Puyallup Grabs First Round District Win Over South Kitsap

Puyallup Grabs First Round District Win Over South Kitsap
By Nic Beckman

Wednesday- February 10th 2016 Boys 4A Districts
Puyallup High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
South Kitsap 13 17 14 11 55
Puyallup 11 23 11 14 59

First round play in West Central District 3 action had the Wolves of South Kitsap crossing the Narrows bridge to play at Puyallup. The Vikings with the timely return of second leading scorer Tony Gutierrez back from a quadriceps injury that has kept him out of action for nearly a month were happy to be playing at home. A fast paced first quarter saw South Kitsap with all five of the Wolves starters getting buckets and the first foul of the game whistled with just 3.4 seconds left in the period. Wolves on top 13-11 heading into the second. Six 3’s, 2 each by Jaden Vollmen, Landen Neff and Tony Gutierrez had the Vikings up 34-30 at half. It was Daniel Tomkiewicz with 9 second quarter points who led all scorers at half with 11.

Coach John Callaghan’s SK team kept pace with the Vikings with another 8 points from Tomkiewicz, who would tie the game at 42 with a 3 followed by Isaiah Lewis in the lane and the Wolves were up 44-42 with under 2 minutes left in the third. Gutierrez with 3 first half 3’s added another with 1:35 left to give Puyallup back the lead 45-44 heading into the final 8 minutes. Vikings coach Scott Campbell turned up the Viking pressure and kept the Wolves from scoring for more than 4 minutes. Puyallup built the lead to 54-44 until an Eric Wattree free throw broke the drought, bringing the lead back under 10 at 54-45 with 3:24 remaining. Wattree would add 7 more points in the period and end with 16 on the night, while teammate Daniel Tomkiewicz with four 3’s in the game, would lead SK with 22. The lead would prove too much as Puyallup would hold on behind the game high 23 points of Tony Gutierrez, getting 6 from beyond the arc. The Final Score Puyallup 59 South Kitsap 55.

Puyallup moves on in the winners side of the bracket to meet Curtis on Friday at Mt. Tahoma, 7:45pm tipoff. South Kitsap will head to Auburn HS to battle Kentlake in a loser out game, also with a 7:45pm tip.

The Final Score
Puyallup 59, South Kitsap 55.

Top Performers:

Tony Gutierrez 23
Jaden Vollmen 9
Deven Neff 9

South Kitsap
Daniel Tomkiewicz 22
Eric Wattree 16
Isaiah Lewis 8

Varsity Hoops Live – Jeff Rex – Mt. Vernon Christian vs. Orcas Christian/ Mt. Vernon vs. Tulalip Heritage (Girls)

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Varsity Hoops Live Game Recaps- Mt. Vernon Christian vs. Orcas Christian/Mt. Vernon vs. Tulalip Heritage (Girls)

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Audio Recap: Emerald Ridge vs. Puyallup

Game Recap
Emerald Ridge vs. Puyallup 2-2-16

Tuesday night presented a pivotal SPSL contest for 2nd place in the division race between Emerald Ridge Jaguars and the Puyallup Vikings on a neutral floor at Spanaway Lake High School. Listen as Nic Beckman provides an audio recap of the game!

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Audio Recap: Kentridge vs. Kent-Meridian (Girls)


Game Recap
Kentridge vs. Kent-Meridian (Girls) 1-28-16

Kentridge Head Coach Bob Sandall

The opening game of the Kent Shootout placed the Kentridge Chargers against the Kent-Meridian Royals. Listen as Nic Beckman provides an audio recap of the match-up including post-game comments from Kentridge coach Bob Sandall!

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Audio Recap: Puyallup vs. Rogers-Puyallup

Game Recap
Puyallup vs. Rogers-Puyallup 1-29-16

Friday was rivalry night and crosstown opponents Puyallup and Rogers-Puyallup met for the second and final time this season. Listen as Nic Beckman provides an audio recap of the game!

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Puyallup Runs Past Rams on Rivalry Night

Puyallup Runs Past Rams on Rivalry Night
By Nic Beckman

Friday- January 29th 2016 Boys 4A SPSL-South
Rogers High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Rogers-Puyallup 27 11 13 6 57
Puyallup 24 14 17 17 72

The final night of regular season play in the SPSL-South had two Viking teams heading to South Hill. First place Curtis brought their 11-0 record into Emerald Ridge who were coming off their overtime win at Puyallup. The Jaguars were looking to knock off the top dog and secure the second spot in the division heading into post season play. Meanwhile, another Viking team was invading the opposite flank of the hill, Puyallup was at Rogers. This long standing rivalry game had meaning for both. Puyallup chasing Emerald Ridge for the second spot was in a must win situation after the one point OT loss to the Jags just three days ago. Rogers with only 4 wins in the division was in the spoiler role on senior night and claiming victory against a fierce rival provided incentive enough that would be a highlight of a tough season. Seniors Konnor Bandley’s 7 and Braden Hannold’s 10 points in the first quarter provided the push to give the Rams a 27-24 lead after the first. But Puyallup sophomore Landen Neff kept the Viks close hitting three 3’s and a field goal for 11.

As the adrenaline of the opening period started to dissipate the shooting cooled off but the intensity remained. At 3:01 of the second, the game was tied at 33, Jaden Vollmen at the rim and another Landen Neff 3 put the Viks up 38-33 at just under two minutes. The Rams responded with 5 of their own, Braden Hannold fouled on a tap back got the and one for his only points of the quarter tied the game again at 38 with 1:01 on the clock. The halftime score 38-38, Landen Neff leading all scorers with 15 on four 3’s in the half. Hannold leading the Rams with 13.

After a couple Rams baskets by seniors Daniel O’Brien and Hannold to get a 42-38 lead, PHS seniors Jaden Vollmen and Deven Neff each with 7 first half points got the Viks going in the third and went on a 10-0 run to put the Viks up 48-42. But O’Brien and the Rams responded with back to back scores and the lead was down to a possession. Vollmen with 10 third quarter points would give Puyallup a four point lead after three, Viks up 55-51.

Meanwhile, at Emerald Ridge, the Vikings of Curtis held a tenuous one point advantage at 55-54 over the Jaguars. The fourth quarter at both gyms would answer a lot of questions and maybe create a couple more depending on the final score.

At Rogers, defense would decide the outcome. The Vikings coach Scott Campbell had taken off the back court pressure most of the night had his team turn up the heat. Puyallup held the Rams to just 4 points in the first 4 minutes but the Rams defense and rebounding where keeping the Viks from pulling away, with 3:33 left Rogers was behind by just a couple of Deven Neff three’s at 61-55. Neff with a right handed tear drop in the lane stretched it to 63-55 followed by a Tyler Torgerson steal and basket had the Rams looking at a 10 point deficit with just 2:43 remaining. Puyallup would out score Rogers 17-6 in the fourth and finish going away, 8 by Deven Neff, 4 more by sophomore brother Landen. The sophomore would spoil senior night for the Rams and lead all scorers with 21. The difference in the defense showed up in the final quarter, but the difference in the score came from beyond the arc. Both teams with four 3’s to open the game, it was Puyallup who finished with 10 3’s, while the Rams could only tally one more for five 3’s on the night. The Final Score Vikings 72 Rams 57.

While final game congratulations were being handed out at Rogers the final from Emerald Ridge was being spread like wildfire. Curtis with five players in double digits lead by Aushanti Potts-Woods with 24 and Glenn Jordan with 15 held off the Jags Daniel Gregory’s 21 point night and Jason Cassens with 15 to get the second Viking win on South Hill Friday night, The Final Score 74-70.

Second place in the SPSL South is now the prize to be claimed at a neutral sight on Tuesday night. Emerald Ridge and Puyallup will face off for the second time in a week to see who will be the number 2 seed in the SPSL-South division heading into the playoffs.

The Final Score
Puyallup 72, Rogers-Puyallup 57.
Top Performers:
Landen Neff- 21 points
Deven Neff- 18 points
Jaden Vollmen- 17 points

Braden Hannold- 18 points
Konnor Bandley- 14 points
Daniel O’Brien- 11 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

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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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

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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