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

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

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

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

To catch the complete interview with Franklin Coach Williams,
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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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Be sure to visit SoundLiveSportsNetwork.com and follow Steve’s high school hoops coverage all season long including the ‘Prep Chatter’ podcast at www.theHawkeye.org!


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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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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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

Video – 2016 copyright ZUMA Media

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Head Coach Interview – Mike Bethea (Rainier Beach)

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Varsity Hoops Live Coach Interview
Rainier Beach Vikings – Head Baskeball Coach
Mike Bethea

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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To catch the complete interview with Rainier Beach Coach Mike Bethea,
simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.




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.

To catch the complete on-air interview with NFLPA- Seattle Chapter President Dana Sanders, simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.




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The NFL Players Association
helps Girls and Boys
with College Scholarships

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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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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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2016 Christmas Classic
returns to Vancouver

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Top Teams Square off on Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th

A special holiday basketball tournament will take place in Vancouver, Washington December 10th and 11th.  Local venues will host the top club and school boys/girls teams from around the Pacific Northwest at the 2016 Christmas Classic. These 10U-14U teams will go head-to-head all weekend long for the right to be named Champion on Sunday.

The 2016 Christmas Classic brings teams together from Portland, Vancouver and Seattle-Tacoma for hoops and more. “Our hope is that the Christmas Classic is a way to bring people together who wouldn’t normally get to play each other,” said DeLano Morgan. “Vancouver is an amazing community and it has embraced this event supporting local non-profits with strong support from community partners. We feel fortunate to have community leaders, business partners, and friends support our initiative to bring families and communities together.”

A special guest speaker will be joining us at 10am to address the teams and fans in attendance. The weekend should prove to be a great basketball weekend while enjoying the best of SW Washington. Christmas Classic is proud to benefit Evergreen School District, Seton Catholic Boosters and the Share House with a portion of the proceeds.

1st Game
Team 1st Game Schedule – Click Here

Complete Weekend Schedule will be posted at 11PM Friday Night.

Team Registration
Step 1: Complete Registration Form
Tournament Registration – Click here

Step 2: Once your team is a confirmed participant:
If the Tournament Director has confirmed your team’s participation in the Christmas Classic, all team registration payments are due by Friday, December 2, 2016.

All checks are made payable to Team Impact:

Team Impact
Attn: Christmas Classic
13215 SE Mill Plain Blvd. C8 #229
Vancouver, WA 98684

Event Rules
Tournament Rules – Click here

Ticket Information
General Admission $6 – Good for All Day
Students 18 & under $5 – Good for All Day
Children (5 & under) and (Veterans) – Free
Doors open 15 minutes prior to the start of the first game. Entry fee is good as an all-day pass for both facilities.

A special discount will be given to fans who bring a new bath towel or new pair of socks to the event.
We are proud to support the Share House in Vancouver!
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2016 Gridiron Classic
Football Brackets


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2016 4A Gridiron Classic

Click here for the 4A Championship Bracket

 

2016 3A Gridiron Classic

Click here for the 3A Championship Bracket

 

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2016 Coach Interview
Kamiakin
Head Coach Scott Biglin

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2016 Coach Interview
Kamiakin – Head Football Coach
Scott Biglin

The Kamiakin Braves have reached the quarterfinal round of the 3A state football bracket under Head Coach Scott Biglin and are getting set for a big game against Bonney Lake on Saturday in Kennewick. Listen as Steve Dion catches up with Coach Biglin to reflect on their season and discuss the culture of the program that has led to its success over many years.

To catch the complete interview with Kamiakin Coach Scott Biglin,
simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

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2016 Coach Interview
Ellensburg
Head Coach Randy Affholter

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2016 Coach Interview
Ellensburg – Head Football Coach
Randy Affholter

The Ellensburg Bulldogs have advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2A football tournament with Coach Randy Affholter at the helm and the Sedro-Woolley Cubs on tap. He talks about the identity of the program he has built and the adversity his team has overcome this season. He also previews the matchup versus Dave Ward’s tough Cubs squad and how the 2A bracket has shaped up.

To catch the complete interview with Ellensburg Coach Randy Affholter,
simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

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Kelso vs. Meadowdale
Audio Game Recap
Dick & Steve Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – Steve Willits

Kelso vs. Meadowdale

Listen to Dick and Steve Willits break down a thrilling playoff battle between the Hilanders & Mavericks.
Simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

 

Catch Steve Willits’ game of the week every Friday on SoundLiveSportsNetwork.com

Raymond vs. La Conner
Audio Game Preview
Dick & Kaleb on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Preview – Kaleb Hart
Raymond vs. La Conner

Dick and Varsity Football Live guest Kaleb Hart preview Saturday’s playoff game between Raymond & La Conner.
Simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

 

Catch Kaleb Hart’s game of the week every Friday Night on KAPSradio.com

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Graham-Kapowsin vs. Camas
Audio Game Recap
Dick & Paul on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – Paul Valencia
Graham-Kapowsin vs. Camas

Dick and Paul Valencia bring us this playoff wrap-up of the Eagles and the Papermakers.
Simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

 

Read Paul Valencia’s full article at Columbian.com

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Audio Game Recap
Dick & TJ on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – TJ Cotterill
Graham-Kapowsin vs. Camas

Dick and TJ Cotterill talk about the playoff matchup between the Eagles and the Papermakers.
Simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

 

Read T.J. Cotterill’s full article at TheNewsTribune.com

Montesano vs. Connell
Audio Game Recap
Dick & Ian on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – Ian Cope
Montesano vs. Connell

Listen to Dick and Ian Cope talk about the playoff battle with the Bulldogs and the Eagles.
Simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

 

Catch Ian Cope’s game of the week every Friday Night on 1490 KWOK and KXRO.com

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2016 Coach Interview
Ferndale
Head Coach Jamie Plenkovich

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2016 Coach Interview
Ferndale – Head Football Coach
Jamie Plenkovich

The Ferndale Golden Eagles have put together a strong season in the always competitive Northwest League. Head Coach Jamie Plenkovich joins Steve Dion to take a look back at the notable games against Lynden & Squalicum, the strong football roots in Northwest Washington, & looks ahead to Friday’s big playoff game against O’Dea.

To catch the complete interview with Ferndale Coach Jamie Plenkovich,
simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

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Lynnwood vs. Garfield
Audio Game Recap
Dick & Steve Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – Steve Willits

Lynnwood vs. Garfield

Listen to Dick and Steve Willits break down an opening round playoff battle between the Royals & Bulldogs.
Simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

 

Catch Steve Willits’ game of the week every Friday on SoundLiveSportsNetwork.com

Skyview vs. Olympia
Audio Game Recap
Dick & Paul on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – Paul Valencia
Skyview vs. Olympia

Dick and Paul Valencia bring us this playoff wrap-up of the Storm vs. the Bears.
Simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

 

Read Paul Valencia’s full article at Columbian.com

Richland vs. Central Valley
Audio Game Recap
Dick & Mike on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – Mike McDonnal
Richland vs. Central Valley

Dick and Mike McDonnal discuss the opening round playoff matchup between the Bombers and Bears.
Simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

Catch Mike McDonnal’s game of the week every Friday Night on 610KONA.com

Oak Harbor vs. Timberline
Audio Game Recap
Dick & JJ on Varsity Football Live

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Varsity Football Live – Game Recap – JJ Jensen

Oak Harbor vs. Timberline

Dick and JJ Jensen recap the 3A playoff thriller between the Wildcats and the Blazers.
Simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

Catch JJ Jensen’s game of the week every Friday Night