Final 4A Girls Power Rankings

Final 4A Girls Power Rankings
By Steve Dion

With the 2015-2016 season in the books, here are the final top ten rankings for the 4A Girls classification!

1) Central Valley (28-0):
It is scary to think how good this team will be the next two seasons after a 28-0 record and a championship trophy with a team primarily composed of freshmen and sophomores.

2) Snohomish (22-4):
After starting 0-3, the Panthers rattled off 22 straight wins to propel themselves to the title game as the best representative to challenge the Bears.

3) Moses Lake (25-1):
It’s a shame the Chiefs met eventual 4A champ Central Valley in the quarterfinals riding an undefeated record. However, a fourth place finish in the state is nothing to be disappointed with.

4) Bothell (24-3):
The Cougs’ consistency earned them a trip to the final four and a strong sense of optimism heading into next season.

5) Todd Beamer (25-3):
The Titans did a remarkable job to retool after losing key pieces from the previous season to play basketball in March.

6) Lewis & Clark (18-7):
The battle-tested Tigers held their own in a loaded GSHL and were one of a small group to take Central Valley to the wire.

7) Skyview (20-6):
Perennial GSHL powerhouse added to their run of quality seasons falling just shy of 20 wins; a clear indication of their top ten recognition.

8) Kentlake (21-7):
The sharpshooting Falcons posting a 21-7 record was validated by a trip to Tacoma with a handful of gutsy wins the ticket to get them there.

9) Bellarmine Prep (17-8):
The thrill of advancing to the sweet sixteen was met with a tough departure in the regional round. A league title and a deep playoff run earn the Lions the ninth spot.

10) Chiawana (21-3):
The Riverhawks are worthy of including in the top ten in 4A given their ability to make the best teams in the classification earn everything against them.

Final 3A Boys Power Rankings

Final 4A Boys Power Rankings
By Steve Dion

With the 2015-2016 season in the books, here are the final top ten rankings for the 3A Boys classification!

1) Rainier Beach (21-4):
Mike Bethea is running out of ring fingers as Head Coach of the Beach Boys captures another state title in a season loaded with quality 3A teams.

2) Garfield (24-3):
Convinced the Bulldogs would have played in the championship game if not placed in the same side of the bracket as Rainier Beach.

3) O’Dea (21-9):
The Irish take the third spot based on the convincing matchups against the Bulldogs in the regular season. Handing Beach a loss in the opening round of the playoffs was impressive.

4) Kennedy Catholic (18-11):
Despite the record, the Lancers found a groove late in the season to propel themselves to the 3A semifinal against O’Dea in a strong finish to the season.

5) Bellevue (25-3):
A shocking end to a fantastic season leaves some curiosity of what the Wolverines could’ve done in the Hardwood Classic if played again.

6) Cleveland (22-7):
Coach Petty deserves a ton of credit for arguably the biggest turnaround in the state by making the Eagles a formidable force to the best the state has to offer.

7) Lincoln (21-5):
Narrows champs completed another year as the class of the 253 finishing down the street at the TDome.

8) Auburn-Mountainview (23-2):
Claiming the league title from unquestioned favorite Peninsula was a huge accomplishment; The Lions unfortunately fell short of a trip to Tacoma.

9) Wilson (18-7):
A team worthy of playing in the comfy confines of the Tacoma Dome drew Garfield in the regional round who ended the solid Rams season.

10) Peninsula (21-4):
Purdy has plenty to be proud of as Coach Jackson’s first full class of Seahawks completed a strong senior season led by Mr. Basketball JaQuori McLaughlin.

On the Bubble
Mountlake Terrace
Shadle Park

2016 WIBCA All-State Preview



2016 Boys All State Games

The WIBCA All State Games take place this Saturday at Mountlake Terrace High School. The Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association have put together its annual Boys All State Games featuring players from all classifications as they wrap-up their high school careers. Listen as Steve Willits from Sound Live Sports Network provides all the details about the event including some of the top players from each classification’s team!

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2016 WIBCA All-State Preview




Federal Way Wins Back-To-Back 4A Titles

Federal Way 2

Federal Way Wins Back-To-Back 4A Titles
By Colin Caruso

Saturday- March 5th 2016 Boys 4A Championship
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Kentwood 17 12 6 19 54
Federal Way 16 9 17 24 66

4A Champions – Federal Way Eagles

There is no better place to watch high school basketball in Washington state than the Tacoma Dome for state final action. In a matchup of two SPSL teams, the Kentwood Conquerors were looking to end Federal Way’s 42 game winning streak and bid for two consecutive state titles.

Kentwood came out of the gates playing sound basketball, cleaning up the defensive glass and playing excellent defense. They lost their previous two matchups against the Eagles of Federal Way, and they weren’t going to let this game go easily. A 29-25 halftime lead for the Conquerors provided a great boost to their fans for the final 16 minutes of action.

Jerome Collins, the head coach for the Eagles, gave his team a defensive focused talk at the half and it showed through the duration of the 3rd quarter. A 29-25 Conqueror lead turned into a 42-35 Eagle lead going into the fourth. The six point quarter for the Conquerors was their lowest of the tournament. On the offensive side, the Eagles were able to get out in transition and finish a number of uncontested layups.

With a seven point lead going into the fourth and all the momentum, the game was seemingly in the Eagles hands for another title. But Kentwood would not give up so easily. The lead was trimmed to as little as 3 early in the fourth, with the Conquerors battling possession by possession. But in the end, the combination of Ferron Flavors, Christian Jones, and Jalen McDaniels proved too tough for the Conquerors to surmount. Congratulations to the Federal Way Eagles for their 43rd consecutive win and back to back state titles!

The Final Score
Federal Way 66, Kentwood 54.

Top Performers:

Federal Way
Ferron Flavors- 20 points
Christian Jones- 18 points, 12 rebounds

Rayvaughn Bolton- 18 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists

Central Valley Goes Undefeated, Wins 4A Title

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Central Valley Goes Undefeated, Wins 4A Title
By Colin Caruso

Saturday- March 5th 2016 Girls 4A Championship
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Snohomish 9 8 13 18 48
Central Valley 12 10 13 22 57

4A Champions – Central Valley Bears

In a battle of two teams on incredible winning streaks, the Central Valley Bears took on the Snohomish Panthers for the 4A girls state championship. The Bears came into this game a perfect 28-0, and the Panthers, after losing their first three games, were riding a 23 game winning streak into this finals matchup.

Snohomish started the game in an interesting defensive matchup, with their tallest starter, Madeline Smith, guarding the Central Valley PG Mady Simmelink. Smith rarely left the key on the defensive side, giving Simmelink wide open looks. She capitalized with 5 first quarter points and Central Valley took a 12-9 lead into the second quarter.

The undefeated Bears began to pull away in the second, extending their lead to 11 and picking up their defensive intensity. But Snohomish would not quit; they are older and bigger than the Bears and they used their size to convert a few layups down the stretch before half. Central Valley took a 5 point lead into the locker room.

Madeline Smith for the Panthers began to take over after the half. She went on a personal 10-0 run, and halfway through the quarter she had 25 of her teams 30 points. The underdog Panthers tied the game later in the frame, looking to take their first lead since early in the first. But Lexie Hull responded for Central Valley, adding in a couple of short layups for her team leading 13 points. Even with Madeline Smith’s dominate performance, the lead remained 5 for the Bears, 35-30 entering the final quarter.

Snohomish began the 4th on a 5-0 run, tying the game again. But every time Snohomish tied it up, Central Valley would respond. This time it was Lacey Hull, Lexie’s twin, who knocked down a momentum shifting three pointer. The Bears never looked back. They completed their perfect 29-0 season with a well deserved 57-48 championship win!

The Final Score
Central Valley 57, Snohomish 48.

Top Performers:

Central Valley
Lexie Hull- 16 points, 8 rebounds

Madeline Smith- 28 points

Snohomish Defeats Bothell, Moves to Championship Saturday


Snohomish Defeat Bothell, Move to Championship Saturday
By Steve Dion

Friday- March 4th 2016 Girls 4A State
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bothell 8 2 5 26 41
Snohomish 9 5 15 18 47

Following their thrilling overtime victory against Lewis & Clark on Thursday, Snohomish earned a meeting in the semis with Bothell who put Kentlake away with relative ease in the opening round.

The game jumped out to a sluggish start with only a 14-10 halftime score as both teams struggled to find a rhythm and moreover the bottom of the cylinder.

Snohomish broke the game open in the third quarter by going on a 15-5 run which set up a race to the final whistle. Madison Pollock and Madeline Smith led the way with 17 points each. The Cougars who received 19 from Taya Corosdale were unable to make a late charge and the Panthers move on to the 4A championship!

The Final Score
Snohomish 47, Bothell 41.

Top Performers:

Madeline Smith- 17 points, 12 rebounds

Taya Corosdale- 19 points, 9 rebounds

Head Coach Interview: Darnell Taylor (West Seattle)


West Seattle – Head Coach
Darnell Taylor

Dick Fain catches up with head coach of the West Seattle Wildcats Darnell Taylor. Listen as he talks about his team’s quest to reach the Tacoma Dome in his first year as head coach of West Seattle!

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4A and 3A State Tournament Brackets


2016 4A State Tournament Brackets
Tacoma Dome – March 3-5, 2016

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2016 3A State Tournament Brackets
Tacoma Dome – March 3-5, 2016

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Sports Radio 950 KJR-AM Championship Saturday
Live Broadcast Schedule

Saturday, March 5, 2016- Tacoma Dome

4A Boys Championship Game- 3:00 PM
4A Girls Championship Game- 5:00 PM
3A Boys Championship Game- 7:00 PM
3A Girls Championship Game- 9:00 PM


Hanson Leads King’s Past Viks to State Finals


Hanson Leads King’s Past Viks to State Finals
By Steve Dion

Friday- February 26th 2016 Girls 1A Regionals
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bellevue Christian 2 10 12 6 30
King's 10 2 13 9 34

King’s Knights

Daylee Hanson’s game-high 12 points led defending 1A champs King’s past Bellevue Christian in an exciting regional match-up with a trip to Yakima on the line. A strong start for the Knights was met with a long rally for the Vikings which extended into the third quarter.

King’s regained the lead late in the third quarter after a technical foul garnered multiple free throws for King’s. The Knights clung to a narrow lead as the end of regulation quickly approached when Bellevue Christian made their move. Nicole Bloch led the charge with 10 points as the Bellevue Christian deficit shrunk. A late turnover by KHS gave the Viks a chance tie the game up. Rachel Berg lofted up a three-pointer to draw the score even, but the ball lodged itself between the rim and backboard which turned the ball back over to King’s and eventually allowed the Knights to hang on for a four point victory.

After the game, Coach Dan Taylor talked about the challenge of defending a state title stating, “We can’t let that sense of fear of losing dictate the way we play.” He also mentioned the need for rest heading into the final weekend of the season by saying, “We’re fatigued from a mental standpoint…we need to work on our execution and just get ready for who our next opponent is.”

The Final Score
King’s 34, Bellevue Christian 30.

Top Performers:

Daylee Hanson- 12 points

Bellevue Blanchet
Nicole Bloch- 10 points

Audio Recap: SeaKing- Mercer Island vs. Seattle Prep


Game Recap
SeaKing- Mercer Island vs. Seattle Prep 2-19-16

Mercer Island Islanders

The final berth for a must-win Saturday district playoff match would go the winner of this inter-league contest between Mercer Island and Seattle Prep. Listen as Nic Beckman provides a game recap including post-game comments from Mercer Island head coach Gavin Cree!

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Audio Recap: SeaKing- Lakeside vs. Juanita


Game Recap
SeaKing- Lakeside vs. Juanita 2-19-16

Lakeside Lions

A back-and-forth battle between the Lakeside Lions and Juanita rebels allowed one team to advance to a must-win district game set for Saturday. Listen as Nic Beckman provides a game recap including post-game comments from Lakeside head coach Patrick Chinn!

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Nordale, Stenberg Sink Prep with Clutch Threes in Elimination Game


Nordale, Stenberg Sink Prep with Clutch Threes in Elimination Game
By Steve Dion

Friday- February 19th 2016 Boys 3A SeaKing
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 9 8 10 12 39
Mercer Island 7 13 14 10 44

Mercer Island senior Josh Stenberg

The second boys elimination game in the SeaKing playoff bracket pitted Seattle Prep from the Metro League against KingCo’s Mercer Island. The low-scoring, defensive affair presented itself early and continued throughout the ballgame.

The battle in the block between Prep’s Nic Lynch and MI’s Andrew Pickles took center stage in the first half as the posts traded buckets. The Islanders leading scorer Sam Nordale was a big factor on both sides of the floor as Prep had difficulty contending with the senior’s athleticism. At the break, Mercer Island led by one possession 20-17.

The Islanders extended their lead in the third frame through the sharp-shooting of Nordale and Josh Stenberg. Collin Welp and Aaron Nettles led Prep’s battle back in the fourth quarter, but Stenberg buried some clutch buckets down the stretch to secure a win for Mercer Island. Coach Gavin Cree echoed the magnitude of Nordale and Stenberg’s buckets by saying they “hit the shots that were open and so we’re real proud of our guys for doing that. It was a grind of a game.” In regards to their game plan for the Vikings, Cree replied “Against Rainier Beach you want to slow the game down. You don’t want to allow them to have opportunities against transition defense because they can be really effective there.”

The Final Score
Mercer Island 44, Seattle Prep 39.

Top Performers:

Mercer Island
Sam Nordale- 14 points

Seattle Prep
Nic Lynch- 15 points

Spiller and King Propel Lakeside Past Juanita in District Playoff


Spiller and King Propel Lakeside Past Juanita in District Playoff
By Steve Dion

Friday- February 19th 2016 Girls 3A SeaKing
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Juanita 18 11 19 8 56
Lakeside 13 1 14 15 57

Lakeside senior Kallin Spiller

In a topsy-turvy elimination game on Friday between Lakeside and Juanita, a late momentum swing sparked by Kallin Spiller and Kimijah King propelled the Lions to a dramatic victory.

Junior Tea Adams carried the bulk of the Rebels offensive production netting a game-high 24 points, many of which scored in transition. Shalexxus Aaron added a dozen as well in addition to a major role in the paint pulling down key rebounds. A three-pointer at the halftime buzzer by Lakeside’s Kelly Keen cut the Juanita lead to a single point heading into the break.

Trailing by six with less than three minutes remaining, the Lions were on the ropes and needed spark. Kallin Spiller buries a critical three point to cut the deficit to one possession. Lakeside followed up the bucket with defensive stops to set up Kimijah King with a pair of buckets to take the lead with less than a minute remaining. Juanita was unable to knock down its contested desperation shot from the corner at the buzzer. The Lions bench sprung from their chairs with excitement after a come-from-behind victory by a single point. Afterward Lions Head Coach Patrick Chinn talked the mentality heading into the game stating, “If we lose, the team is better than us. We’re trying not to beat ourselves. We’re trying to make enough plays to get out of there.”

The win keeps Lakeside alive for another day as they await their matchup for the fifth-place seeding game with the next opponent set to be the winner of Rainier Beach and Roosevelt.

The Final Score
Lakeside 57, Juanita 56.

Top Performers:

Kimijah King- 21 points
Kallin Spiller- 17 points

Tea Adams- 24 points

Audio Recap: West Central District- Kentridge vs. Yelm

Game Recap
West Central District- Kentridge vs. Yelm 2-17-16

Kentridge senior Ethan Walker

With both teams facing elimination, Kentridge and Yelm needed to bring their best as the Chargers and Tornados squared off for a West Central District 3 match-up. Listen as Nic Beckman provides a game recap including post-game comments from Kentridge senior Ethan Walker!

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Varsity Hoops Live – Steve Willits – Cascade vs. Kamiak/Lake Stevens vs. Snohomish (Girls)

Sound Live Sports Network

Varsity Hoops Live Game Recaps- Cascade vs. Kamiak/Lake Stevens vs. Snohomish (Girls)

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Game Recap 2/19: Steve Willits from Sound Live Sports Network


Varsity Hoops Live – Vern Foster – Mark Morris vs. Tumwater (Boys)/Mark Morris vs. Black Hills (Girls)

KUKN 105.5FM

Varsity Hoops Live Game Recaps- Mark Morris vs. Tumwater (Boys)/Mark Morris vs. Black Hills (Girls)

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Game Recap 2/19: Vern Foster from KUKN 105.5


Kentridge Advances to Sweet Sixteen on Walker’s 27


Kentridge Advances to Sweet Sixteen on Walker’s 27
By Steve Dion

Wednesday- February 17th 2016 Boys 4A West Central District 3
Stadium High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Yelm 10 4 16 19 49
Kentridge 16 9 21 16 62

Kentridge junior AJ Chappell

Kentridge punches their ticket to state by prevailing in a loser-out game in the West Central District 3 tournament on Wednesday night against Yelm. The Chargers will play Timberline at noon on Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School to determine the 5th and 6th seeds which advance to the regional round next week.

Ethan Walker led all scorers with 27 points in the contest as the 6’4″ forward knocked down tough shots in the paint and buried 9 of 10 free throws. Yelm found themselves in a double digit hole at the break in which a 4 point second quarter played a role to the slow start. The Tornadoes needed a strong second half.

Trent Lawton scored three from downtown to draw Yelm back within striking distance and Christian Davis continued to pile up his team-high 24 points, but the Ticeson brothers Elijah and Joran put a stamp on the game in the second half. After the game, Ethan Walker stated, “I’m ridiculously excited right now. My team has been working really hard this year and I’m so proud of everybody right now.” When asked about regrouping now that they’ve punched their ticket to state, Walker said, “We’re in state so we’re already charged up. We’re the Kentridge Chargers. That’s what we do!”

The Final Score
Kentridge 62, Yelm 49.

Top Performers:

Ethan Walker- 27 points

Christian Davis- 24 points

Audio Recap: Metro League Championship – Garfield vs. Rainier Beach


Game Recap
Metro League Championship – Garfield vs. Rainier Beach 2-12-16

Metro League Champions – Garfield Bulldogs

Back-to-back state champions Garfield met defending Metro League champs Rainier Beach on Friday night for their second contest of the season; the Metro Championship. The Viks prevailed in round one, could the Bulldogs even the score for the league title? Listen as Nic Beckman provides an audio recap of the match-up including pre-game comments from Ranier Beach head coach Mike Bethea!

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Bishop Blanchet Captures Metro League Championship


Bishop Blanchet Captures Metro League Championship
By Steve Dion

Friday- February 12th 2016 Girls 3A Metro League Championship
Ingraham High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
West Seattle 19 15 10 20 64
Bishop Blanchet 19 13 26 9 67

Metro League Champions – Bishop Blanchet Braves

Less than three weeks ago, West Seattle hosted Bishop Blanchet for a regular season meeting. This served as a preview for Friday night’s rematch with the Metro League Championship title on the line. The capacity crowd at Ingraham High School enjoyed an exciting matchup which was decided by three points!

The first half featured a back and forth exchange in which the battle down low between Blanchet’s Jadyn Bush and West Seattle’s Lydia Giomi took center stage. They scored 11 and 8 in the first half respectively as the pair finished with 16 apiece. Braves senior Lilly DiPietro knocked down 3 of her 5 three pointers in the first half as part of her 19 total. After the game, she talked about her role as a senior stating, “This year, I’m definitely trying to lead, be a leader on the team. Everyone contributes, it’s not one person, and I love that about our team.” At the break, the Wildcats led by a deuce 34-32.

The third quarter featured a Blanchet surge that would propel them the remainder of the game outscoring West Seattle 26-10. Taylor Chambers netted 8 of her team high 21 in the game. After the game, when asked about the difference between the last time the Braves faced WS she said, “Now we know we just have to come out strong and not be lackadaisical with the ball, no turnovers.” Wildcat Coach Darnell Taylor rallied his troops in the final frame and sparked a rally that cut the deficit. However, the damage was done and Bishop Blanchet was able to hold on to claim the Metro League title. The season series sits at 1-1. Will these teams meet again before season’s end?

The Final Score
Bishop Blanchet 67, West Seattle 64.

Top Performers:

Bishop Blanchet
Taylor Chambers- 21 points
Lilly DiPietro-19 points
Jadyn Bush- 16 points

West Seattle
Lydia Giomi- 16 points
Lexi Ioane- 13 points

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)

KAPS 2014

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

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Game Recap 2/5: Jeff Rex from KAPS Radio