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VFL’s Big Games of the Week:
Skyline vs. Bothell & Sumner vs. Olympia


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Varsity Football Live’s Big Games of the Week
Skyline vs. Bothell & Sumner vs. Olympia

Big Games of the Week: Skyline vs. Bothell & Sumner vs. Olympia

Skyline Tames Bothell Attack in Pivotal League Matchup


Thursday Oct 6th 2016 4A KingCo Boys Football
Pop Keeney Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bothell 0 13 0 0 13
Skyline 14 6 7 7 34


See game recap below

Skyline Tames Bothell Attack in Pivotal League Matchup
By Steve Dion

Skyline is beginning to really hit their stride as the regular season is rapidly winding down. Mat Taylor’s Spartans started their league clash with the tough Bothell Cougars at Pop Keeney with a pair of touchdowns which made it appear BHS may be in for a long night.

However, Coach Bainter rallied the troops and punched the ball into the endzone twice to bring the game back to even ground; a pair of touchdown passes by Jacob Sirmon to Daniel Johnson and DaVicious Wilson respectively. Before the break, the Spartans marched down the field on a drive which created a momentum swing that carried into the second half. Drew Kistner completed numerous quick passes to the sidelines to protect the clock and move the chains. With 28 seconds left in the second quarter, Kistner connected with Luke Stiles from 21 yards out to give Sparty a touchdown lead heading into the locker room.

When the game resumed, Skyline took the opening drive down the field and were on the doorstep of taking a two-score lead. Tanner Gunnells picked off a pass that was headed for the endzone handing the ball back over to Bothell. However, the Spartans defense stepped up and didn’t not allow the Cougs to capitalize eventually giving it back to their offense.

The game was put away when Isaiah Shim picked up some big chunk runs to set up a rushing touchdown for Kistner. The scoring concluded with a 53-yard bomb to Bradley Kim. The scramble at the top of KingCo 4A continues with Skyline taking over the reins.

The Final Score:
Skyline 34, Bothell 13.

Top Performer

Drew Kistner- 4 pass TDs (11,21,33,53), 10 yard rush TD

Woodinville Claims Defensive Battle Against Rival Bothell


Friday Sep 23rd 2016 4A KingCo Boys Football
Pop Keeney Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bothell 0 10 0 0 10
Woodinville 3 7 0 7 17


See game recap below

Woodinville Claims Defensive Battle Against Rival Bothell
By Steve Dion

One of the great 4A rivalries in Washington features a pair of KingCo foes Woodinville and Bothell which made its annual renewal Friday night at Pop Keeney. This has been a one sided battle in recent years in favor of #5 Bothell (3-0), but Woodinville (3-0) has a strong 2016 squad and was hungry to take back the torch.

The visiting Falcons set the tone in this game by playing sound defense and moving the chains on offense to strike when opportunity arose. They were first on the board with a field goal by Micah Roth. James Johnston returned the favor for Bothell to tie the game at three apiece early in the second. The Falcons responded with a drive culminating in a 4-yard goal line dive by Mack Minnehan to regain the lead. The Cougs used the remaining moments in the first half to march down the field and punch it in the endzone; an 18-yard strike from Jacob Sirmon to Anthony Indelicato.

The third quarter was marred by drives cut short by turnovers and penalties which kept the score deadlocked at 10 heading into the final frame.

Woodinville strung together a series of runs by Minnehan that put them in the redzone. Jaden Sheffey took a shot at the endzone for a touchdown, but the pass was broken up. The resilient Sheffey tried again and found Jared Eisenbarth for the go-ahead score. Could the defense hang on?

Bothell’s attempt to even the score was denied for the final time by the Falcon’s defense who could taste victory after the Eisenbarth score. Woodinville pushes their record to 4-0 and first place in the league standings.

The Final Score:
Woodinville 17, Bothell 10.

Top Performer

Jared Eisenbarth- 18 yard game-winning touchdown reception

4A State Rankings
Football Week #3




4A LIVE 5! Football Week #3
# School League Record
1 Sumner South Puget Sound 3-0
2 Camas Greater St. Helens 3-0
3 Richland Mid-Columbia 3-0
4 Graham-Kapowsin South Puget Sound 3-0
5 Bothell KingCo 3-0

4A IN THE HUNT Football Week #3
# School League Record
6 Chiawana Mid-Columbia 3-0
7 Monroe WesCo 3-0
8 Olympia South Puget Sound 3-0
9 Skyline KingCo 2-1
10 Battle Ground Greater St. Helens 3-0

4A ON THE BUBBLE Football Week #3
# School League Record
- Lake Stevens WesCo 3-0
- Woodinville KingCo 3-0
- Eastlake KingCo 2-1
- Bellarmine Preparatory South Puget Sound 2-1
- Union Greater St. Helens 2-1


4A State Rankings
Football Week #2




4A LIVE 5! Football Week #2
# School League Record
1 Sumner South Puget Sound 2-0
2 Camas Greater St. Helens 2-0
3 Graham-Kapowsin South Puget Sound 2-0
4 Richland Mid-Columbia 2-0
5 Bothell KingCo 2-0

4A IN THE HUNT Football Week #2
# School League Record
6 Bellarmine Preparatory Sound Puget Sound 2-0
7 Skyline KingCo 1-1
8 Monroe WesCo 2-0
9 Chiawana Mid-Columbia 2-0
10 Skyview Greater St. Helens 1-1

4A ON THE BUBBLE Football Week #2
# School League Record
- Battle Ground Greater St. Helens 2-0
- Olympia South Puget Sound 2-0
- Union Greater St. Helens 2-0
- Eastlake KingCo 2-0
- Lake Stevens WesCo 2-0


4A State Rankings
Football Week #1




4A LIVE 5! Football Week #1
# School League Record
1 Sumner South Puget Sound 1-0
2 Graham-Kapowsin South Puget Sound 1-0
3 Gonzaga Preparatory Greater Spokane 0-1
4 Camas Greater St. Helens 1-0
5 Bothell KingCo 1-0

4A IN THE HUNT Football Week #1
# School League Record
6 Richland Mid-Columbia 1-0
7 Monroe WesCo 1-0
8 Chiawana Mid-Columbia 1-0
9 Skyview Greater St. Helens 1-0
10 Skyline KingCo 0-1

4A ON THE BUBBLE Football Week #1
# School League Record
- Battle Ground Greater St. Helens 0-1
- Mount Si KingCo 1-0
- Bellarmine Preparatory Sound Puget Sound 1-0
- Lake Stevens WesCo 1-0
- Kennedy Catholic North Puget Sound 1-0


Bothell Rolls Past Grizzlies on Opening Night


Thursday Sep 1st 2016 4A Boys Football
Pop Keeney Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Glacier Peak 7 10 6 6 29
Bothell 17 10 7 10 44


See game recap below

Bothell Rolls Past Grizzlies on Opening Night
By Steve Dion

A drizzly night at Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell featured a 4A clash between Glacier Peak and host Bothell. This game had a college football feel in its heavy reliance on a passing attack leading to a high scoring affair that lasted well over three hours.

Glacier Peak struck first when Ayden Ziomas connected with Colton Bunt for a 65 yard score. Bothell quarterback Jacob Sirmon showed his tremendous arm strength on the following drive by launching a 58 yard bomb to Daniel Johnson off his back foot while taking a big hit from a Grizzlies linebacker at the point of release.

This set the tone for a back and forth affair leading to a 27-17 halftime score in favor of the home Cougars.

Bothell took a stranglehold on the game when Sirmon found Johnson again early in the third, this time for 75 yards. Peak scored shortly after on a Billy Lutali scamper up the gut, but the double digit deficit was too much to overcome.

The Final Score:
Bothell 44, Glacier Peak 29.

Top Performer

Jacob Sirmon-4 passing TDs (19, 30, 58, 75)

Glacier Peak
Seiver Southard-2 receiving TDs (7, 41)

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.

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

Corosdale Punches Bothell’s Ticket to Tacoma

Corosdale Punches Bothell’s Ticket to Tacoma
By Steve Dion

Friday- February 26th 2016 Girls 4A Regionals
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Curtis 7 5 13 12 37
Bothell 16 6 16 7 45

Bothell senior Jhasmin Shelton

The nightcap regional game on Friday at Bellevue College featured one-loss Bothell and the Curtis Vikings. With a trip to the tournament on the line, Bothell proved their consistency this season by jumping out to a comfortable first half lead through major contributions by top scorer Taya Corosdale. The senior post recorded 13 of her game-high 17 in the first two quarters to help the Cougs take a 22-12 lead into the break.

Bothell’s lead continued to grow in the third quarter with a series of a transition buckets by Keyonna Jones, Sydney Cowan, and aforementioned Corosdale. However, Curtis sparked a fourth quarter run as a final move of desperation to preserve their season. Jalaiya Frederick and CeDrice Howard recorded a big chunk of their 13 and 11 points respectively down the stretch to draw the contest within six and the momentum in their hands.

Bothell was able to weather the storm by protecting the basketball in the remaining possessions to walk away with an eight point victory. The Cougars will finish their season in Tacoma with a chance to hoist the hardwoood!

The Final Score
Bothell 45, Curtis 37.

Top Performers:

Taya Corosdale- 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 blocks

Jalaiya Frederick- 13 points
Cedrice Howard- 11 points, 10 rebounds

4A State Girls Basketball Rankings

4A State Girls Basketball Rankings
By Steve Dion

As league play is in its final weeks and the playoffs are on the horizon, here at the top ten rankings for the 4A girls classification!

1) Central Valley: 15-0 (13-0)
The Bears have won all games by double digits with the exception of their meeting with Lewis & Clark; also in the top 10.

2) Moses Lake: 16-0 (8-0)
Leaders of the Big 9 once again which may be the strongest league in the state top to bottom.

3) Bothell: 16-1 (12-1)
Edged Woodinville in a thriller on Friday night to maintain breathing room in the race for the KingCo Crown.

4) Todd Beamer: 15-2 (6-0)
Put the Lynnwood loss behind themselves quickly with two wins in the next four days.

5) Skyview: 12-4 (8-0)
The GSHL will hinge on what the second round with Camas next Tuesday. Storm took round one 51-40!

6) Camas: 15-2 (8-1)
See above.

7) Lewis and Clark: 12-3 (12-1)
Hot on the heels of top ranked Central Valley are the sneaky Tigers.

8) Kentlake: 13-4 (5-0)
A Kent team inevitably finds itself within the top 10. The Falcons have taken the torch as the town representative.

9) Chiawana: 14-2 (9-0)
Have strung together an 11-game win streak after a few bumps in the road in early December.

10) Inglemoor: 12-4 (9-3)
Can still surpass Bothell for a league title with a strong finish and some help from other teams.

On the Bubble
West Valley

Audio Recap: O’Dea vs. Bothell- Bothell Holiday Classic Final

Game Recap
O’Dea vs. Bothell 12-30-15

The O’Dea Fighting Irish and Bothell Cougars met for the championship game in the 2015 Bothell Holiday Classic! Listen as Nic Beckman provides an audio recap of the game including post game comments from the winning coach!

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


O’Dea Wins 2015 Bothell Holiday Classic

O’Dea Wins 2015 Bothell Holiday Classic
By Steve Dion

Wednesday- December 30th 2015 Boys 4A/3A KingCo/Metro
Bothell High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final
Bothell 15 12 24 30 6 87
O'Dea 19 20 24 21 15 96

O’Dea Fighting Irish

The final game for the 21st Annual Bothell Holiday Classic featured O’Dea and the host team Bothell Cougars. This high-scoring affair opened with a 9-point first quarter by Cougar sophomore Jake Medjo who finished with 21 total and 10 first half points by Cameron Tyson who ended with a game-high 31 points. The Irish countered with sharpshooter Quin Barnard who found a rhythm from distance as the first half progressed. The senior guard recorded 13 of his 29 in the first two quarters included three from downtown. The Irish closed the first half strong and took a twelve point lead into the break.

Bothell would need to find a way to gradually chip away at the deficit if they were to hoist the hardware on their floor. By the 3:42 mark in the third quarter, the scoreboard read 46-43 in favor of O’Dea. As the clock winded down in the fourth, Bothell faced another sizable margin to overcome. This is the point when Cameron Tyson and Josh Kollman sparked a heroic comeback. The Cougs defense got the defensive stops it needed and the scoring duo capitalized on the other end. Trailing by two with five seconds remaining, O’Dea’s Barnard was at the free-throw line to shoot two. The first was nothing but net. The second shot rimmed out and Tyson grabbed the rebound. He rushed down the floor and let one go from the top of the key at the buzzer. After clanging around the rim and backboard, the shot fell and the gym burst into elation. The championship game was headed to overtime.

O’Dea coach Jason Kerr gathered his squad and told his players, “Regulation is over…you gotta start a new game for four minutes.” They responded accordingly as the Irish rattled off a dozen points in extra time. A dagger three pointer by Barnard sealed the deal. After the trophy ceremony, when asked about how winning this tournament sets up his team for league play, Kerr stated, “When they execute correctly, they can play with anybody.” Congratulations to O’Dea on their tournament victory.

The Final Score
O’Dea 96, Bothell 87

Top Performers:
Quin Barnard (Tournament MVP)- 29 points
Cameron Tyson- 31 points (Made 3 point shot at end of regulation to force overtime)

Bothell! Bothell! Bothell! 4A Champions!


Saturday Dec. 6 2014 4A Boys Football
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bothell 10 0 14 0 24
Chiawana 0 0 7 7 14

Game Recap below


Bothell! Bothell! Bothell! 4A Champions!
By Colin Caruso

In a game that had the Tacoma Dome on the edge of their seats throughout, the Bothell Cougars proved they were the best team in 4A Washington State football with an amazing win over the defending champions, Chiawana Riverhawks. Knowing full well that Chiawana won the title last year by scoring 14 points in the final minute of the game, Bothell had to keep the pressure on the Riverhawks for the full 48 minutes of play.

Bothell began the game with a stifling first half. Caleb Meyer rushed for a TD on their opening drive, and the Cougar defense closed the door for the next 21 minutes of football. Cougar defensive linemen were living in the Chiawana backfield; Riverhawk quarterback Logan Ellsworth spent the first half running for his life.

When the Riverhawks finally broke deep into Bothell territory late in the second quarter, the Cougars intercepted Ellsworth in the end zone to end the first half. Bothell took a 10-0 lead into the locker room.

The second half started with another great defensive stop for the Cougars, forcing a punt and scoring on that ensuing possession. It would be Ross Bowers only touchdown pass of the day, this to Dayzell Wilson to take a commanding 17-7 lead.

But the Riverhawks would not go down easy, responding with a Austin Urlacher touchdown run to cut the lead to 10 late in the third.

Bothell responded in the most magnificent way. They drove 63 yards in just over 3 minutes, and scored on the best play of the year. Ross Bowers, on a third and goal saw pay dirt on a scramble. He rushed to the left and leaped for the end zone, ball extended. He flipped over a Riverhawk defender, flew about 5 feet in the air, and secured the landing on both feet for a Cougar score. The Bothell sideline exploded. It was one of the most courageous efforts from a quarterback, who knew he wanted to lead his team to victory.

Even with this demoralizing score, the Riverhawks found a way to respond. Cortez Ruiz caught a 37 yard strike just 3 minutes later to again trim the lead to 10 points. But Bothell would not stop fighting on defense. Their next possession resulted in a punt, and the Cougars again stifled the Riverhawk attack. After forcing a turnover on downs, the Cougars close the game in the victory formation, winning their first ever state championship.

The FinalScore – Bothell 24, Chiawana 14.

Top Performers:
Ross Bowers – 17-19 for 216 yards and 1TD, rushing TD
Caleb Meyer – 12 carries for 105 yards and 1TD

Austin Urlacher – 21 carries for 101 yards and 1TD

Bothell Explosive in Second Half to Reach 4A Final


Saturday Nov. 29 2014 4A Boys Football
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bothell 13 7 10 7 37
Newport-Bellevue 0 13 6 0 19

Game Recap below


Bothell Explosive in Second Half to Reach 4A Final
By Steven Dion

Tom Bainter is one win away from a perfect season and capturing his first state title. His Cougs were matched with KingCo foe Newport in the 4A semifinal at the Tacoma Dome. The Knights quietly made an impressive playoff run to reach the semis with wins over Lake Stevens and Federal Way. A big question surrounding Bothell’s ability to claim the championship is their ability to fill the shoes of star tailback Sam McPherson. The Blue Train did not appear to lose much steam in the opening rounds of the postseason, but would Newport and their complex run-game and stout line pull an upset?

The Knights commitment to the run was evident early, but they coughed the ball up twice early in the contest leading to Bothell points including a 37 yard return by Jordan Baker. After conducting a blowout against Bellarmine last week, it seemed the Cougars were poised to do the same Saturday night. However, Newport put together a strong second quarter starting with a 14 play, 71 yard drive capped off with a Nick Keithley dive from the 1 yard line. After the ensuing kickoff, NHS recovered the football on a bobbled snap resulting in a Thomas Day touchdown two plays later. The lead was restored by the blue and white when Ross Bowers connected with Jackson Keimig shortly before halftime. Bothell led 20-13 with 24 minutes to play.

Newport conducted a signature long drive to open the second half which was capped off with a Thomas Day highlight-reel run from 26 yards out. The Knights ran the ball on 54 of 57 plays from scrimmage. While this led to success for most of the game, it eventually led to Bothell’s ability to clamp down. Led by hard-hitting Tyler Wharf and his 8.5 tackles, Bothell’s defensive front gave their offense ample time of possession to put the game away. Dayzell Wilson hauled in a jump ball despite tight coverage and a wide open strike for 41 yards in a span of four minutes to ice the game. The Cougars will play the defending champions Chiawana next week for the 4A title.

The FinalScore – Bothell 37, Newport 19.

Top Performers:
Ross Bowers- 12/15, 172 yards, 3 TDs
Dayzell Wilson- 5 rec, 76 yards, 2 TDs

Thomas Day- 13 rush, 71 yards, 2 TDs

Same Matchup, Different Result Between Bothell, Bellarmine


Saturday Nov. 22 2014 4A Boys Football
Mount Tahoma High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bothell 13 21 3 0 37
Bellarmine Prep 0 0 0 14 14

Game Recap below


Same Matchup, Different Result Between Bothell, Bellarmine
By Steven Dion

364 days ago, Bellarmine Prep advanced to the state semifinals over Bothell in overtime. The Cougs had a shot at redemption Saturday as the perennial 4A powers squared off on Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School. Three weeks ago, Bainter’s Cougs appeared to be on a fast-track to the Tacoma Dome whereas Prep was unlikely to make the playoffs after suffering a 49-0 loss to Gig Harbor at home. Since then, Bothell’s star running back Sam McPherson is out for the season with a knee injury. Meanwhile, Tom Larsen’s Lions have rattled off back to back road wins against #7 Kentwood and #1 Camas. Although undefeated, it is difficult to consider Bothell a clear favorite at this point. Bellarmine grabbed the victory last year as their defense had a monster game amassing four interceptions, a forced fumble, and a sack. Then junior Matt Philichi knocked a 37 yard field goal in OT to secure the win. Bothell wideout Dayzell Wilson had a reception touchdown in this contest. Round 1 was 20-17 in favor of Bellarmine. Did Bothell avenge last season’s loss?

Coach Bainter clearly did not adjust his commitment to the running game without his workhorse McPherson as he fed his runners early and with great frequency. Caleb Meyer found an opening which led to a 24 yard touchdown to get early momentum. The enormous Bothell crowd roared as the “Blue Train” grabbed an early lead. Steven Weedin added a pair of field goals in the first frame from 30 and 35 yards. The choice to attack the north endzone played a big role for punts and place-kicking for Bothell in the first half with howling winds from the south. Leading 13-0, the Cougs continued the scoring spree when Ross Bowers connected with Dayzell Wilson from 61 yards. The domination continued as two more Bellarmine turnovers resulted in touchdowns to put Bothell up 34-0 at the break.

Even with a clear victory locked up for Bothell, Bellarmine continued to battle and found the scoreboard in the second half. Ahmad Lewis was rewarded for his strong running with a 6 yard touchdown. In the waning moments of the contest, Jared Richardson found Wilcoxen in the back of the endzone on a 29 yard strike to end the one-sided game on a good note for the Lions. Bothell advances to face the winner of Federal Way and Newport. The FinalScore 37-14.

Top Performers:
Caleb Meyer-2 rushing touchdowns (5, 24)

Bellarmine Prep vs. Bothell Preview


Bellarmine Prep vs. Bothell Preview
By Steven Dion

364 days ago, Bellarmine Prep advanced to the state semifinals over Bothell in overtime. The Cougs will have shot at redemption Saturday as the perennial 4A powers square off on Saturday at Mount Tahoma High School. Three weeks ago, Bainter’s Cougs appeared to be on a fast-track to the Tacoma Dome whereas Prep was unlikely to make the playoffs after suffering a 49-0 loss to Gig Harbor at home. Since then, Bothell’s star running back Sam McPherson is out for the season with a knee injury. Meanwhile, Tom Larsen’s Lions have rattled off back to back road wins against #7 Kentwood and #1 Camas.

Although undefeated, it is difficult to consider Bothell a clear favorite in this match-up. Bellarmine grabbed the victory last year as their defense had a monster game amassing four interceptions, a forced fumble, and a sack. Then junior Matt Philichi knocked a 37 yard field goal in OT to secure the win. Bothell wideout Dayzell Wilson had a reception touchdown in this contest. Round 1 was 20-17 in favor of Bellarmine. Can Bothell avenge last season’s loss? Here is a breakdown of the matchup:

Ross Bowers (BOTHELL) v. Will Robertson (BELLARMINE PREP)-Advantage BOTHELL
The Cal commit Bowers is one of the best under center in the state

Jamal Ervin + Nathan Golterman-Doyle (BELLARMINE PREP) v. Damani St. John Watkins (BOTHELL)-Advantage BELLARMINE PREP
The strong in-between-tackles Ervin and shifty Golterman-Doyle duo outmatches Coug run game without McPherson

Sean Hahrahan+ Dayzell Wilson (BOTHELL) v. Matt Ogard (BELLARMINE PREP)-Advantage BOTHELL
Cougs sure-handed wideouts Hahrahan and Wilson also impact players on defense.

Damani St. John-Watkins+ Shawn Munro (BOTHELL) v. Noah Failauga+ Jamal Ervin (BELLARMINE PREP)-Advantage BOTHELL
Bothell defense hasn’t wavered all season with big anchors in the middle

Matthew Philichi (BELLARMINE PREP) v. Chad Zaback (BOTHELL)
One of the best place-kickers in the state, Philichi hit the game-winner last year.

4A State Football Rankings Week 9


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


4A State Football Rankings Week 7


4A State Football Rankings Week 7
By Steven Dion

Our team has scoured the entire state of Washington to see who might raise the trophy over their heads in December. As league play comes to an end and the playoffs quickly approach, here is our breakdown of the top teams in the 4A Classification.

1) Camas 7-0, 4-0 League
The 2013 state runner-up a season ago has wins over 3 of the top 10 in 4A (Camas, Federal Way, Union) earning the Papermakers the top spot.

2) Bothell 7-0, 5-0 League
Last week’s 56-0 dismantling of Skyline on the plateau was impressive. Bainter’s Cougs are firing on all cylinders as the playoffs approach.

3) Chiawana 6-1, 5-0 League
The defending state champs took down a tough Walla Walla team on the road last Friday. Falling to a hungry Camas squad by two points in week one is the only blemish on the schedule.

4) Union 6-1, 3-1 League
The Titans earned a road win against top-10 Federal Way in the season opener. Their only loss? Last Friday against Camas by the score of 37-20.

5) Gig Harbor 6-1, 4-0 League
Beating Olympia 45-14 is a clear indicator the Tides are steadily climbing up the 4A ranks. As the season unfolds, the win over Peninsula looks more impressive. Eastlake is the only loss on the record.

6) Gonzaga Prep 6-1, 4-1 League
The Bullpups shut-out Bellarmine Prep 17-0 early in the season and also have a nice win over Mt. Spokane. The lone blemish this season is a fluky loss against league opponent Shadle Park.

7) Kentwood 6-1, 3-0 League
The Conks are only allowing one touchdown per game this season. Yep, 7 points! The 35-14 win over Emerald Ridge was nice but a recent loss vs. Federal Way may be the only true test thus far.

8) Lake Stevens 6-1, 5-0 League
Since falling to Marysville-Pilchuck in week two, the Vikings have rolled out some blowout wins. Jacob Eason and the Viks square off against a tough Kamiak team on Friday.

9) Graham-Kapowsin 6-1, 3-1 League
Taking down the Spartans at Skyline HS on September 10th in front of a packed house shows the Eagles have grit to close out games. Losing to Emerald Ridge by a field goal is GK’s one trip-up this season.

10) Federal Way 5-2, 4-0 League
Meagher’s Eagles were slow out of the gates as they squandered a lead to #4 Union in week one and were blown out in week two by #1 Camas. Since then? 5-0 including a win over #6 Kentwood on the road.

Bothell Maintains Dominance


Friday Sept. 26th 2014 4A Boys Football
Pop Keeney Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Mount Si 0 0 0 13 13
Bothell 17 14 6 6 43

Bothell Maintains Dominance
By Colin Caruso

Pop Keeney welcomed the Mount Si Wildcats to take on the #1 team in the state in 4A football, the Bothell Cougars. It was Homecoming for the Cougars, who have dismantled their opponents this year by a total score of 173-59. This game was par for the course for the Cougars, who jumped all over the Wildcats early and often.

Three first half touchdowns for Sam McPherson and the Cougars led to a 31-0 halftime score. They also amounted two interceptions on defense and blocked two punts in the first half. It was a superb effort for the Cougars, 4-0, who click on all sides of the ball. McPherson would add another rushing score in the second half, and a kick return TD, giving him 5 touchdowns on the day.

Mount Si, despite being a larger team than Bothell, could not get off the ball with the same pace and tenacity as the Cougars. The Cougar crowd was in full force for the Homecoming festivities, and their team played with the pace needed to secure a good victory.

Mount Si falls to 2-2 on the year, an unfamiliar place for them, as the past few years they have been at the top of 3A/2A KingCo, right behind the Wolverines of Bellevue. This jump to the bigger 4A division has shown its difficulties, and Mount Si will have to battle through that. A roster of over 15 seniors should bring this team back with a force to finish the year strong.

But this night belonged to McPherson and the Cougars. A final score of 43-13 closed Friday night for Pop Keeney, and Bothell was able to celebrate their Homecoming with a victory.

Top Performers:
Mount Si
Jonathan Hillel – 14-22 150 yards, 2TD, 2INT

Sam McPherson – 15 carries for 109 yards and 4TD, 90 yard KO return for TD
Ross Bowers – 16-23 205 yards, 1TD 1INT

2013- Coach Interview with
Bothell Cougar’s Tom Bainter



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,
simply click on the play button below.


Bothell Grinds Out Overtime Victory at Garfield


Wednesday Jan 29th 2014 4A Girls Basketball
Garfield High 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final
Bothell 12 8 14 11 8 53
Garfield 6 16 13 10 6 51

Bothell Grinds Out Overtime Victory at Garfield
By Steven Dion

With postseason hoops around the corner, teams are jockeying for position to make the big dance in their respective leagues. A pair of KingCo squads on the outside looking in were matched up on Wednesday night in Bothell (5-6 league, 11-6 overall) and host Garfield (3-8, 6-10). Those in attendance for tonight’s game would have thought this was a playoff game as it took more than the usual thirty-two minutes to declare a winner.

The Bulldogs scored the first two buckets of the contest, but would quickly concede the next ten points to the Cougars. BHS found early success by feeding Taya Cordsdale on long passes down the court after sneaking behind the Garfield defense. The six point lead Bothell picked up in the first quarter was erased quickly in the second frame as Garfield’s scrappy defense forced several Coug turnovers. Similarly, the Bulldogs shored up their early offensive struggles by using up more shot clock and finding high percentage shots. Garfield had six scorers in the second quarter and as a result, took a 22-20 lead into the break.

The offense-oriented tone of this game continued into the second half as both squads took advantage of their opposition’s inability to stop the attack. Garfield built a slight lead early in the third from turning rebounds on the defensive end to outlet passes in transition and easy buckets. Bothell was able to close climb back in by closing the third strong largely due to three more field goals by Cordsdale. Taya continued here strong play in the final frame by plucking offensive rebounds and muscling through defenders for put-backs. The Cougs regained the lead for the first time since early in the second quarter with six minutes remaining. With thirty-five seconds remaining in regulation, Bothell grabbed a three point lead after a pair of made free throws. Garfield sophomore Krysma Patu knocked down the tying three-pointer merely seconds later. A missed shot at the buzzer by Bothell would force this contest to be settled beyond the regular four quarters. The Bulldogs picked up the first four points of OT and were seemingly one more basket away from sealing the victory. The reliable Hanna Tyndall responded by knotting the ball game back at 49 apiece. With under a minute remaining, Cordsdale fouled out. A pair of free throws courtesy of Tyndall once again gave BHS the lead. Garfield was unable to find an open look on the final possession and the win was awarded to the road Cougs by the final score of 53-51.

Top Performers:
Taya Cordsdale – 15 points

Juanita Agosto – 25 points

Ballard Grinds Out One Point Victory over Bothell


Tuesday Jan 14th 2014 4A Boys Basketball
Ballard High 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bothell 10 20 16 14 60
Ballard 19 10 18 14 61

See game recap below

Ballard Grinds Out One Point Victory over Bothell
By Steven Dion

Tuesday night’s slate of league matchups included a clash of familiar foes in KingCo 4A opponents Bothell and host Ballard. The Cougars (7-5, 3-4 league) have stumbled through the first few weeks of league play after winning the Bothell Christmas Classic. The Beavers (7-5, 4-4 league) are looking to keep pace with Garfield and Issaquah in the competitive Crown division. A much-needed win was up for grabs Tuesday night.

The home team got off to a hot start as Ballard registered 19 points in the first frame. The Beavs were aggressive on the boards and came up with the majority of 50/50 balls. The Cougars often ease into a scoring rhythm so the nine point deficit after quarter one did not discourage Bothell. The Cougars moved the ball much better in the second frame resulting in higher percentage shots. Bothell was a perfect eight for eight from the charity stripe in the second quarter and quietly grabbed the lead. At the halftime buzzer, Ballard senior Morris Fortmann buried a half-court heave. The home team trailed by a single point at the break,30-29.

The second half fed off the energy created in the first sixteen minutes as the lead seemingly changed after each bucket. Bothell senior and University of Minnesota commit Josh Martin scored a game-high 20 points in the contest, but ran into foul trouble in the third and eventually registered the fifth and final penalty midway through the fourth. The final sequence of plays had everyone in the Ballard gymnasium on the edge of their seats. Trailing by four with less than ten seconds remaining, Cougar guard Hunter Dean dished it to Peyton Cordova-Smith in the corner who drained a three-ball after a fortuitous shooter’s roll. On the ensuing inbound, Ballard received a five count and turned the ball back over. Dean caught the inbound and fired a jumper from the wing; a foul was called. However, the official ruled a non-shooting foul. When the ball was inbounded again, Dean slipped on a puddle of sweat and received a travelling call. The Beavers were able to inbound the ball and run out the clock even though it appeared Bothell intentionally fouled the ball-carrier before the buzzer sounded. After the dust settled, the home team escaped with a 61-60 victory.

Top Performer:
Josh Martin – 20 points

Issaquah Soars Over Bothell in League Showdown


Tuesday Jan 7th 2014 4A Boys Basketball
Bothell High 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Issaquah 24 5 19 17 65
Bothell 12 17 12 15 56

See game recap below

Issaquah Soars Over Bothell in League Showdown
By Steven Dion

The marquee matchup of 4A KingCo on Tuesday night was undoubtedly a clash of the Eagles from Issaquah and host Bothell Cougars. Issaquah (5-4 overall, 4-1 league) are striving to keep pace with undefeated Garfield and create separation with the rest of the Crown division. Bothell (7-4, 3-3) are also in second place in their respective Crest division and are led by dynamic senior Josh Martin. If the Cougs could supply Martin with plenty of shots and get contributions up and down the roster, Bothell would have a great opportunity to send their crowd home happy.

Jason Griffith drew up a near-perfect game plan for this game as Issaquah imposed their will to play the way they wanted to. Their back-court pressure forced several Bothell turnovers early which led to points in bunches. The Eagles scored 24 points in the first frame, 11 of which from the hot hand of Ty Gibson who scored a team-high 19 points. Bothell switched to a zone defense in the second quarter and it paid dividends. Issaquah had difficulty penetrating into the paint and were forced to take outside shots that were not falling as regularly. The Cougars picked up momentum in the second quarter as freshman Josh Kollman buried two from downtown and Martin ignited the crowd with blocks that led to three of his thirteen total field goals in the game. At the break, the game was knotted up at 29 apiece.

The Eagles were eager to mimic their scoring spree in the first quarter and forget about the five points registered in the second as they distributed the rock to their several options on offense. Additionally, Josh Martin’s rebounding ability for Bothell was understood by the Eagles, but limiting boards from the rest of the Cougs was achieved successfully. The Eagles grabbed a seven point lead heading into the fourth quarter and kept the pedal down. The last few comeback spurts by BHS were thwarted quickly and Issaquah was able to pick up a big road win by the final score of 65 to 56.

Top Performer:
Josh Martin – 33 points

Bellarmine Advances to State Semifinal in OT Thriller


Saturday Nov 23rd 2013 4A Boys Football
Mt. Tahoma Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bothell 0 7 7 3 17
Bellarmine Prep 7 3 0 7+3 20

See game recap below

Bellarmine Advances to State Semifinal in OT Thriller
By Colin Caruso

With the stands packed at the newly constructed Mt. Tahoma Stadium, the Bellarmine Prep Lions hosted the 4A state quarterfinal matchup against the Bothell Cougars. Defense was the story throughout, as both teams struggled to put together strong drives that resulted in scoring.

Bellarmine broke the 0-0 tie late in the first quarter with an 11 yard touchdown run from junior Jamal Ervin. The Lions added a 33 yard field goal later in the second as well, taking a 10-0 lead. But Bothell put together a strong drive in the waning seconds of the first half to punch their first score in, an 11 yard pass from junior Ross Bowers to classmate Dayzell Wilson to close the gap to 10-7 at half.

The Cougars put the only score on the board in the third quarter, a 2 yard run from junior tailback Sam McPherson. But again both teams played stellar defense, as both secondaries intercepted the opposing quarterback in the quarter.

Bothell added a field goal early in the fourth to take their largest lead of the game, seven points. But Bellarmine drove down the field and answered immediately, a pass from Lou Millie to Nick Selden tied the game at 17. Bothell put together a great drive on their next possession, with a first and goal at the six yard line. Just two plays later, Bowers lofted a ball towards the sideline and was intercepted again, returned close to midfield. With 3:11 on the clock, Bellarmine was poised to put together a game winning drive. But penalties and a sack forced the Lions out of field goal range and the game went to overtime, 17-17.

Bellarmine kicked another field goal on their first possession to put the pressure on the Cougars, who were again with a first and goal situation. But Lion Garrett McKay wanted nothing to do with a Cougar touchdown, and intercepted Bowers again, to win the game 20-17. The Lions will play Camas in the state 4A semifinal.

Top Performers:
Bellarmine Prep
Team defense – 4 interceptions, sack, forced fumble
Matthew Philichi – 2 field goals of 37 and 33 yards

Bothell Drops Puyallup in First Round of Playoffs


Friday Nov 8th 2013 4A Boys Football
Pop Keeney Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Puyallup 0 0 7 7 14
Bothell 19 14 14 7 54

See game recap below


Bothell Drops Puyallup in First Round of Playoffs
By Steven Dion

The Bothell Cougars had a full week to think about their loss to Skyline last Friday. The 10th ranked team in 4A earned the opportunity to host a first round playoff game versus Puyallup from the SPSL. The Cougs have protected Pop Keeney Stadium nicely this year by beating their opponents by the combined score of 173-34 at home. Tonight was no exception. The Cougs broke the game wide open early by forcing three-and-outs and capitalizing on offense. Sam McPherson returned a punt 70 yards for the score to put BHS up 12-0 in the first. Before halftime, Bothell opened the playbook to the back page by testing senior receiver Cameron Gale’s arm from the flat; a connection with Jackson Keimig in the back of the end zone. At half, the host was up 33-0.

Halftime did not seem to halt the Bothell onslaught as the second half kickoff was returned 100 yards by McPherson. The Viks responded and were finally able to sustain a drive that yielded a handful of red zone snaps, one of which ended with a DJ Winter touchdown. The running clock was in effect during the second half so the scoring subsided greatly. A late score by Bothell was capitalized by a made point-after-touchdown by junior kicker Nicole Daoura. The Cougar sideline erupted as the lone female on either roster notched her first score of the season. Puyallup scored once more on a reception by Levi Jordan to cease the offense for both sides. After four quarters of play, Bothell walked away with a 54-14 win in dominating fashion. The Cougs advance, the Viks end their season 6-4.

Top Performer:

Samuel McPherson – 4 total TDs, 2 rushing of 11 and 9 yards, 2 kickoff returns of 70 and 100 yards

Bothell Beats Idaho’s Finest in a Shootout


Saturday Sept. 7 2013 4A-3A Boys Kickoff Classic
Husky Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Coeur d'Alene 8 22 7 6 43
Bothell 7 7 16 14 44

See game recap and video below

Bothell Beats Idaho’s Finest in a Shootout
By Colin Caruso

Bothell kicked off their 2013 season about as well as you could, receiving the opening kick from the Coeur d’Alene Vikings and returning it 88 yards for a touchdown. Needless to say, Coeur d’Alene was caught a little off guard from their five plus hour bus ride to Western Washington earlier in the morning. But their woes ended quickly, with three drives leading to 24 unanswered points to take the lead 24-7 early in the second.

Bothell needed a response from their offense who had yet to put points on the board, and received it just two minutes later with a 70 yard drive and a passing touchdown from Ross Bowers to Dayzell Wilson to cut the lead to 10. But the Vikings again responded with a touchdown, to take the lead 30-14 into halftime.

The Cougars came out strong to start the third quarter, putting up an early touchdown and two point conversion to cut the lead to 30-22. Bothell forced a three and out on the Vikings next possession and put together another touchdown drive, capped off by another touchdown catch by Dayzell Wilson and a successful two point try to tie the game at 30. Coeur d’Alene answered with a touchdown catch from UW recruit Chase Blakley to close the third quarter with the lead, 37-30.

Coeur d’Alene scored first in the fourth as well; a TD run from Drew Berger and a failed two point try to take the lead 43-30. Down two scores with just ten minutes to play, Bothell seemed hard pressed to post another double digit comeback. But the Cougars responded with 2:39 to play, Damani St. John dove in the end zone after a 12 play drive to cut the lead to six, 43-37. Bothell forced a three and out and on their next offensive play, quarterback Ross Bowers launched a 39 yard pass to the corner of the end zone that was caught by Colton Sather. After the PAT, Bothell tasted their first lead of the game at 44-43 with 1:50 left. Coeur d’Alene still had plenty of time to put together a drive, but Dayzell Wilson forced a fumble on a deep reception and sealed the amazing comeback win for the Cougars.

Top Performers:
Ross Bowers – 24-41 274 yds, 4TD, 1INT
Colton Sather – 4 catches 84 yds, 2TD

Coeur d’Alene
Gunnar Amos – 25-41 267 yds, 2TD, 2INT
Chase Blakley – 7 catches 98 yds, 2TD
Drew Berger – 8 carries 54 yds, 2TD

Varsity Football Live – Coeur d’Alene vs. Bothell – Husky Stadium

2013 Kickoff Classic Preview:
Coeur d’Alene vs. Bothell

Kickoff Classic Preview: Coeur d’Alene vs. Bothell
By Colin Caruso

The third matchup in the Emerald City Kickoff Classic will be a cross-state contest between the Bothell Cougars and Coeur d’Alene.  Bothell was a state semifinal team in 2009 and a quarterfinal team in 2010.  This is their third trip to the Emerald City Kickoff Classic.  Coeur d’Alene is making their second trip to the Classic, coming off a win two years ago versus Moses Lake.  Coeur d’Alene were the state runner-ups last year in Idaho’s largest classification (5A) and were the state champions in both 2010 and 2011.

These series of games will be the second set of games in newly renovated Husky Stadium following the Husky opener last Saturday, Aug 31st, in the Dawg’s rout over Boise State. The Bothell – Coeur d’Alene game will kick off at 4pm, Saturday Sept 7th. Tickets are $15 at the door and $10 for seniors and students. This will be a tough matchup for the Bothell, who are going against one of the top teams in Idaho over the last few years.