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3A State Championship


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Live Broadcasts of the 3A State Tournament
on www.theFinalScore.TV

Saturday- March 4 2017 3A Girls Championship
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bishop Blanchet 12 11 10 14 47
Mercer Island 8 10 18 16 52

3A Bishop Blanchet Braves
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
3 Katie Merrywell 1-5 1-5 2-2 2 5 3 5
11 Maddie O'Neill 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
13 Taylor Chambers 1-8 0-4 2-3 3 2 0 4
15 Ella DiPietro 2-6 1-4 0-1 3 0 1 5
20 Annie Maher 7-11 0-0 0-0 5 0 1 14
21 Jadyn Bush 3-9 0-0 4-6 11 3 3 10
33 Jillese Bush 3-7 0-0 3-4 9 1 5 9

3A Mercer Island Islanders
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
3 Jessie Stenberg 1-7 0-5 0-0 3 1 2 2
4 Claire Mansfield 2-5 1-4 4-5 1 3 4 9
10 Kailee Yan 5-15 3-7 1-2 3 2 3 14
11 TorMar Beutelspacher 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
12 Josie Blakeslee 1-5 1-5 0-0 4 0 3 3
20 Anna Luce 8-12 0-0 5-6 10 0 2 21
24 Jackie Stenberg 1-4 1-4 0-0 1 0 0 3

Catch our Live Broadcasts of the 3A State Tournament on theFinalScore.TV all week long.

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Islanders Capture Gritty Win in 3A Title, Top Blanchet

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Islanders Capture Gritty Win in 3A Title, Top Blanchet
By Steve Dion

Saturday- March 4th 2017 Girls 3A Hardwood Classic
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bishop Blanchet 12 11 10 14 47
Mercer Island 8 10 18 16 52

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Mercer Island Islanders

Championship Saturday tipped off with the Girls 3A Title Game between the Mercer Island Islanders & Bishop Blanchet Braves. It wasn’t until February 16th in the district semifinals that the then top-ranked Braves picked up their first loss of the season…to these same Islanders. It’s tough to beat a team once, could Mercer Island do it again with the championship trophy on the line?

The Braves found themselves up early as the Blanchet front court were dominant on both ends of the floor. Annie Maher recorded 8 of her team high 16 in the first two quarters and was complimented by 8 tough rebounds by Jillese Bush. The Islanders countered with a balanced attack, but lacked a clear-cut weapon to carry the weight. The highlight of the half for the Islanders was a buzzer-beating heave from near mid-court by Claire Mansfield. The Braves carried a 5 point lead at the break.

Mercer Island emerged from the locker room determined and began to feed Luce who carried them against BB in their first meeting. An 18 point outburst by MI allowed them to take the lead heading into the final frame. Could they close the deal?

As the clock was reaching the end of regulation and the game was in the balanced, it was time for a playmaker to put their stamp on the game. Enter Kailee Yan. On two late trips, the guard knocked down a deep two followed by a step back 3 to grab the lead. Then, Mansfield converted on a handful of free throws when the Braves were forced to stop the clock. She netted enough to make the final possession moot and Mercer Island captured the 3A state title to begin Saturday slate of games.

The Final Score
Mercer Island 52, Bishop Blanchet 47

Top Performers:
Mercer Island
Anna Luce- 21 points, 10 rebounds

Bishop Blanchet
Annie Maher- 14 points, 5 rebounds


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Game Stats- 3/2/17
3A State Tournament


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Varsity Hoops Live
Live Broadcasts of the 3A State Tournament
on www.theFinalScore.TV

Wednesday- March 2 2017 3A Girls Tournament
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lynnwood 16 12 16 13 57
Bishop Blanchet 12 12 20 14 58

3A Lynnwood Royals
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
2 Reilly Walsh 1-2 0-0 3-4 4 4 2 5
3 Rachel Walsh 2-7 2-5 0-0 0 0 0 6
4 Nakia Boston 1-2 0-1 0-0 1 0 0 2
14 Kelsey Rogers 8-21 0-0 1-2 6 2 2 17
21 Valerie Bell 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0
22 Kaprice Boston 9-14 3-4 4-4 4 1 3 25
23 Taylor Fahey 1-2 0-0 0-0 4 1 0 2
34 Kia Crawford 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

3A Bishop Blanchet Braves
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
3 Katie Merrywell 2-9 2-7 0-0 2 1 3 6
11 Maddie O'Neill 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
13 Taylor Chambers 2-7 2-5 0-0 2 1 0 6
15 Ella DiPietro 2-4 1-2 0-0 3 5 0 5
20 Annie Maher 6-13 0-0 1-2 13 5 0 13
21 Jadyn Bush 8-18 0-0 6-9 12 1 2 22
33 Jillese Bush 2-5 0-0 2-4 4 2 3 6
34 Minnie Miller 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0

Catch our Live Broadcasts of the 3A State Tournament on theFinalScore.TV all week long.

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Mercer Island Stuns Undefeated Blanchet in SeaKing Semis
By Steve Dion

Thursday- February 16th 2017 Girls 3A SeaKing
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Mercer Island 13 8 19 10 50
Bishop Blanchet 17 14 3 10 44

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Mercer Island Islanders

The lone undefeated team in 3A Bishop Blanchet fresh off their Metro League championship put their perfect record on the line in the SeaKing semifinal round against a tough Mercer Island team hailing from the KingCo conference. The winner would earn a trip to the Saturday night district final game against West Seattle who punched its ticket earler in the afternoon.

Blanchet wasted no time in securing a lead which was heavily influenced by Annie Maher’s strong performance in the low block. Mercer Island relied on the perimeter jump shot for a big chunk of their point total with Jessie Stenberg knocking down a trio of buckets from beyond the arc. Trailing by ten at the break, could Mercer Island climb back in to accomplish a statement win?

A tremendous full-court effort by the Islanders in the third quarter stunned the Braves and they were never able to fully bounce back. Anna Luce outscored Blanchet on her own in the second half in a 26 point outburst, 15 of which coming in the second half. More impressive Mercer Island’s defensive stance only allowing 3 points in the third quarter to the 23-0 Braves.

Despite a late run to close the gap, Mercer Island held on to send a loud statement win as the playoffs progressively intensify.

The Final Score
Mercer Island 50, Bishop Blanchet 44

Top Performers:
Mercer Island
Anna Luce- 26 points

Bishop Blanchet
Annie Maher- 14 points

Blanchet Repeats as Metro Champs, Remains Undefeated

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Blanchet Repeats as Metro Champs, Remains Undefeated
By Steve Dion

Friday- February 10th 2017 Girls 3A Metro Championship
Chief Sealth High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bishop Blanchet 8 19 18 17 62
West Seattle 15 12 9 10 46

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Bishop Blanchet Braves – Metro League Champions

The first of two Metro title games at Chief Sealth HS on Friday night was a rematch of a year ago as the top-seeded Bishop Blanchet Braves looked to defend their title against the West Seattle Wildcats. Following their tough win against Garfield on Wednesday night in the semifinal round, Blanchet Head Coach Brett Hecko stated, “West Seattle is the most talented team in Metro”, high praise from the man behind the helm of the top-ranked team in the state. Could the young Wildcats hand the Braves their first loss of the season in the league championship round?

For a team playing its third game in four nights, West Seattle jumped out to a hot start by forcing turnovers and attacking the bucket. It caught the Braves off balance who were unable to establish a rhythm until late in the second quarter. Grace Sarver & Jenna McPhee highlighted a relentless defensive performance that yielded the pair double-digit scoring outputs in the first half alone.

However, the Braves found their groove as the first half wore on. Jadyn Bush used her strength in the paint against a smaller Wildcats squad to log 16 points as part of a game-high 27 on a night where the Harvard-bound senior was honored as a first-team Metro selection in addition to Defensive Player of the Year.

As the game wore on, so did the fatigue of the Wildcats which Blanchet capitalized on to ultimately claim the victory. Katie Merrywell tacked on some daggers from beyond the arc to go with more offensive output by Bush. Sarver’s valiant attempt to carry the load for West Seattle came up short for the young challengers, and when the fourth quarter elapsed, Blanchet was able to celebrate their back-to-back league championship with a still unblemished record to boot.

As the playoffs continue to unfold, look for a replay of these two exciting teams!

The Final Score
Bishop Blanchet 72, West Seattle 59

Top Performers:
Bishop Blanchet
Jadyn Bush- 27 points

West Seattle
Grace Sarver- 21 points

Bush Steers Blanchet to Metro Championship Game

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Bush Steers Blanchet to Metro Championship
By Steve Dion

Wednesday- February 8th 2017 Girls 3A Metro Semifinals
Alaska Airlines Arena 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Garfield 17 14 11 13 55
Bishop Blanchet 18 12 19 14 63

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Bishop Blanchet Senior Taylor Chambers

The second Metro girls semifinal game at Alaska Airlines Arena featured the undefeated top-ranked Bishop Blanchet Braves and a surging Garfield squad.

It was a neck-and-neck ballgame throughout the first half with both teams’ primary playmakers finding the cup. Blanchet’s rock down low Jadyn Bush recorded 15 of her game-high 29 in the first two quarters. On the other side, Lady Bulldogs guard Juanita Agosto thrived on transition opportunities as she is accustomed to. Leading by a point at the break, could Garfield hand the Braves their first loss of the season?

Bush picked up where she started by cobbling together a tremendous third quarter that propelled them into the late stages of the game. However, Garfield wasn’t finished. Sam Tolliver knocked down some big three pointers to trim the lead, but the clock quickly became the enemy and Blanchet’s lead held to send them to yet another Metro League Championship game on Friday night against West Seattle.

The Final Score
Bishop Blanchet 63, Garfield 55

Top Performers:
Bishop Blanchet
Jadyn Bush- 29 points

Garfield
Juanita Agosto- 14 points

Metro League Semifinals move to Alaska Airlines Arena at UW

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2017 Metro League Tournament just got Bigger!

ANNOUNCEMENT

The Metro League announced their plans to move their semifinal basketball match-ups to Alaska Airlines Arena on Wednesday, February 8th.  The Boys and Girls final four teams will go head-to-head as part of the Metro League Tournament.

Former Garfield Bulldog and current Nathan Hale coach, Brandon Roy, was interviewed by KJR personalities Mitch Levy and Dick Fain about the Raiders upcoming game against his Alma Mater Garfield this Friday Night at Garfield High School.

This battle of #1 Nathan Hale vs. #2 Garfield has received unprecedented coverage and includes live broadcasts on both ESPNU-TV and Sports Radio 950 KJR-AM. This is the first game televised Live from Garfield High School since Roy was a senior for Garfield back in 2002.

Mitch and Dick of Sports Radio KJR then broke the news that the Metro League Playoffs will move its semifinal games to Alaska Airlines Arena on Wednesday, February 8th.  This will allow all fans an opportunity to see in person what experts are saying is the toughest league in Washington state history, if not the toughest league in the country.


“Metro Athletics represents quality student athletes from public and private schools in all sports,” stated Eric McCurdy, Executive Director of Athletics of Seattle Schools. “We are proud to have Varsity Hoops Live and theFinalScore.TV produce this event as they continue to positively impact high school students through events and programs on and off the court.”



Game and Broadcast Schedule

2017 Metro League Tournament Semifinals schedule of events:

• Winner #6 Metro vs #3 Metro Play-in vs. Metro #2 seed – Girls 3:30pm*
• Winner #5 Seattle Prep vs #4 West Seattle Play-in vs. Nathan Hale – Boys 5:30pm*
• Winner #5 Metro vs #4 Metro Play-in vs. Bishop Blanchet – Girls 7:00pm*
• Winner #6 Metro vs #3 Rainier Beach Play-in vs. Garfield – Boys 8:30pm**

* Varsity Hoops Live Broadcast on www.theFinalScore.TV
** Varsity Hoops Live Broadcast on Sports Radio 950 KJR-AM

The event has several media partners including Sports Radio 950 KJR-AM, POWER 93.3-FM and www.theFinalScore.TV.

All games will be carried via a live audio broadcast over the internet or on radio.

“Our hope is to celebrate great teams in a great venue. We look to showcase amazing high school students on and off the court throughout the day! We are excited to produce the event while broadcasting the games live over the web,” stated Randy Novak, President of ZUMA Media.

 

Ticket Information

Tickets are available for general admission seating and good for all four games. Tickets will be available the day of the event ONLY beginning at 3:00pm at the HUSKY STADIUM Box Office located on the westside of the Stadium.

Once fans enter Alaska Airlines Arena for the event, they can stay for all four games. However, they will not be able to re-enter the event if they leave. Ticket prices are as folllows:

Adults/students without ASB: $10
Students with ASB: $ 7
Kids K-8: $ 5
Seniors 62yrs +: $ 5

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Murphy Dominates ‘Bishop Battle’ Against Blanchet

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Friday Sep 9th 2016 3A/2A Boys Football
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Bishop Blanchet 0 0 0 0 0
Archbishop Murphy 24 28 7 0 59

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Murphy Dominates ‘Bishop Battle’ Against Blanchet
By Steve Dion

Archbishop Murphy kicked of the 3rd annual Memorial Classic in dominant fashion as a 52 point outburst in the first half allowed the Wildcats to cruise to victory over their Metro League counterpart. Desi Carey opened the scoring with a 32 yard TD grab early which opened the floodgates. Collin Montez followed that up with a interception for touchdown and a 19 yard rumble to the endzone. The rout continued when Kyler Gordon matched Montez with touchdowns on defense and offense. The game was one sided from the start and Murphy opens their season with a combined margin of victory of 132-0 after their win last week against Issaquah.

Bishop Blanchet will look to start anew in 2016 after advancing to the state semifinals a year ago. Meanwhile, Murphy has emerged early as a frontrunner to be not only one of the best teams in 2A, but in the entire state of Washington.

The Final Score:
Archbishop Murphy 59, Bishop Blanchet 0.

Top Performer

Archbishop Murphy

Collin Montez- 6 rush, 91 yards, 3 TDs

Memorial Classic Media Day Recap

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3rd Annual Memorial Football Classic 2016

Friday, September 10th & Saturday, September 11th at Memorial Stadium in Seattle

The Third Annual Memorial Football Classic is a special two-day event to celebrate Seattle high school athletes, to raise money for all Seattle public high school athletics, and to build support for the Metro League.

Media day for the Memorial Classic was held at Ballard High School Tuesday afternoon to meet coaches and players from the participating schools for a Q&A session. Also, speakers at the event included Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell (Garfield & University of Washington alum), former Seattle Seahawks Paul Johns & Edwin Bailey, and Seattle Public Schools Director of Athletics Eric McCurdy.

Additionally, founder of the event Joey Thomas (Garfield head coach, Kennedy Catholic alum, NFL veteran) has selected Monte Kohler for the “Icon Award” from his long and distinguished coaching career at O’Dea and “Legends of the Game Award” to Terry Metcalf (Franklin alum, NFL veteran) for his outstanding coaching tenure locally.

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 9, 2016
5:00 pm – Archbishop Murphy vs. Bishop Blanchet
7:30 pm – Shelton vs. O’Dea

Saturday, September 10, 2016
Noon – Kennewick vs. Cleveland
2:30 pm – Juanita vs. Garfield
5:30 pm – Roosevelt vs. Ballard
8:00 pm – Skyview vs. Eastside Catholic

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Final 3A Girls Power Rankings


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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.


KingCo Claims SeaKing District With Bellevue Victory

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KingCo Claims SeaKing District With Bellevue Victory
By Steve Dion

Friday- February 19th 2016 Girls 3A SeaKing Final
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bishop Blanchet 11 18 8 16 53
Bellevue 23 9 22 13 67


SeaKing District Champions – Bellevue Wolverines

The SeaKing district final could potentially be a matchup we see once again before season’s end as undefeated Bellevue faced off against Metro League champs Bishop Blanchet. The Wolverines showed their team speed within the opening moments of the game as Quinessa Caylao-Do started her scoring spree following the opening tip with an outlet score. This sparked a 12-5 run which prompted a Blanchet timeout to talk things over.

The pace remained up-tempo, but Blanchet was able to claw back through contributions of Jadyn Bush and Taylor Chambers who scored 15 and 12 respectively. Bellevue’s leading scorer Shelby Cansler rolled her ankle midway through the second quarter amidst a strong start. The Braves chipped away at the deficit and trailed by three at the break 32-29.

It didn’t take long for the Wolverines to grab hold of the game in the second half when Anna Wilson and Caylao-Do buried a handful of buckets from downtown to drive the lead back up to double digits. The lead continued to grow and Blanchet’s chances of a comeback became less feasible. The final quarter was essentially procedural with Bellevue’s victory at hand to capture the district title and a continued perfect record. After the game, Bellevue’s Shelby Cansler talked about the importance of the win by saying, “It’s a huge statement for us because we didn’t know how we compared to Metro teams playing only KingCo.” When asked about what the Wolverines will be focusing on in the state tourney, Cansler replied, “Rebounding is something we can improve on. But, otherwise, just keep playing the way we play.”

The Final Score
Bellevue 67, Bishop Blanchet 53.

Top Performers:

Bellevue
Shelby Cansler- 20 points

Bishop Blanchet
Jadyn Bush- 15 points

Audio Recap: Metro League Championship – Bishop Blanchet vs. West Seattle

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Game Recap
Metro League Championship – Bishop Blanchet vs. West Seattle 2-12-16



Metro League Champions – Bishop Blanchet Braves

Bishop Blanchet and West Seattle squared off for the Metro League title game on Friday night. Listen as Nic Beckman provides an audio recap of the match-up including post-game comments from Braves senior Lilly DiPietro!

To listen to the game recap, simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

 


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Bishop Blanchet Captures Metro League Championship

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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

Audio Recap: West Seattle vs. Bishop Blanchet

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Game Recap
West Seattle vs. Bishop Blanchet 1-27-16



West Seattle Head Coach Darnell Taylor

Wednesday night featured the much anticipated Metro League match-up between undefeated West Seattle and Bishop Blanchet. Listen as Nic Beckman provides an audio recap of the contest including post-game comments from West Seattle head coach Darnell Taylor!

To listen to the game recap, simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

 


West Seattle Claims Sole Possession of Metro Lead, Tops Braves

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West Seattle Claims Sole Possession of Metro Lead, Tops Braves
By Steve Dion

Wednesday- January 27th 2016 Girls 3A Metro
West Seattle High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bishop Blanchet 6 8 6 10 30
West Seattle 13 11 9 11 44


West Seattle Wildcats

Wednesday night at West Seattle High School was the first sign that playoff hoops is quickly approaching. The host Wildcats and Bishop Blanchet Braves both carried 16-0 records into tonight’s game and this would determine the Metro League regular season champions in all likelihood.

The Wildcats rebounding advantage was evident early as Lexi Ioane pulled down several offensive boards and Lydia Giomi was a force on the defensive end of the glass. After the game, West Seattle head coach Darnell Taylor stated, “I noticed early on they were doubling Giomi…I sat Lexi down and told her it was your time to go at it and take over.” The two recorded 12 and 14 in the contest respectively. Taylor Chambers scored a quick five points for the Braves, but they were unable to get contributions elsewhere and fell behind. The Wildcats were able to avoid an extended defensive lapse throughout the first half and carried a double digit lead to the locker room.

The uphill battle continued early in the second half for Blanchet as the team’s leading scorer this season Jadyn Bush faced foul trouble that forced Coach Burns to sideline the junior wing. A dagger three pointer by Jenna McPhee solidified the Wildcats’ edge in tonight’s game. Blanchet briefly cut the lead to single digits in the waning minutes, but WSHS converted on scoring opportunities before the clock hit triple zeros. When asked about how his team responded to the extra pressure added to this game in terms of league standings, Coach Taylor replied,”I’m really excited the way they handled themselves through the week building up to this big game, they were really focused.” These teams will likely meet again in the near future with increasingly high stakes.

The Final Score
West Seattle 44, Bishop Blanchet 30.

Top Performers:
West Seattle
Lydia Giomi- 14 points
Lexi Ioane- 12 points

Bishop Blanchet
Taylor Chambers- 11 points

3A State Girls Basketball Rankings


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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
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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
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7) Lincoln: 15-1 (10-0)
The Abes edged rival Wilson by a pair to determine South Sound dominance
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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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On the Bubble
Prairie
Stanwood
Lakeside
Bonney Lake
Roosevelt


Audio Recap: Bishop Blanchet vs. Cleveland

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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!

To listen to the game recap, simply click on the PLAY BUTTON below.

 


Blanchet Soars Over Eagles in Bruns’ 100th Victory

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Lynnwood Demonstrates Dominance in King Showcase
By Steve Dion

Friday- January 22nd 2016 Girls 3A Metro
Bishop Blanchet High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Cleveland 6 5 15 7 33
Bishop Blanchet 20 17 19 14 70


Bishop Blanchet senior Molly Dixon

Jadyn Bush and Taylor Chambers led the Braves with 19 and 10 points respectively as Blanchet extends their undefeated 2015-16 campaign with 16 straight wins to start the season. The home team set the tone early with an 11-0 run which featured tough defensive efforts by Jilese Bush and Bella Kemp in the paint. This led to a series of transition buckets that helped build a halftime lead Cleveland could not surmount. Monique Bungay finished in double figures for the Eagles scoring a dozen in the contest.

Coach Greg Bruns was able to utilize the depth on his talented roster and as a result eleven Braves were represented in the scoring column. In his postgame comments, Coach Bruns stated, “We want them all to play hard, we want all to do the same things if you’re a starter or not.” When asked about the strong start and what lies ahead for his team he replied, “We’ve got some tough games coming the next couple weeks, so we want to really focus and get better.” As a result of tonigh’s win, Coach Bruns earned his 100th victory as a Washington high school basketball coach. His response to what this means? “It’s an accomplishment, but it’s about these kids. To start the year 16-0, it’s never happened in my career. Obviously, it’s a testament to what they are and they’ve acclimated to me as a coach.” Bishop Blanchet certainly appears to be on track as a contender in early March with tonight’s convincing victory serving as further evidence of this team’s strength.

The Final Score
Bishop Blanchet 70, Cleveland 33.

Top Performers:
Bishop Blanchet
Jadyn Bush- 19 points

Cleveland
Monique Bungay- 12 points

Wolverines Double Up Blanchet in Semis, Championship Game Bound Again

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Friday Nov 27th 2015 3A Boys Football
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bellevue 21 14 14 7 56
Bishop Blanchet 14 7 7 0 28

See game recap below
 


Wolverines Double Up Blanchet in Semis, Championship Game Bound Again
By Steve Dion

Bellevue has become synonymous with championship football in Washington and their appearance at the Tacoma Dome during semifinal week is par for the course. Bishop Blanchet would look to continue their dream season under Coach Kyle Moore on the heels of a 73-28 blowout over Juanita last week.

The Braves demonstrated how green they were literally and figuratively as the first snap of the game was fumbled and recovered for a Wolverine touchdown. Bellevue struck again two minutes late as Isaiah Ifanse punched it in from two yards out to cap off a four-play, seventy-two yard drive and give BHS an early double digit lead. Needing a big play to spark Blanchet, the ever-reliable O’Shea Trujillo made a big play; a 39 yard fumble recovery for touchdown cutting the lead to a single score. This started a back-and-forth game trading touchdowns as the scoreboard read 35-21 in favor of the Wolverines heading into halftime.

Butch Goncharoff certainly reinforced the need to start halves strong because his team found the goal line early in the third on an Ercle Terrell run who finished with three total touchdowns. Once again, Bishop Blanchet answered the call on a trick play which involved a pass from Trujillo to a wide-open Christian Peter. The Braves finally recovered an onside kick afterwards, but failed to turn the momentum into points. This proved to be a backbreaker for Blanchet because Bellevue put the nail in the coffin to secure a 56-28 win. For the fourth consecutive year, the Bellevue Wolverines will face the Eastside Catholic Crusaders for the 3A state title.

The Final Score:
Bellevue 56, Bishop Blanchet 28

Top Performer

Bellevue
Justus Rogers 9/13, 171 yards, TD, 9 rush, 104 yards
Ercle Terrell 12 rush, 68 yards, 3 TDs

Bishop Blanchet
Clinton Allen Jr. 9 rush, 94 yards, 2 TDs

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Trujillo Magnificent as Braves March to Tacoma for Semis

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Saturday Nov 21st 2015 3A Boys Football
Memorial Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bishop Blanchet 20 20 14 19 73
Juanita 7 14 7 0 28

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Trujillo Magnificent as Braves March to Tacoma for Semis
By Steve Dion

A chilly Saturday evening at Memorial Stadium at the base of the Space Needle was the setting of the much anticipated 3A quarterfinal game between Bishop Blanchet and Juanita. The Rebels trounced Columbia River in the first round down in Vancouver while the Braves prevailed in a nail-biter against the Sumner Spartans who were red hot all season long. The winner of the clash between KingCo and Metro on this cold November night would earn a date with the victor of Bellevue & Glacier Peak in the comfy confines of the Tacoma Dome next weekend.

Blanchet began their onslaught early as their first play from scrimmage was a 56 yard touchdown run by dynamic tailback O’Shea Trujillo. The 6’0, 200 pound senior really seems focused on ending his Braves career on a high note. However, Juanita had a number of playmakers to contend with as Blanchet quarterback Alex Freeman connected with Christian Peterson and Clinton Allen Jr. before the Rebels could find the scoreboard. JHS halfback Salvon Ahmed punched the ball past the Blanchet defense to open their scoring, but facing a double digit deficit early, was it too little too late?

The signature moment in the contest occurred early in the second quarter when Antone Parente blocked a Juanita punt deep in Rebel territory. After swatting the ball, Parente picked up the rock and trotted into the endzone. The green-laden sideline erupted.

When play resumed, the fate of the contest became clear quickly as Coach Moore’s Braves kept their foot down to secure the win.

By the time the scoreboard hit triple zeros (or in the case of the scoreboard at Memorial Stadium 0:80), the Braves recorded one short of a dozen touchdowns. The Rebels were limited to four touchdowns in total including a second for Ahmed, a 12 yarder for Dylan Moctezuma, and a Makiah Gilmer 8-yard grab on fourth down from Tavin Montgomery. Next week, the Braves will fight for a state championship appearance. They will certainly enter the game brimming with confidence!

The Final Score:
Bishop Blanchet 73, Juanita 28

Top Performer

Bishop Blanchet
O’Shea Trujillo- 4 rushing TDs (20, 49, 56, 65)
Clinton Allen Jr.- 3 receiving TDs (12, 35, 79)

Juanita
Salvon Ahmed- 2 rushing TDs

VFL’s Big Game of the Week:
Bishop Blanchet vs. Eastside Catholic

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Bishop Blanchet vs. Eastside Catholic

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VFL’s Big Game of the Week:
O’Dea vs. Bishop Blanchet

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Eastside Catholic Remains Unscathed, Tops Blanchet on Senior Night

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Friday Oct 9th 2015 3A Boys Football
Acosta Field 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Eastside Catholic 14 21 13 6 54
Bishop Blanchet 6 0 0 0 6

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Eastside Catholic Remains Unscathed, Tops Blanchet on Senior Night
By Steve Dion

First year coach of Bishop Blanchet Kyle Moore led his team to one of the biggest wins in program history in week five of the 2015 campaign as they knocked off O’Dea for the first time in over two decades. The Braves were rewarded by putting their 5-0 record on the line against the top team in the state Eastside Catholic at Acosta Field on the plateau. Coach Thielbahr’s Crusaders are firing on all cylinders in the state championship title defense season. Two teams entered the contest undefeated, which record would remain intact?

The home team put their offense on the field following a quick defensive stop and turned the possession into a score by Devon Arbis-Jackson in which the senior wideout shed multiple tackles. The critical drive following this Cru touchdown was highly successful for Blanchet as Alex Freeman marched his team down the field and O’Shea Trujillo closed the deal by crossing the goal line shortly after BBHS converted on a 4th and 21. Minutes later, Harley Kirsch found himself in the endzone after a 4-yard quarterback sneak to put ECHS up by 8. The Crusader defense started to clamp down on the green and yellow clad Braves as linebacker Noah Failauga among others controlled the middle of the field. A 62 yard punt return for touchdown by captain Jonathan Webster extended the Eastside Catholic lead and the blowout was starting to take form.

Missed opportunities for Blanchet such as not recovering a fumble forced on their 1 yard line played into their inability to keep pace with the state champs. Trailing 35-6 at the break, the fate of the game was virtually sealed as Kirsch and Co. entered halftime on a 6-yard touchdown run at the buzzer.

The lopsided matchup continued into the second half as the home squad would log 19 more points for a total of 54. What’s more is the Crusader defense disallowed any second half points for Blanchet. With the win, EC will likely run the table in league play with bigger goals in mind during late November and early December. Blanchet will retain its position in the second tier of Metro and fight for seeding once postseason play begins.

The Final Score: Eastside Catholic 54 Bishop Blanchet 6

Blanchet Ends 22-Year Winless Streak to O’Dea in Comeback Fashion

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Friday Oct. 2 2015 3A Boys Football
Bishop Blanchet High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bishop Blanchet 7 0 0 26 33
O'Dea 0 14 7 0 21

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Blanchet Ends 22-Year Winless Streak to O’Dea in Comeback Fashion
By Steve Dion

All good things come to an end. For the O’Dea Fighting Irish, their 22-year streak of victories against league opponent Bishop Blanchet did just that Friday night. A large crowd amassed at BBHS to see two undefeated Metro teams battle to maintain a blemish-free record. The home crowd would be rewarded for staying a full four quarters.

BBHS nearly scored early in the game as quarterback Alex Freeman was approaching the endzone coughed up the ball and was smothered by an O’Dea defender for a touchback. However, the defense held strong for first-year Braves Head Coach Kyle Moore. Freeman was able to avenge the early turnover when he connected with Jamiek Satterwhite for a 17 yard strike. O’Dea woke up after that score as their quarterback Nathan West’s nerves appeared to settle down. He matched Blanchet’s touchdown with a 17 yard dart to Sam Sanchez and followed that up with a 21 yard pass to Race Porter following a Blanchet fumble. The Irish carried a 14-7 lead into the half.

An interesting coaching decision that proved successful for the Braves was staying on the field during the intermission. It appeared that Blanchet’s players were gassed and Moore chose to refrain from making his team schlep down the hill into the team locker room.
This payed dividends early as a renewed sense of green and gold energy resulted in an interception by Ryan Howard. Unfortunately, the offense stalled and were forced to give the ball back up. Monte Kohler’s troops responded with a sustained drive that culminated with a 1-yard quarterback sneak by West which was set up by multiple strong runs by tailback Hunter Franco. That would be the Fighting Irish’s last points of the game.

The Braves began their improbable rally by finding the endzone to bring it back within a score. They would then recover a pair of onside kicks and fumble recovery for touchdown. But a lead was not enough. After taking over with a six minutes remaining, the Braves tacked on another touchdown for good measure to secure a 34-21 victory and end to a streak older than any player on the field!

The Final Score: Bishop Blanchet 33 O’Dea 21

Cleveland Returns to Title Game for Third Consecutive Season

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Cleveland Returns to Title Game for Third Consecutive Season
By Steven Dion

Friday- March 6 2015 Girls 3A State
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Cleveland 13 11 8 23 55
Bishop Blanchet 6 15 15 12 48


Cleveland Sophomore Zakeya Flowers

The first semifinal to determine a championship game berth in the 3A girls classification featured a rematch of last year’s title contest between two-time defending champ Cleveland and the Braves of Bishop Blanchet. The Eagles have put together an impressive run thus far considering the group of seniors that graduated last season and the passing of the head coach torch. Similarly, Coach Willison has done an excellent job of bringing Blanchet back to a deep tourney run with a young squad.

Cleveland jumped out to an early lead as Jayde Christopher and Aqeelah Williams used their backcourt pressure to produce turnovers and points on the other end. They held BBHS to a half dozen first quarter points in the process. As the first half progressed, the tides turned and Jadyn Bush was a main reason for the comeback. The sophomore got tough buckets to fall and was aggressive on the boards. She finished with a team high 19 points and 10 rebounds. At the break, Cleveland led 24-21.

When play resumed, the Braves strung together a roll that last the duration of the third frame. Bella Kemp was a main factor in the momentum swing when she notched 11 points and 9 rebounds. The 36-32 Blanchet lead accounted for the first lead change of the game: would there be another? Joyce Harrell made her post presence felt as the senior heated up in the paint. Just as Harrell was in a groove, she was sidelined for a spell with a knee injury. Upon her return, the Eagles continued a 23-12 run in the fourth quarter that eventually sealed the game. Williams scored 25 in addition to 9 rebounds as Cleveland knocks off a familiar foe once again and is now one game away from a three-peat. Saturday vs. Lynnwood at 3pm!

The Final Score: Cleveland 55 Bishop Blanchet 48

Top Performers:
Cleveland
Aqeelah Williams-25 points (10/21 FGs, 5/9 3-pt FG’s), 9 rebounds

Bishop Blanchet
Jadyn Bush-19 points (8/14 FGs), 10 rebounds

Hudgins’ 19 Propels Crusaders Past Braves

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Hudgins’ 19 Propels Crusaders Past Braves
By Steven Dion

Tuesday- January 20 2015 Boys 3A Metro
Bishop Blanchet High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Eastside Catholic 15 17 19 9 60
Bishop Blanchet 4 17 11 14 46


Eastside Catholic Senior Max Hudgins

The 3A runner-up a season ago made a visit to Bishop Blanchet High School on Tuesday night to take on the Braves for some Metro League action. Coach Liley’s Crusaders squad is on track to make a run at the state title again this season as their athleticism, leadership, and chemistry are in the upper ranks of Washington state hoops. However, Blanchet is headed in the upward direction as a program and on pace to record a higher win total than the previous year for the fourth consecutive season under Coach Bilanko. This matchup is one of the biggest tests the Braves would face.

There was a slow pace when the game started as both teams had difficulty finding a rhythm. Eastside eventually broke the spell by increasing the intensity on the defensive end and it translated to points on the other side of the floor. One of the defensive turnovers resulted in a high-flying, two-handed slam by Matisse Thybulle. By the end of the first frame, the Crusaders jumped out to a 15-4 lead. Blanchet regrouped in the second quarter when Sam Cunliffe and Derrik Dean were able to get shots to fall. The pair scored 12 and 7 respectively before the break and brought the game back to single digits within the quarter. The lead could have been cut even further, but an efficient first half by Mandrell Worthy who registered 9 of his 16 total points on 4 of 5 shooting brought the lead back to 11 when the buzzer sounded. At intermission, Eastside Catholic led 32-21.

The visitor’s lead continued to grow in the second half through contributions of Max Hudgins who led all scorers with 19 points. ECHS went 6/6 from the charity stripe in the third quarter and 10/12 overall which proved to be an important piece of their success. Cunliffe made a strong effort to get the Braves back on track, but the opposing defense made it difficult for him to get into a groove. A pair of pull-up 3’s by the Crusaders helped build a 19 point lead going into the final frame. With the game essentially put away, both teams emptied their benches to give reserves minutes. Ryan Harmon found himself with the rock and nothing but daylight ahead so he finished with a two-handed slam to end the game on a good note for the home team. Eastside Catholic proved their prestige by walking away with a double-digit victory against an ever-improving Blanchet team.

The Final Score: Eastside Catholic 60 Bishop Blanchet 46

Top Performers:
Eastside Catholic
Max Hudgins-19 points (6/13 FGs, 4/11 3pt FGs, 3/4 FTs)

Bishop Blanchet
Sam Cunliffe-18 points

Inglemoor Prevails in Nailbiter Over Blanchet

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Inglemoor Prevails in Nailbiter Over Blanchet
By Steven Dion

Monday- January 5 2015 Girls 4A/3A Non-League
Inglemoor High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Inglemoor 13 16 14 9 52
Bishop Blanchet 17 6 14 13 50


Inglemoor Senior Jordana Price

Monday night at Inglemoor High School provided a sneak peek of the kind of basketball seen at the Tacoma Dome in March as the host Vikings battled against the 2013 3A runner up Bishop Blanchet. Unfortunately, these top girls squads in the state will not have a chance to meet in the Hardwood Classic.

Blanchet was able to grab an early lead as three Braves players knocked down 3 pointers in the first quarter. It appeared that this was an integral part of Coach Willison’s game plan due to the Vikings size advantage in the paint. Deja Stother accounted for 6 of the Vikings 13 first quarter points on high ball screens allowing her to attack the rim. However, Strother picked up her second foul late in the first forcing coach John Augustavo to place the senior center on the bench. Jordana Price was able to pick up the slack by burying a pair from downtown for 6 of her 14 big points in the game. The Braves offense stalled in the second frame and in doing so allowed Inglemoor to take the lead. Jadyn Bush fought through some pain from a collision under the hoop in the first quarter which limited her to 4 first half points, but the sophomore leader had a big second half in store as BB trailed by six at the break.

The pace of the game picked up early in the third quarter as both team were getting offensive production up and down the roster. Braves guard Taylor Chambers dished out some great passes to driving teammates and notched some points in the process. Strother picked up some assists in the form of full court heaves to Kennedy Nicholas and Amanda Luckett. Ella DiPietro helped Blanchet cut the lead to one point with 4 minutes remaining. Then, Bush converted on an and-one to give the Braves the lead. However, Jordana Price came up clutch with a three-ball with 38 seconds remaining. This would prove to be the winning score as Inglemoor held onto the slim lead they regained. An exciting finish between the best the state of Washington has to offer!

The Final Score: Inglemoor 52 Bishop Blanchet 50

Top Performers:
Inglemoor
Deja Strother-17 points/Jordana Price-14 points (4 3-pt FGs)

Bishop Blanchet
Jadyn Bush-15 points (5/6 FTs)

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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