Union vs. Kentwood
Game Stats- 3/4/17
4A State Championship


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Saturday- March 4 2017 4A Boys Championship
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Union 18 21 7 15 61
Kentwood 18 19 22 22 81

4A Union Titans
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
1 Keithen Shepard 0-6 0-1 0-0 4 4 4 0
5 Houston Combs 1-1 1-1 0-0 1 0 0 3
10 Zach Reznick 4-10 1-5 0-0 0 3 3 9
12 Tyler Combs 4-12 2-5 3-4 2 2 3 13
20 Quinn Lamey 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0
21 Austin Lewis 4-7 0-0 0-0 8 0 5 8
23 Jalen Brown 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0
25 Kai Gamble 3-3 0-0 0-0 4 0 0 6
30 Cameron Cranston 7-16 4-7 4-6 8 0 2 22
32 Justin Ongley 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
34 Jason Franklin Jr. 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0
35 Cole Susee 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0

4A Kentwood Conquerors
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
0 Anjaylo Lloyd 0-0 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 2
1 Elijah Millon 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
2 Koby Huerta 5-10 2-4 4-6 3 2 3 16
3 Rayvaughn Bolton 6-11 4-6 3-3 6 3 3 19
5 D'angelo Minnis 1-5 1-4 0-0 2 1 3 3
15 Beau Roggenbach 3-5 0-1 1-2 7 1 3 7
21 Armann Gill 1-1 1-1 0-0 1 0 0 3
22 Ryan Wilds 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
23 Eli'sha Sheppard 6-9 0-0 1-1 2 0 0 13
24 Jahvonta Jones 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
25 Darius Lubom 4-5 1-1 9-12 5 7 2 18

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Hoops Overview:
South Sound
Steve Dion & T.J. Cotterill


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League Overview presented by theFinalScore.TV

Steve Dion and T.J. Cotterill from the Tacoma News Tribune break down high school hoops in the South Sound this season. Which teams have made an early impact heading into the holiday break?

T.J. joins Steve to break down the top players, teams and the overall strength of Sound Sound hoops this year.

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Kentlake vs. Kentwood

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Final 4A Boys Power Rankings


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Final 4A Boys Power Rankings
By Steve Dion

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

1) Federal Way (29-0):
The Eagles defended their title by completing a perfect 29-0 season to capture back-to-back 4A championships.


2) Kentwood (22-7):
The junior-laden Conks went toe-to-toe with Federal Way through three quarters in the regular season and title game; an indicator of their strength.


3) Gonzaga Prep (23-4):
The Bullpups were mere inches from knocking off Federal Way in the quarterfinals as a three-pointer the buzzer for the win narrowly glanced off. Beware of GPrep next season!


4) Curtis (25-5):
Tim Kelly takes the Vikings on another deep playoff run to cap off another strong season as one of the top 4A squads in Washington.


5) Union (23-3):
Vancouver’s powerhouse fought back to capture a fourth place finish in the Hardwood Classic after a first-round departure to Gonzaga Prep on Thursday of the tourney.


6) Issaquah (21-5):
Champions of a tough KingCo conference and advancing to the elite eight secure the sixth spot for a quality Eagles campaign.


7) Lewis & Clark (18-7):
The Tigers faced the champs in round one of the tourney resulting in a quick departure but held their own against the best of the classification.


8) Cascade (21-2):
A memorable season in program history concluded in the regional round against the eventual runner-up Kentwood.


9) Woodinville (19-5):
The high-flying Falcons fell short of reaching the Tacoma Dome again, but were improved from the previous season.


10) Central Valley (20-6):
The Bears flew under the radar all season and when the dust settled finished at the Woodshed with a top eight finish in the state.


Federal Way Wins Back-To-Back 4A Titles

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

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


4A Champions – Federal Way Eagles

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

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

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

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

The Final Score
Federal Way 66, Kentwood 54.

Top Performers:

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

Kentwood
Rayvaughn Bolton- 18 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists

West Central District 3: First Round Recap

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West Central District 3: First Round Recap by Nic Beckman

West Central District 3 playoffs got underway with eight home games for the top seeds as 16 teams from the SPSL and Narrows leagues vie for the 6 WCD3 state tournament seeds. Home court advantage was evident as 7 of the 8 host teams came away with wins.

The top two seeds in the SPSL continued their dominance. #1 seed Federal Way had the Tornados of Yelm blow into the Eagles nest. After a close first quarter 17-12, coach Jerome Collins’s Eagle team pulled away. Behind the 19 points of Ferron Flavors and a 29-10 third quarter, Federal Way still undefeated with a comfortable win moves on. The Final Score FW 78 Yelm 41.

The #2 seed Curtis Vikings, undefeated in league play until a 63-61 loss to Federal Way at the ShoWare in the SPSL tournament championship defended their home court. Coming off a 66-63 win over Kentwood, the Vikings faced another SPSL Northeast foe in Kentlake. Aushanti Potts-Woods with 27 and Glenn Jordan with 19 combined for more than the Falcons could total as a team. The Final Score Curtis 83 Kentlake 45.

Narrows #1 seed Bellarmine matched up with SPSL South Spanaway Lake. The Lions 18-3 on the season with an unblemished 12-0 league record under the direction of head coach Bernie Salazar represented for their league with a home court opening round win over the Sentinels. The Final Score Bellarmine 75 Spanaway Lake 65.

The #2 seed out of the Narrows coach John Kiley’s Olympia Bears at 18-3 on the season and 10-2 in league play, had the Todd Beamer Titans in the house for first round action. The Bears continue on their quest to the Dome getting a 20 point win over Beamer. The Final Score Olympia 70 Todd Beamer 50.

Emerald Ridge travelled north to Kentwood to face the Conquerors. Jason Cassens and the Jags were up 12-11 after the first quarter, but coach Blake Solomon’s Conk’s were ready for the challenge. Kentwood with four players in double digits would be led by Darius Lubom with 20 and Rayvaughn Bolton with 12 as Cassens with 10, was the only Jaguar to reach double digits. The Final Score Kentwood 58 Emerald Ridge 41.

Coach John Callaghan’s Wolves of South Kitsap crossed the bridge to come play the Vikings in Puyallup. Daniel Tomkiewicz with 9 second quarter points to lead all scorers at half with 11, saw his team down 34-30. The Viks were paced by Jaden Vollmen and Tony Gutierrez each with 9. Tomkiewicz would add 8 3rd quarter points and tie the game at 42. SK down 1, 44-45 heading into the final period. Coach Scott Campbell turned up the Viking pressure and held the Wolves without a point in the quarter until 3:24 remaining. By that time Puyallup was up 54-45, Tony Gutierrez in his first game back from a quadriceps injury hit 6 of the Puyallup 13 3’s enroute to game high honors with 23. South Kitsap’s Daniel Tomkiewicz finished with 22 and Eric Wattree added 16. The Final Score Puyallup 59 South Kitsap 55.

Kent Meridian facing rival Kentridge was able to overcome an 11 point halftime deficit to tie it at 57 at the end of regulation. But Mahlik Hall with 23 and Romaine Jackson with 18 for the Royals were not enough to get their team over the hill. The Chargers held home court with a 12 -7 overtime period, Joran Ticeson led the Chargers with 19. The Final Score in OT Kentridge 69 Kent Meridian 64.

The Blazers of Timberline after finishing third behind Bellarmine and Olympia in Narrows league play, had to go to Thomas Jefferson for their first round match-up. The Raiders of the SPSL Northwest behind leading scorer Darius Anderson were unable to defend their home court. Timberline gets the only visitor win on the night. The Final Score Timberline 52 Thomas Jefferson 48.

Friday night will see winners bracket match ups Federal Way vs Timberline at 6pm, followed by Olympia vs Kentwood at 7:45pm at Auburn Mountainview HS. Bellarmine vs Kentwood at 6pm and Puyallup will face Curtis for the third time this season at 7:45pm at Mt. Tahoma HS. Winners will move on for #1 through #4 seeds.

On the loser out side of the the bracket, Yelm vs Jefferson at 6pm, then Beamer vs Emerald Ridge at 7:45pm will be played at Stadium HS. Spanaway Lake vs Kent Meridian 6pm and South Kitsap vs Kentlake at 7:45pm are playing at Auburn HS. The winners all working for the final 2 seeds from the West Central District 3 heading into the state regional round the final week of February.

Kentlake Soars Past Kentwood, Perfect League Record Remains Intact

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Kentlake Soars Past Kentwood, Perfect League Record Remains Intact
By Steve Dion

Thursday- January 28th 2016 Girls 4A SPSL-Northeast
ShoWare Center 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Kentwood 5 13 10 8 36
Kentlake 12 10 12 20 54


Kentlake junior Jada Leonard

Eighth ranked Kentlake squared off against Kentwood on Thursday night in an SPSL-Northeast showdown. The Falcons grabbed an early lead in which Sydney Peterson scored her team’s first ten points. The Conks struggled to find its rhythm by netting five points in the first quarter. Eventually, Kentwood clawed back to draw within a single point, but Kentlake used this as motivation to increase the gap once again.

An explosive second half for Kentlake highlighted by another pair of Peterson’s four buckets from downtown and six of Aniston Denckla’s ten in the ballgame allowed Kentlake to create separation that would carry the rest of the game. Zaria Jones led the Conks with 11 in the losing effort. Meanwhile, the Falcons continue to fine-tune for the playoffs which are quickly approaching.

The Final Score
Kentlake 54, Kentwood 36.

Top Performers:
Kentlake
Sydney Peterson- 20 points

Kentwood
Zaria Jones- 11 points

Audio Recap: Federal Way vs. Kentwood

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Game Recap
Federal Way vs. Kentwood 1-12-16

Divisional leaders in the South Puget Sound League squared off Tuesday night as the Northwest leading Federal Way Eagles faced the Northwest leaders Kentwood. Listen as Nic Beckman provides an audio recap of an exciting matchup including post-game comments by head coach of the defending 4A champions Jerome Collins of Federal Way!

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Kent-Meridian vs. Kentwood

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Kent-Meridian vs. Kentwood

Big Game of the Week: Kent-Meridian vs. Kentwood
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Kentwood Maintains Divisional Dominance

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Friday Oct 16th 2015 4A SPSL Boys Football
French Field 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Eastside Catholic 14 21 13 6 54
Bishop Blanchet 6 0 0 0 6

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Kentwood Maintains Divisional Dominance
By Steve Dion

The Conks have been a force to be reckoned with for several years and have established themselves once again as a top dog in the 4A classification. However, the other Kent schools that share French Field appear to be gradually closing the gap. Kent-Meridian stepped up to the plate with an opportunity to grab a crucial win against the division-leading Conquerors. The pregame events concluded with a firework show and proved to be a symbol for the style of game out of the chutes.

Within the first four minutes, there were three interceptions. This frenetic start for both offenses led to limited production early on. KW struck first as senior tailback Isaiah Williams moved the chains several times and was rewarded with the game’s first points. He deceived the KM defense by acting as a blocker on as quarterback Brian Campbell shifted to the left. Williams broke toward the left and Campbell found him uncovered and a short 5 yards from the endzone for six points. Kent-Meridian received a boost by Shamar Malik-Woollery as the running back/defensive back combo made an impact on both sides of the field. He took an interception back into deep Kentwood territory, but the Royals failed to capitalize. These would be the only points of the first half as the Royals failed to challenge the Conks red zone defense.

Kentwood’s Connor Benson took the opening kickoff of the second half 80 yards which eventually set up Campbell for a 3 yard quarterback sneak touchdown. Davonte Sanchez led the Conqueror defense with a toughness that limited KMHS offensive success. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter when Kent-Meridian punched it in to avoid the shutout, but the fate of the game was sealed. The Conks secured a comfortable 28-7 victory and continue to dominate the SPSL Northeast division in 2015.

The Final Score:
Kentwood 28, Kent-Meridian 7

Viont’e Daniels Drops 31 in Federal Way Win Over Kentwood

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Viont’e Daniels Drops 31 in Federal Way Win Over Kentwood
By Steven Dion

Friday- January 16 2015 Boys 4A SPSL
Kentwood High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Federal Way 16 16 17 28 77
Kentwood 7 17 20 20 64


Federal Way Senior Viont’e Daniels

Friday night’s slate of high school hoops featured a matchup of division leaders in the South Puget Sound League as the high-fliers of the Northwest in Federal Way would make a visit to powerhouse Kentwood of the Northeast. The anticipation for this game was evident from the packed gym and a tangible buzz in the building felt from the opening tip to the final whistle. This proved to be an interesting matchup as the Eagles’ roster loaded with athletic combo guards would square off with what is essentially Kentwood’s football team on the hardwood.

The first few minutes of the game set the tone when Federal Way rolled out to a 9-0 lead. Kentwood quickly found themselves playing catch-up and would continue to do so for the entirety of the ballgame. Eagle perimeter defense forced several turnovers and prevented entry passes for Conks’ offensive sets. Federal Way junior Ferron Flavors notched 15 of his 20 points in the first two quarters. Malik Sanchez rallied KW by throwing down a pair of highlight dunks in the second quarter. However, Federal Way capitalized on Conqueror mistakes and were able to retain and eight point lead heading into the second half.

The Conks returned to the floor with renewed energy to climb back into the contest. The guard duo of Darius LuBom and Preston White who finished with 16 and 11 points respectively hit the deck for 50/50 balls and the forwards Josiah Bronson and Marcus LuBom were rebounding machines on both ends of the court. KHS rallied several times to tighten up the ballgame, but Federal Way always knocked down a big bucket when needed. Viont’e Daniels drained a triple at 3:28 in the third to keep a double digit lead. The scoreboard read 49-44 heading into the fourth with FW still out front.

By the five minute mark in the final frame, Federal Way put the game on ice. Daniels scored three quick buckets, two of which were and-ones. Then, D’Jimon Jones scored 3 of his 10 points when he was able to get an up and under to fall after being fouled in the process. The 13-5 run to start the final quarter propelled the Eagles to a big league win for Coach Jerome Collins’ blue and white.

The Final Score: Federal Way 77 Kentwood 64

Top Performers:
Federal Way
Viont’e Daniels-31 points (8/12 FTs)

Kentwood
Darius Lubom-16 points

Kentwood Exhibits Strength Against Cedarcrest

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Kentwood Exhibits Strength Against Cedarcrest
By Steven Dion

Friday- December 26 2014 Boys 4A/2A Non-League
Kennedy Catholic High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Kentwood 25 23 15 13 76
Cedarcrest 8 9 10 12 39


Kentwood Sophomore Rayvaughn Bolton

The opening round of the 2014 Oberto Christmas Classic at Kennedy HS featured 4A power Kentwood against Cedarcrest from the 2A class. A stark contrast between these two teams heading into the contest was team size and how it would affect the outcome of the game as the Conks are built like a football team on the hardwood. The Red Wolves are slighter in stature but have some crafty guards that do not back down. Would Cedarcrest give KW a challenge in the first round of the holiday tourney?

Kentwood challenged CHS from the start as they applied full-court pressure which resulted in backcourt turnovers. The Conks did not take advantage of the defensive effort early as they chose to take 3 point attempts that did not fall early. However, Cedarcrest’s early bit of momentum on offense went ice cold for the majority of the first half. After scoring only 8 first quarter points, the Red Wolves were in trouble. Preston White and Marcus Lubom both notched 10 points for the Conquerors in the first half which was more than CHS’ scoring total through quarters one and two. Nik Rearson tallied 5 for the Red Wolves as he went 5/6 from the line in the first 16 minutes. Mark Prince would hope to rally his Cedarcrest squad at the break to close the gap as the halftime score read 48-17 in favor of Kentwood.

Cedarcrest was able to play a competitive second half as the lead grew by a much smaller margin than it did in the first half. They held the Conks to 15 third quarter points and were able to drain a pair of three-balls from Alex Paulsen and Robert Cha. The fourth quarter featured quality minutes for Kentwood Coach Blake Solomon’s reserves. Jordan Jones knocked down two from downtown in the final frame as Kentwood secured a 76-39 victory. There was exceptional sportsmanship displayed by Kentwood as they overmatched their opponent, but showed respect for Cedarcrest.

The Final Score: Kentwood 76 Cedarcrest 39

Top Performers:
Kentwood
5 players in double figures (Preston White-14, Davonte Sanchez-12, Marcus Lubom-11, Rayvaughn Bolton-11, Malik Sanchez-11)

Davis
Kyle Walsh-7 points (5/6 FT’s)

 

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4A State Football Rankings Week 9

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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

 

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4A State Football Rankings Week 7

Chiawana State Champs

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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.

Reigning Champs Curtis Prevails Over Conks

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Tuesday Feb 11th 2014 4A Boys Basketball
ShoWare Center 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Curtis 17 21 16 10 64
Kentwood 14 11 13 14 52

Reigning Champs Curtis Prevails Over Conks
By Steven Dion

The battle for third and fourth place in the final regular season standings of the South Puget Sound League featured the defending 4A champions in Curtis and a dark horse Kentwood squad. Tim Kelly’s Vikings are mostly a new-look squad compared to the victorious team of last year with some familiar faces. However, Curtis is still a formidable contender to make a run in the 4A tournament. The Conks have firepower primarily through freshman guard Darius Lubom. Blake Solomon’s Kentwood team is able to contend with top teams now, but is built for a bright future with their young talent.

Curtis established their desire to execute on both sides of the court and were able to shoot an efficient 64% from the field in the first quarter while limiting the opposition to 40% field goals. The Viking defense effectively forced several turnovers by pressuring the Conks to dribble through traffic. Kentwood seemed to struggle finding continuity offensively, but managed to put up enough points to keep the game within reach needing a strong second half. Lubom’s ten points in the first two frames helped to cut a big KHS deficit to 13 before the break.

It appeared Curtis had the Conks on the ropes early in the second half as the lead continued to grow early in the third, but the Viks seemingly took their collective foot off the pedal slightly. Free throws began to rim out and sloppy offensive play gave Kentwood a window to climb back into the contest. The Conks cut down the Curtis lead to single digits, but there was not enough clock for KHS to reach the summit. At the end of regulation, the 2013 4A champs came away with a 64-52 win, good for a third place finish in the South Puget Sound League. The Viks have their work cut out for them if their season is to wrap up at the Tacoma Dome again come March.

Top Performers:
Kentwood
Darius Lubom – 14 points (5/8 FG’s, 3/5 FT’s)

Curtis
Aushanti Potts-Woods – 19 points (8/15 FG’s, 3/3 FT’s)

Kentwood Girls Conquer the Viks in Third Place SPSL Showdown

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Tuesday Feb 11th 2014 4A Girls Basketball
ShoWare Center 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Kentwood 17 13 10 17 57
Puyallup 8 16 8 14 46

Kentwood Girls Conquer the Viks in Third Place SPSL Showdown
By Steven Dion

The first of four matchups at the ShoWare Center on Tuesday night was the battle for third place in the SPSL between Kentwood and Puyallup. The Conks are led by University of Hawaii commit Sarah Toeaina, a 12-letter varsity earner. Puyallup features a dynamic guard/post duo of Braylie Jeffers and Addie Picha. This north versus south battle would provide an admirable third place finish in a competitive South Puget Sound League.

Kentwood took an early grip of this contest by grabbing a double digit lead in the first half. The physicality of this game was prominent as there were Vikings and Conquerors strewn along the hardwood fighting for loose balls. The Lady Viks were able to pull themselves out of a big deficit before the conclusion of the first half, primarily through a pair of triples by Jeffers and Sarah Steimle. The Conks took a 30-24 lead into the locker room.

As if the intensity in the first half was not enough for those in the grandstands, the second half jumped up another notch in the final sixteen minutes. Coach Ainslie put Christina Holland on the floor in the third quarter for PHS and picked up a noticeable return in energy and momentum for the Viks. The Conks countered with strong play by Alycea DeLong, a primarily contributor of offensive rebounds and second chances at the offensive end of the floor. Puyallup clawed back in the contest and were within one to two possessions during the fourth quarter, but the intentional foul game started. Toeaina demonstrated the senior leadership by knocking downs shots from the charity stripe and effectively sealed the deal for the Conquerors. Final score: Kentwood 57 Puyallup 46.

Top Performers:
Kentwood
Sarah Toeaina – 16 points (10/14 FT’s)

Puyallup
Addie Picha – 14 points

Tahoma Conquers the Conquerors

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Thursday Oct. 17 2013 4A Boys Football
French Field 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Tahoma 7 7 6 6 26
Kentwood 0 7 7 0 14

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Tahoma Conquers the Conquerors
By Colin Caruso

Even with the Seahawks on Thursday night football, the French Field stands filled up well to see the Tahoma Bears travel to Kent to play the Kentwood Conquerors. Tahoma spoiled the home field advantage of the Conquerors, controlling both lines of scrimmage and putting lots of pressure on Kentwood sophomore quarterback Brian Campbell. The Bears put together two great drives in the first quarter, marching straight down the field, but only capitalizing on one TD, a 1 yard run by senior Joe Donahue. Kentwood responded later in the second quarter, after not moving the ball well at all, with a 79 yard pass from Campbell to senior Terrence Grady. But a dagger at the end of the half altered the momentum in favor of the Bears, with a 33 yard touchdown pass from Bears quarterback Shane Nelson to senior Deshon Williams with no time left on the clock to take the halftime lead 14-7.

The Bears turned up their defense in the second half, allowing just one more big play for a score, but otherwise holding Kentwood’s great rushing attack at bay. Grady capitalized on another huge passing play, this time 65 yards from Campbell to tie the game at 14, but Tahoma was too tough. The Bears added two more scores, one in the third and one in the fourth, to close the game 26-14.

Top Performers:
Tahoma
Shane Nelson – 2TD passes of 15 yards and 33 yards
Deshon Williams – 2TD catches

Kentwood
Brian Campbell – 2TD passes of 79 and 65 yards
Terrence Grady – 2TD catches

Kentwood Conquers Mount Rainier

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Saturday Sept. 21 2013 4A Boys Football
French Field 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Mount Rainier 0 0 0 0 0
Kentwood 27 9 7 7 50

See game recap below
 


Kentwood Conquers Mount Rainier
By Colin Caruso

Kentwood struck early and often in their Saturday night matchup versus the Mount Rainier Rams. After the Washington Huskies pulled a 59-0 win, the Conquerors of Kentwood did their best to match their local college with a 50-0 destruction of the Mount Rainier Rams. The beginning of this game saw a punt from both teams, seemingly a well balanced matchup. But halfway through the first quarter the onslaught began, and it didn’t end until the final whistle. Senior running back Derrick Bell broke the scoreless tie with 5:57 remaining in the first quarter with a rushing touchdown, only to be followed less than three minutes later with his second rushing touchdown. Kentwood added two more scores in the first after forcing a three and out and recovering a fumble, to lead 27-0 after one quarter of play.

Mount Rainier began the second quarter with a chip on their shoulder, and senior running back Donovan Moi added a 57 yard run for the Rams all the way down to the Conqueror 8 yard line. But Kentwood held strong, and Bell again came up huge with an interception in the end zone two plays later. Kentwood would add another rushing touchdown and a safety in the second to take the lead 36-0 going into the half.

By this point, with the game largely in hand for the Conquerors, Kentwood put in their second and third string players to play the majority of the second half. They added two more touchdowns to end the punishment, winning 50-0.

Top Performers:
Kentwood
Derrick Bell – 3 carries 48 yards, 2TD, defensive INT
Brandon Sytsma – 16 carries 88 yards, 2TD