Bellevue Hands Sammamish First Loss, Takes Lead in 3A KingCo

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Bellevue Hands Sammamish First Loss, Takes Lead in 3A KingCo
By Steven Dion

Wednesday- December 16 2014 Boys 3A KingCo
Bellevue High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bellevue 13 20 15 22 70
Sammamish 9 11 9 18 47


Bellevue Senior Gunther Klimes

Tuesday night’s high school hoops schedule included a clash of two teams that were without a loss in their records. The Wolverines played host to the Totems with a chance to be perched at the top of the KingCo League standings. The home team features many of its key contributors to the state tournament last season; would Sammamish challenge one of the state’s finest?

There was a high level of energy displayed in this contest as both teams were content with attacking the bucket in transition early in the shot clock. Bellevue’s zone defense established their ability to create turnovers as their length and swarming nature resulted in Sammamish headaches. However, the Wolverines were unable to convert these takeaways to points, thus keeping the Totems within striking distance. Seven Wolverines scored in the second quarter giving the home squad a 33-20 lead by halftime. The final moments of the first half were quite a spectacle as Kyle Foreman seemingly had a clear path to another Bellevue bucket. Michael Shinaul chased the Wolverine senior down and made a phenomenal block near the rim. Shinaul came crashing down into the padding behind the basket knocking it off the wall. Meanwhile, Issac Garcia raced to pick up the loose ball that was bouncing toward the Sammamish bench. He collided with an official and both tumbled to the floor into the Totem bench as the buzzer sounded. There were seemingly more players on the hardwood than standing as the first half concluded.

To give themselves a chance to climb back into the game, it was imperative the Totems outscore Bellevue in the third quarter. Shaky free throw shooting by BHS was a start, but not finishing on their own possessions prevented Sammamish for cutting down the lead. Zach Moore, Andrew Kenny, and Foreman scored four apiece in the third and while captain Vlad Yadevich netted five, the Bellevue lead grew to 19 after three quarters. The depth of the Wolverines continued to show its strength as 8 players scored in the fourth quarter as the home team picked up its fourth win by the score of 70-47. The leading scorers in the game were Gunther Klimes and Kyle Foreman of BHS and Kyle Tracy of SHS who all scored 14 points.

Top Performers:
Bellevue
Gunther Klimes & Kyle Foreman-14 points

Sammamish
Kyle Tracy-14 points

 

Newport Defends Home Court with Convincing Win Over Redmond

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Lady Mustangs Prevail in Overtime Clash with Newport
By Steven Dion

Friday- December 12 2014 KingCo 4A
Newport High School Final
Newport 56
Redmond 38


Newport Senior Jake Higgins

The nightcap of a full slate of basketball at Newport HS on Friday night was the boys varsity matchup of the host Knights and visiting Mustangs of Redmond High School. Newport has been a top half 4A KIngCo squad in recent years while Redmond has struggled to join the upper ranks of the conference. Would they have the horsepower to pick up the road win or would Newport pile on another win in front of the home crowd?

Redmond appeared they were ready to compete as they scored the first six points of the game two of which came from a circus shot by Kevin Carpenter. Unfortunately, the ‘Stangs couldn’t keep the momentum rolling as the Knights went on a 10-0 run in response to the early deficit. The length advantage of Newport forwards started to show its presence as Ryan Kingma and Jake Higgins among others glided to the rim for layup drills. Redmond was on the brink of submitting to a big halftime deficit, but closed the second quarter strong to only trail by 5.

The third quarter is where Newport put this game to rest. They limited the opposition to only 6 points in the frame while building a big lead. The Mustangs competed throughout the second half even as the Newport lead continued to grow. NHS head coach Steve Haizlip allowed many of his reserves to log some minutes down the stretch as his team closed out a 56-38 victory.

Top Performers:
Newport
Jake Higgins-24 points

Redmond
Kevin Carpenter-12 points

 

Lady Mustangs Prevail in Overtime Clash with Newport

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Lady Mustangs Prevail in Overtime Clash with Newport
By Steven Dion

Friday- December 12 2014 KingCo 4A
Newport High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final
Redmond 10 12 11 16 10 59
Newport 7 21 8 13 8 57


Redmond Junior Sierra Craig

Friday night’s slate of early season basketball featured a 4A KingCo matchup of Newport and visitors Redmond. At this point of the schedule, nobody knows where they fit in the spectrum of the leagues so exciting finishes often occur and this was a glaring example. This particular contest took extra time to be settled. Who prevailed and how?

The Lady Knights and their up-tempo play grabbed a 6 point first half lead as freshman point guard Jahdai Alcombrack and post Katelyn Jenkins netted nine apiece. The Mustangs had a difficult time finding a rhythm in the first 16 minutes, but kept the score close enough to give themselves a chance in the second half. Seniors Morgan Grindell and Sawyer Forseth led the Mustangs with a half dozen points each before the break by the score of 30-22 in favor of the home team.

Redmond coach Ashley Graham clearly emphasized defensive pressure in the locker room because the ‘Stangs started climbing back into the game quickly. They had four scorers in the third quarter in comparison to Newport with one. They even gained the lead and held it well into the fourth quarter. Redmond was on the brink of closing the game out, but called a timeout after a defensive rebound. The only problem? They were out of timeouts! This led to two free throws that helped Newport push the game to overtime.

Newport committed to attacking the rim in the overtime period and earned 11 trips to the free throw line making 8 of them. However they did not make a field goal whereas Forseth and Teagyn Ohrt made key buckets down the stretch. This was the difference in the ballgame as the road Redmond squad escaped with a 59-57 victory.

Top Performers:
Redmond
Teagyn Ohrt-15 points (5/7 FT’s)

Newport
Katelyn Jenkins-15 points

 

Coach Interview with Neah Bay’s Tony McCaulley-State Finals Preview

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2014 Varsity Football Live Playoff Interview
Neah Bay Red Devils – Head Football Coach
Tony McCaulley

The northwest tip of Washington is home to a 1B football program that seems to find its way to the Tacoma Dome every year in recent memory. Tony McCaulley and Red Devils are back in the championship game and he visits with Steven Dion to talk about how the team has maintained success and the impact Neah Bay High School football has in the community.

“Our whole town will caravan over and turn out the lights…Everybody will be at the Tacoma Dome for the game…”

To repeat as state champs, Coach McCaulley will need to rally his team to defeat Liberty Christian who defeated the Red Devils in dramatic fashion for the 2012 title. He explains how that game will serve as motivation for his upperclassmen when Saturday arrives!

To catch the complete radio interview with Neah Bay Coach Tony McCaulley, simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

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Coach Interview with Sedro-Woolley’s Dave Ward-State Finals Preview

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2014 Varsity Football Live Playoff Interview
Sedro-Woolley Cubs – Head Football Coach
Dave Ward

In his third year as head coach of the Cubs, Dave Ward has brought a middle-of-the-pack Northwest League team in 2012 to the 2A state championship game in 2014. His team will face familiar opponent Lynden who defeated the Cubs 33-30 earlier this season.

“We gave up six huge plays…That wasn’t typical of our defense…We’re going to bend and not break…”

The entire community of Sedro-Woolley will shut down according to Ward and get down to the Tacoma Dome via buses and trains to see their Cubs compete for a state title. He is confident in the leaders on his roster to take home the hardware from the 2014 Gridiron Classic!

To catch the complete radio interview with Sedro-Woolley Coach Dave Ward, simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

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Coach Interview with Cascade Christian’s Randy Davis-State Finals Preview

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2014 Varsity Football Live Playoff Interview
Cascade Christian Cougars – Head Football Coach
Randy Davis

Since 2008, Cascade Christian head coach Randy Davis has led the Cougars to the 1A state championship game five time including winning the title in 2010. The senior class remembers how their season ended in the semifinals last year and showed determination to bring the hardware home in 2014.

“They took that to heart last year…They really dedicated themselves…I had 25 to 30 guys in the weight room at 6 o’clock in the morning all winter long…”

Coach Davis understands the Colville Indians present a challenge in the Gridiron Classic, but he explains how his team is prepared to finish the season 13-0. The Cougars have a strong core group with a winning attitude capable of taking the championship trophy to the Puyallup Valley once again!

To catch the complete radio interview with Cascade Christian Coach Randy Davis, simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

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2014 Christmas Classic returns to Vancouver

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Community Partner of Vancouver and SW Washington Families

2014 Christmas Classic

Top Teams Square off on Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th

Weekend Schedule
Saturday Games
Saturday’s Tournament Schedule – Click here
Sunday Games
Sunday’s Tournament Schedule – Click here

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

Courts 3 and 4
Evergreen High School
14300 NE 18th Street
Vancouver, WA 98684

Ticket Information
General Admission $6 – Good for All Day
Students 18 & under $5 – Good for All Day
Children (5 & under) and (Veterans) – Free

Event Rules
Tournament Rules – Click here

A special holiday basketball tournament will take place in Vancouver, Washington in mid December.  ABA Courts and Evergreen High School will host the top boys teams from around the Pacific Northwest at the 2014 Christmas Classic. These 10U-14U teams will go head-to-head all weekend long for the right to be named Champion on Sunday.

The 2014 Christmas Classic brings teams from Portland, Vancouver and Seattle-Tacoma together 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 Randy Novak- President of theFinalScore.TV. “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 the Deputy Mayor, Larry Smith, join us on Saturday to remind us how events like this bring families and communities together.”

The Councilman will be visiting the ABA Gym at 3pm 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.

A special thanks to ABA Courts and Evergreen School District, John Jackson- State Farm Insurance, Beaches Restaurant, Rose City Printing, Braley-Gray and Associates, Corwin Beverage, Fairway Independent Mortgage, Western Inns, Shirts and Skins and The Barbers as they support this special Holiday event.

Games begin at 10:00am at both locations – ABA Courts and Evergreen High School. Doors open 15 minutes prior to the start of the first game. Entry fee is good as an all-day pass for both facilities.

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Sedro-Woolley Dominates 2A State Title Game

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Saturday Dec. 6 2014 2A Boys Football
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Sedro-Woolley 7 7 14 14 42
Okanogan 0 6 7 0 13

Game Recap below

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Sedro-Woolley Dominates 2A State Title Game
By Colin Caruso

The Sedro-Woolley Cubs suffered one loss this season on October 24th to the defending state champion Lynden Lions. They met that same Lynden Lions club in the state finals at the Tacoma Dome, and the result was much different.

A second half to remember for the Cubs, who outscored Lynden 28-7 on their way to a 42-13 route over a team that had won four of the last six 2A state titles.

After Lynden scored at the end of the third quarter to close the lead to 28-13, the Cubs sidelined quieted down, knowing that their best season ever was within striking distance. The Lions then forced a turnover on Sedro-Woolley’s next drive, causing more fear in the hearts of the massive Cubs crowd. But Carter Crosby saved the day, literally. He intercepted Sterling Somers, Somers’ third interception thrown, and returned it 21 yards for a Cubs touchdown.

The score propelled the lead to 35-13 early in the fourth, and the entire town of Sedro-Woolley could feel the victory. They would add another score on a Quinn Carpenter run, his second of the game, to amount the blowout win.

The story of the game, however, was the Cubs defense. Allowing just 264 total yards and intercepting Lynden quarterbacks five times, propelled Sedro-Woolley to lifting the state championship trophy.

The FinalScore – Sedro-Woolley 42, Lynden 13.

Top Performers:
Sedro-Woolley
Quinn Carpenter – 17 carries for 88 yards and 2TD
Carter Crosby – 11 carries for 68 yards and 1TD, Interception TD

Lynden
Scooter Hasting – 7 catches for 78 yards, TD pass

Okanogan’s First Half Enough For State Title Victory Over Napavine

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Friday Dec. 5 2014 2B Finals Boys Football
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Napavine 0 0 7 7 14
Okanogan 10 7 0 0 17

Game Recap below

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Okanogan’s First Half Enough For State Title Victory Over Napavine
By Steven Dion

The 2014 edition of the Gridiron Classic featured the 2B championship game between Napavine and Okanogan. Northeast Washington’s representative in the Bulldogs shut out defending champions Lind-Ritzville Sprague in the semis 34-0 to earn their title game berth. The Tigers won a close contest over Toledo to get to the big dance. Luck is often an undervalued factor in sports, but the victor of this game can surely credit a few unusual bounces of the pigskin and a bend-don’t-break second half en route to a state championship.

Opening drives for both teams did not yield points as the defensive units for both squads showed early aggression. The Bulldogs were facing a third and long, so Benny Cate threw toward Jimmy Townsend on the right hashmarks. However, there were two Tigers in coverage with one in position to intercept. The ball glanced off the defender’s hands to Townsend who grabbed the still airborne football for a fluky 61 yard score. Before the first frame ended, Arnulfo Tacked on a 27 yard field goal to give Okanogan an early double-digit lead. Despite the deficit, Napavine’s roster has talent which would make a comeback a likely scenario.

Before the first half concluded, Okanogan tested their fortunes on another play that could have gone wrong. Cate threw a dart downfield and his receiver was scampering to the endzone, but before he got there, the ball popped loose. Payton Staggs was able to pounce on the football which was laying in the endzone for any taker. At the half, Eastern Washington was leading its Western counterpart 17-0.

If Napavine were to mount a comeback in the second half, Brady Woodrum would have to continue to receive plenty of touches. Five of his 77 total rushing yards amounted to the Tigers getting on the scoreboard with over eighteen minutes of play remaining. This fired up Napavine and the momentum was shifting. Shortly after the touchdown drive, the Tigers had an opportunity to kick a field goal to cut the lead. No good. The NHS defense held and allowed for another field goal attempt. Missed. Time was running out, but Napavine still had a pulse. Wyatt Stanley connected with Mac Fagerness from 27 yard with 3 minutes remaining for a touchdown. Using timeouts wisely, the Tigers had the ball with a minute left to tie or take the lead. Okanogan was able to force a fumble on the quarterback as he about to throw the ball downfield to a receiver. Despite being shut out in the second half, Okanogan is the 2B champion by the score of 17-14.

The FinalScore – Okanogan 17, Napavine 14.

Top Performers:
Okanogan
Jimmy Townsend- 61 yard TD rec, forced fumble, INT

Napavine
Brady Woodrum- 77 rush yds, TD, 79 pass yds

Napavine Squeaks Past Toledo

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Friday Nov. 28 2014 2B Boys Football
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Toledo 0 7 7 8 22
Napavine 0 14 0 14 28

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Napavine Squeaks Past Toledo
By Colin Caruso

Napavine had yet to be tested prior to this contest. Their margin of victory has been off the charts, and they already placed a 36-6 rout on the visiting Toledo Indians. But that didn’t stop the Indians from fighting until literally the very last play.

With just 3 yards (yes 3 yards) of total offense in the first half, the Toledo Indians fought and clawed their way to a 14-7 deficit at half. Their only score, a 76 yard kickoff return for a TD following a Mac Fagerness TD catch brought them even with the high powered Napavine offense. Napavine was able to sneak in another Fagerness catch with just 7 seconds left in the half, taking the 14-7 lead. The stats were unbelievably misbalanced at this time. Total yards were 225-3 in favor of the Tigers.

The second half saw constant action throughout. The heavy underdog Indians stormed back midway through the third with an amazing 56 yard pass and catch from Dalton Yoder to Grant McEwen. They added another score early in the fourth, taking the lead in a game they where they were heavily outgained in yards. Unfortunately the PAT for Toledo was blocked, but they still held a 20-14 lead early in the fourth.

Napavine answered, as a championship caliber team does, with a march and score. Sam Fagerness this time, Mac’s brother, caught a 29 yard pass from Wyatt Stanley, his third on the day. The PAT was up and good, and the Tigers took a 21-20 lead. After a punt, the Tigers got the ball back, marched again, and scored again on another Stanley pass, his fourth of the day!

This final score put the game out of reach for the Indians, who added a safety on the final play to end the contest 28-22. What a game!

The FinalScore – Napavine 28, Toledo 22.

Top Performers:
Toledo
Dalton Yoder – 4-11 for 85 yards and 2 TD
Grant McEwen – 3 catches for 74 yards and 2 TD

Napavine
Wyatt Stanley – 10-21 for 161 yards and 4 TD
Mac Fagerness – 6 catches for 65 yards and 2 TD

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3A State Football Rankings Week 9

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3A State Football Rankings
By Steven Dion

Marysville-Pilchuck has been on everybody’s mind.  The Tomahawks took on Meadowdale with a packed house looking on, they got the win.  We have broken down the top 10 Washington State 3A Classification Teams for you.

1) Bellevue 8-0, 6-0 League
The Wolverines rattle off another undefeated regular season. They have a great chance to raise the hardware in December once again.


2) Eastside Catholic 8-1, 4-0 League
Undefeated against teams from Washington and 1-1 out of state record. This may be Thielbahr’s best chance to capture a state title.


3) O’Dea 8-1, 4-1 League
Monte has rested the best tailback in the state through the latter half of the season. Myles Gaskin and the veteran lineman from the Irish have a playoff run in them.


4) Marysville-Pilchuck 7-1, 4-0 League
The community has rallied around this team in the wake of tragedy and they are responding by playing great football heading into the postseason.


5) Lincoln 9-0, 7-0 League
An undefeated regular season gives the Abes another crack at the best 3A has to offer. Will Kitna be able to make another step and overtake the elite teams in the postseason?


6) Peninsula 8-1, 7-0 League
After losing a one-point game in the season opener against Gig Harbor, the Seahawks have won eight straight en route to a 3A SPSL title run.


7) Auburn-Mountainview 8-1, 6-1 League
The Lions have plenty of talent at the skill positions to make some noise in the playoffs, but a push to the Tacoma Dome will be a tall task for a team with limited postseason experience.


8) Oak Harbor 6-1, 4-0 League
Hats off to the Wildcats for awarding the 3A Wesco League title to Marysville-Pilchuck. That game projected to be great measuring stick for Oak Harbor, but the circumstances rightfully took priority.


9) Kennedy Catholic 7-0, 4-0 League
Spotless record for the Lancers with only 30 points allowed all season. The Seamount did not present any great obstacles, but Bourgette’s boys will not back down from any playoff challengers.


10) Mount Spokane 7-2, 5-1 League
The Wildcats’ two losses were by a total of 10 points by Sandpoint (ID) and Gonzaga Prep. Beating several 4A teams throughout the season earns this Greater Spokane League squad the tenth spot.

On the Bubble
Meadowdale 6-1, 5-0 League
Bishop Blanchet 7-2, 2-2 league
Capital 7-2, 6-1 league

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4A State Football Rankings Week 9

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4A State Football Rankings Week 9
By Steven Dion

There has been a little movement this week with teams in the Top 10. Federal Way jumped a couple of spots to number 6.  Here is our breakdown of the top teams in the 4A Classification.

1) Camas 9-0, 6-0 League
Coach Eagle has his eyes set on unfinished business from 2013. The Papermakers season will likely wrap up in the woodshed again, but can they raise the hardware?


2) Bothell 9-0, 6-0 League
These Cougars has some serious firepower posting a 422-79 combined scoring tally in the regular season. The blue and white have the pieces to contend.


3) Chiawana 8-1, 7-0 League
Don’t sleep on the reigning champs. This team posted another solid season with the lone loss a non-league clash with fire-breathing Papermakers.


4) Gig Harbor 8-1, 6-0 League
The Tides are playing like tsunamis right now as Coach Chantler’s gradual building of a program has a Narrows 4A title in the bank and a great deal of momentum heading into the playoffs.


5) Union 8-1, 5-1 League
A team that has shown the ability to rise up in nail biters can bode well in November when most games are settled in the waning minutes. The mighty, mighty Titans are not a team to take lightly.


6) Federal Way 7-2, 5-0 League
The Eagles have been dominant since opening the season with a pair of losses. With a healthy linebacker unit and game-breaker Chico McClatcher, the sky is the limit.


7) Kentwood 8-1, 4-0 League
A staunch defense is the cornerstone of Conks football and the regular season did not disappoint as only 78 points have been surrendered in 9 games thus far.


8) Lake Stevens 8-1, 6-0 League
Clawing out a victory over Kamiak may be just what the doctor ordered as the Viks prepare for the postseason. The more reps young Eason gets, the more dangerous Lake Stevens becomes.


9) Gonzaga Prep 8-1, 6-1 League
The parity in the Greater Spokane league has given the Bullpups a well-balanced schedule in which there has not been any push-over weeks. A league championship may not be enough for Prep.


10) Graham-Kapowsin 8-1, 5-1 League
The second of two SPSL Eagles in the top ten rankings finished second to Emerald Ridge in the league standings, but are a top ten talent in the state. Foster Sarell can wreak havoc moving forward.

On the Bubble:
Wenatchee 8-1, 6-0 League
Emerald Ridge 7-2, 6-0 League
Kamiak 7-2, 6-1 League

 

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3A State Football Rankings Week 7

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3A State Football Rankings
By Steven Dion

The question we are asked each week is simply, who can defeat Bellevue?  Bellevue continues to be the team everyone is looking to beat.  We have broken down the top 10 Washington State 3A Classification Teams for you.

1) Bellevue 6-0, 4-0 League
It is no surprise to see the Wolverines perched at the number one spot in the rankings. Goncharoff continues to put an elite high school football team under the Friday night lights every week.


2) Eastside Catholic 6-1, 4-0 League
The victory over O’Dea last Friday earns the Crusaders the number two ranking. Thielbahr has the pieces to bring his team to the state championship game for the third straight year.


3) O’Dea 6-1, 3-1 League
The Fighting Irish roster is loaded, so the loss to Eastside Catholic will certainly not slow down Kohler’s march back to the Tacoma Dome.


4) Lincoln 7-0, 5-0 League
The Abes are averaging 56 points per game including a 91 point effort. Jon Kitna’s team may not have had any true tests yet, but they will get a chance to go toe-to-toe with the state’s best.


5) Marysville-Pilchuck 6-1, 4-0 League
Losing to O’Dea without your star running back doesn’t mean much when you take down a top 10 team in 4A (Lake Stevens) and beat everyone else by at least 27 points.


6) Peninsula 6-1, 5-0 League
After a thrilling victory over Auburn-Mountainview last week, the Seahawks have vaulted up to six on the rankings. The decisive win over Lakes was nice, and the lone loss is a 30-29 grinder to Gig Harbor.


7) Auburn-Mountainview 6-1, 4-1 League
Someone had to win the back-and-forth classic between the Lions and Peninsula. The margin was so thin that AMHS sits right under the Hawks in the rankings as they have proven their strength thus far.


8) Meadowdale 6-1, 5-0 League
It is fitting that the dark horse in the rankings are the Mavericks. They are undefeated in competitive league play and the one loss on the record was against Lake Stevens by a touchdown on the road.


9) Kennedy Catholic 7-0, 5-0 League
An undefeated record this late in the season is impressive even considering a strength of schedule that may be lacking. Until they even sniff a loss, the Lancers keep earning top ten consideration.


10) Oak Harbor 5-1, 4-0 League
The Wildcats are yet to face their strongest opponent of the year as Marysville-Pilchuck makes a visit, but they have accomplished enough this year to grab a top ten nod.

Coach Interview with Gig Harbor Head Coach Aaron Chantler

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2014 Varsity Football Live Interview
Gig Harbor Tides – Head Football Coach
Aaron Chantler

3 Dog Night

Join us as Steve Dion talks with Gig Harbor’s Coach Aaron Chantler about the “weird coincidence” that the top 3 teams in Narrows 4A all play each other in the final 3 weeks of the season.

Why does Coach Chantler feel his Tides can defeat Olympia and Bellarmine Prep for the top spot?

“We put a really big emphasis on creating better men and not just better football players … I think we’ve carried that over to extend to a family atmosphere within our program.”

Gig Harbor’s high scoring offense has averaged 44 points a game and only allowed an average 12 points a game, respectively. Coach Chantler and his staff are impressed with great play from QB Davis Alexander, along with WR’s Santana Johnson, Bobby Blaser, Dylan Lindmark and Noah Samsen.

The Tide’s record has improved from 3-7 just two years ago to 8-3 last year and a 5-1 start this season. Coach Chantler credits the change to his seniors “who are leaving a legacy this year and they want to make sure they build on what last year’s team did.”

 

To catch the complete radio interview with Gig Harbor Coach Aaron Chantler,
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Coach Interview with Camas Head Coach Jon Eagle

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Camas Papermakers – Head Football Coach
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Championship game was great for community and school

Join us as Dick Fain talks with Coach Jon Eagle about his team’s appearance in last year’s 4A state championship game against Chiawana. No matter where you go in Camas, it’s still the topic of conversation.

Coach Eagle’s Papermakers may have lost then, but they came out on top of the game against Chiawana a couple weeks ago.

“It was just another game … it’s the adults in the community and the coaches – it might mean a little more to them … it was a physical game … we managed to come out on top … to get a couple first downs and run the clock out.”

Great defense is always a priority and source of pride for the Papermakers. They have a quarterback who is playing very well right now and some of the kids are getting college looks. Camas may be well-prepared, but Coach Eagle feels “this is the strongest I’ve ever seen the league, top to bottom.”

As for the keys to improving as the season continues, Coach Eagle says, “like most coaches – we’re trying to develop depth, we’re trying to eliminate mistakes and we’re trying fundamentally to get better.”

 

To catch the complete radio interview with Camas Coach Jon Eagle,
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Coach Interview with Eastside Catholic’s Jeremy Thielbahr

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Eastside Catholic Crusaders – Head Football Coach
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Ahead of Schedule on a Great Journey

Join us as Dick Fain chats with Coach Jeremy Thielbahr about 4th ranked Eastside Catholic’s football program, being in the playoffs 3 years in a row, and in 2 state championship games the last 2 years.

Since Coach Thielbahr and his staff took over in 2011, it seems the road to winning in 3A always goes through Bellevue, so he hopes this is the season his Crusaders can win it all.

“We had to do some things to get our minds and our kids to this level of competitive camaradarie and aggressiveness on the field – and I think we’ve done that.”

How is Coach Thielbahr able to focus on the Metro league instead of the upcoming state championship game ? “We’ve got great talent, smart kids who understand what we’re asking them to do, have faith in their coaches, and believe in what we do.”

With a healthy program of good senior, junior, sophomore and freshman players, they are excited to see where the season will take them and looking forward to being able to win year after year.

 

To catch the complete radio interview with Eastside Catholic Coach Jeremy Thielbahr,
simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

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Coach Interview with
Timberline’s Nick Mullen

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2014 Varsity Football Live Interview
Timberline Blazers – Head Football Coach
Nick Mullen

A Tale of Two Seasons

Join us as Steve Dion talks with Coach Nick Mullen about the games the Blazers have played so far and Timberline’s identity as they change classifications.

Coach Mullen has a winning record in 5 of his first 6 years, but is facing new challenges this season.

“4A is a lot different – we were pretty strong in the 3A Narrows for a long time … I think our kids figured out sometimes a loss teaches you more than a win does.”

Going forward, Coach Mullen observes there is now a much different level of competition, with larger schools having more players.

His coaching philosophy includes very sound words of wisdom for his Blazers team, from “the harder you work, the harder it is to quit” – to knowing “you can only control what you can control.”

 

To catch the complete radio interview with Timberline Coach Nick Mullen,
simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

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Coach Interview with Olympia’s Bill Beattie

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2014 Varsity Football Live Interview
Olympia Bears – Head Football Coach
Bill Beattie

20 Years with the Bears

Join us as Dick Fain talks with Coach Bill Beattie about his 20 years at Olympia High School. He has led the Bears to the playoffs over and over and over, with high hopes to do it again this season.

Coach Beattie’s take on the South Sound football experience is that it’s a unique blend of teams and a wide variety of classifications, with coaches who have been coaching forever.

“We been very fortunate every year … it’s just what we do here, we expect to be in that league championship hunt every year and have a chance to go to the playoffs.”

For this season, Coach Beattie says, “the team has some height, with a good mix of senior starters and the other half underclassmen – always exciting for the year and the future as well.”

This week’s game spotlights their rivalry with Capital, in the 28th annual “Spaghetti Bowl” hosted by the Rotary Club to raise scholarship funds. Up to 8,000 people could be in attendance for this great community event, featuring the UW Marching Band as part of the festivities.

 

To catch the complete radio interview with Olympia Coach Bill Beattie,
simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

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Roosevelt Pitches 2nd Half Shutout, Beats Ballard for the Anchor

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Saturday Sept. 13th 2014 3A Metro Boys Football
Memorial Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Roosevelt 7 7 20 7 41
Ballard 14 10 0 0 24

Game Recap below

 

Roosevelt Pitches 2nd Half Shutout, Beats Ballard for the Anchor
By Colin Caruso

In this great rivalry matchup for the coveted Anchor trophy, the Roosevelt Roughriders faced off against the Ballard Beavers, both a part of the new 3A Metro league. Ballard put together a great first half on the back of two touchdown passes from Jacob Ta’ase. They also added a touchdown run from senior running back Shea Carroll and a 30 yard field goal to end the half.

Roosevelt did what they could to stay within striking distance of the Ballard Beavers. A touchdown run from Max Rose and a touchdown catch by Ryan Gleeson kept them within 10 at the half, 24-10.

The game changed significantly at halftime. With the temperature rising, Roosevelt’s sideline in the shade and Ballard’s in the sun, the Rough Riders were ready to pounce. Three touchdowns from star junior running back Dane Rogerson turned the 10 point deficit to a 10 point lead to start the fourth.

Ballard could not find an answer for the surging Rough Riders. Penalties and turnovers kept them at bay in the second half, in conjunction with momentum and strong defense from Roosevelt. The Rough Riders would add another score in the fourth to put this one well out of reach, with a final of 41-24.

Top Performers:
Roosevelt
Dane Rogerson – 3 Rushing TD

Ballard
Jacob Ta’ase – 2 TD passes

Lancers Pounce on Prep Panthers in Memorial Classic

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Saturday Sept. 12th 2014 3A Boys Football
Memorial Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Kennedy Catholic 0 6 6 6 18
Seattle Prep 0 3 0 0 3

Game Recap below

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Lancers Pounce on Prep Panthers in Memorial Classic

By Steven Dion

The 1st Annual Memorial Football Classic got underway Friday night and continues Saturday as many of the teams reuniting with the Metro League square off against each other and other local teams. The event commenced with Seattle Prep and Kennedy Catholic from the Seamount League. Seattle Prep likes to play ground and pound football with their featured tailback Sam Kopf who is coming off a huge season opener against Cedar Park Christian. The Lancers also present a strong run game, but are on a by-committee basis which was highly successful on this night.

Field position was the main battle in the first half as both team struggled to get deep into enemy territory. JFK got onto the board via a Jr. Ngauamo score. The Lancers kept the Panthers off the scoreboard in the first half and the teams entered the locker rooms 6-0.

Seattle Prep sustained a drive early in the third which resulted in a field goal and cut the deficit in half. However, Kennedy’s commitment to running the football overpowered the blue and white as Nick Galando and Liam Cheskon rushed for touchdowns. Give credit to the Lancer defense who held Prep to three points in the contest. Kennedy takes the victory 18-3.

Top Performers:
Kennedy Catholic
Liam Cheskon – Rushing TD

Mt. Spokane Shuts Out West Valley

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Saturday Sept. 6th 2014 3A/4A Boys Football
Memorial Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
West Valley-Yakima 0 0 0 0 0
Mt. Spokane 10 0 7 7 24

Game Recap below

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Mt. Spokane Shuts Out West Valley-Yakima
By Colin Caruso

In a battle of two teams on the east side of the mountains, the Mount Spokane Wildcats faced off against the West Valley-Yakima Rams. On paper this looked like a good matchup; big lines facing off, accomplished skill position players on both sides, but it was nothing of the sort.

Mt. Spokane got off to a quick start, scoring 10 unanswered in the first quarter, and playing stifling defense. Dalton Dixon and Jacob Sander for the Wildcats both recorded over 6 tackles, shutting down the West Valley running game early.

The domination continued into the second half, with Mt. Spokane controlling the line of scrimmage. Despite being a little undersized the Wildcats forced West Valley quarterback Luke Atterberry to rush a number of his throws, holding him to just 71 yards of total passing on the day.

With a strong third and fourth quarter, the Wildcats put together a convincing 24-0 victory. The crowd on both sides expected more from West Valley, but Mt. Spokane did a great job of speeding up the game and making great open field tackles.

Top Performers:
West Valley
Luke Atterberry – 10.5 tackles

Mt. Spokane
Dakota Hipes – 6 carries for 48 yards and a TD, 4 catches for 71 yards and a TD

Prosser Tramples Emerald Ridge

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Saturday Sept. 6th 2014 2A/4A Boys Football
Memorial Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Prosser 7 28 13 14 62
Emerald Ridge 7 7 6 0 20

Game Recap below

 

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Prosser Tramples Emerald Ridge
By Colin Caruso

When a 2A team matches up with a 4A team, we all assume the 4A team with over 800 more students would have a distinct advantage. Not when you play Prosser, who maintains one of the best football programs in the state. The third matchup in the annual Emerald City Kickoff Classic turned sour quickly for the Emerald Ridge Jaguars, who faced off against the Prosser Mustangs.

Both teams battled well in the first quarter, with a score of 7-7 going into the second. This is when Prosser moved into a second gear.

The Mustangs scored 28 straight points in the second quarter, capitalizing off of turnovers from Emerald Ridge. On the back of Kason Blair and Cardell Jones, the Mustangs continued to build their lead into the third and fourth quarters.

The big difference in this game was the rushing game. Prosser had 39 total carries for 269 yards, while Emerald Ridge had 16 carries for 15 yards. Griffin Meyers, quarterback of the Jaguars had a good day with three touchdown passes, but the Emerald Ridge defense could do nothing to stop the storming Mustangs. Prosser took this one 62-20.

Top Performers:
Prosser
Isaiah Sanders- 13 carries for 101 yards
Cardell Jones- 3 catches for 107 yards and 2 TDs

Emerald Ridge
Griffin Meyers- 12-28 for 186 yards and 3TDs

Darrington defeats Bridgeport

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Saturday Sept. 6th 2014 4A Boys Football
Memorial Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bridgeport 0 7 0 0 7
Darrington 0 21 14 0 35

Game Recap below

 

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Darrington Logs Bridgeport
By Colin Caruso

The Emerald City Kickoff Classic always comprises great matchups throughout the state in high school football. The ‘Jamboree’ week kicked off with the Bridgeport Mustangs and the Darrington Loggers, both schools of less than 200 students. Bridgeport had a down year last year, winning only one game, while Darrington put up a solid 7-4 record in 2013.

Both teams battled equally in the first quarter, with the ball hovering around midfield and the score remaining at 0-0. Darrington began to awaken in the second quarter.

Lane Monteith, a 5’9 215 pound senior for the Loggers took over the contest both offensively and defensively. He scored two touchdowns in the second quarter, and led all players in tackles with 6.5 total, 5 solo.

With such small enrollment, neither team had more than 20 players suited, and Darrington finished the game with just 13 players due to injuries throughout the course of the game. Look for the Loggers to continue to play great football on the back of Monteith and their quarterback Trent Green.

Darrington finished off Bridgeport 35-7. It looks like Bridgeport will continue to rebuild this year, but look for a better result overall than last season.

Top Performers:
Bridgeport
Jonathan Oregon, 12 carries for 93 yards

Darrington
Lane Monteith, 9 carries for 52 yards, 2TDs, 6.5 tackles

2014 KONA Radio Football
Broadcast Schedule

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2014 KONA Football Broadcast Schedule


Week 1

Friday, September 5- Chiawana vs. Camas, 7:30pm
Pre-game airs at 7:15pm
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Week 2
Friday, September 12- Mead vs.  Southridge, 7pm
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Week 3
Friday, September 19- Richland vs. Chiawana, 7pm
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Week 4
Thursday, September 25- Chiawana vs. Southridge, 7pm
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Friday, September 26- Hanford vs. Richland, 7pm
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Week 5
Friday, October 3- Pasco vs. Kennewick, 7pm
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Week 6
Thursday, October 9- Pasco vs. Kamiakin, 7pm
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Week 7
Friday, October 17- Kamiakin vs. Southridge, 7pm
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Week 8
Thursday, October 23- Pasco vs. Southridge, 7pm
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Friday, October 24- Richland vs. Kamiakin, 7pm
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Week 9
Friday, October 31- Hanford vs. Kennewick, 7pm
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Week 10
Friday, November 7- MCC/GSL Cross-Over, TBD
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Coverage begins on 610AM KONA 15 minutes prior to kickoff.

2014 KBRC Radio Football
Broadcast Schedule

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2014 KBRC Football Broadcast Schedule


Week 1

Friday, September 5- Nooksack Valley vs. Anacortes, 7pm
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Week 2
Friday, September 12- Cedarcrest vs. Burlington-Edison, 7pm
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Week 3
Friday, September 19- Lake Stevens vs. Mount Vernon, 7pm
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Week 4
Friday, September 26- Squalicum vs. Sedro-Woolley, 7pm
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Week 5
Friday, October 3- Ferndale vs. Anacortes, 7pm
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Week 6
Friday, October 10- La Conner vs. Concrete, 7pm
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Week 7
Friday, October 17- Jackson vs. Mount Vernon, 7pm
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Week 8
Friday, October 24- Anacortes vs. Burlington-Edison, 7pm
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Week 9
Friday, October 31- Sedro-Woolley vs. Ferndale, 7pm
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Coverage begins on KBRC Radio 15 minutes prior to kickoff.

2014 KAPS Radio Football
Broadcast Schedule

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Week 1

Friday, September 5- Burlington-Edison vs. Mount Vernon, 7pm
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Week 2
Friday, September 12- Mount Vernon vs. Sedro-Woolley, 7pm
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Week 3
Friday, September 19- Sedro-Woolley vs. Burlington-Edison, 7pm
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Week 4
Friday, September 26- Burlington-Edison vs. Ferndale, 7pm
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Week 5
Friday, October 3- Mount Vernon vs. Snohomish, 7pm
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Week 6
Friday, October 10- Lynden vs. Burlington-Edison, 7pm
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Week 7
Friday, October 17- Anacortes vs. Sedro-Woolley, 7pm
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Week 8
Friday, October 24- Lynden vs. Sedro-Woolley, 7pm
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Week 9
Friday, October 31- Monroe vs. Mount Vernon, 7pm
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Coverage begins on KAPS Radio 15 minutes prior to kickoff.

2013- Coach Interview with Tumwater’s Sid Otton

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2013 Varsity Football Live Interview
Tumwater Thunderbirds – Head Football Coach
Sid Otton

Winningest Coach in State History

Join us as Dick Fain talks with legendary Coach Sid Otton about his winning streak – possibly leading to number 350 this week. The Tumwater T-Birds have 5 State Championships under Coach Otton’s reign, and are currently ranked #2 after starting the season 3-0.

In his 40th season, Coach Otton believes a positive approach, commitment and dedication are keys to a successful season.

“We’re off to a strong start … they’re gaining confidence … but our approach is to never look at the rankings … we’re just looking at the next game.”

As for the keys to preparing for another State Championship run, Coach Otton hopes the team will “stay healthy, stay focused on the next snap, respect their opponent, and try to get better and better and better.”

 

To catch the complete radio interview with Coach Otton,
simply click on the play button below.

 

2013- Coach Interview with
Bothell Cougar’s Tom Bainter

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2013 Varsity Football Live Interview
Bothell Cougars – Head Football Coach
Tom Bainter

14 Years of Consistent Success

We had the opportunity to catch up with Bothell Coach Tom Bainter as his 9-2 team faces Bellarmine Prep in the State Tourney tomorrow – for the 3rd time since 2010.

During Coach Bainter’s 14 years at Bothell, his Cougars have always had a lot of success playing in KingCo and State tournaments. When asked what makes them so consistently good, Coach Bainter said:

“It starts with the kids and we have great kids here in the Bothell area, who work hard and put in the time year-round … and I have had a wonderful staff, so that continuity surely helps.”

The Cougars faced some tough, high calibre teams at the start of the season, and have gone on to putting up unbelievable totals, scoring 42 or more points in 7 games. Coach Bainter credited kick-off returns, special teams, and many players for those incredible numbers. “The great thing about this team is we play one day at a time, we’ll go out on the field and our captains will say ‘we’ve got to get better today’ … it’s a whole team effort and I love the way our kids play together.”

 

To catch the complete radio interview with Coach Bainter,
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2013- Coach Interview with
Bishop Blanchet’s Aaron Maul

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2014 Varsity Football Live Interview
Bishop Blanchet Braves – Head Football Coach
Aaron Maul

Winning Tradition is back at Bishop Blanchet

It’s been a long time since Bishop Blanchet won the Metro League Championship in 1985 – and even longer since they won the State Championship in 1974, but Aaron Maul and his coaching staff are making amazing strides toward winning those honors once again.

We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Coach Maul for some insight on his Bishop Blanchet Braves, who are currently ranked 9th in the State. Dick Fain chats with him about the remarkable progress the team has made over the past four seasons.

Coach Maul attributes much of their success to great preparation, and the trust and familiarity developed by strong leadership from seniors on the team. He feels they have become more confident and have learned to believe in what they are trying to accomplish on a Friday night.

“I’m very passionate about defense … and playing physical is something we pride ourselves on.”

Coach Maul challenges his players to compete to their greatest ability and give their greatest effort to each other, “It’s not about the guy that’s across from you, it’s about the guy that’s next to you.”

To catch the complete radio interview with Coach Maul,
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Rainier Beach Wins State, Clinches Berth to NY for National Title

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Saturday March 8th 2014 3A Boys Basketball
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Eastside Catholic 11 15 7 12 45
Rainier Beach 11 10 14 12 47

Rainier Beach Wins State, Clinches Berth to NY for National Title
By Colin Caruso

-In this their fourth meeting on the season, the undefeated Rainier Beach Vikings squared off with the Eastside Catholic Crusaders for the 3A boys state title. Only one of the three previous games was close, the Metro final which resulted in a 68-65 Beach win.

Eastside started the game on a 7-0 run, with four points coming from junior Matisse Thybulle. His length gave the Vikings issues all evening. Beach needed an answer and it came in the form of David Crisp, who scored the Vikings first eight points. Unfortunately for the Vikings, Crisp picked up his third foul in the first quarter and was forced to sit the remainder of the half. The teams were tied at 11 going into the second.

With Crisp on the bench for the Vikings, the Crusaders gathered the momentum in the second quarter. Mandrell Worthy led all scorers in the first half with 14 points, and the Crusaders took a 26-21 lead into halftime.

Rainier Beach was out of the locker room five minutes before the Crusaders, sitting on the bench and patiently waiting to start their halftime shooting. Whatever coach Bethea mentioned to them in their brief halftime session worked; they started the half on a 10-3 run. Eastside struggled offensively in the third, resorting to one on one offense, not running sets, and not battling for offensive rebounds. The Vikings took a two point lead into
the fourth.

The two point lead turned into a four point deficit for the Vikings in less than two minutes in the beginning of the final quarter. A quick 6-0 run put the Crusaders on top and brought their crowd back in the game. But Shaqquan Aaron wouldn’t let the Vikings go quietly. He scored six straight to put the Vikings back up by two. A Mandrell Worthy jumper for the Crusaders tied the game at 43 with less than two minutes remaining. Djuan Piper for the Vikings converted a minute later on a dribble drive, answered by Thybulle with his own dribble drive with 40 seconds remaining. Piper answered the call again for the Vikings, hitting a mid-range jumper with 5.1 seconds on the clock.

After the made basket, the Crusaders inbounded from their own baseline. Worthy was stripped of the ball and the Vikings picked it up as the clock struck 0:00, winning their third state title in a row. Rainier Beach will take a couple of weeks off then travel to New York to play for the national title. Good luck to the Vikings!

Top Performers:
Eastside Catholic
Mandrell Worthy – 21 points, 5 rebounds
Ian Christie – 1 point, 17 rebounds

Rainier Beach
Shaqquan Aaron – 22 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals
Elijah Foster – 6 points, 12 rebounds