Hale Upends Abes, Title Game Bound

Hale Upends Abes, Title Game Bound
By Steve Dion

Friday- March 3rd 2017 Boys 3A Hardwood Classic
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lincoln 18 15 13 14 60
Nathan Hale 24 17 17 26 84


Nathan Hale Sophomore P.J. Fuller

53 wins, zero losses.

That was the combined record of the two teams heading into the first of two 3A semifinals on Friday night at “The Woodshed” in Tacoma. Top ranked team in the nation Nathan Hale fresh off a quarterfinal win against Standwood squared off against Lincoln who delivered a gutsy win on Thursday night over Seattle Prep.

As he does seemingly every night, Michael Porter Jr. started his monster night with 18 first half points to go with 5 rebounds including a few highlight-reel dunks. Stellar sophomore P.J. Fuller also had an impressive showing as his 29 points on 11/13 field goals led all scorers. The Abes kept the score close in the first half with Trevante Anderson and Emmett Linton doing damage on both ends of the floor. An eight point deficit for Lincoln at the break put themselves in position to make things interesting in the second half.

Like clockwork, Hale dashed any hope for an upset by ramping up the pace of play and letting the tremendous athleticism on their roster. Tre’var Holland made some back-breaking plays with his crafty ball-handling as part of a 16 point, 5 rebound performance. Aubrey Shelton’s Abes battled to the final whistle, but the Raiders simply overpowered their competition for the 26th time this season.

Will they make it 27 in the most important of them all tomorrow?

The Final Score
Nathan Hale 84, Lincoln 60

Top Performers:
Nathan Hale
P.J. Fuller- 29 points, 4 rebounds

Trevante Anderson- 20 points, 12 rebounds

Lincoln Hands Prep Quarterfinal Exit

Lincoln Hands Prep Quarterfinal Exit
By Steve Dion

Thursday- March 2nd 2017 Boys 3A Hardwood Classic
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Seattle Prep 8 17 21 12 58
Lincoln 14 11 26 19 70


Lincoln’s Willie Thomas & Emmett Linton

In a classic battle of Tacoma vs. Seattle, undefeated Lincoln took a short trip down the road to take on suddenly streaking Seattle Prep. Could the dynamic Panthers attack send the Abes packing with their first defeat of the season?

Lincoln took advantage of the home cooking early with leading scorer Trevante Anderson netting a dozen in the first half. Prep countered with another strong showing by Collin Welp whose recent performances have been gradually peaking. Additionally, Jaxon Woodward provided a nice boost to help bring the game to a 25-25 heading into intermission.

The intensity of the ballgame grew as the game wore on with physical play leading to critical calls on the floor and big momentum swings. The Abes ability to contain Prep sharpshooter Aaron Nettles played a major role in the outcome as the senior was limited to 10 points in the contest. Collin Welp continued his strong play, but his comrade in the paint Nic Lynch struggle to find a rhythm.

There were four Licoln players in double figures as Emmett Linton, Le’Zjon Bonds, and Willie Thomas joined their leader Anderson. The Abes did not waver in the closing minutes and walked away a dozen ahead of the Panthers. The win earns Lincoln a Friday night bout in front of their hometown crowd.

The Final Score
Lincoln 70, Seattle Prep 58

Top Performers:
Trevante Anderson- 17 points, 4 assists

Seattle Prep
Collin Welp- 20 points, 9 rebounds

West Seattle vs. Lincoln-Girls
Game Stats- 3/1/17
3A State Tournament


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Wednesday- March 1 2017 3A Girls Tournament
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
West Seattle 8 7 16 23 54
Lincoln 10 23 15 17 65

3A West Seattle Wildcats
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
2 Ellie Turk 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 0 4 0
3 Izzy Turk 3-7 3-6 0-0 3 0 0 9
4 Kelsey Lenzie 1-2 1-2 0-0 1 3 1 3
5 Rilcy Newsome 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0
10 Jenna McPhee 3-7 2-4 1-2 1 1 5 9
11 Jasmine Gayles 5-10 0-0 3-3 7 3 1 13
20 Grace Sarver 6-10 1-3 3-9 5 0 2 16
21 Kathryn Anawalt 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0
32 Meghan Fiso 1-3 0-1 2-2 2 1 4 4
42 Lennae Starr 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0

3A Lincoln Abes
# Player FG 3FG FT REB A F PTS
1 Faith Brantley 3-8 2-4 4-4 3 1 1 12
2 Zaniya Banks 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0
3 Nashoutae Frazier 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0
4 Azallee Johnson 1-2 0-0 1-2 3 0 0 3
5 Ashia Donahue 2-4 0-0 2-2 2 0 4 6
10 Jessica Salevao 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0
11 Dashawnae Archibald 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 0
12 Kondalia Montgomery 6-15 0-0 1-1 7 2 3 13
20 Morticia Mc'Call 7-11 2-3 9-12 12 4 1 25
24 Sa'Naya McAfee 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
32 Sjontae Frazier 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 2
33 Lisi Brooks 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0
34 Shawndreia Brown 1-5 0-0 2-8 3 1 3 4

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



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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?

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O’Dea Bookends Abes Season to State Semi Berth


Friday Nov 18th 2016 3A Playoffs Boys Football
Memorial Stadium 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lincoln 0 7 0 13 20
O’Dea 7 7 7 7 28


See game recap below

O’Dea Bookends Abes Season to State Semi Berth
By Steve Dion

In a rematch of week one between the O’Dea Fighting Irish & Lincoln Abes which O’Dea prevailed 31-14, the winner of Friday night’s game at Memorial Stadium would punch their ticket to the state semis.

Lincoln worked the opening possession down the field effortlessly until they reached the one yard line where they were stopped and held scoreless. The Irish countered with a touchdown drive capped off with a 36 yard Hunter Franco run.

The momentum swung in Lincoln’s favor midway through the first half when a fourth down stop led to a Ben Malietufa run to the endzone to tie the game. LHS even had a chance to take the lead when they regained possession. However, a forced fumble gave O’Dea the ball back and before the half concluded, Ben Beale found a wide open Sam Sanchez to give the Irish a 14-7 lead heading into the break.

When play resumed, Jamyn Patu earned a heavy dose of O’Dea touches and found an opening from 19 yards out early in the third to put his team up 21-7.

The Abes returned the favor by marching down the field and punching it in from two yards out by LJ Lovelace.

Patu struck back with another touchdown to retain the two-possession lead, could Lincoln keep pace?

Joey Sinclair took to the air and found a heavily covered Kavon Holden who hauled in a tremendous grab to bring the score back within one possession.

With the clock winding down, the Abes found themselves with an opportunity to tie up the game, but a big stop by O’Dea tough defense was enough to finish the Abes comeback threat.

The Fighting Irish return to semifinal weekend under Monte Kohler illustrious tutelage still in heavy contention for another state title.

The Final Score:
O’Dea 28, Lincoln 20.

Top Performer

Jamyn Patu- 2 TD’s (18, 19)

2016 Coach Interview
Head Coach Masaki Matsumoto


2016 Coach Interview
Lincoln – Head Football Coach
Masaki Matsumoto

Second year head coach of the Lincoln Abes Masaki Matsumoto joins Steve Dion to discuss the path to a 2016 Pierce County League title. What are his cornerstone coaching philosophies and who are some of the key players on this year’s squad? Listen as Coach Matsumoto gives an inside look of his thriving football program.

Masaki Matsumoto


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Bonney Lake vs. Lincoln
Audio Game Recap
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Bonney Lake vs. Lincoln

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Abes Clinch League Title Against Panthers in Rematch


Thursday Oct 21st 2016 3A Pierce County Boys Football
Lincoln Bowl 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bonney Lake 0 0 3 0 3
Lincoln 0 0 0 14 14

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See game recap below

Abes Clinch League Title Against Panthers in Rematch
By Steve Dion

With one game remaining in the regular season, league titles are being locked up and the playoff seeding is in full effect. Friday night’s Pierce County League contest between the Lincoln Abes and Bonney Lake Panthers carried heavy conference championship implications. Bonney Lake beat Lincoln last season to win the conference, could Lincoln return the favor?

The Abes quickly moved the ball into scoring territory on the opening drive, but numerous penalties halted their progress and forced them to hand the ball to the Panthers. Bonney Lake tried to establish their run game through feeding tailback Jason Day time after time. Lincoln’s defense held their ground and prevented big gains.

As the half wore on, the Abes continued to shoot themselves in the foot with costly penalties and untimely turnovers to prevent them from picking up points. Tristian Kwon lit a spark for Lincoln with big gains that let the Panthers know they would need to pack some punch sooner than later. BL’s inability to sustain drives was their Achilles heel in the first half. The halftime scoreboard read 0-0.

When play resumed, Bonney Lake finally put together a scoring drive which included a pass from Kaeden Hammond to Day out of the backfield and a pass interference penalty. Tate Hamlett buried a 28 yard field goal for the first points of the game. Could Lincoln counter?

A failed drive turned the ball back to the Panthers, but Lincoln struck in a big way when Teshawn Seu took an interception 90 yards to the house for the lead.
Shortly thereafter, the Abes piled on with a 60 yard run by quarterback Joey Sinclair.

The Panthers simply could not recoil from the momentum swing and the damage was done for both sides. With the win and a loss by Stadium, the Lincoln Abes are winners of the 2016 Pierce County League title.

The Final Score:
Lincoln 14, Bonney Lake 3.

Top Performer

Teshawn Seu- 90 yard interception return for TD

Lincoln vs. Lakes
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3A State Rankings
Football Week #3



3A LIVE 5! Football Week #3
# School League Record
1 Eastside Catholic Metro 3-0
2 O'Dea Metro 3-0
3 Squalicum Northwest 3-0
4 Ferndale Northwest 3-0
5 Peninsula South Sound 3-0

3A IN THE HUNT Football Week #3
# School League Record
6 Oak Harbor WesCo 3-0
7 Bellevue KingCo 0-1
8 Lynnwood WesCo 3-0
9 Garfield Metro 3-0
10 Interlake KingCo 3-0

3A ON THE BUBBLE Football Week #3
# School League Record
- Bonney Lake Pierce Country 2-1
- Lincoln Pierce County 2-1
- Kamiakin Mid-Columbia 2-1
- Timberline South Sound 2-1
- Mount Tahoma Pierce County 2-1


3A State Rankings
Football Week #1




3A LIVE 5! Football Week #1
# School League Record
1 Eastside Catholic Metro 1-0
2 Bellevue KingCo 0-0
3 Squalicum Northwest 1-0
4 Kamiakin Mid-Columbia 1-0
5 O'Dea Metro 1-0

3A IN THE HUNT Football Week #1
# School League Record
6 Mountain View Greater St. Helens 1-0
7 Lakes Pierce County 0-1
8 Peninsula South Sound 1-0
9 Ferndale Northwest 1-0
10 Gig Harbor South Sound 0-1

3A ON THE BUBBLE Football Week #1
# School League Record
- Bonney Lake Pierce County 0-1
- Kennewick Mid-Cloumbia 0-1
- Lincoln Pierce County 0-1
- Southridge Mid-Columbia 1-0
- Juanita KingCo 0-1


Final 3A Girls Power Rankings

Final 3A Girls Power Rankings
By Steve Dion

With the 2015-2016 season in the books, here are the final top ten rankings for the 3A Girls classification!

1) Bellevue (29-0):
One of the best teams in state history, the Wolverines captured the school’s first title since 1975 with a perfect 29-0 record.

2) Lynnwood (26-1):
The Royals were even better this season than the championship team from a year ago, but Bellevue foiled their plans of a repeat in the semifinal round.

3) Arlington (25-2):
The 3A runner up compiled 25 wins in a tough WesCo League with the only blemishes on the schedule compliments of Bellevue and Lynnwood who sit atop the Eagles in the power rankings.

4) Mt. Spokane (16-11):
Spokane’s Wildcats gave Bellevue a scare in the opening round of the Hardwood Classic demonstrating their strength to run with the best Washington has to offer.

5) Kamiakin (15-12):
Finishing in the Final Four this season is a tremendous feat for the Mid-Columbia representative Braves given the depth of the 3A classification.

6) Prairie (21-6):
The Falcons proved they could go toe-to-toe with just about any team they faced as untimely losses spoiled a higher finish in the overall standings.

7) Edmonds-Woodway (17-12):
A ten point win over Auburn-Riverside in the regional round raised some eyebrows for how prepared the Warriors were to make some noise in the postseason.

8) Lincoln (24-3):
The lone Tacoma-based team to finish their season within the confines of the Dome were 24-1 heading into state cementing their rank as a top-ten team.

9) Bishop Blanchet (23-3):
The young core group of Braves that nearly won the title in 2014 continues to churn out quality seasons, but does so amongst equally talented programs that are fighting to play in March.

10) West Seattle (22-4):
A state tournament caliber team drew Lynnwood in regionals to prevent a trip to Tacoma, but a fantastic campaign for first year head coach Darnell Taylor nonetheless.

Final 3A Boys Power Rankings

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 3A Boys classification!

1) Rainier Beach (21-4):
Mike Bethea is running out of ring fingers as Head Coach of the Beach Boys captures another state title in a season loaded with quality 3A teams.

2) Garfield (24-3):
Convinced the Bulldogs would have played in the championship game if not placed in the same side of the bracket as Rainier Beach.

3) O’Dea (21-9):
The Irish take the third spot based on the convincing matchups against the Bulldogs in the regular season. Handing Beach a loss in the opening round of the playoffs was impressive.

4) Kennedy Catholic (18-11):
Despite the record, the Lancers found a groove late in the season to propel themselves to the 3A semifinal against O’Dea in a strong finish to the season.

5) Bellevue (25-3):
A shocking end to a fantastic season leaves some curiosity of what the Wolverines could’ve done in the Hardwood Classic if played again.

6) Cleveland (22-7):
Coach Petty deserves a ton of credit for arguably the biggest turnaround in the state by making the Eagles a formidable force to the best the state has to offer.

7) Lincoln (21-5):
Narrows champs completed another year as the class of the 253 finishing down the street at the TDome.

8) Auburn-Mountainview (23-2):
Claiming the league title from unquestioned favorite Peninsula was a huge accomplishment; The Lions unfortunately fell short of a trip to Tacoma.

9) Wilson (18-7):
A team worthy of playing in the comfy confines of the Tacoma Dome drew Garfield in the regional round who ended the solid Rams season.

10) Peninsula (21-4):
Purdy has plenty to be proud of as Coach Jackson’s first full class of Seahawks completed a strong senior season led by Mr. Basketball JaQuori McLaughlin.

On the Bubble
Mountlake Terrace
Shadle Park

Rainier Beach Blasts Lincoln in Quarterfinals

Rainier Beach Blasts Lincoln in Quarterfinals
By Steve Dion

Thursday- March 3rd 2016 Boys 3A State
Tacoma Dome 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lincoln 18 10 17 18 63
Rainier Beach 16 24 19 22 81

Rainier Beach junior N’Keil Nelson

A battle of teams hailing from Seattle and Tacoma placed Rainier Beach and Lincoln in a Thursday lunchtime bout. The Abes enjoyed the home court advantage from the opening tip by taking a two point lead into the second frame. The Abes converted on a number of possessions in which they attacked the rim.

However, the suffocating Rainier Beach defense started to roll as the half wore on and posted 24 points in the second frame alone putting the Vikings up by a dozen at the break.

The contributions of Lincoln’s Brandon Cotton and Trevion Brown who netted 15 and 14 respectively proved not enough as leading scorer Sam Cunliffe who finished with 19 was joined by four other double figure scorers (Keith Smith, Marquis Gurski, Tijon Rodde, N’Kiel Nelson) before the final whistle. A rematch of the 2015 state final between Rainier Beach and Garfield takes place tomorrow at 5:30!

The Final Score
Rainier Beach 81, Lincoln 63.

Top Performers:

Rainier Beach
Sam Cunliffe- 19 points, 6 rebounds

Willie Thomas- 11 points, 7 rebounds

3A 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 3A girls classification!

1) Lynnwood: 15-0 (7-0)
This Royals team is having a season that will be remembered for years to come.

2) Bellevue: 14-0 (9-0)
Winning the Tournament of Champions in Arizona as part of an undefeated record shows the Wolverines are firing on all cylinders.

3) Bishop Blanchet: 16-0 (11-0)
If the Braves stay healthy down the stretch, the sky is the limit.

4) West Seattle: 16-0 (11-0)
Will host what appears to be the Metro League title tomorrow against Blanchet

5) Arlington: 15-0 (5-0)
Haven’t faltered every time a tough opponent has tried to compromise the Eagles unblemished record!

6) Auburn-Riverside: 16-0 (10-0)
Rare to call a 16-0 a team a “sleeper”, but this year the Ravens are

7) Lincoln: 15-1 (10-0)
The Abes edged rival Wilson by a pair to determine South Sound dominance

8) Wilson: 13-3 (9-1)
The Rams have put together one of the toughest schedules, and the three losses were by a combined 9 points.

9) Mercer Island: 12-2 (6-1)
Don’t forget about the Islanders that are in Bellevue’s rearview mirror.

10) Glacier Peak: 12-4 (6-2)
Can run with the best, but are slightly outmatched by powerhouses like Lynnwood

On the Bubble
Bonney Lake

3A State Basketball Rankings

3A State Basketball Rankings
By Steve Dion

As league play is in its final weeks and the playoffs are on the horizon, here at the top ten rankings for the 3A classification!

1) Garfield 14-1 (10-0)
Not only the best team in the state, but among the best in the country.

2) Rainier Beach 11-1 (10-0)
While Bethea’s Beach Boys patiently await their anticipated game against Garfield, they continually breeze through their league schedule.

3) Bellevue 14-1 (9-0)
The Wolverines have all the pieces necessary to match up against any team that stands in their way.

4) Peninsula 15-1 (9-1)
If they continue to “Do What We Do”, this team could make a serious run.

5) Lincoln 12-2 (9-0)
The Abes have earned the distinction of Tacoma’s best right now.

6) Wilson 13-3 (9-1)
Tough interstate loss against a strong West Linn squad last week, but still top ten material.

7) Auburn-Mountainview 15-1 (9-1)
Defensive minded Lions have held opponents to 50 or fewer points in 10 of 16 games.

8) Cleveland 13-2 (9-1)
A convincing win over O’Dea on a big stage at the Unity Hoop Showcase showed these rising Eagles are for real.

9) West Seattle 12-4 (8-3)
A polished leader at point guard and a staunch front court is a nice recipe for a well-rounded Wildcats squad.

10) Shadle Park 11-4 (10-3)
The Hilanders are holding their own nicely against a 4A-laden GSL.

On the Bubble
Mercer Island
Seattle Prep

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3A State Football Rankings Week 9


3A State Football Rankings
By Steven Dion

Marysville-Pilchuck has been on everybody’s mind.  The Tomahawks took on Meadowdale with a packed house looking on, they got the win.  We have broken down the top 10 Washington State 3A Classification Teams for you.

1) Bellevue 8-0, 6-0 League
The Wolverines rattle off another undefeated regular season. They have a great chance to raise the hardware in December once again.

2) Eastside Catholic 8-1, 4-0 League
Undefeated against teams from Washington and 1-1 out of state record. This may be Thielbahr’s best chance to capture a state title.

3) O’Dea 8-1, 4-1 League
Monte has rested the best tailback in the state through the latter half of the season. Myles Gaskin and the veteran lineman from the Irish have a playoff run in them.

4) Marysville-Pilchuck 7-1, 4-0 League
The community has rallied around this team in the wake of tragedy and they are responding by playing great football heading into the postseason.

5) Lincoln 9-0, 7-0 League
An undefeated regular season gives the Abes another crack at the best 3A has to offer. Will Kitna be able to make another step and overtake the elite teams in the postseason?

6) Peninsula 8-1, 7-0 League
After losing a one-point game in the season opener against Gig Harbor, the Seahawks have won eight straight en route to a 3A SPSL title run.

7) Auburn-Mountainview 8-1, 6-1 League
The Lions have plenty of talent at the skill positions to make some noise in the playoffs, but a push to the Tacoma Dome will be a tall task for a team with limited postseason experience.

8) Oak Harbor 6-1, 4-0 League
Hats off to the Wildcats for awarding the 3A Wesco League title to Marysville-Pilchuck. That game projected to be great measuring stick for Oak Harbor, but the circumstances rightfully took priority.

9) Kennedy Catholic 7-0, 4-0 League
Spotless record for the Lancers with only 30 points allowed all season. The Seamount did not present any great obstacles, but Bourgette’s boys will not back down from any playoff challengers.

10) Mount Spokane 7-2, 5-1 League
The Wildcats’ two losses were by a total of 10 points by Sandpoint (ID) and Gonzaga Prep. Beating several 4A teams throughout the season earns this Greater Spokane League squad the tenth spot.

On the Bubble
Meadowdale 6-1, 5-0 League
Bishop Blanchet 7-2, 2-2 league
Capital 7-2, 6-1 league

Lincoln Squeaks Past Wilson for League Title


Friday Oct. 24th 2014 3A Boys Football
Stadium High School 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lincoln 6 0 0 6 12
Wilson 3 0 0 0 3

Game Recap below

Lincoln Squeaks Past Wilson for League Title
By Steven Dion

The Abes are quickly climbing up the ranks in 3A as Lincoln has put up big scoring totals to go with an undefeated record thus far. However, the primary team in the Narrows that has been breathing down Kitna and Co.’s necks all season long has been Wilson. That didn’t stop Kitna from sitting several players down, who do not meet the academic standards Kitna has set for his team. He wasn’t shy starting two freshman offensive linemen against a tough Wilson squad. This would be a true test for the Abes.

The Rams entered the contest 6-1 and had a chance to take the lead in the league standings. In fact, a Wilson win would essentially assure they would claim 3A Narrows and earn a first round bye in the playoffs. Something had to give in the rain-soaked Stadium Bowl in Tacoma.

WHS led by Don Clegg took advantage of the Lincoln offensive line that was loaded with second string players due to off-the-field issues with several starters. Abe quarterback Jordan Kitna threw an early pick under heavy pressure which led to a Ram field goal off the right leg of Alex Greenleaf. The red and white had the lead and captured early momentum. Before the conclusion of the first frame, Kitna found nimble-footed Tony Archie on a 9-yard strike in the corner of the endzone for six. A no-good two point conversion by Lincoln kept the lead at three. Before halftime, Greenleaf attempted to tie it up on a long field-goal but the harsh elements took a toll on the airborne pigskin and left it short. At the half, the Abes maintained their 6-3 lead.

Wilson carried their tenacity through a lengthy halftime as the first play from scrimmage in the second half was a pick by Julius Yates-Brown. Yates-Brown is also the quarterback for the Rams so he helped his own cause early in the second! However, the turnover did not result in any points. In fact, the score did not change in the third. Greenleaf had another shot to tie up the ballgame early in the fourth, but the kick was blocked. Lincoln put the nail in the coffin on a deep pass down the sideline to set up Marcus Johnson for a one yard touchdown run. The Abes remain undefeated by the final score of 12-3.

Top Performers:
Tony Archie – 9 yard game-winning touchdown run

Julius Yates-Brown – Defensive INT, Major producer on offense.

3A State Football Rankings Week 7


3A State Football Rankings
By Steven Dion

The question we are asked each week is simply, who can defeat Bellevue?  Bellevue continues to be the team everyone is looking to beat.  We have broken down the top 10 Washington State 3A Classification Teams for you.

1) Bellevue 6-0, 4-0 League
It is no surprise to see the Wolverines perched at the number one spot in the rankings. Goncharoff continues to put an elite high school football team under the Friday night lights every week.

2) Eastside Catholic 6-1, 4-0 League
The victory over O’Dea last Friday earns the Crusaders the number two ranking. Thielbahr has the pieces to bring his team to the state championship game for the third straight year.

3) O’Dea 6-1, 3-1 League
The Fighting Irish roster is loaded, so the loss to Eastside Catholic will certainly not slow down Kohler’s march back to the Tacoma Dome.

4) Lincoln 7-0, 5-0 League
The Abes are averaging 56 points per game including a 91 point effort. Jon Kitna’s team may not have had any true tests yet, but they will get a chance to go toe-to-toe with the state’s best.

5) Marysville-Pilchuck 6-1, 4-0 League
Losing to O’Dea without your star running back doesn’t mean much when you take down a top 10 team in 4A (Lake Stevens) and beat everyone else by at least 27 points.

6) Peninsula 6-1, 5-0 League
After a thrilling victory over Auburn-Mountainview last week, the Seahawks have vaulted up to six on the rankings. The decisive win over Lakes was nice, and the lone loss is a 30-29 grinder to Gig Harbor.

7) Auburn-Mountainview 6-1, 4-1 League
Someone had to win the back-and-forth classic between the Lions and Peninsula. The margin was so thin that AMHS sits right under the Hawks in the rankings as they have proven their strength thus far.

8) Meadowdale 6-1, 5-0 League
It is fitting that the dark horse in the rankings are the Mavericks. They are undefeated in competitive league play and the one loss on the record was against Lake Stevens by a touchdown on the road.

9) Kennedy Catholic 7-0, 5-0 League
An undefeated record this late in the season is impressive even considering a strength of schedule that may be lacking. Until they even sniff a loss, the Lancers keep earning top ten consideration.

10) Oak Harbor 5-1, 4-0 League
The Wildcats are yet to face their strongest opponent of the year as Marysville-Pilchuck makes a visit, but they have accomplished enough this year to grab a top ten nod.

2014 VFL Coach Interview
Eastside Catholic
Head Coach Jeremy Thielbahr



2014 Varsity Football Live Interview
Eastside Catholic Crusaders – Head Football Coach
Jeremy Thielbahr

Ahead of Schedule on a Great Journey

Join us as Dick Fain chats with Coach Jeremy Thielbahr about 4th ranked Eastside Catholic’s football program, being in the playoffs 3 years in a row, and in 2 state championship games the last 2 years.

Since Coach Thielbahr and his staff took over in 2011, it seems the road to winning in 3A always goes through Bellevue, so he hopes this is the season his Crusaders can win it all.

“We had to do some things to get our minds and our kids to this level of competitive camaradarie and aggressiveness on the field – and I think we’ve done that.”

How is Coach Thielbahr able to focus on the Metro league instead of the upcoming state championship game ? “We’ve got great talent, smart kids who understand what we’re asking them to do, have faith in their coaches, and believe in what we do.”

With a healthy program of good senior, junior, sophomore and freshman players, they are excited to see where the season will take them and looking forward to being able to win year after year.


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Lincoln Shocks Jackson in King Holiday Hoopfest


Monday Jan 20th 2014 4A-3A Boys Basketball
Bellevue College 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lincoln 20 7 10 25 62
Jackson 10 17 14 14 55

Lincoln Shocks Jackson in King Holiday Hoopfest
By Steven Dion

Steve Johnson’s Timberwolves do not lose often. Heading into the 2014 King Holiday Hoopfest matchup against the Lincoln Abes, the Wolves had only lost one of its last forty games. Unfortunately, that lone defeat was the 2013 4A state championship game against Curtis. The Abes from Tacoma were eager to square off with the defending 4A Wesco champs. Who could have predicted the lone freshman in the contest would rise to the occasion and grab the win for their team?

The familiarity between these squads was evident as Lincoln was prepared to outrun Jackson in this contest. The Timberwolves “Big 3” of Jason Todd, Dan Kingma, and Brian Zehr are smooth operators in the halfcourt attack and play gritty defense. However, the senior trio were outmatched athletically against the likes of Josiah Barsh, Cameron Collins, and Justice Martion who were effective in transition from the opening tip. The Abes picked up a double digit lead after one quarter leading 20-10. The 2012-2013 player of the year in Todd was not going to allow his team to fall further behind. The Wolves senior leader used his muscular frame to earn shots from underneath the bucket. This resulted in field goals and trips to the line. His ten points in the second frame were key in tying up the ball game at 27 heading into the half.

The level of intensity rose in the third quarter as every possession resulted in momentum shifts and team confidence moving forward. The Twolves moved the ball well in the perimeter, but did not convert enough opportunities to pull away from their 3A counterpart from Tacoma. The fourth quarter is when Londrell Hamilton made a statement. The freshman buried a triple early in the quarter which opened the floodgates for his scoring. Jackson’s Kingma and Connor Willgress fouled out midway through the final frame and Hamilton capitalized. He scored two huge buckets in the final minutes after defensive stops. The Abes grabbed the lead and did not look back. Londrell’s nine points in the fourth led a 25 point fourth quarter for Lincoln. When the buzzer sounded, the Abes celebrated a 62-55 victory.

Top Performers:
Londrell Hamilton – 12 points (9 in 4th quarter)

Jason Todd-Jackson-22 points (13/15 FT’s)

Eastside Catholic Runs a Crusade Against the Abes


Friday Nov 8th 2013 3A Boys Football
Charlie Acosta Field 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lincoln 0 7 7 7 21
Eastside Catholic 7 21 13 0 41

See game recap below

Eastside Catholic Runs a Crusade Against the Abes
By Colin Caruso

On a crisp November evening in Sammamish, the Eastside Catholic Crusaders faced off against the Lincoln Abes in the 3A playoffs round of 32. This was a tough first round playoff matchup, with both teams ranked in the top 10 in the state in 3A. Eastside Catholic jumped out to a 21-0 lead early, capitalizing on two Abe turnovers and showing great success in both running and throwing the football. Lincoln needed a first half score and put together a great 2-minute drill drive at the end of the first half, capped off by a 2 yard TD run from sophomore quarterback Jordan Kitna with just 46 seconds remaining in the half. On the ensuing kickoff, Lincoln gave up a 60 yard return and a three play touchdown drive to the Crusaders in just 33 seconds, a brutal blow to the Abes. Eastside Catholic took a comfortable 28-7 lead into halftime.

Coming out of the locker room at half Lincoln needed another quick score to stay in the ballgame and got it on a beautiful pass and catch from Kitna to senior Rayshaun Miller. But again the Crusaders responded, this time a touchdown run from sophomore workhorse back Brandon Wellington, his second touchdown of the game. Both teams added another score before the contest was over, and the Crusaders topped the Abes by a final of 41-21. Eastside Catholic’s next contest will be Marysville-Pilchuck in the round of 16 in Marysville.

Top Performers:

Jordan Kitna – TD pass of 80 yards and TD run of 2 yards

Eastside Catholic
Harley Kirsch – 3 TD passes of 20 yards, 15 yards, and 22 yards
Brandon Wellington – 2 TD runs of 4 yards and 2 yards

Lincoln wins West Central District Championship on Late Free-Throws, beats Timberline by One

Monday- Feb. 18 -2013- 3A West Central District
ShoWare Ctr. 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Lincoln 10 15 17 10 52
Timberline 12 14 11 14 51

Lincoln wins West Central District Championship on Late Free-Throws,
Beats Timberline by One
By Colin Caruso 

With a strong crowd at the ShoWare Center, the Timberline Blazers took on the Lincoln Abes for the 3A West Central District Boys Title.  Timberline played a 2-3 zone throughout the first quarter, limiting the Lincoln penetration and forcing the Abes to shoot deep three point shots.  Lincoln missed all five of their three point tries in the first and the Blazers took a 12-10 lead into the second behind four points and three rebounds from junior Donaven Dorsey.

Lincoln came out in the second with great defensive intensity, forced two quick turnovers and scored five transition points to take their first lead of the ballgame at 15-12.  The Blazers answered behind six points in the quarter from Dorsey, to reclaim the lead going into the half, 26-25.

Despite seven turnovers for the Abes in the third, Lincoln was able to capitalize off of four offensive rebounds to score 17 points in the quarter.  The Abes began to play a 1-2-2 zone on the defensive side, forced five turnovers of their own and held Timberline to just 11 quarter points, nine of which from Dorsey.  Lincoln took a 42-37 lead into the fourth.

Timberline started the final quarter with a 6-1 run to tie the game at 43 with 5:00 to play.  The teams exchanged baskets for the next two minutes, until Dorsey hit a layup to put the Blazers up one, 49-48 with 2:30 left.

Amaad Rorie answered for the Abes with a baseline three with 1:15 remaining to put the Abes up two.  Sophomore guard Brandell Evans responded for the Blazers, hitting a driving layup to tie the game again with 42 seconds remaining, 51-51.

On Lincoln’s next possession, Rorie missed a floater in the lane but the rebound went to Abe senior Tre-Shaun Fletcher and he was fouled on the put back.  He made one of two free-throws to take a one point lead with 19 seconds remaining.

Timberline drew up a final play on a full timeout, but the attempt was blocked by Fletcher to secure the win for the Abes. Lincoln captures the 3A West Central District Championship.

Top Performers:
Tre’Shaun Fletcher (21 points, 11 rebounds)
Amaad Rorie (13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals)
Ar’Mond Davis (10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals)

Donaven Dorsey (25 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals)
Brandell Evans (12 points, 4 steals)