Metro League Semifinals move to Alaska Airlines Arena at UW


2017 Metro League Tournament just got Bigger!


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


In a Battle of Two Undefeated Teams, Bishop Blanchet Prevails


Wednesday Dec 18th 2013 3A Girls Basketball
Bishop Blanchet High 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Holy Names Academy 10 0 9 8 27
Bishop Blanchet 11 6 6 11 34

See game recap below

In a Battle of Two Undefeated Teams, Bishop Blanchet Prevails
By Steven Dion

In a potential preview of a late-February contest, Bishop Blanchet squared off against another undefeated Metro League squad in Holy Names on Tuesday Night. From the opening tip, there was a tangible energy in the game that led to an exciting finish that was not sealed until late in the fourth quarter. At the end of the thirty-two minutes, only one unbeaten team would remain.

Both teams were willing to run a fast-paced first quarter where most of the points came in transition and there were several turnovers forced by each squad. Blanchet freshman Jaydn Bush was playing like a senior as she collected rebound after rebound. Her ability to give her team second-chances was an integral part in BBHS’s success. After holding Holy Names scoreless in the second quarter, the Braves led 17-10 at halftime.

It was apparent that Holy Names head coach Rhonda Smith made adjustments in the locker room as the Cougars went on a third quarter run that brought her team back within reach. Camariah King accounted for 13 total points, including four three-pointers. The Cougs were unable to convert on a few critical possessions down the stretch and an old fashioned three point play by Bush late sealed the victory for Bishop Blanchet. The final score was 34-27 in favor of the home team.

Top Performers:
Bishop Blanchet
Jadyn Bush – 11 points

Girls- Holy Names squeezes past Juanita and advances to regionals

Saturday- Feb. 16 Girls -3A- SeaKing District
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Holy Names 11 6 21 17 55
Juanita 8 14 14 12 48

Girls- Holy Names squeezes past Juanita and advances to regionals
By Colin Caruso 

In the girls win and in game of the day at Bellevue College, the Juanita Lady Rebels faced off against the Holy Names Cougars with a trip to regionals to the winner.

Despite six turnovers from the Cougars, Holy Names was able to gather themselves offensively and take an 11-8 lead into the second.  Holy Names distributed the ball well and shared the scoring responsibilities, with five Cougars scoring in the first.

The turnovers piled up for Holy Names in the second and Juanita was able to convert those turnovers into easy baskets.  Nine turnovers for the Cougars led to 14 points for the Lady Rebels, who had six players score in the quarter.  Holy Names was unable to find an answer offensively, only scoring six points in the quarter to go down 22-17 at the break.

Sophomore Janessa Willie led the Holy Names comeback in the third, with a personal 9-2 run on three three-pointers to take the lead by two.  Juanita answered with a jumper, but junior Cici West for the Cougars finished on an amazing alley-oop layup to put the Cougars up two at the end of the third quarter, 38-36.

The beginning of the fourth saw back and forth lead changes until Willie hit another three to put Holy Names ahead 48-44 with 3:44 to play.  Camariah King finished on a three point play two minutes later to extend the Holy Names lead to seven.  Juanita could not close the gap as the quarter wound down, and Holy Names sealed the victory, 55-48.

Top Performers:
Holy Names
Janessa Willie (19 points, 3 steals)
Cici West (15 points, 10 rebounds)
Casey Pelz (4 points, 12 rebounds, 2 steals)

Mikayla Jones (14 points, 3 steals)
Jaisa Nunn (9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks)
Winnie Levitt (6 points, 7 rebounds)
Mary Carter (6 points, 4 steals)

Girls- Seattle Prep takes fourth straight from Holy Names, advances to state

Girls- Seattle Prep takes fourth straight from Holy Names, advances to state
By Colin Caruso 

Tuesday- Feb. 12 -2013- Girls 3A SeaKing District
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Preparatory 15 10 11 16 52
Holy Names 7 12 15 12 46

In the three o’clock game at Bellevue College, the winner with a guaranteed birth to state, the Seattle Prep Panthers took on the Holy Names Cougars for the fourth time this season.  Prep had won every contest during the regular season, and started the game with similar confidence.  The Panthers started on an 8-0 run in the first 3:56 of the game.  Holy Names responded with five straight, but Prep held on to their lead and closed the quarter up 15-7.

Holy Names began to extend their defense in the second quarter, pressing full court and forcing the Panthers to spend more time bringing the ball up the floor.  The Cougars stifling defense forced nine turnovers in the second quarter and they only allowed 10 points.  However, Holy Names was unable to capitalize regularly off the turnovers, going into the half down 25-19.

Holy Names came out with great intensity in the third quarter, pushing the ball up the floor and creating open looks through dribble penetration.  The Cougars outscored the Panthers in the third quarter 15-11 to cut the Panther lead to just two going into the fourth, 36-34.

The Cougars scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 36, the first tie since the beginning of the game.  Prep responded with an immediate 12-2 run, seven of which came from senior Holly Tonry.  The lead was too much for Holy Names to surmount, and Prep won their fourth matchup of the season against the Cougars, 52-46.

Prep has a guaranteed berth to state and will face Bellevue at Bellevue College on Thursday at 4:45 pm.  Holy Names will play Franklin on Friday at 4:45 pm at Bellevue College, winner to advance to the fifth place seed in state.

Leading Scorers:
Seattle Prep
Quinn Glosniak (15, 8 rebounds)
Holly Tonry (13, 6 rebounds, 4 steals)

Holy Names
Camariah King (15)
Janessa Willie (14)

Cleveland Spoils Senior Night at Holy Names

Cleveland Spoils Senior Night at Holy Names
By Colin Caruso 

Friday- February 1 2013 Metro 3A
Holy Names Academy 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Cleveland 22 18 13 10 63
Holy Names 8 8 7 7 30

The matchup between two of the best girls teams in Washington State ended in a blowout, with the Cleveland Eagles beating the Holy Names Cougars by a score of 63-30.  This game pitted two 17-2 teams and what seemed to be the elite of the incredible Metro League head to head on Senior Night at Holy Names.

Cleveland started the contest on a 10-0 run, forcing nine first quarter turnovers and capitalizing on transition baskets.  The Eagles distributed the ball well in the first quarter, with six of their players scoring in the period.

Cleveland did not lay off the gas in the second quarter.  The same six players each scored again in the second, moving the ball well and keeping the Cougars off balance giving the Eagles wide open looks.  Cleveland called full court defensive traps early in the first and second quarters, forcing turnovers and catching Holy Names on their heels.  When Holy Names did get the ball up the floor, their half court sets were rushed and out of sync.  Credit the relentless Cleveland defense in the first half for forcing 18 turnovers and giving up only 18 points.

With their big lead, Cleveland sat in a 2-3 zone for a good portion of the second half, not pressing or trapping on defense.  The Cougars attempted to get back in the game by taking deep three pointers, but only converted on two of them in the second half.

Watch out for Cleveland (18-2) come tournament time, they beat #1 ranked Wilson in the King Holiday Hoopfest and obviously handled a very good Holy Names (17-3) easily on Friday night.

Leading Scorers:
Makayla Roper (16)
Myzhanique Ladd (14)

Holy Names
Casey Pelz (10)
Camariah King (6)