Graham-Kapowsin Dominates Eagle Battle with Arlington


Thursday Sep 29th 2016 4A/3A Boys Football
Art Crate Field 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Arlington 0 0 6 0 6
Graham-Kapowsin 27 20 0 0 47


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By Steve Dion

Thursday night featured a clash of Eagles as Arlington ventured down to Art Crate Field to take on Graham-Kapowsin. This game could not start fast enough for both team coming off losses: a dramatic shootout with Sumner for GK and a lopsided affair against Ferndale for Arlington.

Kapowsin wasted no time exerting their dominance. The opening drive resulted in a 23 yard touchdown run by Zack Navarrette-Smith. The floodgates were just beginning to open.

Before the first quarter concluded, Aaron Olmos recorded a pair of scores and Jeremiah Kekoa returned an interception 61 yards to the house.

The running clock was implemented before the first half concluded.

Arlington showed tremendous toughness despite the lopsided score and were able to keep GK from scoring in the second half.

A few solid carries from Tallen Williams out of the backfield helped move the chains within striking distance. Arlington finished the drive with a 7-yard strike from Anthony Whitis to Griffin Gardoski.

The second half concluded rapidly and the home team walked away with a convincing win.

The Final Score:
Graham-Kapowsin 47, Arlington 6.

Top Performer

Aaron Olmos-3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec)

Griffin Gardoski-7 yd rec TD

Final 3A Girls Power Rankings

Final 3A Girls Power Rankings
By Steve Dion

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

1) Bellevue (29-0):
One of the best teams in state history, the Wolverines captured the school’s first title since 1975 with a perfect 29-0 record.

2) Lynnwood (26-1):
The Royals were even better this season than the championship team from a year ago, but Bellevue foiled their plans of a repeat in the semifinal round.

3) Arlington (25-2):
The 3A runner up compiled 25 wins in a tough WesCo League with the only blemishes on the schedule compliments of Bellevue and Lynnwood who sit atop the Eagles in the power rankings.

4) Mt. Spokane (16-11):
Spokane’s Wildcats gave Bellevue a scare in the opening round of the Hardwood Classic demonstrating their strength to run with the best Washington has to offer.

5) Kamiakin (15-12):
Finishing in the Final Four this season is a tremendous feat for the Mid-Columbia representative Braves given the depth of the 3A classification.

6) Prairie (21-6):
The Falcons proved they could go toe-to-toe with just about any team they faced as untimely losses spoiled a higher finish in the overall standings.

7) Edmonds-Woodway (17-12):
A ten point win over Auburn-Riverside in the regional round raised some eyebrows for how prepared the Warriors were to make some noise in the postseason.

8) Lincoln (24-3):
The lone Tacoma-based team to finish their season within the confines of the Dome were 24-1 heading into state cementing their rank as a top-ten team.

9) Bishop Blanchet (23-3):
The young core group of Braves that nearly won the title in 2014 continues to churn out quality seasons, but does so amongst equally talented programs that are fighting to play in March.

10) West Seattle (22-4):
A state tournament caliber team drew Lynnwood in regionals to prevent a trip to Tacoma, but a fantastic campaign for first year head coach Darnell Taylor nonetheless.

Bellevue Runs the Table, Hoists 3A Trophy

Bellevue Runs the Table, Hoists 3A Trophy
By Steve Dion

Saturday- March 5th 2016 Girls 3A Championship
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Arlington 8 16 4 12 40
Bellevue 14 21 12 22 69

3A Champions – Bellevue Wolverines

Entering the 2015-16 season, Coach Leah Krautter knew she had a talented squad, but didn’t know how all the pieces would fit together. After the first game of the season, she was encouraged this team was special.

After topping Lynnwood on Friday which may have been Bellevue’s toughest test to keep their unbeaten record intact, they entered championship Saturday with the expectation to close the deal and lift the trophy. To do so, they needed to get past Arlington who is no stranger to deep tournament runs. Much like the game played prior to this one between Rainier Beach and O’Dea, Bellevue outmatched Arlington from the early stages of the game and it carried throughout. By halftime, they built a double-digit lead which put the Eagles on the ropes. Gracie Castandea and Serafina Balderas needed to spark the Eagles to climb back into the game after solid contributions in the first two quarters.

The stifling Bellevue defense held Arlington to four points in the pivotal third quarter leading to 19% from the field in the second half. Meanwhile, the Wolverines kept the pedal down as Shelby Cansler and Quinessa Caylao-Do broke the game open as the duo combined for 41 points. The victory against the Royals on day two proved to be the quasi championship game as the vast majority of the second half was simply a wait for the inevitable. Congratulations to Bellevue on going wire to wire from the opening tip of the season.

The Final Score
Bellevue 69, Arlington 40.

Top Performers:
Shelby Cansler – 21 and 8 Rebs
Quinessa Caylao-Do – 20
Ann-Marie Jacobs – 12

Gracie Castandea – 12 and 9 Rebs
Serafina Balderas – 11
Sevi Bielser – 5

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

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Preview- Boys 4A State Tournament

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Boys 4A State Tournament Preview
By Colin Caruso 

There are a number of compelling games in the Washington State boys 4A tournament final eight, including teams from all over the state and rematches from previous games this season.  Here are the match-ups:

Newport vs. Curtis – 9:00AM

Newport has worked hard and has clawed its way back into contention for the a state title after losing four straight games towards the end of January and early February to Ballard, Issaquah, and Bothell twice.  They advanced to the round of 16 in a win and in-game versus Mount Vernon, and made it to the final eight through a tough, defensive battle in Wenatchee versus Eastmont.  Their athleticism and strength creates matchup problems for every team remaining in Washington State.

On the flip side, the Curtis Vikings have dominated this season and are currently ranked #4 in the state.  Their only losses have been to Federal Way and Spanaway Lake, and their big wins include a big win against Bellarmine Prep in their district final and a convincing 61-48 win versus Thomas Jefferson to reach the final eight.  The Vikings are led by two senior starters, Dominic Robinson and Andre Lewis, who average 13.9 points and 13.8 points respectively.

Bothell vs Garfield – 10:30AM

The Bothell Cougars have only three losses this entire season.  Unfortunately, two of those losses were to Garfield, and neither game was close.  The first contest was during the regular season, where the Garfield Bulldogs took down the Cougars by 15.  The second matchup was in their district final, where Garfield senior Tucker Haymond scored 20 of his game high 39 in the first quarter in a dominating 93-69 win.  It is always difficult to beat a team three times, especially a team with division one talent like the Cougars possess.  Bothell senior Perrion Callandret will be attending Idaho next season, and Zach LaVine, the #1 senior recruit in the state, will take his talents to UCLA.

Will Garfield complete the season sweep of the Cougars?  Or will the Cougars avenge their earlier season losses and advance to the final four?  We’ll find out early Thursday morning.

Arlington vs. Richland – 12:45 PM

Both of these teams have dominated their opponents for the majority of the season, but both teams have suffered big losses to teams still remaining in the 4A tournament.  Richland travelled to Spokane for a matchup against the Central Valley Bears and struggled in a 68-44 loss.  They did avenge that loss later in the season, just two weeks ago with a 66-54 win versus the Bears.  Arlington has suffered two losses to the undefeated Jackson Timberwolves this season, both by double digits.

In the round of sixteen, Richland dominated Stadium 68-39 in a game that was essentially over in the first quarter.  Arlington scored a big win over late surging Bellarmine Prep, 58-47 in the round of sixteen to advance to Tacoma.  This will be a great matchup between two teams from opposite sides of the state looking to make a huge impact on the 4A class.

Jackson vs. Central Valley – 2:00PM

With a combined record of 46-2, this is the matchup of the teams with the best records in 4A boys basketball.  The Jackson Timberwolves have yet to hiccup all season, completing the year with a perfect 24-0 record.  They are led by three very talented juniors, Dan Kingma, Jason Todd, and Brian Zehr.  With six wins coming in single digits this season, the Timberwolves are used to battling in close games versus all-state level talent.

Central Valley poses a big threat to Jackson’s undefeated season.  The Bears are led by senior Austin Rehkow and junior big man Beau Byus, who average 15.1 and 13.7 ppg respectively.  Their only two losses this season were at Richland and at Gonzaga Prep, both formidable opponents with strong programs.  Central Valley won a nail-biter in overtime against a very talented Todd Beamer team in the round of 16 to advance to this game, and Coach Rick Sloan and company are looking to extend their stay on the west side of the state with a win on Thursday.