The WIBCA All State Games take place this Saturday at Mountlake Terrace High School. The Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association have put together its annual Boys All State Games featuring players from all classifications as they wrap-up their high school careers. Listen as Steve Willits from Sound Live Sports Network provides all the details about the event including some of the top players from each classification’s team!
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Hanson Leads King’s Past Viks to State Finals By Steve Dion
Friday- February 26th
Daylee Hanson’s game-high 12 points led defending 1A champs King’s past Bellevue Christian in an exciting regional match-up with a trip to Yakima on the line. A strong start for the Knights was met with a long rally for the Vikings which extended into the third quarter.
King’s regained the lead late in the third quarter after a technical foul garnered multiple free throws for King’s. The Knights clung to a narrow lead as the end of regulation quickly approached when Bellevue Christian made their move. Nicole Bloch led the charge with 10 points as the Bellevue Christian deficit shrunk. A late turnover by KHS gave the Viks a chance tie the game up. Rachel Berg lofted up a three-pointer to draw the score even, but the ball lodged itself between the rim and backboard which turned the ball back over to King’s and eventually allowed the Knights to hang on for a four point victory.
After the game, Coach Dan Taylor talked about the challenge of defending a state title stating, “We can’t let that sense of fear of losing dictate the way we play.” He also mentioned the need for rest heading into the final weekend of the season by saying, “We’re fatigued from a mental standpoint…we need to work on our execution and just get ready for who our next opponent is.”
King’s Tames Tigers With Explosive Third Quarter By Steve Dion
Tuesday- January 26th
King's High School
King’s junior Josh Frohardt
The Cascade leaders in King’s hosted the Granite Falls Tigers on Tuesday night to push their league record to a perfect 7-0. GFHS is amidst a mid-pack battle in the division and this game against the Knights would serve as a golden opportunity to elevate their position in the standings. It would require a valiant effort considering the size mismatch on the court and in number of available players.
An alley-oop attempt in the opening seconds to King’s Corey Kispert which rimmed out was met with the opening points in the game for the visitors. The Knights countered with a flurry of Kispert triples as the junior sharp-shooter buried five from downtown in the first quarter as part of a game-high 32 points. Granite Falls put the clamps down in the second frame defensively by outscoring the Knights 11 to 9 through contributions of Simon Angel and Brad Hills. At the break, the KHS was cut down to 14 at 36-22.
The opening minutes of the second half determined the fate of the game as a double-digit run cemented King’s path to victory. Cole Mitchell and Kispert rocked the rim with a pair of dunks to highlight the 23 point quarter. The Tigers battled down the stretch and once again outscored King’s in the final frame 13-9. Despite the losing cause, Andy Estes will likely have several positive takeaways from the Tigers effort. Meanwhile, King’s continues to defend their state title with another win in a strong season.
Royal Victorious in “The Knight Bowl” By Steve Dion
Game two of state title Saturday was a clash of nobility as the Royal Knights from near Yakima would face the King’s Knights based out of Shoreline. Royal bulldozed through their entire schedule as the only game within one possession was against Connell in mid-October who they decimated in the semifinal round 47-7. For King’s, the return of senior quarterback Koa Wilkins had given Jim Shapiro’s team a huge boost in the playoffs. Only one team could wear the crown, would Royal finish the season undefeated or would King’s continue their hot streak?
Royal received the opening kickoff and marched to the endzone in under three minutes culminating in a 10-yard Joseph Lang scamper. King’s was on the move to even the score, but Lang jumped in the passing lane for an interception. Royal proceeded to matriculate the ball into King’s territory and cap the drive off with Lang’s second touchdown. King’s offensive woes continued for the duration of the first half as they were limited to 138 total yards and no points to show for it. Before the break, Royal took a three possession lead when Kaden Jenks ran it in from eight yards out. King’s dug themselves a big hole with a three-touchdown deficit heading into the break, could Coach Shapiro make the necessary adjustments to spark a comeback?
King’s received the second half kickoff and did exactly what they needed to shift the momentum back in their direction. The westside Knights marched down the field and after 12 plays and 72 yards, they scored for the first time in the game. Caleb Perry burst through the King’s defense for a 3 yard touchdown. The KHS defense stepped up by blanking Royal in the third quarter. The game was still in the balance heading into the fourth.
As the clock was starting to wind down in the final frame, King’s was on the move and in position to bring the game to one possession. Joseph Lang put an exclamation point on his already huge game by intercepting a pass and taking it 58 yards to the house. Kaden Jenks picked off a pass shortly thereafter and the Royal sideline began to celebrate. Wiley Allred led his team to a perfect 14-0 season. Congratulations to the Royal Knights on their first championship since 2005!
The Final Score:
Royal 28, King’s 7 Top Performer
Joseph Lang- 14 rush, 64 yards, 2 TDs, 58 yard interception for TD
King’s Edges Montesano, Earns Chance to Claim 1A Crown By Steve Dion
Being battle tested during the regular season pays dividends at this stage of the season. Coach Jim Shapiro’s tough schedule including games against Lynden and Archbishop Murphy have prepared the Knights for the state’s best in 1A. Montesano, who has knocked King’s out of the playoffs was the willing challenger for a ticket to the championship game.
King’s dominated this game across the board statistically including 395 to 160 total yards, 22 to 10 first downs, and 29:24 to 18:36 time of possession for King’s and Montesano respectively. However, the scoreboard did not reflect this fact. Back to back Knight touchdowns in the second quarter by Edmund Sundquist and Andrew Cline were quickly countered with a 97 yard kickoff return by Kylar Prante. Koa Wilkins extended the lead back to two touchdowns before the half on a goal line dive with mere seconds remaining.
Montesano’s attempt to climb back into the contest started with a Connor Lovell field goal early in the third. It was followed with a pick six by Keegan Darst minutes later which appeared to begin the momentum shift that could propel the Bulldogs to a win. However, Koa Wilkins led the troops down the field and converted another 1 yard quarterback sneak for a touchdown. Trailing ten points with five minutes to go, Monte was in desperation mode. They were able to cut the lead to a field goal with ninety seconds left when Logan Truax pulled in a Jake Herzog pass. A good-looking onside kick that simply wasn’t recovered by the defense was the final straw that allowed King’s to line up in victory formation.
Archbishop Murphy Routs King’s, Remains Undefeated By Steve Dion
There are two leaders in the Cascade League that have emerged from the rest of the pack and week eight would retain one of two blemish-free records between Archbishop Murphy and King’s. The visiting AM Wildcats entered the ballgame with a remarkable 353-19 scoring tally in the first seven games. Jim Shapiro’s home King’s squad opened the season with an impressive victory over perennial 2A contender Lynden and kept winning. It was senior night for King’s at Woolsey Stadium; would the Knights defend their home field against league rival?
After receiving the opening kickoff, Wildcat tailback Kerry Jackson rumbled 82 yards to the house and gave AMHS an early lead. This immediate strike gave the visitors an upper hand off the bat and would serve as a catalyst for the remainder of the contest. Midway through the first, the Knight’s defended a fake punt by AM in Wildcat territory. Would the Knight’s make them pay? Nope. Anfernee Gurley intercepted a Knight’s pass thirty seconds later and was rewarded with a 10 yard touchdown pass by Connor Johnson on the first play of the second quarter. King’s put together a scoring drive set up by a Jake Welch pick that allowed Andrew Cline to pound the rock into the endzone and bring the score to 21-7. Archbishop Murphy didn’t blink. Kerry Jackson scored another touchdown minutes later after steamrolling a King’s defender at the goal line. At the half, the visitor led 21-7.
The opening drive for King’s in the second half seemed important to set the tone for the remainder of the ball game. Unfortunately, they were unable to move the sticks and were forced to punt immediately. The Wildcats put the game out of reach on the ensuing drive when Jackson completed the hat trick on another touchdown run. The rout was in full effect as Archbishop Murphy recorded 21 more points before the final whistle. With a 49-7 final score, Archbishop Murphy has emerged as the clear favorite in the Cascade League. However, King’s has the ability to steer the ship back in the right direction moving forward. They need to get some key starters healthy and put this fluky loss behind them.
King’s Captures 1A District Title Over Seattle Academy
Friday- February 20
Mountlake Terrace High School
King’s Sophomore Corey Kispert
In the face of adversity, friends and family that come together are able to respond in a positive way. The King’s Knights experienced a frightening moment last week after winning a league title when their team bus flipped and injured a number of players. Thankfully, tragedy was averted as minor injuries were the extent of the crash. With more basketball to be played, the King’s High School community rallied around their team to continue their quest for a state championship. However, there was a challenger from Capitol Hill in the Seattle Academy Cardinals that was hungry for a district title on Friday night at Mountlake Terrace. Both teams already punched their tickets to the big dance, but important seeding implications were at stake.
The enormous King’s crowd with “Saved for a Reason” emblazoned on their tee shirts had plenty to cheer about early when the Knights built a double digit lead before the Cards registered their first points. Calvin Kispert’s 5-0 run to open the ballgame fired up Coach Skeen’s bench. Trailing by a baker’s dozen after one quarter, Seattle Academy needed to find a rhythm to erase the early deficit.
More of the same continued in the second frame as the lead ballooned to nearly twenty points. The Cardinals’ inability to challenge the interior defense of KHS prevented them from finding high-percentage attempts in the paint. The commitment to isolation and jump-shooting was evident by SAS and in the first half, it led to a 16 point deficit heading into the locker room.
Early in the second half, the Cardinals continued to go to the three-point well in the hopes to claw their way back into the game. Eventually, the strategy paid dividends when some shots fell and the lead shrunk back to 11 at 30-19. Up to this point, King’s had left quite a bit on the table as the lead certainly could have been 25 or more without missed opportunities and unnecessary turnovers. This proved not to haunt the Knight’s because they emerged from the called timeout on a 10-2 run. Leading by 18 with one quarter to go, the outcome of the game was sealed. King’s retained their double digit lead in the final frame to earn the victory and hoist the hardware for the District 1/2 1A title.
The Final Score: King’s 48 Seattle Academy 31
Top Performers: King’s
Calvin Kispert & Noah Bundrant-12 points
King’s Caps off Perfect League Record Against Archbishop Murphy By Steven Dion
Friday- February 6
King's High School
King’s Sophomore Corey Kispert
The end of the regular season has arrived and the top dogs of the Cascade League in King’s and Archbishop Murphy would see the rivalry renewed on senior night for the Knights. A packed Mike Martin gymnasium was excited to see undefeated King’s take on second place Archbishop Murphy who was hungry to avenge a 65-40 loss earlier in the season. Would Rick Skeen and Co. finish conference play blemish-free or would the Wildcats play spoiler in the league finale?
Archbishop took a quick 7-0 lead to start the contest which got the home team off balance. Coach Skeen switched up his normal starting lineup for senior night and it appeared the chemistry early on was affected. The Knights proceeded to roll out a 14-2 run and capture a lead by the end of the first frame. Corey Kispert drained one of his four three-pointers en route to a game-high 27 points. The dynamic sophomore would go on to show his all-around versatility as a top player in the state. The Wildcats responded in the second quarter by increasing the intensity on both ends of the floor. D’Andre Bryant knocked down some tough shots and the Cats rebounded well as a team. At halftime, the home squad led by a single point at 28-27.
With anticipation for an exciting second half, the seesaw ride continued for the majority of the third quarter. Points were at a premium and with a chance to take control of the contest, King’s stood up. Their length advantage paid dividends as tenacious defenders like Noah Bundrant forced turnovers that led to buckets at the other end. Kispert scored nine in the frame including a pair of triples which proved to be daggers. AMHS could not climb back the double digit lead built in the fourth quarter despite efforts by Abraham Lucas and Anfernee Gurley. The Knights finish Cascade play undefeated and poised to make a run at the 1A state title.
Clash of Nobility Resulted in King’s Knights Victory over Royals By Steven Dion
Game three of the first round of the Christmas Classic at Kennedy High School mashed up a 1A school in King’s against the 4A Royals of Kent-Meridian. The guard duo of Quincy Brown and Romaine Jackson would prove to be a tough matchup for a King’s roster loaded with forwards. However, Rick Skeen’s has prepared his Knights to be able to play up against higher classification teams.
The Royals quickly established they wanted to run up and down the floor on both sides of the ball. King’s adjusted nicely and their ball movement was able to counteract KM’s energy. The backcourt presence of Royals guards opened up the King’s attacking zone and their superior ball-movement led to easy buckets. Seven Knights scored in the first quarter and as a result led 16-12 after the first quarter. KMHS head coach Brian Lockhart made a defensive adjustment in the second frame to apply slightly less pressure in the King’s backcourt forcing them to move the ball up the floor. Brown and Jackson began to jump into passing lanes and set up the Royals for some transition buckets. Junior Chris Lewis nailed another three pointer in the period; one of his five from downtown in the contest. However, King’s was able to match their sixteen points from the first quarter to carry a 32-22 lead into the break.
Trailing by double digits meant Kent-Meridian would have to take some chances on the offensive end to claw back into the contest. Shooting triples appeared to be their strategy in doing so. Lewis knocked down a pair from downtown in the third, but the team shooting percentage was low. King’s continued their gritty attack in the paint and protected their ten point lead going into the fourth. The Royals put together a solid fourth quarter, but failure to bury buckets from close range dashed their hope of vying for the lead. Freshman Knight Corey Kispert pulled down several critical rebounds in addition to scoring a game-high twenty points. When the buzzer sounded, King’s claimed a 64-56 win.
Top Performer: King’s
Corey Kispert – 20 points (4/7 FT’s)
Cascade Christian Dethrones King’s in Castle By Steven Dion
Playoff football is exciting for every classification, and the crowds increase greatly from regular season play. For 1A schools like King’s, Saturday night’s game filled parking lots to capacity and nearby streets served as overflow. A meeting with the Puyallup powerhouse Cascade Christian put a trip to the semifinals on the line. The crowd on the home side of Woolsey Stadium were hoping they would be in the same seat next week in the semis, but the Cougs had other plans.
After a scoreless first quarter, CCHS got onto the scoreboard on the first play of the second frame on a goal line blast by stocky senior Hunter Austin. Hunter was one of many productive ball carriers out of the backfield by Cascade Christian as Riley Ramos ran the ball with regularity, one of which a 5 yard run for six points. With less than a minute remaining in the first half, King’s capitalized on a lengthy drive by pounding in a two yard run with Chris Yand. The Cougars led 14-7 at intermission.
With only seven points of separation going into the second half, it appeared that game was up for grabs. However, the Cougs were able to deflate the home team by combining circus catches with defensive pressure leading to turnovers and putting Knight’s QB Koa Wilkins in a pressure cooker. A pair of 5 yard quarterback sneaks by Jaelin Goldsmith forced KHS to adjust their game plan to catch up. The Knight’s just didn’t have the firepower to respond to the Cougar assault. A tip drill catch by Mason Tobeck in the fourth sealed the victory for CCHS as they left with a convincing 37-13 win. They will host the semis and are one win away from a trip to the Tacoma Dome.
Top Performer: Cascade Christian
Mason Tobeck- 2 rec TDs of 76 yards 12 yards
Lynden Avenges Only Loss from Last Season By Colin Caruso
In the second contest at Husky Stadium for the Emerald City Kickoff Classic the King’s Knights took on the Lynden Lions. Lynden won the 2A state championship last season but suffered one loss on the year, to these Knights.
King’s received the kickoff and put together a long opening series drive, taking over 6 minutes off the clock, but fell inches short on a fourth down run to turn the ball over on downs. Lynden responded with a 4:30 drive of their own and an excellent touchdown pass from Lucas Petersen to Jalani Phelps to take the lead 7-0. Lynden continued to drive the football offensively, giving their kicker a field goal opportunity later in the second quarter, but it missed just left. The Lions kept up the defensive pressure as well, not allowing King’s to find any cohesiveness on offense in the first half.
Lynden forced a three and out late in the second quarter and capitalized at the end of their ensuing drive with a 2 yard touchdown run by junior Trent Postma to go ahead 14-0 at half.
The Knights began to move the ball with more efficiency in the second half, putting together longer drives and scoring opportunities. Their first legitimate scoring chance came early in the fourth, where they earned a first down inside the Lynden 20 yard line. But Lynden’s defense held tight again, and forced another turnover on downs. King’s found another opportunity in the waning moments of the contest and converted a ten yard touchdown pass from Corey Kispert to Jordan Turner, but it was too little too late, as the Lions avenged their loss from last season and won the opener 14-6.
Top Performers: Lynden
Lucas Peterson – 11/21 1TD, 1INT passing and 13 carries for 50 yards
Kickoff Classic Preview: King’s vs. Lynden By Colin Caruso
The second contest in the Emerald City Kickoff Classic will be between the defending 2A champions the Lynden Lions and the only team that took them down in the regular season in 2012, the King’s Knights. Lynden has dominated the 2A classification recently, winning five of the last seven state titles with head coach Curt Kramme at the helm. The Lions will be looking to avenge their only regular season defeat last year, which came to the 1A King’s Knights. King’s made a great run in 2012, reaching the state quarterfinals but losing to the eventual champion Montesano.
These series of games in the Kickoff Classic 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 Lynden – King’s game will take place at 1pm, Saturday Sept 7th. Tickets are $15 at the door and $10 for seniors and students. This will be a great matchup between two teams looking to make a deep run in state in their respective classifications in 2013!