames Tigers With Explosive Third Quarter

King’s Tames Tigers With Explosive Third Quarter
By Steve Dion

Tuesday- January 26th 2016 Boys 2A/1A Cascade
King's High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Granite Falls 11 11 9 13 44
King's 27 9 23 9 68

King’s junior Josh Frohardt

The Cascade leaders in King’s hosted the Granite Falls Tigers on Tuesday night to push their league record to a perfect 7-0. GFHS is amidst a mid-pack battle in the division and this game against the Knights would serve as a golden opportunity to elevate their position in the standings. It would require a valiant effort considering the size mismatch on the court and in number of available players.

An alley-oop attempt in the opening seconds to King’s Corey Kispert which rimmed out was met with the opening points in the game for the visitors. The Knights countered with a flurry of Kispert triples as the junior sharp-shooter buried five from downtown in the first quarter as part of a game-high 32 points. Granite Falls put the clamps down in the second frame defensively by outscoring the Knights 11 to 9 through contributions of Simon Angel and Brad Hills. At the break, the KHS was cut down to 14 at 36-22.

The opening minutes of the second half determined the fate of the game as a double-digit run cemented King’s path to victory. Cole Mitchell and Kispert rocked the rim with a pair of dunks to highlight the 23 point quarter. The Tigers battled down the stretch and once again outscored King’s in the final frame 13-9. Despite the losing cause, Andy Estes will likely have several positive takeaways from the Tigers effort. Meanwhile, King’s continues to defend their state title with another win in a strong season.

The Final Score
King’s 68, Granite Falls 44.

Top Performers:
Corey Kispert- 32 points

Granite Falls
Simon Angel- 13 points

3A State Girls Basketball Rankings

4A State Girls Basketball Rankings
By Steve Dion

As league play is in its final weeks and the playoffs are on the horizon, here at the top ten rankings for the 3A girls classification!

1) Lynnwood: 15-0 (7-0)
This Royals team is having a season that will be remembered for years to come.

2) Bellevue: 14-0 (9-0)
Winning the Tournament of Champions in Arizona as part of an undefeated record shows the Wolverines are firing on all cylinders.

3) Bishop Blanchet: 16-0 (11-0)
If the Braves stay healthy down the stretch, the sky is the limit.

4) West Seattle: 16-0 (11-0)
Will host what appears to be the Metro League title tomorrow against Blanchet

5) Arlington: 15-0 (5-0)
Haven’t faltered every time a tough opponent has tried to compromise the Eagles unblemished record!

6) Auburn-Riverside: 16-0 (10-0)
Rare to call a 16-0 a team a “sleeper”, but this year the Ravens are

7) Lincoln: 15-1 (10-0)
The Abes edged rival Wilson by a pair to determine South Sound dominance

8) Wilson: 13-3 (9-1)
The Rams have put together one of the toughest schedules, and the three losses were by a combined 9 points.

9) Mercer Island: 12-2 (6-1)
Don’t forget about the Islanders that are in Bellevue’s rearview mirror.

10) Glacier Peak: 12-4 (6-2)
Can run with the best, but are slightly outmatched by powerhouses like Lynnwood

On the Bubble
Bonney Lake

4A State Girls Basketball Rankings

4A State Girls Basketball Rankings
By Steve Dion

As league play is in its final weeks and the playoffs are on the horizon, here at the top ten rankings for the 4A girls classification!

1) Central Valley: 15-0 (13-0)
The Bears have won all games by double digits with the exception of their meeting with Lewis & Clark; also in the top 10.

2) Moses Lake: 16-0 (8-0)
Leaders of the Big 9 once again which may be the strongest league in the state top to bottom.

3) Bothell: 16-1 (12-1)
Edged Woodinville in a thriller on Friday night to maintain breathing room in the race for the KingCo Crown.

4) Todd Beamer: 15-2 (6-0)
Put the Lynnwood loss behind themselves quickly with two wins in the next four days.

5) Skyview: 12-4 (8-0)
The GSHL will hinge on what the second round with Camas next Tuesday. Storm took round one 51-40!

6) Camas: 15-2 (8-1)
See above.

7) Lewis and Clark: 12-3 (12-1)
Hot on the heels of top ranked Central Valley are the sneaky Tigers.

8) Kentlake: 13-4 (5-0)
A Kent team inevitably finds itself within the top 10. The Falcons have taken the torch as the town representative.

9) Chiawana: 14-2 (9-0)
Have strung together an 11-game win streak after a few bumps in the road in early December.

10) Inglemoor: 12-4 (9-3)
Can still surpass Bothell for a league title with a strong finish and some help from other teams.

On the Bubble
West Valley

3A State Basketball Rankings

3A State Basketball Rankings
By Steve Dion

As league play is in its final weeks and the playoffs are on the horizon, here at the top ten rankings for the 3A classification!

1) Garfield 14-1 (10-0)
Not only the best team in the state, but among the best in the country.

2) Rainier Beach 11-1 (10-0)
While Bethea’s Beach Boys patiently await their anticipated game against Garfield, they continually breeze through their league schedule.

3) Bellevue 14-1 (9-0)
The Wolverines have all the pieces necessary to match up against any team that stands in their way.

4) Peninsula 15-1 (9-1)
If they continue to “Do What We Do”, this team could make a serious run.

5) Lincoln 12-2 (9-0)
The Abes have earned the distinction of Tacoma’s best right now.

6) Wilson 13-3 (9-1)
Tough interstate loss against a strong West Linn squad last week, but still top ten material.

7) Auburn-Mountainview 15-1 (9-1)
Defensive minded Lions have held opponents to 50 or fewer points in 10 of 16 games.

8) Cleveland 13-2 (9-1)
A convincing win over O’Dea on a big stage at the Unity Hoop Showcase showed these rising Eagles are for real.

9) West Seattle 12-4 (8-3)
A polished leader at point guard and a staunch front court is a nice recipe for a well-rounded Wildcats squad.

10) Shadle Park 11-4 (10-3)
The Hilanders are holding their own nicely against a 4A-laden GSL.

On the Bubble
Mercer Island
Seattle Prep

Audio Recap: Bishop Blanchet vs. Cleveland

Game Recap
Bishop Blanchet vs. Cleveland 1-22-16

The Braves started the season 15-0 and hosted Cleveland on Friday night to extend their undefeated streak. Listen as Nic Beckman provides an audio recap of the match-up including post-game comments by Blanchet coach Greg Bruns!

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Audio Recap: Woodinville vs. Tumwater

Game Recap
Woodinville vs. Tumwater 1-18-16

Woodinville and Tumwater squared off at the ShoWare Center for a non-league matchup in the King Showcase. Listen as Nic Beckman provides an audio recap of the contest with postgame comments by Woodinville head coach Mark Folson and senior Tony Miller!

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4A State Basketball Rankings

4A State Basketball Rankings
By Steve Dion

As league play is in its final weeks and the playoffs are on the horizon, here at the top ten rankings for the 4A classification!

1) Federal Way: 18-0 (7-0)
Defending champs will be perched at the top until somebody knocks them off. Don’t expect this to happen anytime soon.

2) Curtis: 17-1 (10-0)
The Vikings continue their undeafeated mark against Washington state teams.

3) Cascade: 15-0 (9-0)
Gotell’s 51 points in Friday’s didn’t hurt the Bruins’ cause in solidifying themselves high in the rankings.

4) Gonzaga Prep: 14-1 (12-1)
Matty McIntyre’s Bullpups are the Beasts of the East. Many familiar names from the football championship squad.

5) Bellarmine Prep: 13-3 (8-0)
Can’t drop the Lions too far down considering their only in-state losses were to Lincoln and Curtis…by a combined seven points!

6) Union: 12-2 (7-0)
The Titans don’t rebuild, they reload.

7) Issaquah: 13-3 (11-1)
The second Eagles team in the top ten rankings is flying high once again on the Sammamish plateau.

8) Lewis & Clark: 12-3 (11-2)
The Tigers are hot on the heels of the Bullpups for the GSL lead.

9) Central Valley: 12-3 (10-3)
One of the top teams in one of the strongest leagues in 4A earns the Bears top ten honors.

10) Woodinville: 12-3 (9-3)
Tony Miller is a force to be reckoned with. Scored 20 in a win last week, 42 in a loss. Go figure.

On the Bubble
Todd Beamer

Blanchet Soars Over Eagles in Bruns’ 100th Victory

Lynnwood Demonstrates Dominance in King Showcase
By Steve Dion

Friday- January 22nd 2016 Girls 3A Metro
Bishop Blanchet High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Cleveland 6 5 15 7 33
Bishop Blanchet 20 17 19 14 70

Bishop Blanchet senior Molly Dixon

Jadyn Bush and Taylor Chambers led the Braves with 19 and 10 points respectively as Blanchet extends their undefeated 2015-16 campaign with 16 straight wins to start the season. The home team set the tone early with an 11-0 run which featured tough defensive efforts by Jilese Bush and Bella Kemp in the paint. This led to a series of transition buckets that helped build a halftime lead Cleveland could not surmount. Monique Bungay finished in double figures for the Eagles scoring a dozen in the contest.

Coach Greg Bruns was able to utilize the depth on his talented roster and as a result eleven Braves were represented in the scoring column. In his postgame comments, Coach Bruns stated, “We want them all to play hard, we want all to do the same things if you’re a starter or not.” When asked about the strong start and what lies ahead for his team he replied, “We’ve got some tough games coming the next couple weeks, so we want to really focus and get better.” As a result of tonigh’s win, Coach Bruns earned his 100th victory as a Washington high school basketball coach. His response to what this means? “It’s an accomplishment, but it’s about these kids. To start the year 16-0, it’s never happened in my career. Obviously, it’s a testament to what they are and they’ve acclimated to me as a coach.” Bishop Blanchet certainly appears to be on track as a contender in early March with tonight’s convincing victory serving as further evidence of this team’s strength.

The Final Score
Bishop Blanchet 70, Cleveland 33.

Top Performers:
Bishop Blanchet
Jadyn Bush- 19 points

Monique Bungay- 12 points